Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sweet Second Life
It is Valentines Day - spread the love around - especially you Mr. Downes!
I am responding to recent comments about Second Life where the gist is that educators are only replicating classroom environments in a virtual environment. Well, I have seen evidence of both replicating old environments and some stunning new ways of learning, but if we (the royal we here includes Jo Kay, Sean Fitzgerald, and the organisation we work for) get to fly a project here in NSW Australia I can assure you we will exploit the full range of pedagogy, creativity and community that Second Life makes available!
Where else could you stage an avatar based fantasy, say an interpretation of a piece of literature and then film it and set it to music, and then use it in an inworld film festival?!
....or collaborate on the building and governance of a village and then live there and participate as a citizen?!
... or access the community in Second Life to research and represent customs from different countries, (or come up with some new one!)then create them in second life, film and edit a narrated collation of them?!
Creating music film clips excites me, hell make the music too! Yes you can do this in real life, but the range of characters and gravity defying abilities are just not possible in real life!
The features of Second Life can be used to record, document and produce user generated content. Then it can be uploaded and distributed via the internet to portable multimedia players and mobile phones.
Whats the point? Team work, communication skills, conflict resoluction, problem solving, ICT skills (yawn...)
I know I am stating the bleeding heart obvious, but its OK, learning is sweet in Second Life! Be my Valentine!
Posted by Anne at Tuesday, February 13, 2007