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This page provides info about Phase 3 of the Schome Park Project and documents the ongoing development of Schome Park (our island on the Teen Grid) and the things that the Schome Park Community are getting up to in Teen Second Life (Teen Grid / TG).
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This page provides information about the current research and development phase of the Schome Park Project.  
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There is also a [[Schome_Timeline| Schome Timeline]].
* [[SPP Phase 1 bliki|The Schome Park Project Phase 1 bliki]] to find out about Phase 1 of the Schome Park Project which ran from October 2006 to May 2007.  
 
* [[SPii_Bliki|The SPii bliki]] to find out about Phase 2 of the Schome Park Project which ran from the 16th May 2007 till the 16th December 2007.
 
* [[Schome Park|the Schome Park index page]] for more info about the Schome Park Project in general.
 
[[Image:Basometeorite.jpg|300px|thumb|Baso visited the Open University and got to grips with some meteorites]]
 
  
==Data analysis==
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* '''Phase 1''' (Oct 2006-May 2007). More information in [[SPP Phase 1 bliki|the Phase 1 bliki]]
Data analysis tends to go on in the background and not get written up in the wiki, so I though I'd mention it for a change. I'm currently working on the chat logs of eight events, together with associated videos, forum postings, wiki pages, Photobucket pictures etc - looking at the levels of knowledge-age skills displayed in each.
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* '''Phase 2''' (16 May 07 - 16 Dec 07). More information in [[SPii_Bliki|the SPii bliki]]
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* '''Phase 3''' ( - 31 May 08). More information in [[SPP_Phase_3-Bliki|the Schome Park Project phase 3 bliki]]
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* '''Current research and development phase''' Information on this page.
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* Information about the Schome Park Project available on [[Schome Park|the Schome Park index page]]
  
I've just been generating tag clouds of some of the data using [http://wordle.net/ Wordle]. Here's an example from a chat log of a Time Explorers discussion about Roman Roads. The more frequently a word was used, the larger it appears (if you look carefully, Dr Who is in there somewhere). [[User:Rebecca|Fox]]
 
[[Image:Wordle.jpg]]
 
  
==Visit to the Open University and Surrey Satellite==
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== 1 March 2011 End of an Era ==
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It's the end of the world as we know it. After four years, and two Grid moves, Schome Park vanished as the month came to an end.<br>
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[[Image:The_end_of_the_world_as_we_know_it.jpg]]
|[[Image:Basometeorite.jpg|thumb|280px|Baso got to grips with a meteorite]]
 
|[[Image:Kali_blend.jpg|thumb|260px|Kali in the Planetary Sciences department]]
 
|[[Image:Gaeadesk.jpg|thumb|470px|Gaea's real-life desk]]
 
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|[[Image:Decispiral.jpg|thumb|380px|Decimus and Spiral]]
 
|[[Image:Toppermeteorite copy.jpg|thumb|220px|Topper with 'Gibeon', the iron meteorite]]
 
|[[Image:Lab.jpg|thumb|390px|One of the Open University labs]]
 
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==11 June 2008==
 
A picture of Schome Park appeared in Wagner James Au's Second Life blog,[http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2008/06/the-hidden-shad.html New World Notes] in a report on Kathy's use of shadows in Second Life.
 
  
 
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==Return to the Main Grid==
==31st May 2008 - summary of the final week of the project==
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Schome Park is back on the Main Grid after a four-year absence. However, avatars still seem to be locked to the island.<br>
 
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[[Image:Main_Grid.png]]
*With the closure of the island imminent, less and less members were on the forum
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*The spARTans held their tea party and game of chess
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*There was a record number of people on the forum this week - 961 - which sparked a discussion on the new servers and search engines
 
*Fox organised a final archaeology session yesterday, but due to Second Life being closed it was later on in the evening when we got on. Then it turned into more of a discussion on various things, like the end of the project.
 
*Today is the final day of the programme
 
* [[Closing_images|Pictures of the closing ceremony]]
 
 
 
'''Forum stats:'''
 
 
 
2236 topics, 47024 posts, 2769138 page views and 639 members - and this week 961 people/search engines were on the forum!
 
 
 
'''This week last year:''' nothing; Schome Park was closed still!
 
 
 
==24th May 2008 - summary of the second-to-last week==
 
 
 
*Time Explorers continued their bid for the learners' 'Y' Factor
 
*Archaeology (as part of Time Explorers) held the "penultimate" meeting, on the Caves of Lascaux. After taking a virtual tour we ended up talking about Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter!
 
