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1  Schome / Introductions / Re: PeterT – an end and a beginning on: June 26, 2019, 06:04:36 AM
Hi,

I managed to livestream the talk (unfortunately, getting there from Helsinki was a touch challenging, especially when I have to give a talk the following day ;))

I've got to say, it was quite a nice, amusing talk about a subject almost everybody claims to be an expert in, but few are actually willing to innovate or question. (It's the best education system in the world, of course!)  - I think you quite nicely pointed out the holes and inefficiencies in a system that's designed by academics for producing academics, rather than for effectively bringing children into society.

I particularly liked the panel discussion, it was a good mix of people. Although now I'm questioning my preferences for typically working in the dark :P

2  Schome / Introductions / Re: PeterT – an end and a beginning on: June 13, 2019, 08:31:20 AM
Currently writing up my PhD Thesis in Helsinki (Aalto University) on Quantum Thermodynamics with Superconducting Circuits - which is a fancy way of saying using ultra low temperatures to study the interface between everyday notions of heat with what happens in a quantum system.

....and still messing about role playing/building in second life when given the chance.
3  Schome / Introductions / Re: PeterT – an end and a beginning on: June 12, 2019, 04:37:14 PM
Will definitely try to drop in :)
4  Schome / Introductions / Re: Hi everyone! on: August 30, 2017, 02:27:11 PM
There is no link, but it's an area of interest, partially inspired by Schome, that I try to keep on the back burner.
I also have a number of friends and aquaintances in the video game industry, at various studios in the Nordic countries (notably Rovio, Supercell, Image and Form) who work mostly in the mobile game industry, but are getting excited about the prospects VR offer, and are ready to capitalise on that.

I'm somewhat detatched from the young education field, but in tertiary education there is quite a lot of interest, especially with the rising prominence of online courses and MOOCs, to work out how to improve them and, in technical courses, how to still transfer the practical knowledge. How do you build a chemistry lab, or a physics lab in a way that somebody can do it from home or a library? Platforms like Second Life and other VR environments seem to be a favoured solution...but I'm not actively involved in this research. Teaching at the moment is not a huge role in what I do.

In quite a biased opinion, I would agree that there is something in Schome, or something like it, to provide an environment for students to engage with each other and solve community focused problems that todays society is not actively engaging with. But you're the expert ;)

Finland is doing a lot of work focusing on bringing ICT into the schools, but I dont think much is being done outside.  But then, the schooling system is very different to the UK.


 
5  Schome / Introductions / Re: Hi everyone! on: August 30, 2017, 01:15:09 PM
Ok, it took a year for me to notice that people were giving updates, but actually I've been quite engaged with video game designers who are looking into VR, and the prospects of virtual environments for games, educational and otherwise, and Schome actually came up in conversation.

Yeah, I'm now doing a PhD (although they call it a D.Sc.(tech)) in Engineering Physics at Aalto University in Helsinki, specifically looking at the interface between thermodynamics and quantum physics, making and measuring chips with superconducting quantum bits (the same used in quantum computers) and other elements.   

Actually I did my undergraduate masters in physics at Lancaster University, if I had known Rowan was there, could have arranged something. I frequently visit anyway to check up on collaborators and friends in the physics department (it's a minor detour when I'm home for christmas).

I also spent a while in the physics department in Bristol, spending a summer there funded by the Ogden Trust working on an experiment that ultimately ended up in Nature Physics (biggest journal in the field).

Very interesting to hear what people have been up to, and congratulations to all those who've recieved promotions and new jobs.



6  Virtual worlds (in education) / Virtual world discussions / Re: SecondLife becomes more expensive for education on: October 27, 2010, 09:04:29 PM
Im not sure if this is more expensive or simply an encouragement to use less resourses :P

Basically, they have decided to let you buy the low-prim cheap sims that are probably more suited to non-profit organisations without having to purchase the full sim as is requirement for everyone else.

7  Schome Park Programme / Schome Park discussions / Re: Why can't I build plants in the sandbox? on: March 14, 2010, 10:35:50 PM
*Gets Jealous*

Generally, you only need to be able to landscape, to plant trees. (Though yes, this is annoying)

And Hi Peter, Long time no see.
8  Schome Park Programme / Schome Park Events / Re: World Water Day on: March 08, 2010, 05:47:08 PM
Good times.....good times.
9  Schome / Schome discussions / Re: Supporting each other in the Schome Park Environment on: May 25, 2009, 10:45:46 PM
Was very...interesting individual in my opinion. Seemed to like his..AI..and wanted to convince us into believing that he was the best of us at it..which he probably was but..well..you can never take somethings too far :P
10  Schome / Schome discussions / Re: Supporting each other in the Schome Park Environment on: May 22, 2009, 06:07:42 AM
It is most likely that we didnt do that...because we didnt know how..or didnt think of it as a possibility, we just dealt with it as it happened. Was definatly a learning experience.
11  Schome / Schome discussions / Re: Supporting each other in the Schome Park Environment on: May 20, 2009, 11:37:31 PM
We did have some good times didn't we??  :lol:
We did, yes :D
I remember the wedding and staff "thanks" party we held at skybase II....that was both fun and interesting..lots of tubes all over to get to different places...and the quite obvious competition that Mars and Skybase seemed to have with ideas from both myself and mars being simular but wanting to do them as part of our own building..hehe..in reflection seemed so stupid.

I remeber that i was going to reform skybase for the "newer" stage..however make it much smaller, infact if memory serves...PeterT did ask me to do it as part of the orientation thing..but as soon as he deeded the land..half of woops and elsa's objects got returned (over the prim allowance thing)

Ah, yes. It wasnt the space as they were in the sky, its just that there was little allowance left for us little people to practice with.  ;)
Well, when you have two skybases plus machinima sets..plus race tracks..plus the hude AI thing...it all adds up!

In hinesight (spelt that right?) the skybase II did eat up about a thousand..maybe two thousand prims...Skybase one was slightly less before the additions of SkyLounge and SkyAppartments that i had little control over. 
12  Schome Park Programme / Media (making) / Re: First Annual Silent Film Contest on: January 09, 2009, 12:22:11 PM
Ok, ive just sent my dad to fax it over, and if i can get it to let me add a digital signature, ill meail it also :D
13  Schome Park Programme / Media (making) / Re: First Annual Silent Film Contest on: November 30, 2008, 08:01:06 PM
ok, shall i fil in the otherfolk as x Schomer and put their adress as peters ?
14  Schome Park Programme / Media (making) / Re: First Annual Silent Film Contest on: November 19, 2008, 07:06:34 PM
Id be able to fill in the forms, however where are the forms and what do i need to include :P
15  Schome / Schome discussions / Re: imJack trial? on: November 14, 2008, 08:20:25 AM
from what it looks like, it is almost of a piece of software i introduced to my school named Frog, and frog isnt nything special but looks better than this so im not in for this.
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