Sunday, May 31, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: A plan for a field trip to CybaLOUNGE. Getting in is too easy. It would also be quick if I didn't talk so much.


A plan for a field trip to CybaLOUNGE 
Getting in is too easy. 
It would also be quick if I didn't talk so much.

A nine minute demonstration of what it takes for a beginner to enter a web-world and start doing things. 

Field trip plans: Below

Saturday, May 30, 2020

2019 WW: #DTA Starting in CybaLOUNGE. A DTA content page designed for JIT learning


Starting in CybaLOUNGE.  
A DTA content page designed for JIT learning 
Updated 6/2

An example of Just-In-Time (JIT) learning design prepared to help incoming students and meeting attendees get started quickly in CybaLOUNGE. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).

Just-in-time

This page supports JIT learning

  • Don't read it though carefully.
  • Skim through it if you like:  Look for any topic that interests you.
  • If you see some that you want to know more about, read it more carefully.
  • But don't bother with the details unless you want to use the information right now
  • When you are ready to use the information, you will have a better idea of what you want to know. 
  • The key to knowing a lot is no longer how much you can remember.
  • The key is how much you can find out with a quick search.
  • To search the page: click Crtl+f.  The search bar appears near the top.
  • Enter a term you want to know about.
  • Just-in-time learning
  • Key terms are listed below.

Key terms (to search for)

  • Go there
  • Enter as guest
  • Walk, turn
  • Walk fast
  • Sit, stand
  • Talk in voice
  • Chat in text
  • Chat log
  • Use a web link sent in text
  • Copy the chat text
  • Look for other people in CybaLOUNGE
  • Go to another place in CybaLOUNGE

Friday, May 29, 2020

2020 #DTA: #VWEDU: The merit of badges: Define a useful skill set, specify a goal, give public recognition of skills.


The merit of badges:  
Define a useful skill set.
Specify a goal.
Recognize skills. 

Badges are sometimes thought of as deriving from gamification.  But they are widely used in more serious activities, though with different names.  And they may be used because they are thought of as motivators.  But, with proper design, they can serve other useful functions as well. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
Goal seeking: a useful skill 

The naming of badges

The badge system serves motivation and more

  • It aims at a valuable skill set, such as First aid.
  • It specifies the contents of that skill set.
  • It specifies how to demonstrate the required skills.
  • It can mark a step toward a larger goal (a set of badges).
  • It is a short term goal that offers practice in goal-seeking.
  • It encourages self-directed learning.
  • It gives social recognition of learning achievement. 
  • It reduces test anxiety, because learners take the test when they are ready. 
  • And the "test" consists of demonstrating well practiced skills.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

20220 #VWEDU: "Gateway to Thinking", an educational TelePortal for Education Monthly Tour #1. Library Land (CVL), Cookie, Tour Guide: Hajime Nishimura


"Gateway to Thinking", TelePortal for Education Monthly Tour #1
Library Land (CVL), Cookie
Tour Guide: Hajime Nishimura (Yan Lauria in SL/OpenSim), 
Abyss Observatory
For educators wondering how to teach online, visit here and talk to people who have been doing it for years.  See the teaching resources already available all the time, at no cost
The tour starts
Click image to enlarge

  • Location: Library Land (CVL), Cookie
  • http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/81/85/21
  • 100 TP boards are arranged in 9 categories. 
  • Each TP board displays 512x256 snapshot of destination. 
  • On touch a board puts information into local chat:
  • A brief description of the destination and
  • A clickable link that takes you to the destination (and a return link)

Monday, May 25, 2020

2020 CAG University (Turkey) has a virtual campus and teaches a course about virtual worlds there.


CAG University (Turkey) has a virtual campus 
and teaches a course about virtual worlds there.  

A virtual campus in Second Life.  A real campus in Turkey.  A class in both places.  Here Magua Therac tells about the class he offers in both places.  
 CAG university main entrance
Click image to enlarge

Goal

  • Magua TheriacI want to take it to another level.
  • I want to make it international with some other schools.
  • A university from USA or Europe or both together.
  • (The classes are conducted in English
  • Magua Theriac is the teacher's SL name You can contact him in SL

Sunday, May 24, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: ACRL tour of Cybalounge. Meeting in a browser. CybaLOUNGE is 30 seconds from anywhere. Even from lockdown


ACRL tour of Cybalounge.  
Meeting in a browser.  
CybaLOUNGE is 30 seconds from anywhere.  
Even from lockdown 

No social distancing on the web.  We digitals are already immune.  We can talk.  We can show you around our digital places.  And we can make videos to show anyone, anytime, anywhere.  No travel costs.  No carbon footprint.  All the time and costs focus right on the goal.

