In this month's TechProof column for Education world, I committed to compiling a list of "must-see" sights for educators in SecondLife. Of course, it was in May when I wrote this and had the luxury of knowing I had all summer to spend hours and hours in the MUVE as BlueSkunk Johnson.
Ah, but how quickly the summer has passed and how little time I actually got to spend as an avatar. With my limited experience, from reading the blogs of Ryan Bretag and Kevin Jarrett, attending presentations by Lisa Perez and just being a collector of the odd article, I complied the list below. So, if you had but an afternoon to spend in SecondLife, where would you go? How about...?
- ISTE Skypark Social
- NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
- InfoIsland and InfoIsland 2 (Science Fiction Library)
- Temple of Isis (example of a historical replica)
- Island of Svarga
- British Literature Classroom
- Teacher Networking Center
- Ramaposlands Project (In Teen SecondLife)
OK, here's the question: what should be dropped and what should be added? Or just nominate a number 10. Remember the audience for this column is regular educators - classroom teachers, librarians, building administrators - not techies.
Thanks for your ideas.
Just so I have them all in one place, here are my primary resources for Second Life for educators:
- Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services in Second Life
- ISTE in SecondLife
- Lighthouse Learning Island
- Second Life in Education
- Sites of interest to educators in Second Life edumuve.com
- Top 20 Educational Locations in Second Life
Thanks to Lisa Linn and Kevin Jarrett for responses to an earlier e-mail on this topic!
A map of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory