Archive for the 'Education' Category

Open House on Lighthouse Learning Island

September 04th, 2008 | Category: Education, Meet and Greet, Teaching

From a Group Notice:

Lighthouse Learning Island will hold an Open House from 5-6pm (SLT) /8-9pm (EST) on October 20th. Lighthouse Learning Island is an island dedicated to K-12 educational learning communities. There will be representatives from each of the 5 school districts and 3 educational service centers present to talk to you about the ways they are using Second Life to support and enhance teaching and learning.

You can find out more about Lighthouse Learning Island here: nausetschools.org/lighthouselearning

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Watch the next Solar Eclipse in Second Life

July 02nd, 2008 | Category: Education, Environmental, RL Meets SL, Science, Space

Solar Eclipse
Here is something pretty cool, and even if you don’t use Second Life, you’ll still be able to enjoy it. On August 1st, the next solar eclipse will happen, and, if you live in the US you won’t be able to see it live, but thankfully, San Francisco’s Exploratorium science museum will be streaming it live inside Second Life.

Second Life users can view the 45-minute Webcast, starting at 3:30 a.m. PDT August 1, on the virtual world’s so-called Exploratorium Island. Avatars can also gather at the Pi Day Theater at the Sploland Sim, at the Science School Sim, and at the Spindrift Sim. The eclipse will be accompanied by video and commentary of Exploratorium and NASA scientists.

Starting July 1, Second Life members and their real-life makers can use Exploratorium Island to learn about solar eclipses, Chinese culture, and solar science. Source:

Non Second Life users will also be able to watch the solar eclipse on the exploratorium website.

On August 1, 2008, a total solar eclipse will occur as the new moon moves directly between the sun and the earth. The moon’s umbral shadow will fall first on Canada, then zoom across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and into China, where an Exploratorium team will be waiting. Our fifth eclipse expedition brings our team to remote Xinjiang Provence in northwestern China, very close to the Mongolian border, where we’ll Webcast the eclipse live. Please check back, as the date nears, for more details.

Check here for more details.

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ISTE Campfire Ring on Presidential Educational Platforms

May 29th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, Meet and Greet, Politics

Join us at the ISTE Campfire Rings on Thursday, May 29th, at 6 PM SLT for a discussion about the educational platforms of US presidential candidates. Moderators will share tips for researching the educational platforms of presidential candidates followed by an informal discussion of their platforms. Second Life URL

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NMC Virtual Learning Prize

May 22nd, 2008 | Category: Building, Competition, Contests, Education, Press release, Teaching

The New Media Consortium is looking for some unique learning experiences in Second Life and they are giving away $100,000 to get them. Here is a link to the official press reselease: press release.

The NMC is committed to pushing the boundaries of how we collectively view teaching and learning in virtual space. The NMC Virtual Learning Prize is envisioned as a way to surface and realize creative ideas for how to make optimal use of a virtual setting, using a process that provides recognition, financial incentives, professional development services, and a return for education as a whole.

“Projects funded under the NMC Virtual Learning Prize program will be those that make learning fresh or novel, or that illustrate concepts that are usually very difficult to teach,” explains Dr. Larry Johnson, NMC’s CEO and director of NMC Virtual Worlds. “We are seeking immersive learning experiences in particular, as well as tools that support the craft of teaching. We hope to see a number of proposals with broad applicability across disciplines as that will allow us to maximize the reach of the shared resources that are to be developed under this program.” Source: NMC Announces $100,000 in Virtual Learning Prizes

How to Apply
Proposals should be detailed enough to fully communicate the vision and ideas behind the proposal; images or sketches may be included if they will help the reviewers visualize the experience or product.

Please download the Virtual Learning Prize Application Form to complete your submission. Your application must include the following information, as specified in the form:

  • 100-word abstract;

  • Title and description of the learning experience or teaching tool/resource;
  • Essential characteristics or features that make this idea especially suitable within a virtual space;
  • Key outcomes for the participant in this experience or the user of this tool;
  • Discussion of the applicability of the experience or tool to a variety of disciplines and courses; and
  • Author contact information — name, title, institution, email, address, phone, and avatar name.

Proposals will be accepted at any time until all funds are disbursed for the 2008-9 award year, but proposals received by June 16, 2008 will have the greatest chance of being funded, as that is the date upon which the review of proposals will begin. Proposals should be submitted electronically to virtual-learning@nmc.org. Questions should be directed to the same address.

