Second Life as a Teaching and Learning Tool. High School Student Constructs an Aleut Barabara. Case Study. Investigator: Assistant Professor Chip McMillan from the UAS School of Education Student: Aleut high school student Chelsea Suydam from Seldovia, Alaska.
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Second Life as a Teaching and Learning Tool
High School Student Constructs an AleutBarabara
School of Education
I feel that having to replicate a structure built in real life – a barabara built and lived in by the Aleut in Southwestern Alaska – caused me to thoroughly think about how these people lived, what materials were available to them, and what tools they had to build with. Creating a virtual version of what they have been creating for centuries enabled me to sort of breathe in the Aleut culture. By doing research online and having the benefit of residing in a traditionally-Aleut fishing village, I was able to envision the materials they had to build with and how the barabara reflected the land and the people's needs.
As I was a beginner to Second Life, I didn't work extremely efficiently and it took me time to get comfortable with all the tools and controls I had to work with. I found certain controls frustrating throughout the whole development of the structure. Some of these were controlling the camera; changing values in size, position, and rotation; copying objects; and linking and unlinking objects.