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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thank You, Jane Wilde!

you as you know are largely responsible for our astonishing success. I hesitate to say that when we have another day (or, pleasantly, it feels like a half day) of sharing and learning, but I feel pretty confident we're onto a model that works. Maybe we can collaborate on a good long article L&L will pick up, or for some other venue. Extending the sharing of the sharing.

Today I'm out early at 8:30 for the panel discussion "Distance Learning Comes of Age" and I'll be sitting on the panel sharing our success very briefly as well as sharing some details of our successful distance event coordination. What's the name and venue for your paper in Toronto? I'd love to share that as well.

We'll debrief after your rousingly successful paper presentation. If you ever, and I mean EVER, need any help from me just hear that old "You've Got a Friend" song in your head and pick up your cellphone and just call on me.


Much love from Denver and always everywhere,
Scott, and on behalf of SIGVE

On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM, Esme Qunhua  wrote:
Hi there Scott,
Wow! I am amazed by what we have accomplished in the past two days.  We have had our share of "tech-happens." But even the variety of glitches have been interesting and kind of funny. I mean, what can you do when the basic building instructor can't log on, and even if she could wouldn't be able to rez stuff. (Note: This was due to a Linden Lab database issue that developed at the time of the final presentation by Cindy Burton on Tuesday).

So many of the presentations have been inspiring.  The amount of content that has been shared in such a compressed time period has been awesome.  Please share my appreciation with your volunteers.


Esme Qunhua/Jane Wilde
Faculty, Marlboro College Grad Center
Marlboro College Graduate School

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Invitation to Participate and to Learn!

Hello, ya'll,

I'm spending this day packing for ISTE 2010 and the surrounding two weeks in Denver and helping to prep the house for our house sitter, typing out "away lists" for our good close neighbors, and checking in and out of various online platforms to make sure none of the elements in our complex planning for the SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground have gone derailed. I'm keeping light on my virtual feet, dancin' like a butterfly and stingin' like a bee.

I want to invite any and everyone to keep abreast of our work in Denver by frequenting the links below, especially between June 26 and June 30. After that I'll be laying around and having family fun in Denver 'til the 7th of July, when we return home. I'll be off out to Boston July 21 by myself for the Apple Learning Institute, and I'm sure that by then I'll have a great deal more to share.

To put things in perspective, we have put together 35 live presentations over 3 days, mostly a half hour each, back to back, the entire run of the Playground, starting Mountain time 8 a.m. Monday morning, June 28 and running up to Playground closure Wednesday, June 30, at 1 pm. In the playground is a small presentation stage, a table station with 8 hardwired-to-a-dedicated-subnetwork Macbooks, and there are 4 hardwired Earthlink PCs stationed at tables around the room. At any given time there's likely to be a Playground Poobah or other helper at one of these machines to help you learn about how the 3D internet and 3D virtual worlds can make your teaching and your learning more effective, more relevant, and There. I said the "f" word. An LCD projector will be displaying presenter slides, inworld tours and demonstrations of (and from) various worlds on a Promethean Board, and casual seating will allow visitors to plop down and login to anywhere they wish via conference wireless.

Here are the key places to check for ISTE SIGVE fun and learning:

The SIGVE Wiki
is the official nucleus for the International Society for Technology in Education and it includes schedules, updates, links, and resources surrounding our growing community's work in the arena of learning and teaching in virtual worlds. If you're an educator, even if you are not an ISTE member, I invite you to join this wiki and to add to its exponentially increasing value. The global community of educators (and students) involved in this work can use your expertise, and ISTE's wiki platform makes it easy to share.

The ISTE SIGVE Playground ustream
will, bandwidth cooperating, be the place where live video from within the SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground can be found during scheduled Playground hours. That's (Mountain Time) 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Time Zones made easy for ISTE SIGVE Pg
will help you translate our local Mountain Time into your own local time if you are not in Denver or in the Mountain Time Zone.

To my Playground co-facilitator Lisa Linn, to my inworld Grand Poobah Jane Wilde, to Marianne and to Rosie and to Julie and to Noreen and to Kelly and to the erstwhile Andy, to Terra and to Wanda and to everyone else who knows they've worked hard enough for the old guy to have had the wherewithal to remember to type their name here but didn't, and to all those other colleagues who are invested in SIGVE but haven't yet taken advantage of the opportunity to contribute (and I know that you will!) please, ya'll, please offer your congratulations and gratitude along with my own.

I hope you can find time to join us and to take advantage of the work that dozens of folks, all volunteers, all working from their divergent geographical locations over the past 9 months or so, have put into crafting our event for ISTE 2010. We gift, to you, the ISTE SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2009 - 2010 Mr. A's Classroom79

Pal Jeff Agamenoni in Montana has posted a stellar video describing his first year as a Middle School Gifted Education Teacher. It's more than worth a watch!

2009 - 2010 Mr. A's Classroom79

Monday, June 07, 2010

Imogen Heap Sings with Miranda!

Okay, okay, it's the other way around, still...

I only wish we had audio that reflected the true warmth and fullness of the sound in the Ryman Auditorium that night, but here is the online video from Imogen Heap's amazing performance of her "Earth," backed up by the ad hoc (organized by my very own baby girl, Miranda Merrick--the beautiful one in the peach dress) "We Are Nashville." Visit Imogen's Charity downloads site soon to download the wonderful improvisation she did with a fresh mandolin purchased just that day from George Gruhn's shop. It looked from where I was sitting like an ancient Gibson A-model. Anyway, she should have the download available from her Nashville show within a few days. Meanwhile, enjoy:


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