Sunday, October 26, 2008

Interactive Builds: Part II

We had the follow up to last week’s interactive build presentation this week. It was fun to see the different items everyone shared:

Calms Xue showed us a Tuingo game. This is a networked matching game that Calms built for fun.

Shamblesguru Voom brought the Manbo dance. This works by making everyone who has is holding the maraca dance when the word “manbo!” is typed in the screen. This can be used as a reward for answering questioning, an icebreaker, or for teaching second life skills.

Shambles also brought an image changing cube. This puts pictures from the cube in everyone’s cache. If you put the pictures for your presentation in the cube and rezz a small version of it in the area in which you will be presenting this will put the pictures in everyones cache and will make your presentation slides rezz for everyone. Also, you can use it to give out your slides.

Cae Sands showed us a color changing box that helps the viewers to learn colors in German
Gruen = Green
Rot = Red
Blau = Blue
Schwarz = Black
Weiss = White
Gelb = Yellow

We also discussed other areas that have tools to use in SL. One of these was Salamander project by Wainbrave Bernal. A search of the Salamander project tells you that:

The Salamander Project aims to develop a collaboratively determined portfolio of Education Projects in Second Life. Simulations, models, scaffolds, tools, communications, journals, etc. will be exemplified and "tagged" within SL for the purposes of surveying and expanding the developments and discussions taking place between teachers and students in Multi-User Virtual Environments.

Shamblesguru Voom mentioned that he has some tools on his website.

We then received a notice about the Aldrich Chemistry Game Launch and ended our session there. This may be something of interested to others in SL. Here is a copy of the notice in case you want to check it out:
Aldrich Chemistry is launching an interesting educational game about chemistry where players create chemical reactions at stations as they progress from lesson to lesson. Educators have an opportunity to come and learn how Second Life can be applied to make learning more fun and engaging.

We think Zotarah for a wonderful presentation on Interactive Builds that sparked each of us to think about the way information is presented in SL.
We are still looking for presenters at the TNC.
If you have an idea for a presentation IM Tek Zeno or Pia Klaar or post a comment here!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Interactive Builds Presentation

Zotarah Shepherd, a student at Sonoma State University, gave a wonderful presentation on Saturday on interactive builds. She gave 6 aspects of interactive builds:

  1. Visualization of the subject

  2. Sounds about the subject

  3. Manipulate it: Relevant clickable animations, editable or physical moveable parts or building

  4. Literacy: Reading and/or writing. Questions to answer

  5. Notecard or signage explaining the education a purpose and goals of the build

  6. Some sort of logical ordering: color, number progression, so the visitor/student will be assured that all the points are accomplished or experienced

The first interactive build we went to was one she built on Multiple Intelligences. This is displayed at F/Xual Educational Services

Next we went to Cave Literature Alive and saw another wonderful example on an interactive build.

Zotarah left us with homework for the week. Now it is out turn! We are to see what you can come up with that you use like a tool that you could use in SL. We will show these at the TNC next week (10/25) at 10:00 am SLT. We hope to see everyone there!

She also provided us with a list of builds and information on building:

ABC Island Welcome Area:
Alliance Building:
American Library Association:
Angel Learning Isle:
Aretao and Moodlerooms NH:
Blue Angel Poets’ Dive:
Center for Water Studies:
College of Scripting, Music and Horsa:
Dreams Sandbox and Tutorials:
Free Math Tutoring:
Hell room Demo ISTE Island:
Info Island Machinima Institute:
International Spaceflight Museum: International Technology Expo: Lighthouse Learning Island:
Multi Media Arts Center:
Mystic Academy:
NCI International Classroom:
NMC Conference Center:
NMIT Garden of Learning:
Ohio University without Boundaries:
Oyster Bay:
Pyramid in Cairo:
Rockcliffe University:
ROMA Humanism Garden:
Science School:
SJSU School of Library and Information:
Talis Cybrary City:
Tasneem Project Research Centre:
Texture Tutorials:
The Abyss:
The Cave Literature Alive!:
The LitAlive! Collaboration Stat:
The Magicians:
The Symposium:
The Whitehorn Memorial Library:
Trinity College:
Vassar Island:
Vistor Center, Sprott Shaw College:
Willow Springs, Montclair State:
Annenberg Amphitheatre:
ELVEN Institute:

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Week of October 13th.

We have an exciting event for next week (10/18 at 10:00 SLT)!

Zotarah Shepard will present “Teaching in SL with Interactive Builds”. Make sure you arrive a little early because Zotarah will take us to some interactive builds that will spark your imagination. Then, the following week (10/25 at 10:00 SLT) it will be your turn to show us what you have made or you can stop by and see the builds of others. This should be an exciting event that we are looking forward to.

I also want to take some time this week to share some resources that you may find valuable.

Do you have students present in your classroom or create digital media? You may find this free teleprompter worthwhile: cut and paste your student’s paper in the quick start area, pick how you want it displayed and then chose “start prompter”.

Are you looking for some interactive activities to use for your classroom? Try These activities are setup by grade level.

Did you miss out on NECC 2008? Did you know that you can access videos and podcasts of the event at

How about the DEN Streamathon? This site has resources on using digital media in the classroom.

What’s happening in SL this week?

Discover Educators Network:
Monday, October 13th, 5:00 SLT: Book talk: Brain Rules
Wednesday, October 15th, 5:00 SLT: Faythe Fouroux will present Going Green 102: Green Schools

Tuesday, October 14th, 6:00 SLT: Cyrus Hush will present Blue Skies: Education in Second Life
Thursday, October 16th, 6:00 SLT: New Avatar Social at the ISTE Headquarters
Thursday, October 16th, 6:00 SLT: NETS-A discussion at ISTE Discussion Skypark

Teacher Networking Center:
Saturday, October 18th, 10:00 SLT: Zotarah Shepard: Teaching in SL with Interactive Builds

Open call for presentations:

The Teacher Networking Center is looking for presenters to present at the TNC on Saturday’s. If you have something that you feel would be valuable to educators please contact Pia Klaar or Tek Zeno to schedule your presentation!