Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Enterprise & Education Programs for the Best Virtual World Technology

Enterprise & Education Programs for the Best Virtual World Technology

In the Second Life Grid, Linden Lab offers the best virtual world technology for enterprises to create virtual worlds to satisfy their business needs.
Linden Lab has achieved its leadership position by delivering the best virtual world technology for businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits to use in collaboration, communication, and training.

Read more here about Second Life Grid:

APIs that give developers wide-ranging freedom to extend and adapt the Second Life Grid to their enterprise customers' needs

Our licensing program provides businesses and developers the flexibility they need to rapidly and economically achieve their goals

Our use of Open Source and our Open Source guides let you plan how and where to use virtual world open source code

Your can bring web-based communities into Second Life, or expand an existing Second Life community

The Service metrics section of the site provides Enterprises with valuable information to manage their virtual world applications

http://secondlifegrid.net/technology-programs/join-solution-provider-program
http://secondlifegrid.net/technology-programs/join-solution-provider-program
http://secondlifegrid.net/technology-programs/license-virtual-world
http://secondlifegrid.net/technology-programs/virtual-world-open-source
http://secondlifegrid.net/technology-programs/custom-virtual-world
http://secondlifegrid.net/technology-programs/service-metrics
http://secondlifegrid.net/technology-programs/service-metrics

Using Virtual Worlds in Education Programs

by Linden Lab Research



Hundreds of leading universities and school systems around the world use the Second Life Grid™ as a vibrant part of their educational programs.


Linden Lab works enthusiastically with Education enterprises to familiarize them with the benefits of virtual worlds, connect them with other educational organizations and support providers, and showcase their inworld implementations.
Find out more about how educators and the Second Life Grid:



Pilot Program for Educators New to Second Life
How other organizations use the Second Life Grid
Bring my organization onto the Second Life Grid
Minors and the Second Life Grid
More educator resources


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Pilot Program for Educators New to Second Life



Are you an educator?
Join Second Life for free, meet other educators and learn how to use this acclaimed 3D virtual world to teach classes, network, and interact with students in new and unique ways.


Click on the "Educator? Get Started" link below to initiate registration and begin your education journey in Second Life.


You will find yourself at ISTE, one of many vibrant education communities in Second Life. ISTE will help you discover education-related experiences in Second Life through a wide variety of programming and resources, including:

Live "Docent" assistance during regularly scheduled hours Scheduled tours, speaker series, and special events Showcased destinations and educational uses of SL Socials to learn from other educators about how they are using SL Tools to enable your educational uses of SL
Additional tutorials to land you on your feet
Join today, and look forward to new resources being added continually to this evolving experience


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How Other Organizations Use the Second Life Grid

The Second Life Grid platform provides a powerful platform for interactive experiences. Over 200 educators from nearly as many universities and colleges use it for classes, research, learning and projects with their students, bringing a new dimension to learning.

A large, active education community is engaged in the Grid.
Harvard University, Texas State University, and Stanford University have set up virtual campuses where students can meet, attend classes, and create content together. Below are just some examples of various organizations that have incorporated the Second Life Grid in their educational programs.
The links below take you to the in-world campuses of these universities.
You'll need a Second Life account to visit and see what they are doing.

Some of the universities and colleges inworld today:
Harvard University
Princeton University (Web site is here)
New York University
San Diego State University
Stanford University
Texas State University
For a more extensive, up-to-date list, visit simteach.

Educational institutions can use the Second Life Grid to create a safe environment to enhance experiential learning, allowing individuals to practice skills, try new ideas, and learn from their mistakes. Prepare your students or employees for real-world experiences by using Second Life as a simulation!

Students and educators can work together on the Second Life Grid from anywhere in the world as part of a globally networked virtual classroom environment. Using the Second Life Grid as a supplement to traditional classroom environments also provides new opportunities for enriching an existing curriculum.

Linden Lab's educator program allows organizations to further their inworld programs and development. This program provides discounted land rates and group mailing lists.
There is a dedicated education area where several organizations have adjacent land; for more information on getting the educational discounted pricing, visit the Special Order Form.


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Bring my organization onto the Second Life Grid

Ready to get started with a presence on Second Life Grid? Linden Lab offers a temporary land grant called Campus: Second Life for the duration of one semester to educators interested in trying out the Second Life Grid for the first time.

