Sunday, June 30, 2019

2019 EDU: Spanish Language Learning Island. Situated learning, immersive learning


Spanish Language Learning Island 
Situated learning, immersive learning 
The best place to learn a language is where you need to use it.  There even the little kids can speak it.
 You need to know 
the Spanish names

Go there 

  • HG address: 
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Spanish Language Learning Island
  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the World Map, click Find, TP
  • Hop: In Kitely put the hop in the address (top) bar of Firestorm, press enter.
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Spanish Language Learning Island/191/108/23

Saturday, June 29, 2019

2019 #VWEDU A digital campus needs a digital library. What would be in a digital library?


A digital campus needs a digital library.  
What would be in a digital library?


Preliminary ideas for a digital  library on a digital campus, with an invitation to add your own ideas.  
 RUC library in Second Life
  • I mean digital to include the customary flat web pages.
  • There are already lots of courses, certifications, and degrees offered online.
  • But I am not sure we think of these web sites as digital campuses.
  • We are more likely to think of a place in a virtual world as a digital campus.

Friday, June 28, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Competitive sports for online schools. Robotics, search-masters, DTA-Turing challenges


Competitive sports for online schools.
Robotics, search-masters, 
DTA-Turing challenges

One thing students will miss in virtual colleges: competitive sports.   But people can compete on the internet.  In fact, they can compete on skills that employers actually hire for.  So when they win, they are not just virtual winners.  They are real winners.
The Empty Classroom
They are away competing

It's a competitive world out there


Thursday, June 27, 2019

#VWEDU update 6/27/2019 Libraries for education; Facebook with cryptocurrency


#VWEDU update 6/27/2019 
Libraries for education
Facebook with cryptocurrency

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
Web_50f97e8db7c81c693e000001
NonProfit Commons
Friday Morning meetings 

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
  • Business
  • Support the supporters
  • Social media
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Libraries for education
  • Writers on 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, June 25, 2019

2019 WW: ART: An interview with Don Margulis in his 3Dwebworldz Art Gallery


An interview with Don Margulis 
in his 3Dwebworldz Art Gallery

A chat about gallery construction, selling your work, and the benefits of being able to meet with gallery patrons. Visit mygallery3d.com to see more galleries and to build one for yourself. You may also want to visit 3dwebworldz.com to experience education and entertainment in full 3D. --jamie jordan 

Worlds on the web


Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: BIZ: The entrepreneurial educator: Build a portfolio, Promote your work


The entrepreneurial educator
Build a portfolio. 
Promote your work.


Educators:  Low salaries from educational institutions do not have to mean low income for educators.   There are many online opportunities for additional income related to teaching and supporting learning. 
The Empty Classroom

Professional educator?

Entrepreneur

    What entrepreneurial educators do

    • Build and publicize your skills
    • Look for ways to market your skills.

    Sunday, June 23, 2019

    2019 Stories: Seanchai Library: A land of pirates, dragons, krakens, volcanoes, and imagination


    Seanchai Library: A land of
     pirates, dragons, krakens, 
    volcanoes, and imagination

    The Seanchai ("Storyteller" in Irish) library celebrates the Celtic tradition of stories told around the hearth or in the pub to friends, family, and welcomed strangers. The Seanchai Library brings stories of all kinds to life in your Virtual Life.
    The story worlds 
    of Seanchai Library

      Saturday, June 22, 2019

      2019 #VWEDU: Localized Learning Communities in Virtual Worlds--Thanks to Beth Ghostraven


      Localized  Learning Communities  
      in Virtual Worlds--
      Thanks to Beth Ghostraven

      Localized:  In gridspeak that means limited to one grid.  In OpenSim the community would be accessible on the Hypergrid.  (Here I am ignoring isolated communities on private grids.)  These communities may want to connect with some of the web-based communities to develop a longer reach. 

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


      Friday, June 21, 2019

      2019 WRITE: Confluence1: A conversation with Aeschylus. Space travel, time travel in the MUVEs


      Confluence1: A conversation with Aeschylus.  
      Space travel, time travel in the MUVEs 

      Confluence is an alien world, with desert landscapes dominated by odd lifeforms in the sky and on the land.  A small base is being established to investigate it, and the odd ruins dotted here and there across the landscape.  Far above the planet, the long-haul ship Aeschylus orbits, deploying landers to supply the base and bring specimens to its labs and holds.
      I find a droid
      • "You are not on the ship's crew. You are a digital," the droid remarks in a pleasant female voice.
      • Startled for a moment, I reply. "That is true. And who are you?" 
      • "I am Aeschylus," the droid responds, "Not the playwright. The ship."
      • Aeschylus
      • MUVE is a Multiuser Virtual Environment.
      • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Confluence/203/121/1011

