Tuesday, October 29, 2019

2019 ART: Installation art: The Mountain by Karima Hoisan & Dale Innis. Art can move mountains in virtual worlds


Installation art:  The Mountain 
by Karima Hoisan & Dale Innis.
Art can move mountains in virtual worlds


Installation art is a natural for virtual worlds because space is low cost and building big is easy
Entry point
  • Click on the words to get an introductory notecard

Go there

  • HG address:
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:The Mountain
  • The Mountain (web page)

Monday, October 28, 2019

2019 WRITE: WW: Writers on the web: Wednesday Workgroup On 3DWebWorldz.Com


Writers on the web:
Wednesday Work-group 
On 3DWebWorldz.Com

Announcement of the Wednesday Writing Work-group. Anyone can join.  It is on the web--go there with your browser.  Just a web-link away from you.
Writers meet on the web

And furthermore

  • Other writing groups: come in any time and try it.  
  • Teachers of writing: You are welcome to try it also.  
  • No charge for trying the space.  
  • There might be a charge if you need support.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Seven major educational affordances from virtual worlds and how they can work together


Seven major educational affordances 
from virtual worlds and 
how they can work together

Virtual worlds offer many of the educational affordances that are wanted in classrooms. But with more space, easier travel, more resources, more security, and lower costs.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).

Group project planning template
Click image to enlarge

The affordances

  1. Situated learning
  2. Spatial memory (place learning)
  3. Social learning
  4. Concept maps
  5. Project road-maps
  6. Controlled learning environment
  7. Error-friendly environment
  8. Search on page:Ctrl f gets search bar. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

2018 #VWEDU: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” comes to Second Life and Fantasy Faire Radio


“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” 
comes to Second Life and Fantasy Faire Radio
Joint event in Second Life and Fantasy Fair Radio
Click image to enlarge
  • On Sunday, October 27th at 2pm slt/Pacific,
  • Fantasy Faire Radio and Seanchai Library will present
  • Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,
  • specially adapted for radio and live performance in seven voices.
  • http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pixeltrix/162/127/21
  • The 90-minute performance will take place live at Pixeltrix -
  • home of the creators of the “Octoberville” and “Wicked Winter” interactive experiences.
  • Pixeltrix is a community that enthusiastically celebrates the holidays,
  • especially the spirit of Halloween. 

Go there

Friday, October 25, 2019

2019 #VWEDU #DTA: Communications tips for OpenSimulator. A DTA content page


Communications tips for OpenSimulator.
A DTA content page

Communications content page for Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in OpenSimulator.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
Communicating elsewhere
  • Sure, back in the old days, you put students in a classroom to communicate with them.
  • Students have other means of communication.  Are schools catching up?

Communicate with other people

Local--avatars near you

  • Local chat
  • Instant Message (IM)
  • Local Voice
  • Local voice fixes

Remote (or local)--avatars anywhere,

  • Instant message
  • Group message
  • Notecard (receive) 
  • Notecard (receive embedded)
  • Notecard (send)
  • IM logs 

Hypergrid communications 

  • Local: same as ingrid
  • Remote: Same as ingrid, but less reliable

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Preparing a presentation: What can the Digital Teaching Assistant do?


Preparing a presentation: 
What can the Digital Teaching Assistant do?


The Digital Teaching Assistant can be available whenever students are working on a presentation.   DTA can collect intermediate products and make them available to the teacher or to other members of the work group. DTA can handle correspondence among the work group students and with the teacher.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).


Education that often calls for a presentation 

Support that may be provided

Flowchart for preparing a presentation


Monday, October 21, 2019

2019 #VREDU: Second Annual Immersive Virtual Residency (SUNY--ESC). An online school need not be a lonely place. There are places for people on the internet


Second Annual Immersive Virtual Residency (SUNY--ESC).  
An online school need not be a lonely place. 
There are places for people on the internet.
Immersive virtual residency for an online graduate school.  Bring students and faculty together. Let them meet and explore common interests.  
Online people attend a presentation

A virtual residency

On Marian Island

Marian Island is a four-region space for students and friends of Dr. Eileen O'Connor to visit, work within, and enjoy. The nascent Institute for New Paradigms, an advanced technology think-tank, meets here too. Friendly visitors are welcome too.  

    Go there

    Sunday, October 20, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU: WW: VWMOOC19: Web-worlds for education. Cybalounge, 3DWebWorldz


    VWMOOC19: 
    Web-worlds for education.  
    Cybalounge, 3DWebWorldz
    Videos from VWMOOC19  about web-worlds for education.  



    Educational affordances of web-based virtual worlds

    • 3D world on a browser screen.
    • Use a computer, laptop, Chromebook, tablet, or smart phone. 
    • Runs in a browser: nothing to install.
    • FERPA capable.
    • Costs little more than a website.
    • Can be installed on the website of a school.
    • Can support instruction in virtual environments suited to the subject.
    • Can support student collaboration in voice and text.
    • Batch import for creating student accounts
    • Text to speech, speech to text
    • Easy video capture of lectures or student presentations.
    • Well suited to Digital Teaching Assistant features.

    Saturday, October 19, 2019

    2020 #DTA: #VWEDU: The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) for MUVES (virtual worlds): Summary with JIT learning design


    The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) 
    for MUVES (virtual worlds): Summary
    Updated 8/3/2020
    A collection of articles about the concept of a Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in virtual worlds.  The articles describe possible services the DTA could provide and draft content the DTA could offer to help students begin learning in virtual worlds.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
    DTA1 (left)

    JIT Learning design

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    2019 TKR: EDU: The Art of Decision-Making with Steven Johnson


    The Art of Decision-Making 
    with Steven Johnson

    Bestselling author Steven Johnson explains how the science of deliberative decision-making can help us make better long-term choices - both personally and within society.


