So how much more real does it need to be?!

In a series on virtual World Makers, Draxtor Despres just released this wonderful interview with inworld designer, Eshi Otawara – enjoy :-)

Virtual artwork – just like the physical artwork – stimulates the brain – so how much more real does it need to be?

It’s not a non-existing universe – it’s there, it exists – if you just release yourself of that prejudice of what’s virtual, that it’s not real  – it will make you happy!

/Mariis

Btw: I had the great pleasure of meeting Draxtor and Eshi along with a bunch of other amazing avatars at the SLCC09 – and we were … HAPPY!

Machinima seminar at Roskilde University

Thursday November 26th I participated in a seminar on Machinima organized by Professor, Sisse Siggaard Jensen and her research team in the Virtual Worlds Research Project.

Webmaster of Mirror World, Speedmaster Bing aka Jimmy Hansen RL started off by introducing to the phenomenon and showed us various examples of different genres of Machinima. It was the first time I met Speedmaster RL and it was great fun! Among the videos Speedmaster presented this was my absolute favorite – I have no idea who Pengin is, but I have to say that I’m a fan :-)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Following Speemaster’s presentation we went in-word – via Doctor Asp‘s avatar – to meet Britta Pollmüller (Pigment Pye in-world), who is a Machinima artist and teaches in-world machinima classes at the Open University’s Schome Initiative. BTW Dianne Carr from Learning From Online Worlds; Teaching In Second Life – a research project at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London funded by the Eduserv Foundation – did an interesting interview with Pollmüller.

After lunch we were joined by Hugh Hancock – Machinima pioneer and apparently the man who – by spelling accident when ordering a domain address – coined the term Machinima.

Hancock spoke of the (short) history of Machinima and also presented various examples – with this one getting the most laughs ;-)

Hancock ended the afternoon by showing us how to create Machinima via Moviestorm. It was a day filled with strong audio-visual impressions, and the most important lesson I learned, was that I’ve got a lot to learn before engaging in attempts to do Macinima on my own – but it sure does seem worth the effort!

/Mariis

Life is all about stories

… and fortunately there are some great storytellers out there – here’s an amazing video from Sound’r:

While I’m not an artist, I do believe that storytelling plays an important role in my line of work too – or as Gordon Wells puts it:

Constructing stories in the mind or storying, as it has been called is one of the most fundamental means of making meaning; as such it is an activity that pervades all aspects of learning  . . . Through the exchange of stories, teachers and students can share their understandings of a topic and bring their mental models of the world into closer alignment. In this sense, stories, and storytelling are relevant in all areas of the curriculum. (Wells.1986:194)

Tomorrow, November 2nd I’ll be starting yet another in-world course. This time around, my friend and former MIL student, Mew Aeon will join me as co-facilitator.

Mew
What’s Mew’s story?

I’m truly delighted and grateful that Mew has accepted to join me in the course. I’m sure we’ll co-create some great teaching and learning stories together with the participants :-)

/Mariis

Reference

Wells, G. (1986). The Meaning Makers: Children Learning Language and Using Language to Learn.Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Relay for Life

With virtual worlds new opportunities arise, and I think that one of the more exiting ways of using virtual worlds is fundraising. No doubt you reach a different audience through virtual worlds. This weekend Relay for Life is hosting a big fundraiser spread out on 35 Heroes Islands.

A similar event in 2007 helped to raise over US $115,000 in total. It’s possible to monitior this years donations from the RFLofSL event site.

Last night I attended a live concert with Tony Uriza, who apparently lost his mother to cancer, and there was an atmosphere of hope and fight for survival with many avatars holding different type of RLF flags.

Of course it’s possible to donate Lindens everywhere on the islands ..

On the avenue leading to Shea Stadium there’s an exhibition by SL artist Byron Oh


Jethopper



Fishbot

Some of the events have also been broadcasted via SLCN.tv

One of the activities is a scavenger/cancer education hunt, and I found one of these inside the Trojan Horse on Heroes19.

Unfortunately I kept loosing my wig, when climbing the rope …

On Heroes3 I got me a nice horse – it was also a place showing pictures of RL cancer survivors.


Demo horse – only to be worn once


Survivors displayed

At the end of the day, I wanted to try out a super-hero costume …

It didn’t really suit me … guess I’m not much of a hero … and now I’m struggeling to get back into (my) shape!

/Mariis