Saturday, August 31, 2019

2019 #VWEDU #DTA: DTA and digicoach take on a form to suit the task: Shoulder pet, HUD, NPC, signs in places.


DTA and digicoach take on forms to suit the task: 
Shoulder pet, HUD, NPC, signs in places.  

The Digicoach cannot emulate a human and need not try.  For traditional content instruction, it might be embodied in scenes relevant to the content.  For coaching to improve learning skills it might he a shoulder pet    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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Gone to the digital world

  • DTA and Digicoach are a collection of services to support learning in a digital world. 
  • They would be developed as independent modules and made available that way.
  • Some services fit to places: Digicoach might be objects or signs.
  • Some services should go with the avatar as  a shoulder-pet or a HUD.
  • Some services may work better coming from a human-like form: NPC

Friday, August 30, 2019

2019 EVENT: PROMO: Promoting and finding events on the Hypergrid: Hypevents is the most comprehensive resource


Promoting and finding events on the Hypergrid: 
Hypevents is the most comprehensive resource

Recommendations for using Hypevents to promote and find events on the Hypergrid.
Dance event at Caribou 

Go there

  • Hypergrid address:
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Caribou
  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
  • In Kitely use Firestorm hop
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Caribou/111/267/39
  • Paste the hop in the Firestorm address bar, Enter.
  • Caribou website
  • Hypevents 
  • Get your event posted.
  • Search the event list.
  • Promoters: post any where you can, but don't skip Hypevents

Thursday, August 29, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: update 9/3/2019 VWMOOC19 Starts Sept 1st. Firestorm now supports stereo


#VWEDU: update 9/3/2019
VWMOOC19 Starts Sept 1st
Firestorm now supports stereo  

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
VWMOOC19 headquarters 
in Second Life

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
  • News sources
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2019 EDU: Leadership is sharing--Matt Harris, Ed.D.


Leadership is sharing--
Matt Harris, Ed.D.
To lead you must be visible.  You only lead people who hear from you.

As part of the Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership series, I talk about the need for Sharing. EdTech is a field built on collaboration and shared practice. Effective leaders must continue that effort by sharing their work, inviting others to their schools, and using social media to talk about the great things they do.

After the break 

  • Share by posting in social media
  • Where to post
  • Share by following
  • What the posting does for you

Monday, August 26, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Newcomer welcome coach for OpenSimulator. Suggested design and text for JIT instructions to beginners. A DTA content page


Newcomer welcome coach for OpenSimulator.  
Suggested design and text for JIT instructions to beginners.

Plan for providing Just-In-Time (JIT) instruction to beginners in OpenSimulator.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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They study on the web

"What do I do now?"

What do we need to create DTA welcome coach?

  • List of basic skills to be taught.
  • Brief instructions for each skill.
  • Selection method to let learner chose what to learn next (or revisit).
  • Situations in the welcome MUVE that create a need for each skill.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: DTA: Once you hear lecture about swimming, you never forget what you learned about lectures. Talking is not teaching.


Once you hear lecture about swimming, 
you never forget what you learned about lectures.  
Talk does not teach skills. 


Heard about the learning/doing gap?  There is no such thing.  Sure, you tell people how to do something and they can't do it.  Talk does not teach, it just informs.  To learn a skill, you have to practice it.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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Learning to swim?

Saturday, August 24, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: A virtual world is not just 3D. It can have people to talk with and things to interact with


A virtual world is not just 3D. 
It can have people to talk with 
and things to interact with

