There’s a most interesting display of intercultural communication at a comic art exhibition posted in Second Life by hybrid teacher Ines Ogura from the Deutsche Internationale Schule – the German International School – at Jakarta, Indonesia
Being a hybrid teacher means Ines is teaching not just with bricks and mortar, but also with bits and bytes. And, in this case, with comic book art.
In real life, Ines teaches upper primary science – biology, chemistry and physics in grades 4-6. She is certified for what they call flat classrooms, which means teaching and learning using Web 2.0 for collaboration among educators connected across the globe.
She asked her students to imagine flip comic books.
“It wasn’t just lots of creativity, it was also lots of work, dedication and patience from my grade 5 and 6 students,” she says. “They spent hours with their team to plan the script, to hunt for places and costumes for best shot, to edit the snapshots, to add text, to make them into flip book in SL and to exhibit it to the world.”
I visited her students’ colorful comic exhibition in a quaint little wintry cottage on Geo island.
“Would people still dare to say that they didn’t learn anything just because they were having fun doing it?” Ines asks. “Would people also still dare to say that they didn’t socialize because they were in front of their computers?”
Ines says she is using technology and “magical pixy dust” in her classes to create “just 1 percent scientist and 99 percent happy, fulfilled, content and loving human being” while defying the law of gravity “every now and then.”
She describes her students as “avatars of any shapes and sizes, including dragons, robots, vampires, fairies and Lady Gaga.”
“Give children tools to learn and lots of freedom then they will show you their creativity,” Ines says.
Here’s more info about Ines, her projects and the Deutsche Internationale Schule on the Web:
A gallery of photos of the flip comics exhibition: