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Educational Locations in Second Life And the 3D Aids Quilt

Kapp Notes

Often I am asked for a list of interesting and educational locations within Second Life, the 3D virtual world software, here is a rather lengthy list of some of the more educational places within Second Life. Each room is dedicated to a person(s) whose life was lost to AIDS and tells a story using a variety of tools including 3D objects, video, photos, poetry and song. 

Class Meeting in 3D World of Second Life

Kapp Notes

To that end, last night, I threw students into the 3D virtual world of Second Life. Learning in 3D Class sitting around conference room table. Jumping into a virtual world can be a fun but scary and daunting place for first timers. As instructional designers, one of our "missions" is to help learners overcome the scary and daunting aspects so learning occurs. What did I miss?

Still More Alternatives to Second Life: More 3D Worlds to Explore

Kapp Notes

Here are even a few more alternatives to Second Life for you to check out. Other Lists of Alternatives to Second Life and more 3D worlds to explore can be found at the links below: More alternatives to Second Life. Alternatives to Second Life __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Shopping in Second Life

Kapp Notes

Circuit City just announced that they are opening a store in Second Life in an article titled Circuit City Enters Second Life. The process was facilitated by IBM as discussed earlier in my post IBM Opens a Business Unit in Second Life. The avatars will have the same measurements, skin tone, and hair color as their physical real-world counterparts.

Second Life Learning Videos

Tony Karrer

If you want to get a sense of what Second Life is like and particularly what it is like as part of learning, here are some videos that help describe this. View | Upload your own What videos did I miss

Second Life Learning Videos

Clark Quinn

If you want to get a sense of what Second Life is like and particularly what it is like as part of learning, here are some videos that help describe this. View | Upload your own What videos did I miss

Cool Second Life Happening:UW VIBE Future InfoExpo Recruitment

Kapp Notes

Researchers from the University of Washington Information School are conducting a research study investigating exciting and useful alternative capabilities for Second Life. These exhibits let you interact with new design possibilities aimed at improving the social and information aspects of Second Life. The Future InfoExpo will be available at this Second Life URL: 2b3d UW VIBE (29,143,22). Contact us in Second Life: Ashlyley Gabardini (First Life: Peyina Lin). Matt Media (First Life: John Marino). to 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Average Joe imperative

E-Learning Provocateur

There once was a time when I thought Second Life was going to take over the world. Second Life was different. Alas, Second Life had an Achilles heel. To me it’s simple: Second Life failed to accommodate Average Joe. And so Second Life sailed off the edge of the virtual world. – that I saw it as an unstoppable force.

Nursing Simulation in Second Life

eLearning Acupuncture

John Miller, a Nursing Professor, at Tacoma Community College in Washington is spearheading a nursing simulation hosted within Second Life. Scenarios can be simulated which reproduce life-threatening conditions in a safe ‘virtual’ environment. contacted John Miller in Second Life (his avatar's name is JS Vavoom) and he let me view the simulator. Yikes!

The Promise Of 3D Learning

Upside Learning

Every now and again I wonder about the multi-user 3D environments, or virtual worlds that were all the rage just a couple of years ago, the finest example being Second Life. Second Life itself was a promising collaborative 3D learning platform. Secondly, deploying such systems is one thing, developing content for them is another cost altogether. Learning in 3D.

From World of Warcraft to Second Life – Teaching Science with Immersion and Excursion

eLearning Acupuncture

That’s when she turned to a different virtual world product: Second Life. I’ve written about Second Life a few times before on this blog ( here and here ). This location in Second Life now hosts many learning objects and activities that augment introductory courses in genetics and biology. Genome Island is publicly accessible in Second Life.

Using Virtual Worlds in the Conspiracy to Create an ah-ha Moment

Kapp Notes

Yesterday, I had the privilege of touring a fascinating project in the 3D virtual immersive environment of Second Life. My tour guides for the experience were Marty Keltz and Jena Ball who have created a three-dimensional experience engineered to teach about the HIV/AIDS pandemic called The Life and Times of Uncle D. Exploring Uncle D's cabin and learning about his life.

Second Life Created Virtual Documentary

Kapp Notes

Second Life and movies have had a history. In my post Second Life at the Movies , I discuss the possibility of a full-feature length movie being created in Second Life. The interviews are interesting and, at times, thought provoking about things beyond virtual worlds with thought of the "meaning of life" popping up from time to time.

Learning in 3D: Co-Creation

Kapp Notes

This one showing an example of co-creation in the 3D world of Second Life. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds Here is another great student machinima.

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NOAA: Advice for Federal Agencies about Virtual Worlds & a Great Interactive Example

Kapp Notes

Waiting for the tsunami to hit on NOAA's island in Second Life. Check out this article, Living NOAA's Second Life It is about how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)--a government agency--is using a virtual world to reach into the future and it has some great advice on considerations before launching into a virtual world.

