Saturday, June 15, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Eileen O’Connor: Mainstreaming MUVE Learning Colloquium, MALET Program, Empire State College (SUNY)


Eileen O’Connor: 
Mainstreaming MUVE Learning Colloquium,  
MALET Program, Empire State College (SUNY)

Dr. Eileen O’Connor – Associate Professor & Coordinator for the Masters of Arts Learning & Emerging Technology Program, SUNY Empire State College (MALET)  – discussed her institution’s creation of a “think-tank” to investigate and advocate for the wider use of virtual spaces in online learning (including in elderly populations).

Friday, June 14, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: BIZ: We can bring schools into OpenSim. Not just people. Whole campuses full of people.


We can bring schools into OpenSim.  
Not just people.  
Whole campuses full of people.

OpenSim and web-worlds can support virtual campuses online. Such a campus would be managed by the school.  The OpenSim or web-world "grid"would only provide hosting.
Writers meet to share their work

Yes, there is research

Bringing in a campus is not like bringing in people

  • For openers,a school would bring in students by the hundreds.  
  • If the school found the arrangement useful, it could bring in thousands.
  • But bringing in students requires special arrangements: 
  • Batch registration. A specialized viewerA private grid.
  • You need a private grid to separate your school from adult activities

Marketing to schools is not marketing to people.  

  • Schools have special needs.  But those needs are similar across schools.
  • Thus meeting the needs of schools could be profitable.

An online campus is not an online class

  • A physical campus is not just for holding classes.
  • Students meet outside of class for collaboration, socializing, etc.
  • I won't expand on the etc. but the other things can have major educational value.

No, you don't need that thing over your eyes

  • Those are expensive.  You just need a computer screen.
  • You get a picture you can walk through and look around in. 
  • It is much like the sense of 3D you get in a movie.
  • Where they also don't wear things over their eyes.   

Thursday, June 13, 2019

#VWEDU update 6/13/2019 Writers on the MUVEs, Maria Korolov reports


#VWEDU update 6/13/2019 
Writers on the MUVEs,
Maria Korolov reports

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
Web_50f97e8db7c81c693e000001
NonProfit Commons
Friday Morning meetings 

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
  • Freebies
  • Support the supporters
  • Social media
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Writers on the MUVEs 
  • Promotion (general)
  • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
  • Web-worlds
  • News sources
  • The #VWEDU initiative
  • Visit me on the web
  • Hypergrid tips
  • License 
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

2019 #VREDU Demonstration oil rig: Conversation with an imaginary TA (Teaching Assistant)


Demonstration oil rig.  
Conversation with an imaginary TA 
(Teaching Assistant)

I visit a digitally represented oil rig to report on its potential for offering low-cost introductory instruction on a semi-submersible oil rig.  
The underwater structures
  • I arrived at the oil rig, near some of the underwater structures.
  • Fortunately, as an avatar I can easily function underwater.  
  • I don't need any diving gear.  
  • Since this is a demonstration rig, I began to look for its instructional potential.
  • "Welcome to my oil-rig demonstration," a female voice says.  "You are not on my roster of students, but if you tell me your objective I may be able to help you."
  • I look around and see a lady floating near me. She wears a business suit.
  • "I am here to develop a report on the value of virtual world models for instruction on this rig,"  I explain.
  • "I am the teaching assistant for this semi-submersible oil rig model," she responds.  "Let's begin."

Go there

Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 #VEWEDU: Computational thinking or how to get along with computers


Computational thinking 
or how to get along with computers

To get along with computers you need to think like a computer.  Fortunately, that is simply careful planning, something that has long been useful to humans.  Do you know of a high school that offers a course in careful planning?  Do you know how careful planning can be taught?  

Computational thinking is both central to computer science and widely applicable throughout education and the workforce. Computational thinking, which is complementary to coding and computer science, provides students a necessary skill set for solving complex problems and is relevant throughout K-12 education in all subjects. Read our report to find our more.
  • In education, computational thinking is a set of problem-solving methods that involve expressing problems and their solutions in ways that a computer could execute. --Wikipedia

After the break

  • Why learn it?
  • How to learn it?
  • Challenges in this blog
  • MUVEs in education
  • Maker resources in OpenSimulator
  • Scripting in OpenSimulator
  • Other names for similar thinking


Sunday, June 9, 2019

2019 WRITE: WW: Writer's workshops in the virtual worlds (MUVEs). Some as near as your browser. Summary


Writer's workshops 
in the virtual worlds (MUVEs). 
Some as near as your browser.  Summary 

You can meet writers in your home office (or wherever you use your computer).  You can go to places that invite you to tell a story.  You can join with a group of writers from all over the world.  You can write a short story that gets published in a blog (if you want).
Writer's Circle, Waterstage

Goals for a web-based workshop

  • Usable 24/7
  • Access from anywhere.
  • Usable to serve a group or one person alone
  • Provide a shared scene for a group
  • Allow for shared characters.
  • Provide a shared scene and shared characters.
  • Provide prompts for character and plot development

About writing

Saturday, June 8, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: PEOPLE: The great race, Coopersville: Hot air balloons and the Wright Flyer


The great race, Coopersville:
Hot air balloons 
and the Wright Flyer

Coopersville is a MUVE (virtual world) model of a US town of the early 20th Century.  It has houses of that era (houses of the Victorian and Edwardian times), offers clothing of that period, has transportation of that period (streetcars, early Fords, and horses), plays music of that time (especially ragtime), and has the early flying things (Wright Flyer, hot air balloons).  Just right for a site visit by a class studying that part of history.

Go there

  • Hypergrid address: 
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Coopersville
  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
  • In Kitely put the Firestorm Hop in the address bar of Firestorm, press return:
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Coopersville

Google research 

Friday, June 7, 2019

2019 WRITE: TKR: Learn to use the force of words

 Learn to use the force of words 
Language that conveys facts is informative.  Language that conveys feelings is effective.



Thursday, June 6, 2019

2019 #VWEDU update 6/11/2019 Writers on the MUVEs, Teams for education


#VWEDU update 6/11/2019 
Writers on the MUVEs,
Teams for education

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
Web_50f97e8db7c81c693e000001
NonProfit Commons
Friday Morning meetings 

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
  • Freebies
  • Support the supporters
  • Social media
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Writers on the MUVEs 
  • Promotion (general)
  • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
  • Web-worlds
  • News sources
  • The #VWEDU initiative
  • Visit me on the web
  • Hypergrid tips
  • License 
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: MALET Virtual Showcase: The Space Project: STEM work with legos and coding in elementary school. By: Stacie Stewart


MALET Virtual Showcase: The Space Project:  
STEM work with legos and coding in elementary school:   
By: Stacie Stewart  

The Space Project was created to develop a cross curricular unit in a NYC public school that would integrate computer science and STEM with core subject areas.  This project was created and tested with a 3rd grade class and several gifted 2nd grade students.