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VWER Tomorrow: What did you take away from the VWBPE Conference this year?

Joe Essid
Join members of the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable for a
text-chat discussion for a wrap-up session on the recent conference.

Bring your resources and links to share!  If you did not make the
conference, come by to hear about what others learned.

I will moderate this meeting in Second Life on  Thursday, March 29, at
11:30 am SLT, 2:30pm EST, 7:30pm UK.

How to find us tomorrow:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BGSU%20Community/122/83/27

or for you SLULRers:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/BGSU%20Community/54/85/25

See you at the Roundtable.
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Joe Essid, University of Richmond Writing Center

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Dr. Ulysses Blackthorne, Monster Hunter (and B-Movie horror host): Savage Worlds
Smoky Messerschmidt: Glitch
Iggy Strangeland: InWorldz, Reaction & 3rd Rock Grids
Roderick Usher: Jokaydia Grid
Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Second Life

blog: http://iggyo.blogspot.com
Web: http://virtualworldsedu.info/
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RenFest 2012: A Cross-Disciplinary Virtual World Conference

Mary-Carol
For SLED members who might be interested in attending this program....come for some of the events, come for all! For questions, please contact Korrigan Keynes inworld or Mary-Carol Lindbloom at [hidden email].

RenFest 2012: A Cross-Disciplinary Virtual World Conference


Date & Time:

Friday, March 30, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 2:-00 p.m. PDT (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT)

Saturday, March 31, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m EDT)


Location:

Martin Learning Center, South Central Regional Library Council, 108 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850; or  Renaissance Island, Second Life


Registration:

Free to all



In this two-day virtual conference, participants will explore the use of virtual worlds in librarianship, education, and music.  Learn why librarians, including the American Library Association (though no longer maintaining a sim in Second Life), continue to maintain a presence there. Explore best practices in 3-D learning and multimedia teaching. Watch a student performance at the Globe Theatre; experience an early music concert.  The program includes a tour of selected exhibitions and projects that students, librarians, educators, and aficionados have created.


You may participate two ways:  Join us in Ithaca to watch the proceedings on SCRLC’s wide screen; or, jump into the virtual world of Second Life using your own avatar (i.e., online representation) or one that SCRLC has created for you (“slurls” are provided if you choose the latter method of participation).  In either case, experienced mentors will provide assistance. 


Schedule:


Friday, March 30


7:00 -- 9:00 a.m. PDT (10:00 – 12:00 p.m. EDT)  Engaging Students in a Virtual World for Real Life Learning about Medieval and Renaissance Literature.  Dr. Iseut Aycliffe and Dr. Laviece Ward (Elan) of Wake Technical Community College. The professors’ classes in Second Life (on Renaissance Island as well as the NC WeBIEE Island), include a joint meeting of classes from Dr. Aycliffe's class (in Second Life) and Dr. Ward's classes, one (online class) in Second Life as well as her "real life" seated class. They will present techniques and strategies for presenting medieval and renaissance literature using the interactive features of Second Life.  After they discuss immersive teaching, there will be some performances onstage at the Globe by Iseut's students.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/197/49/27


9:00 --10:00 a.m. PDT (12:00—1:00 p.m. EDT) A Very Special, Special Library:  Community Virtual Library Celebrates Six Years in Second Life. Rhonda Trueman, a.k.a. Abbey Zenith in the virtual world of Second Life, discusses the Community Virtual Library, from the days of librarian exploration of virtual worlds, through expansion and reduction, and what makes CVL and its library volunteers so special.  Ms. Trueman is Access Services Librarian, Northwest Florida State College Library. Ms. Trueman has a BA in English with a minor in Technical and Professional Writing and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS). She feels it is only natural that she is interested in writing and technology. Other interests include history, instructional technology, and the use of virtual worlds for education and librarianship.                 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/115/84/27


10:00 -- 11:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT) Tour of Renaissance Island (Meet at the clock tower) 

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/99/83/27


11:00 --  12:00 p.m. PDT (2:00 –3:00 p.m. EDT) Librarianship in the Tudor World. Mary-Carol Lindbloom, a.k.a. Korrigan Keynes. South Central Regional Library Council. What were libraries like in the Tudor Period? Did anyone actually read? Mary-Carol will explore literacy and libraries and show participants how Tudor education and libraries have informed the library on Renaissance Island. In the real world, she is executive director of the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC), Ithaca, NY.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/132/205/27


