Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education

Manning a ‘booth’ all about our eSafety training for teachers in Second Life at the “Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education” conference.

The conference spans Friday 27th March 2009 to Sunday 29th March 2009.

For further information click the link above OR the image below!



Getting annoyed…

SLED (Second Life Educators list) is responsible. For a couple of years I have lurked receiving the daily digest from the email list. I have increasingly ignored and deleted this as it is an indigestible digest! I found I was scrolling through lines and lines of quoted text and stuff that I just wasn’t interested in to get to a couple (if I was lucky) of “jems”. So this week I decided to move from the digest to the “as they come” mode hoping I can delete stuff I am not interested in from the subject line and then only read the interesting things in a timely manner! THEN an argument has broken out… Up to now the list has been almost exclusively posted in English. Then someone posted in Spanish looking for some Spanish help (not a bad idea really) but it has BLOWN up so that we now have people recommending that all of the list users post in their native language. A tower of Babel!!! Given that I speak no other languages really, and can read a similar amount this would make the list unusable by me – and several other people said the same. We all agreed that any of us could delete the languages we could not access. Someone asked us to use the technology to translate the posts – GREAT idea, so I’ve got to try and work out which language a post is written in, then get it translated to find out if I want to read it!

NOW we’ve got people accusing other people of being racist!

About time I opted out altogether I think – SLED stinks? nick_rvsm

26 Nov 08 My Personal Twitter Revolution…


I have “had” a twitter account for a little over a year. During that time I tried to use Twitter at Handheld Learning 2007 and 2008, but never really “got it”!

Now I do. And how did this revolution come about?

I was privalidged to attend the ReLIVE08 conference at the Open University. During this conference there was an open pannel debate session involving Roo Reynolds (BBC), Bill Thompson (freelance journalist), Claudia “Linden” (Second Life) and Edward Castronova (Economist). Pre-prepared questions were asked of the pannel BUT I was luck enough to be using a laptop to collate a set of personal wiki notes and I also installed TweetDeck (having seen it in action on a collague’s (Carol) laptop.

Throughout the whole 1.5 hour session there was a constant Twitter stream from attendees AND those watching the live TV feeds remotely. This was monitored by the chair and two of the pannel, they also contributed to the tweets as well as actually sharing them with the audience by presenting peopl’e questions and views.

Since the conference I have started following Bill and Roo’s tweets and they have proved to be adictive!

Edward Castronova told the assembled throng that he has no longer “doing” social networking – he had become adicted – and now I’m beginning to understand how…

As to Twitter -I get it, I can NOW see value, BUT I don’t post! – I don’t have anything important enough to say for people to be posting! nick_rvsm

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