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Global Kids Present in Second Life

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Dec 1, 2011 12:16pm
Recently a group called Global Kids met up in Second Life to produce and take part in a virtual world talk show called "Let's Talk Sustainability." In the first episode, Global Kids teen leaders gathered in Second Life to share a video clip from The Meatrix, as well as a slideshow describing the production of a fast food product.  They discussed the video and slideshow and shared a game where audience members were able to participate and  express their opinions on ... more...

Educators in Second Life: University of Technology, Sydney

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Nov 17, 2011 07:21am
The University of Technology, Sydney Australia (UTS) conducted a case study in 2011 with undergraduate students in the French and Japanese intermediate language and culture subjects offered in the International Studies Program. Each class participated in a series of Second Life activities over one semester during tutorials to complement traditional weekly lessons based on textbooks and other materials.  A virtual representation of a two story furnished house was built in Second Life to simulate private space. In front of this building, four ... more...

Educators in Second Life: Fachhochschule Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Oct 11, 2011 01:38pm
Thomas Molck, of the University of Applied Sciences shares how he uses Second Life to engage students. The information below was obtained from a paper which can be found on the university  website. Since 2007, the Department of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf  has been offering  courses in Second Life in the area of "culture, aesthetics, and media". The Virtual world is used as a field of work for aspiring social workers, as well as ... more...

Educators in Second Life: Arizona State University

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Sep 21, 2011 06:50am
Dr. Mary Stokrocki, Professor of Art Education at Arizona State, is another NMC educator using Second Life as a platform for education. Dr. Stokrocki shares, "I use my Art Ark site on the  NMC Campus in Second Life for teaching and research in several ways:" A.  I bring my undergrads here for a 3-hour class, like an introduction teaser in the educational possibilities of Second Life.  My site shows sculptural forms of architecture. B.  I formulate my teaching as a series of art ... more...

Educators in Second Life: Capella University

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Sep 6, 2011 07:43am
Wm. H.'Bill' Burkett, Ph.D. of Capella University explains how  they are creatively using Second Life as an educational platform. [caption id="attachment_9361" align="alignnone" width="508" caption="Capella University"][/caption] Capella University's School of Undergraduate Studies Information Technology Department is proud to be an innovator in using Second Life. One use we have for Second Life is in conducting our IT2240 Introduction to Programming. We use the Linden (Second Life) Scripting Language, which is an event driven language, as our beginning vehicle to learning  the theory of ... more...

Educators in Second Life: Middlebury College

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Aug 17, 2011 06:51am
Our educators were asked to share how they are using Second Life as an educational tool, and in the coming months we will report on their exciting projects. MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE, VERMONT Professor Maria Wololson & Joe Antoniole the Manager of Web and Interactive Media of Middlebury College did a presentation on our Middleverse project at a conference in Madison. The project consisted of constructing a virtual social space for language acquisition. One of the questions answered in their presentation was why use virtual ... more...

Immersive Experiences in Second Life

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Jul 27, 2011 04:26pm
Part 3 of a 3-part series: A Virtual World, Endless Learning Potential One of the greatest assets of Second Life is the ability to connect and collaborate with people from all over the world, in real time, and in the same space. "Macbeth" is a great example of an immersive art and educational experience that was a collaboration between multiple avatars. It is a space to explore, role-play, deconstruct, and reconstruct the text of Shakespeare's Macbeth.  Exploring the island allows you to ... more...

Art Programs in Second Life

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Jul 20, 2011 10:18am
Part 2 of a 3-part series: A Virtual World, Endless Learning Potential What is a world without art? People find joy in viewing, creating, and discussing works of art. Art is a means of expression and exploration. Learning about art means becoming immersed in another culture, another time period, and at times another world. Imagine being able to step foot into the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam...from your house. Or recreate a famous piece you've always longed to have in ... more...

Free OpenSimulator Quick Start Guide

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Jul 18, 2011 01:22pm
We are happy to share a free OpenSimulator quick start guide created by one of our very own NMC Second Life community members, David W. Deeds, Ph.D., IT Manager/Teacher of the Changchun American International School. Although the main focus of NMC Virtual Worlds is in Second Life, we realize that many educators perhaps have interest in building a virtual space on an open simulator. Download it here. The PDF is free for anyone to use and repurpose. If you post it, please make ... more...

A Virtual World, Endless Learning Potential

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Jul 12, 2011 11:52am
[caption id="attachment_4301" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="CISI Cyber-Campus via David W. Deeds"][/caption] Part 1 of a 3-part series Second Life can be utilized by educators for almost any curriculum. Art, English, writing, language, fashion design, architecture, science, social studies, physics .... the list grows everyday. As is the case with any emerging technology, the innovation shines through in the real life examples of educators using Virtual Worlds to better engage students. Angela Giovanangeli, a lecturer from the Cultural Studies Group at the University of Technology ... more...