If you want a permanent place on the Second Life Grid, you have three options.
The first option is to rent space on the Second Life Grid mainland. The advantage of this option is that it is fast to implement and economical. However, ownership is not permanent and if you want to expand, you may need to negotiate for additional space.
The second option is to buy a plot of land on the mainland of the Second Life Grid. The advantage of this option is that ownership is permanent and you can buy a smaller area than when buying a Private Region. However, these plots are not eligible for the educational discount.
The third option is to buy a Private Region. A Private Region ownership lets you create a secure intranet space with membership restricted to your students and faculty. Alternatively, you can open it up to everyone on the Second Life Grid.

We offer a discount for Private Regions to educational institutions.
You can find details on the Private Region Pricing page.
For more information on getting started, click here.


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Minors on the Second Life Grid

The Second Life Grid is for adults only (18+).
We also have Teen Second Life which is strictly for teens (13-17). For more details, please see the Teen Second Life Terms of Service.

We don't allow anyone under 18 years old in the adult world of Second Life, and likewise we do not allow adult Residents (18+) on the mainland of Teen Second Life.
Both of these worlds are separate from each other, and we do not allow in-world travel or communication between them.

Teen Second Life is a world for teens, created and shaped by teens. Please remember that falsely registering as a teen to gain access to Teen Second Life is a serious offense, and cause for permanent banishment from the Second Life Grid.

The only adults allowed on the mainland in Teen Second Life are Linden employees. If you are an educator and want to work with teens in Teen Second Life, there is the opportunity to buy a private region in Teen Second Life and participate, but you will not be able to leave that region and visit the Teen Second Life mainland.
Teens from the mainland will be able to visit your private region if/when you choose, but they will be automatically informed that there are adults present. Also, if you are planning to use a private region in Teen Second Life, you will need to provide a background check for security and safety reasons. If you'd like more details about getting a private region for education and working in Teen Second Life, please see this wiki page for details.


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More educator resources

Looking for more support? Connect with other educators or non-profits using Second Life Grid at the following links, which provide more activities, support, communities and information about Second Life Grid use:
Second Life Education Blog
Simteach resources
Del.icio.us postings of education activities in Second Life
Second Life Education Wiki
International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE): Second Life
Discovery Educator Network
Mailing Lists
You may also want to subscribe to some of the following mailing lists for educators in Second Life:
Second Life Educator list (SLED)
Educators and Teens (for educators working with teens 13-17)


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Selected participants in the MUVEnation programme

Blog Margareta:
Selected participants in the MUVEnation programme
December 31st, 2008 • MUVEs
Back in October 2008, we were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the applications to the MUVEnation peer to peer learning programme. Although our initial plan was to accept only 80 practitioners, we decided to admit +200 participants from around the world and carry out the selection process based on their participation activity during the introductory module of the programme.
We have now finished the selection process. The high rate of effective participation made us reconsider the numbers. And we have have admitted 107 active participants, from 26 different countries. 80 of the participants are based in Europe. 27 are across the world, from Argentina to Australia, from Jamaica to Israel, from Venezuela to Morocco. Leading countries with the higher number of participants are Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.

We will be further exploring the use of virtual worlds for education from January to June 2009. And working together on the following areas: analysis of teachers needs, competency framework for the use of virtual worlds in education, commented collection of educational tools in Second Life, exploration of other virtual worlds, Sloodle, narrative analysis of teaching practices including the analysis of factors that impact their success, elaboration of learning patterns connecting RL educational challenges to virtual worlds scenarios, and the validation of these scenarios by concrete implementations inworld.

PILOT PROGRAM FOR EDUCATORS NEW TO SECOND LIFE

ISTE orientation does have a focus on educators.

There is a special sign up page for educators that leads directly to ISTE orientation.


PILOT PROGRAM FOR EDUCATORS NEW TO SECOND LIFE

Are you an educator? Join Second Life for free, meet other educators and learn how to use this acclaimed 3D virtual world to teach classes, network, and interact with students in new and unique ways.
Click on the "Educator? Get Started" link below to initiate registration and begin your education journey in Second Life.
Educator? Get StartedYou will find yourself at ISTE, one of many vibrant education communities in Second Life.

