second living

The Boyâ„¢ wanted to explore Second Life this evening, so we fired up the new SL2 beta client, and went to (virtual) Hawaii, before spending some quality time at the NASA education island. I'm a little scared at how easily he picks it up...

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(re)exploring secondlife

It's been awhile since I logged into SecondLife. I updated my app and fired it up today, after talking with Patti about possibly holding a TLC session in SecondLife to help expose faculty to the concept. I don't want to be championing it, but many faculty are curious, and a guided tour might be helpful. I decided my previous avatars - a Cylon Centurion and a Dark Wraith - were maybe a bit far from what I need to look like when talking with faculty. [Read More]

I (still) don't get SecondLife

I've been trying. Really trying. I just can't find a way to "get" what all of the SecondLife hype is about. I mean, yeah, it's cool. It's fun. It's a really interesting and diverse metaverse. It's a blast to create and buy stuff, and customize an avatar, and fly around islands. I get that part of it. But, for education, it largely doesn't change much over the existing and available tools. [Read More]

SecondLife Concerns

I want to preface this post by saying I'm not trying to attack SecondLife, nor any of its supporters. My sole intention is to identify what I see as some important issues that need to be addressed when individuals and organizations investigate moving into SecondLife. There are many people doing very cool work in SecondLife, and I respect them for it. I now pull on my asbestos underoos...  I've been following much of the SecondLife cheerleading over the last year, watching as it got hyped higher and higher as The Next Big Thing That Will Change Everything. [Read More]

Second Life

I just did a very dangerous thing. I downloaded the latest version of Second Life - one of those immersive massively multiplayer doowackies that I never really got into. I just threw an hour away twiddling bits to make my Second Life character kinda sorta look like me, then starting to wander around Tutorial Island. The environment is really quite cool, and I had a lot of "hey, this would be cool for a blended learning thing. [Read More]