    We've heard a lot in recent years about the science of quick-thinking and intuitive choices, but is this method always best? Bestselling author Steven Johnson explains how the science of deliberative decision-making can help us make better long-term choices - both personally and within society.


    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: The sense of instructor presence in the online classroom. Loneliness not a problem on a virtual campus


    The sense of instructor presence
    in the online classroom
    Loneliness not a problem on a virtual campus

    One of the important features of virtual worlds (MUVEs) is that you meet other people, talk with them, work with them.  We never wonder about sense of presence.    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).

    The isolation problem with online classes

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: An online school needs a digital campus. Not just for classrooms, but for many of the services currently offered on a physical campus


    An online school needs a digital campus.  
    Not for classrooms, but for many of the services 
    currently offered on a physical campus

    A digital campus can look and function much like a physical campus.  It can provide some of the services that could be lost in the shift to digital education.    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
    Universal campus (Kitely)

    Where can you get a digital campus?

    Sunday, October 13, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU #DTA: Magnolia gardens of knowledge . A demonstration of introductory training on the parts (of anything).


    Magnolia gardens of knowledge.  
    A demonstration of introductory training
    on the parts (of anything)

    A demonstration of using OpenSim affordances (a DTA) to provide introductory learning about any topic with concrete (visible) parts.  This demonstration introduces the parts (here garden plants), showing 3D images of them in a typical location (situated learning).  The images have links to detailed information, starting with the technical name.  Suggestions are offered for using such a place for name-to-object learning and for testing the level of learning. 
    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
    Magnolia gardens

    Go there

    • Go to this HG address: 
    • grid.metaversedepot.com:8002:ima outpost alpha
    • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
    • To get to the Gardens, walk into the walkin TP sign 

    Saturday, October 12, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) can run the search game: solo, teacher's game, or team game


    Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) 
    can run the search game: 
    solo, teacher's game, or team game


    Gamification suggestions to stimulate practice in search. The game is designed so that DTA can administer it, with the teacher later reviewing the results.    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
    The Empty Classroom
    Off searching the internet

    Friday, October 11, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU #DTA: Ingrid (within a grid) Travel tips for OpenSimulator . A DTA content page


    Ingrid (within a grid) Travel tips 
    for OpenSimulator. 
    A DTA content page

    Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) instructions. Easy search and little text. Set up for quick answers to specific questions.      
    Walkin Teleports
    • Destinations at the bottom

    Contents

    • Grid geography and travel effects.
    • Somebody gives you the destination. 
    • Destination in landmark (LM)
    • Destination in Firestorm hop
    • Destination as sim name
    • Walkin Teleport
    • How to get back home
    • Nearby group of people
    • Place you can zoom to in the viewer.
    • Nearby specific person
    • Follow a tour
    • Place on the World Map
    • Go and sit
    • Can't move, want out.
    • Just walk faster.
    • Some of these travel methods depend on viewer settings:
    • Firestorm settings for beginners. A DTA content page
    • Search on page: Ctrl+f gets search bar near the top.  Enter search term.
    • The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) for MUVES (virtual worlds): Summary

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Develop your contacts list. DTA content page


    Develop your contacts list.  
    A DTA content page

    Digital Teaching Assistant: instructions to beginners for building a friends list.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
    The Empty Classroom

    A student needs contacts

    Needed promptly

    • These may be provided by batch registration
    • Teachers
    • Teaching assistants
    • Other students in the same classes (at least some)

    Desired over time

    • Friends with common interests
    • Alumni contacts with common interests
    • Recruiter contacts with possible employment openings 

    Contents

    • How do I use my friends list?
    • Build your friends list from people you meet
    • Make friends with people in IM
    • Find people by name
    • Find places that share your interests
    • Find groups with interests you share
    • DTA articles

    Monday, October 7, 2019

    2019 HOBBIES: Boating and sailing in the virtual worlds Speedboat jumps test


    Boating and sailing in the virtual worlds  
    Speedboat realism test--Speedboat jumps

    Speedboat riding around Great Central Lake in 3rd Rock Grid, testing speedboat jumps newly installed around the boat race course.

    • Costs little or nothing
    • Get there in 30 seconds
    • Practically no fuel use

    Go there

    • HG address
    • grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002:Great Central lake
    • Put the grid address in the Find bar of the World Map. Click Find,TP

    Sunday, October 6, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU #DTA: VWER tour, MOOC2019 Digital classrooms in the sky. And how a Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) could fit in.


    VWER tour, MOOC2019  Digital classrooms in the sky.  
    And how a Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) could fit in.

    An advanced learning environment in a virtual world (MUVE).  Examples of how the affordances of virtual worlds can help to create a learning environment.    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
    A VWMOOC classroom in the sky

    Saturday, October 5, 2019

    2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Basic skills needed for attending a meeting or class in a virtual world. DTA content page


    Basic skills needed 
    for attending a meeting or class 
    in a virtual world 
    DTA content

    Digital Teaching Assistant instructions to be given to people coming to a virtual world for a class or a meeting.  To avoid the steep learning curve, the only instructions given are for the actions needed in these activities.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
    Firestorm bottom left controls 
    Click image to enlarge

    Contents

    • Read and send local chat
    • Walk: turn, walk forward
    • Interact with things: Sit, stand, click
    • View control: Zoom,look around without moving your avatar
    • Offer friend connection to local avatars
    • Use private IM with local avatars.
    • Use a web link sent in chat
    • Use voice to communicate
    • Read a notecard sent to you
    • Rename things in inventory
    • Search on page: Ctrl+f gets search bar near top.  

    Possible uses of this page

    • Send new people to this page.
    • Copy this page to your own help file.
    • Put these items into your own DTA.
    • Note public domain notice.