Sunday, November 29, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: How to get Immersed in online virtual worlds. A visit to the Community Virtual Library (CVL). The online PLC of educators in virtual worlds.


How to get Immersed in virtual worlds
A visit to the Community Virtual Library
The informal online PLC of educators in virtual worlds.

Online virtual worlds suitable for education have been around for over 15 years.   And educators have been exploring their potential.  These user-built worlds let educators build the environment they want and program it to support their objectives.

Education in virtual worlds

  • The key was user-built virtual worlds.  
  • No game rules. No game goals. Building and programming support.
  • Build a world as you want it, program it as you want, use it as you please.
  • Soon the educators began to find each other and form professional groups.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: An online meeting about online teaching in an online PLC. Plans for teaching in Second Life during the 20-21 academic year.


An online meeting about online teaching in an online PLC. 
Plans for teaching in Second Life during the 20-21 academic year.  

That's a lot of online.  But we virtual worlders have been online a lot of time. Many of us started more than 15 years ago.  Some of us have been teaching online for much of that time.   And we are happy to share our experience with new people.

Friday, November 27, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: OPLN: Catching events in your online PLN. Meetings about online learning. Like webinars except they are free with no registration. More like collaboration than a lecture.


Catching events in your online PLN.  
Meetings about online learning.  
Like webinars except they are free with no registration. 
More like collaboration than a lecture.

Finding events in your Online Professional Learning Network (OPLN). Like webinars except less formal.  And free.  And with more collaboration.

Who?

  • Educators, home schoolers, pod schoolers, self-schoolers

Online?

Virtual worlds? 


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OPLN: Catching online events 

  • A good system starts with your Google Calendar.
  • Versions are available for computers, smart phones, and tablets.
  • You can schedule your own events on your Google calendar.
  • But if you use another brand, you still need the Google calendar setup.
  • Your OPLN consists of web links and email addresses.
  • The web links are mainly to organizations and social media sites
  • Some of the web sites will have Google calendars, especially those from virtual world organizations.
  • You can use those sites directly by visiting them.
  • If you expect the use them much, you may want to collect them into your own event calendar.

Your own event calendar

  • To copy a Google calendar to your personal collection:
  • Click the + sign in the Google Calendar button (bottom right)
  • Look for the new calendar under Other Calendars to the left of your main calendar 

Combine calendars

Suggested calendars from CVL

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Update 11/26/2020 OSCC Dec/ 5-6. 2020 Terra Nova, Utopia, Tangle, Craft and Kitely shine in user survey. VWBPE2021: RECONNAISSANCE Call for Proposals


Update 11/26/2020 
OPENSIMULATOR COMMUNITY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: December 5-6, 2020. 
Terra Nova, Utopia, Tangle, Craft and Kitely shine in user survey
VWBPE2021 RECONNAISSANCE Call for Proposals

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 may be added daily 
Dancing at Kitely, 
where everybody knows your name
Click image to enlarge

News on the MUVEs 

Contents 

  • 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
  • Hypergrid places, news, and tips
  • 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
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: OPENSIMULATOR COMMUNITY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: December 5-6, 2020. Registration now open!


OPENSIMULATOR COMMUNITY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: 
December 5-6, 2020. 
Registration now open!
OSCC20 is coming Dec 5-6 2020.  Put that on your schedule.

Monday, November 23, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Outreach: Contacts. If we want more educators in virtual worlds, we need to focus on outworlders Developing contacts


Outreach: Contacts
If we want more educators in virtual worlds, 
we need to focus on outworlders
Developing contacts.

Consideration of how virtual world educators can reach out to educators not familiar with virtual worlds.  

Brick and mortar education
  • Outworld is the opposite of inworld.
  • Inworld means in a virtual world.
  • Outworld, in the name of this blog, means not in a virtual world.
  • After the break:  Outreach channels.

Promising outworld interests

Community Virtual Library outreach

Sunday, November 22, 2020

2020 #VWEU: Online library in 3DWebWorldz Part 3: Victorian: Romanticism, Gothic, and Science Fiction


Online library in 3DWebWorldz Part 3: 
Victorian: Romanticism, Gothic, and Science Fiction

Paper literature of the Victorian era that became the movie literature of the 20th century.

Who would be interested

  • Teachers and students of English literature, cultural history, and theater.
  • Librarians, book clubs, and writers
  • Below: The rise of the online library

Saturday, November 21, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Digital literacy. He did it in Classcraft. Like a detective story. Could you do it better in your favorite virtual world? Are your students the heroes who will solve this problem?


He did it in Classcraft. 
Like a detective story.  
Could you do it better in your favorite virtual world?  
Are your students the heroes who will solve this problem?
Consideration of how a story could be created in a virtual world to engage students in activities that develop skills on digital literacy, teamwork, and presentation.  Plus knowledge of some selected STEM content.
Students as detectives


Friday, November 20, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Microcredentials for the teachers, badges for the kids, guild ranks for the teens. All learning is microlearning, whether educators use it or not.


Microcredentials for the teachers, 
badges for the kids, guild ranks for the teens.  
All learning is microlearning, 
whether educators use it or not.
Learning requires focus.  Focus needs a goal.  Progress is one step at a time.  Badges mark the steps.  Teachers don't have time to manage all those badges.  Computers do have the time. 
Goal setting

Microlearning and skill sets 



Thursday, November 19, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Update 11/20/2020 Terra Nova, Utopia, Tangle, Craft and Kitely shine in user survey. VWBPE2021: RECONNAISSANCE Call for Proposals Educators' online calendar and OPLN.


Update 11/20/2020 
Terra Nova, Utopia, Tangle, Craft and Kitely shine in user survey
VWBPE2021 RECONNAISSANCE Call for Proposals
Educators' online calendar and OPLN
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 may be added daily 
Dancing at Kitely, 
where everybody knows your name
Click image to enlarge

News on the MUVEs 

Contents 

  • 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
  • Hypergrid places, news, and tips
  • 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
  • Visit me on the web
  • License