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How To Visit Flash Fiction Center at Learning Lab (Craft World grid)

How To Visit Flash Fiction Center at Learning Lab (Craft World grid) | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Flash Fiction Center is an Open Educational Resource (OER) for educators interested in teaching creative writing online using virtual worlds. This environment is designed to help students learn about flash fiction and to motivate them to write this type of concise story. 

To visit Flash Fiction Center at Learning Lab (Craft World grid), please follow the instructions on this page: http://flashfictioncenter.blogspot.com/2017/06/flash-fiction-center-online-at-learning.html ;

Flash Fiction Center is also available as a free OAR file for educators.

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Are Educators Sour on Virtual Worlds?

Are Educators Sour on Virtual Worlds? | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Educators are souring on virtual worlds, as evidenced by declining participation in online forums, in virtual conference attendances and education-related destinations on the Second Life grid.
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It's now possible to create an account on Sansar (originally known as Second Life 2.0)

It's now possible to create an account on Sansar (originally known as Second Life 2.0) | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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First User Impressions of Sansar, Good & Bad, Start Hitting the Web

First User Impressions of Sansar, Good & Bad, Start Hitting the Web | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Linden Lab started expanding its user invites to Sansar last week, and apparently this new wave didn't sign the kind of NDA previous users did, because some are starting to share their experiences on the web. (...) More first impressions as they arrive.

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Sansar Creator Preview - Ria

Ria shares her thoughts on this new platform and offers a sneak peek at "Little Giant," one of the first experiences created with Sansar during the creator preview.

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Embrace The Life | Virtual Reality for Disabled People

Embrace The Life | Virtual Reality for Disabled People | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
We created a tool for wheelchair users that proved to return their mobility, decreases their anxiety, increases their social integration and improves their quality of life.
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Free OAR file to teach about Flash Fiction

Free OAR file to teach about Flash Fiction | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Flash Fiction Center is an OpenSimulator Archive (OAR file) for educators interested in teaching creative writing online using virtual worlds. The environment is designed to help students learn about flash fiction and to motivate them to write this type of concise story. 


On this OAR, students will find information about flash fiction, micro-fiction, drabble, nano-fiction, along with writing tasks and working laptops connected to the Internet - in this case to wordcounter.net. Students will also be able to add their stories to ‘story boxes’ placed near each writing task panel. Teachers can later add those stories to the 'writing task libraries'.


Free Full Avatar Kits

Because entering a virtual world will probably be a new experience for some students, free full avatar kits (for male and female) are provided at the center.

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Coding for Kids | Computer Programming | AgentCubes online

Coding for Kids | Computer Programming | AgentCubes online | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
AgentCubes Online teaches coding and computer programming for kids in an immersive online environment! Learn how to code games and more with AgentCubes Online.
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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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It's Safe to Say Sansar Isn't Cannibalizing Second Life Usage at All (Yet)

It's Safe to Say Sansar Isn't Cannibalizing Second Life Usage at All (Yet) | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Above: SL concurrency rates as compiled by Grid Survey "Last weekend's [Second Life] concurrency figures are very much unchanged from expectations," Tyche Shepherd, a statistician who rigorously tracks SL usage on Grid Survey, just confirmed with me. The sam
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Avatar and Camera Controls for Desktop Users of Sansar

Avatar and Camera Controls for Desktop Users of Sansar | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
One of the common misconceptions about Sansar is that is designed only for users in virtual reality headsets such as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Linden Lab has drawn up a very complete list of keyboard shortcuts for users in desktop (non-VR) mode.  I'm going to mention just…
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OSgrid 10th birthday is happening this weekend

OSgrid 10th birthday is happening this weekend | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
OSgrid will be celebrating it's 10th birthday this weekend (#OSG10B) with a great selection of live performances, live djs playing great tunes and birthday themed events to mark this very special occasion. It's going to be the biggest party ever on the OSgrid and it's expected the visitor attendance will be pretty high during the…
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Second Life: New & Improved Starter Avatars 2017

Second Life: New & Improved Starter Avatars 2017 | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
These avatars are available through the viewer in the "Choose my avatar" section. You can also view or choose them from your inventory and customize each to your liking. We hope you enjoy trying them out as much as we did creating them!
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A summer camp that teaches coding, Minecraft and STEM skills while keeping kids connected to peers and mentors.

A summer camp that teaches coding, Minecraft and STEM skills while keeping kids connected to peers and mentors. | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Online camps where kids can play Minecraft and learn coding skills are helping youths stay connected to a community of learners.
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Decentraland: New Open Standards-Based Virtual World

Decentraland: New Open Standards-Based Virtual World | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Decentraland is a new virtual world which aims to run completely on open standards technology and protocols. I'm not familiar with the creators, but to judge by the trailer (above) they have hella high ambition. More from the site
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Is your computer too old to run Sim-on-a-Stick? Probably not.

Is your computer too old to run Sim-on-a-Stick? Probably not. | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

It's not unusual to hear educators say that their computers are not suitable to run virtual worlds. I suspect that idea comes from trying to use a virtual world like Second Life (SL) with a very taxing client like the official Linden Lab viewer. But are those same computers unsuitable to run Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS)? 

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Classcraft - Make learning an adventure

Classcraft - Make learning an adventure | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Classcraft helps teachers manage, motivate and engage their students by transforming their classroom into a role-playing game.
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Creative Expression in Virtual Worlds: Imitation, Imagination, and Individualized Collaboration

Creative Expression in Virtual Worlds: Imitation, Imagination, and Individualized Collaboration | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

"Virtual worlds provide an opportunity to ask traditional questions about creativity in a new context, but also introduce a range of new questions that can lead to new insights and understandings about creativity in general."  


Official Full-Text Paper (PDF): Creative Expression in Virtual Worlds: Imitation, Imagination, and Individualized Collaboration

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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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