Tuesday, May 21, 2019

2019 #VWEDU BIZ: Corporate Use of a Virtual World for Training Commercial Insurance Agents. Situated learning


Corporate Use of a Virtual World 
for Training Commercial Insurance Agents
Situated learning, communities of practce 
By: Donna Yager

This project is a culmination of the design and development of a virtual world for training Commercial Insurance Agents called ‘Commercial New Producer Program’ and uses a Google site as a student portal for course materials as well as a virtual world, called Training Town, as the tool for meeting within our community of practice.

Training Town

Monday, May 20, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium: Video summary and suggestions


Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium 
Video summary and suggestions

With funding from the Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation and Tulane University's School of Professional Advancement, the Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium was held on December 1, 2018. Kay McLennan (Tulane University), the moderator for the event provides the background for the event. 

Kay McLennan, Ph.D. 

Colloquium summary

Saturday, May 18, 2019

2019 #VWEDU MALET showcase: Microscope Studies Using Portable Microscopes & Smartphones


MALET showcase: Microscope Studies 
Using Portable Microscopes & Smartphones

Free web resources. Inexpensive tools.  Smart phones.  Paper-based microscopes.  Easy exploration of the world of tiny.  Away from the world of the teachers, into the world of the student.  When students choose their own explorations, they don't just learn the content.

Takeaways

  • Self-guided exploration of the microscopic world by the students. 
  • When students handle their own explorations, they don't just learn the content.
  • They learn what they can do. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

#VWEDU update 5/17/2019 Silk Road Series #1, Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium (Videos).


#VWEDU update 5/17/2019 
Silk Road Series #1, 
Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium (Videos).   

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.

News on the MUVEs 

Contents 

  • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
  • My timeline on Twitter 
  • MUVE News
  • Newcomer notes
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Support the supporters
  • Social media
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Writers of 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
  • Tags: web-world, socialmedia,  virtualworld, MUVEvirtual, hypergrid, interactivestory 
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

2018 #VWEDU: The Silk Road Series #1 FUND RAISER for Feed a Smile (Kenyan school children)


The Silk Road Series #1 FUND RAISER 
for Feed a Smile (Kenyan school children)

The Digital Silk Road. From Singapore to Second Life. Come to the Caravanserai. A one-night stop over and a grand concert, streamed live online as Singapore wordsmiths and improv musicians team up with accomplished artists, writers, ambient musicians, comics, filmmakers and poets from Germany, UK, Holland, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Canada and the USA.

  • Watch on YouTube
As Singaporeans share South-East Asian culture, world artists will likewise share their poems, films, songs and stories on screen, streamed from Second Life from their online locations in the spirit of bygone days along the digital Silk Road.



    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    2019 #WVEDU: BIZ: Do we have a professional learning community (PLC) in the virtual worlds (MUVEs)?


    Do we have a professional learning community (PLC)
    in the virtual worlds (MUVEs)? #WVEDU

    Sort of.  We have a many educational organizations and activities in virtual worlds and some loosely organized communication among them.  But they do not yet form a cohesive community with community plans or community actions. Can we form a stronger professional community?
    The Empty Classroom

    What is a Professional Learning Community?

    We have several inworld groups that might fit into a PLC

    • Here are a few that I know:
    • Rockcliffe University Consortium (RUC)
    • Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE)
    • Virtual Worlds Education Round Table (VWER)
    • Institute for New Paradigms (in learning) NPI
    • New Media Arts (NMA)
    • NonProfit Commons (NPC)
    • Community Virtual Library (CVL)
    • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
    • If these groups increase collaboration, they could make a PLC 

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    2019 PROMO: HG: Promoting something? Your social media "timeline" could help


    Use your media timeline 
    to promote your project

    We of the virtual worlds (MUVErs) need to to promote our projects to the unMUVEd world.  Here is another suggestion in my series of articles about promotion in the digital universe.


    Promoting something?  Your media "timeline" could help

    • Your social media "timeline" is the collection of things you post or repost.
    • To be useful, it needs to be all in one place--probably on Twitter
    • You build it by posting or reposting links on Twitter.
    • Many things you repost will have a share button for easy reposting
    • You use a Twitter timeline by embedding the live stream on your web page.
    • See how I am doing it:   Muve Update 
    • More after the break
    • The embedded stream is always up-to-date.
    • Social media for the virtual worlds. Summary
    • Articles on promotion in this blog.

    Sunday, May 12, 2019

    2018 WW: WRT: The story at Fantasy Place: quest for the wolfbane flower Part 3, Oberon, Puck, and Wolfbane


    The story at Fantasy Place: 
    quest for the wolfbane flower 
    Part 3, Oberon, Puck, and Wolfbane

    A continuation of the werewolf  story (writer's workshop) demonstrating how a story can also be used to support learning.
    Red and black cloth 
    in the tree trunk

    Spoiler warning:  

    • If you are reading Werewolf sequence as a story, this article will give away important information.  
    • Remember, the Werewolf story is written for illustration.
    • The story at Fantasy Place follows the monomyth template of Campbell. 

    Go there

    Friday, May 10, 2019

    2019 COMEDY: April 2019: Lauren's place, Tuesday at 5:00 PM Pacific, NSFW


    April 2019: Lauren's place,   
    Tuesday at 5:00 PM Pacific NSFW

    April collection of comedy from Lauren's place:  WyNott,  Catboy, Randy, Synnove, Amouretta, Selby


        Thursday, May 9, 2019

        #VWEDU update 5/13/2019 Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium (Videos). VWBPE Conference Proceedings.


        #VWEDU update 5/13/2019 
        The #VWEDU  initiative  
        Entrepreneurial educators

        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.

        News on the MUVEs 

        Contents 

        • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
        • My timeline on Twitter 
        • MUVE News
        • Open simulator projects
        • Events in the virtual worlds
        • Where is everybody?
        • Support the supporters
        • Hypergrid places
        • Social media
        • Living online
        • Modern education #VWEDU
        • Writers of 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
        • Tags: web-world, socialmedia,  virtualworld, MUVEvirtual, hypergrid, interactivestory 
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        Tuesday, May 7, 2019

        2919 #VWEDU: LIBR: Teaching About Fake News--The EdTech Vlog with Matt Harris, Ed.D.


        Teaching About Fake News--
        The EdTech Vlog with Matt Harris, Ed.D.


        New century skills:  Recognizing and handling fake news.  Fake news is abundant on the internet.  Education needs to prepare students to deal with it.


        "Fake News is a pervasive issue in schools these days. It has now become incumbent on schools to help students develop the skills need to deal with fake news on the Internet. In this vlog post, we discuss the definitions of fake news and approaches to help students determine which information is valid and not when they search the Internet."

        Monday, May 6, 2019

        2019 #VWEDU: Edwardian Era: Coopersville. The Titanic. Kitty hawk. Filling stations. Mary Pickford. The Entertainer


        Edwardian Era: Coopersville.  
        The Titanic.  Kitty hawk.  Filling stations. 
        Mary Pickford. The Entertainer


        A region depicting the early part of the 20th century. A little over 100 years ago.   Definitely a historical period.  With attention to historical accuracy, this could be a good location for a "mystery history" challenge.  Indeed I offer you such a challenge: If you did not read the text, would you be able to deduce the period from just what you see in the pictures here?  

        Coopersville arrival point
        • Go there, HG address:
        • grid.kitely.com:8002:Coopersville
        • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP

        Sunday, May 5, 2019

        2019 #VWEDU BIZ: Notes for the entrepreneurial educator.


        #VWEDU Notes for the 
        entrepreneurial educator.


        The new breed of educator: Entrepreneurial.   Some of what educators do in the normal course of their work produces things and skills of value to other educators and to other educational institutions. Or those things would be of value if they were marketed

        Saturday, May 4, 2019

        2019 #VWEDU MALET showcase: Making and Tinkering – Stop Motion Animation Project: By: Marian Read


        #VWEDU Making and Tinkering
        Stop Motion Animation
        Project: By: Marian Read

        The project uses maker-centered pedagogical principles such as inquiry, play, imagination and innovation and Papert’s constructionist pedagogy, which includes hands-on learning or learning-by-doing and using technology to build artifacts.  The feedback from one teacher is illustrated, highlighting how stop motion animation could help students practice narration of a story in a second language (French).

