Wednesday, July 11, 2007
My work with games, gadgets and gizmos provides me with the perfect opportunity for connecting with my oldest son (now a teenager...it is everything they say it is)
In fact, tomorrow he and I are co-presenting a workshop about Second Life at Bucknell University to a group of high school, middle school and elementary school teachers.
My son is going to show them how to edit the appearance of their avatars, how to build items and add textures, how to navigate the world and how to chat and communicate. I am just going to sit back and watch the 13 year old do his stuff (and talk a little about the educational aspects of the tool.) We have co-presented twice before and he does a great job. This is going to be the highlight of my month! (and to top it off, he get 60% of the stipend directly...the rest goes to his college fund!)
Here is a picture of his avatar from the teen grid...Dmc Dench.
You can read more of his Second Life exploits in my TrainingDay post Like a Fish to Water.
If we are going to talk about reaching kids through technology...we need to involve the kids and gain insights from their perspective. I look forward to learning a lot tomorrow in the two 3-hour workshops.
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