Saturday, December 21, 2013

Second Life: The beginning of the journey

Now that we know how to move about Second Life (SL), it is important that we know exactly WHAT we can do with this virtual world.  There is so much that we can do throughout this huge place.  First and foremost, we can walk/run/fly to basically anywhere that we please without limitations.  This is a scary thought because if we put students on SL, they can do the exact same thing we can.  Granted, as educators we can monitor what the students are viewing, but just like anything else on the internet, not everything is safe and kid friendly.  To the left, you can see just how basic it can be, with arrows to guide the NewBees around SL.

In SL, you are pick an avatar, but what is nice about this: it can be changed when ever you want!  Often we see that we have to stick with the avatar we select when we first begin using the website, but with SL you can change it whenever you want.  After that, you can change your appearance.  There are places all around in which you can buy new clothes and place them either in your inventory or on your body.  You also have to remember that you can see other people throughout your tour in Second Life.  For example, in the above snapshot, you can see that there is another NewBee going through the same thing that I was, learning what Second Life is all about.
Once done with the basics, it is time to explore.  This time is crucial because it's often when students discover how much left arrow they need as compared to the up arrow.  Giving students time to explore and fiddle around with things is when a lot of the learning happens.  In the picture to the right, you can see that it a simple snapshot of what I was looking at at the time, which was before emerging into the city type land.

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