What Webs We Weave In Our Second Lives Auc 08


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  • We are here to talk about the networking opportunities that one has within a virtual 3d world. Salli and I actually met in SL and have become great colleagues and friends through our networking in Sl. We both went into SL to explore what it is and what uses it may have for us in our teaching. What we found is it is much more than that. We both now have colleagues from around the world.
  • First, let me explain what Second Life is. IT is technically a 3d video game and is built pretty much the same way. The creators of this “Game” though, decided to open it up for free and let the public build and create whatever they would want. It has become a place for simulations, learning, merchandising, and interacting and socializing.
  • I mentioned the creators before but let me talk more about the history of Sl. SL was originally in the planning process starting in 2001 and was opened in 2002. It wasn’t originally opened to the public but was opened to other virtual world enthusiasts in the beginning. It was opened to the public in late 2002 and started out as one small grid. You can see from these pictures the extent of its growth over the following 5 years. The number of accounts are over 13 million with at least 40-50 thoughts on per day sometimes going over 70 thousand.
  • Who makes up these thousands of everyday users? There are companies in there such as IBM Coldwell Banker, MGM, Apple, etc. There are organizations such as NOAA, National Science Institute, and Many Educational Institutions Such as PSU< Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, OSU, SUNY< Drexel, etc. Many more are individuals. What are they doing in there? IBM uses it for employee training for its programmers, Coldwell Banker sell real estate, other companies are using it for advertising – Coke, McDonald’s, and some have a presence but aren’t utilizing it yet. Educational institutions are using it for training, teaching, advertising, research, and some are exploring yet how they will use it. Finally, individuals are using it for many of the same reasons but also to communicate, network, merchandise, explore, create simulations, role play, and socialize.
  • Finally, here we are. You are the few who have met us in real life and are meeting us in Second life as well. As you can see, we can be human if we want or can take on another form as well. Most of the educational community we interact with take on human forms (if you include the “Barbie” look as human) but it is not universal. One of our steering Committee members is a fox. Salli and I met in second life and have interacted there, met in real life and now interact in both Second Life and real life.
  • We have been in there to explore, network , and look at the opportunities there for educators. We have researched and worked on the skills needed in there of navigation, building, acquiring tools and learning what works and what doesn’t work in SL for teaching. Salli is going to go into more of the details of our networking and how it has helped us look at the opportunities for educators in SL.
  • The pictures: Celebrating a friend's 60th birthday Group 4 Gurlz ANGEL Steering Committee meeting in SL
  • For me, SL started out as a very social thing. i found myself in a cabin in the NC mountains during the month of June, 2007. I was NC Tourist by day and SL Tourist by night. I searched for ANGEL since I knew that there was supposed to be a presence in SL and came across ANGEL Learning Isle. I started hanging out there and met up with Nancy and Karen. We got to know each other very well during that month--so we decided to meet. We met on the Florida's West Coast during August 2007 and became not only colleagues, but friends too. Nancy developed the ANGEL Learning List and we began hanging out with others, having classes on the Isle, and taking field trips to see what others were doing.
  • I wasn't finished learning and jumped at the opportunity to take a class. I found one offered through BSU in the Fall of 2007. There, I was put into a group of 4 members. Annie lives in England, Mauri lives in Vegas, and I live in Florida. We hit it off in the class called "Teaching and Learning in Second Life" and became friends through the class. We also learned a lot. We learned about Best Practices (and made up some of our own, too!), the new techniques as they were introduced, including Voice and Windlight--which is now in the standard download. We wrote procedures, lesson plans, and blogs.
  • We hit it off so well, that we all met at Mauri's right before Christmas in 2007. We continue to work together in developing ideas for use in SL. We've committed to other conferences and facilitation with each other.
  • Networking HAS helped, as it does in learning something new...and SL and the idea of teaching with it is brand new. I quit trying to talk people into using SL, but instead offer possibilities of using SL. I tell them that unless they feel that they have something that would be beneficially taught through SL, that they probably should deliver their material in a different way.
