Second Life – so much is happening!

I get the chance to do many exciting things within my work – and each year brings exciting new challenges. Last year it was Web 2.0. This year it is virtual learning!

Some of our teachers have been involved in the NSW Learnscope project. This has been a great inspiration, and exciting because it has opened new doors and new opportunities. Melinda and Dean regularly write about the project. The Learnscope eLearning2007 conference was held 1/2 November in Sydney, and some 35 teams have taken a journey into using Web2.0 and Virtual Learning – each with it’s own focus. The details of the teams and their projects are available on the Wiki.

Dean wrote some great comments about this event and what he’s learned this year. He seriously challenges our ideas about Web 2.0, because he has challenged his own.

Has it worked – hell yeah. The students achieve more in less time and the quality of the work is excellent – they love a challenge and rise to it again and again. Will I go back? No.

Dean and I have taken up a small residence each in Jokaydia (an Australian education island managed by Jo Kay), so as to fast-track our knowledge of learning possibilities in SecondLife. This is hard going right now, as we are working late at night meeting with educators from Australia and around the world – all committed to moving learning into the 21st century – as the kids understand it!

If you’d like to explore Jokaydia with its the education facilities, then drop in via my place at Heyjude Hall. Thanks to Dean for the design of the sign!

I haven’t got anything ‘happening’ yet, but membership of Jokaydia means I can learn, share, and use the facilities on the island, as well as provide information at my own residence. Dean will also be putting up a great showcase of teaching ideas from his classroom at his residence.

Most importantly, Dean will be linking from those ideas directly into Skoolaborate and the superb initiatives underway there. Skoolaborate is a serious education initiative taking place in the Teen Grid, and which will (I believe) show us the real 21st century learning futures of our kids! All thanks to our own Sydney master of innovation, Westley Field. Good one!

I’ve added a few videos about Second Life. The last one, Seriously Engaging from New Media Consortium, was first seen by me ‘in world’ during the eLearning07 conference, after being taken on a tour of the fantastic virtual NMC facilities by that famous dog CDB Barkely, whom I wrote about recently.

Introduction to Second Life

Educational Uses of Second Life

History of Global Kids in Teen Second Life

National Media Consortia Campus: Seriously Engaging

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