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EduNation III---Big changes coming soon!!!!

Greetings all,

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 10:08am — 1 Comment

More activity in SL next year

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 12:44pm — 9 Comments

New Ning pricing plans

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…


Added by Graham Davies on July 21, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

The 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life

This is the website for The 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life:…


Added by Graham Davies on July 16, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Second Life - the long goodbye (re Gavin Dudeney's blog)

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…


Added by Graham Davies on July 15, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Language teacher communities in Second Life

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 4:11am — 1 Comment

Are you on EduNation? Want to be??

Hello all,

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 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Meeting on june 11th!!

Hello all,

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 10, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Princess and the Pea: A fairy story retold in Second Life

The Princess and the Pea: A fairy story retold in Second Life

Kip Boahn posted this link in Facebook. It is a video by Machinima, a wonderful illustration of the power of SL as a story-telling medium. I hadn't thought about using SL in this way - but it obviously works! More of the same, please!

Added by Graham Davies on May 4, 2010 at 7:23am — No Comments

Video of the EUROCALL HQ Building in Second Life

I have just created a short video of the EUROCALL HQ Building in Second Life and uploaded it to YouTube. Have a look:

What do you think? I'm going to create a few more, focusing on holodecks, shared media and the joint EUROCALL/CALICO Resource Centre. I'm using Fraps, which is a modestly priced screen capture package designed for capturing clips of online games.

Added by Graham Davies on April 20, 2010 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Lots of Applicants to the Business Talking Course in SL from Kalmar

We've just had the application figures for Autumn 2010 - we've had 231 applicants for the Business Talking course from Linnaeus University in Kalmar for the autumn term.

Not all of these people will actually start (probably about 120 of them), but we'll also probably pick up a few exchange students when they arrive in the autumn too.

I don't know how we're going to handle all these students yet … but we'll think of something!

Added by David Richardson on April 20, 2010 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

Ning's free service is being phased out

So Ning's free service is about to be phased out. At present we don't know how much Ning will charge us to maintain our little community. Further news will be announced on 4 May:

Whether we will be able to afford the fees depends on what we will be charged. EUROCALL and CALICO don't have a lot of money to throw around. We…


Added by Graham Davies on April 18, 2010 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

2nd Virtual Round Table Conference, 22-23 April 2010

The 2nd Virtual Round Table conference, focusing on language learning with technology, will be taking place completely online on Thursday and Friday, 22-23 April 2010. The programme is available here:

I am taking part in the following panel discussion on

Friday, 23 April 2010, 12.00 to 13.00 GMT = 13.00 to 14.00 UK Summer Time:

Connected and organised in their quest for…


Added by Graham Davies on April 14, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

Interesting places to visit in Second Life

Newcomers to Second Life often ask how they can find interesting places to visit in SL: places that are visually attractive or places where languages other than English are spoken. To make life easier I have compiled a set of landmarks of places that I have visited and which I have found interesting. These are available in a box labelled Some Great Landmarks that can be found in two different places in the EUROCALL/CALICO HQ:…


Added by Graham Davies on March 20, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Tutorial materials for Second Life Viewer 2

I have almost finished writing my tutorial materials for Second Life Viewer 2. They can be downloaded from Section 14.2.1 of Module 1.5 at the ICT4LT site:

Here is the direct link to the materials, which are in Word DOC format:…


Added by Graham Davies on March 17, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

New Book describing educational tools in SL

Last year, I participated in an EU-funded teacher training Project in Second Life called MUVEnation. One of the activities we did was to collect, test and describe educational tools in SL. These were compiled and reviewed and will soon (probably end of March) be published in a book as an Open Educational Resource under CC licence. There is more information on the… Continue

Added by Nergiz Kern on March 2, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Second Life launches its new Viewer 2

Second Life launches its new Second Life Viewer 2. It looks a lot easier to use than the current viewer - it leans quite a lot on standard Web browsers with which people are likely to be familiar, and it may shorten the learning curve for newbies.

Here is Linden Lab's Introduction to Second Life Viewer 2 on YouTube:

Go direct to the YouTube website for further tutorials on Viewer 2:…


Added by Graham Davies on February 25, 2010 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

European Workshop on Teacher Education in CALL

A quick reminder that the deadline for submitting papers to the Workshop on Teacher Education in CALL is coming up. Further details in the EUROCALL Teacher Education SIG Ning.

Added by Graham Davies on February 19, 2010 at 3:37am — No Comments

Introductory article on SL for language teachers

This is a low-key article (not really aimed at members of this Ning) that I was commissioned to write for Languages Today, a magazine published by the UK Association for Language Learning (ALL). The magazine targets teachers of foreign languages (mainly French, German and Spanish) at primary and secondary school level, most of whom have had no experience with virtual worlds. This is the article, published in Issue 4, Winter 2009/2010:…


Added by Graham Davies on February 16, 2010 at 5:28am — No Comments

New Scene at CALICO/EUROCALL Holodeck--Forest Seating

Greetings all,

I've just added in a new scene to the holodeck. This one is a forest scene, that will give you a 360 degree view from inside the forest! In addition to the all-important fire circle, there is log seating, a picnic blanket with a fully stocked picnic basket, marshmallow roasting, and more! As with any of the holodeck scenes, any of you are welcome to make use of it!

Keep in mind that we have easily… Continue

Added by Randall Sadler on February 11, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

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