Join me today at Train for Success in Second Life

Kapp Notes

We’ll meet at The Greenhouse, in Second Life : Content GuideToday. will guide a tour of a virtual “green&# house and discuss the seven sensibilities that differentiate Virtual Immersive Environments from other forms of educational and social media and how organizations such as IBM, Ernst and Young and BP have leveraged Virtual Immersive Environments to improve organizational performance.

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Another Student Generated Machinima

Kapp Notes

Tags: Second Life 3D worlds

Eduverse Foundation Presentation

Kapp Notes

This morning, I had a great time giving a presentation to a group over in the UK via a mash up of Skype and Second Life. So using the video of Skype on one computer and the world of Second Life on another, I gave a tour of MSIT island and talked about different learning designs for virtual worlds. presented to the Eduverse Foundation Symposium.

Second Life Session

Kapp Notes

Onge of NCTT and Keith Morneau from Capella University who are providing a session on Second Life. So, I am taking some notes: The presentation will talk about history of virtual environments and a theoretical framework for Second Life in the classroom. They are defining Second Life as "A 3D virtual world created by its inhabitants."

Questions about Second Life

Kapp Notes

Recently, I received a some really good questions related specifically to Second Life but primarily are about virtual worlds and the use of these worlds for education. I'll answer the questions here since I think they reflect concerns that many educators have related to the social networks and Second Life. 1) Kids use these “places” like Second Life, Facebook, etc.

ASTD Second Life Webinar

Kapp Notes

Yesterday, Tony O'Driscoll , Matthew Monahan and I gave an ASTD Webinar on the topic of Second Life. Tom has written a great deal on Second Life and innovative learning content and methods. We had most of the 400 plus people attending via application sharing through WebEx (not ideal but it worked) and about 15 or so people attending within Second Life.

Second Life Training Presentation

Kapp Notes

We had a lot to cover from how to navigate in Second Life to simple scripting with building, teleporting and designing Second Life training solutions in between. He was poised and well spoken and he knows Second Life very well. One audience member gave a great account of how he is using Second Life to reproduce a critical incident at a power plant.

Second Life Gets All Corporate'y.Finally?

Mark Oehlert

How about "Second Life gets its suit on!"? First, it links Second Life (SL) with Immersive Workspaces 2.0 - a 2D environment that integrates tools such as screen-sharing, media sharing, note taking, polls, room scheduling and more that businesses will easily be able to see the utility in. "? "Hey, Its take your virtual world to work day!"?

Three Vitrual World Learning Best Practices and A Holiday Greeting

Kapp Notes

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, here is a little visual post card from Second Life wishing you and Your's a Great Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.plus some virtual world best practices thrown in as a gift>): Three virtual world learning best practices to consider when implementing 3D worlds in 2009. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds Allow time for avatar customization.

Second Life Happenings: CEO Steps Down (again)

Kapp Notes

Here is what he wrote on the Second Life blog. So, it doesn’t look real good for the future of Second Life. Can’t say I am surprised, while Second Life is an innovative pioneer in the 3D virtual immersive learning space, I never thought they’d be around for the long haul…in their original form. You can find the original here.

Study Abroad.Virtually

Kapp Notes

Here is a great article about how learning about other cultures in a 3D world like Second Life can translate into the real world. The article is called Study abroad through Second Life Here are some quotes from the article: If you learn about a culture … and your behavior changes in Second Life while you're interacting with another culture, when you leave the virtual world these processes stay with you,” says Jeremy Bailenson, director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Problem-Based Learning in 3D Environment

Kapp Notes

More impotantly, here is the MSIT Second Life Wiki which ontains the paper for the conference and a ton of useful resources. Here are some resources I mentioned concerning other Second Life presentations I've done. Here are a couple of books used for Second Life. Here are the links: Other resources: SL Portal LSL Wiki Here is a post to additional links: Second Life Resourses: Supporting NCTT Opening Address __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Second Life for Your Health

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting videos showing how Second Life can be used to design and deliver health related training and actual client support within a virtual world. This one is focused on nursing education. This one demonstrates various views of how a virtual platform can help mental health and other patients.

Second Life Take Over Rumors.

Kapp Notes

It is rumored at the web site metaverselyspeaking web site that News Corp might be taking over Second Life. adding Second Life to their already wide-spanning media portfolio. As it was rumored a while ago also that Microsoft was buying Second Life and it would no longer support SL on the Mac. So while I haven't seen any official notice or indication that Linden Labs is shopping around Second Life or that anyone is purchasing the product, the rumors do seem to be adding up. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds

Second Life Workshop

Kapp Notes

Heather showing some 3D moves in the metaverse of Second Life. On Friday, Heather and I conducted a "Basics of Second Life" workshop for some folks at Raritan Valley Community College. Here are some resources to accompany the class. Video presentation " Why 3D Matters." Slideshare of " Why 3D Matters."

