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Presented at the Texas Computer Education Association Feb. 2009, Austin

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    • Valerie Hill Dr. Kaye Bray TWU
      • Prelude “Starry Night”
    • Virtual Worlds in Education & Libraries TCEA Convention February 2009 Valerie Hill, LISD Librarian, TWU Doctoral Student [email_address] Dr. Kaye Bray, TWU [email_address]
      • Habbo Hotel
      • Ty Girlz
      • Webkinz
      • Gaia Online
      • Second Life
      Virtual Worlds
      • Opened in 2000
      • “ Hangout for Teens” (for ages 13-18)
      • Social networking website w/customizable avatar
      • Guest rooms can be created & limited to specific users
      • Used by youth organizations to educate about Internet safety, drug education, etc.
      • Credits, bought w/$, are used to buy virtual furniture, etc.
      Habbo Hotel
      • Opened April 29, 2005
      • Special code on stuffed animal label that allows access
      • For ages 10-15
      • KinzCash earned by answering knowledge questions, playing games, etc.
      • KinzChat –users cannot type, but can choose phrases from list
      • KinzChat Plus –words are restricted, must have parental permission
      • Opened February 18, 2003
      • Create customizable avatar & virtual homes
      • For ages 13-18
      • Gaia Gold earned by playing fames or posting to forums –can also be bought at Target
      Gaia Online
      • Opened April 13, 2007
      • It’s a Girlz World!
      • For ages 10-15
      • Special code on girl doll label that allows access
      • Avatars, games, chat room, & virtual economy
      Ty Girlz
      • Virtual World
      • Launched in 2003, popular in 2006
      • Downloadable client program –Second Life Viewer
      • Motional avatars (residents)
      • Local chat & global IM
      • Residents create most content of world
      • Building & selling virtual objects
      • Linden Dollar exchangeable for currencies
      Second Life
    • Why Second Life?
      • ALA Island
      • Alliance Virtual Library
      • Educational Opportunities
    • American Library Association in SL Librarians share Ideas through blogs. Jenny Levine’s Blog The Shifted Librarian
    • Alliance Virtual Library
      • Reference Desk
      • Exhibits and Events
      • Libraries
      • Book Discussions
      • Global Collaboration
    • Reference Desk Goal of offering reference help 24/7 from around the globe.
    • Exhibits and Events Virtual “Starry Night” “ The Bookbinder’s Ball”
    • Book Discussions The Reader’s Garden
    • Global Collaboration California Library Association’s first event in SL on Talis.
    • Educational Opportunities
      • Virtual Classrooms
      • Conferences and Workshops
      • Immersive Learning Environments
      • Research Symposiums
    • Virtual Classrooms Synchronous learning without distance as a barrier.
    • Conferences and Workshops March 8, 2008 Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education & Museums Conference
    • Immersive Learning Environments Land of Lincoln TCEA and the Virtual Alamo on ISTE
    • Research Symposiums TWU Virtual Research Symposium April 2008
    • A New Mode of Communication: 3D Interactive Tools
      • Building tools
      • Scripting tools
      • Digital resources
      • Holodecks
      Pic here
    • Research for the Libraries and Schools of Tomorrow
      • Valibrarian Research
      • Talis Cybrary Island
      Valibrarian’s Blog
    • Second Life Partnership build begins in Spring 2008 on ISTE Island Shots of the building project on Animoto Join SL Group: Texas Computer Education Assoc
      • Main grid for 18 & over
      • Teen Second Life developed 2005
      • For ages 13-17
      • New identity/age measures proposed
      Teen Second Life
      Other Virtual Worlds
    • Educational Virtual World
    • Online Virtual Community
      • SitePal -
      • Voki - - Create a character, make it talk, take it anywhere –free, but includes ads
      And More Avatars…
      • SigningAvatar™ software uses computer-generated, three dimensional (3D) characters called "avatars,” to communicate in sign language with facial expressions
      Signing Avatar
    • Tools for Sharing Online
      • Blogs, Wikis, Nings
      • Animoto
      • Flickr
      • YouTube, Bliptv & TeacherTube
      • Getting started
      • Virtual Worlds:
      • Synchronous
      • Participants can create individual characters with unique identities
      • Participants can interact
      • Not bounded by physical laws
      • Information can be manipulated in ways that are not normally possible in the real world
      • Real-time voice communication is possible
      • Limitations: Learning curve; expense
      Virtual Worlds – Pros and Cons
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