to begin

In the genre of putting the cart before the horse, I’m beginning this blog on experiences in Second Life before the island arrives.

A few of us have been observing, playing, and experimenting with the possibility for education in Second Life, and we will be making more permanent plans this summer. Until then, I will venture a few posts on my experiences.

About the title: The concept of presence in a virtual world, the idea that the person at the keyboard acquires (rather quickly) the sense of being her avatar and experiences whatever she does in that world is a powerful effect that can be of great value in education. More about presence later. To try it out yourself, download the free software, create an avatar, and have a go at it.

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