Perhaps its time to dive into Second Life and explore the educational possibilities.
Yes, yes, yes, we've all heard the rumors that Second Life will transform the very nature of learning and schooling in the future. And I suppose many of us -- me included -- are trapped between the hype and the promise, but perhaps aren't too terribly sure what it really means for education as we know it today and as we hear that it may be one day soon.
Imagine if someone reached out with a bold avatar handshake and welcomed you into the Second Life possibilities for education. Avatar tour and all.
Would you take'em up on it?
Well, sportsfans, here's your chance, thanks to George Siemens who's been staging the Connectivism On-Line Conference the last few days, and a question by Jason Hando who wanted to better understand it, we've been invited on a tour. Now, you'll need to have your SL account created (avatar and all) ahead of time, but sounds like fun, fun, fun!
Here are the details as given by George today:
We have been chatting about Second Life (SL) in the Day 2 forum.
A couple of newbies to SL, me included, want to have a guided tour in SL with a particular educational focus. Basically, answering the big questions:
1. What are educators doing in SL
2. How well does it work?
3. How could we use it as educators in our environments [classrooms, online, lectures, etc]?
If you desire to be part of this tour, get a free account (secondlife.com) and meet us in SL:
TIME: 12:30 pm, CST (GMT-4.5), half an hour after the conference session finishes.
PLACE: Teleport to the EduNation Education Gallery [unless suggestions for other places] (http://slurl.com/secondlife/EduNation/224.834/130.131 - (note, you will need to have your second life account created...and the platform installed in order for this link to work).
TOUR GUIDES: Not sure yet, we'll work this out as we arrive...
NOTES: If you have any trouble at all, with getting an account or teleporting to the meeting place, message me (Jason Hando) using Skype [ID = jhando] or email [firstname.lastname@example.org]. I hope this works out - a bit risky but what have we got to lose?
So, will we see you floating around tomorrow? Note: read Rick's comment. The great irony is that most American (at least) teachers will be teaching at that point, so perhaps they need to offer a similar tour for those once they finish the school day. A thought. Good one, too!