Educational Technology

June 20, 2010

Students’ avatars are tool to increase thinking skills

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By DENISE M. BARAN-UNLAND For Sun-Times Media

Say “avatar” to 14-year-old Dirksen Junior High School students Ericka Jones and Ronald Love and they won’t mention the movie. Instead, they’ll talk about carnivals and wizards. They and the 48 other seventh- and eighth-grade Dirksen students learned how to manipulate Alice — a user-friendly, 3D graphics programming language — to create avatars. This program is part of the University of St. Francis’s partnership with this Joliet school. Other Dirksen scheduled field trips to USF this year included nursing; campus tours, art and design, TV and radio design lab; forensic studies; and music rehearsal. The trips were made available to a wide cross section of students.

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