April 19, 2012: Open Forum

April 19th, 2012 | Posted by iggy in Transcripts

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VWER 4/19/12

Transcript of the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable April 19, 2012

Topic: Open Forum

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Grizzla Pixelmaid: Hi everyone and welcome to the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable!

Grizzla Pixelmaid: This is a forum to educate and inform about virtual worlds issues that are important and relevant to education.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: Each week we get a wide variety of educators, from seasoned veterans to the newly-rezzed.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: We meet here each Thursday on the virtual campus of Bowling Green State University, from 11:30-12:30 pm SLT.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: (SLT = “Second Life Time,” which is the same as U.S. Pacific time).

Grizzla Pixelmaid: We’ve met every week since March 2008.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: These Roundtable discussions are held in text chat, not voice chat.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: If you ‘re new to VWER meetings, be aware that the text chat can run pretty quickly.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: Don’t worry if it takes you awhile to get used to two or three conversations going on simultaneously.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: If you make a comment or ask a question that isn’t acknowledged, please don’t take it personally;

Grizzla Pixelmaid: unfortunately some good contributions might be inadvertently overlooked when chat is moving fast.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: If that happens to you, don’t be shy to say the same thing again

Grizzla Pixelmaid: – or IM me and I’ll find a break so I can make sure your important question/comment is addressed.

Praxislady Witt: ooopps, sorry *blushing*

Grizzla Pixelmaid: This is a public meeting, so we keep and publish a transcript of what is said in local chat.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): no porblem! :)

Grizzla Pixelmaid: Transcripts from all previous meetings are at our website: http://www.vwer.org – select the LIBRARY tab at the top.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): other than my spelling

Grizzla Pixelmaid: We have some groups you are welcome to join!

Grizzla Pixelmaid: We love to include members’ photos in the published transcript, so please take pix today and post them to the VWER groups on either Flickr or Koinup.

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Grizzla Pixelmaid: When you blog or tweet, please remember to include the hashtag #VWER.

Grizzla Pixelmaid: Today’s meeting is an Open Forum, so we’re free to ask any questions and make any comments related to virtual worlds and education,

Grizzla Pixelmaid: altho’ I’ll usually gently attempt to keep us on one topic at a time. :)

Grizzla Pixelmaid: Now… we always begin by introducing ourselves, and if this is your first time here, please say so, so we can take good care of you. Everyone can type at once!

Grizzla Pixelmaid: I’m Chris Robinson, “Virtual Assistant” in the Office of Educational Technology for Georgia Gwinnett College in metro Atlanta.

Birdie Newcomb: Birdie Newborn, college publisher

Claudia13 Rossini: Claudia – infamous builder

Grinn Pidgeon: Dr. Barbara Pittman, Instructional Technologist and adjunct English instructor, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio

David Stack (richmedia): David Stack, Deputy CIO of UW-Milwaukee

LoCE99Ch8 Morpork: Rosanna Brown, Retired California Community College Librarian

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): /me is Joe Essid, Head Drum Major at Nevermore, a region in OpenSim dedicated to Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Also in Second Life for now at Glasgow Caledonian U’s campus. IRL I teach Lit & Cyberculture at U Richmond and direct the Writing Center.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Who else? Don’t be shy.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Welcome, Ahlan. We’re all introducing ourselves briefly.

Ahlan Oh: Ahhh, thanks.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Anybody else? Going…

Pathfinder Lester: John “Pathfinder” Lester, Chief Learning Officer, ReactionGrid Inc., living in Montreal. http://about.me/pathfinder

Rawlslyn Francis (elphaba.helendale): Rawlslyn Francis – English Professor

Rawlslyn Francis (elphaba.helendale): FSCJ

Galileo Zeplin: Digital Library of Georgia

Ahlan Oh: Alan Epstein, Data Project Manager, Cambridge Public Schools, Massachusetts, USA

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Wow, Galileo, I guess we’re sort of neighbors.

