Second Life: A Technological Simulation for Culturally Responsive Teaching for Every Classroom

By Maryanne Maisano and Randy Olsen.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This paper focuses on Second Life, an immersive learning software program of a Virtual World that allows students to actively communicate with people from different places and different cultures, with the assistance of simultaneous translation services. Teachers, with their students, can create scenarios in endless venues, focusing on concepts of culturally responsive teaching, while “meeting” students from other cultures and countries for discussions, ideas, developing thinking skills, and participating in simulated field experiences.

Keywords: Technological Simulation, Global Perspectives, Social Justice, Human Rights

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.123-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 657.130KB).

Dr. Maryanne Maisano

Assistant Professor, Department of Professional Education, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC, USA

Dr. Maryanne Maisano – Currently an Assistant Professor serving the Department of Professional Education at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, striving to make a positive impact focusing on implementing and sustaining educational change in the lives of her students. Dr. Maisano brings to her students the history of educational involvement in both private and public education and is currently using Immersive World Technology in both face-to-face and online courses to facilitate instruction.

Randy Olsen

Educator, Crescent View Middle School, Canyons School District, Sandy, UT, USA

Mr. Randy Olsen—He has a degree in Public Speaking and received a Professional Diploma in Secondary Language Arts. He has taught in Hawaii for three years and then moved back to Utah to pursue a graduate degree. Upon receiving a Masters of Education from the University of Utah in Educational Leadership and Policy in 1994, Mr. Olsen went on to serve as an Assistant Principal and then Principal in Park City School District. After some time off from education he returned to the classroom in 2005. He is inspired by the many bright, thoughtful, caring students who enrich his classroom everyday. Mr. Olsen is also extensively involved in Immersive World Learning as a model for enrichment of course development for gifted and talented students.