Blended virtual ecosystems

ncvps.jpgWednesday marked a banner day for the DEN in SL with the Wednesday Workshop topic: A Blended Virtual Ecosystem: North Carolina Virtual Public School’s Great Discovery in Second Life. The presentation was fantastic, with Dr. Brian Setser (Innovator Quan – SL), of the North Carolina Virtual Public School guiding the audience through the journey the school has made through Second Life, lessons learned, and best practices. Co-presenter, Jennifer Nobles (JIll Kips – SL) led a breakout session to illustrate the power of multiple experiences and discussion in Second Life.

Opening with the motto of “I eat barriers for breakfast”, Dr. Setser discussed the questions of innovation versus security and the importance of partnering in Second Life to enhance opportunities and experiences. 

The NCVPS team, including Adam Renfro (iAdam Zapatero – SL), shared multiple websites that an educator may find useful. They are included at the bottom of this post. Some of the sites include other virtual worlds which may be more appropriate for younger students, such as Enterzon and ActiveWorlds.

By the end of the workshop, participants had a feel for some of the innovative and engaging ways that Second Life can be used in education. To paraphrase Dr. Setser, we shouldn’t bring people to a treehouse, we should bring them into the ecosystem by utilizing the power of the virtual world.

For more information, NCVPS has posted video from the workshop and links on their blog. Twitter users are encouraged to follow NCVPS and Dr. Setser.

Links shared:

Literacy2Learn

Virtual Learning Consultant

NCVPS Blog

Glogster

Western Region Education Service Alliance
Enterzon – Virtual World

ActiveWorlds – 3D Chat/Virtual World

QWAQ – Virtual Spaces for Real Work

PowerU – 3D Immersive (3DI) Virtual Environments

iPod Touch at Culbreth MS

Wimba

Video from the workshop

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2 Comments

  1. Lori Abrahams said:

    This was a great session and the video archive is fabulous to have. Thanks for including all the links.

  2. Bryan Setser said:

    Hey Lori the only link that looks broken is my twitter link. Follow the movement here BryanSetser. My best and thanks for the kind words.

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