Alternatives to Second Life Continued

Kapp Notes

In my listing of Alternatives to Second Life , many packages were missed. For more information, you can read Sun unveils corporate 'Second Life'. Here are two more. MPK20:Sun's Virtual Workplace "Wonderland" The MPK20 virtual world is also known as Wonderland. You can download the application and check it out. InXpo InXpo has a virtual ASP show platform.

CSI and Second Life: Awesome!

Kapp Notes

So, last night I got to watch the CSI New York show which combined the television episode with some action in Second Life. Taken one step further, you will soon be able to "star" in your own Second Life CSI. Check out the show's web site featuring Second Life adventures like Find Venus. Although, I've never seen SL graphics so crisp and clear.

Second Life Pictures from Webinar

Kapp Notes

A few days ago, I presented a webinar titled " Second Life in Education " for NETWORKS which is is a National Science Foundation Resource Center that is focused on the advancement of semiconductor, automated manufacturing, and electronics education. You can read a little more about the tour in TechSpectives:Second Life in Education blog entry.

Much Happening in Second Life

Kapp Notes

Assisting us expertly was Matt Monahan my graduate assistant who has been helping me with many Second life tasks. Which, of course, was a perfect use of Second Life. We provided a little tour with Brent Schlenker discussing the uses of Second Life for providing learning solutions. Yesterday, I presented with Tony O'Driscoll at the DevLearn event virtually.

Elements of a Virtual World/Metaverse

Kapp Notes

The second software element of a metaverse is the ability to easily create content within the virtual world. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds Using a virtual world or metaverse for training is not as science-fiction as it sounds. metaverse or virtual world is simply the natural extension and convergence of several technologies currently used for online learning.

Virtual World Brainstorming Session

Kapp Notes

Tags: Second Life 3D worlds

second life wiki

Ignatia Webs

reading up on possible implications of second life at the wiki of Jo Kay and Sean FitzGerald. and found an interesting link at Tony Karrer which send me to a Harvard Law course which uses the Second Life environment

Second Life Webinar-Today

Kapp Notes

Today I am presenting a webinar titled " Second Life in Education " for NETWORKS which is is a National Science Foundation Resource Center that is focused on the advancement of semiconductor, automated manufacturing, and electronics education. So today I am going to discuss the basics of Second Life and how it can be used in educational settings effectively.

Teaching Higher Order Skills in a Virtual World

Kapp Notes

Running a business in something like Second Life is inexpensive and better way to teach business concepts than having students run an actual business in Real Life with big bucks. Students standing outside of green building on MSIT island. Another question about virtual worlds and learning. How do you get learners to engage in higher order cognitive skills (e.g.,

Hot Topic: Nursing Simulations in Second Life!

eLearning Acupuncture

The most frequently visited posting on this blog was written on March 7th, 2008 on the topic of Nursing Simulation in Second Life. If you visit that old posting, you will see that the architect behind leading edge nursing simulation in Second Life is John Miller, a professor of Nursing at the Tacoma Community College of Nursing in Washington, USA.

Second Life Workshop

Kapp Notes

I'll be conducting a Second Life Workshop in conjunction with the folks from Training Magazine as an extension of my conference presentation on the topic. To learn more go to LOL's description of Second Life: Basic Design Workshop.

trying out second life

Ignatia Webs

Second life is used for eLearning purposes. but does it work? What is the outcome? Well, at least I got myself a name, now all I need to do is adjust my avatar. To get started I enrolled myself in the Gender Square. This landmark was developed by a friend of mine Jewel

Second Life Resourses: Supporting NCTT Opening Address

Kapp Notes

This morning I am giving an opening address the the National Center for Telecommunications Technologies Information and Communications/Convergence Conference at the Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA on the topic of Second Life so I wanted to provide some resources: Second Life (the web site) Second Life Wiki (a wiki with "how to" information and other links.)

Creating Learning Spaces in Second Life

Kapp Notes

This morning I received an email message from, Fiona, who provided me with a really interesting link to 50 Tips and Tricks to Create a Learning Space in Second Life. Blogs and Websites --Turn to these blogs for tips, services and tools when setting up a learning space in Second Life. You may want to add this list to your favorite social bookmarking tool.

The changing Web

Learning with e's

universities delicious blogs Second Life social media schools Twitter Web 2.0 This is number 4 in the series of blog posts entitled 'Shaping Education for the Future.' Yesterday's post can be found at this link. The web is constantly changing. One of the greatest changes (and challenges) for education over the last few years has been the proliferation of user generated content. tools.

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