Providing a 3D environment is just one of the things virtual worlds (MUVEs) do.  By itself a 3D environment provides no more education than does an empty school building.  The MUVE can be equipped with scripted objects that do instructional things. And it can bring together groups of students to learn collaboration.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
Discovery learning is a game
The signs tell you
The objects teach you
-
  • Of course it is 3D, three dimensional.  You don't need virtual binoculars to see that.
  • You just press the up arrow key and your avatar moves forward.  
  • You can't do that in a flat picture.
  • And you have your avatar represent you in the 3D world. 
  • We rarely learn a lot from just looking, not even in 3D
  • You can marvel at that 3D world for, maybe, 10 minutes.
  • Or maybe less if you don't have good stereopsis.
  • Then you wonder what do you do here?
  • Or, if you are in education, you wonder how you can use it to teach.
  • Scripted things can give instructions, open websites, ask questions, evaluate answers, offer suggestions
  • People can do most of the same things people usually do.
  • You need them if the learning involves interacting with other people.


Friday, August 23, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: DTA content pages: The plan: Initial DTA content on the web here. Can be used from here or copied for use elsewhere.


The plan: Initial DTA content on the web here. 
Can be used from here 
or copied for use elsewhere.

Preliminary plan for Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) content pages to support development.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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Learning online
  • Uses: By DTA and solo
  • Design:  template and style
  • DTA content pages-Published and in works

What is a DTA content page?

  • DTA content pages are offered as possible content for instruction on using virtual worlds for education. 
  • The page is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
  • That means anyone can use it as is or modified with or without credit to the source.
  • Digicoach might send people to this page with specific search terms.
  • Educators might put this page on their own site and send students there.
  • Educators might use this text in their own version of Digicoach.
  • These content pages will be revised as needed or as improvements are identified.
  • The pages are designed to maximize ease of search and minimize text.  
  • The user is expected have an active viewer screen while reading the instructions 
  • The user is expected to follow each step after reading the instructions.

Why on the web?

  • Easily available to everyone.
  • Easily revised or copied
  • Directly usable as is
  • Easily given to students via web link

Thursday, August 22, 2019

#VWEDU: update 8/22/2019 VWMOOC19 Starts Sept 1st. Firestorm now supports stereo


#VWEDU: update 8/22/2019
VWMOOC19 Starts Sept 1st
Firestorm now supports stereo  

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
VWMOOC19 headquarters 
in Second Life

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
  • News sources
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Firestorm settings for beginners. A DTA content page


Firestorm settings for beginners. 
A DTA content page
Suggested changes in Firestorm settings for use with students in educational places.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
How to search FS Prefs

How to search Firestorm preferences

  • Top line of Firestorm, Avatar (full left), click Avatar
  • On drop-down menu click Preferences
  • To search preferences panel:  Use the white bar at the top of the panel.
  • Type part of the setting and the panel will show settings that match.
  • See graphic above.
  • Details on Preferences: Viewer 3.3+ Preferences window, Summary
  • Using viewer: Firestorm for OpenSimulator set to Viewer 5 (drop-down menus) 

Key terms

  • Name tags
  • Enable voice
  • Media
  • Movement
  • View
  • World Map
  • Notifications
  • Buttons
  • Search this page: Ctrl+f opens search bar near top of page.

Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 #VWEDU #DTA Student-thinking versus breadwinner-thinking versus entrepreneurial thinking: coming of age in school


Student-thinking versus
breadwinner-thinking versus 
entrepreneurial thinking:
coming of age in school


Students come of age while they are in school.  They are (we hope) preparing to be breadwinners or even entrepreneurs.  The learn school subjects and they learn skills.  They start out thinking as students.  When they finish (we hope) they are thinking as breadwinners or as entrepreneurs.   How could schools teach breadwinner thinking?   
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Students to breadwinners

Sunday, August 18, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: VWMOOC19 starts on September 1st. Now seeking presenters: educational activities in virtual worlds


VWMOOC19 starts on September 1st.  
Now seeking presenters: 
educational activities in virtual worlds

