July 27, 2008
Brown Bag August 1: Buddy Sprocket on SLoodle!
Earlier this year, I attended the first ever SLoodleMoot.
SLoodle is a tool for connecting educational content in Moodle and the web to Second Life, and visa versa. There is a lot of potential and meaning in that one sentence. You can bring Web content into Second Life to use in your educational activities; you can have students blog from Second Life out to a course web page; you can have web-based students participate with Second Life communities and discussions; and much more.
Moodle is an open source educational environment on the web, a course management system. Think CTools gone open source and widely adopted by a broad educational community, with all the development and activity that implies. Yes, Sakai is CTools gone open source, but Sakai does not (yet) integrate with Second Life. Maybe that will happen, but in the meantime, let's look at what folks are doing with SLoodle to see what are some of the possibilities, and hurdles.
SLoodleMoot was a meet up, swapping/sharing ideas, concepts, strategies, approaches, as well as including presentations and tutorials. Here is a schematic from the presentations for the geeks to review.
Buddy Sprocket is one of the lead programmers and teachers related to the SLoodle Project. Buddy will be talking in our Brown Bag series this week, August 1, at 9am SLT / noon EDT. This should be a very exciting and informative talk!
More information here:
Flickr: SLoodleMoot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/sets/72157603756618446/
YouTube: SLoodle Demo:
July 24, 2008
Special Brown Bag July 25 - Wainbrave Bernal
This Friday Wainbrave Bernal speaks @9am SLT (12 noon EDT) on SaLamander.
SaLamander is an inworld HUD (heads up display) used by educators to create a collaborative wiki database of educational locations in Second Life. It allows persons in Second Life to "bookmark" and tag educational locations in SL as they stand there, update the database, search the database, etcetera. It is a remarkably useful tool, and an elegant piece of coding.
Wainbrave has, in addition to a very clever name, wonderful insights into education in Second Life, programming / scripting in Second Life, and connecting web-based resources and tools with inworld tools. This should be a very exciting and stimulating presentation.
SaLamander Wiki: http://www.eduisland.net/salamanderwiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
We will be meeting in the Wolverine Library, Ground Level, where we have a SaLamander HUD dispenser.