*Topper had his final day in-world
 
*More schomers shared their views on:
 
**how the project has gone
 
**bullying
 
**IGGY
 
**their final days of school
 
*Peter began tidying the wiki
 
 
 
...so again, this week has been a quiet week. Let's make the most of next week, the final days of the Schome Park Programme!
 
 
 
'''Forum stats:'''
 
 
 
2229 topics, 46900 posts, 2741676 page views and 637 members
 
 
 
'''This week last year:''' nothing; Schome Park was closed!
 
 
 
 
 
==17th May 2008 - summary of past week==
 
 
 
*The Time Explorers continued their bid for the Learners' 'Y' Factor
 
*Peter came one step closer to making a decision on whether or not the wiki and forum will remain open to students during the break
 
*Several more staff joined
 
*The underground club returned
 
*Pigment started a discussion on CrazyTalk
 
*A discusion on whether or not it was worth starting a new government was started
 
*Animus started a thread to talk about "the weird plot" - where the schome park events page made up the sky and ground; however nobody else was experiencing the same problem
 
*Vibia asked for some help with using The GIMP
 
 
 
'''Forum stats:'''
 
 
 
2210 topics, 46633 posts, 2703610 page views and 635 members
 
 
 
'''This week last year:''' Schome Park closed to become SPii!
 
 
 
==Marriage of Silvermist and Quin==
 
Qwin: From the moment I met you I knew you were the one.<br>
 
Qwin: You are a beautiful avatar<br>
 
Qwin: with the best skin, personality, and you always get me<br>
 
Qwin: Together, we have gathered our closest friends in Second Life<br>
 
Qwin: and created a wedding that even Mary Fiore, aka Jennifer Lopez in "The Wedding Planner", would be proud of.<br>
 
 
 
Silvermist: From the day I met you I knew that I had found my other half<br>
 
Silvermist: You have the most amazing eyes that I just fall into every time i see you<br>
 
Silvermist: without you don't know what my life would be like<br>
 
Silvermist: I love you so much and I am proud to finally call you my husband<br>
 
(chatlog quoted with permission)
 
 
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[[Image:Cannot_leave.png]]
  
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== Rebuilding ==
|[[Image:Venue.jpg|thumb|350px|The wedding venue]]
 
|[[Image:Ceremony.jpg|260px|thumb|Mid ceremony]]
 
|[[Image:Chuppah.jpg|280px|thumb|Exchanging commitments]]
 
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|[[Image:Married.jpg|thumb|180px|The happy couple]]
 
|[[Image:Weddingdance.jpg|thumb|425px|Guests celebrate with a dance]]
 
|[[Image:Interviewwed.jpg|thumb|260px|Post-ceremony interview]]
 
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==History Session 12th May==
 
Fox takes a well earned break at the history session
 
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|[[Image:Fox@History.JPG|300px|thumb|Fox taking a well earned break]]
 
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==Opening of the diner==
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Animus, Topper and Kit have been busy adding new buildings to Schome Park in the last few months.
The Lion's Diner was officially opened by Zzzzz and ClowninDenial. It looked great - but a problem with prims meant some of it had been wiped at the last moment. Nevertheless, we were all impressed.
 
  
 
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|[[Image:Diner2.jpg|thumb|500px|Noel and Jethro at the opening of the diner]]
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|[[File:Newschome1.png|300px|thumb|The new eco area, complete with turbines.]]
|[[Image:Diner.jpg|325px|thumb|The jukebox]]
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|[[File:Newschome2.png|300px|thumb|A beach hut on top of a rocky cliff.]]
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|[[File:Newschome3.png|300px|thumb|A new beach, complete with waves.]]
 
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|[[Image:Clownindenialzzz.jpg|thumb|300px|Owners and architects, Zzzzz and ClownInDenial]]
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|[[File:Newschome4.png|300px|thumb|Under the sea at the beach, complete with fish and tortoise!]]
|[[Image:Clientele.jpg|thumb|290px|Some of the first diner patrons]]
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|[[File:Newschome5.png|300px|thumb|The memorial.]]
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|[[File:Newschome6.png|300px|thumb|Redesigned Scho-Op, complete with a helpful Hapno bot.]]
 
