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Springsteen: We learnt more from a 3-minute record…

A further idea suggested in my talk a week ago… Because, among the first quotations I ever collected, there were a lot of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen lyrics, I couldn't not include at least one in my talk. You can go to conferences, find great ideas for using technology on the internet (see for […]

The ingredients missing in Second Life

Fifa10: now that's what I call a game! An article on ASTD caught my eye this morning: Ten Ingredients of Great Games. Which of those does Second Life not have? While SL does have "self-representation with avatars" and "three-dimensional environments", obviously, what I found missing until I vowed never to return was "narrative context" (engaging […]

EVO Sessions 2010

The 2010 edition of the excellent TESOL EVO sessions has just been announced. Session topics include video, online games, teaching with interactive whiteboards and teaching languages in virtual worlds (including Second Life). The six-week sessions start January 11th, are free and open to all and do not require TESOL membership. They tend to be a […]

Virtual worlds

Here's an interesting article on Edutopia.org that shows how virtual worlds can provide "a shared online universe in which students can play to learn": Get a Life: Students Collaborate in Simulated Roles, It mentions Whyville, "a Web-based virtual world that provides inquiry-based education for middle school students" and some of the projects that schools have […]

CSI in Second Life

I've not been in Second Life for several weeks (and haven't missed it). In fact, I doubt if even my favourite TV show — CSI — will persuade me to head back, though there's a new CSI:NY episode featuring Second Life, though the latter is not named, which aired on CBS in the States October […]

Second Life posts

A list of the posts here on Tech ELT Blog on Second Life… so far! In reverse chronological order: Second Life: where to find out more Second Life: the hype Virtual worlds here to stay Second Life: where to get started There is an index of all posts — on all other topics — here. […]

Will new technology get adopted?

One of my favourite technology blogs is Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog. From my Blue Skunk RSS feed [explanation] this morning, this chart enabling you to work out the probability that technology will get adopted large scale. Doug asks, "What are the chances of large scale adoption of (…) Second Life?" I make that low…!

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