You may know them as avatars, but now is your chance to meet them in person. The eXtension in Second Life® builders and mentors: Thynka Little (LuAnn Phillips), Brianna Beresford (Peg Schear), and DFox Spitteler (Dmitre Raposo) will be live at the eXtension National Conference in St. Louis, October 20-23. Bring your ideas, your questions, and your curiosity!
Second Life® is an Internet-based 3D virtual environment where educators from around the world — and many of your eXtension colleagues — are finding new ways to create rich, immersive educational content. eXtension supports exploration of this new technology by providing in-world staff, professional development sessions, and space for building in both Second Life® and Teen Second Life®.
There will be several opportunities to meet with the eXtension in SL group.
•Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. CT: The Mixed Reality Mixer at the Welcome Reception. See and hear Second Life® musicians streamed in live from across the country at the Virtual State Fair, and visit with Communities of Practice who have active projects in Second Life®.
•Wednesday at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. CT, back-to-back breakout sessions inform you about how and why to become involved in immersive 3D education now.
•Informal opportunities: The eXtension in SL group will camp out in the hotel lobby Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT, Wednesday 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. CT, and other times when possible. Please come and chat with us about how your educational programming can be enhanced by a 3D immersive component.
eXtension’s virtual Worlds Coordinator, LuAnn Phillips, encourages educators to take a closer look at this emerging technology, “The migration of Extension work into virtual worlds seems to be a natural fit. Experiential hands-on learning has always been a core methodology for Cooperative Extension, and doing this in 3D virtual space will allow programs to scale in a cost-effective way to reach new, even global, audiences,” she said.