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January 14, 2012 / Denise

Webinar ‘Virtual Worlds, Real Learning’ by James Corbett in IT Sligo / NDLR series

via sligolearning.blgospot.com
Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

James Corbett, MissionV

This webinar will look at the results of a virtual worlds programme involving 20 Irish primary schools and supported by the National Centre for Technology in Education.

In November 2011, MissionV ran a Science Week event in association with Discover Science & Engineering where each of the 20 schools on the programme developed chemistry themed projects and exhibited them in a massive virtual expo centre. MissionV has also partnered with Dublin City University (DCU) Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) in Ireland to run part of its Access programme. CTYI is using the platform as a virtual school with tutors based in DCU teaching children in number of northside schools entirely through the online environment.
James Corbett graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Computer Engineering and went on to work for the multinationals Apple, Motorola and Analog Devices. With 15 years experience in the IT industry James co-founded MissionV Education in early 2011 along with partner Margaret Keane. James acted as technical adviser to Gaelscoil O’Doghair in Co. Limerick where he introduced virtual worlds as a learning platform.
Having received seed funding from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and the support of the NCTE, MissionV is now running a virtual worlds learning programme for 20 primary schools around Ireland. It has also partnered with DCU CTYI to run part of its Access programme.
Check out comments on the work at:  http://missionv.ie/archives/1387
You can follow James and Margaret on Twitter @MissionVHQ or Facebook.com/MissionV
You can register for this event here: http://www.eventbrite.ie/event/2671060213
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