Friday, May 22, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: An educational workgroup meeting in a browser. 3DWebWordz


An educational workgroup meeting in a browser. 
3DWebWordz 
Personal Learning Networks are more useful on the web, especially when we need technical information or advice about online education.  Here we show excerpts from a discussion about online streaming of a musical event and asset-based learning.  How many high schools teach about online streaming as part of the music classes?       

An educational workgroup meeting in a browser.  

Topics: 

  • Streaming in OBS 
  • Copyright management 
  • The awesome online performance of James Olmos
  • School systems blocking of web sites and handling that 
  • Using Chromebooks.  (They work on web-worlds if access is not blocked.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

2020 HG: OSCC19 STATE OF THE OPENSIMULATOR COMMUNITY


OSCC19 STATE OF 
THE OPENSIMULATOR COMMUNITY

Presentation by Maria Korolov on the state of the opensimulator community at the end of 2019

Monday, May 18, 2020

2020 BIZ: Meeting remotely in a digital place: CybaLOUNGE. Remote collaboration without the hassle.


Meeting remotely in a digital place: CybaLOUNGE.  
Remote collaboration without the hassle.

Before you buy collaboration software, meet the sales representative in that software.   Or insist that they let you hold a meeting to try it out.  Digital places in web-worlds present a mostly familiar environment with the resources of your laptop (because they run in your browser).

A workgroup meeting

Meeting bulletin board
Click image to enlarge
  • After the break: Dieter's new office

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: MUSIC: The digital stage: Performers are doing it. Are educators doing it?


The digital stage: 
Performers are doing it.  
Are educators doing it? 

An overview of the expanding use of performance on the digital stage: Music, theater, stand-up comedy.

Below

  • Streaming
  • Performances in digital worlds
  • Music
  • Stage
  • Video capture

Friday, May 15, 2020

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: The DTA can encourage good time-management habits


The DTA can encourage 
good time-management habits

Is time management a reasonable learning objective for school?  If so, how would a school teach it?  Here are some suggestions. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
Thinking 
about time management

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: OSCC19 DESIGN CHALLENGES IN YOUTH-SAFE VR ENVIRONMENTS Virtual Private Grids


OSCC19 DESIGN CHALLENGES 
IN YOUTH-SAFE VR ENVIRONMENTS

Eileen O'Connor discusses the challenges and resources met in offering virtual world education to students in the K-12 range.

Monday, May 11, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Institute for New Paradigms. (INP) - An Overview of VR for Educators. What can you do in VR? What can't you do in VR.


Institute for New Paradigms. (INP)   
An Overview of VR for Educators
What can you do in VR? 
What can't you do in VR?

A video of some things educators can do in Virtual Reality (VR).  And an indirect hint that something students can do is make videos reporting on the results of their educational activities. 

VR:  Virtual reality

Sunday, May 10, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Web-worlds are easy to get to. Here are a couple of examples.


Web-worlds are easy to get to.  
Here are a couple of examples.
Two demonstrations of how easy it is to get to virtual worlds on the web (web-worlds).  

An easy visit to CybaLOUNGE 



Saturday, May 9, 2020

2020 DTA: Draft plan for teaching elements of digital citizenship: How to become a digital guard. Game elements for digital self-defense. Sure you can improve it.


Draft plan for teaching elements of digital citizenship:  
How to become a digital guard.  
Game elements for digital self-defense.
Sure you can improve it.

A draft plan for teaching elements of digital citizenship with the aid of a digital teaching assistant (DTA) and methods from gamification.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The new martial arts

Plan for teaching elements of digital citizenship

Objectives

Digital Safety Badge (DSB)

  • Apprentice: Recognise and report scams and phishing.  
  • Journeyman: Help others to recognise and report scams and phishing. 
  • Master: Mentor others as they work on the DSB.

Digital Guard Badge (DGB)

  • Apprentice: Recognize and report instances of cyberbullying
  • Journeyman: Help others to deal with  instances of cyber-bullying.
  • Master: Mentor others as they work on the DSB.

Friday, May 8, 2020

2020 #DTA: #VWEDU: OpenSim Traveller badge: Knowledge base. What you need to know to be a world traveller in SceneGate. Travelling the Hypergrid.


