Virtual World Teaching 101

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Presentation for the Association of Teacher Educators Summer Conference
Philadelphia, PA
August 7, 2011

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  • Second Life remains the largest preference of worlds by far at 76% (OpenSim barely registers, and others aren't even mentioned) New World Notes, Feb 15, 2010
  • Today I’d like to speak to you about Second Life, or SL. Who are in SL? What do people do in SL? What’s so promising about SL? And in case you’re interested, how to get started with SL.
  • SL is a virtual world with 1 million regular users, mostly coming from the United States, Europe, Canada, Brazil. While in Second Life, most of these users use money to purchase virtual items. In SL, the money used is Linden dollars.
  • Second Life remains the largest preference of worlds by far at 76% (OpenSim barely registers, and others aren't even mentioned) New World Notes, Feb 15, 2010
  • The exchange rate changes depending on supply and demand, but it is roughly $250 lindens to a dollar. I was in Hungary last week and couldn’t help but notice that the exchange rate for forints is so similar to linden dollars. The exchange rate in Hungary is roughly 220 forints to a dollar.
  • For online classes and virtual office hours
  • Maybe even two groups.... Your home location may be controlled with ths group
  • Make SUre students can declare this location as home If you dont have a spot...make friends with someone that does Here we are at the VEA
  • Dont Chance being able to work with Linden Labs
  • Mali Beck
  • Virtual World Teaching 101

    1. 1. Virtual World Teaching 101 Minnie Ladores, Ed.D. Frostburg State University
    2. 2. muve multi-user virtual environment
    3. 3. muve examples Second Life Open Sim Reaction Grid Club Penguin (for Kids)
    4. 7. 1,000,000 regular users
    5. 8. 2011 – First Quarter Nearly 800 thousand people logged into Second Life more than once during each month The overall dollar value of Linden Dollars held by Second Life residents is up to US$29.3 million
    6. 9. US $1 = L$ 250 – L$270 Linden dollars
    7. 10. Anshe Chung Ailin Graef First SL Millionaire
    8. 11. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/1416608737/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books
    9. 12. SL Basics
    10. 13. “ in world”
    11. 14. avatar av alt noob
    12. 15. wear detach clothes shoes hair skin shape
    13. 16. sim
    14. 17. prims sculpties scripts
    15. 19. teleport “tp me”
    16. 20. What do people do in Second Life?
    17. 21. explore sims
    18. 23. dance to live streaming music
    19. 24. shop
    20. 25. read
    21. 26. story telling in voice
    22. 27. fly
    23. 28. sailing
    24. 29. scuba diving
    25. 30. practice religion
    26. 35. art gallery
    27. 36. conference
    28. 37. build and script
    29. 39. make friends
    30. 40. What do educators do in Second Life?
    31. 41. virtual campus
    32. 42. online class
    33. 43. simulation
    34. 44. simulation
    35. 45. service learning
    36. 47. virtual field trip
    37. 49. exhibit student work
    38. 50. network
    39. 51. professional development
    40. 52. Teens in Second Life
    41. 53. Cross Cultural Collaboration through Skoolaborate
    42. 54. Conne River Project, Canada
    43. 55. How promising is it? <ul><li>Global </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Growing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web 3.0 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    44. 56. Challenges <ul><li>Tech requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Human Factor </li></ul>
    45. 57. SL may be virtual but it is a human world.
    46. 58. Getting Started
    47. 59. 1. Go to secondlife.com and join
    48. 60. 2. Create your avatar
    49. 61. 3. Download a Viewer
    50. 62. 4. Launch the viewer and log in
    51. 63. Orientation Island
    52. 64. Bringing Teachers in World Lessons We Learned the Hard Way
    53. 65. Establish a Group
    54. 66. Establish a Home Location
    55. 67. Have students create new accounts off the school’s network <ul><li>IP Address Limits </li></ul>
    56. 68. Provide students with a home location <ul><li>Copy and paste the SLurl from the map clipboard </li></ul><ul><li>Provide this Slurl to students prior to first entry </li></ul>
    57. 69. Keep Goals Reasonable
    58. 70. Spend Time on Basic Skills
    59. 71. Take Virtual Field Trips
    60. 72. Invite Experts
    61. 73. Create Personal Connections
    62. 74. Relax and Have Fun!
    63. 75. Explore the gateway to the future! [email_address]

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