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RezEd: New Online Learning Hub for Virtual Worlds

Educators around the world are increasingly using 3D, persistent virtual environments as pedagogical tools in areas as diverse as science, art, and civic engagement. However, there has been no community of practice for practitioners across disciplines and platforms. Global Kids (www.globalkids.org) recently announced its efforts to create such a community and to invite participation to support RezEd: The Hub for Learning and Virtual Worlds. RezEd (www.rezed.org) is now available in beta. (It operates on the Ning social network platform, www.ning.com.)

With generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, RezEd is an online community for educators, parents, librarians, and others to get informed, connected, and inspired. The site leverages an array of participatory and social media tools. Each month it features interrelated podcasts, brief best practices, digital resources in the library, and featured blog posts and discussions. Through the month of July, RezEd focuses on nonschool uses of virtual worlds including museums, libraries, etc. This week’s discussion, "Library Services in Virtual Worlds" (www.rezed.org/profiles/blog/show?id=2047896%3ABlogPost%3A8135), is moderated by Lori Bell of the Alliance Virtual Library.

Community members can use RezEd in many ways, including the following: 

  • Share your voice in response to the featured discussion 
  • Listen to the twice-a-month podcast 
  • Read or contribute to the Best Practice reports 
  • Browse or contribute to the library 
  • Join a special interest group or create your own 
  • List an event or learn who is attending 
  • Read or report the latest news 
  • Meet new colleagues and read their personal blogs 
  • Add photos or videos

Source: RezEd



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