Galileo Zeplin: aye….hi grizzla!

Zotarah Shepherd: Working on an MA in Education Technology at Sonoma State University in northern California. I finished all my classes. My Thesis project: Teaching and Learning Life Awareness & Success Skills in Virtual Worlds.

Praxislady Witt: Adult educator and corporate trainer in RL, Wash DC

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): (Rawlslyn had her debut as Madeline Usher not long ago!)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Anybody else?

STEFANOS (somenakis): we just write?

STEFANOS (somenakis): or also talk ?

ATARTE (marialena.davi): hi

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Yes, just type it into “nearby chat”

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): just typy-type today no voice

Birdie Newcomb: @stefanos — texting here

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Hello Atarte, welcome!

Birdie Newcomb: gives us a record

Birdie Newcomb: That way we can all talk at once.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): We use limited voice for special interviews, but our weekly roundtable meetings are in text chat –

STEFANOS (somenakis): ok

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): in deference to SL’s difficulty with massive amounts of audio

Claudia13 Rossini: (vs r/l, when we all talk at once)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): :)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Well, I’d like to give first place to our first-timers today, if they would like to pose a question or bring up a topic. We’d love to know what brought you here, if you’d like to say.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): OK, no takers yet.. Anybody else come with a burning question or topic?

Birdie Newcomb: I was reminded yesterday of my own early days — and

Birdie Newcomb: I think that I have changed more than SL has changed.

Claudia13 Rossini: we must all have spring fever

Grinn Pidgeon: Is there such a thing as a job board where educators could sign up to volunteer to work on projects, etc.

Birdie Newcomb: @Grinn — what a great idea

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): How so, Birdie? …and Grinn, let’s get to your question in a sec

Birdie Newcomb: I think I came in with great expectations of what could happen,

Birdie Newcomb: th excitement of buiilding just about anything,

Birdie Newcomb: seeing what others were doing

Birdie Newcomb: and happy to see the ed community

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Yes!

Birdie Newcomb: and yet somehow this didn’t translate into what I had hoped.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): No paradise in the virtual world either

Birdie Newcomb: so I continue my search.

Claudia13 Rossini: and yet you’re still here like most of us Birdie…..trying to figure out the best way to use this technology

Birdie Newcomb: The limitations weren’t SL so much as what people could break out of their mindset to do.

Marc Rexen: Agree Birdie.

Birdie Newcomb: Burning Life I loved, because that’s what I seem to still want

Birdie Newcomb: Real creativity.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): yes…Burning Life was like a drug…I wanted more and more

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Wow

Tori Landau: Agrees re people and Burning Life. I also loved the SLB exhibits

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): SLB is gone too

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I went to BL this year but there was so much lag, I couldn’t enjoy it

Praxislady Witt: gone?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): or rather “distributed” now. Path, you once worked on SLB2

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): LL is not sponsoring any sims for either event now.

Birdie Newcomb: I remember black Wednesdays, and it felt like SL was itself experimenting, improving.

Birdie Newcomb: Not so much now.

Pathfinder Lester: ahhhh yes

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Short-sighted of them to not promote what gives people enthusiasm for SL – what a surprise, LL being short-sighted

Pathfinder Lester: i was the guy who organized the SLB2

Pathfinder Lester: lol

Claudia13 Rossini: lol Griz

Tori Landau: I took part in sl7b. learnt a lot from it and met great people. It’s sad that others don’t have that opportunity now. lol Grizzla

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): What were Black Wednesdays?

Pathfinder Lester: /me is old

Birdie Newcomb: They’d shut down the whole site to re-adjust

Claudia13 Rossini: hands Path a glass for his teeth

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): /me bows at the wisdom of the ancients

Pathfinder Lester: oh jeesh

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): LOL

Pathfinder Lester: I think there was a lot of value in having a central and LL sponsored event

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): What were Black Wednesdays?

