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Friday, July 18, 2008

Summer 2008: Learning in 3D Class

Preston providing instruction and answering questions in Second Life.

So the second week of the summer Learning in 3D class was exciting. We have an impromptu guest speaker...Preston Straaf aka Matt Monahan. Matt and I have teamed up at several conferences as co-presenters (see ASTD TechKnowledge 2008, Lots of Fun and Second Life Training Presentation for more details on our presentations) so it was great to team up with him again. He does a great job of explaining Second Life and he knows the ins and outs of the program extremely well.

However, the class is having a little problem with the summer freshman who were supposed to contact my graduate students to start a Second Life project. A number of the freshman have not contacted my students. Next time I should have the graduate students contact the mistake.

Meanwhile, as we wait for the summer freshman to contact us, we have been learning how to build within the Second Life environment. Currently we are exploring how to build small houses and shelters on our land.

Last minute instructions before building begins.

Once the shelters are built we'll discuss simple scripting and the Learning Archetypes that apply to Second Life.

Here Abbott Bundy observes the chaos of building from above.

Currently the students are creating Second Life focused lesson plans which incorporate the Learning Archetypes and will soon begin their Machinima project.

You can read about week one of the class here.

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