Welcome to issue #7, let’s talk about the metaverse frens! Came across some great resources all about this immersive technology that we are calling the metaverse. At the top of this list is an amazing study by educational psychologist Richard Mayer. What’s super cool about this study is that it is thorough, vetted, and provides some beneficial insights about the potential impact of immersive learning experiences in our classrooms.
I first came across this study in EdSurge, one of my favorite online magazines about the futue of learning. This is important because EdSurge has built a strong following for its coverage of a variety of contemporary issues in education from mental health, technology, the role of higher ed, and much more. They’ve remained balanced in what issues they cover and how they speak about them. And the actual article is pretty short. It basically just points to the actual study and lets you decide for yourself.
Instead of summarizing my thoughts in this intro, I have included a link to a tweet thread I posted. I share my impressions about the study in this thread and my reasons for why I think it is important that educators familiarize themselves with this research. To restate my position simply, because the metaverse is coming it is our responsibility to educate ourselves about how to implement this technology with the highest level of intentionality possible.
To stay in the metaverse theme I also shared a podcast with metaverse “expert” (he even said he doesn’t like being called that) Matthew Ball. I have also included a link to an upcoming online event about the metaverse with the folks from Getting Smart. And it woudln’t be a dagan.eth newsletter without some contrarian crypto coverage from the mainstream media!
I hope you enjoy this issue, and as always your likes, Tweets, and Retweets really help spread awareness of this newsletter. Also, if you have any interesting web3 articles, news, or events feel free to share in my DMs, I am always looking to learn more about what is going out there!