Monday, September 19, 2011

2013 EDU: Virtually a disaster

Not if, but when
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Tour of the Virtual Emergency Exercises
  • A tornado 
  • A fire in a high-rise
  • A shooting at  a high school
  • A subway evacuation
Not a CNN retrospective of the top news of the week.  Not the scenario for an upcoming disaster movie.  

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 Real training in a virtual world.  For emergency responders.   I picked this story up in my blog scanner:

In fair weather, prepare for foul...
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It was in the blog:  Al-Qantara Library.  That is one of the blogs you will find on the right side of this blog, whenever it has a recent post.     
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Location Link. Click to go or drag to the viewer screen:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/61/94/24/
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So I slurled over there to look around.  Conveniently, I found the promo for a tour.  Just what I wanted.  
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Tour Pod, By YavaScript
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The tour was provided by my good friend Yavanna Llanfair.   (It's a small world, after all.)  She is the person I told you about in  YavaScript pod tours.  This tour, of course, was set up by the builder here,  TRP360 3D Works.  
I took the tour.  I'll show you some pictures below.  But on  the tour, I met Freecilla Kuhn, the main builder here.  She builds for TRP360 3D Works, which builds simulated worlds for real life companies & educational institutions.   She also teaches Virtual Emergency Exercises (VEE). She showed me around the place 
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Freecilla changed into a police uniform
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This is the area where the VEE participants pick up their equipment, such as police uniforms, fireman's protective gear, and bloody outfits.  Freecilla offered me a police uniform, but I declined, preferring to stay in my blogger's casuals.  
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Posters show the builds around here,
 all by TRP360
Here is more information about 
TRP360 3D Works
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I ride the YavaScript pod
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Meanwhile, back at the tour, her are some of the things I saw.
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A Toronto street corner
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The bus keeps a regular schedule. The scene is supposed to be a good simulation of a part of Toronto.  Maybe somebody from Toronto will offer an opinion in the comments. 
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A high school waiting for a shooting
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First responders can't just look at the ouside. 
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First responders have to deal with flaming walls
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Would you open this door?  
What if you heard scream from inside?
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  • Suppose you had been told what to do.  
  • Suppose you had practiced what you should do.
  • Does practice work better than hearing a lecture.
  • Would VEE be better than hearing a lecture? 
  • Would VEE  be more affordable than "real" simulations? 
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The tornado lives around here
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The tornado is coming!  
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Mere minutes after we began, an enormous black funnel came whipping around the corner. Buildings started collapsing around us so I immediately reached into my inventory, glopped on my fake blood, laid down on the ground, and started moaning.
I don't think we're in Kansas any more
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Video-Machinima
      

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