The official opening of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices Education Conference began today, and will continue through Saturday night, March 13th. This conference is unique in that sessions and events run continously within Second Life over a period of two days – that’s right non-stop! It would be impossible to attend every session, but the diversity of presentations covers everything from teaching with machinima to fostering SL educational partnerships across the grid, connecting SL to RL and vice-versa. Check out the schedule – https://sites.google.com/a/vwbpe.org/schedule/main-schedule-page. I had the honor to present at 6AM SLT with Machinima Artist Guild founder Lowe Runo (as the Mad Hatter) as we showed educators and students tips to the art and practice of making what else – but MACHINIMA! Then our sesssion was followed with the incredible Silverwing Benoir who demonstrated the physics of explosives in the SL classroom.
Where else but SL can someone be encouraged to ignite cannons and fuel tanks. Midmorning, Linden Lab CEO M Linden addressed an auditorium of educators as part of the grand opening ceremonies, and noted that Linden Lab intentionally made the “tools to create the experiences” that amplify our reality through an immersive social environment. That’s it for now…the rest of the story in BOSL Magazine’s April issue. Look for more pics. Be sure to attend some sessions Friday and Saturday! ALL FREE.