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What, why and where of happenings in virtual worlds
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Immersive Technology Strategies June 2013 E-Newsletter

The Immersive Technology Strategies June E-Newsletter
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Via LinkedIn VirtualWorlds group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=744527&trk=anet_ug_hm

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Avatar therapy helps silence voices in schizophrenia

Avatar therapy helps silence voices in schizophrenia | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

An avatar system that enables people with schizophrenia to control the voice of their hallucinations is being developed by researchers at UCL with support from the Wellcome Trust.


Via Stylianos Mystakidis
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Stylianos Mystakidis's curator insight, June 6, 2013 5:49 AM

Innovative virtual reality application

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S. Carolina considers virtual world charter school – Hypergrid Business

S. Carolina considers virtual world charter school – Hypergrid Business | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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Poll: OpenSim used for work, creativity – Hypergrid Business

Poll: OpenSim used for work, creativity – Hypergrid Business | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

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Mal Burns's curator insight, May 26, 2013 9:36 AM

Poll: OpenSim used for work, creativity

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Sci Fi exhibit opening machinima posted - Metaverse Library

Sci Fi exhibit opening machinima posted - Metaverse Library | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Metaverse Library: A Community Library on InWorldz grid.
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Visit the Community Library on Delphi on the InWorldz grid to see the exhibits and sci fi books and information materials.

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Inworldz Sci-Fi Exhibit

An Sci-Fi exhibit in the virtual world of Inworld at the Community Library. Thanks to Alexina Proctor.
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Wonderful grand opening party today at the Community Library on Delphi in InWorldz grid. Thank you for this Val!

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Kitely Marketplace launch in June 2013

Kitely Marketplace launch in June 2013 | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
According to the founder of Kitely named Ilan Tochner this week there is updated details about the upcoming Kitely Marketplace. The Kitely Market merchant control panel will be hopefully available ...

Via Mal Burns
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Prax Maryjasz and I have been over to check on it and to see her RL daughter's build at the marketplace. You can see the builders are working hard on making it an interesting venue. We are considering selling some of our virtual world items over there.

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On a Quest for English

On a Quest for English | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Virtual role-playing games, which lead players through medieval fantasy worlds, are showing promise as a tool for helping non-native speakers with their ESL studies.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:08 AM

I like this. We're getting language exchange programs started in OpenSimulator.

Joe Pereira's comment, April 5, 2013 10:23 AM
Always good news to know academics are giving value to DGBL, but the article makes it sound like research on using games (and particularly WoW and other MMORPGS) for learning/language learning is a new thing. Scott Thorne and Hayo Reinders have published extensively in using them for EFL.
Barbara Truman's curator insight, April 6, 2013 8:28 AM

Role play. Valuable for many scenarios. How can they be designed for families in support of education. 

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In Pictures: 3D virtual worlds for the enterprise

In Pictures: 3D virtual worlds for the enterprise | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
The first step is browser-based environments for online meetings (In Pictures: 3D virtual worlds for the enterprise - The first step is browser-based environments for online meetings http://t.co/9SHsJVjWcP)...

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3D environments for the enterprise – Hypergrid Business

3D environments for the enterprise – Hypergrid Business | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Looking for an immersive platform for your company, non-profit, educational institution, or government agency?


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elearning hoje's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:40 PM

The list provided by Maria Korolov includes browser-based platforms, traditional proprietary platforms, and OpenSim enterprise vendors.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 13, 2013 10:05 PM

From Maria Korolov via Jack Patterson.

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Cyberbehavior and Cyberworlds: Comment: On the Metaverse

Cyberbehavior and Cyberworlds: Comment: On the Metaverse | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Another blog posting in response to Fleep Tuque's (Chris Collins) essay on "Why Anyone Who Cares About the Metaverse Needs to Move Beyond Second Life; Now, Not Later".

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Second Life, the Metaverse & Everything

Second Life, the Metaverse & Everything | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
The Great Wall of China (moderate) Uccie↑ (hugs) reminded me about the Great Wall of China↑ and it seemed like a reasonable backdrop for today’s musings (with apologies to Douglas Adams↑). I ...
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The 5 Most Popular Social Media Content Curation Tools

The 5 Most Popular Social Media Content Curation Tools | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Kevin K. Lau calls Scoop.it "one of the best sites for curating content right now."

 

Check out why he thinks Scoop.it is worthy of the number one spot in his article The 5 Most Popular Social Media Content Curation Tools.

