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I love our Second Life sessions on Tuesdays because we get to tour different lands. As mentioned in previous blog posts, I am lucky enough to be included in a free workshop on building in Second Life. I am becoming a big fan of the platform and I just want to do more things in it!

One of the places we visited is the Genome Island (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Genome/118/145/53). It’s an interactive science lab with many objects you can touch and areas you can explore. We didn’t stay long there but I would love to go back. Read more about the Genome Island from Educause here.

kloza xootfly on a horsey

kloza xootfly on a horsey

We spent a longer time in the island of Mexico which I believe was designed by the Mexico tourism board. It was good fun to ride the horse and visit the churches. I didn’t take a lot of pictures (or maybe I did but I can’t find them!) but the photos were also posted by Robin here at Koin-up.

I did a cheeky thing and used the “fly” option while on the horse! Good fun and my horsey managed it well 🙂

More about our tour from Robin in her blog post.

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Are we on the right spot?

Are we on the right spot?

I was so excited to go to the second SL session organised by Liz Dorland (SL= Chimera Cosmos) and Robin Heyden (Spiral Theas). After the first session, it became clear to me how powerful this platform is for network and establishing a learning community. I can’t stop talking about it at work!

I was also excited to show off my new clothes which I got for free at the SL xtreet marketplace. You can get your own FREE emerald corset gown here.

SL building session on skybox

SL building session on skybox

Session 2 was a building exercise. This was the first time, I’ve built anything on SL! I’m not sure what a made exactly but it’s a spherical thing. Some of the building options are quite easy to figure out like position, rotate, stretch. If you want to be more precise about your building, you can input numbers on the xyz grid.

Participants who were present during the first session are noticeably more able to follow instructions as we have learned to control our avatars and not bump into things. But the newbies get a lot of support from Chimera and Spiral so that they are able to catch up on the lesson. Spiral and Chimera took turns “holding” the mic so to speak. While one is on audio, the other supports the local chat to help out with technical issues. It works really well and I felt very supported! It is a good strategy.

After the intro to building, we started editing our profile but didn’t really finish as we were hit by a tornado! We were thrown out to a seemingly bottomless chasm. We were so disoriented after and didn’t know where we were when we landed. It was so exciting!!

"Oooh"

"Oooh"

Tornado

Tornado

"I just killed our students!!!!"

"I just killed our students!!!!" (Chimera Cosmos)

"Where did everyone go?"

"Where did everyone go?"

Robin (Spiral) wrote about their sessions here.

Look forward to next session!

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Do you have SecondLife? Do you use it? Or like me, did you get yourself an avatar then forgot about it? I can’t remember my first avatar. It was years ago. I remember being frustrated because I couldn’t get past the fiddly stuff of creating my avatar so I can go to the good bits which is finding out, first-hand, what it can do for me as an educator.

So the forgotten avatar probably created using a now defunct email is gone forever (or is it really? Do avatars die after not being used for years? If not, where do they go?). Late last year, I found a good reason to create a new account and patiently spent time to make sure my avatar is kitted out, ready to face the virtual world!

My Avatar

kloza Xootfly: my avatar wearing a new outfit

Now to the good bits! My avatar attended the SL concurrent sessions as part of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) annual meeting. What a fantastic experience! Ok, it took me awhile to figure out:

  • how to sit,
  • how to move without running into people and objects,
  • that the closer my avatar is to the “speaker” the better I can hear them (like a shy student, I sat at the back of the amphitheatre), and,
  • that I was wearing hideous clothes.

Thanks to the lovely Robin who gave me better clothes and some tips on how to use SL. It was also Robin who invited me to take part in a workshop on building in SL which started this week and will carry on for 3 more weeks.

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more about “kloza on SL“, posted with vodpod

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