Category Archives: education

to begin at the beginning

If you have an hour–lunch, e.g.–watch this thorough presentation on Second Life, including the history of virtual worlds in education and a terrific overview of how SL works.

The presentation technology also allows you to select topics and/or slides in the presentation, so that you can view something that interests you.

The presenter is Ross Perkins / Milosun Czervik, SL of Virginia Tech. I think you’ll like his objective stance that doesn’t try to wash away valid criticisms of SL.

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.