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    1. 1. Second Life for Educators Patti Jennings, Digital Immigrant & Marketing Executive, Dallas TeleLearning, DCCCD Erin Jennings, Digital Native & Instructional Design Assistant, UTD Global MBA Online
    2. 2. What is Second Life? <ul><li>MUVE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-User Virtual Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life is NOT a game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main grid is for adults only (18+) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Introduction to Second Life” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Machinima </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Is Second Life A Trend? <ul><li>The Horizon Report, 2007 Edition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time to Adoption: Two to Three Years </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“Campuses and businesses have established locations in these worlds, much as they were creating websites a dozen years ago. In the same way that the number and sophistication of websites grew very quickly as more people began to browse, virtual locations will become more common and more mature as the trend continues.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Second Life and Higher Education <ul><li>Colleges and Universities in SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ SL provides a unique and flexible environment for educators interested in distance learning, computer-supported cooperative work, simulation, new media studies and corporate training.” – SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Using SL as a supplement to traditional classroom environments also provides new opportunities for enriching an existing curriculum. Many universities and educational institutions are already using SL.” - SL </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. SL Educational Resources <ul><li>Second Life Tutorials and Guides </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional Videos and Machinima </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life: The Official Guide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book for purchase </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SL Education Wiki </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SLED: Second Life Educators List Serv </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SL Healthcare Support & Education Mailing List </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Info Island </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. SL In-World Groups <ul><li>Real Life Education in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interested in educational possibilities of SL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Grad Student Colony </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited to students pursuing advanced degrees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited to academics pursuing authorized research projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Health Education </li></ul>
    7. 7. Why Buy an Island? <ul><li>Marketing & Recruitment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Digital Natives are coming! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immersive Learning Simulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NOAA’s Virtual Island </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play2Train: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Socialization </li></ul>
    8. 8. Cost of a Second Life <ul><li>Basic Account is free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to events, shopping, building (temporarily in sand boxes), scripting & more </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Premium Account Costs $9.95/mo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to own land, display, entertain and live in SL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Private Island Ownership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education Discount </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Small island = $980 for 65,536 sq. meters (about 16 acres) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly land fee for maintenance = $150/mo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Renting space </li></ul>
    9. 9. Marooned! <ul><li>Your new island is flat and empty. </li></ul><ul><li>You need a plan! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Landscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of sky </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Proposed UTD SOM Landscaping Map
    11. 11. Fieldtrip! <ul><li>UTD SOM </li></ul><ul><li>UTD ATEC </li></ul><ul><li>Info Island </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard </li></ul><ul><li>Casablanca </li></ul>
    12. 12. More Resources <ul><li>Second Life: Knowledge Base </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unofficial Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// =2;ffbook=1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Erin’s Basic Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Developer Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Contact Information <ul><li>Patti Jennings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life: Patti Lemuria </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Erin Jennings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life: Serinity Gaea </li></ul></ul>