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Real Time Minute

The Real Time Minute features tips, musings, and reflections on learning and collaborating online in real time. New RTM episodes are posted by Jonathan Finkelstein, author of Learning in Real Time and executive producer of LearningTimes. Sign Up at the top of this page to receive an email when new episodes are released.

#18 – Charting New Territory in Virtual Worlds

In this extended edition of the Real Time Minute, Jonathan shares excerpts of a conversation with four museum professionals using three-dimensional virtual worlds to conduct meaningful learning activities in real time.

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Chris Lawrence, Nora McCartney, Paul Sparrow, and David Klevan
Chris Lawrence, Nora McCartney, Paul Sparrow, and David Klevan at AAM in Denver.

Show Notes:

In this special edition from the American Association of Museums Annual Conference in Denver, Jonathan catches up with four museum professionals immediately after their panel session entitled, “Charting New Territory in Virtual Worlds”. The conversation featured Chris Lawrence, Nora McCartney, Paul Sparrow, and David Klevan.

About the Guests:
Paul Sparrow is Vice President/Broadcasting and Programs at the Newseum.

Chris Lawrence is Supervisor of Distance Learning Programs at the New York Hall of Science.

Nora McCartney is Educational Technology Curriculum Manager at the New York Hall of Science.

David Klevan is Education Manager for Technology and Distance Learning Outreach Technology at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Related links:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
“Witnessing History: A Teen Second Life Exhibit” – Video on YouTube
New York Hall of Science
PowerUp the Game

Chris Lawrence as Applause Meter
During the panel session on virtual worlds, Chris Lawrence acted as a human “applause meter” to gauge audience interest in various topics the panel was prepared to discuss. Seeing a live demo of virtual worlds in action topped the charts.

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