Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
also known as the Alliance Information Archipelago
You may obtain the pdf report from my Delicious about under the SL tag.
Prounounced (Dem -bay)
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The above is part of a fantastic article from TechCrunch, http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/08/05/virtual-world-hangouts-so-many-to-choose-from/ posted on August 5, 2007.
The chart looks at a variety of virtual words and identifies the 3D worlds use. Is it a role play 3d world or a hang out 3d world. Great article and wonderful reference chart.
Regards till my next post,
Thursday, August 16, 2007
This site offers video tutorials for SL in MP4 and FLV formats.
The BasicsThe site also recommends the following:
One of the best places to go to learn how to Do It Yourself is Natalia Zelmanov's Second Life Diary for: shoes, Flexi Skirts, Flexi Hair, Fur, Satin, Shirts, Ties, etc
This is the tutorial link page
An excellent primary resource...
It looks like Suny Buffalo is giving its professors suits to wear and the option to make their own professional SL clothing. :-)
This is a Beta version and they are currently taking emails to send out invites for when the new platform is released.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
They have done a great job so far. No doubt - it has the EduIsland name attached to it :-) This site offers great ideas for teachng in SL. The site is not flashy (which is great to see for a change), and has great content for educators.
This site it just too cool. A must see for both the novice and experienced avatar in SL.
"mappa novus provides powerful and free tools for searching the second life metaverse and viewing it in context, a collection of printed and downloadable maps, and indispensable inworld shopping tools . when you are ready to kick it to the next level, our primo search and mapping services give you the most comprehensive view of second life available anywhwere."
Interesting paper written by AJ Kelton (Montclair State University).
However, you need access to view the article.
Excellent Resource to check out for educators teaching or planning on teaching in SL.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
This is a course that is offered by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
The cost is $200.00 USD, not Lindens! :-) For Introduction Course and $250.00 for the Intermediate class. Not bad at all!
Looks like a great opportunity! More info from the site is listed below:
Virtual World Librarianship in Second Life
Continuing education courses (non-credit) presented by the Illinois Alliance Library System and GSLIS
UPDATE 7/17: Three NEW sections of Introduction to Virtual World Librarianship and a new Intermediate Virtual World Librarianship course.
Introduction to Virtual World Librarianship
Section One: September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2 and 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm SL (8:00 - 10:00 pm central)
Section Two: September 14, 21, 28, October 19, 26, and November 9 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. SL (9:30 - 11:30 am central)
Section Three: September 14, 21, 28, October 19, 26, and November 9 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm SL (1:30 - 3:30 pm central)
Location: Info Island, Second Life
Audience: Open to anyone interested in learning more about virtual worlds, particularly libraries and other information resources in Second Life.
Week One: Introduction to Libraries in Virtual Worlds
Week Two: Second Life 101
Week Three: Collections, Resources, and Exhibits in Virtual Environment
Week Four: Reference and Information Services in Virtual Worlds
Week Five: Managing and Working in a Virtual Library or Department
Week Six: Skills Needed by 21st Century Librarians in Virtual Worlds
TO REGISTER FOR INTRODUCTION COURSE
Intermediate Virtual World Librarianship
Section One: September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm SL (8:00 - 10:00 pm central)
Section Two: November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4 and 11 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. SL (9:30 - 11:30 am central)
Section Three: November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4 and 11 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm SL (1:30 - 3:30 pm central)
Location: Info Island, Second Life
Audience: Open to those who have completed the Introduction course or who have library experience in Second Life
Week One: Overview of Virtual Worlds Including Second Life & Others-What Libraries are Doing in Them
Week Two: Library Programs and Events in Second Life
Week Three: Introduction to Building and Scripting Items in Second Life
Week Four: Virtual World Library Services for Teens and Young Adults
Week Five: Introduction to Machinima - Creating Films in Second Life
Week Six: Immersive Learning Environments and Libraries
TO REGISTER FOR INTERMEDIATE COURSE
The two-hour synchronous sessions will meet online in Second Life. Asynchronous discussions will be posted to Forums on Moodle, the course management system used by GSLIS.
Participants will need a reliable Internet connection via DSL or cable in addition to the following hardware and software SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS. Please ensure you can meet these requirements before registering for a course.