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Sunbelt University Class Schedule

April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Building, Education, How To, Second Life Tips

From a group notice, here is the Sunbelt University Class Schedule for April 21st to April 27th. I’ve heard some good comments about their classes so check em out.

April 22nd Jewelry class is canceled. Teacher is on break.

April 27th, 12pm slt - class limit 15
Sunbelt Uni: Level 2 Class - Sculpted Attachments (Sculptypaint 3)
Sponsored by Sunbelt
Learn how to create shoes, cuffs and a scarf in Sculptypaint. This class is part 3 of the basic and advanced Sculptypaint classes held at NCI.

April 27th Scripting 103 Class at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm! Fun!

Second Life URL

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Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, Microsoft, Seminars, Technology

Hero Event

Microsoft is doing something pretty cool, they are holding a launch for the Visual Studio Team System 2008 in Second Life on April 26th, 2008. It will run from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Second Life Time, an agenda is available here. You can download Virtual PC images of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 here and try out the hands on labs here. It says when you attend the event you get promotional versions of all three products, so it may be worth dropping inworld to check it out. Second Life URL.

Once again we are poised to make history for Microsoft by holding the first ever full-fledged Launch event in Second Life. With less than two weeks to go I wanted to post again about the event and provide more details on what is going on the day of the event. Source: Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life — April 26th, 2008

Sessions include:

What’s New In Windows Server 2008, Virtualization and your Infrastructure, Securing your IT Infrastructure with Windows Server 2008, Exploring Windows Server 2008 Web and Application Technologies, Mission Critical Applications on SQL Server 2008, Simplify Management of your Data Infrastructure, Exploring Business Intelligence and SQL Server 2008, Next Generation Data Applications, Breakthrough Challenges with Visual Studio 2008, Reach End-Users with Next Generation Web Applications, Create Instantly Familiar Applications with the Microsoft Office System, and Defy Occasionally Connected Challenges with Smart Client Applications.

Second Life URL.

Popularity: 9%

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ISTE Discussion for New Educators in SL

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, New Residents

Are you an educator new to Second Life or ISTE in SL? Come out to the ISTE Discussion Skypark on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 PM SLT (8:30 PM EDT) to connect with avatars who can answer your questions about Second Life and ISTE. Second Life URL.

Connectors needed! Are you interested in mentoring a new avatar at this week’s social? IM Corinne Fleury for details.

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14 New QuickTip Tutorials from Torley

Here are 14 new tutorials from Torley Linden, he must have a list of hundreds of suggestions for these tutorials to keep coming up with good info like this.

Amidst the storms, we carry on — and the watermelon guru has returned to bring you… yes, that’s right, more video tutorials (AKA screencasts) to help you learn Second Life! And if there’s a particular theme for this one, it’s things that make you go:

“I wish I knew that when I started my Second Life!”

Wishes do come true. Source:

You can’t remove body parts! - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Teleport location history - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Shift-drag to copy objects - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Saving objects back to your inventory - Second Life Video Tutorial QUCIKTIP


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Virtual Conference Explores New Frontiers in Language Learning

March 20th, 2008 | Category: Conferences, Education, Languages, Teaching

Received via email:

Barcelona, Spain, 20 March 2008 - - SLanguages 2008 is a 24-hour multilingual conference to celebrate and investigate the use of 3D virtual worlds for language education. The event will be held in Second Life on 23-24 May 2008…

SLanguages 2008 is a 24 hour multilingual conference to celebrate and investigate the use of 3D virtual worlds for language education. The conference will be held within Second Life allowing the participants to exchange ideas and share experiences simultaneously around the world. The online conference is free to attend and includes talks, workshops, discussions and posters on language education using virtual worlds such as Second Life. The events will cover methodologies, teaching tools and experiences.

Second Life is a 3D virtual world that has attracted over 12 million residents worldwide and has become a mainstream phenomenon for education, business and entertainment. Throughout 2007 Second Life has become an important tool for language learning with many universities using the 3D world for language tuition, including Michigan State University and the University of Southampton. “Interest in using Second Life for education has increased exponentially over the last year” says Second Life educational consultant Gavin Dudeney, author of The Internet and the Language Classroom, Longman 2007.

