Showing posts from August, 2013

Is a Metaverse a Video Game?

Pio is really happy that Latin American universities are working to promote virtual worlds as tools to empower education. That's the case of the Proyecto de Mundos Virtuales - Second USMP of the  San Martín de Porres Univeristy in Perú.  The USMP has been in Second Life since 2008

The have recently started a series of 3d interviews that have as venue their campus in Second Life.  San Martin de Porres University features a simulation of the beautiful  Citadel of Machu Pichu  the legendary Inca´s Village, one of the 7 new marvels of the world. The first interview topic explores  Metaverses..  by asking the question .... Is a metaverse a video game? 

In this opportunity, Max Ugaz (Maximo Eames) Director de Second USMP Amparo Cervantes A. (Amparo Delvalle) Investigadora en Mundos Virtuales and  Fernando Pascual (Nandi Saenz) Desarrollador en Mundos Virtuales discussed on the topic. 

You can visit their channel YouTube USMP 3D Televisión and find multiple resources. 

In the discussion they …

An interview for the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP)

Pio's friend Carmel Quinzet (Carmen Quintana de Solar) de la Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP) invited her for a little chat with her classmates. She wanted to know about Pio's work in Sl as an educator. 
Since URBE EFL Center in SL is moving to a new place, probably to Edunation, soon. They improvised a sitting place at the PUCP sandbox. There, Pio rezzed some of her students poster on their latest project "My Face for Peace and Avatars for Peace". Carmel wanted to know how we integrated virtual worlds in our EFL class in a traditional face to face setting.

Pio told her that there were different things to consider before integrating Sl in her classes. We use Sl as any other tool, it's just a mean to introduce, model or present some skills or contents related to the syllabus in the class. Our classes are traditional face to face classes that integrate technology to enrich the educational experience. The philosophy behind this is that students shoul…