World Traveller Badge: Knowledge Base (KB).  
What you need to know 
to be a world traveller in SceneGate.
Travelling the Hypergrid.


A collection of information you need to travel the Hypergrid easily and to teach others how to travel the Hypergrid.  Specifies the knowledge expected of one who holds a DTA World Traveller Badge.
Places panel
Click image to enlarge

A DTA badge page

  • This page has the information we think people need to travel the Hypergrid with SceneGate.
  • It will be updated as needed

What is the Hypergrid?

  • A grid of grids.  A lot of OpenSim grids connected so you can travel from one to another.
  • Like a national highway system connects cities.  But much faster.
  • You just teleport.  May take nearly a minute.  
  • Key terms: region. hypergrid address, suitcase, places panel 


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: How could we staff a digital campus? The MGE method can get an existing faculty comfortable in a digital world


How could we staff a digital campus? 
The MGE method can get an existing faculty comfortable in a digital world
The Mind Gathering Experience© (MGE) method
A project by J. L. Mittag
How do you train your faculty to teach in a virtual world?  Here is an option.
A demonstrational campus
Mind Gathering Experiences

A school campus is made of people

  • Online web pages cannot replace people.
  • A dean  considers the idea of a digital campus online.
  • "It's not like another campus across town. Where would I get faculty?" she says to herself.
  • We interrupt this story to introduce another character, MGE so the dean (we'll call her Lorna Dean) won't have to talk to herself.   
  • [More after the break.]

Mindgathering Experiences (MGE)

  • MGE can offer virtual world onboarding services to teachers and leadership of membership organisations
  • For more information, contact mindgatherers@gmail   
  • Education in MUVEs (virtual worlds)
  • Educational Technology (Wikipedia)

Monday, May 4, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Museums on your lap. Going places in your laptop. An online presence extends the reach of a museum and gives new meaning to the idea of a field trip.


Museums on your lap.  
Going places in your laptop.  
An online presence extends the reach of a museum 
and changes the idea of a field trip. 
Updated 9/1/2020
Museums provide a lot of educational material.  In the old days, most of that was only available locally or after expensive travel.  A museum on the web changes the game.
Visiting a museum 
in SineSpace

SineSpace

Museum resources on the web


Sunday, May 3, 2020

2020 Library: Music:. Marly Milena Music Library at the Community Virtual Library: Grand Opening Tour: Collaboration in the digital worlds


Marly Milena Music Library at the Community Virtual Library: 
Grand Opening Tour: 
Collaboration in the digital worlds

The next killer app is people working together across distance, national boundaries, cultural divides, and quarantines.  Here we present an example of that collaboration and a product.  Digital places are places where people can work together and bypass those things that keep them apart.
Valibrarian introduces the tour

Goals

  • 1. Find and connect composers in SL & display/catalog their music.
  • 2. Encourage performers who give concerts in SL to submit concert recordings for display and sharing at the library.
  • 3. Display and share scores for SL pianists, etc. that might be interested in playing the pieces.
  • 4. Display and share books about music, famous composers, singers, etc. for people interested.
  • 5. Host periodic garden performances (stream in chamber music and have animated figures playing or have singers, dancers, etc.)

Saturday, May 2, 2020

2020 COMEDY: March-April . 2020: Lauren's place, Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific NSFW


2020 COMEDY:  March-April  2020: Lauren's place,   
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific NSFW

March-April collection of comedy from Lauren's place:   WyNott,  Catboy, HiTechAmouretta, Randy, Jamie, Synnove, Selby

          Friday, May 1, 2020

          2020 VW: IMA: SceneGate for OpenSimulator: the Market button, grid money notice and button, and find friends online


          SceneGate for OpenSimulator:
          the market button, 
          grid money notice and button 
          and find friends online

          SceneGate will adjust its services to fit OpenSimulator, cleaning up some viewer features left over from services on a previous grid.  Since SceneGate must adjust for multiple grids, the adjustment is complicated. 
          A viewer can do better than that
          • From comments in the Kitely Sunday meeting and conversations on the forum, I learned of four items of user interest:
          • A Market button on the viewer should take the user to a market they could use.
          • The Buy grid money button should take the user to where they can buy grid money.
          • The grid money amount notice should give the correct amount for the avatar.
          • Some users wanted a notice of friends online before they login.
          • The first three of those are viewer issues, so i asked the SceneGate devs about them.
          • The fourth item is a grid issue, but suggested a feature that SceneGate is aiming for.