See the protest and the students talk about Google Lively, 3D worlds in education and Digital citizenship

If you watch this, you'll see students who are expressing themselves in meaningful ways about the future of education and technology.  They fielded tough questions from the ustream as well after the 20 minute protest.

Yes, the lively room got a little slow and it wasn't perfect.  This was our first public room and when we went public, someone went in and deleted all of the work because the creator had forgotten to lock the room.  But they proceeded to put it back together.  They've learned a lot.

This is the video recording of the protest (you'll need to forward about 5 minutes to when the protest begins.)  AT the end the students speak out and share their message about the benefits of Google Lively and virtual worlds and fielded some great questions from the ustream.

The protest audio file is available here. 

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Trevor Meister December 12, 2008 - 6:57 am

I watched the first Ustream of the protest and hope things do go well. In case they don’t, I would be willing to help provide another option to keep students engaged in VW’s. I have arranged for purchase of a hosted 4-sim package on Reactiongrid (they use an OpenSim VW platform). I am planning to use these sims to explore (in general) the use of VW’s for a range of educational puposes. My background is mathematics and physical sciences, so initially those will be the themes I will be working with. I’m pretty sure I can get by with 3 sims and would like to offer you the free use of the 4th for the first year at least. In essence, you would have the equivalent of a Second Life Island with flexibility to fine tune access parameters to allow only students, teachers and special guests in that you authorize. You would also have access to the other 3 regions to explore whatever develops in that space, and to copy and reuse any objects and/or scripts found there. If you think this is something you would like to take a look at, just send a tweet through twitter, or email me directly at

Vicki A. Davis December 12, 2008 - 1:41 pm

Trevor- I would love to talk to you about this!!! digiteen at gmail dot com — we are VERY VERY interested in this!!! Let’s talk!!! Please!! Yes!!

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