Monday, July 22, 2019

2019 ART: LEA closes. Art has opened in OpenSim. Looking forward

LEA closes. 
Art has opened in OpenSim
Looking forward

A virtual art exhibit closes.  OpenSim grids remain open for art--new or recovered from elsewhere. 
Installation art by Gracie Kendal

Articles about LEA and LEA closing

Art in OpenSimulator

  • OpenSimulator already has a thriving art community.
  • With a lot of artists and content from LEA:
  • Artlandia: Spiral Silverstar, Gracie Kendal, Alpha Auer, Freewee Ling
  • Much of the art that was in LEA can be transferred to OpenSim grids.
  • And OpenSim grids can easily host all the recoverable art from LEA.
  • I am offering at least 20 sim-sized plots (256X256) in Kitely.
  • Interested? Contact me (Selby Evans) in Kitely or as a comment on this article.
  • Here is my place: Creative Collaborators
  • Note that in OpenSim, you can save your sim as a file (OAR).
  • An OAR stores everything you created and can be reloaded on another grid.
  • You can give or sell  an OAR file.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Digital coaching is needed for the DTA: Do we have the technology for that?

Digital coaching is needed for the DTA:  
Do we have the technology for that?   

Preliminary analysis of the functions of a digital coach in a MUVE and consideration of how some of those functions could be provided by a digital coach using current technology.  Future articles will cover more functions and more details.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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Survey the requirements

Saturday, July 20, 2019

2019 EDU: TKR: Learning something? Use your head. Learning Skills

Learning something?  
Use your head.   
Learning Skills

You can learn how to learn.  Sure.  Learning is a skill.  Not something they usually teach in school.  Not an obvious skill, like being able to read.  Actually, learning calls for a collection of skills and habits.  And it calls for smart choices about the best way to use those skills and habits.
  • How easy is it for you to learn new things?
  • Do other people seem to learn new things more easily than you?
  • Do other people use learning skills that you are not using?
  • Below is a list of skills that people commonly use.
  • See if you are using all the skills you could use.

Friday, July 19, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: BIZ: Education builds skills. Skills are assets. Assets are marketable if you can show them. Your portfolio shows your skills.

Education builds skills. Skills are assets. 
Assets are valuable if you can show them.  
Your portfolio shows your skills.

A portfolio (or at least a vita listing publications) is the mark of a professional.  Colleges should be teaching portfolio development and maintenance.  More than that, they should be publicizing the portfolios of their graduates and upcoming graduates.
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  • What does a classroom have to do with your professional portfolio?
  • Trick question.  You don't put class notes in your portfolio.
  • Your portfolio fills with things you did.  
  • And you probably did them elsewhere.
  • That's why I show the classroom empty.  
  • The students should be out doing things.
  • And creating record of what they do:  That's what makes a Career portfolio

Portfolios and online presence

Thursday, July 18, 2019

#VWEDU update 7/22/2019 Firestorm splits into OpenSim and SL versions. LEA closes

#VWEDU update 7/22/2019 
Firestorm splits into OpenSim and SL versions.   
LEA closes

A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Some often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items are added daily
NonProfit Commons
Friday Morning meetings 

News on the MUVEs 


  • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
  • My timeline on Twitter 
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Newcomer notes
  • Business
  • Support the supporters
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Libraries for education
  • Writers on the MUVEs 
  • Promotion (general)
  • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
  • Web-worlds
  • News sources
  • Visit me on the web
  • Hypergrid tips
  • License 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Just-In-Time (JIT) learning in virtual schools, maybe with DTA coaching. Language as an example

Just-In-Time (JIT) learning 
in virtual schools,
maybe with DTA coaching.
Language as an example.

Some suggestions on how to use virtual worlds to provide JIT LearningFurther suggestions are offered on how a Digital Teaching Assistant ( DTA) and game-based learning could be incorporated for more efficient learning. 
This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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Just-in-time learning

Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 #VWEDU Online education, sure. But why a virtual campus? Why in a virtual world (MUVE)?

Online education, sure.  
But why a virtual campus?  
Why in a virtual world (MUVE)?

A campus is much more than a collection of classes.  Any physical campus offers a number added services. Here I consider which of those services should be carried to the virtual campus as we move from virtual classrooms to complete educational institutions in the digital world. This article is explicitly licensed licensed Public Domain (CC0).
Universal campus (Kitely)

What does a campus offer beyond classrooms?

  • Commons area for students to study together or socialize
  • School library (and librarians to help people find what the need)
  • Conference rooms where students can work together on projects.
  • Laboratories (where students often work together).
  • Sponsored educational events
  • Sponsored cultural events
  • Sponsored competitive events
  • Sponsored intellectual events
  • Dormitories for students living on campus
  • In loco parentis
  • A virtual campus should offer some of these things.
  • Details after the break 
  • This article will be updated as other articles are published.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: A digital teaching assistant (DTA) in a virtual world. Can it be done?

A digital teaching assistant (DTA) in a virtual world. 
Can it be done? 

The  Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in a virtual world (MUVE) :  Desired functions and present possibilities.  Some important functions can readily be supported by current technology.  Others may well be possible now, but will need some planning.  This is the sedond article of a series on the subject. 
This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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No DTA either

Any journey starts with knowing why you want to go there

  • A Teaching Assistant (TA ) can handle routine classroom chores 
  • If those services can be offered by a computer, they could be offered widely.
  • Teachers would have more time to do what they do best.  
  • Skills embodied in a DTA  can be made available to millions.  
  • The DTA will reliably perform the same skills for all of the millions. 
  • The DTA can have options to accommodate people with disabilities.
  • A DTA can provide just-in-time teaching, and distributed practice.
  • A DTA can select instructional content to fit learning styles.
  • A DTA can give individualized and student-centered learning.
  • A DTA is available any time, wherever the student can use a laptop. 
  • Education for the future should prepare students to use computers as assistants.
  • DTA  would be a natural way to augment instruction in a virtual world. 
  • The internet, a browser, and search capability are available with a click.
  • A Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in MUVE (virtual world): What would it do?

Who would be interested?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Bring the virtual campus into the school: Kitely custom viewer login page

Bring the virtual campus into the school: 
Kitely custom viewer login page 

Every virtual world has a entry page: a flat web page that gets the users grid identity information and displays promotions, and announcements,  Schools do not like to send their students to a web page that is promoting games, adult content, or sexy clothes.   They would rather send their students to a page that carries announcements and promotion for the school.  Now, in Kitely, they can
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  • Custom Viewer Login Page (Kitely)
  • The Viewer Login Page appears in Firestorm when you select a  destination grid .
  • Kitely Organizations are virtual grids, and so each has a Viewer Login Page.
  • The main function of the login page is to let authorized users sign into the grid with name and password.
  • Can Kitely handle several thousand students?
  • Sure.. They would be spread over many regions, just as they are spread over many classrooms.  

Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Virtual Exchange: International competition, grants, fund virtual youth exchange programs

Virtual Exchange: International completition,  
grants fund virtual exchange programs  
US and the Middle East + North Africa (MENA).

Virtual exchange supports cooperative learning experiences for youth in the US, Middle East, and North Africa.  Virtual may not imply virtual worlds in this case, but perhaps it should. 
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They are in the Middle East

Press Release

Washington, DC, April 24, 2019 –– Today, the Stevens Initiative announced funding for five organizations that participated in an international competition to fund virtual exchange programs in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

About Virtual Exchange