Pathfinder Lester: Hosting and putting together a central event like that was messy and crazy and…simply wonderful. In other words, it was a very human endeavor

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): what did a poster at Au’s blog say (looks it up): “if LL can’t be bothered to celebrate their creation, why should we?”

Pathfinder Lester: but LL will do what LL will do. best to only focus on those things you can control in your life. and let go of all else.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Well, except celebrations can be about other things – not LL’s creation. There’s lots to celebrate in SL due to its residents, not the company.

Praxislady Witt: maybe LL creates events so others learn and then pick up to continue?

Birdie Newcomb: Well, maybe the new guy can bring back some enthusiasm — not sure that helps the ed community.

Pathfinder Lester: maybe LL creates grids so others learn and pick up to continue on other grids and technologies?

Pathfinder Lester: ;)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Hi Kali!

Praxislady Witt: ed community is spread to may other grids, hmmm

Kali Pizzaro: Hey folks sorry I am latet

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): In the grand scheme of things, I agree, Path.

Claudia13 Rossini: somehow i don’t think promoting vampires in LL is much help to the educational community

Pathfinder Lester: /me nods at Grizzla

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): well said, Grizzla and Praxislady. A private version of the BUrn does continue

LoCE99Ch8 Morpork: Bay City Alliance seems to be working with LL and other groups on a joint activity, possibly SLB

Pathfinder Lester: there’s a lot of value in SL and being in SL. but I think “thinking multi-grid” is the way of the future.

Zotarah Shepherd: I agree

Birdie Newcomb: Yes, it’s a box to think outside of

Claudia13 Rossini: nods to Path

Tori Landau: Agree

Kali Pizzaro: yes but I hope we dont spread to thin as I would hate new folks to not meet some of you fantastic people

Kali Pizzaro: oops too

Kali Pizzaro: :-)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I think, though, that for quite awhile, multi-grid will be for the more experienced institutions with lots of tech-brain to pour into it. Those of us who are just starting out, SL seems best.

Pathfinder Lester: true, there is always that challenge, definitely

Praxislady Witt: @Path ” “thinking multi-grid” is the way of the future” and will be more seamless than what is happening now?

Pathfinder Lester: I think so, yes

Kali Pizzaro: whatever grid is the best at the time. SL might be good for one class, Jibe another, unity something else

Kali Pizzaro: maybe we dont have to tie to one

Pathfinder Lester: Kali, yes, right tool for right job. I agree

Claudia13 Rossini: think of being able to travel grid to grid, with your inventory and a fully linked IM system….so if Kali is on one grid, i can still IM her from another

Kali Pizzaro: yeah

Pathfinder Lester: and we’re already seeing interesting seamless things happen with Opensim. For example, now you can IM people in completely different grids and see their online status.

Birdie Newcomb: Ooo, kewl

Kali Pizzaro: loves talking to Claudia

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Claudia13 Rossini: laughs

Rawlslyn Francis (elphaba.helendale): (I have to skip out for a bit. Sorry!)

Kali Pizzaro: yes Path what was that device you picked up on jokaydia

Tori Landau: I must try that re ims and different grids

Kali Pizzaro: that allowed that about a year ago

Pathfinder Lester: it was kinda broken for a while

Pathfinder Lester: lol

Pathfinder Lester: sorta kinda sometimes worked

Pathfinder Lester: but now it seems reliable

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I know that the upgrade at Reaction Grid really expands my options “out there” for Usher

Kali Pizzaro: yeah it was like a we walkie talkie you pinned on your waist ?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I decided to use the SL build as a showcase for my “real” build

Pathfinder Lester: Kali, lol, ya there was that device for a while. now it just works in the viewer. no additional devices needed.

