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

Friday, April 26, 2019

2019 #VWEDU MALET Students Virtual Showcase---poster session or presentation for the new century

MALET Students Virtual Showcase---
poster session or presentation 
for the new century  

A modern educational master's program shows off the work of its students and illustrates the affordances of digital worlds (MUVEs) for informational and educational presentations. 
Illustration of part of a poster
in ESC Showcase 
Click image to enlarge

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

2019 WW: MESH: Full physics comes to CybaLOUNGE: How to make objects solid

Full physics comes to CybaLOUNGE:. 
How to make objects solid

Imitates real physics: gravity and friction.  Makes objects act like solids.  You can set the mass of an object.

Physics comes to Cybalounge

  • CybaLOUNGE  
  • https://nonprofitvirtualworld.org/
  • You can set objects to collision--that makes objects act as if solid.
  • We usually call objects physical when they are set to act as if solid.
  • (We people of the digital worlds)
  • You can walk on physical objects and bump into them.
  • You can turn on gravity in your place and set it to the level you want.  
  • You can set gravity to much less than earth level and make things fall slowly.
  • Instructions after the break.

Monday, April 22, 2019

2019 WRITE: WW: EDU: Developing an interactive storytelling capability in CybaLOUNGE, a roadmap for education

Developing an interactive storytelling capability 
in CybaLOUNGE, a roadmap for education

Storytelling in a browser-based virtual world.  Accessible on computers, Chromebooks, and tablets.  Here is a preliminary assessment of the needs for educational storytelling on the web. 
ACRL Virtual World interest group

Storytelling in CybaLOUNGE

Interactive means what?

  • The visitor takes actions that result in progress through the story 
  • Actions: answer questions, solve puzzles, choose options
  • Result: Continue on the story, get to a new episode, get a new power.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

2019 EDU: MUVE: Understanding the Millennial Student: using virtual realities in teaching and learning

Understanding the Millennial Student:
using virtual realities in teaching and learning

In "Reading the River: The Millennial Student, Using Virtual Realities in Teaching and Learning" Don Margulis, Professor of Psychology, discusses the value of incorporating virtual worlds into the classroom and frames a context for understanding the millennial student.

This segment from "Paddling Faster than the Current", directed by filmmaker Rose Carlson, portrays the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) program at Middlesex Community College. 
In "Reading the River: The Millennial Student, Using Virtual Realities in Teaching and Learning" Don Margulis, Professor of Psychology, discusses the value of incorporating virtual worlds into the classroom and frames a context for understanding the millennial student.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

2019 EDU: GAME: Guinivere project: A Language learning game in a 3D immersive environment

Guinivere project: A language learning
game in a 3D immersive environment

The GUINEVERE Project aims to demonstrate the potential of digital game-based learning in 3D immersive environments.

Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 EDU: Presentation paradigm for the internet generation

Presentation paradigm for 
the internet generation

Virtual worlds allow a presentation that is just like the old way of doing presentations.  But they also allow newer, more efficient methods.  Here are some suggestions to take advantage of the affordances of the internet.

An old-fashioned presentation
  • Think up bullet points that show the main ideas you want to get across.
  • Put the bullet points up on a screen.
  • Talk about each point.  Answer questions about each point.
  • Hope they remember what you said, because they can't go back and reread. 
  • Notice that they all have laptops.
  • Couldn't the presentation make use of the laptops?

Could the presentation use the laptops?  

  • Make a web page for each bullet point.  
  • Put relevant links and information on that web page.
  • Give the web page links to the audience so they can follow.
  • Better yet, give  the links in advance so people can prepare in advance.
  • Bur don't stop there.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 PEOPLE: 3rd Rock Grid Fund Raising for Doctors Without Borders

3rd Rock Grid Fund Raising 
for Doctors Without Borders
Mar 23, 24 2019

Report on the 3RG No Boders festival
 The Fabulous Wailers at 
the 3RG No Borders Festival

Monday, April 15, 2019

2019 EDU: PROMO: Beginner's building in OpenSim: Chimp Versus Chair, Prim Sculptor

Beginner's building in OpenSim:
Chimp Versus Chair, Prim Sculptor 

Videos illustrating building in OpenSimulator and links to instructions on how to start building.

  • Watch on YouTube
  • With Orhalla Zander as the chimp.
  • This won't teach you how to build.  
  • I hope it shows you what you can do when you know how to build.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2019 EDU: BIZ: Virtual Teacher's Assistant, an option for entrepreneurial educators: a job for SuperTA

Virtual Teacher's Assistant, 
an option for entrepreneurial educators

A virtual teacher's assistant can be an organized collection of resources with search assistance to help teachers find what the need.  Or, with the help of entrepreneurial educators, it might be more.
The Empty Classroom

What are entrepreneurial educators?

Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 COMEDY: PEOPLE: A year's worth of comedy from Lauren's comedy group

A year's worth of comedy 
from Lauren's comedy group 
Video capture of live comedy shows at Lauren's place in Second Life

  • Lauren's place:
  • At Lauren's Place Tuesdays 5 pm Calif. time
  • Place http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/122/242/23
  • A one-hour comedy show in voice.
  • Come a little early and tell the MC that you want to do comedy.
  • If you can do a good 3-5 min. set with good close we may make a video.
  • Our Comedy Channel
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGw_HANVLFY&list=PLmXCeJpxLXokSPNK_UVR1rS9qHSfJJsNM

Friday, April 12, 2019

2019 TKR How to to stop worrying and learn to appreciate ageism

How to to stop worrying 
and learn to appreciate ageism
A lady who is getting old sets the record straight on ageism and the myths of the old folks home in a rapid fire talk that few young people could match.  

  Watch on YouTube
A World Without Ageism with author and activist Ashton Applewhite. What would age equality look like? We’re barraged by messages that encourage a fear of old age. Many of us assume that with older age comes poor health and failing capabilities, so much so that the increase in life expectancy is often viewed as a negative trend. Ageing, however, is a natural, lifelong, powerful process, and, in fact, the older people get, the less afraid they are of dying. So why all the negativity? Ashton Applewhite uncovers the roots of ageism and shows how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

2019 EDU: GM: The CAMELOT-GUINEVERE project: Learning language in virtual worlds.

Learning  language in virtual worlds.  

A report on two related European Union educational projects using the affordances of virtual worlds in language learning.  Virtual worlds (MUVEs) support situated learning.

Go there 


Sunday, April 7, 2019

2019 EDU: Black History Museum: Keng City: Educational destination on the hypergrid

Black History Museum: Keng City

Educational destination on the Hypergrid:  One of a list I am developing to help the new educational institutions on the Hypergrid find hypergrid resources that can supplement their instructional content.
Keng City Black History 
Commemorative Museum

Black history

Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 COMEDY: MARCH: Lauren's place, Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific

MARCH 2019: Lauren's place,   
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific

March collection of comedy from Lauren's place:  WyNott,  Catboy, Randy, Synnove


    Friday, April 5, 2019

    2019 EDU: GAME: VWBPE immersive events, The Queen’s Heroes in the Five Kingdoms #vwbpe19chat

    VWBPE immersive events, 
    The Queen’s Heroes in the Five Kingdoms 

    An illustrative educational game is offered at the VWBPE exposition site.  The game shows how the standard hero quest model can be used as the basis for an instructional game.  #vwbpe19chat
    Starting point of the 
    Queen's Heroes game
    Host: Leticia De Leon (SL: Letty Luckstone), University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Description: Participants in this immersive experience will engage in an allegorical experience that is both storytelling and game. This underwater paradise needs heroes that will save the five kingdoms from a man-made destruction. Guided by a HUD and a mentor, all heroes who heed the call will travel to the five underwater kingdoms to piece together the story and undergirding real life issues. Those who engage with this experience may do so in storytelling or game mode.

    Participants will be the heroes in an allegory that follows an underwater path to the five kingdoms.

    Participants will evaluate environmental issues in a five-kingdom challenge to win the game.

    VWBPE main session April 4-6

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    2019 EDU: HG: WW: Teachers don't need to learn how to build in virtual worlds to teach there

    Teachers don't need to learn 
    how to build in virtual worlds 
    to teach there 
    Virtual Worlds offer great potential for modern instruction at most levels.  But a shift to virtual world instruction could look difficult to present-day teachers.  Here I offer a suggestions on how that difficulty can be minimized.
    Universal campus 
    for OpenSim

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    2019 EDU: VWBPE 2019 Conference “Re:Vision” Opens April 4, 2019 in Second Life

    VWBPE 2019 Conference “Re:Vision”
     Opens April 4, 2019 in Second Life

    April 4 starts the three-day Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference, with an amazing lineup of speakers, workshops, sim demonstrations, poster presentations, open discussions, and more.

    The conference will cover a wide range of subjects concerning virtual worlds and their use for education, virtual reality, smart games, arts and science, and the future of technology. Although the main part of the conference will be held in Second Life this year, there are sessions about different virtual worlds, and events on other virtual world grids.