The transfer of ownership of EduNation III Island from Gavin Dudeney (Dudeney Ge in SL) to Randall Sadler (Randall Renoir in SL) has now been completed. Randall is busy right now, 27 October 2010, changing the terrain of the island. All the buildings and contents have been removed, so you won't find the EUROCALL and CALICO HQs in their usual place. But it won't be long before we are up and running again and in new accommodation. Keep an eye on this blog for updates. If you are… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 27, 2010 at 17:00 —
A reminder that the annual Computer Assisted Language Instruction
Consortium (CALICO) conference will be held in Victoria, British
Columbia, Canada from May 17th-21st, 2011.
The deadline for submitting proposals to present at the conference is Oct 31st, 2010. Find the call for proposals here:
Randall Sadler… Continue
Added by Randall Sadler on October 22, 2010 at 20:30 —
Help for Newbies
I have not been very active in Second Life for the last few days, and I am not sure how active I will be during the SLanguages 2010 conference. I underwent surgery, an exploratory laparoscopy, on 8 October 2010,… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on October 13, 2010 at 10:58 —
I'm an English language tutor from New Zealand. I've just started incorporating SL into my language classroom. In order to take full advantage of SL, I'm looking for volunteers who'd be interested in meeting in SL to have a 5-10 min chat with my students in English (as they're learning English), then in Chinese (as the volunteers would be learning Chinese).
I'm not sure if it's feasible at all, and I'm aware of the time zone differences. But I thought I'd start… Continue
Added by Belma Gaukrodger [CyberAmber] on October 9, 2010 at 4:29 —
Hi Graham! Hi all!
Just a quick note to let you all know that my avatar name in Second Life is Camilla Kondor.
Looking forward to seeing you around!
All the best,
Added by Ana Gimeno on September 27, 2010 at 10:42 —
SLanguages 2010 is a 24-hour virtual conference on language teaching and learning in Second Life. It will run from 10:00 SL time (5pm GMT), 15 October, 10:00 SL time (5pm GMT), 16 October. Wherever possible, sessions will be repeated to enable people in different time zones to see them. There will also be group discussions and social events and the opportunity to visit an exhibition of SL tools for educators. Further information can be found in the AVALON Ning:…
Added by Graham Davies on September 24, 2010 at 11:36 —
I got back from EUROCALL 2010 in Bordeaux a couple of days ago. It was a remarkable and memorable conference in every respect. The quality of the presentations was very high, and the social events were excellent. The food and wine at the Gala Dinner were up to the standard that one would expect in Bordeaux, but we also had a lot of fun laughing at ourselves in the post-dinner karaoke session. Many of us did not get back to our hotels before 2.30 in the morning! It was so thoughtful of the… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on September 15, 2010 at 18:53 —
I'd also like to announce the formation of our new JALT (Japanese Association of Language Teachers) Critical Thinking SIG of which I'm the Program Chair. You may access our Facebook Page at:… Continue
Added by David Allen Gann on September 10, 2010 at 2:43 —
Neither have I included the location of our site in Critically Minded Podcast Center / JALT CT CIG SL HQ. It is: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Enchanted%20Forest/172/47/26
. It is a public area and door is always open, exception being when my RL University… Continue
Added by David Allen Gann on September 10, 2010 at 2:34 —
I realized that I did not include the url to our, so here it is: http://www.criticallyminded.com/
Added by David Allen Gann on September 10, 2010 at 2:24 —
Well, it's not actually brand new, but it did start just last semester. I am interested in teaching students critical thinking skills at a variety of levels and from a variety of approaches. This year, I became Program Chair of our new Critical Thinking JALT (Japanese Association of Language Teachers) SIG. I am beginning an M.A. in Educational Technologies and TESOL at the University of Manchester from this September 2010. I hope that my interest in teaching critical thinking skills and my… Continue
Added by David Allen Gann on August 31, 2010 at 16:51 —
I would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting on Viewer 2 yesterday evening in the AVALON sim. I know I talked far too much, so thank you for listening so patiently. I hope you found some of the tips useful. I certainly found your feedback useful: what you did not know about Viewer 2, what you like and what you find unfriendly or irritating. I have completely revised my tutorial materials on Viewer 2 to take account of the changes that have been introduced into Version 2.1.0, which… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on August 19, 2010 at 10:44 —
After trying for a couple months to find a group to help me take over EduNation III (which was due to close in September), I've taken the leap and decided to just take it over on my own!!!
This means that:
1. It WILL stay open
2. Rent prices will not increase
3. I plan on still having existing housing for offices---but I'll put a holodeck on each plot with more than 10 housing styles to choose from!!
4. I'll also have a number of free pieces of… Continue
Added by Randall Sadler on August 6, 2010 at 16:08 —
We are quite excited here in eLanguages at University of Southampton as we have just received news of success in our application for EU funding in a consortium of six European universities led by Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais The project: 'Architectural Design, Education and Practice through Content & Language Integrated Learning using… Continue
Added by Julie Watson on August 3, 2010 at 18:44 —
This is to let you know that we have signed up for the Ning Mini pricing plan, so this Ning will continue to exist in its current form. We are therefore not migrating to a new network. The fee is modest at $19.95 per year, plus a discount for early payment. This fee is to be covered by EUROCALL. There is a drawback, however, as the Ning Mini plan restricts us to 150 members:
At present we… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on July 21, 2010 at 9:00 —
This is the website for The 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life:
Added by Graham Davies on July 16, 2010 at 14:00 —
There is a very lively discussion taking place right now in Gavin Dudeney’s That’SLife blog in a thread headed Second Life - the long goodbye. Gavin has decided to say goodbye to SL, at least in terms of continuing to play a role in using SL for teaching and training. He has decided that SL is not the most suitable environment for educators, citing technical problems, the unfriendliness of Viewer 2… Continue
Added by Graham Davies on July 15, 2010 at 11:30 —
When I started exploring Second Life in 2007 to find out whether it had to offer something for language teaching and learning, I didn't know anybody in SL and only made slow progress, which was very frustrating. You can read more about my first steps and experiences in these blog posts:
First steps in Second Life…
Added by Nergiz Kern on July 10, 2010 at 10:11 —
I just returned from the CALICO conference in Amherst, MA, USA, and our Virtual Worlds Special Interest Group meeting went very well! At one of the pre-con workshops I gave on holodecks Graham Davies (Groovy Winkler in SL) joined in via SL, as did a few other who are part of this Ning!
One of the topics we discussed was how we could save EduNation III, where the CALICO and EUROCALL
Headquarters are currently located. We talked about some ideas for how to… Continue
Added by Randall Sadler on June 15, 2010 at 18:30 —
Just a quick note from the CALICO conference here in Amherst, MA. This has been a very interesting conference so far, with lots of attention paid to VWs. Tomorrow (June 11th, at 12:30 pm US E. Coast Time or 4:40 pm Second Life time) we'll be having a meeting for the CALICO VW Special Interest Group.
If anyone not at the conference (from CALICO, EUROCALL, or other groups!) wants to join us in SL you are welcome to do so!!! I'll be logged in at the main EduNation… Continue
Added by Randall Sadler on June 11, 2010 at 1:00 —