Claudia13 Rossini: more like the old days with Yahoo IM’s or..lord.AIM? whatever the AOL thing was.but on steroids and in 3D

Birdie Newcomb: So maybe SL now is a good “starter kit”

Kali Pizzaro: ah bummer i liked the walkie talkie lol

David Stack (richmedia): Ooops. Tornado Drill IRL. Back in a bit.

Pathfinder Lester: whoa take care Rich!

Claudia13 Rossini: one thing we can count on..it may be slow.but VW’s will, are, changing

Kali Pizzaro: ohh my

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Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Drill, not warning, right? That’s better.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): better that’s it’s just a drill, David!

Kali Pizzaro: yes Claudia

Pathfinder Lester: oh DRILL. phew

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): *drill even

Kali Pizzaro: they aint going away

Praxislady Witt: @Birdie, agree, many are not entering SL for the first time because others in RL are discussing

Kali Pizzaro: shouts hey folks wake up and smell the coffee

Kali Pizzaro: not to us of course

Praxislady Witt: *now

Claudia13 Rossini: who here doesn’t get strange looks if you mention VW’s to outsiders

Praxislady Witt: pass a cup over here, heeheeh

Birdie Newcomb: vacan t stares

Pathfinder Lester: I usually lead with “3D Simulations”

Claudia13 Rossini: i get them from dear friends of 30 years, who already know i’m excentric

Pathfinder Lester: seems more folks grok that than Virtual Worlds

Praxislady Witt: some institutions use SL as extra credit

Kali Pizzaro: yeah me too our 3D virtual learning environment part of our blended portfolio – that is what i usually asy now lol

Praxislady Witt: then students learn that SL is “not” a game, haha

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): “simulations online” works well, however, as a rhetorically savvy choice of words

Claudia13 Rossini: lol, nice word play Kali

Pathfinder Lester: nice

Birdie Newcomb: Blended, makes sense.

Claudia13 Rossini: basically, we just lie

Claudia13 Rossini: because who has 5 hours to explain VW’s

Birdie Newcomb: I don’t see very many reasons for a f2f class to go into SL, except maybe for the House of Usher…

Praxislady Witt: to experience the 3D effects, maybe

Birdie Newcomb: 3D, but we’re pretty clunky compared to the games

Birdie Newcomb: building, now that makes sense

Claudia13 Rossini: but at least i can look normal (ish) in SL

Praxislady Witt: still 3D? building?

Birdie Newcomb: and the language communities, great resource

Kali Pizzaro: and our cyberpsychology folk

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Thank you Birdie! But there are many good simulations. That’s why I take in f2f students.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): The other reason is to study SL as a communications/social tool

Kali Pizzaro: need a big VW when looking at health and how people behave etc

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): soc and anthro students can have a field day of field work here!

Svea Morane: Now we are talking Kali ;)

Kali Pizzaro: oh my never saw you there

Kali Pizzaro: waves

Svea Morane: :)

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): any of SL’s subcultures merit a thesis

Claudia13 Rossini: architecture

Birdie Newcomb: An interviewer was asking me if I identified with my avatar — well, of course. It’s the ideal me!

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): language study

Kali Pizzaro: yes i am finding some interesting stuff in my PhD which i will share later in the year when I write up the phase one findings lol

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Those of you in the side seats, please join us around the table if you wish. The table makes another seat when someone sits down. No problem if you need to leave early.

Birdie Newcomb: “phase one”?

Kali Pizzaro: i am using a sequential expoloratory design

Kali Pizzaro: two phases

Kali Pizzaro: ;-0

Kali Pizzaro: dont ask what the nesxt phase is lol

Kali Pizzaro: oh my typo city

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): oh my lovely transcript..ruint!

Claudia13 Rossini: lol

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): And don’t forget to take pix, folks, and upload to Flickr :)

Pathfinder Lester: heh

Praxislady Witt: I love it when Esme Qunhua of ISTE has b-monthly tours of sims one did not know existed!

Birdie Newcomb: Path is always so photogenic

Praxislady Witt: great learning tool, tours

Claudia13 Rossini: be sure to photo me from a flattering angle

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Praxis, how do we find out about those tours?

