Sunday, February 28, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: #DTA: Can you teach critical thinking online? The detective story model.


Can you teach critical thinking online? 
The detective story model.
Critical thinking is not something you teach about. It is something people learn by practice.  Online offers opportunities for practice.

The story model

Saturday, February 27, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: OSCC20: Using Browser Based Virtual Environments As a gateway to get people familiar with virtual worlds. Virtual worlds as social experiences.


OSCC20: Using Browser Based Virtual Environments 
As a gateway to get people familiar with  virtual worlds.  
Virtual worlds as social experiences
Browser-based virtual environments are easily accessed, even on a Chromebook.  They can demonstrate some of the advantages of virtual environments.

  • "The on-boarding experience for Virtual worlds such as OpenSim can be so frustrating for new users that they may never realize the power these environments have for social learning experiences.
  • We argue that by using a very simple browser-based environment such as Mozilla Hubs or Frames by Virbela, we can demonstrate the potential of immersive learning and collaboration to new users.  By progressively showing the increased flexibility in more complex settings that address the shortfalls of the simpler environments, we can convert the frustrated user into an enthusiastic supporter of OpenSim-based worlds.
  • We will present the progression from simple to complex using examples from a SJSU iSchool course and the use of the e-Campus room in Mozilla Hubs as a blueprint for getting people hooked on Virtual Worlds."

Other browser-based 3D worlds


Friday, February 26, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: Interested in VR? Check out 3DWebWorldz. Runs in a browser, nothing to install. Guest entry--no registration. Many online exhibits: museums, libraries, writers.


Interested in VR?  Check out 3DWebWorldz.  
Runs in a browser, nothing to install.  
Guest entry--no registration. 
Many online exhibits: museums, libraries, writers.
Virtual reality in your browser.  All you need is a link. You can put it in your web site.  Then your clients only need your link.  In 20 seconds they can come to your place.  Walk, talk, look around.

Contents

  • Easy access
  • Online and social
  • Digital literacy 
  • The sense of "my place."
  • Online Campus
  • Art galleries
  • Writing
  • Library
  • Museums
  • A place to learn
  • Entrepreneurial educators 
  • Low cost

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Meet the NPC Board Podcast by CVL (Community Virtual Library).


Meet the NPC Board Podcast by CVL 
(Community Virtual Library).
CVL shares a podcast to introduce the Nonprofit Commons Board in Second Life- a collaborative network of virtual world communities.


Monday, February 22, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: Thoughts about Looking for Mr Gelam, a short film An invited article by Chris Mooney-Singh. Immersive learning as time travel.


Thoughts about Looking for Mr Gelam, a short film  
An invited article by Chris Mooney-Singh.  
Immersive learning as time travel
A VR-journey back in time to the year 1825. Immersive learning as time travel.


Dr Chris Mooney-Singh is the co-founder of Poetry Slam in Singapore and has mentored three Young Artists of the Year Award winners. He is a Director of a non-profit arts company, Word Forward, located at the Aliwal Arts Centre in Kampong Gelam, Singapore. Mooney-Singh also teaches in the M.A. Creative Writing Programme at Lasalle College of the Arts. His verse novel Foreign Madam and the White Yogi was commended in the unpublished fiction category of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in Melbourne, Australia. This is his first short film.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: Monash University Virtually Enhanced Learning (VEL) Programme Task-based language, culture learning


Monash University Virtually Enhanced Learning (VEL) Programme  
Task-based language  culture learning
A brief introduction to the use of virtual worlds for task-based language and culture learning at Monash and the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching funded Virtually Enhanced Languages project.

VEL

The Virtually Enhanced Languages Project aims to promote the use of task-based language learning in combination with a 3D multiuser virtual environment to supplement and enhance the learning of Chinese language and culture. Funded by the Australian Federal Government Office for Learning and Teaching, the project builds on eight years of practical experience at tertiary introductory level implementing a range of authentic scenarios that simulate real-life tasks and facilitate purposeful communication and feedback. 
The project website (www.virtuallyenhancedlanguges.com) provides a full range of ready-made shareable resources that any interested educator can download for free to try out for themselves or with their students. 

