Monday, August 31, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Training in digital worlds: Signature Safety: in the trenches


Training in digital worlds: 
Signature Safety:  
In the trenches 

A video interview with people in a safety consulting firm showing the advantages offered  by scene simulations in a virtual world, such as Kitely.   
Signature Safety is a full-service environmental, health and safety (EHS) consulting firm with offices located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our clients span the spectrum of industries, from warehousing and distribution facilities to construction managers; from manufacturing to maintenance contractors; from municipal governments to construction subcontractors.
  • Update 8/27/2020 Opensim Fest 2020 coming August 28-30

Sunday, August 30, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: VWMOOC20 starts on September 1st and ends on September 30th. Online instruction for Continuing Education. How to use virtual worlds. Here is how to get started


VWMOOC20 starts on September 1st and ends on September 30th.
Online instruction for Continuing Education. 
How to use virtual worlds. 
Here is how to get started.

VWMOOC: Connecting in Virtual Worlds. Communities of Practice.  VWMOOC20 will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through virtual worlds like Second Life, Digiworldz, Kitely, Minecraft, or OpenSim. 

How to Navigate Virtual Worlds MOOC 2020

Course Highlights 

  • 1. Experience Life in Virtual Worlds 
  • 2. Get Acquainted with Learning communities in SL and other virtual worlds. 
  • 3. Professional Development in Virtual Worlds 

Two learning platforms

Topics include:

  • 1. Getting acquainted with Second Life and Virtual Worlds 
  • 2. Resources and skills required for learning 
  • 3. Resources and skills required for teachers 
  • 4. Summarizing and reflecting on the information and the process 
  • 5. Certificates of Completion 
  • Syllabus and all platforms

Credit

Participants, who reflect on 4 live sessions and fill in the feedback form at the end of the MOOC, will be eligible for a certificate of completion. The due date for the reflections is October 1, 2020.
  • Update 8/27/2020 Opensim Fest 2020 coming August 28-30

Saturday, August 29, 2020

2020 Opensim Fest 2020 opens


Opensim Fest 2020 opens

OpenSim fest schedule and venues

Opensim Fest 2020 coming August 28-30
  • Update 8/27/2020 Opensim Fest 2020 coming August 28-30

Friday, August 28, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: VWBPE Interview with Alice Krueger: Virtual Ability, Inc. in virtual worlds. Differently abled, not disabled


VWBPE Interview with Alice Krueger:  
Virtual Ability, Inc.  in virtual worlds.
Differently abled, not disabled 

An interview with the leader of Virtual Ability, Inc. about the work she has been doing in virtual (digital) worlds. The interview was recorded in a presentation to the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference 2020 

VWBPE instituted the Thinkerer Award in 2014 in recognition of exemplary service across the metaverse. Join us as Mal Burns catches up with our 2nd Thinkerer Award recipient Alice Krueger / Gentle Heron (2015).

Topics

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Computational thinking in preparing instructions: Design thinking: Use-case analysis: Micro-learning JIT learning


Computational thinking in preparing instructions: 
Design thinking: Use-case analysis: 
Micro-learning: JIT learning

How to design instruction pages to fit use cases that users want.

Computational thinking in preparing instructions

  • Design thinking: What do the users need?
  • Users always have a specific use in mind: that is a use case.
  • Instructions are part of the product.  A user wants instructions for a use case.
  • Users need instructions for each use case they have.
  • At any given time, users only need instructions for the use case at hand. 
  • Each use case should have its own set of instructions.  
  • That allows microlearning for each use-case.
  • And supports JIT learning.
  • Microlearning needs microcredentials (badges).
  • Not just to provide evidence of competence
  • But also to tell learners what they need to do be competent.

Key terms, search on page

  • Design thinking
  • Use case
  • Demand
  • Market potential
  • User interface
  • JIT
  • Microlearning
  • Badge
  • Search on page: Ctrl+f opens search bar near the top of the page.
  • Search on page is an element of JIT learning.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: # DTA: VWBPE Social event: Second squares. What does a quiz show have to do with education?


VWBPE Social event:  Second squares. 
What does a quiz show have to do with education?

Could a class be as interesting as a quiz show?  Has anyone tried to find out? Is it worth finding out?  Do schools really need to teach tolerance for boredom?

  • Education has always been a quiz game.
  • Just not entertaining.
  • Would a class be more entertaining as a quiz show?