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Pathfinder Lester: that’s because I’m a robot

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Yes, it was hard to find a flattering angle a few weeks ago on your bad hair day…

Laural McCallen: Join the SL ISTE Tour Group

Claudia13 Rossini: lol Griz

Birdie Newcomb: Do you pass the Turing test, Path?

Laural McCallen: She sends notices of the tours every other week

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): To which group(s)?

Laural McCallen: ISTE SL Tour Group

Pathfinder Lester: Birdie, i hope so!

Praxislady Witt: the ISTE Tour Groups, find in Search

Kali Pizzaro: oh i was sitting on the beach reading Turkle – alone together and she says o John Lester blah blah blah

Birdie Newcomb: Is ISTE still there? I thought it was gone

Kali Pizzaro: i am like ohhhhhh i know him

Kali Pizzaro: hehehe

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I’ll be teaching that book soon, Kali

Laural McCallen: ISTE move to a new location

Pathfinder Lester: oh heck that’s right!

Laural McCallen: The island is gone.

Birdie Newcomb: where?

Kali Pizzaro: mmm not sure i agree with it all

Laural McCallen: LEt me find the landmark

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Path knows everybody :)

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): ISTE is sharing an island now

Pathfinder Lester: she called me up and interviewed me for that new book of hers. I haven’t even read it yet.

Pathfinder Lester: lol

Praxislady Witt: yes, @ Laural, yours is correct one, ISTE SL Tour Group :)

rosavioletta: I have been exploring the making of machinimas for language learning conversations: many are the advantages once the basic skills for filming and editing are acquired. And a great experience for a class to work on, here’s a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBTldBw-UqQ&feature=youtu.be

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Here’s Scott Merrick’s blog on ISTE’s presence in SL: http://scottsecondlife.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/march-is-month-for-rebirth-of-iste.html

David Stack (richmedia): ISTE Events in Second Life: http://secondlife.iste.wikispaces.net/events

Tori Landau: blinks at all the links

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): we are URL-monsters!

rosavioletta: Click on mine first ;-)

Laural McCallen: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduIsland%209/20/70/22

Praxislady Witt: Esme Qunhua of ISTE uses a Google Spread sheet and sends to members in the group.

Laural McCallen: ISTE is at a parcel on Eduisland now

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): /me has link-envy now, rosa :)

Birdie Newcomb: Ah, I’ll visit

Svea Morane: At mayo clinic we can give tours of body parts… any takers?

Kali Pizzaro: yes please

Laural McCallen: BTW…anyone interested in presentations from K-12 on student projects in SL…our district hosting a virtual playground/mini conf at SLEEC ISland this saturday.

Praxislady Witt: heehee, which part?

Kali Pizzaro: although eh what body parts

Birdie Newcomb: sounds gross-out

Kali Pizzaro: raises eyebrows

Laural McCallen: https://sites.google.com/site/sleecisland/vitts-2012-conference-schedule

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): wonderful idea! I have a brain in a jar and the virtual head of SL artist Miso Susanowa. I’ll bring them along

rosavioletta: /me no subtitles mind you, be brave!

Claudia13 Rossini: do you offer new body parts?

Svea Morane: Tuesday this week was Apheresis.. taking blood apart

Pathfinder Lester: lol

Claudia13 Rossini: lol

Kali Pizzaro: oh yeah fab

Svea Morane: excellent educational meeting..

Birdie Newcomb: hlw do you take blood apart?

Praxislady Witt: Wow, TY Laural for sharing such a great resource :))

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Yes!

Claudia13 Rossini: (that’s who stole my red blood cells)

Laural McCallen: LEt me share a landmark to the island.

Svea Morane: put blood in a centrifuge.. adn apin

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): seriously, that sounds like a great event!