      Go there

      • Web address: https://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Daniel-Hoffman/Confluence
      • HG address:
      • grid.kitely.com:8002:Confluence
      • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
      • Go to Aeschylus:
      • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Confluence/205/228/1015
      • Go to the ground station
      • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Confluence/294/263/22
      • Put the Firestorm Hop in the address (top) bar of Firestorm, press Enter



      Thursday, June 20, 2019

      #VWEDU update 6/21/2019 Facebook with cryptocurrency, Maria Korolov reports


      #VWEDU update 6/21/2019 
      Facebook with cryptocurrency
      Maria Korolov reports

      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
      Web_50f97e8db7c81c693e000001
      NonProfit Commons
      Friday Morning meetings 

      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
      • Business
      • Support the supporters
      • Social media
      • Living online
      • Modern education #VWEDU
      • Libraries for education
      • Writers on 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, June 18, 2019

      2019 EDU: Language learning: What could a virtual (online) campus offer?


      Language learning: 
      What could a virtual (online) campus offer? 

      A school has special advantages for teaching its native language to people who want to learn that language. The old disadvantage used to be that people could only attend that school after expensive travel. Travel on the internet is free and fast.

      Universal campus (Kitely)
      • A German university would choose its own campus view.
      • As would any university anywhere.

      Native speakers

      • The virtual campus could be provided by a school with the target language.
      • If you want to learn German, you could learn it at a German university.
      • Talk with German instructors. Socialize with German students.
      • Low cost plan: "Study in Germany, live at home"

      Contents

      • "Local" sights and people
      • Viewpoint of the school
      • Immersive language learning
      • Situated learning
      • Social learning (All language is social.)
      • Marketing
      • First mover advantage
      • What is an virtual campus?
      • Who can supply a virtual campus?
      • Articles in this blog about language learning
      • Immersive Technologies (Heritage Christian Online School)
      • Search this page:  Ctrl+f opens search bar near the top

      Monday, June 17, 2019

      2019 MUVE: Content: Save an OAR file (copy of OpenSim region): Honor creator rights--Lisa Laxton


      Save an OAR file
      (copy of OpenSim region): 
      Honor creator rights--Lisa Laxton

      How to save an OAR file and honor creator rights.
      What is an OAR?
      Around the Open Simulator community, we hear things like "save your OAR" or "get an OAR from Outworldz". For the non-technical users learning to host their own regions or grids, OAR is an acronym for OpenSimulator Archive. It is a file type that can contain all of the assets of a region, its terrain, and its parcels. In other words, an OAR can be a complete backup of a virtual world known as a region in OpenSimulator. This feature allows a region owner to save and restore "backups" of their region.


      Sunday, June 16, 2019

      2019 #VWEDU: A horse ride through Coopersville (MUVE) 1905. Go back in time a little over 100 years.


      A horse ride through Coopersville (MUVE) 1905.  
      Go back in time a little over 100 years.  


      Coopersville is a MUVE (virtual world) model of a US town of the early 20th Century.  It has houses of that era (houses of the Victorian and Edwardian times), offers clothing of that period, has transportation of that period (streetcars, early Fords, and horses), plays music of that time (especially ragtime), and has the early flying things (Wright Flyer, hot air balloons).  Just right for a site visit by a class studying that part of history.

      Go there

      • Hypergrid address: 
      • grid.kitely.com:8002:Coopersville
      • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
      • http://hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Coopersville
      • In Kitely, put the hop in the address (top) bar of the viewer, press Enter

      Saturday, June 15, 2019

      2019 #VWEDU: Eileen O’Connor: Mainstreaming MUVE Learning Colloquium, MALET Program, Empire State College (SUNY)


      Eileen O’Connor: 
      Mainstreaming MUVE Learning Colloquium,  
      MALET Program, Empire State College (SUNY)

      Dr. Eileen O’Connor – Associate Professor & Coordinator for the Masters of Arts Learning & Emerging Technology Program, SUNY Empire State College (MALET)  – discussed her institution’s creation of a “think-tank” to investigate and advocate for the wider use of virtual spaces in online learning (including in elderly populations).

      Friday, June 14, 2019

      2019 #VWEDU: BIZ: We can bring schools into OpenSim. Not just people. Whole campuses full of people.


      We can bring schools into OpenSim.  
      Not just people.  
      Whole campuses full of people.

      OpenSim and web-worlds can support virtual campuses online. Such a campus would be managed by the school.  The OpenSim or web-world "grid"would only provide hosting.
      Writers meet to share their work

      Yes, there is research

      Bringing in a campus is not like bringing in people

      • For openers,a school would bring in students by the hundreds.  
      • If the school found the arrangement useful, it could bring in thousands.
      • But bringing in students requires special arrangements: 
      • Batch registration. A specialized viewerA private grid.
      • You need a private grid to separate your school from adult activities

      Marketing to schools is not marketing to people.  