Saturday, August 22, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Presentation in a box: Ethnographic Cultural Exhibits. In a digital world you can handle big boxes


Presentation in a box: 
Ethnographic Cultural Exhibits.  
In a digital world you can handle big boxes 

A presentation in a virtual world does not mean that you have to show slides and talk about them.  That method is so last century.  You can put your slides on the wall as posters. You can show videos.  You can link to other sources.  The main problem you will have is managing all that potential.
Attending a presentation
in a digital world




Friday, August 21, 2020

2020 #VWEDU CVL Podcasts for education. Snack packs of knowledge. Student-sized projects.

CVL Podcasts for education.
Snack packs of knowledge.
Student-sized projects.

Community Virtual Library (CVL) is developing a podcasting capability in virtual worlds.  CVL will be able to guide educators in finding useful podcasts, in producing and posting educational podcasts, and in using student podcasts as projects in project-based learning.

CVL podcasting studio

Go there 

Is anyone using podcasts for education?

How is a podcast useful?

  • Pocket teacher: Rides on the smart phone.  Commute buddy. 
  • Low cost project:  Needs only a computer and smart students.
  • Portfolio project: Easy to store, easy to share. 

Why involve virtual worlds?

  • Virtual worlds are full of skilled digitals
  • Skilled digitals can do most anything digital.
  • If they don't have the needed skill, they know how to get it
  • Educators: Yes, that's growth mindset.
  • We have lots of educators already collaborating.  
  • You don't have to know how to do it if you work with somebody who already does.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

2020 WW 3DWebWorldz: People working together. Students learning to work together. If you want people to learn, you have to give them practice.


3DWebWorldz:  People working together. 
Students learning to work together. 
People learn from practice. 
Telling is not teaching.

Effective learning requires bringing people people together.  You can do that on the internet,  We have been working together for years in installed virtual worlds.  More recently, we have been meeting in a browser.    We can't share germs or throw paint on each other.  But we can talk and share web content.   

People can work together on the web?

Monday, August 17, 2020

2020 VIDEO: #VWEDU: How to use OBS to get video in virtual worlds. Not the long and short of it. Just the short. And a few links to the long.


How to use OBS to get video in virtual worlds.  
Not the long and short of it.  Just the short.  
And a few links to the long.

Use-case instruction for capturing video clips in virtual worlds with OBS.
OBS at the start
Click image to enlarge

    Open Broadcaster Software

Use-case instructions 

  • Start with a single specified use of the product.
  • Give detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to use the product for this goal.
  • Add hyperlinks for how to do anything else needed to complete the task.
  • Plan for use as JIT instruction.
  • Ask for questions, collect and publish a page of FAQ.
  • Use questions to suggest improvements in the instructions.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: A field trip to virtual Mars. Jezero Crater. We are the digitals. We can go anywhere.


A field trip to virtual Mars.
Jezero Crater. 
We are the digitals.
We can go anywhere.

Dr. Schmactenberg, designer of the field trip to Mars, describes and demonstrates his lesson plan for the field trip to the virtual Martian scene.  

  • A field trip to virtual Mars. Jezero Crater. 
  • We digitals can go anywhere. 
  • by Dr, William Schmachtenberg 
  • Franklin County HIgh School (Virginia) 
  • For his Earth Science class

Jezero Crater - Learning Room

  • Learn about the geology of Mars and the Mars 2020 Mission - 
  • then step through the airlock and collect samples in the search of ancient life!
  • Region Owner: William Schmachtenberg

3D objects located on this region:

Go there

Saturday, August 15, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Video: Case study in support of a course on process plant safety. Video made safely and at low cost in a user-built virtual world


Case study in support of a course on process plant safety.  
Video made safely and at low cost in a user built virtual world 

Instructional video made in a virtual world. Case study of an accident with hazardous material in a process plant created in a virtual world with simulated equipment.

Instruction on working in a process plant

  • The equipment is big, hazardous and in continuous operation
  • Operator errors can be costly and dangerous.  
  • Simulation offers a safe way to create demonstrations of accidents and how to avoid them.  

Friday, August 14, 2020

2020 EDU: PEOPLE: Social user-built 3D on the web: an extension of your living room, your office, your classroom, or your campus. But this extension reaches into your laptop.


Social user-built 3D on the web: 
an extension of your living room, 
your office, or your classroom. 
But this extension reaches into your laptop.

How we digitals use 3D user-built virtual worlds on the web for social educational, and business purposes  

A user-built digital place 

  • Much like the "real" world that we are accustomed to.
  • It looks like our normal world.
  • If you come at the right time, there are people (avatars).
  • The people are talking to each other.
  • They are all doing what they please
  • Some may be playing a game.
  • They may be singing and dancing.
  • They may be telling jokes.
  • A few may be building something.
  • Or maybe just rearranging furniture (in a user-built place).
  • Some may be taking pictures or making videos.
  • Some will be so busy on their own projects that you won't see them.
  • They are in a class or holding a business meeting.
  • Some may just be looking around.

