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Blogs and Second life as tools in a Classroom

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Topias Kareinen

on 18 November 2015

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Blogs can include whatever the person wants to present. There are numerous blog genres from fashion blogs to game and sport blogs.

There are numerous blog sites to produce your own blog without high knowledge of programming.

Video blogging (Vlogging)

History of blogs
Web diaries in the late 90´s

Quickly modified to a new type of media

Nowadays tools are also available as Mobile applications

Way to make a living

Video blogging aka vlogging. Instead of pictures and text, vloggers use videos.

Vocal expression, personal content

Most used platform is Youtube

Highest paid vloggers earn from 5 to 7 million euros a year

Blogs in school
Class/school journal

Website for class (students as editors)

Informal platform to keep things in order

Way to learn multimedia skills
Why these subjects?
- Blogs and vlogs are a modern way to produce narratives and express yourself.

- Second life gives you freedom have discussion and be yourself without a concern of your gender or looks.

- Both of them are world wide phenomenons of social media and widely used amongst different groups of people.

Personal,spontanious, topical
1) Writing new texts without deleting the old ones (Diary, journal)

2) Adding personal touch to the blog.

3) RSS feed

Blogs and Second life as tools in a Classroom
a growing trend of virtual classoom

students learn and behave differently in a virtual world.

-As of 2008, at least 300 universities around the world teach courses or conduct research in SL
What is it?
History of second life
" Second Life is a 3D world where everyone you see is a real person and everyplace you visit is built by people just like you."
user satistics
Second Life is an online virtual world, developed by Linden Lab, based in San Francisco, and launched on June 23, 2003. By 2013 Second Life had approximately 1 million regular users, according to Linden Lab.
potential limitations
1.equipment requirement

2.age limitation: not suitable for K-12 education (eg.extra payment)

3.criticism of second life
Example: http://2ndclassredeskeretns.weebly.com/
What are the application used for?
1. social network




5.work solutions
Vlogs and education
Gives students a way to record their own working and studying

Enables collaboration with teachers and other students, also internationally

Visual aide

Teaching moves from local to worldwide
Social media is already largely used

Way of expressing

Platforms for news

Enhances students' motivation

Learning doesn't have to be local

What is the purpose of using Second Life in education?

Would you use these social media tools?

Can you see any other pros or cons?

Finnish National Board of Education 2014. Core curriculum for basic education.

Finnish National Board of Education 2012. Recommendations of social media use in teaching.

Lietsala, Katri & Sirkkunen, Esa. 2008. Social media: Introduction to the tools and processes of participatory economy. Tampere: Tampere University Press.

Wankel, Charles 2009. Management education using social media. Organization Management Journal 6:4, 251-262

Wikiversity. Vlogs in teaching and learning.

use of secondlife in K-12 and in higher education
Requires internet and technology


Needs critical thinking


Not just a trend

Useful ways to learn and teach

Way to make a living

Way to teach, learn, create and share worldwide

Most followed Finnish bloggers:

SAARA 454 665 subscribers
mmiisas 212 637 subscribers
eeddspeaks 206 452 subscribers
Soikkuu 151 744 subscribers

16.11.2015 Youtube
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