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Avatrait Gallery Expands Free Class Program To Include Art History

January 27th, 2008 | Category: Art, Education, Press release

From a Press Release

Following the very popular start of their in-gallery art classes with this weeks’ “SL Art 101” presentations by Ryker Beck, AVATRAIT GALLERY announces the next series of continuing art programs, this one addressing Art History. This program will be presented by new Second Life resident Hitoshi Mayako, who in real life has an MFA from University of Chicago and is on the staff of the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago.

Hitoshi Mayako is an accomplished educator with over ten years’ experience teaching, and an articulate communicator who has effectively brought arts education to diverse populations of students at a variety of academic and skill levels. Over the course of these on-going presentations Hitoshi will discuss the development of art from the earliest expressions of human creativity, though the various cultures of the world, East and West, detailing assorted artistic “movements”, and on into the present with radical new forms such as Second Life art.

Avatrait Gallery

The first of these Art History classes will be on Tuesday, January 29th, at 7pm SLT, with a subsequent repeat (date and time to be determined) at an hour more convenient for European S.L. residents. Other monthly programs will also be premiering soon, and schedule information is available at the gallery.

The Avatrait Gallery features Second Life’s most outstanding artists, one of whose works are featured every month, with exclusive collectible one-of-a-kind framed images available in-world, and high quality framed prints available through the Avatrait web site for real-world display.

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24 Hour LIVE AID Concert for the American Cancer Society

December 15th, 2007 | Category: Charity, Concerts, Live Music, Press release

From a notecard from the SL Media Alliance

What: 24 hour LIVE AID FOR American Cancer Society

Where: The Lava pit, sunflower Island

When: December 16th 5am SLT

Hi this is Mama Norfolk from The Lava Pit in Second Life; we are having a live aid concert event on December 16th to benefit the American Cancer Society.

We are looking for any bands/musicians that would like to perform for this great event that will be streamed over 2 sims.

All tips from musicians and donations will be for Cancer research , I am sure that all of us know someone that is battling cancer and would like to help in any way we can to find a cure and advanced treatments for cancer.

Musicians will need to donate at least one hour of their time.

Time slots are going fast so if you would like to participate please contact me or Durell Celt as soon as possible.

This will be a 24 hour event starting at 5am SLT Sunday December 16th.

Please contact Durell Celt or Mama Norfolk for more details.

Second Life URL.

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PR - Virtual Worlds Offer New Methods to Teach Languages

October 08th, 2007 | Category: Press release


Language Teaching Gains Second Life:

Virtual Worlds Offer New Methods to Teach Languages

La Paz, Bolivia September 30, 2007 - - 3D virtual worlds like Second Life are now being used by language teachers to provide simulation of real life environments and allow students to discover more creative and more realistic ways to improve their language skills.

Language teaching is appearing in Second Life and the online language school “Avatar English” is taking an innovative approach by combining Second Life with voice messengers such as Skype and other online teaching tools. Language educators in Second Life are working together to develop and improve their teaching methods, and an example of this collaboration is the recent SLanguages 2007 virtual conference.

Language teaching in 3D virtual worlds is still at its early stages of development, yet it is generating interest from students, teachers and education consultants. Second Life with over 7 million registered users and $1.7m of business done daily is rapidly becoming a parallel world for socializing, trading and, learning. The 3D online world is free to access and allows its virtual residents (or avatars) to build their own creations, allowing for an imaginative virtual world.

“Second Life brings immersive, immediate and - more importantly - supportive, social and truly constructivist - potential to distance learning. Combined with a virtual learning environment such as Moodle, this is the killer education application for the inventive teacher” says Gavin Dudeney online-education consultant of The Consultants-E ( and co-author of How to Teach English with Technology, Longman, 2007.

Second Life is especially suited to younger learners of foreign languages because they already see the internet as a natural place to learn and play. Marc Prensky (author of Digital Game-Based Learning, McGraw Hill, 2001) refers to this generation as “Digital Natives” because they have grown up within a digital world.

Second Life offers new approaches to language learning and initial feedback from students is very positive. “At first I was so surprised by this virtual school in Second Life. It was a totally new experience for me to learn English like this. Every class was a virtual experience, but at the same time, you get a real improvement in your English” says Bo Jian, student at Avatar English. Teaching in Second Life is more than just the 3D experience. “Technology doesn’t replace the professionalism of an experienced and qualified native speaking teacher, it simply allows us to be more creative” says Howard Vickers, Director of Avatar English.

A growing movement of foreign language educators is exploring the potential of virtual worlds. The SLanguages 2007 symposium on 23 June 2007 brought together language educators to share experiences of teaching languages within Second Life and explore how best to use the virtual world. “SLanguages 2007 served to explore the major issues for language education in Second Life, and guided educators towards best practice” says Gavin Dudeney, whose education consultancy company, The Consultants-E (, organized the virtual conference.

For more information on Second Life language teaching or for a free trial lesson, contact Howard Vickers or visit

Avatar English is an online language school in the 3D virtual world Second Life. The school offers individual English classes with professionally qualified and experienced native speaking English teachers to students globally. Classes take place in custom built virtual classrooms that reflect the theme of the classes, such as airports, markets, banks and cinemas. Avatar English has recently opened its doors to students around the world and was established by Howard Vickers, an English teacher with international experience, currently based in Bolivia.


Howard Vickers, Director of Avatar English

Avatar English

+591 765 25279 (Bolivia)

howard.avatar.english (Skype)

Me: One has to wonder how many times they actually go inworld considering that they say “Second Life with over 7 million registered users and $1.7m of business done daily”? It certainly means that none of them visit Second Life Insider.

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