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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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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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Virtual Conference Explores New Frontiers in Language Learning

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

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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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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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TUi Instructors Career Program (TIC) INFO session

December 02nd, 2007 | Category: Education, Teaching

What: TUi Instructors Career Program (TIC) INFO session

When: Dec 2, 2007 11:00 pm (Sunday) to Dec 3, 2007 12:00 am (Monday)

Where: Technical User interfacing Second Life

Tags: Education Hempz Rebel learning Second Life Technical User interfacing

Description: TUi Instructors Career Program (TIC) INFO session Hosted by Sammi TUi

Looking for a SL career change? Want to share your knowledge with other residents or just give back to the community? Ever wanted to be a teacher but were not sure how to do it in SL? TUi NEO is offering you the opportunity to learn all the essential skills necessary to be an effective instructor in SL for anything you are interested in teaching. If you have the desire to teach and want to learn all the ins and outs of teaching, this program is right for you!

If you are interested in education in Second Life we welcome you to join us for an informational session to learn more about the TUi Instructors Career Program.

TUi NEO~ We do it for the LOVE of Teaching! “Where students come first!”

Second Life URL.

Popularity: 3%

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SL Teaching Tools

November 18th, 2007 | Category: Education, Second Life Tips, Teaching, Tools

What: SL Teaching Tools

When: Saturday 1st December, 08.00-09.00 (SL time)17.00-18.00 (UTC)

Where: Edunation III Conference Crossover Space (EduNation III 202, 27, 21)

Description: Dudeney Ge will be be giving an introduction to some of the tools available for teaching in Second Life (free gift for teachers included!)

This first event will be followed by others, approximately once a month, so it should be a great way to meet interesting people and find out about Second Life educational initiatives, etc. Here are the details:

Education@Edunation is a series of free monthly talks, workshops and discussions on education in-and-outside of Second Life, organised by the Consultants-E (http://www.theconsultants-e.com/)

Meet fellow educators and trainers at Edunation III for sessions dealing with:

  • Teaching Tools

  • Teacher Training
  • Gaming & Education
  • Materials Design
  • Language Education

and many more…from seminars to pecha kucha sessions

Second Life URL.

Popularity: 5%

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EDUCAUSE Conference Hot Topics Discussion on Virtual Worlds

October 23rd, 2007 | Category: Conferences, Discussion, Education, Teaching, Virtual Worlds

What: EDUCAUSE Conference Hot Topics Discussion on Virtual Worlds

When: Thursday October 25, 2007 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m

Where: Annenberg Island in Second Life

Description: As part of this year’s EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Seattle, there will be a Hot Topic Discussion on Virtual Worlds which will bring together those who want to discuss how virtual learning environments impact all facets of the institution. We are excited to announce that this years Hot Topic Discussion will be simulcast into Second Life.

Second Life URL.

Popularity: 12%

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What Are Kids Learning in Virtual Worlds?

October 23rd, 2007 | Category: Conferences, Education, Teaching, Virtual Worlds

Here is another real life event about virtual worlds, this one is in Southern California at the University of Southern California.

What: What Are Kids Learning in Virtual Worlds? The wonders and the worries.

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 6:00 p.m

Where: Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California

Description: Club Penguin, Whyville, The Sims, Second Life.
You’ve heard these names, what do they mean for kids?
Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss:

What are kids really doing in virtual worlds? How are they learning? What does this mean for parents and educators?

A MacArthur Foundation/Common Sense Media Forum on Wednesday, November 14th at the Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California, 5:30 Registration, 6:00-7:00 Panel Discussion, and 7:00-8:00 Reception and Tour of Virtual Worlds.

Featured Panel Participants: Introductory Remarks Julia Stasch, Anastasia Goodstein, Doug Thomas, Associate Professor, Yasmin B. Kafai, Associate Professor, Barry Joseph Director of Global Kids Inc and Moderated by Jim Steyer Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media.

To register: Registration is free, space is limited. Register before November 1 for complimentary event parking. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Claudia Linden and Discovery Education Webex

October 13th, 2007 | Category: Education, Seminars, Teaching

What: Claudia Linden and Discovery Education Webex

When: Wednesday, October 17, at 7pm EST (US)

Description: Claudia Linden will appear in the Discovery Education EdTech Connect Series. “She’ll share success stories and best practices from exemplary K12 and higher education projects in Second Life. ”

Visit the following URL to sign up for the WebEx.
https://discoveryed.webex.com/mw0304l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=discoveryed&service=6

Popularity: 8%

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Second Life Educational Videos

October 06th, 2007 | Category: Education, Teaching

Here are a couple interesting videos showing how teachers are using Second Life in the classrooms to educate their students, this first shows you how you can teach science and help students learn about agents of erosion and deposition, from Ohio University.

Posted to Technology Videos by eubeenhadd on October 05, 2007

This one demonstrates an educational game about nutrition and it emphasizes the effects that fast food has on health, also from Ohio University.

Posted to Technology Videos by eubeenhadd on October 05, 2007

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TUi LVL1: Magical Broomstick

September 20th, 2007 | Category: Building, Education, Harry Potter, Second Life Scripting, Teaching

TUi LVL1: Magical Broomstick

When: Sep 20, 2007 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Thursday)

Where: Technical User interfacing Second Life

Tags: Cato Oh Education Second Life Technical User interfacing

Description: Instructor: Cato Oh Cost: $0 Materials will be provided Duration: 1 hr Class Size: This class is limited to 20 students Prerequisites: This is a level 1 class with no particular building skills required

Do you like to dream of into fantasy worlds ? Want to join the local Quidditch team but don’t have the equipment? We have the thing for you ! Come down to TUi and make your own Magical Broomstick ! We will teach you how to build, texture and add a flying script !

All materials (textures and scripts) are included in this class.

TUi Neo ~ We do it for the LOVE of Teaching!

Second Life URL.

Popularity: 4%

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