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1  Schome Park Programme / Building / Terrafirma: The New Plot 2! on: April 04, 2008, 09:49:25 AM
Hi everyone,

Peter has given us Plot 2, the location of the current Scholympia, for our project.

We're just getting organized. Feel free to join the group, the Terraformers.

I'll have our entry about our upcoming meeting in the events page soon.

We also need a 'closing ceremony' for Scholympia. Working on that too.

2  Schome / Events / Creating Screencasts for Forum & Wiki (maybe the SL client too) on: March 07, 2008, 09:19:08 AM
Hi everyone,

At a staff meeting the other day, we talked about the idea of creating a library of screencasts explaining to people how to use the forum and wiki.

We thought this sounded like a good idea, since people generally don't know how to use these tools.

Fortunately, it's super easy to do, thanks to several free tools. Camtasia 3.0 (an old version) is free (I can find the link somewhere), there's Jing, but best of all, there's this new one,

We were thinking it would be cool to use to create a library of "how to" videos re: use of the forum and wiki.

Mars has taken intiative and set up a wiki masterclass: - perhaps we could all work together?

Basically, all I think we need is to agree on a list of things we want to show - episodes, if you will - then divide up the work, review use of the tool and how we'd like the recordings to generally be structured, then let everyone loose.

What do you think? I think it would be cool to hear everyone's voice, but I'm imagining some screencasts could be done with text, particularly with one of the more powerful screen capture programs.

Speaking of which, has anyone used for SL machinima? Looks pretty promising.

I think the focus of this project should be the wiki and forum FIRST, though.

Comments please? I'm signing up for Mars' session on the forum in the meantime.

Thanks, Yankee
3  Virtual worlds (in education) / Building & Planning Permission / American Clubhouse? on: December 05, 2007, 08:24:38 PM
Hey everyone,

The skatepark is stuttering to life but we all came up with an additional idea that could be more fun and a lot easier.

We would like to propose a clubhouse, as a group build, that would have a distinctly American flair. I can't really explain what that means but I'm thinking of something that a student might do for their own rooms. Posters, furniture, other things we would have to design ... we would work together on the house construction, and all would be welcome of course, but would give our gang a place to call home.

Prim-wise, I dunno, what is a furnished building going to use? 500 or so?


4  Schome Park Programme / Schome Park Events / Kean University Presentation-Visit Fri 11/30 & Sat 12/1, 3:35-3:45pm on: November 28, 2007, 09:42:49 AM
Hi everyone,

I am presenting at a conference on Friday and Saturday and would like to feature Schome Park. I have added the event to the wiki page as well as created a page with more info. Please see:

... and edit the page as you wish! Hope to see some of you there. I won't be able to accommodate everyone but a crowd of avatars would make quite an impression on my audience!

Thank you for your help,

5  Schome / Schome discussions / What are Kids learning in Virtual Worlds? - MacArthur Foundation Panel webcast on: November 18, 2007, 12:37:57 PM
This event was last Wednesday night in the USA and was organized by one of the leading charitable foundations:

I couldn't make it - I had another commitment. Here is the rebroadcast:

If you have about an hour and 15 minutes, and can at least just listen to the audio, it will be well worth your while.

The implications of virtual worlds in education are all here, explained, explored. Really great.

Yankee Sparker
6  Schome Park Programme / Media (making) / Schome News Network? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... on: November 12, 2007, 12:41:47 PM
Hey everyone,

CNN here in the USA has just announced what amounts to a blog that allows anyone to submit news stories about Second Life from within Second Life or from their blog directly. My post about it is here: and the blog itself is here:

This has me thinking ... first of all, we could EASILY create news items for this blog talking about the Schome Park project. A photo, some words, maybe a bit of machinima, and PRESTO! Schome Park gets international publicity. For free.

But the real thing that has me excited is the possibility of recreating the same thing in Schome Park ... to wit ... we create our own set, we design and produce our own newscasts, have our own reporters, etc. We could interview residents, cover contentious issues/debates (like voice or not), talk about the project overall and why it rocks, anything we want.

It would stink kinda that we would only be limited to the confines of SPii, but ... the WORK we do (the stories we produce) could be featured on the CNN blog.

As an educator, the potential here for learning is enormous. Writing stories, producing segments, recording machinima, all of it ... could be great fun and so rewarding. A virtual school of journalism!

What do you think?

7  Virtual worlds (in education) / Schome Park proposals / Skate Park? on: November 08, 2007, 03:03:01 AM
Hi everyone, where can I read up on the P and P process to know how to propose a Skate Park for SPii?

Our New Jersey USA kids are ready I think to start something serious.


8  Schome Park Programme / Schome Park Events / Question(s) about Events, Projects, and more on: November 04, 2007, 05:09:19 PM
Hi everyone,

Need your help and advice here. Dr. Carol Ferguson (my boss) and I have been talking about possible ideas for events and we would love your input.

My first question: an event/discussion is a gathering but a project is a build, is that right? Assuming the answer is yes, we have some ideas and need to know where to post about ideas for each of those properly. :)

We are wondering how the world events - "history" - that we teach OUR students gets taught to OTHERS around the world. For example, the Revolutionary War is a big part of our middle school social studies curriculum. We think it would be fascinating to have a discussion of how that era is taught FROM BOTH PERSPECTIVES. This happens only rarely in the USA; we are lucky to have a GREAT Year 7 social studies teacher who goes out of his way to show things from the British perspective but ... it's clearly not the same. It can't be. You all are a much better source of information! So, if we wanted to have a discussion about the Revolutionary War (something specific perhaps, to be determined), how would we best go about that? What do you think of this idea?

Similarly, I've seen role plays used quite effectively in Teen Second Life (I am a volunteer at Ramapo Islands, a middle school build in Suffern, NY). I actually interviewed several students back in April about their experience recreating the trial from the John Steinbeck novel, "Of Mice and Men." If you can forgive the shoddy camera work, this might be of interest: Anyway, would there be any interest in setting up a role play, perhaps of an historical event with significance to both our cultures, that we could get into?

What about cultural differences? What's it like to be a teen in the U.K.? What do you think it's like being a teen in the USA? What's the same? What's different? What matters to you? What matters to us? Can we, through a conversation in Schome Park, come to a better understanding of ourselves and the world?

Finally, if we wanted to propose building something, like, perhaps, a skate park (a skateboard would probably be a better thing to start with!) how would that be accomplished? What is the building permission process? Would that be considered a "project"?

Sorry to blather on ... thank you for listening!


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