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Craft World - Home

Craft World - Home | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Craft is a 3D world built by its citizens running OpenSimulator.
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New Virtual World Sansar Is Ready to Pick Up Where Second Life Left Off

New Virtual World Sansar Is Ready to Pick Up Where Second Life Left Off | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
On its 14th birthday, a reflection on Linden Lab’s groundbreaking Second Life, and how their next project Sansar hopes to go even further. In May 2006, Bloomberg’s Businessweek ran a cover story detailing the business empire of real estate millionaire Anshe Chung. What caught the world’s attention, however, is that Anshe Chung wasn’t a real …
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Experiment using Minecraft helped understand how alcohol is bad for young brains | McMaster Daily News

Experiment using Minecraft helped understand how alcohol is bad for young brains | McMaster Daily News | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
An experiment using the popular video game Minecraft has shown that teens who drink too much may be in for some serious consequences in the not-too-distant future.
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edMondo | Il Mondo Virtuale per la Scuola

edMondo | Il Mondo Virtuale per la Scuola | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
edMondo è un mondo virtuale 3D online, dedicato esclusivamente a docenti e studenti per l’innovazione della didattica in classe.
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"Gamification is 75% Psychology and 25% Technology." — Gabe Zichermann

"Gamification is 75% Psychology and 25% Technology." — Gabe Zichermann | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Understanding human motivation is an important aspect of Gamification. This chapter will provide a sampling of motivational concepts relevant to gamification.

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OpenSim records gains in land area and active users –

OpenSim records gains in land area and active users – | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Public OpenSim grids gained the equivalent of 1,257 regions this month, while the number of active users rose by 511, after falling for the past three months in a row.
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Teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick: FB group for educators

Teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick: FB group for educators | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
A group for all educators interested in teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick.

This group was initially created for Camie Rembrandt's SLMOOC17 webinar: "Beyond Second Life: Creating and Saving Virtual Worlds Offline", June 17, 2017.
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A Brief History of Distance, Online, and Virtual Worlds Education

A talk for the 2017 online course for education in virtual worlds, presented on the 7th of June at the SLMOOC Headquarters in Second Life. Combines history of …
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Using SoaS to Create Virtual Worlds Offline: Free Webinar for Educators - June 17, 2017

Using SoaS to Create Virtual Worlds Offline: Free Webinar for Educators - June 17, 2017 | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

"Beyond Second Life: Creating and Saving Virtual Worlds Offline" 

Free Webinar for Educators 


Learn how to use virtual worlds in your classes, even when there's no Internet connection, or the school's firewall prevents you from accessing an online grid. This presentation/webinar will take place on Facebook. If you would like to participate, please join Teaching with SoaS group on FB. 


When: June 17, 2017 - 10 AM SLT / 17:00 UTC / 18:00 Lisbon 


Where: Teaching with SoaS Facebook Group URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachingwithSoaS/ ;


This event is part of #SLMOOC17 

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Second Life's makeup unboxing videos are surreal and wonderful

Second Life's makeup unboxing videos are surreal and wonderful | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Second Life is a virtual world with an infamous reputation. If you've never played, you may only be familiar with the tales of kinky sex rooms and the YouTubers who troll the locals for a cheap laugh. But Second Life is so much more than that—a point driven home after I spent a whole evening reading a Second Life beauty blog.Unboxing videos have permeated nearly every area of consumer culture from makeup to action figures. If it comes in a box, people want to see you take it out of that box. But watching Second Life beauty blogger Strawberry Singh as she unboxes a new set of eyeliner makes the whole process surreal—here is a human being unboxing digital makeup for their digital avatar to wear as if it were real. Berry doesn't just make unboxing videos, however, she also runs one of the more popular beauty and fashion blogs in Second Life. Scrolling through its pages, it would be impossible to tell it from a real-life beauty blog if it weren't for the screenshot
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Teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick - Free Webinar for Educators

"Beyond Second Life: Creating and Saving Virtual Worlds Offline" June 17, 2017 - 10 AM SLT / 17:00 UTC Free Webinar for Educators. To attend, join Teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachingwithSoaS/

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Flash Fiction Center online at Learning Lab (Craft World)

Flash Fiction Center online at Learning Lab (Craft World) | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Flash Fiction Center is now online at the educational sim Learning Lab on Craft World (Learning Lab/114/128/100).
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Free Webinar: An Introduction to Sim-on-a-Stick

Free Webinar: An Introduction to Sim-on-a-Stick | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
"An Introduction to Sim-on-a-Stick" 
Free In-World Webinar for Educators

What is Sim-on-a-Stick and how can it help you to use virtual worlds in your class, even when there's no Internet available at school? 
This event includes a short video presentation followed by a 20-minute Q&A session using local chat. 

When: Wednesday, May 31, 12 Noon SLT 

Where: SoaS Classroom, Creative Learning Park (Chilbo, SL). 

