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  • 1. Offering a variety of innovative options for teachers and students Cathy Ware
  • 2. Second Life Grid is another platform where businesses and educators build virtual worlds. Educators can go to this website and receive help and support to create their perfect virtual environment. Harvard, Stanford, and Texas University are a few of the universities that have used Second Life Grid to create their virtual worlds. Educators are encouraged to go inworld and meet other educators, learn how to teach classes, and interact with students.
  • 3. Princeton University in Second Life A campus was opened up in 2007 for class projects, research activities, and meetings. The virtual campus is a replica of the actual campus and includes buildings such as Nassau Hall, Alexander Hall, and the Chancellor Green Library. The virtual campus offers a campus community open to all current Princeton students, and an Alumni in SL group which is designed for social networking. Check out the website 
  • 4. In this article teachers and students are described as pioneers – exploring new worlds that do not exist on Earth. Here is a quote from the article that I found interesting, “The typical experience in a distance-education class is to go to a website, watch a video, [and] correspond by e-mail ... usually just with the instructor and even then only intermittently,” says Rebecca Nesson, a Harvard law school graduate who is teaching the class along with her father, law school professor Charles Nesson. “Second Life gives us the capability to really have a classroom experience with the students.” In order to illustrate the story Three Hat Riddle, professor Nesson brought 3 student avatars to the front of the class and put different colored hats on their heads. This is an example of how virtual classrooms allow you to still have the Take a look at the article visual effect of a real classroom.
  • 5. I am not completely sold on the education aspect of Second Life because I have never really been interested in the Second Life concept. I find it weird for people to want to create a “second life” and perhaps be something that they are not. In my opinion, escaping to a virtual world everyday could potentially lead to an unhealthy real life. Different strokes for different folks….just because I do not like it does not mean that others can’t. As far as the educational tools that are offered on Second Life, I think that it is a good example of today’s technology and all of the things that the Web can offer.
  • 6. List of educational resources on Second Life Highly Interactive • Interactive distance education • Student/teacher social interaction • Virtual environment makes learning fun • Class Discussions • Video Streaming • 24/7 Access to your classroom • Professional development for educators • and many more…explore second life!! •
  • 7. Lamb, Gregory M. quot;Real learning in a virtual world | csmonitor.com.quot; The Christian Science Monitor. 29 Apr. 2009 <http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1005/p13s02-legn.html>. Ransford, Mark. quot;Ball State students immersed in virtual world to study cultures.quot; Ball State University - Home. 25 Apr. 2009 <http://www.bsu.edu/news/article/0,1370,--47624,00.html>.