Friday, May 31, 2019

2019 #VWEDU Web accessed learning Communities in Virtual Worlds--Thanks to Beth Ghostraven


Web accessed learning Communities 
in Virtual Worlds--Thanks to Beth Ghostraven


Some active learning communities in virtual worlds.  Together they form a basis for the Professional Learning Community (PLC) of virtual worlds.  New educators entering virtual worlds might get helpful advice from these groups. 

  • The calendar above carries events of multiple educator groups in virtual worlds.
  • If your educational events are not there, why not put them there?
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

2019 #VWEDU update 6/1/2019 #VWEDU PLC Calendar, Freebies


#VWEDU update 6/1/2019 
Newcomer Notes
Freebies

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 
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Newcomer notes
  • Freebies
  • 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 
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 #VWEDU The virtual worlds (MUVEs) professional learning community. Not something we have to organize. It just is


#VWEDU Virtual worlds (MUVEs) 
professional learning community.  
Not something we have to organize.  It just is

Suggestions on how to increase communication in the professional learning community of the MUVEs (virtual worlds).
The Empty Classroom
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  • Like most communities, it formed from propinquity and shared interests.
  • I like the Wikipedia description of propinquity:
  • "It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people."
  • We virtual worlders understand about psychological proximity.
  • We have friends in who live thousands of miles away.  
  • We educators in virtual worlds collaborate with colleagues on other continents.
  • We know them as avatars, colleagues, and friends.    

So what do we need to do about it?


  • Nothing. But we can seek to expand the advantages:
  • Increase intercommunication so as to share what we find out.
  • Increase outward communication to share virtual worlds more widely.
  • We want to get the word out to the whole education community.
  • Use the hashtag #VWEDU to make your reposts easier to find.

Monday, May 27, 2019

2019 VIDEO: "I Can" A Randt & Hoisan Production


"I Can" A Randt & 
Hoisan Production
This movie was made to encourage and inspire all those who live with diabetes. From the first diagnosis to getting balanced is a process, We hope our video helps you see...you can do it! It was made for The See Yourself Health Sims in Second Life. We also hope you will visit inworld.

For new users of Second Life use this address:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife... There are clear instructions here to help you learn the skills you need to enjoy this experience fully.
For experienced SL users, enter here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife...
For more information about the See Yourself Health Virtual Project and how you can join: https://www.seeyourselfhealth.com/home
Music: Eternity by Roger Subirana Mata, licensed for YouTube by Jamendo #JAM-WEB-2019-0002289
*See Yourself City where some of this movie was filmed, was designed and built by Architect David Denton, DB Bailey in Second Life, who asked us to make this film. It will will be shown in-world on this site.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: A mystery. Who doesn't love a mystery? Can students learn from a mystery?


A mystery.  
Who doesn't love a mystery?  
Can students learn from a mystery?  

A mystery that can only be solved by using knowledge gained from the course content.  That can work in a geography class by talking to people in a geographically relevant location.  You can do that in Skype at no cost.  For a history class, you could do that with photos of the period or with replicated scenes of the period (as in virtual worlds).

"Mystery Skype is a great tool for global connections for educators around the world. It allows classes to connect with other schools and experts to open up learning for all students. In this vlog post, I encourage teachers to jump into Mystery Skype and I provide tips to maximize their experience. I also talk about best practices for video conferencing and global connection planning."
  • But wait--there's more, after the break

Saturday, May 25, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: WRT: Blogging: Starting, building, and promoting your blog about virtual worlds (MUVEs)


Blogging: Starting, building, 
and promoting your blog
about virtual worlds (MUVEs)

A summary collection of previous articles about blogging, with focus on virtual worlds (MUVEs).

Can I make money from a blog?

  • Some do, but many use a blog to support a favorite project.
  • Google AdWords
  • Choose your goal.  To make money, you have to blog to get readers.
  • Your favorite project may not be a good subject for that.

How do I start?




Friday, May 24, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: WRITE: Seanchai WestWorld: a place for storytellers. Can I find a story here?


Seanchai WestWorld: 
a place for storytellers
Can I find a story here? 

An illustration of how to turn a place into a story.  Here the place is a small town in the west.  The story ideas come from things found on the town's main street.
A small town in the west 

  • Go there: Hypergrid address:
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:WESTWORLD
  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click FindTP
  • Seanchai WestWorld on the web


Thursday, May 23, 2019

2019 #VWEDU update 5/23/2019 Newcomer Notes, Freebies


#VWEDU update 5/23/2019 
Newcomer Notes
Freebies

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 
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Newcomer notes
  • Freebies
  • 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 
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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