Track: Exploration of Virtual Worlds

Title A Tour of Calisto Encinal's Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Author(s): James Abraham
Moderator(s):n/a
Date Friday, March 16 08:00
Location: Tour Departure Area
Abstract Loosely-based on San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Mi Casa Es Su Casa models a truly immersive interactive educational space for students of Spanish.  The project currently offers role-playing opportunities as well as over 20 individual, self-correcting interactive game-like activities to promote language learning.  The space has served students for weekly instruction since the fall of 2007.  After the tour, participants will have a better understanding of how the virtual world platform can be leveraged for language learning.  They will also gain knowledge about how to create a truly interactive immersive experience for their students.
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Bio(s): James Abraham: James T. Abraham/Calisto Encinal has been working in virtual worlds since 2006.  He teaches Spanish at Glendale Community College in Arizona.  He delivers language courses in SL and has built an interactive, immersive village for students of Spanish.  Mi casa es su casa won the SL Pro Full Build Challenge.  The space offers many opportunities for role-playing and includes self-correcting activities and games.

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