Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Session in Snapshots – Networking and Learning

Tēnā koutou katoa – Greetings to you all
Arriving at the Workshop
I had intended that the post Connected World in Second Life would be my last in the series on Second Life (SL)
this month. Well, I just have to squeeze in another.

Opens New Window Southern GeorgiaBeing a new ISTE member and an avid enthusiast for learning,
I happened to touch down on ISTE Island yesterday and met up with friend and fellow educator, Louise Borgnine.

She was assisting with the first of a series of intermediate sessions for educators in SL facilitated by
Southern Georgia.

The objective was to learn how to do things that will enhance teaching presentations in SL. The venue was over at Brahma.

Being new to all of what is SL, and in much need of the associated skills, I accepted Louise’s advice to teleport to the workshop.

Southern Facilitating the Workshop
The number of attendees was impressive. I must say that I found the facilitators extremely helpful. When I got stuck (and I did!) there was no end of assistance ready at hand. That’s what good keen educators are like I guess. Always ready to help a willing learner.

Something else impressed me, and that was how wonderful it was to arrive at a distant venue, be attending a session with people from different countries, and be greeted with the customary formalities without having to shift out of my ergonomic chair.

Workshop ParticipantsKallan, wearing his ISTE student badge

There were other features that made me feel welcome. It was a participatory session. I was recognised by the facilitator by name, and he acknowledged me being there more than once. That was something special for one who is so new to SL and feeling a bit anonymous.

TuxedoThen there were the facilitators, among them docent Tuxedo, who was kind and helpful. She was especially helpful when I dropped my laptop and got left behind. Tuxedo helped me pick it all up, and got me started again and following Southern’s instructions.

This was no ordinary workshop, yet it had the presence and feel of a real life workshop.

I learnt a lot. I even got some session notes to take away, as well as a free digital TV presentation screen, which I managed to get working.

“What’s with SL?” I hear my readers say. What’s possessed Blogger in Middle-earth to let himself be led astray by all this virtual reality stuff?
I read some comments
to that effect on a post only a day or so ago.

Southern GeorgiaNo. I don’t think I’m being led astray here. It is the reality of virtual conferencing – no less contrived than video conferencing, with a lot more freedom to move about and participate.

We had a participatory session at the end when Southern rallied us to flex our new-learnt skills in a game of look and see
– an active finish to a rigourous session in using the camera facility in SL.

A transparent dice box, suspended in mid virtual space, rolled the dice for us to observe and call. It wasn’t easy, for we had to navigate our cameras in which ever direction was called, to declare the numbers on the dice. It was fun – as much fun as I have had at many well run training sessions in real life.

The Transparent Dice Box
Next day, I dropped into the ISTE Conference Centre to be greeted yet again with a welcoming smile, this time from docent Mo Hax. He was kind enough to chat and pass on to me his useful site on SL.

These people are volunteers. They are trained educators and they are teaching their hearts out in SL. I might just drop in on another session some time soon. What do you reckon?

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Ka kite anō – Catch ya later


Anonymous said...

Thanks Ken for a wonderful review of the workshop. Looks like you have mastered the art of picture taking in Second Life. Louise

Tim said...

Ken, I have just read over your posts about Second Life and commend you on your diligent work/research. I also suspect that this was also fun and motivational for you. Your images certainly helped me to understand what might be possible from an educational stand point.

Anonymous said...


Yes I do believe Tim has got it right on the Ihu Ken :)
Look forward in reading your next piece.

Anonymous said...

Southern Georgia here. Our next intermediate session will be Oct. 24 at 4:00SLT with standing room only so come early. We will be critiquing each others presentation on the use of Second Life in Education. You will learn how to create and modify a slide presenter and receive some free session gifts. You will learn something new and have fun so please come join us. SG

Blogger In Middle-earth said...

Haere mai!
Haere mai!
Haere mai!

Tenei to mihi ki a koutou!

Kia ora e Louise Borgnine!

Thank you for recommending I attended Southern's session. If it wasn't for you I may not have picked up that it was happening!

Isn't it great how networking works in SL? I met up with Allegra later the next day. She knew who I was but I didn't know her. I was so wrapped up in the session about learning about camera use that I didn't see her, though I got her on camera ;-) . But she recognised me, and that was nice.

Tēnā koe e Tim!

Thanks for your support! Yes I do believe images make a difference to communication, especially with themes like this. I'm please you see the potential that SL has for education - and there's more!

Nau mai e Huntress Spiritor!

Kei te pehea koe? I had to laugh when you said, "Tim has got it right on the ihu"! If course, ihu means nose in Māori, as you well know :). But in SL it means something else, funny enough not entirely removed from its Māori meaning. What a giggle!

Good to have you drop in on my blog! I'll catch up with you at the dancing in SL :)

Tēnā koe Southern Georgia!

Thanks for keeping me up to date with the time of your next session. I will make it along to participate and collect some more useful skills from you! You have been so helpful so far, and it was a delight meeting the people who attended your session.

Ngā mihi nui
Best wishes