October 25, 2008
Kickoff: Shannon Murphy and the Astrology Theme Semester
Shannon Murphy impressed us with her educational creativity and inspired us with her vision of innovative ways in which Second Life makes is possible to teach astronomical concepts that are challenging to understand and teach in the real world.
The Universe - Yours to Discover: The Astronomy Theme Semester in Second Life
October 24, 2008
Kickoff: JJ Jacobson and The Alexandrian Free Library
JJ Jacobson is a University of Michigan alumnus of the School of Information who is, perhaps, better known as Sir JJ Drinkwater, Knight of Caledon and Head of the Alexandrian Free Libraries, a chain of libraries associated with the Caledon historical sims in Second Life.
Sir Drinkwater extended regrets due to an unavoidable last minute conflict, and offered these words.
"In the virtual world of Second Life, libraries have become integral parts of many online communities yet still have a number of unique challenges. Some arise from the nature of the virtual environment, others from the fact that all our patrons are highly sophisticated computer users. This session describes the role of libraries in the Second Life, focusing on the Alexandrian Free Library System which is a consortium of community-based libraries operating in Second Life, including the communities of Caledon and Steelhead. Caledon is a large community where the library system resembles a real-life public library system with several neighborhood branches. Steelhead is a small town that recently decided to open its own public library. Using "images from the field" we show show the libraries' presence: how the libraries were created; how their online collections are selected and organized; and how their reference service, online exhibits, book groups, poetry readings, storytelling, and other activities have become an integral part of these online social networking communities."
October 23, 2008
Kickoff: Sheri Jaffurs and SIMphonic Island
Sheri Jaffurs, from University of Michigan Flint, spoke with us about the Teen Grid and her efforts there to establish a safe space for creative teen musicians to share and collaborate on creative musical works.
Music Making in the Cyber World: New Models of Education - SIMphonic Island, Wolverine Island.
October 22, 2008
Kickoff: Bruce Maxim on UMD in SL and the Ford Grant
For the Wolverine Kickoff, Bruce Maxim introduced us to the University of Michigan Dearborn campus in Second Life, and the work going on to use Second Life to model and teach about food banks and social good in the real world.
Campus of Hope: Using the Virtual World to Improve Our World
October 21, 2008
Kickoff: Gus Rosania on Research Tools and Collaborations in Second Life
At the Wolverine Kickoff, Gus Rosania talked about science and research collaborations, with a focus on this amazing tool he's created that takes data from a spreadsheet and creates a 3D visualization in Second Life, complete with images. Truly astounding!
A Real Life Research Tool in Second Life: PrimPlotter
October 20, 2008
Wolverine Kickoff - Pictures!
I am loading slides and pics and all from our truly WONDERFUL event, but am going to start with letting you all see a few pics. If you took your own pictures, please feel free to share them in our Flick group.