If you have questions, contact Marianne Steadley, 217.244.2751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"PowerPoint(R) allows you to export presentation slides as GIF, JPEG, or PNG files. To give your presentation in Second Life, you need to export all the frames as JPEG files. Next, upload the frames to your inventory -- this will cost you L$10 per image, so make sure you have enough for the whole presentation."
Great article on presenting in SL.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
A good brief overview for educators interested in SL or thinking about entering SL.
This wiki documents the educational adventures of "Jo Kay (aka jokay Wollongong) and Sean FitzGerald (aka Sean McDunnough) document a detailed list of Educational Uses of Second Life, provide a range of useful resources for educators, and link to a range of handy Second Life online resources."
Some great resources are listed here. These educators may be reached at for their independent Blogs:
Profiles and Contact Information
JO KAYSecond Life Name: jokay Wollongong
Edu Blog: http://jstuffed.blogspot.com
SEAN FITZGERALDSecond Life Name: Sean McDunnough
Regards till my next post,
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
The above where pics fom the TEDBlog. Lets see if you agree. :-)
Susan points out to her readers, "People spend over $1.5 billion on virtual items every year. Pets, coins, avatars, and bling: these virtual objects are nothing more than a series of digital 1s and 0s stored on a remote database somewhere in the ether."
This is fascinating to me that people would spend money on these items, but then again I am also in SL and this makes perfect sense.
Other things she points out in her article:
"that there are many businesses out there making meaningful amounts of money in virtual goods:
- Tencent is one of the largest Internet portals in China with over 250 million active user accounts. They generated $100 million+ in Q1 of 2007 and over 65% of their revenue comes from virtual goods.
- Habbo Hotel has over 75 million registered avatars in 29 countries and 90% of their $60 million+ yearly revenue comes from virtual goods.
- Gaia Online does over 50,000 person to person auctions and 1 million message board posts a day- making them the 3rd largest auction site and the 2nd largest message board on the Internet. Their average user consumes 1200 page views a month. They employ 3 people whose sole job it is to open snail mail envelopes full of cash that people send in for virtual goods.
- There’s a commonly held misperception that virtual goods are only for online gamers. Both Dogster and HotorNot are succeeding with a hybrid ad/virtual goods business model. Currently, over 40% of HotorNot’s revenue comes from virtual goods.
- Major mainstream brands are now buying advertising in the form of virtual goods in social networks. Gaians can now purchase and pimp their virtual Scion xBs. Coca Cola and Tencent partnered to allow Tencent’s users to trade codes taken from real Coke cans for virtual objects in the Tencent network. Wangyou, a Chinese based social network, has also been extremely aggressive in experimenting with branded virtual goods."
Science Learning Opportunities in SL
Science Learning Opportunities in Second Life
3 min 24 sec - Aug 4, 2007
Description: A brief overview of science and research education in Second Life, highlighting Science School, Genome Island, Research Park, ISTE Island and more. Produced as a collaboration of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries.
Friday, August 3, 2007
What a great cool tool. So you wantt o share something about SL - a photo, a machninima video a SLurl, but do not want the hassel of a blog or a website, then use ShortText!
"shortText.com is a simple tool to post text online, with minimum fuss. No sign ups, no sign in, just instant web presence for your information. Don't have a website? Don't want a blog? Want to share a piece of code...perhaps a recipe? Just paste your text and click 'Create URL'! shortText.com now supports direct linking to your images and video."
The best part of all - It is FREE!!!
Regards till my next post,
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The TNC has great instructional items, PPT's and tutirials on SL. When you stop by, do not forget to go upstairs and check out the computer table and other resources like the Survey HUD. The survey tool was my favorite item offered.
Great stuff here from Pia and Tek. Kudo's to these SL educator for the wonderful job they did on the TNC. The location is Eduisland II 39, 26, 21. http://slurl.com/secondlife/eduisland_II/39/26/21. The location is open 24/7 and is a must visit for new and seasoned educators in SL. Remember there are free educational tools on both the first and second floor, plus tutorials.
Today August 1, at 11AM SL time they had a social for American and European educators. This was a great event and I personally look forward to more of them.
Regards till my next post,
- Dembe Wellman
- Cyber, World, United States
- Dembe is an international educator that is a member of ISTE and EDUPODCASTING. SHe has created this blog for research and development as well as to document and make SL easier for other educators. Below, please check out the Educator's Survival Pack. It is designed to help new educators entering SL and Teen SL to Teach.
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