      • Schools have special needs.  But those needs are similar across schools.
      • Thus meeting the needs of schools could be profitable.

      An online campus is not an online class

      • A physical campus is not just for holding classes.
      • Students meet outside of class for collaboration, socializing, etc.
      • I won't expand on the etc. but the other things can have major educational value.

      No, you don't need that thing over your eyes

      • Those are expensive.  You just need a computer screen.
      • You get a picture you can walk through and look around in. 
      • It is much like the sense of 3D you get in a movie.
      • Where they also don't wear things over their eyes.   

      Thursday, June 13, 2019

      #VWEDU update 6/16/2019 Facebook with cryptocurrency, Maria Korolov reports


      #VWEDU update 6/16/2019 
      Facebook with cryptocurrency
      Maria Korolov reports

      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
      Web_50f97e8db7c81c693e000001
      NonProfit Commons
      Friday Morning meetings 

      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
      • Business
      • Support the supporters
      • Social media
      • Living online
      • Modern education #VWEDU
      • Writers on 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 
      ***************************

      Tuesday, June 11, 2019

      2019 #VREDU Demonstration oil rig: Conversation with an imaginary TA (Teaching Assistant)


      Demonstration oil rig.  
      Conversation with an imaginary TA 
      (Teaching Assistant)

      I visit a digitally represented oil rig to report on its potential for offering low-cost introductory instruction on a semi-submersible oil rig.  
      The underwater structures
      • I arrived at the oil rig, near some of the underwater structures.
      • Fortunately, as an avatar I can easily function underwater.  
      • I don't need any diving gear.  
      • Since this is a demonstration rig, I began to look for its instructional potential.
      • "Welcome to my oil-rig demonstration," a female voice says.  "You are not on my roster of students, but if you tell me your objective I may be able to help you."
      • I look around and see a lady floating near me. She wears a business suit.
      • "I am here to develop a report on the value of virtual world models for instruction on this rig,"  I explain.
      • "I am the teaching assistant for this semi-submersible oil rig model," she responds.  "Let's begin."

      Go there

      Monday, June 10, 2019

      2019 #VEWEDU: Computational thinking or how to get along with computers


      Computational thinking 
      or how to get along with computers

      To get along with computers you need to think like a computer.  Fortunately, that is simply careful planning, something that has long been useful to humans.  Do you know of a high school that offers a course in careful planning?  Do you know how careful planning can be taught?  

      Computational thinking is both central to computer science and widely applicable throughout education and the workforce. Computational thinking, which is complementary to coding and computer science, provides students a necessary skill set for solving complex problems and is relevant throughout K-12 education in all subjects. Read our report to find our more.
      • In education, computational thinking is a set of problem-solving methods that involve expressing problems and their solutions in ways that a computer could execute. --Wikipedia

      After the break

      • Why learn it?
      • How to learn it?
      • Challenges in this blog
      • MUVEs in education
      • Maker resources in OpenSimulator
      • Scripting in OpenSimulator
      • Other names for similar thinking


      Sunday, June 9, 2019

      2019 WRITE: WW: Writer's workshops in the virtual worlds (MUVEs). Some as near as your browser. Summary


      Writer's workshops 
      in the virtual worlds (MUVEs). 
      Some as near as your browser.  Summary 
      Updated 7/2/2019
      You can meet writers in your home office (or wherever you use your computer).  You can go to places that invite you to tell a story.  You can join with a group of writers from all over the world.  You can write a short story that gets published in a blog (if you want).
      Writer's Circle, Waterstage

      Goals for a web-based workshop

      • Usable 24/7
      • Access from anywhere.
      • Usable to serve a group or one person alone
      • Provide a shared scene for a group
      • Allow for shared characters.
      • Provide a shared scene and shared characters.
      • Provide prompts for character and plot development

      About writing

      Saturday, June 8, 2019

      2019 #VWEDU: PEOPLE: The great race, Coopersville: Hot air balloons and the Wright Flyer


      The great race, Coopersville:
      Hot air balloons 
      and the Wright Flyer

      Coopersville is a MUVE (virtual world) model of a US town of the early 20th Century.  It has houses of that era (houses of the Victorian and Edwardian times), offers clothing of that period, has transportation of that period (streetcars, early Fords, and horses), plays music of that time (especially ragtime), and has the early flying things (Wright Flyer, hot air balloons).  Just right for a site visit by a class studying that part of history.

      Go there

      • Hypergrid address: 
      • grid.kitely.com:8002:Coopersville
      • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
      • In Kitely put the Firestorm Hop in the address bar of Firestorm, press return:
      • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Coopersville

      Google research