The Islands of Enlightenment: Middle School Students Learning and Creating

This presentation will highlight the work of two middle school teachers in Western New York who have created an amazing OpenSim learning adventure to help students understand the Holocaust and the life of Anne Frank.


Dec 10 2022


5:30 pm - 6:00 pm




Keynote Auditorium


  • Amanda LynnCH
    Amanda LynnCH

    I am a Grade 7 English Language Arts teacher at Cleveland Hill Middle School in Cheektowaga, NY.

  • Andrew Wheelock / Spiff Whitfield
    Andrew Wheelock / Spiff Whitfield

    I am a 13 year Elementary School Teacher and 15 year Technology Integrator. I work with schools throughout Western New York. My OpenSIM endeavors include a NY State Department of Education Funded project called the Islands of Enlightenment. This project uses an OpenSim virtual world technology designed to help students learn about The Holocaust, Life in a Medieval Village, and the principles of architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. This project has had tremendous support and help from WNED our PBS affiliate, The Anne Frank Project (Buffalo State College), and The Martin Complex in Buffalo NY.

  • J MenzCH
    J MenzCH

    I am a Grade 7 social studies teacher at Cleveland Hill Middle School in Cheektowaga, NY.

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