Monday, June 14, 2010

RWLD #7 - Due Tuesday, June 15 - Second Life and Podcasting

This will be an opportunity to meet, greet and talk with people through virtual means. Review these materials, enroll in Second Life (SL), and explore Second Life before we meet on Tuesday.
After you sign-up for SL. remember to post your Second Life name on our Student Contact page.

We will visit the Iowa Island in Second Life on Tuesday Morning. The owner of Iowa Island, Inna Greenwood, will meet with us in SL and take us on a tour. Read the materials and watch the videos below to get an idea of what SL involves. Can you find any materials on the web that you would like to add to our collection?
7 Things You Should Know about Virtual WorldsA virtual world is an immersive online environment whose "residents" are avatars representing individuals who participate through the Internet. Many institutions are experimenting with virtual worlds for educational purposes. They may foster constructivist learning by placing students in a context that challenges them to learn without explicit learning objectives and assessment.
Using Second Life for Immersive Learning podcast
(Educause Connect Podcast) 14-minute podcast with Dr. Cynthia Calongne, Professor of Computer Science at Colorado Technical University. Discusses how she uses Second Life to provide rea-life laboratories for her students.
Educational Uses of Second Life
Interesting 7-minute video introduction to the educational possibilities of Second Life.
Dr. Z's Intro to Second Life Wiki
A series of YouTube videos that Dr. Z found to introduce you to Second Life.
Virtual Social Worlds And the Future of Learning
Learning in Three Dimensions: Experiencing the Sensibilties Imagining the Possibilities of virtual worlds in education.
Making Landmark Notecards in Second Life
A tutorial that Dr. Z created using his avatar in Second Life. It explains how to create notecards that can be used to help direct people around SL.
Download iTunes to your computer.

Listen to some podcasts:
Ed Tech Talks - One of the pioneering podcasts for and by educators.
Women on the Web 2.0 - Listen to some women who are leaders in using Web 2.0 in their classrooms.
Room 208 Vodcast - Watch 3rd graders create their own podcasts.
Willow Web Willowcasts - Listen to podcasts created by elementary students in Omaha.
Go to the iTunes site and find some podcasts that you want to enjoy on a topic of your choice.

Optional Resources
Build fast in Second Life with free stuff
Tutorial on how to build a house in second life.

Second Life Building Tutorial by NSS
Fun to watch video that teaches basic building skills

Second Life Camera Turorial by NSS
Really helpful for looking at things and getting differents views of objects

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