Laural McCallen: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEEC%20Island/56/132/29

Birdie Newcomb: like making skim milk…

Svea Morane: Talking about Skin Cancer – melanoma next Friday

Laural McCallen: IT is a closed island normally, but will be open this Saturday.

Pathfinder Lester: I’ve got to head out. Take care, folks. have a great weekend!

rosavioletta: I promise this is going to be my last link tonight…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73zGB4V1l6A

Laural McCallen: Access is normally through group membership.

Kali Pizzaro: yes Svea does great work

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): TC Path!

Svea Morane: See you later Path

Claudia13 Rossini: bye Path

Kali Pizzaro: then you can come and nbe interviewed for my PhD lol

Kali Pizzaro: heheh

Kali Pizzaro: plug plug

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): seya Path. Say howdy to Sherry Turkle :)

Pathfinder Lester: good to see you all. hope to see you again soon!

Birdie Newcomb: always a showoff

Kali Pizzaro: coughs

Pathfinder Lester: Iggy, lol

Pathfinder Lester: will do

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Laural, who can belong to the group?

Kali Pizzaro: cheers path

Tori Landau: night Path

Laural McCallen: It is open.

Laural McCallen: Just search for SL Educators of Escambia County

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Ah ok. Great!

Praxislady Witt: /me is waving bye to Path

Laural McCallen: It just has helped us deter folks not interested in education :-)

Claudia13 Rossini: do you get a lot of attendees Svea?

Svea Morane: varies Claudia.. Tuesday was just 11… but teh f2f version had 20…

Svea Morane: so not bad for us

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Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): By the way – if you know anyone involved in virtual worlds education in Georgia – there’s a new group that has formed – tell them about “Virtual Education in Georgia” (VEG)

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Rosa, your transcriber LOVES links….keep them coming. I’ve automated how I make them live now.

Claudia13 Rossini: that’s not bad actually

Laural McCallen: Looove the name of the group.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): It was very carefully chosen.

Laural McCallen: ARe they Higher Ed or K-12 or mixed?

Svea Morane: apheresis is not exactly a barn burner topic ;)

Kali Pizzaro: i bet

Claudia13 Rossini: lol Griz

Kali Pizzaro: hehe

Kali Pizzaro: it is all important though

Claudia13 Rossini: well, i’d like to see it Svea

Laural McCallen: Oh…LOL…conference is not this weekend…next weekend.

Laural McCallen: Ugh…feeling pressure to get ready

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Higher ed at this point, but I don’t think it’s closed to k-12. Really, just started 2 weeks ago.

Laural McCallen: April 28th.

Laural McCallen: Cool. Know some folks in Georgia I will share!

rosavioletta: I promised that was the last @Iggy I promised that was the last one tonight….;-)

Claudia13 Rossini: thanks Svea

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Let me plunk in here with the question Grinn asked at the beginning. She needed to leave, but I thought it was a great question which we could talk about more in the future…

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): ” Is there such a thing as a job board where educators could sign up to volunteer to work on projects, etc.”

Svea Morane: np Claudia.. mailing list

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): do any of you know anything about the SLActions meeting? http://www.slactions.org/2012/?page_id=2

Claudia13 Rossini: more like hang out here and you’ll end up volunteering for stuff

Kali Pizzaro: we tried to do that before as i keep banging on – collaborate – collaborate – collaborate

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): might be a way to get me back to Spain, as it appears that was the closest RL Venue last y ear

Kali Pizzaro: :-)

Birdie Newcomb: Hadn’t heard of it Iggy

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): it meets IRL and in SL

Praxislady Witt: good to know though

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I would help more poeple with projects but have only known of two.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): topics are broadly related to VWs and games

Claudia13 Rossini: become a builder Griz..you’ll be swamped

Praxislady Witt: has anyone created a game in VW, plz?

