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
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
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:
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…
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:
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
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
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!
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.
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: http://virtual-round-table.ning.com/events
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:
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:…
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 —
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:…
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:…
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!