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).
The Empty Classroom
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.

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?   
The Empty Classroom
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).
The Empty Classroom
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).
The Empty Classroom
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).
The Empty Classroom
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).
The Empty Classroom

Friday, August 9, 2019

2019 NEW: Considering virtual worlds? Considering Hypergrid? Here is information you may want


Considering virtual worlds?  
Considering Hypergrid?  
Here is information you may want

Virtual worlds are readily available and (on OpenSim) at low cost.  For some areas of interest, there are existing communities that can help you get started.  For example, there is a large and active educational community.
Dancing at 
Kitely Welcome Center

What does it cost?

  • Nothing if you just want to meet people and look around
  • Nothing if you just want to try building. (There are free sandboxes for that.)
  • Sandboxes in Kitely
  • Probably nothing if you want to start with a place of your own. 
  • (Free rental places are often available.)
  • And there are rental places at a few dollars.
  • Rental places in Kitely
  • Other Grids also have rental places and sandboxes.
    I use the Kitely listing because it is available on the web.

Is there a steep learning curve?

  • Only if you want to become a skilled creator.  
  • Lots of there are lots of things available as  freebies
  • Freebie places in Kitely
  • You can also buy things  for a few dollars per item.
  • Kitely Market

What do people do in virtual worlds?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

#VWEDU: update 8/10/2019 OpenSim users split about impact of Firestorm fork. Encore Escape reenacts Woodstock.


#VWEDU: update 8/10/2019
OpenSim users split about impact of Firestorm fork.
Encore Escape reenacts Woodstock

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

  • At the Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely
  • 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 5, 2019

2019 PEOPLE: Finding the funnies: a plan for comedy in 3DWebWorldz.


Finding the funnies: 
a plan for comedy in 3DWebWorldz.  

Summary plan for comedy event  in  3DWebWorldz 


How it works

  • Some of the people bring something funny to the event.
  • Maybe pictures: funny pictures or pictures that call for funny comment
  • (See tutorial above--you just have to upload the images.)
  • Maybe jokes: anyone talks and everyone hears.
  • Maybe funny news items or funny comments on news items.
  • Maybe funny audio clips--speech or sounds.
  • Maybe funny readings, perhaps with funny accents.
  • Maybe something I haven't thought of.
  • We present one item at a time, inviting comment from everyone.
  • We may get video of part of the event for posting on YouTube.
  • Details after the break

Sunday, August 4, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Digicoach can support homework in virtual worlds with JIT learning, immediate feedback


Digicoach can support homework 
in virtual worlds with JIT learning, 
immediate feedback 
Updated 8/4/2019

Consideration of how MUVEs with Digicoach could support Just-in-Time learning by creating conditions that require the learner to use the new learning to win in a game.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
Doing homework
  • Is the homework effectively inducing learning in the student? 
  • The teacher can answer that with quizzes in class.
  • But online homework can give its own quizzes.
  • Quizzes can be given in any kind of online homework.  
  • MUVES are well suited to tasks that let students show what they are learning.
  • An educational game creates challenges that demand use of the learning.   
  • A scripted MUVE can evaluate at the time of learning.
  • It can provide immediate feedback to the student.  
  • Immediate feedback in the classroom 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

2019 WW: 3DWW2: events, animated avatars, under development, experimental concerts, entertainment on the web


3DWW2: events, animated avatars,  
under development

3DWebWorldz experiments with live entertainment on the web.  People attend as avatars. The audience may chat with the performer in txt.  3DWebWorldz brings the concert to you, wherever you are.
 Part of 3DWW screen 
showing performer
  • The inset is a live-stream video from the performer's studio.
  • The video carries video, voice, and music.
  • You can drag 2D insets to where you want them on the screen. 
  • Access to the stream is by an event code given in the location.
  • People copy the code into the event panel to make the connection.
  • The stream may also be available on the performer's web site.
  • Sonya Jevette (search)
  • 3DWebWorldz  
  • Web-worlds (in general)
  • Find out about events in 3DWebWorldz:  
  • Follow: JWHEELS RECOMMENDS VIRTUAL WORLD ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, August 2, 2019

2019 TKR: How to Take a Risk and Succeed with Jonah Sachs


How to Take a Risk and Succeed 
with Jonah Sachs

Safe thinking is everywhere. It defines our everyday routines, work habits and ideas. There's just one problem with it: in a world of constant change, it ultimately lets us down

Creativity guru and viral video pioneer Jonah Sachs argues that the most remarkable individuals, are those who dramatically reject what they know. Sachs reveals how you too can learn to adopt the boldly innovative mindset that will help you thrive in life and in business.