My first avatar was created in Second Life in June 2007, followed by a second in October the same year. I’ve had periods of considerable involvement and absences of months at a time. A conference over the past two days provided a reminder of what I am missing when not there.
It was the 3rd Annual “Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education” conference, scheduled for 175 sessions in 5 languages over a 48 hour period, March 12-13, 2010. Most enjoyable was the opportunity to meet so many wonderful educators interested in the use of virtual worlds academically. Second Life and other virtual worlds are not the answer to all teaching, and they create their own challenges. However, it is wonderful to hear the stories of how these platforms have led to specific successes in engaging learners and extending the boundaries of more traditional classroom and online learning.
I have decided that it is time to start spending more time networking with virtual educators, and Second Life is certainly a place to do it. After all, if they are in Second Life, they are doing it and not just talking about it!
As I was writing this post, I visited the Etopia Eco Village and took a Gondola ride 🙂