        This presentation explores Stop Motion Animation as a making and tinkering activity that can be conducted with students in the classroom.   It describes maker-centered pedagogical principles such as inquiry, play, imagination and innovation and Papert’s constructionist pedagogy which includes hands-on learning or learning-by-doing and using technology to build artifacts. 
        The project illustrates the writer’s prototype professional learning resource for teachers, which provides practical information from setting a challenge to suggestions for linking stop motion animation with the curriculum. 

        Takeaways

        Friday, May 3, 2019

        2019 MUVE: HG: Ruth and Roth 2.0 Mesh Avatar Project HGluv is home to a version of Ruth and Roth


        Ruth and Roth 2.0 Mesh Avatar Project
        HGluv is home to a version of Ruth and Roth
        Updated 5/4/2019

        Ruth and Roth 2.0 are low-poly mesh bodies, specifically designed for OpenSimulator. They are built to use standard Second Life(TM) UV maps using scratch-built open source mesh bodies by Shin Ingen with other open source contributions from the OpenSimulator Community.
        Arrive at HGluv
        "NOTICE:  This is not the "Official" distribution point for the Ruth avatar.   This is a modified version that we are developing to eventually share with the main group."   


        Thursday, May 2, 2019

        #VWEDU update 5/7/2019 VWBPE Conference Proceedings. Entrepreneurial educators


        #VWEDU update 5/7/2019 
        The #VWEDU  initiative  
        Entrepreneurial educators

        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.

        News on the MUVEs 

        Contents 

        • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
        • My timeline on Twitter 
        • MUVE News
        • Open simulator projects
        • Events in the virtual worlds
        • Where is everybody?
        • Support the supporters
        • Hypergrid places
        • Social media
        • Living online
        • Modern education #VWEDU
        • Writers of 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
        • Tags: web-world, socialmedia,  virtualworld, MUVEvirtual, hypergrid, interactivestory 
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        Tuesday, April 30, 2019

        2019 #VWEDU BIZ: Educational resources on the Hypergrid: Educator places, educational places, education support


        #VWEDU Educational resources on the Hypergrid: 
        Educator places, educational places, education support 


        Here is a list I am developing to help the new educational institutions on the Hypergrid find hypergrid resources that can supplement their instructional content.
        Approaching Pompeii 
        The villa and the road 
        Vesuvius looms

        • Educator places
        • Educational places
        • Education support
        • Video capture and use

        Monday, April 29, 2019

        2018 WW: WRT: The story at Fantasy Place: quest for the wolfsbane flower Part 2, Titania


        The story at Fantasy Place: 
        quest for the wolfsbane flower   
        Part 2, Titania

        A continuation of the werewolf  story (writer's workshop) demonstrating how a story can also be used to support learning.


        Spoiler warning:  If you are reading Werewolf sequence as a story, this article will give away important information.  Remember, the Werewolf story is written for illustration.

        The story at Fantasy Place follows the monomyth template of Campbell. 

        Go there

        Sunday, April 28, 2019

        2019 #VWEDU BIZ: The Online Campus needs a library, as did those old campuses with the expensive buildings


        #VWEDU The Online Campus needs a library, 
        as did those old campuses 
        with the expensive buildings 

        We now have MUVE campuses.  We should think about what we need there.    Libraries are an obvious need, so I start with the probable functions of an online library associated with an online college.
        Digital Citizenship Museum on Kitely
        Click image to enlarge

        The online library is all service

        • Online we can do without those expensive buildings.
        • The ones you had to drive to and then look for a parking place.
        • The money that went for building maintenance can now support services. 
        • Yes, we need the services more than ever:
        • Digital citizenship. Safe and effective use of the web and the internet.
        • Curation and exhibition are services an online campus must have.   
        • Host professionally relevant student groups.
        • Host professional learning communities
        • Professional learning community (PLC) (Wikipedia)
        • Subscribe to appropriate journals to give students and faculty access.
        • Support student access to needed and suitable books or other materials
        • Coach students on how to seek, find, and evaluate suitable information.
        • Provide instruction on living online.

        Go there

        • To Cookie II in Kitely:  HG addess:
        • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II
        • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
        • In Kitely (and in the Firestorm viewer) put the hop in the viewer address bar:
        • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/640/896/23