In late December Quest Atlantis won the Edublog Award for Best Educational use of a Virtual World. This award was nominated for and voted by our teachers, so that now the world knows what we all know about Quest Atlantis: it really is the best! Of the 500 votes in this category Quest Atlantis received [...]
Every school day in Quest Atlantis, hundreds of students submit responses to Quests, and teachers all over the world review those responses. And every workday, I receive several notifications from teachers who want to highlight an extraordinary response submitted by one of their students. I always get a little thrill when I read those nominations, [...]
Come share your ideas on a Student Congress. An idea had been mulling for some months now about creating a world in Quest Atlantis where students can take up ownership, leadership and have opportunities to share their lifeworld experiences in the QA social commitments. The first formal meeting of our steering group happened this week [...]
Teacher Connections restarted back in September and the last 4 months have raised some very interesting discussions as well as opportunities for QA teachers to locate mentors, local teaching buddies, join collaborative projects and source prospective co-questing classes. The December meetings were small but very engaging as many Southern Hemisphere schools are now preparing for end of the year and retiring their QA classes and US counterparts were getting back in the swing after Thanksgiving celebrations.
Each of the main Units currently have theme parks: Taiga, Virtual Mesa Verde, Plague and Statistics. In the coming months, additional theme parks for Spacenik and Drakos will also be found in Teacherville.
I was setting up accounts in the next Teacher Online Professional Development for QA and I got a Skype call from someone I did not recognize. I did not accept the call but instant messaged the person to find out what they wanted. The caller said they were part of the next online course and [...]
Quest Atlantis Units (Taiga, Plague, Ander City Statistics, Spacenik, etc.) are the curricular features that give teachers and students the biggest reward, in motivation, engagement, and learning. But they also require the biggest investment in time—often taking up to 12 days in the computer lab with more classroom and teacher prep time to support them. [...]
The Quest Atlantis experience is taking over the Central Florida area like a storm. As Central Floridians, we have grown accustomed to all kinds of storms, but Quest Atlantis is “blowing everyones mind”. Starting with the first two schools last year, we now have nine trained schools within the Seminole County area. At the same [...]
My post here builds on Donna’s recent comments about the fun quotient in teacher learning in Quest Atlantis. Teacher involvement in Quest Atlantis is not only a chance to get back in touch with your sense of play but a chance to be part of a burgeoning professional learning community. Let me describe some of [...]
On the Tuesday, July 7th I was invited to be the ISTE guest speaker in Second Life to talk about Quest Atlantis. The presentation came to life when 8 QA teachers in the audience came up to join me on stage and to describe their experience with QA and field questions about educational practices and [...]