What is the Teen Grid on Second Life? Pia Klaar’s Journey into the TSL December 20, 2008 Presented in Second Life at the Teacher Networking Center on Eduisland V I have been on the Teen Grid for about a year now. I first came into the Teen Grid on Eye4You Alliance Island. How did I do this? When I first came into Second Life, I wanted to see how a virtual world could be used as a teaching and learning tool. I teach computers and history in a middle school. I quickly realized that I would not be able to have students at the middle school level be on Second Life on the Main Grid. How to get myself and my students onto the Teen Grid became my goal. It was not an easy task. There was no one with whom I could ask or get information on how to do it. So, I began to do research. And this is what I found.
What is the Teen Grid on Second Life? By Pia Klaar---December 2008
In contrast, Eye4You Alliance island for example is an "open" or "public access" estate. Teens from the mainland of Teen Second Life can come to their island and participate in activities.
Advantage: Teens from the mainland of TSL can visit.
Challenge: Adults cannot IM or form groups with mainland TSL teens.
Teens who have created their own TSL accounts are technically on a different estate.
Avatars on different estates cannot form groups, IM or exchange objects. They will not be able to see each other in Search.
Some adult-owned projects are willing to sponsor guests and volunteers from time to time.
Join the SLEDT list and announce that you are seeking a sponsor.
Explain your purpose.
You will be required to provide an Ascertain background check to the sponsor.
You will make a new avatar at secondlife.com. When Linden Lab receives the updated staff list and a copy of the background check from your sponsor, your avatar will be moved from SL to Teen Second Life to your sponsor's estate.
The avatar you are creating to be moved to the teen grid will be on the main grid until it is moved over to the teen grid.
After clearance has been obtained (an email is received by Ascertain indicating you have passed your background check) you are ready to be moved.
Make sure you have PG supplies with you (textures, clothes, etc.-check your freebies so that they are PG) as your avatar does not get to move back and forth from the main grid to the teen grid.
You will know that you have been moved if the next time you log in, you are on the teen grid estate you requested to be moved to.
You will be confined to the island of your sponsor.
Literary Festival on Eye4You --- Fall 2007 Author Barry Lyga here with his avatar –Fanboy Authors were invited to come to the Teen Grid to present their book and talk to the teens.
Summer Author Chats on Eye4You Alliance Island ---Summer 2008. Jacqueline Woodson Jack Gantos Meg Cabot These authors had their avatars come into the Teen Grid on Eye4You Alliance. Here they meet the teens and discussed their books etc.
Craft Fair 2007 on Eye4You Alliance island One of the things that the teens love to do is building and scripting. So, one of the adult volunteers came up with the idea of a Craft Fair.
2 nd Annual Craft Fair on Eye4You Alliance island -- 2008 There are different categories and prizes given for the winners The first Craft Fair was such a success that we decided to continue with this event.
TSL Model UN on Eye4You The building was created and built by teens.
3D virtual worlds as a platform for NASA education activities and programs.
http:// prime.jsc.nasa.gov /
An Overview of GlobalKids Island December 2008 Global Kids is involved in leadership programming for youth, bringing youth from its New York-based programs into the space, and streaming the audio and video of major events into the world.
Global Kids ’ work in TSL is conducted in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, UNICEF, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the International Criminal Court, among others.
GlobalKids D.I.D.I. Initiative Dream It Do It The D.I.D.I. Initiative is a partnership in Second Life between Youth Venture and Global Kids to improve health and healthcare.
A group of panelist for the D.I.D.I. Initiative Teens can get $1,000 in seed funding and social entrepreneurial training through the Dream It Do It Initiative in Second Life.
Teen presenting his D.I.D.I. Initiative program to a group of panelist . Summer 2008