Monday, August 10, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Geology field trip to a tropical island. Introduction to rock types.

Geology field trip to a tropical island.  
Introduction to rock types.

By Dr, William Schmachtenberg, Franklin County HIgh School (Virginia) for his Earth Science class  And for other science classes in Virginia schools.  Maybe for other schools teaching geology.

3D objects located on this region:

  • Beach Setting - Evie_Marie, https://sketchfab.com/TheHyperChimp

Go there

Sunday, August 9, 2020

2020 #DTA: #VWEDU: Leaderboard alternatives in education managed by a digital teaching assistant (DTA): Recent rate. Rate per badge. Gamification


Leaderboard alternatives in education  
managed by a digital teaching assistant (DTA): 
Recent rate. Rate per badge.  Gamification.

Many educators see motivational problems with leaderboards.  A digital teaching assistant can support alternatives that may offer better gamification and better motivation.
The Empty Classroom
Taking notes is not the only skill

Do leaderboards motivate everyone?

  • Leaderboards in education
  • If you are way ahead, you can slack off.
  • If you are way behind, you can give up.
  • Some see themselves falling farther behind every week.
  • How does a leaderboard work in games?
  • Games are short.  Soon you start a new game with a clean slate.
  • You get to pick your game.  You have a choice
  • A digital teaching assistant (DTA) can easily handle the implied adjustments

2020 #VWEDU: Schools, colleges, and universities with classes in user-managed virtual (digital) places.


Schools, colleges, and universities 
with classes in user-managed virtual (digital) places. 

A collection of instructional units offered in virtual worlds.  These may be part of a digital campus of the future.   This list will be updated when new information is available. 
Universal campus (Kitely)

Virtual places mentioned here

What does user-managed mean?

  • Users can create or buy objects for their places.
  • Owners control who enters the place and what they can do in the place.
  • The place and the changes persist.
  • Users can write or buy scripts to make their objects perform actions
  • A persistent place the user can modify can invoke a sense of ownership.
  • Students can be given their own places to hold symbols of their learning. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center: BioHazard

Virtual Laboratory Training 
and Career Center: 
BioHazard
Updated 8/24/2020

Sally Cherry talks about the training she provides for people in, entering ;or considering a career in medical testing.  She shows posters with authoritative content on managing biohazards and how they are easily accessed on the web

Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center: BioHazard

The overall mission of the VLTC Project

Go there

Creator

Friday, August 7, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Heavy industry: Big equipment: Operator errors can be costly and dangerous. Simulation offers safe learning. And for teams, too.



Heavy industry: Big equipment: 
Operator errors can be costly and dangerous.  
Simulation offers safe learning.  
And for teams, too.

Training for work in heavy industry.  The equipment is big, expensive and hazardous. You don't want anybody near it without experience.  But how can people get experience?   Simulation,  

Simulated training environment

Contents (by time): 

  • 0:00 Simulator overview and advantages 
  • 2:23 About the tool creator / how to contact / workforce development
  • 2:42 How to become an operator 
  • 3:53 Students working as a team to restart furnace 
  • Permission was given by students to show their avatars in the video

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

2020 Virtual: #VWEDU: OSCC19 VIRTUAL WORLD EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS OVERVIEW AT CVL


OSCC19 VIRTUAL WORLD EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS 
OVERVIEW AT CVL
This presentation will share an overview of open sim projects developed by the Community Virtual Library. The CVL Hypergrid Resource Library, located in Avacon and Kitely, as well as several other projects will be highlighted.

Monday, August 3, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: BIZ: Project-based learning can develop work-group skills--if it uses team projects It needs a DTA familiar with group facilitation roles.


Project-based learning can develop work-group skills--
if it uses team projects 
It needs a DTA familiar with group facilitation roles.

Consideration of how project-based learning can teach the skills needed to function effectively in work groups, thus adding a new amd valuable skill set to the course.  
Web-world for nonprofits 
and public service organizations

Sunday, August 2, 2020

2020 ART: VIDEO: “Deeper” Installation art


“Deeper”  
Installation art 

Another work of installation art, poetry and video by the prolific Karima Hoisan.

Go there

Saturday, August 1, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: Virtual World TV: Programming from the digital world. Audience participation at a cost so low it could be disruptive.


Virtual World TV 
Programming from the digital world. 
Audience participation at a cost so low it could be disruptive.

 Virtually reality Game Show played in real time with avatars from around the world.

Pooky

  • Talk with her about the Future of Game Show TV 
  • Or about  Multi - Person User Television 
  • info@pookymedia.com
  • Over a decade of experience in this field.