Kali Pizzaro: we should have a vwer conference (oops just talked herself into something don’t tell AJ)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I’m not a great builder, but could help with some things – builders’ grunt work

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): no…I tried a bit with Usher and learned a RP Hud but keep dying

Praxislady Witt: aaaahhh

Claudia13 Rossini: lol

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I’m thinking of adding meters for the participants next year and have spoken to a Spellfire coder

Praxislady Witt: glad someone revived you

Kali Pizzaro: what about creating teams with different skills

Kali Pizzaro: then teach each other

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I was surprised how much fun the sword fights are

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): but I’m awful!

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): /me prefers taco gun fights

Kali Pizzaro: maybe that aint such a bad idea

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I don’t think Poe’s tales include taco guns….what a great idea!

Claudia13 Rossini: i suck at games

Birdie Newcomb: taco — food fights?

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I really like that idea, Kali.

Kali Pizzaro: vwer teams then teach each other over the summer

Praxislady Witt: oh, yes, for cinco de mayo!! :)

Kali Pizzaro: what is your topic next week Iggy

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): oh yes! It’s a good one!

Kali Pizzaro: ?hehe sorry Grizzla could not resist

Marc Rexen: I like that idea, using something like a DCS combat meter to “track” learning objective achievement.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): “What will you do on your summer (or winter!) vacation with virtual worlds?”

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): My students wanted more risk…Poe tales are dangerous settings

Claudia13 Rossini: vacation? vacation?……………i remember those

Praxislady Witt: hmmm, old world question? no?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): they argued for a reasonable level of violent menace

Kali Pizzaro: PhD three wee letters

Kali Pizzaro: boo hoo

Claudia13 Rossini: blood thirsty kids

Birdie Newcomb: Lost Worlds (dinosaurs?)

Kali Pizzaro: hehe

Svea Morane: The second one is easier Kali ;)

Kali Pizzaro: :-)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Yeah, when I do student orientations, I go through a brief bit about avoiding griefers, and assure them that no one can kill their av. A few are disappointed. :)

Claudia13 Rossini: Africa.can you survive a walk across the Serengeti plains

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Claudia, blood thirsty teacher who games IRL with dice and paper :)

Claudia13 Rossini: lol, better yet. can you survive academia

Praxislady Witt: LOL! :)

Praxislady Witt: LOL @ Grizzla

Zotarah Shepherd: I took some Spell Fire swords etc to the Teen Grid years ago and the kids liked it

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I’d like to devote a roundtable discussion soon, to Kali’s & Grinn’s idea(s)

Kali Pizzaro: woo

Marc Rexen: Crowd-sourcing the points of a debate maybe, good arguments gain points, poor presentation loses them…with the crowd determining the “health” of the speaker.

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Kali Pizzaro: i might be deed in minute

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Marc Rexen: I was thinking of that…two dead on stage, 1 to go. :)

Claudia13 Rossini: i’d never survive logging in

Kali Pizzaro: now that was not a typo that was Scottish

Kali Pizzaro: ;-)

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): :)

Claudia13 Rossini: though opera is great for general mayhem

Praxislady Witt: i knew that, Kali, haha

Kali Pizzaro: I would need a dress like Birdies

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Zo, we’ll need to talk about that experience you had

Birdie Newcomb: Or Hamlet — all dead but the extras

Claudia13 Rossini: lol

Zotarah Shepherd: Ok Iggy

VWER 4/19/12

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Well, our time is up for this week! Feel free to hang out and chat as long as you like, but this ends the “official” VWER meeting.

Birdie Newcomb: Oh, thanks, this was for an Elizabethan talk, on Shakespeare

Praxislady Witt: /me turns to look at Birdie’s pretty dress

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I don’t think Spellfire permits burning damage but you can drown (MUAH)

Kali Pizzaro: transcript stops say what you really think lol

Claudia13 Rossini: lol Kali

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): what transcript?

