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1 That is the question To Second Life or Not to Second Life

2 Second Life was launched in 2003 by Linden Labs  ASD EdTech Island  Small meeting space  ASD EdTech Island  Small meeting space

3 So what can you do in Second Life?  Anything that the users can imagine

4 1.5 Million log-ons to Second Life (SL) in the last 60 Days Unique Economy (Linden$) Lindens have an exchange rate with US$ People sell things in SL for Lindens Some even sell to make Real Life (RL) $ Aerial view of ASD Ed Tech Island -

5 New Media Center includes sims of Morocco, the Sistine Chapel and the Human Genome Project. Education

6 Socializing, Dancing, Entertainment, Art, Role Playing, Landscaping, Building …..

7 So, how can SL be used for professional development for the ASD Librarians?

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9 ASD Ed Tech Island, Librarians House, Small Group Conversation Area

10 Some of the down sides

11 Technical Concerns ASD Ed Tech Island underwater presentation area

12  Just as with the web, content being offered has to be evaluated  Who is teaching a training or moderating a discussion can be hard to determine  Assessment of learning needs to be carefully built in  Just as with the web, content being offered has to be evaluated  Who is teaching a training or moderating a discussion can be hard to determine  Assessment of learning needs to be carefully built in

13 So, will I continue to pursue SL as a possible venue for PD in ASD Library World?

14 Yes!

15 What needs to happen to make it work?  Skills training needs to be front loaded - otherwise you lose students to frustration  Instructors need to change their paradigm - business as usual will not take advantage of the power of SL  Acknowledge that this venue is not going to be for everyone  BUT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE AMAZING!!!  Skills training needs to be front loaded - otherwise you lose students to frustration  Instructors need to change their paradigm - business as usual will not take advantage of the power of SL  Acknowledge that this venue is not going to be for everyone  BUT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE AMAZING!!!

16 Second Life Education New Zealand, Ben Salt, Dr., Clare Atkins Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, and Leigh Blackall Otago Plytechnic. Engaging with Second Life: Real Education in a Virtual World - Literature Reveiw. Second Life Education New Zealand, 2008. Second Life Education in New Zealand. 26 Feb. 2009 . Tapely, Rebecca. Designing Your Second Life. New Riders Press: New York, 2007 Wegner, Mary. Interview. February 19, 2009. White, Brian. Second Life: A guide to your virtual world. Que: Indianapolis, 2007 Second Life Education New Zealand, Ben Salt, Dr., Clare Atkins Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, and Leigh Blackall Otago Plytechnic. Engaging with Second Life: Real Education in a Virtual World - Literature Reveiw. Second Life Education New Zealand, 2008. Second Life Education in New Zealand. 26 Feb. 2009 . Tapely, Rebecca. Designing Your Second Life. New Riders Press: New York, 2007 Wegner, Mary. Interview. February 19, 2009. White, Brian. Second Life: A guide to your virtual world. Que: Indianapolis, 2007

17  Ann Morgester  AkLA Conference  Anchorage, Alaska  March 5, 2010  Ann Morgester  AkLA Conference  Anchorage, Alaska  March 5, 2010


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