Tuesday, July 7, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: WW: A field trip to Mars. Jezero Crater. Even without a pandemic you can't do that. Unless you have a digital side.

A field trip to Mars.  Jezero Crater.  
Even without a pandemic you can't do that.  
Unless you have a digital side.

By Dr, William Schmachtenberg, Franklin County HIgh School (Virginia) For his Earth Science class  And for other science classes in Virginia schools.  Maybe for other schools teaching about Mars

Jezero Crater - Learning Room

  • Learn about the geology of Mars and the Mars 2020 Mission - 
  • then step through the airlock and collect samples in search of ancient life!
  • Region Owner: William Schmachtenberg

3D objects located on this region:

Go there

Monday, July 6, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: The community of online educational practice in user-built digital environments (MUVEs)

The community of online educational practice 
in user-built digital environments (MUVEs)

An organized collection of articles about the community of online educators using MUVEs and the educational practices they been developing. 
Universal campus (Kitely)

Advantages of a digital campus

Why user-built? 

  • You can program the place to suit your needs.
  • You can modify the place to serve educational needs.
  • Students can use it for their projects.
  • You don't have to build it.  You can buy things already built.
  • Kitely Market

Sunday, July 5, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Classroom discipline in digital worlds. The technology can provide powerful tools.

Classroom discipline in digital worlds.
The technology can provide powerful tools.  

You can have adolescents study in digital schools, but not without classroom discipline.  Is that available for the digital campus
The Empty Classroom

They still need adult supervision

  • Digital worlds are now available to be managed by a school.
  • The school can have complete control over who comes in.
  • The school can thus provide secure education for children of any age.
  • Any teacher in the K-12 arena will want to know how to maintain discipline.
  • Digital world technology can provide the tools. 
  • Though the controls may not be available yet.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: La Fiesta de los Muertos. A video made in a virtual world, with dancing skeletons. And how a DTA could use a video

La Fiesta de los Muertos.  
A video made in a virtual world, 
with dancing skeletons. 
And how a DTA could use a video. 

La Fiesta de los Muertos.  A celebration popular in the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas. Reasonable content for a class in Spanish.  Such a video could have a voice over in Spanish.  A DTA could check comprehension by asking questions about the video


Friday, July 3, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: A learning place with a DTA can handle asynchronous study, but should it? I thought yes, but a teacher told me why I was wrong.

A learning place with a DTA can handle asynchronous study, 
but should it?   I thought, yes. 
but a teacher told me why I was wrong.

Students have their own circadian rhythms that may not match those of the school.  They have always had flexibility in scheduling homework.  Online learning could allow more flexibility, especially when a digital teaching assistant (DTA)  is available to help.  And busy teachers do not need to be spending time with students who do not need help.  When can students study with only the aid of a DTA?
The Empty Classroom
Studying on their own schedule

Asynchronous work by students

Thursday, July 2, 2020

#VWEDU: Update 7/2/2020 60 Days till Opensim Fest 2020 YouTube Channels CVL Education Network

#VWEDU: Update 7/2/2020
60 Days till Opensim Fest 2020
YouTube Channels
CVL Education Network

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 


  • 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 

Monday, June 29, 2020

2020 : #VWEDU: #DTA: WW: Onbording plan from web-worlds to installed virtual worlds

Onbording plans
from web-worlds to 
installed virtual worlds

Installed virtual worlds can offer elaborate places, but they are not easy to get to.  Web-worlds are easy to get to, but can't offer elaborate places.  They could work together, with web-worlds as a transition path to installed virtual worlds.
Web-world for nonprofits 
and public service organizations
  • People can have meetings in a web-world--talk, offer web links, show slides.
  • And do pretty much everything we used to do in meetings--except for the doughnuts.
  • People can come and go as needed--no special actions to bring them in.
  • No travel time, no travel costs. Just something that runs a browser with mic.
  • Meeting for a conference, presentation, or class can work well
  • And a meeting in a web-world can show people why they want to install a viewer. 
  • Bringing OpenSim and web-worlds together: Web-world on the landing page

The registration/download/install barrier

  • When you go to a web page you expect to start using immediately. 
  • You don't expect to be asked to give your name, email address, and password.
  • Do they want your email address so they can spam you?
  • Will they sell your email address?
  • You never reuse a password, so you have to make up one and store it.
  • But it gets worse.  You have to download and install a viewer on your computer.
  • What fraction of web users will feel comfortable installing software? 
  • Can they know it does not contain malware?  Shouldn't they worry about that?
  • If they are just curious, they don't even know whether they want an account.
  • But if they don't get an account, they never know whether they will like it or not.
  • Unless they try a web-world
  • Web-worlds are easy to get to. Here are a couple of examples.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Not your granddad's literacy. Digital literacy: a presentation in a digital world. So not your grandad's presentation either.

Not your granddad's literacy.  
Digital literacy: a presentation in a digital world.  
So not your grandad's presentation either.
Literacy has changed in the digital age as illustrated by changes in how presentations are done.
Where is the slide projector?
  • Where is the podium
  • Where is the front of the auditorium?
  • Where is the auditorium?
  • How can this be a presentation?
  • We digitals have a answer.

Topic: Not Your Grandad's Literacy!

Saturday, June 27, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center: Virus model

Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center:
Virus model 

Sally Cherry talks about the virus and cell model she has built for use in her online training center.  The model shows a coronavirus starting its attack on a human cell.

The overall mission of the VLTC Project

  • integrate clinical laboratory training; 
  • showcase medical laboratory resources; 
  • share laboratory and public health information;  
  • promote medical laboratory careers within 3D immersive virtual worlds.

Go there


  • Sally Cherry (45 years as ASCP-certified Medical Technologist)