Kali Pizzaro: coughs

rosavioletta: Thank you all, bye :-)

Zotarah Shepherd: Sure it does Iggy – Dragonfire

Kali Pizzaro: Cheers Rosa

David Stack (richmedia): Thanks. bye.

Birdie Newcomb: Wake up, little Iggy

Kali Pizzaro: cheers Rich

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I think Iggy misses being able to push people out of the sim, like he could in Jokaydia.

Birdie Newcomb: time for recess yet?

Kali Pizzaro: Ozma’s dress is pretty cool also

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): wooot! now we are talking it’s never fun until someone runs around on fire in a gaming session.

Claudia13 Rossini: we could do some wild things in here…..it’s rather a pity we haven’t yet

Ozma Malibu: Thank you!

Kali Pizzaro: i need new clothes I am a one shirt aavi

rosavioletta: talking about clothes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3KhTSoIvtA&feature=youtu.be

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Kali, my newfound fashionista friends will take you shopping

Claudia13 Rossini: Kali dear, you were born minus the shopping gene

Kali Pizzaro: :-)

Ozma Malibu: so was I actually (born without the shopping gene) – I get help from those with it.

Kali Pizzaro: I change my hair woot woot

Kali Pizzaro: on occasion

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I can show you where I got my Dali mustache! They have very important hair

Tori Landau: ooh, I recognise that video Rosa °͜°

Claudia13 Rossini: have you seen your face close up sweetie……..

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Kali, there’s a “Crazy Hair Hunt” going on this month. I’d be glad to take you. :)

Kali Pizzaro: at least i dont have banana feet for the first year i think i had sixe ten shoes

Kali Pizzaro: sounds great Grizzla

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): banana shoes would rock

Kali Pizzaro: are you talking to me Claudia

rosavioletta: Tori! I’m moved that you do!!

Kali Pizzaro: i hate this skin it is the wrong one

Claudia13 Rossini: hey.i had a 3″ long nose for a week

Kali Pizzaro: this is not kali

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I’ve had the same skin since late 2007

Kali Pizzaro: i chaged today

Claudia13 Rossini: skin, i know the best skins Kali

Tori Landau: I used to change a lot, now I’ve got stuck as a pink haired neko, didn’t intend to!

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I need skin advice for an ALT who will be in a pirate gaming Sim

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I want to learn how to do this RP thing right

LoCE99Ch8 Morpork: For mid-20th century clothes you might try Bay City Fashion Week.

rosavioletta: Pink hair id addictive

rosavioletta: is

Claudia13 Rossini: male Iggy?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): w/o looking like the Jack Sparrow clones

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): yes Male and Mediterranean

Claudia13 Rossini: oh….i know of some nicely aged skin

Svea Morane: do you all mean that i can actually change clothes and such in SL? :)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Iggy, this is from the Crazy Hair Hunt. You should get one.

Kali Pizzaro: lol Svea

Claudia13 Rossini: no Svea, laughs

VWER 4/19/12

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): got a pic of you bald, Kali :)

Kali Pizzaro: oops

Svea Morane: whew… don’t want extra responsibility ;)

Claudia13 Rossini: lolol

Ozma Malibu: bye everyone

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): By, Ozma! Nice you meet you!

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Gotta run..claudia and Grizzla, drop any LMs on me for my new pirate..I mean merchant…ALT

Kali Pizzaro: cheers Ozma

Claudia13 Rossini: when Karl Lagerfelt comes into SL…i’m tossing this black dress.until then…….

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): wooo Grizzla

Tori Landau: bye Iggy

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): hold still for a pic

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): then I will dash off..tc Tori!

Praxislady Witt: would love to stay but got a project waiting, hmmm

rosavioletta: Bye Iggy! Ciao :-)

Kali Pizzaro: yep need coffee folks

Kali Pizzaro: take care all

Praxislady Witt: /me is waving bye to all :)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): See you all soon!

Svea Morane: Bye Prax

rosavioletta: Bye!

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): got it! Nevermore!

 

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