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Protecting Children in Virtual Worlds

Protecting Children in Virtual Worlds | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Protecting Children in Virtual Worlds Without Undermining Their Economic, Educational, and Social Benefits 


Robert Bloomfield
Benjamin Duranske

Abstract: Advances in virtual world technology pose risks for the safety and welfare of children. Those advances also alter the interpretations of key terms in applicable laws. For example, in the Miller test for obscenity, virtual worlds constitute places, rather than "works," and may even constitute local communities from which standards are drawn. Additionally, technological advances promise to make virtual worlds places of such significant social benefit that regulators must take care to protect them, even as they protect children who engage with them.


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Zadaroo – Public Domain OpenSim Resources: Freebie Paradise for OpenSim/SoaS users

Zadaroo – Public Domain OpenSim Resources: Freebie Paradise for OpenSim/SoaS users | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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Teaching at an Epic Castle

Teaching at an Epic Castle | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Epic Castle (aka Alfea Castle, aka Epic Citadel) is a free OAR file that can be loaded into Sim-on-a-Stick. Educators have been using this sim to teach ESL at edMondo grid, but it could also be used to teach several other subjects, from history to spatial planning, literature, or even creative writing.

The Epic Castle OAR file is currently available for download at 'Teaching with SoaS' FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachingwithSoaS/

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How to Design Inspiring Learning Spaces

How to Design Inspiring Learning Spaces | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
When designing a virtual class consider space as another teacher/facilitator.
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How to install SoaS on a USB drive

How to install SoaS on a USB drive | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

As you can see, installing SoaS on a pen drive is not hard at all - just remember that, depending on the quality of the USB drive you're using, running SoaS on a thumb drive can make it quite slow.

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Using Sim-on-a-Stick to Create & Save Virtual Worlds Offline

"Beyond Second Life: Using Sim-on-a-Stick to Create & Save Virtual Worlds Offline" (video presentation - EN subtitles available).


Learn more about using Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS) at:

http://teachingwithsoas.blogspot.com


Connect with other educators interested in teaching with SoaS:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachingwithSoaS/


Sim-on-a-Stick Installer Walkthrough (original video):

https://youtu.be/zzvBDLJUWtE

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Using SoaS to Create Virtual Worlds Offline: Free Webinar for Educators - Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10 AM PDT

Using SoaS to Create Virtual Worlds Offline: Free Webinar for Educators - Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10 AM PDT | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
"Beyond Second Life: Creating and Saving Virtual Worlds Offline" Free Webinar for Educators Learn how to use virtual worlds in you
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Flash Fiction Center: Notes for Educators

Flash Fiction Center: Notes for Educators | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Flash Fiction Center is a project developed as an Open Educational Resource (OER) for educators interested in teaching creative writing online using virtual worlds.

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Using Virtual Worlds as a Form of Expression

To celebrate Second Life’s 12th birthday Linden Lab has introduced a video share project called “What Second Life Means to Me” in which they have asked some Second Life residents, as well as some Lindens themselves, what Second Life means to them. I was very happy and nervous when I was asked to be a part of this, mainly because I never really know what to say. However, Mr. Draxtor Despres helped me tremendously with this by asking all the right questions and getting me to break out of my shell a bit. I know it’s hard to believe, but I can be quite shy at times!

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Who Moved My Sloodle? - eLearning Industry

Who Moved My Sloodle? - eLearning Industry | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Do you know what Sloodle is? Check this brilliant combination of Moodle and the Second life to create a virtual classroom.
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Larry Lessig, Who Helped Shaped Second Life's IP Policies, Now Designing Politics of New Virtual World Called Seed

Larry Lessig, Who Helped Shaped Second Life's IP Policies, Now Designing Politics of New Virtual World Called Seed | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Lessig in a 2006 mixed reality appearance in Second Life Harvard professor and former US Presidential candidate Larry Lessig is helping develop the in-world politics for Seed, an upcoming virtual world running on Improbable, which is fast becoming th
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Today! Sim-on-a-Stick Free Webinar for Educators at Chilbo (Second Life)

Today! Sim-on-a-Stick Free Webinar for Educators at Chilbo (Second Life) | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
"Beyond Second Life:
Using Sim-on-a-Stick to Create and Save Virtual Worlds Offline"
Free In-World Webinar for Educators 

What is Sim-on-a-Stick and how can it help you to use virtual worlds in your class, even when there's no Internet available at school? 

This event includes a short video presentation followed by a 20-minute Q&A session using local chat. 

When: Wednesday, May 31, 12 Noon SLT 

Where: SoaS Classroom, Creative Learning Park (Chilbo, SL). 

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Virtual Worlds, Avatars, and Ageism

Virtual Worlds, Avatars, and Ageism | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
"Virtually old: Embodied perspective taking and the reduction of ageism under threat" is a very interesting article by Oh et al., published almost a decade after the famous paper by Nick Yee and Jeremy Bailenson "Walk A Mile in Digital Shoes". Mandatory reading for educators interested in understanding more about the power of the avatar as a pedagogical tool.

Full articles available here:

"Virtually old: Embodied perspective taking and the reduction of ageism under threat"

Walk A Mile in Digital Shoes: The Impact of Embodied Perspective-Taking on The Reduction of Negative Stereotyping in Immersive Virtual Environments

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