Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 TKR: EDU: Embodied cognition: Why Your Mind is in Your Body.

Why Your Mind is in Your Body
The mind-body problem of philosophy fame is an great example of how to use language to create problems that did not exist before we started talking about them.  Your mind is simply your brain in action.  Sure, we can separate them in our thinking.  That just shows that we can think our way out of realty.  In reality, if we cut your head off, both your mind and your body cease to function.  Embodied cognition thinks about them still connected.  

Western Culture has long separated the mind from the body; the brain, has been privileged as the source of intellect, with the rest of the body annexed as mere matter. But the new field of ‘embodied cognition’, offers a richer, more holistic view of intelligence that involves the whole body. Author and education reformer Professor Guy Claxton introduces this new field, explores the far-reaching implications of the persistence of the Cartesian mind/body ‘error’, and reveals how an appreciation of the whole body’s intelligence can enrich all our lives.
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

2016 EDU: Virtual Worlds: Professional Education and Library Resources. Summary

Virtual Worlds: 
Professional Education and Library Resources 
Invited post by Beth Ghostraven
Updated July 2016 by Beth Ghostraven
List and contact information for Professional Library and Education Groups in virtual worlds. If you know of any other groups that should be listed, please add them in the comments section of this article. (Updated July 2016)

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Friday, July 29, 2016

2016 HG: Why and how would Second Lifers expand into the hypergrid? A hypertext presentation for virtual worlds

Why and how would Second Lifers expand into the hypergrid? A hypertext presentation for virtual worlds
A number of people in Second Life are also trying out the hypergrid.  Why would they want to do that?  How would they start?  The Non-Profit Commons asked me to answer these questions in a presentation.  To do that, I mixed virtual world presentation with blog presentation. Here is the result.  
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  • Key terms
  • Why expand into the hypergrid?
  • How do you start?  
  • What similarities and differences can you expect.
  • How can you transfer your assets?
  • How can you find communities where you can get help?
  • Does grid choice matter?
  • Background

Go there

  • The presentation walks are available on Cookie.
  • http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/132/78/21
  • SLurl:  Click to go or drag to viewer screen.
  • The green pole has the entire contents (7 in 1 blow).
  • Click the box in the center for instructions and outline.
  • The box and poster walks should be free to copy.  
  • They are licensed for any use, no restrictions..
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

2016 ART: VID: "MAGE Magazine is a community of artists"--0THELLA - Editor for MAGE Magazine. Mage magazine issue 15.

"MAGE Magazine is a community of artists"
--0THELLA - Editor for MAGE Magazine.
Mage magazine issue 15. 
"MAGE Magazine is a community of artists."  That assertion (in the Second Life Forums) caught my eye because I have been writing for years about art, artists, and communities in virtual worlds.  In MageI found an interesting method of presentation both in the video and on the web page.  A method that surely deserves consideration by artists interested in experimental art.

Arts in Second Life is an artistic area of a 3D social network (called Second Life) that has served, since 2003, as a platform for various artistic pursuits and exhibitions. SL Photography is one of the most popular forms of artistic expression with images known as "snapshots" produced while travelling through Second Life's virtual environment. Many of these snapshots are displayed through various mediums that include Art Galleries, Machinima websites and Second Life Magazines.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2016 EDU: NEW: The U in Kitely. Freda Frostbite's helpful place for newcomers

The U in Kitely. 
Freda Frostbite's helpful place for newcomers
Updated 9/7/2016
The U is set up to provide lots of help to new people on the Hypergrid and for people completely new to virtual worlds.   Here is how to get there and what you can find there.
Mentors gate
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  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map.  Cick Find, TP
  • HG address:grid.kitely.com:8002:Babble Arts Center
  • In Kitely, put the Firestorm hop in the Nav bar of Firestorm, enter
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Babble Arts Center/383/260/22
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Whitney Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 7/26, 7pm SLT

This week the Short Poetry Workshop presents the Whitney, which is a poetry form of seven lines and increasing syllable count per line. Join us at the Short Poetry Library to learn, write and share your Whitney.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

2016 EDU: History Month in August on the virtual world of Kitely. Autodocent on call

History Month in August on the virtual world of Kitely.  
Autodocent on call
In preparation for August History month on Kitely, Ravyn Stormchyld, has set up an autodocent system that will give you a spoken narration about an item when you get near it.  You wear a hud provided by Rayvn to trigger the narration.  The audio is prepared from a notecard by a text-to-speech engine supported by code that breaks the audio files into 9 second clips to conform to the limit established by SL.
Dunguaire Castle
Click the gate to open it

Go there

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

2016 TKR: We can use technology leverage citizens' expertise.

We can use technology leverage citizens' expertise
 Beth Simone Noveck argues that public decision-making could be more effective and legitimate if our institutions knew how to use technology to leverage citizens’ expertise.  Linkedin is an example.  This matter has serious implications for higher education.  