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Higher education in virtual worlds: the use of Second Life and OpenSim for educational practices - University of Bedfordshire Repository

Higher education in virtual worlds: the use of Second Life and OpenSim for educational practices - University of Bedfordshire Repository | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

"This thesis explores the features of Second Life and OpenSim that affect the choice of academics who are planning to use a virtual world in order to meet the learning needs of their students. For the conduct of this study, what was taken into account is a preexisting framework which proposes the evaluation of virtual worlds against four dimensions: their contexts, the immersion encountered within each, their cost, and their persistence. "


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Presenters | Virtual Worlds – Best Practices in Education

Presenters | Virtual Worlds – Best Practices in Education | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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Submit your presentation by June 15th! "Calling all virtual world educators! Share your innovations and best practices at VWBPE 2013 24 – 27 July. We are encouraging presentations from across all virtual worlds, hosting presentations in Second Life, OpenSim, Unity/Jibe, and Cloud Party. The theme is Beyond the Stage."

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Metaverse Library - Sci Fi Exhibit May 2013 - Joomag

This is the Sci Fi exhibit catalog for the Community Library of Delphi on InWorldz. In it we give recognition to the many who made this exhibit possible.
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74 pages filled with photos of the builds and bios of the creative builders (all volunteers) that support the new Sci Fi collection in this virtual library on the InWorldz grid.

 

UPDATE: 13 October 2013. We will be taking down the Sci Fi exhibit at the end of October. Check it out before it goes.

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First annual OpenSim conference to be held in fall – Hypergrid Business

First annual OpenSim conference to be held in fall – Hypergrid Business | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

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Mal Burns's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:56 AM

First annual OpenSim conference to be held in fall

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Currency venues fight for survival – Hypergrid Business

Currency venues fight for survival – Hypergrid Business | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

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Mal Burns's curator insight, May 11, 2013 10:00 AM

Currency venues fight for survival

Asil's curator insight, May 11, 2013 5:05 PM

This is a tough one, because people outside the U.S. can have real difficulty buying Lindens directly from the Lab.  However, I know of two SL users who had their Linden's drained by another avatar (using a scripted object), who then traded out what they'd taken via one of these exchanges.  The exchange wasn't a direct party to the theft, just the mechanism the thief used before the Lab was able to remove the avatar from the grid. 

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InWorldz: Addressing Common Viewer Issues | The Metaverse Tribune

InWorldz: Addressing Common Viewer Issues | The Metaverse Tribune | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

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Mal Burns's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:55 AM

InWorldz: Addressing Common Viewer Issues

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Fun Sci Fi Exhibit opens May 4th - Metaverse Library

Fun Sci Fi Exhibit opens May 4th - Metaverse Library | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Metaverse Library: A Community Library on InWorldz grid.
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Hope to see you there!

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Second Life VS. OpenSim | Journey To The Center Of The Metaverse

Second Life VS. OpenSim | Journey To The Center Of The Metaverse | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
I put the VS. in caps to emphasize that many people see it that way. Not me. I don't think of it as Second Life VS. OpenSim. I think of it as Second Life AND OpenSim. Why not? I have more choice that way.

Via Dulcie Mills
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InWorldz, an OpenSim-based virtual world, runs on greatly modified code. It has over 73000 users and in March 2013 was the most active OpenSim grid http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2013/03/march-numbers-show-growth/ .

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Virtual Worlds - Kitely is a Keen Replacement For Second Life | GeekMom | Wired.com

Virtual Worlds - Kitely is a Keen Replacement For Second Life | GeekMom | Wired.com | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Virtual World Kitely is giving Second Life very serious competition for it's title as king of the Virtual Worlds.
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Visit the 49 sim block of showcase sims for SXSW March 8-10, 2013

Visit the 49 sim block of showcase sims for SXSW March 8-10, 2013 | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
InWorldz founders, development team, "EventsCoordinator InWorldz" (referred to as EC or Eve) and a large number of InWorldz residents have put together an incredible experience for South by Southwe...
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Botgirl's Identity Circus: My take on the future of the Metaverse: If there has been a failure, it is ours

Botgirl's Identity Circus: My take on the future of the Metaverse: If there has been a failure, it is ours | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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Why Anyone Who Cares About the Metaverse Needs to Move Beyond Second Life; Now, Not Later | Fleep's Deep Thoughts

Why Anyone Who Cares About the Metaverse Needs to Move Beyond Second Life; Now, Not Later | Fleep's Deep Thoughts | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
tl;dr:  If we want to see the metaverse happen in our lifetime, we need to invest our time, money, creativity, and resources into making it happen.
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