Hello, there! It's been a while since Pio's last post. She promises she will be sharing her experiences in virtual worlds again. This year we have several great events and many more adventures happening in Second Life, Kitely, Open Sim and other virtual worlds.
WE were invited by Rob Howard the founder of EFLtalks to participate in a really interesting project called EFLtalks 10 in 10 for terms. This project is about building a teacher's video glossary of day to day terminology that teachers and trainers use. EFLtalkers will be defining the terms as well as explaining why, where and where to use the concept in their teaching.
This time, we are sharing a post on the state of the art of my favorite virtual world: Second Life and how it's used to teach and learn a new language.
What are virtual worlds?
So, let's get started by defining what virtual worlds are. Berns et al (2013) define VWs as 3-D immersive persistent environments where users’ graphical representati…
You’re invited to first Second Life MOOC of its kind on WizIQ on April 1. 2014. The theme of the MOOC is Learning and Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning using Second Life. (click here to acces the course).
The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Second Life. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.
Second Life MOOC will also include courses for beginners and advanced Second Life participants. The courses will be asynchronous (Moodle) and synchronous (WizIQ & Second Life) with recordings on WizIQ, Google Drive, YouTube, and Vimeo.
There will be three learning areas: WizIQ course area, Second Life, and Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website. The live online sessions and recordings, tutorials (courseware) and ongoing discussions (coursefeed) will be available in the WizIQ course area.
THE PRIMITIVE BUILDING BLOCKS:
Primitives or simply prims are the raw materials from which everything in Second Life is constructed.
All things are created from these basic building blocks. Every object, clothes, houses, furniture, cars, plants, etc. are created from prims by the people who use Second Life.
Linden lab provides prims freely in unlimited quantities so anyone can build.
Each land area can support only a certain number of prims. For example, a basic 512 square meter plot of land will hold only 117 prims. This means a small lot will allow for only a small house with limited furnishings.
HOW TO BUILD THINGS IN SECOND LIFE:
Building in Second Life is an art. You build by putting together primitive 3D shapes known simply as prims.
Primitive shapes include: cube, sphere, cylinder and torus.
The shapes can be scaled up or down, larger or smaller, and cut and twisted.
To begin building, go to an area where you are permitted to build. For most new residents of…