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 
    ***************************

    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 

          Friday, November 1, 2019

          Thursday, October 31, 2019

          #VWEDU: update 11/5/2019: New OpenSim release (0.9.1) IDRAC Conference Is Nov. 1 & 2. OpenSim conference seeks presenters. Free Ghost Story Radio Stream (Seanchai Library ).


          #VWEDU: update 11/5/2019
          New OpenSim release (0.9.1)
          IDRAC Conference Is Nov. 1 & 2
          OpenSim conference seeks presenters.
          Free Ghost Story Radio Stream (Seanchai Library ).

          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
          Click 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 
            ***************************

            Tuesday, October 29, 2019

            2019 ART: Installation art: The Mountain by Karima Hoisan & Dale Innis. Art can move mountains in virtual worlds


            Installation art:  The Mountain 
            by Karima Hoisan & Dale Innis.
            Art can move mountains in virtual worlds


            Installation art is a natural for virtual worlds because space is low cost and building big is easy
            Entry point
            • Click on the words to get an introductory notecard

            Go there

            • HG address:
            • grid.kitely.com:8002:The Mountain
            • The Mountain (web page)

            Monday, October 28, 2019

            2019 WRITE: WW: Writers on the web: Wednesday Workgroup On 3DWebWorldz.Com


            Writers on the web:
            Wednesday Work-group 
            On 3DWebWorldz.Com

            Announcement of the Wednesday Writing Work-group. Anyone can join.  It is on the web--go there with your browser.  Just a web-link away from you.
            Writers meet on the web

            And furthermore

            • Other writing groups: come in any time and try it.  
            • Teachers of writing: You are welcome to try it also.  
            • No charge for trying the space.  
            • There might be a charge if you need support.

            Sunday, October 27, 2019

            2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Seven major educational affordances from virtual worlds and how they can work together


            Seven major educational affordances 
            from virtual worlds and 
            how they can work together

            Virtual worlds offer many of the educational affordances that are wanted in classrooms. But with more space, easier travel, more resources, more security, and lower costs.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).

            Group project planning template
            Click image to enlarge

            The affordances

            1. Situated learning
            2. Spatial memory (place learning)
            3. Social learning
            4. Concept maps
            5. Project road-maps
            6. Controlled learning environment
            7. Error-friendly environment
            8. Search on page:Ctrl f gets search bar. 

            Saturday, October 26, 2019

            2018 #VWEDU: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” comes to Second Life and Fantasy Faire Radio


            “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” 
            comes to Second Life and Fantasy Faire Radio
            Joint event in Second Life and Fantasy Fair Radio
            Click image to enlarge
            • On Sunday, October 27th at 2pm slt/Pacific,
            • Fantasy Faire Radio and Seanchai Library will present
            • Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,
            • specially adapted for radio and live performance in seven voices.
            • http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pixeltrix/162/127/21
            • The 90-minute performance will take place live at Pixeltrix -
            • home of the creators of the “Octoberville” and “Wicked Winter” interactive experiences.
            • Pixeltrix is a community that enthusiastically celebrates the holidays,
            • especially the spirit of Halloween. 

            Go there

            Friday, October 25, 2019

            2019 #VWEDU #DTA: Communications tips for OpenSimulator. A DTA content page


            Communications tips for OpenSimulator.
            A DTA content page

            Communications content page for Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in OpenSimulator.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
            The Empty Classroom
            Communicating elsewhere
            • Sure, back in the old days, you put students in a classroom to communicate with them.
            • Students have other means of communication.  Are schools catching up?

            Communicate with other people

            Local--avatars near you

            • Local chat
            • Instant Message (IM)
            • Local Voice
            • Local voice fixes

            Remote (or local)--avatars anywhere,

            • Instant message
            • Group message
            • Notecard (receive) 
            • Notecard (receive embedded)
            • Notecard (send)
            • IM logs 

            Hypergrid communications 

            • Local: same as ingrid
            • Remote: Same as ingrid, but less reliable