Thursday, November 27, 2008

What's a MOO??




No... It is now a cow...;). It is an acronym which stands for "Multiuser Object Oriented". According to Levy (1997), "these learning environments may be place dependant, as with video-conferencing, for example, or place independent, as with IRC chat. They range from simulations which utilize the web of connections that make up the internet, to virtual worlds where students can roam around and interact with each other, and their virtual environment".

One of the most interesting MOO used for educational purposes in perhaps TappedIN. Once there, you could set up your own office to meet your students, book a conference room to hold a formative chat with colleagues, or even organize virtual parties. Have a look at its calendar of events! http://tappedin.org/tappedin/do/CalendarAction

In order to have a read some articles or visit more MOOs to know more about them, or go through the experiences told by other language teachers who have made use of them to teach languages...



2 comments:

Daf said...

Hi Maria and students,

I can tell you that Tapped In is a great place to have chats with colleagues and students. I have my own office there. You can store, files, images, write on a whiteboard (where your visitors can leave messages), and you can even hold forum discussions. So, it is good for synchronous and asynchronous communication.

Give it a go!

Cheers,

Daf

ser said...

Hi Maria and her students!
I have been a member of Tapped in and I try to follow the activities as much as I can. It is a great way to be in touch with colleagues from around the world, and meet with other students and teachers.

Have a great day!

Serpil