I will admit that I was (am still am) a bit skeptical about Second Life. It is NOT yet easy on the resources (I had to upgrade to 1gb of RAM and a new video card just to have it run on my pc â€“ (grins) but my mac needed no upgrades), I was harassed and overwhelmed my first visit, and just learning how to walk in Second Life can be a real challengeâ€¦â€¦â€¦.so I fought it. BIG TIME.
But, because I was challenged by a friend to â€œOpen My Opportunitiesâ€ a bitâ€¦â€¦I wandered in and spent a bit more time thereâ€¦â€¦.and I am seeing potential â€“ FOR AN EDUCATOR. (I will continue to strongly state that Second Life is NOT for kids â€“ but I do invite you to read more about the Teen Island Option.)
What I have found, at Second Life, is a new â€œwatering-holeâ€ for educators to share information. My â€œsafe placeâ€ at Second Life is the ISTE building. (Click here for the SLURL.) There is usually almost always a docent there to help you out and on Tuesday and Thursday nights; there are both formal and informal gatherings to participate in. (9pm EST/6pm PST) There is a white board where presentations can be shown and there have been some very lively and also educational conversations occur. Each week is like a mini conference session â€“ and it is worth your time to come check it out.
I decided to jump in with both feet and even â€œrentâ€ an apartment in Second Life. Many other educators are doing the same on EduIsland and EduIsland II and if you wander around long enough you will probably bump into Will Richardson, David Warlick, or Kathy Schrock â€“ all who are now home owners as well â€“ and Discovery Educators just moved in too! The verdict is still out on whether I will keep the apartment â€“ itâ€™s a week by week lease â€“ but it is interesting to see the connections that can be made and the conversations that ARE occurring in Second Life.
Check out these sites for more Second Life Information:
Kevin Jarrett — http://www.storyofmysecondlife.com/
Matrix Learning — http://matrixlearningsl.wordpress.com/
Victoria Gloucester — http://www.victoriagloucester.net/
Dr. Kelly Woestman —
Four-Eyed Technologist — http://www.ryanbretag.com/technologist/
Sloodle — http://www.sloodle.com/
Second Life Education — http://secondlife.com/education
Second Life Education Wiki —
And look for me there â€“ I am MacsMom Alcott!!
Guest Blogger — Jennifer Wagner
Second Life Photo Album
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