Tuesday, November 12, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA VWBPE 2020 STELLAR – Sponsorship Opportunities in Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education


VWBPE 2020 STELLAR – 
Sponsorship Opportunities in 
Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education

Sponsorship opportunities in the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) Conference.
VWBPE 2016 entrance
  • VWBPE 2020 STELLAR – Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Sponsors keep the conference free and get their message heard.
  • Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) Conference 
  • Celebrates 13 years of focus on education in immersive virtual environments. 
  • This year, the focus is beyond simple instruction.
  • Towards creative experience and critical reflection
  • Four levels of sponsorship. 

What can you do with education in 3D places

  • Issue-oriented organizations can distribute 3D content about their issues
  • Students can make videos presenting their own projects.
  • Schools can have a world-wide campus.
  • Virtual places can provide educational content around the world and 24/7
  • Students around the world can meet and talk with each other.  
  • Students learning a second language can meet with counterworld counterparts
  • Schools can provide a Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) as a mentor.

Monday, November 11, 2019

2019 VID: PROMO: Construction tool. Dynamite Terrain Tool. Terraforming can be fun--and safe


Construction tool.   
Dynamite Terrain Tool.  
Terraforming can be fun--and safe  

A mesh prim that looks like a stick of dynamite. When you click on the prim or chat “boom” it explodes with particles and sound. Then it digs a hole in your terrain. Finally, it “falls” down into the bottom of the hole it just made. The safest way to play with explosives you are likely to find.

The hole is a shallow circular dent in the terrain with an optional crater lip. Explode the dynamite several times to dig a deeper hole. Or line up several and shout to get them all to go at once. This is how explosive professionals dig ditches! Or use it to put that crowning crater in your volcano.
This scripted object works on OpenSim 0.9 or 0.8, but it REQIRES Owner permissions, Estate Manager and Threat Level HIGH. Test for these with the Terrain Test Prim which you can buy here  or come to my world Fractalis and pick up a free copy of the Terrain Test Prim on the platform.
In chat type radius=nn to set the radius of the hole to any integer number. Type lip=off to disable the crater lip. You have to re-enable with lip=on before every explosion if you want the lip to grow higher than 1 meter. Type help at any time to get a list of commands and to find out the current radius and crater lip state.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

#VWEDU #DTA Inquiry-based learning: "Here's what you have to know." changes to "Here's how to find out things."


Inquiry-based learning: 
"Here's what you have to know."  changes to 
"Here's how to find out things."

Inquiry-based learning sets students to the task of collecting and organizing the content they are supposed to learn in the class.  They don't just learn that content, they practice the skills of collecting information.  And, about themselves, they learn what they can do.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
Students off researching

Inquiry-based learning

Saturday, November 9, 2019

2019 #DTA: #VWEDU DTA can guide ideation sessions. Group ideation: "Brainstorming"


DTA can guide ideation sessions.
Group ideation:  "Brainstorming"

Suggestions for how a  Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) could support group brainstorming.  The DTA could not match a live moderator,  But it could do many of the things a human moderator would do with someone telling it when to do these things.
ACRL Virtual World interest group

Friday, November 8, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Can virtual worlds support large lecture classes? The past is not the future


Can virtual worlds support 
large lecture classes?
The past is not the future 

Consideration of the need for large lecture classes in virtual worlds.  They are only needed for specialized advanced classes.  Even there they could reach a larger audience at lower cost with a live stream.
A lecture without the internet

Instruction methods for a large audience


Thursday, November 7, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: update 11/7/2019 Linden Lab Lays Off 30 Staff. VWBPE 2020 STELLAR – Sponsorship Opportunities. New OpenSim release (0.9.1).


#VWEDU: update 11/7/2019
Linden Lab Lays Off 30 Staff
 VWBPE 2020 STELLAR – Sponsorship Opportunities.
New OpenSim release (0.9.1)
OpenSim conference seeks presenters

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
First SUNY-ESC residency
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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 
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    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU: WW: #DTA: Presentations: In 3D places you can do more than show slides and talk about them. You can use 3D places as slides. Your audience can go there to practice


    In 3D places you can do more than 
    show slides and talk about them.   
    You can use 3D places instead of slides.  
    Your audience can go there to practice

    Demonstration of how to adapt a presentation to 3D places.  And of how a 
    Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) can help.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
    How to move panel

    Go there

    Learn to move

    • Click on the screen
    • Move your mouse around, get the red circle leading to where you want to go.
    • Press the up-pointing keyboard arrow and see what happens.
    • Press your left pointing and see what happens.

    Learning objectives, entry panel

    • Be able:
    • to move your avatar to where you want to go.
    • to toggle between 3d environment and flat screen controls with cursor.

    Monday, November 4, 2019

    2019 COMEDY: Oct 2019: Lauren's place, Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific NSFW


    Oct 2019: Lauren's place,   
    Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific NSFW

    October collection of comedy from Lauren's place:  WyNott,  Catboy, HiTech, Amouretta, Randy, Jamie, Synnove

          Sunday, November 3, 2019

          2019 #VWEDU: #DTA Language learning in virtual worlds. What the Digital Teaching Assistant could do


          Language learning in virtual worlds.  
          What the Digital Teaching Assistant could do

          The best place to learn a language is where everybody speaks it.  There even the little kids speak it.  A Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) can help.    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
           You need to know the names
          in the target language

          Saturday, November 2, 2019

          2019 #DTA: #VWEDU: Possible uses of formative assessment items: JIT evaluation, immediate feedback, detailed analysis


          Possible uses of formative assessment items:  
          JIT evaluation, immediate feedback, detailed analysis
          The strong point of  Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) is attention to detail.  When it is helping with homework, it can ask questions and evaluate numbered or clicked answers.  When it evaluates, it can give immediate feedback, record answers, and provide reports useful to teachers and students.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
          The Empty Classroom
          Students doing homework?
          • We hope they are doing homework
          • We can't see them.  We can't encourage them.  We can't help them.
          • Unless they are online at the homework site.
          • If the homework site is online, we know when they are there.
          • We know how much time they spend.
          • We can ask them questions and find out if the assignment is working.
          • We can ask them questions and let them see how effective their study practice is.
          • We can ask them questions and see who is having problems and what the problems are.

          Formative assessment

          • Formative assessment (Wikipedia)
          • Formative assessment (search)
          • Formative assessment aps
          • Diagnostic rather than evaluative
          • Guiding rather than grading
          • Telling the teacher about the effectiveness of instructional materials
          • Telling the student about the effectiveness of study practices
          • Telling the teacher about students needing help