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Immersion

The more I think about it, the more convinced I become that immersion is the key to engaging the most students in a curriculum. Clark Aldrich writes about the topic of immersion by using a metaphor about a little girl who goes to the pool with her father. At first she is afraid of the water, but after some coaxing her father convinces her to wet her feet in the shallow end. Once she has some success, and a little fun she immerses farther into the learning environment that is the pool. She learns about safety, how to swim, and how to interact with other people who are enjoying the pool environment (Aldrich, Clark. Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds: Strategies for Online Instruction, 2009). Immersion is also what makes video games so popular. Even students with the shortest attention span become better learners in the video game environment because they are immersed in the storyline, and the learning is relevant to their success in the game. In my opinion, education needs to reflect that kind of immersion process. In order to illustrate how this can be done, I am preparing a series of blog posts about using immersion tactics in the school environment. If anyone has any input into the subject, your comments will be greatly appreciated.
Ari

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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