For general enquiries and technical assistance please feel free to contact Scott Grant in the Chinese Studies program at Monash University (scott.grant AT monash.edu). 



Saturday, February 20, 2021

2021 OpenSim Community Conference: a real conference in a virtual world. No COVID worries, no cost, no travel time, no hanky-panky. Just people getting together to learn about OpenSimulator and its uses.


OpenSim Community Conference (OSCC): 
a real conference in a virtual world.  
No COVID worries, no cost, no travel time, no hanky-panky. 
Just people getting together to learn about OpenSimulator and its uses.
How the residents of virtual worlds hold big conferences. We have been doing it for years.  And we have found out how to make it work well.

Conference Welcome and OpenSimulator Features and Updates

The 8th annual OpenSimulator Community Conference. The 2020's event features presenters across the globe who will be highlighting the user projects and core development work of the OpenSimulator platform. We kicked off #OSCC20 with an overview of the latest features in the OpenSimulator software update and conversation with Core Developers of the platform. Find out where the platform is headed and learn more about the developers who make the software happen!

Speakers

How big an audience can OSCC handle?

  • After the break


Friday, February 19, 2021

2021 BIZ: #VWEDU: Let's rethink virtual buildings. What purpose do they serve? What do they keep out? Why hide your promotional content?


Let's rethink virtual buildings.  
What purpose do they serve?  
What do they keep out?  
Why hide your promotional content?
Why do we make so many buildings in virtual worlds?   Is it just to look familiar?  Do we need to hide signs and posters behind walls? 

Office simulation

The good reason

What do walls and a roof keep out?

  • The weather? No, we control the weather in a virtual world.
  • Miscreants: No: we control region access in a virtual world.
  • Prying eyes:  No: we know how to cam through walls.
  • If we need privacy, we have a private world.
  • Walls mainly hide content that we want to promote.

It is mainly to look familiar.



Thursday, February 18, 2021

2021 Update 2/18/2021 VWBPE 2021 Program Now Available. Sundance goes all-in on virtual this year


Update 2/19/2021  VWBPE 2021 Program Now Available
Sundance goes all-in on virtual this year
A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily. 
Dancing at Kitely, 
where everybody knows your name
Click image to enlarge

Changes in this blog

Due to health problems, I will need to reduce the activity of this blog, at least temporarily.

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
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

2021 BIZ: How can we use an always-on world in Kitely? Focussed welcome center aggregators. Gather welcome centers of focussed interest.


How can we use an always-on world in Kitely?  
Focussed welcome center aggregators.  
Gather welcome centers of focussed interest. 
Always-on worlds can serve as welcome centers for other activities.

Focussed WC development

Use it to host focussed welcome centers

Possible themed welcome centers

  • PLC (for educators)
  • Business
  • Conferences, conventions, meetings (VBH)
  • Storytelling (Seanchai)
  • Entertainment 
  • Social (could be at KWC)


Monday, February 15, 2021

2021 BIZ: #VWEDU: Participant worksheet displays (PWDs) let participants have their say without interrupting the meeting. Easy to implement in a virtual world.


Participant worksheet displays (PWDs) 
let participants have their say 
without interrupting the meeting.  
Easy to implement in  a virtual world.


That's a PWD behind me
  • Mine is set to let other people type in it.
  • So it could be used to collect ideas from the group.
  • Since I own the page I can change the settings at will. 

Why a PWD?

  • Meeting participants have questions, ideas, or misgivings about items in the current discussion.
  • Or so you hope.
  • They may not express these because they don't fit into the discussion.
  • They may put these into text chat, where they are easily overlooked.
  • Participant worksheet displays (PWDs) help get this kind of thinking into the discussion.
  • And probably encourage participants to give more thought to the discussion.
  • You could set up a similar arrangement in a physical meeting with WiFi and laptops.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

2021 #VWEDU VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS: IS ONE LIFE ENOUGH? Project-based learning in a digital world: Closing comments on the presentation. Digital and presentation skills.


VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS: IS ONE LIFE ENOUGH?  
Project-based learning in a digital world:
Closing comments on the presentation.
Digital and presentation skills.
Reports from a project-based learning team in a virtual world.   Watch project-based learning in action.  

Closing comments on team presentations

Notes

Saturday, February 13, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: Looking for Mr Gelam by Word Forward. Beach Road at Kampong Gelam, the Malay heritage quarter of Singapore. On the Virtual Beach.


Looking for Mr Gelam by Word Forward.  
Beach Road at Kampong Gelam, the Malay heritage quarter of Singapore.  
On the Virtual Beach.

Embark on a VR-journey back in time to the year 1825, in search of the elusive Mr Gelam around Beach Road and Kampong Glam with Uncle Sam and his niece, Ling. Presented by Word Forward

Friday, February 12, 2021

2021 Kitely offers ALWAYS ON worlds with dedicated servers. No waiting to load. Megaregions: about 1.3 miles on a side, area equal to 64 traditional sims.


Kitely offers ALWAYS ON worlds with dedicated servers.  
No waiting to load.   
Megaregions: about 1.3 miles on a side, 
area equal to 64 traditional sims.
New type of Kitely world: a Dedicated Server world. These worlds are always-on, can be up to 64 regions in size, and support up to 180,000 objects. Cost: $150 per month.
80 Bots in Kitely Welcome Center
  • Always-On Dedicated Servers
  • "8x8": means that each side is the length of 8 traditional sims
  • 256 meters times 8=2048 meters, 1.3 miles
  • Instant TP into this always-on world--no waiting to load.
  • And no sim boundaries to cross.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

2021 Update 2/11/2021 Land up, actives down in January Sundance goes all-in on virtual this year VWBPE2021 RECONNAISSANCE Call for Proposals


Update 2/11/2021  Land up, actives down in January
Sundance goes all-in on virtual this year
VWBPE2021 RECONNAISSANCE Call for Proposals
A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily. 
Dancing at Kitely, 
where everybody knows your name
Click image to enlarge

Changes in this blog

Due to health problems, I will need to reduce the activity of this blog, at least temporarily.

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
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: #DTA: An expertise database for an online PLC (Professional Learning Community) . Online makes a big community. Big needs a database


An Expertise Database for an online PLC 
(Professional Learning Community) .  
Online makes a big community. 
Big needs a database  
And online handles databases.  A PLC is about learning from expert sources.  An Expertise Database can help people find experts.  That collection becomes a Personal Learning Network (PLN).  

The Expertise DB 

  • The expertise DB EDB) lists people in the PLC who offer to answer questions about online learning.
  • This EDB lists the keywords each expert can answer questions about. 
  • Experts with many keywords are tagged as wide range
  • The EDB also lists (but does not give out) the email address for the mentor. 

After the break

  • How the PLC can use the EDB
  • How the experts might benefit from the EDB
  • Who might initiate the effort?

Monday, February 8, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: BIZ: "Coding" can teach kids strategic and critical thinking, problem-solving, collaborative teamwork, systems thinking, and creative self expression.


"Coding" can teach kids strategic and critical thinking, 
problem-solving, collaborative teamwork, systems thinking, 
and creative self expression.  
How software production can teach a lot more than how to produce software.   
Coding is the sine qua non of success in a knowledge economy society. It has become a primordial skill in K-12 education and beyond. The pedagogical importance of coding, besides the technical part of helping students better understand the digital world surrounding them, is that it combines a host of other important skills such as strategic and critical thinking, problem-solving, collaborative team work, systems thinking, and creative self expression among many others. -- Educational websites to teach kids coding

