Katie Hanifin is a teacher at Canastota High School in upstate New York, where she specializes in the integration of technology in the classroom. She has written for EdTech magazine on innovative classroom technology as well as Web 2.0, virtual worlds, video gaming, and the online learning experience. In this opinion blog, she discussed her experience teaching students with greater access to technology than ever. This blog is no longer being updated.
I entered this virtual world project a little late in the development process so I was left to look at a finished prototype and figure out where to fit left over pieces, so to speak. This metaphorical machine was beautiful, shiny, crafted with the attention only a true master can afford - but you couldn't really "ride" it. Imagine telling Paul Sr. that it's not ready for paint the day before the American Chopper debut.