Virtual Worlds 101 Tell Summer Institute 2010 Ellen Todd
Why in the World Meet and Greet ~ Pair and Share What do you do in Real Life? What would you do in Real Life if you had unlimited resources?
Learning Objectives Transition from the Real World to a Virtual World Move, join, travel, chat, search, shop…. Frame some questions for yourself in context of your work Explore virtual world applications in Education, Healthcare, Business and Non Profit
What in the World is this other World? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_world http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Worlds http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Life
Essential Questions What are virtual worlds? Are virtual worlds important?
Demographics http://totalengagement.org/ .Majority of MMO players have full time jobs Average age is 35 26% are over 50 Higher percentage men then women. However, 60% of active users are female
Why do People Play Achievement Immersion Exploration Competition Socializing Role-play, Explore, Meet, Build
Getting started Some basics…. http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Glossary GO to and DOWNLOAD Second Life 1.23 Create an account Choose a name What’s in a name? http://www.secondlifeinsider.com/2006/11/21/whats-in-a-name/
What’s in a Name? http://www.ehow.com/how_4870741_choose-good-second-life-name.html http://secondlife.wikia.com/wiki/Avatar_Last_Names http://obijan.com/slstats/index.php
Let’s GO in! Pick your look I’ll make you my friend Join the group Let’s get out of here! Teleport to a How to site… Walk through the site and get your wings!
What? So What? Now What? What did you observe? Think about? How did you feel? Did you get any benefits from the experience? What are the implications of the activity? How does the experience relate to the real world?
ISTE Standards Standards http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/2008Standards/NETS_T_Standards_Final.pdf Can you wrap your arms around this new world? http://www.iste.org/
Fieldtrips and Case Studies Education Business Healthcare Non Profits The Arts Second Life Main Page
Find it In~world! Search and visit sites specific to your interest SHOUT OUTS “Hey everybody! Look what I found!” Offer to teleport a friend and explore together
RESEACH Project based learning When you interact with objects, it creates different neural chemicals/pathways. Stronger than reading or listening…. Learning Styles? Visual, textural, aural, kinesthetic, integrative What are the implications for EDUCATION here?
Welcome come back from RL. ;) Watch Virtual Builder http://virtualbuilder3d.com/ http://virtualbuilder3d.com/webfiles/roam.mov Log in SL and meet me at the tree house…
Therapeutic Considerations Disability Person with a disability Assistive technology Virtual world Disaboom.com – Information and resources for people with disabilities
More Questions to Ponder Who am I and what’s there for me? What is embodiment? How do we represent our self/ourselves? What resources are there for me?
Embodiment You Tube Embodiment Issues in Second Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsN96X-Nj84
Physical vs Mental Challenges Social anxiety Role play Autism Schizophrenia Identify Fresh start
Create Choose a disability What are your abilities? What are your limitations? Create an application? What would it look like, what would it do? How would improve or impact the person with a disability?
What do you think? Is this other world for you? Will it change or shape your life? What will you explore further?