Educators of the virtual worlds! Are you interested in presenting on or providing a tour of your educational activities in virtual worlds, highlight your research on education and VWs or your world-building activities?  VWMOOC19  needs you.
VWMOOC19 headquarters 
in Second Life
  • VWMOOC19 (Virtual Worlds MOOC for 2019)
  • VWMOOC19 starts on September 1st and ends on September 30th.
  • Continuing education for educators. 
  • Headquarters in Second Life
  • To visit the VWMOOC19 Headquarters in Chilbo used this SLURL: 
  • http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chilbo/166/51/97
  • Put the SLurl in the address bar of the viewer, Enter
  • On the porch are boxes with information on how to schedule a presentation.
  • For more information IM Maggie Larimore or Greg Perrier in Second Life
  • Or Selby Evans in OpenSimulator

Saturday, August 17, 2019

2019 BIZ: #VWEDU: A place for people (you) to design gardens. Or other places. No lifting. No digging. Concentrate on placing and seeing the result.


A place for people (you) to design gardens. 
Or other places.  No lifting. No digging.  
Concentrate on placing and seeing the result.

A system to design any kind of layout (where you arrange things for attractive appearance or other purpose.)  The objects are supplied as inventory.   The user selects and places them.  Learners can practice placement.  Designers can do rapid prototyping.  Customers can see the planned layout before they approve it.

Go there

  • Web link: Garden Palettes
  • Closed to Hypergrid (use a Kitely avatar)
  • Firestorm Hop (In Kitely paste in the address bar of Firestorm viewer, enter.)
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Garden Palettes/44/254/22

What can you do there



Friday, August 16, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Newcomer welcome coach (1): Basic skills needed promptly


Newcomer welcome coach (1):   
Basic skills needed promptly 

The newcomer welcome coach teaches the skills needed to get started in OpenSimulator. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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They study on the web

"What do I do now?"

  • That's usually the first reaction people have when they arrive in a virtual world.
  • Educators want to get students past that point fast.
  • We can give them written instructions: 
  • The Secret of the Instruction Manual  If you want to keep a secret, put it in the instruction manual
  • A DTA  Welcome Coach (DTAW) can give JIT training just when the student needs it.
  • Create the need for the instruction.  Give the instruction.  Have the learner practice.

What do we need to create a welcome DAT?

  • List of basic skills to be taught.
  • Brief instructions for each skill.
  • Selection method to let learner chose what to learn next (or revisit).
  • Situations in the welcome MUVE that create a need for each skill.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

#VWEDU: update 8/19/2019 VWMOOC19 Starts Sept 1st. CVL Presents ACRL Sunday Tour.


#VWEDU: update 8/19/2019
CVL Presents ACRL Sunday Tour
OpenSim users split on impact of Firestorm fork.

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
VWMOOC19 headquarters 
in Second Life
  • At the Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely
  • In Kitely, use the Firestorm Hop:
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/647/902/22
  • Put the hop in the address bar (top) of Firestorm viewer, Enter
  • On the HG go to Cookie II
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II
  • and use the FS Hop above
  • Understanding digital archives is important to us: as a person, a community, a nation.
  • Explore archival and presentation in our new underwater museum room.  
  • Project Lead: Marie Vans Community Virtual Library

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
  • News sources
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 
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Monday, August 12, 2019

#VWEDU: #DTA: Digicoach can support collaborative homework and study sessions


Digicoach can support collaborative 
homework and study sessions 
Overview of homework assistance Digicoach could provide easily with current software technology. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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Off on a digital field trip

Sunday, August 11, 2019

#VWEDU: #DTA: The digital teacher assistant and FERPA: there are security issues.


The digital teacher assistant and FERPA: 
there are security issues.


Preliminary consideration of privacy issues in virtual worlds when DTA collect data traceable to individual students. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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Security here?

FERPA compliance

DTA and FERPA compliance


Saturday, August 10, 2019

2019 # VWEDU: Will the Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) need artificial intelligence?


Will the Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA)  
need artificial intelligence?


Consideration of the need for artificial intelligence (AI) services to make DTA work effectively.  Conclusion: no evident need at this time.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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