12:00 -- 1:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT) Building a Tudor World: 16th Century Architecture in England and Second Life.  Serenek Timeless (but please call her “Sere”) will present an hour-long session beginning with an illustrated presentation on the architecture of English residences, both large and small, during the Tudor/Elizabethan period in England. We will examine the similarities and differences between the great manor houses and the homes of the merchant class and commoners built during this era, and we will see how construction methods changed over the course of the century.   The second part of the session will be a live construction of a Second Life Tudor home.  Are construction techniques different in SL?  Oh my, yes! In real life, Sere teaches at a university in Rhode Island.  In Second Life, Sere is an experienced builder and has recently begun researching Tudor era building techniques as a way of informing her virtual world creations. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/219/222/1226

 

1:00 -- 2:00 p.m. PDT (4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT) Teaching in Hell: Using Virtual Worlds to Create Dante's Inferno and other Literary Environments. Beth Lynne Ritter-Guth. Teaching literature in virtual worlds allows students to embrace texts in an entirely new way.  Dante's classic, The Divine Comedy, is a tough sell for 21st century students, but using virtual worlds provides and engaging and authentic learning environment tuned to their interests and skills. Presentation by Beth Lynne Ritter-Guth, a.k.a. Desidera Stockton, who teaches English, Programming, Gaming, and Robotics at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA. See her vitae online at http://collegeenglish.wikispaces.com/vitae.   http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/220/227/27

  

Saturday, March 31


7:00 -- 8:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT) Tour of Renaissance Island (Meet at the clock tower) 

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/99/83/27


8:00 -- 9:00 a.m. PDT (11:00 – 12:00 p.m. EDT) Librarianship in the Tudor World. Mary-Carol Lindbloom. South Central Regional Library Council. What were libraries like in the Tudor Period? Did anyone actually read? In case you missed her presentation yesterday, in an encore talk Mary-Carol will explore literacy and libraries and show participants how Tudor education and libraries have informed the library on Renaissance Island.  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/132/205/27

 

9:00 -- 10:-00 a.m. PDT (12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT) Transitions: The "Big Picture" Differences between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, focusing on England 1400-1600.  Becca MacLean Lyman, a.k.a. Breila Jenvieve. Feudal systems in the Renaissance? A large middle class in the Medieval Period?  Learn what is what and what is not! This session is geared toward students, aficionados, and roleplayers, as they journey toward authenticity and learn the differences and appropriateness of various structures and models for their sims. Becca MacLean Lyman teaches high school World History in Austin, Texas.  She has actively studied the Middle Ages and Early Modern Europe as an "independent scholar" and then a teacher for about 25 years, from playing the basso continuo in an early music consortium, to presenting research on ecclesiastical history at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo.  She very much enjoy living history and is involved with the SCA and hashelped build and manage roleplay sims in Second Life and InWorldz. 

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/123/46/27

 

10:00 -- 11:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT) Theater as Schooling.  Sasha “Birdie” Newborn. Shakespeare does history, civics, geography, political science, gender studies, English —without a PowerPoint. Bio: Sasha "Birdie" Newborn, editor-publisher, runs a small college publishing firm, Bandanna Books, specializing in American, English, and World literature for early college years. Her most recent projects include Seven Plays by William Shakespeare with Transgender Characters, Plus Hamlet; Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and The Idea of a President (as debated, refined, and proposed at the Constitutional Convention of 1787). Now semi-retired, she lives in Santa Barbara, California.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/197/49/27

 

11:00 -- 11:30 p.m. PDT (2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT)  En Garde Demonstration. A brief discussion and exhibition on fencing, virtual style. Capt Blinker and Exrex Somme. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/37/109/27

 

11:30 -- 1:00 p.m. PDT (2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EDT)  Jousting in the Renaissance.  A brief discussion and exhibition.  Amza Hydraconis and Exrex Somme.  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Renaissance%20Island/37/109/27


1:15 -- 2:15 p.m. PDT (4:15 - 5:15 p.m. EDT) A Concert of Renaissance Music, Details TBA.


2:15 -- 2:30 p.m. PDT (5:15 - 5:30 p.m. EDT) Wrap-up.



This program has been sponsored by South Central Regional Library Council. For April 2011- March 2012, Renaissance Island has been funded by SCRLC using Federal Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) monies, awarded to the NYS Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


 


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