ISTE will help you discover education-related experiences in Second Life through a wide variety of programming and resources, including:Live "Docent" assistance during regularly scheduled hoursScheduled tours, speaker series, and special eventsShowcased destinations and educational uses of SLSocials to learn from other educators about how they are using SLTools to enable your educational uses of SLAdditional tutorials to land you on your feetJoin today, and look forward to new resources being added continually to this evolving experience!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Obama and his education secretary

From blog of Paolo Ferrandi
http://giornalismoparma.typepad.com/ , I met at a conference at unAcademy in SL, I discovered this news

President-elect Barack Obama will nominate Chicago schools executive Arne Duncan as his education secretary at an event in the city today, transition aides said, and is expected to tap Sen.
Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) later this week to serve as secretary of the interior, all but finalizing his selections for major Cabinet posts.
Obama plans to introduce Duncan this morning at Dodge Renaissance Academy, a Chicago elementary school that the two visited together in 2005.
Duncan, 44, has been chief executive of the Chicago public schools since 2001, steering the nation's third-largest school district, which has more than 400,000 students. Duncan was raised in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, not far from Obama's home, and is a longtime friend and basketball partner of the president-elect. He graduated from Harvard University, where he was co-captain of the basketball team, and he played professional basketball in Australia from 1987 to 1991. He returned to Chicago to direct the Ariel Education Initiative, which creates educational opportunities for youths on the South Side.
In 1998, Duncan joined the Chicago public school system, where he served as deputy chief of staff. Three years later, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Duncan chief executive.
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who visited a Chicago elementary school last week to highlight Duncan's pay-for-performance program, showered praise on the executive in an interview with The Washington Post last week. Spellings called him "a really good school leader."
"I do think he's a reform-oriented school leader who has been a supporter of No Child Left Behind and accountability concepts and teacher quality," she said. "He's a kindred spirit."

continue....
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/15/AR2008121503429_pf.html

Post on blog of E.P.

Relatori: Paolo Ferrandi giornalista e blogger, Mattia Diletti e Mattia Toaldo, che hanno curato il blog America2008 (anche un libro in uscita) e si occupano di politica estera e Usa rispettivamente all'Università di Teramo e Roma3.
Modera Antonio Sofi.
Dove: Conference Hall, unAcademy
Quando: 16 dicembre, ore 22:00

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Tutoring a Fashion Show in Second Life (S.W.)


As part of the Muvenation project we were offering fashion shows in Second Life for the participants to show off their new looks.
Until Sunday I had only once participated in a Fashion Show (I was 6 and modeled a cardigan knitted with wool from the shop sponsoring the event).
On Sunday I attended a Fashion Show organised by the experienced Muvenation participants. It was a busy event with a lot of glamour (they even have a You Tube entry).
Today Thursday I was in charge of organising a smaller event for beginners. I started off by familiaring myself with the cat walk (part of the Emerge Island) and the animation balls for getting avatars to walk down it. I also recruited Steven to come and stream some music. I then prepared a text files with the lines I expected to use with the newbies and got my avatar smartened up.
In the end there were 6 participants at my session and it was a good group. We all had time to practice and then had a real run through, we then had some fun with all of us trying to use cat walk together followed by a spot of dancing.

For this sort of activity a ratio of 1 tutor to 6 participants was ok, the pre-prepared phrases were a great help as people arrived at different times. I would have found dealing with more would be quite challenging.A number of other Shows are taking place this week and it will be interesting to compare notes wth those tutors.
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Greetings. Pathfinder Linden here to discuss the growth and development of educational, scientific, and healthcare applications of Second Life, which I work to cultivate.
On December 1st, I had the honor of speaking at and attending World AIDS Day in Second Life.
The event was held at Karuna Island, a new project dedicated to HIV/AIDS education, outreach and support, and funded by the National Library of Medicine, with the support of the Alliance Library System.
The project goal is to provide HIV/AIDS information and outreach in Second Life, involving support group leaders and educators from around the world.
As Second Life grows and matures, I think we are seeing the emergence of a particularly beautiful pattern of organizations and individuals creating larger projects that change people’s lives for the better.
I like to call it an “Ecosystem of Support.” In a healthy developing ecosystem, life complements and depends on other life. Complex relationships between species translate into a robustness that helps all species thrive. More and more, I see this pattern in Second Life between people, groups and organizations.
In my presentation at World AIDS Day, I spoke about this pattern and encouraged people to help it grow even more.
Collaborative efforts to centralize and organize information like this include, for example, an amazing wiki on healthcare resources in Second Life.
With World AIDS Day and Karuna, we have a collection of real world organizations coming together to both fund and manage an ongoing project that addresses a serious public health issue. A vibrant new community of support has been created, kicked off by a very successful event that was attended by thousands of individuals.
All the wonderful details of the Karuna project can be found on their website, along with details about the World AIDS Day event.
In the future I look forward to writing more posts about about similar great projects in education, science and healthcare. And if you’d like to tell me about a particular one, please contact me in Second Life.
I’ll share my ideas on strategies for success, and update folks on how Linden Lab is working to better support these communities.
Take care,-Pathfinder Linden

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