The event is an opportunity for those new to virtual language teaching to learn about the opportunities virtual worlds offer. The conference also allows experienced language educators to share experiences and ideas. “3D virtual worlds such as Second Life offer a unique form of immersive learning not found elsewhere. The SLanguages 2008 conference is the perfect opportunity to see the recent developments in this area and to meet those involved in truly innovative educational projects” says Graham Stanley, who has established the British Council’s ‘Learn English Second Life for Teens’.

SLanguages 2008 will be hosted within Second Life on the tropical “EduNation” islands owned by The Consultants-E. The conference starts 10am (PST) Friday 23 May and ends 10am (PST) Saturday 24 May. The seminars will continue to also reach a much wider audience through archives of the event on the www.slanguages.net website.

To register for the conference or for further information, please contact Gavin Dudeney of The Consultants-E or visit the website www.slanguages.net.

The Consultants-E is an educational consultancy company specialising in online education, offering tailored consultancy in technology for education. Their consultants assist companies and educational institutions to integrate innovative technologies into their teaching practices. The company also offers courses in e-learning tools such as Second Life, wikis, podcasts and Moodle. The Consultants-E own and run three private islands in Second Life that foster education and training.

Contact:
Gavin Dudeney
The Consultants-E
c/ Cerámica 54
08035 Barcelona
Spain
gavin.dudeney@theconsultants-e.com
www.theconsultants-e.com
Dudeney Ge (Avatar in Second Life)

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New Avatar Social

March 12th, 2008 | Category: Education, Meet and Greet, New Residents

Received from a group notice:

Are you an educator new to Second Life or just new to the ISTE community in SL? Join us for the New Avatar Social at 5:30PM SLT this Thursday, March 13th in the discussion sky park to meet with ISTE SL members who can answer your questions about Second Life and ISTE. Looking for some places to visit? Click here. Need to know how to do something in SL? Want to know more about ISTE activities in SL? This is the social for you.

ISTE SL members interested in mentoring new avatars, IM Corinne Fleury.

Second Life URL.

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Cisco TechChat on Learning 2.0

March 11th, 2008 | Category: Chat, Education, Teaching, Technology

From the group notice:

Please join Cisco this Thursday, March 13th 2008, at noon PDT to hear John Connell, Education Strategist and Business Development Manager at Cisco, discuss the concept of “Learning 2.0″. John will share his thoughts about the future of education in a world where the onset and permeation of digital technologies are transforming the way we live, work, and learn.

This event will use Second Life group voice chat. Please make sure you have voice enabled to hear the event.

Second Life URL.

Popularity: 7%

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ISTE Speaker Series session on the NETS for Teachers Refresh Project

March 07th, 2008 | Category: Education, Teaching

From a group notice:

Please join us for a special ISTE Speaker Series session on the NETS for Teachers Refresh Project this Monday, March 10, 4-6 PM SLT. This is your chance to provide your input about the new standards for teachers. Complete details are below. To learn more about the NETS Refresh, please visit: http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/NETSRefreshProject/NETS_Refresh_Toolkit.htm.

NETS.T Refresh: A Shared Vision, A Shared Voice for Educators in an Increasingly Digital World
Presented by Leslie Conery, ISTE Deputy CEO, and Anita McAnear, NECC Program Chair/L&L Acquisitions Editor

Monday, March 10, 4-6 PM SLT, on ISTE Island in Second Life

Innovation and creativity top the list of student learning technology standards recently released by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). Educators from all 50 states and 22 countries contributed to ISTE’s new student standards. Now, you can help shape new educational standards for teachers that prepare students learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world. Join us for this interactive, collaborative session to refresh the NETS for Teachers.

We have had more than 2,000 educators weigh in on the NETS*T so far. We are closing in on the end of the data collection phase and plan to release the next generation of the NETS?T at NECC in San Antonio. We want to hear from those who use Second Life because they are on the cutting edge of innovative technology integration and will bring a critical perspective to the refresh.

NOTE: This is a two-hour interactive session which will require the use of voice in order to hear the presenters. The group activities will be conducted in both voice and chat options.

Facilitators will be leading you through interactive, small-group activities, but it would be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with the following short documents or to have them open and handy during the session. (Typically, these NETS town hall meetings are face to face with hard copy documents, so a virtual activity of this sort will be a little different.)

NETS for Teachers 2000

NETS for Teachers 2008 Working Draft

NETS?T Framework Questions

NETS for Teachers Worksheet

NETS-S Essential Conditions to Leverage Technology for Learning:

We hope you can join us Monday and participate in this important process!

Best,

Jennifer/ Kitty

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