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How much are ‘the people’ really involved in modern democracy? Beth Simone Noveck argues that public decision-making could be more effective and legitimate if our institutions knew how to use technology to leverage citizens’ expertise.
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Watch professor Beth Simone Noveck in our latest RSA Spotlight - the edits which take you straight to the heart of the event! 

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This brings with it a new definition of expertise.  If we need someone who can provide CPR or operate a defibrillator, we have no interest in someone who has a college degree in human physiology.  We want someone with training and experience in the task at hand.  That would be demonstrated, not by a college degree, but by some kind of training certificate, perhaps a "first responder certificate."

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        Saturday, July 23, 2016

        2016 HELP: Don't mess up your public world. Make a copy and mess that up. Kitely features

        Don't mess up your public world.  
        Make a copy and mess that up.  
        OARS and Kitely features
        You build a world.  Everything looks great.  You set it to public.  It is perfect.  Well, perfect today.  You'll be smarter tomorrow.   You'll begin to think about how to improve it.  But now it is public.  Not all your changes will make it better. Make an OAR and work on it on your home computer.  Or make a duplicate (with a different name) and work in the grid you were using.  

        How to make a duplicate of your sim

        • Be on a grid that will make an OAR file for you.
        • Or be on a grid that will create a duplicate of your sim.
        • Use only objects that you can copy. 
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              Friday, July 22, 2016

              2016 PEOPLE: TKR: Social Entrepreneurs and what they do. How can virtual worlds fit in?

              Social Entrepreneurs and what they do. 
              How can virtual worlds fit in?  
              Sally Osberg explains how social entrepreneurs can create meaningful change and seek to transform our world for good.

              • Is the development of virtual worlds a social goal?
              • Could meetings and conventions use virtual worlds to cut the energy footprint?
              • Could virtual worlds offer educational opportunities at low cost?
              • Could virtual worlds offer educational and cultural opportunities to the disabled?
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                    Thursday, July 21, 2016

                    2016 VIDEO: Video capture with NPCs.

                    Video capture with NPCs
                    Updated 10/26/2016
                    OpenSim has an augmented scripting language that adds features not available in Second Life.  One added feature is Non-Player Characters (NPCs). These are duplicates of avatars and so are ideal for video capture.  The appearance of each character in the video can be duplicated to produce a body-double that can be used in a clip that does not need much action from the character. Some action can be produced by an animation. 
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                    Static poses for NPCs 

                    For other poses and animations, search the Kitely market.

                    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

                    *2016 EDU: Self-managed learning and the role of the online library.

                    Self-managed learning and the role of the online library
                    Updated 11/28/2016

                    A library is a school for self-managed learning. An online library can bring that school to your home computer.  What else you need to manage your own learning?-- Selby Evans

                    • Once you have heard a lecture on swimming, you never forget what you learned about lectures

                    Skills needed by anyone undertaking self-managed learning

                    • Can detect a need for information and skills.
                    • Can assess current capabilities and identify gaps.
                    • Can find or set appropriate learning objectives.
                    • Can plan how to find the content, study it and practice the needed skills.
                    • Can execute the plan.
                    • Can evaluate the information and select credible sources.
                    • Can design practice to develop the skills.  
                    • Can evaluate the effectiveness of practice.
                    • Can assess the need for additional information and skills.

                    Monday, July 18, 2016

                    2016 PLACES: EDU: Australian Home Lands. Invited article by Genavieve Page, the creator/developer.

                    Australian Home Lands.  Invited article 
                    by Genavieve Page, the creator/developer
                    Australian Home Lands, capturing the colours and sounds of the outback, the beauty of our  Australian beaches, the feel of the bush lands.  Horses roam free, pastures are plentiful, and you can canoe down the River Murray.  Or follow the winding paths through the hillside to the waterfalls and rocky canyons.
                    Australian Homelands

                    Go there

                    • Be sure your sound volume is up.  Listen to the ambient sounds
                    • HG Address: grid.kitely.com:8002:Australian Home Lands
                    • Put the HG address into the Find bar of World Map.  Click Find, TP
                    • In KItely, put the Firestorm hop into the nav bar of the viewer, enter: 
                    • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Australian Home Lands/765/197/22
                    • OpenSimWorld link
                    • Click the nearby sign for a note.

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                    Application notes

                    • Educators: I am thinking geography class:  Visit Australia.  See the essence as described by someone who lives there.  With scheduling, talk to people who live there.
                    • Travel agencies: Here are a few of the places your customers could visit in a trip to 
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