Yes and no

  • Not the classroom model.  The production model.
  • People learn what they practice.
  • In the classroom model, the students create code to match an algorithm.
  • That is learning to code but not much more.
  • In the production model, the students are put into a team.
  • and tasked to produce software that satisfies a specific use case.
  • That task requires effective use of the skills mentioned in the title.
  • That task gives practice in the skills. 
  • Even so, it does not really teach.  
  • It simply demands that they figure it out for themselves.
  • A digital teaching assistant (DTA) can coach them in those skills

Sunday, February 7, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: Organizing our online PLC. Virtual Worlds Education Consortium (VWEC). Affiliated groups, wider networking and knowledge sharing


Organizing our online PLC. 
Virtual Worlds Education Consortium (VWEC). 
Affiliated groups, wider networking and knowledge sharing
A draft plan for our online Professional Learning Community.  Objective: wider networking, more effective sharing of knowledge.

Where are we now?

  • Our online PLC is now partly organized as multiple groups.
  • The broader community is based on informal connections among people in the groups.
  • A way to foster stronger connections is to have affiliated groups.
  • The affiliation plan can support wider networking and sharing of knowledge

Saturday, February 6, 2021

2020 #VWEDU: BIZ: Meeting in an online 3D place is not like meeting in a web page. Places hold more than talking heads. Situated learning and social roles.


Meeting in an online 3D place is not like meeting in a web page.
Places hold more than talking heads.
Situated learning and social roles.
An online 3D place can be built or selected for the objective of the class or meeting that will use it. The arrangement of the place will influence what people do there. 
 
  • A 3D place in a virtual world is a simulation of a place,
  • That can be a familiar place, such as an office or a classroom.
  • Being in a familiar place and a familiar social situation calls up familiar roles.
  • People have already learned familiar behaviors for those circumstances.
  • Chairs neatly arranged to face to podium in front.
  • A screen behind that podium.
  • We need no instructions on what to do or what to expect.
  • This is an example of situated learning.
  • And shows the effect of Social Roles and Roles (Wikipedia).
  • You can use that scene if it fits your objectives and teaching method.

Friday, February 5, 2021

2020 BIZ: #VWEDU: Conferences, conventions, trade shows. Big meetings of any kind. You can do them online. No travel, no risk, no hanky-panky.


Conferences, conventions, trade shows. 
Big meetings of any kind.  
You can do them online. 
No travel, no hotel, no risk, no hanky-panky. 
Consideration of how big meetings can be held online.

    What generally happens in these events? 

    • Big auditorium presentations 
    • Small localized displays, exhibit booths, poster presentations
    • Small meetings or workshops with selected persons conferring or working together: Breakout rooms 
    • Opportunities to interact with the media
    • Networking 
    • Hanky-panky

    Where?

    Thursday, February 4, 2021

    2021 Update 2/4/2021 Land up, actives down in January Sundance goes all-in on virtual this year VWBPE2021 RECONNAISSANCE Call for Proposals Changes in this blog


    Update 2/4/2021  Land up, actives down in January
    Sundance goes all-in on virtual this year
    VWBPE2021 RECONNAISSANCE Call for Proposals
    Changes in this blog
    A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily. 
    Dancing at Kitely, 
    where everybody knows your name
    Click image to enlarge

    Changes in this blog

    Due to health problems, I will need to reduce the activity of this blog, at least temporarily.

    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
    • Visit me on the web
    • License 

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    2020 PROMO: BIZ: HG: See you later aggregator. Aggregate the offerings and you aggregate the customers.


    See you later aggregator.   
    Aggregate the offerings and 
    you aggregate the customers.
    Aggregators in OpenSimulator

    Stores and malls are aggregators

    Monday, February 1, 2021

    2021 ART: The Mondrian Puzzle: Abstract Art meets Mathematics and a virtual world


    The Mondrian Puzzle: 
    Abstract Art meets Mathematics
    In OpenSimulator.  

    Tessellation or tiling the plane fits many interests: art, mathematics, architecture and puzzles.  Mondrian tiled the canvas plane with art.