Friday, January 17, 2020

Learning the vocabulary with AI. Two major cases. The DTA can provide an intelligent environment


Learning the vocabulary with AI. 
Two major cases.  
The DTA can provide an intelligent environment  

The intelligent scene: the things talk to you.  They tell their names. Even tell you aloud.  You have quests.  Just as in a game.  And you learn skills while playing.  The difference here is that the skills you learn in this game have long-lasting value. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
Magnolia gardens

Two cases? 

Case 1

  • There are many instances of learning a second or subsequent language.
  • The objective is always the same: 
  • Get able to use the language in effective communication with native speakers.
  • Instructional procedures are well understood.  The only problem: it takes practice.
  • Practice takes time.  

Case 2

  • A less obvious case occurs when students prepare to study a specialized subject.
  • Here they do not  learn a whole new language but only a specialized vocabulary.
  • Some of the words are familiar to them, but the meaning is specialized.
  • And some of the things mentioned may be dangerous or inaccessible.
  • Example: anatomy, surgical tools.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

#VWEDU: update 1/16/2020 SceneGate improvements. Brand New Grid: Rêves Fantastiques GridList becomes social! Great Canadian Grid seeks funds to reopen


#VWEDU: update 1/16/2020
SceneGate improvements 
Brand New Grid: Rêves Fantastiques
GridList becomes social!
Great Canadian Grid seeks funds to reopen

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 

 Avatars meeting at IMA Alpha
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 
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2020 #DTA: #VWEDU: WRITE: Would you use a virtual world to teach creative writing? Imaginary worlds are another kind of virtual worlds.


Would you use a virtual world to teach creative writing? 
Imaginary worlds are another kind of virtual worlds.

Suggestions about how to use virtual world resources to teach creative writing: Writing in the scene, working together apart, scenes as prompts. role-play, cold reads.
  • Indeed, all virtual worlds were initially imagined.
  • One reason we like virtual worlds is that we can create the worlds we imagine.
  • And we can share that imagined world with others.
  • Articles in this blog about writing

How would a DTA use virtual worlds to teach creative writing?

Monday, January 13, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: A campus grid for a graduate school. An independent grid using the Kitely organization system


A campus grid for a graduate school.  
An independent grid using the Kitely organization system.

A separate grid.  Managed by an organization.  Separate login page, with information about the organization, not about a grid.  But all the tech work is handled by Kitely.  And it has some places open to the Hypergrid. 
Online people attend a presentation

Sunday, January 12, 2020

2019 #VWEDU: Scenegate improvements: onboarding, accessibility, performance, usability


Scenegate improvements: 
onboarding, accessibility, 
performance, usability

Scenegate is a new viewer for OpenSimulator grids, directed at the needs of newcomers and particularly newcomers entering to take classes or to attend meetings. It offers a simplified screen with few options--just those needed for classes and meetings. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
Meeting at IMA Alpha

Contents

  • Onboarding
  • Accessibility
  • Performance
  • Usability

Saturday, January 11, 2020

2020 HG: People: Hypergridders: We may be able to use Discord for event notices much as we have been using inworld groups.


We may be able to use Discord for event notices 
much as we have been using inworld groups.


Communities on the Hypergrid need a grid-independent way to announce and promote events.  They especially need a way to send Just-In-Time(JIT) alerts near the start time of an event.  Discord has features that can support JIT notices.  Friendica may have such features in the future.
Event in a virtual world
  • Inworld groups can send notices to everyone in the group.
  • We use that feature to notify group members of an upcoming event.
  • Often all group members get the notice.
  • They don't mind the notices because that's why they are in the group.
  • But these notices at best only work for those who are inworld on the hypergrid.
  • Many of us also use a web-world or a closed grid.
  • And inworld notices reach no one not already in OpenSim.

Can we extend our reach to the outworld?

  • We  do use social media for announcements that travel the web/
  • But we would like to send notices shortly before the event.
  • Discord may be able to do that .


Friday, January 10, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: You don't have to build to create scenes in OpenSimulator. RezMela can do most of the building for you


You don't have to build to create scenes in OpenSimulator.  
RezMela can do most of the building for you

An overview of the RezMela system:  components and how they are used

Using a virtual world


Thursday, January 9, 2020

#VWEDU: update 1/14/2020 SceneGate improvements. Brand New Grid: Rêves Fantastiques GridList becomes social! Great Canadian Grid seeks funds to reopen


#VWEDU: update 1/14/2020
SceneGate improvements 
Brand New Grid: Rêves Fantastiques
GridList becomes social!
Great Canadian Grid seeks funds to reopen


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 

 Avatars meeting on the web
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 
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Affordances of virtual worlds can make a more effective presentation. From OpenSim Community Conference (OSCC)


How to use the affordances of virtual worlds 
to make a more effective presentation.  
From OpenSim Community Conference (OSCC)

Lessons learned while developing a new virtual world product. And a demonstration of how presentations can be improved by using the capabilities of virtual worlds.



Monday, January 6, 2020

2020 #DTA: #VWEDU: Who is building a digital teaching assistant? Can just anybody make one?


Who is building a digital teaching assistant?  
Can just anybody make a DTA?

Many people are building DTA components.  Under the name Learning Management System (LMS) the technology is widespread.  In a virtual world, the DTA could be represented as an avatar or animated object, possibly fostering a more personal relationship with the students.  
DTA1 (left)

Who is building a DTA?