Exploring student teacher roles in 3D virtual world projects in modern language and teacher education
Ton Koenraad, TELLConsult, Netherlands
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The increasing availability of web-based social networks is good news for education in general and for language education in particular. The authentic contexts they offer obviously provide interesting opportunities to open up the classroom and support meaningful language use in written and oral modes. Equally evident however is that new competencies are needed for teachers to successfully integrate participation in these communities in modern language teaching programmes. In this paper we discuss the implications of this conclusion for initial language teacher education. We focus on teacher competence development to organize networked interaction projects involving voice-enabled, 3D platforms. We refer to a number of related studies and provide a more detailed description of two projects we participated in. Finally we list the common elements in experiences with and conclusions about approaches to prepare future teachers for the use of 3D worlds for language learning and teaching.
Koenraad, T. (2013). Exploring student teacher roles in 3D virtual world projects in modern language and teacher education. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3514-3521). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).