Before delivering a presentation at the Asia-Europe Classroom Network conference in Dundalk last week we asked some teachers on the programme for their impressions, thus far, of teaching and learning in MissionV (remember, it’s only been 8 weeks since we started).
To say we were encouraged by the feedback is to put it mildly. In fact, we were bowled over by their reactions and would like to present you below with a summary -
“Being part of the Mission V Project has been a completely captivating experience! It has provided us with simple tools to collaboratively imagine and build new worlds within a 3D virtual space, pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning in so many dynamic, exciting ways.”
“MissionV allows children to learn as they immerse themselves in the virtual world whilst collaborating to achieve their goal. I would recommend it to every teacher as it suits a wide range of learning styles whilst also teaching a wide range of skills.
My class have learned many new computer and social skills during this process and constantly ask “When are we doing MissionV again?”‘
“Teaching and learning in a virtual world has huge potential with endless possibilities for creativity, problem solving and collaboration.
My pupils are highly engaged and highly motivated, they frequently assist one another and me and they consider their work on MissionV to be fun.”
“My pupils and I have been exploring the virtual world together and this has created a lovely equilibrium in the classroom – the pupil teacher divide has been totally eliminated.
They are very focussed and they are developing skills in the areas of co-operation, problem solving and creativity.”
Paul Moroney, Teacher at St. Patrick’s BNS, Mallow, Co. Cork said -
“MissionV has created an effective constructivist learning environment within my 5th class. The children are actively engaging with each other to design, and create”
“Every child regardless of academic ability has shown a great aptitude for learning in this way. The programme has encouraged the children in my class to solve problems in a creative and collaborative way using a wide range of 21st century skills.”
Esther Lambe, Principal, St. Kierans NS, Broughall, Co. Offaly said -
“Challenging, exciting, innovative, exhausting, futuristic, satisfying, fun, are some of the words I would use. Each day the children brought enthusiasm and genuine commitment to their learning. As they acquired new knowledge, their ideas and zest for more increased
Padraig O’Beirne,Principal, Gortskehy NS, Co. Mayo said -
“Everyone in class, regardless of ability, contributed to the project at their own pace, setting targets and realising goals.
It encouraged independent learning as the children were enthusiastic to carry on with the project outside of school hours. I believe the MissionV model could be applied across many subject areas.”
Some photos courtesy of Dr. Conor Galvin, UCD