Thursday, September 19, 2013

2013 EDU: EduNation: Virtual Worlds for language education

Edunation: Virtual Worlds for language education
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  • Virtual World Telecollaboration 
  • Educational Simulations 
  • Virtual Classrooms 
  • Class Exchanges 
  • Annual rental costs: 
  • Basic1280 square meter plot  250 prims  US$180 
  • Premium: 1280 square meter plot  500 prims US$300 
  • Details
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Public areas
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Residents
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More Residents
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Thanks to Heike Philp for most of the information below.   
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Resources for educators
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Educational resources Center
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Tech Help.   for residents and for visiting lecturers who want  to introduce their students to SL. Edunation staff provides help with:
  • equipment 
  • meeting preparations
  • presentations
  • handling large groups
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    Situated learning 
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    Custom built housing available for fast and easy set-up of offices or training centers (20 plots)
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    Holodecks
    On EduNation the holodecks hold scenes for language learners and teachers bring groups of students to EduNation to practice language in these settings. These scenarios include 
    • a library
    • a bus stop
    • a restaurant
    • a shop for clothes
    • forest seating
    • a castle 
    • many other settings
    Some 100 of these holodeck scenes have been produced by Dr. Randall Sadler, co-owner of EduNation islands. For more detail about the holodecks, see this page: Services for language educators
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    Related
    Land in SL costs much less if you time-share. The rez-to-use model.
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    Virtlantis
    Virtlantis has a free language learning island and we appreciate their efforts to provide a platform where language teachers can practice to teach in virtual worlds. They are a resident and they offer some of their courses on EduNation.
    Recreation 
    Rezzers provide the equipment
    Boats, floats, and Jet skis
    Can you talk about these in another language?

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    Future
    Over a period of 2 years under the leadership of Dr. Michael Thomas of the University of Central Lancashire a total of 9 project partners, of which are 4 universities, will create machinima and a teacher training course for language teachers on how to create machinima and how to use machinima in class. 
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    Today we have been thinking of adding a new island to the north of EduNation just for video work
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    Video-Machinima
          

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    • What do we do in Virtual Worlds? 
    • Search on page with Google Chrome: Ctrl+f, search bar upper right 
    • Google search this blog, column on right
    • or put site:virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com at the end of the search terms
    • Annotated screen shots made with Jing
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    • This blog is not affiliated with Second Life or anything else.  
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    3 comments:

    1. Hi Selby/ Thinkerer, Thank you sooo much for this informative blog post on EduNation. Very, very well done! I will gladly distribute your notecard in our EduNation group (s).
      Thank you very much indeed for your thorough journalistic work.
      rgds Heike aka Gwen

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    2. May I create a track back link to another blog post about EduNation. http://avalon-project.ning.com/profiles/blogs/if-you-build-it-they-will-come

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      1. Anyone is welcome to add any relevant links to any of my posts. My objective is to disseminate information. Links do that.

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