  • What Webs We Weave In Our Second Lives Auc 08

    1. 1. What Webs We Weave In Our Second Lives!!! if SL had a chocolate equivalent, it'd be over for RL!* *Actual SL quotes
    2. 2. Welcome! <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>Why we are here </li></ul>&quot;Rolling Restart&quot; presently going on throughout SL yay ! i love rolling restarts and lag
    3. 3. What is Second Life? <ul><li>Virtual 3D world </li></ul><ul><li>Social Community </li></ul><ul><li>Educational </li></ul><ul><li>environment? </li></ul>sl isn't JUST about the sex.. there's the clothes too~ Shopping - it's good for your mental health....retail therapy i look at everything and think about recreating it in sl
    4. 4. SL Growth <ul><li>Started in 2002 by Linden Labs in San Francisco </li></ul>November 2002 November 2003 June 2007 how about crashes everytime you tp? I hate my hair up my bum! and also being bald! oh i had a new one.. my boot in my cleavage Lag, lag, lag…
    5. 5. Who is in it? <ul><ul><li>Companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IBM, Coldwell Banker, MGM Sports international, Apple, Telecom, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational Institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PSU, Harvard, MIT, Ohio, Drexel, Carnegie-Mellon, SUNY </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul></ul>Joe Linden at an informational update skins in a box for 1L ! freebies and stuff !
    6. 6. Partial List of Companies <ul><li>IBM </li></ul><ul><li>American Broadcasting Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>American Cancer Society </li></ul><ul><li>Bantam Dell Books </li></ul><ul><li>Best Buy Co. Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>BMW </li></ul><ul><li>Calvin Klein </li></ul><ul><li>Circuit City </li></ul><ul><li>Cisco Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Coca-Cola </li></ul><ul><li>Comcast </li></ul><ul><li>Coldwell Banker </li></ul><ul><li>Kraft Food </li></ul>
    7. 7. Partial List of Ed Institutions <ul><li>The Art Institute of California-San Diego San Diego, CA </li></ul><ul><li>The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA The Bay School of San Francisco: San Francisco, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Beach College: Santa Barbara, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Bentley College - Department of Natural and Applied Sciences: Waltham, MA </li></ul><ul><li>Boise State University, Dept. of EdTech Supporting EDTECH Island in SL Bowling Green State University </li></ul><ul><li>Bradley University, Peoria, IL-- Multimedia Program via NMC and Library on Info Island </li></ul><ul><li>Bromley College of Further and Higher Education: Greater London, United Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA </li></ul><ul><li>Buffalo State College Buffalo, NY </li></ul><ul><li>California State University - Pomona: Pomona, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Central Piedmont Community College - Futures Institute: Charlotte, North Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>SC State Library: Columbia, SC, USA Chapman University: Orange, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Clemson University: Clemson, South Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>Clemson University Graduate School: Clemson, South Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>Cochise College </li></ul><ul><li>College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University: Montclair, NJ </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia College Chicago: Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia University: New York, NY </li></ul><ul><li>Devry University: Oakbrook, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Duke University: Durham, NC </li></ul><ul><li>Drexel University: Philadelphia, PA </li></ul><ul><li>Dyersburg State Community College: Dyersburg, TN </li></ul><ul><li>East Carolina University Greenville, NC East Tennessee State University: Johnson City, TN </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh University Edinburgh, Scotland, UK </li></ul><ul><li>Elon University: Elon, NC Empire State College, SUNY: Many locations across NY state and beyond. </li></ul><ul><li>Finger Lakes Community College: Canandaigua, NY </li></ul><ul><li>Fontys University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands Fullerton College: Fullerton, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture University of Houston: Houston, TX </li></ul><ul><li>Glendale Community College Glendale AZ Griffith University Queensland, Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard University: Cambridge, Mass . </li></ul><ul><li>Heinrich-Heine-Universität: Düsseldorf, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Hong Kong Polytechnic University , Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong Idaho State University: Pocatello, Idaho . </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois State University: Normal, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana University: Bloomington, IN Iowa State University: Ames, IA </li></ul><ul><li>Ithaca College - Roy H. Park School of Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Johnson & Wales University: San Jose State University </li></ul><ul><li>San Jose, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Kalamazoo Valley Community College: Kalamazoo, Mi </li></ul><ul><li>Lehigh Carbon Community College: Schnecksville, PA </li></ul><ul><li>Loyalist College: Belleville, ON, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cambridge, MA </li></ul><ul><li>Mayville State University: Mayville, ND </li></ul><ul><li>Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Minneapolis, MN </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota State Colleges and Universities: </li></ul><ul><li>Mohawk College: Hamilton, ON, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Monroe Community College Rochester NY </li></ul><ul><li>NC State University </li></ul><ul><li>NCSU Wolflands Raleigh, NC </li></ul><ul><li>New York City College of Technology (&quot;City </li></ul><ul><li>Tech&quot;), CUNY Brooklyn, NY </li></ul><ul><li>Nova Scotia Community College -- NSCC – </li></ul><ul><li>Nova Scotia, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio State University </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio University: </li></ul><ul><li>Penn State University </li></ul><ul><li>Penn State University – Berks </li></ul><ul><li>San Diego State University </li></ul><ul><li>Sungshin University – Korea </li></ul><ul><li>St. John's University, New York, </li></ul>University of Derby: Derbyshire, England, UK. University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See Edinburgh University University of Louisville: Louisville, KY University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN University of Plymouth: Devon, UK University of Portsmouth: Portsmouth, UK University of Southern California: Institute for Multimedia Literacy University of Warwick: Coventry, UK Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln University of Applied Sience Cologne Texas A&M University Graduate Students Tufts University Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (Non-Profit / Not For profit) Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT): Bloomington, IN http://www.aect.org | http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland/117/174/23 Cape Cod School Technology Facilitators: Lighthouse Learning Island http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lighthouse%20Learning%20Island/6/134/24 Eduserv FDLRS - Florida Diagnostic Learning & Resources System Global Kids, Inc.: New York, NY, USA Institute of Rural Health: Idaho,USA International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): Washington,DC / Ohio Learning Network: Columbus, OH SUNY Learning Network The Center For Internet Research (tcfir) Breckenridge, Colorado, USA Exploring Technology for the Information Age The New Media Consortium (NMC) The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) http://www.avatarenglish.com LIBRARIES Alliance Library System: East Peoria, Illinois, USA InfoIsland blog Cleveland Public Library: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Nova Southeastern University - Law Library & Technology Center : Davie, FL Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County : Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Eye4You Alliance Island blog State Library of Kansas
    8. 8. Meet our Second Life Avatars! <ul><li>KarenSPC Fride </li></ul><ul><li>Sunshine Sparrow </li></ul>when someone says somethign funny in RL, I almost say LOL i went (RL) shopping and was looking around at ppl thinking they needed better shapes and skins i ask my friends to tp to my place in rl
    9. 9. What Are We Doing there? <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>navigating in SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>developing or acquiring tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>using tools </li></ul></ul>i have a house and change it often I want to Fly in RL!!! i want to TP in RL! no cleaning house.. doing laundry you really can crawl under a rock here
    10. 10. Networking
    11. 11. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Social Interaction, sense of belonging </li></ul><ul><li>With Whom? </li></ul><ul><li>KarenSPC, Nanciti, ANGEL Learning List </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>Hanging out, field trips, building classes </li></ul><ul><li>When ? </li></ul><ul><li>Began May 2007 - current </li></ul>Networking have you ever seen that shade of purple or pink in RL and thought &quot;oooh, lucky chairs!&quot;?
    12. 12. Networking <ul><li>Getting started: </li></ul><ul><li>Fall BSU Class </li></ul><ul><li>Group 4 Gurlz </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annie (England) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mauri (Vegas) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salli (Florida) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WindLight </li></ul></ul>i look for store freebies when i walk into the supermarket …
    13. 13. Networking <ul><li>We hit it off and so we met! </li></ul><ul><li>Vegas during Christmas! </li></ul>
    14. 14. Networking How has it helped? <ul><ul><li>Ability to brainstorm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in knowledge base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn and practice new technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigational techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A broadened view of education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared differences and perspectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global learning </li></ul></ul>… and now in RL i move my hands in a typing motion when i speak...lol!
    15. 15. Questions? <ul><ul><ul><li>Karen Fritch (KarenSPC Fride) – [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Salli DiBartolo (Sunshine Sparrow) - [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul>we should start a new group &quot;Oldies in SL&quot; :) we'd all have to get old avatars and then hang around clubs and complain about the noise, and tell flying young'uns they're going too fast