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==10th May 2008 - summary of past week==
 
 
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|[[Image:archaeology-8May08.jpg|450px|thumb|An absorbing archaeology discussion.  Little did we know as we discussed Vesuvius what was around the corner...]]
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|[[File:Newschome7.png|300px|thumb|La Tour Eiffel, ''the'' place to learn a language.]]
|[[Image:rocks.jpg|450px|thumb|Two of us rigid with terror as the rocks approach!]]
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|[[File:Newschome8.png|300px|thumb|A well. What's down there?]]
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|[[File:Newschome9.png|300px|thumb|Hmm..]]
|[[Image:earthquake.jpg|450px|thumb|everything rumbled]]
 
|[[Image:Eruption.jpg|450px|thumb|The volcanic eruption engulfed many staff - some people tried to dash out of the way]]
 
 
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*Archaeology had an interesting session, with lots of people turning up we had a volcano eruption!
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== Life Returns ==
*The spARTans held the first of several events
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Life has returned to Schome Park (see images). There are new developments and pictures will soon follow....
*The Time Explorer's Learners' X factor bid began
 
*schomeTECH continued
 
*A discussion on another builders' meeting began
 
*Preparations for the Space competition are underway
 
*Achilles proposed a "schome park scrapbook"
 
 
 
Overall, a quiet week in Schome Park!
 
 
 
'''Forum stats:'''
 
 
 
2182 topics, 46175 posts, 2638166 page views and 614 members
 
 
 
'''This week last year: Video'''
 
 
 
Techically this week last year nothing was recorded from the chess game, but 1 year ago tomorrow Achilles' video was published - you can view it [[SPP Phase 1 bliki#11th May The video|here]]
 
  
==Fly me to the moooon==
 
Johny and Babybrecker91 organised an afternoon flight to the moooon. None of us was sure to expect when we sat in the booth and were shot off into the air. What would the moooon be like? It was certainly a surprise!
 
 
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|[[Image:Black.jpg|thumb|350px|Setting up the space flight]]
 
|[[Image:Moooon trip.jpg|350px|thumb|I'm sure I've seen that green café stool somewhere before!]]
 
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|[[Image:Queue.jpg|thumb|370px|The first ever orderly queue is formed on Schome]]
 
|[[Image:Interview.jpg|thumb|300px|Gremlin interviews the organisers]]
 
 
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|[[File:Schome lagoon.jpg|thumb|300px|left|A scenic spot]]
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|[[File:Scho-op.jpg|thumb|300px|left|The new scho-op design, memorial garden and beach are being built]]
 
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==3rd May 2008 - summary of past week==
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==Publications==
 
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[[Image:ReLive book.png|100px|left]]
*A dispute between several members of the community was resolved
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Publications related to Schome continue to appear. Some of the early publications are listed on our [http://www.schome.ac.uk/publications/ publications page]. Books take longer than articles or conference papers to produce, but books relating to Schome are now available on Amazon. [http://www.springerlink.com/content/h2q843/?p=03b25b3e5375417bb060465fb270e710&pi=0/ Researching Learning in Virtual Worlds] deals with research methods and related issues for education in virtual worlds. Two of the chapters focus on the Schome Park Programme: 'The Schome Park Programme: Exploring Educational Alternatives' by Peter Twining and Shri Footring, and 'New Literacies in Schome Park' by Julia Gillen. Schome is also mentioned in'Virtual Environments: Issues and Opportunities for Researching Inclusive Educational Practices' by Kieron Sheehy, and 'The Third Place in Second Life: Real Life Community in a Virtual World' by Anna Peachey. The physical book is now on sale, and PDFs of the chapters are available online from [http://www.springerlink.com/content/h2q843/?p=03b25b3e5375417bb060465fb270e710&pi=0/ SpringerLink].
*The profiles tool went down temporarily
 
*Archaeology continued, with several new faces at the session
 
*The newsletter was published
 
*Spiral re-started schometech
 
*Doctor released another Cognitex newsletter
 
*Vibia let us know about her GCSE result
 
*Several views about the project were shared
 
*Stonehenge was completed, and the aquaduct continues...
 
 
 
'''Forum stats:'''
 
  
2163 topics, 45734 posts, 2580160 page views and 608 members
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Out early in 2010 was [http://www.amazon.co.uk/Understanding-Heritage-Memory-Global/dp/071908153X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260915726&sr=8-1/ Understanding Heritage and Memory] from Manchester University Press, which ends with 'Heritage and the Recent and Contemporary Past' by Rebecca Ferguson, Rodney Harrison and Daniel Weinbren. This chapter on virtual heritage draws on many Second Life sources, including interviews with Mars and Kali, and activities in Schome Park.
  
'''This week last year: Checkmate - the first game of chess'''
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==ReLive conference: 20-21 November 2008==
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[[Image:ReLive.jpg|thumb|280px|Conference poster]]
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The [http://www.open.ac.uk/relive08/ ReLIVE08 conference] (Researching Learning in Virtual Environments), brilliantly organised by Anna Peachey, took place at the Open University recently. It was an event full of life and excitement, with everyone interacting via blogs and Twitter and Second Life and more. You can find over 100 pictures on Flickr tagged relive08 - [http://www.flickr.com/photos/73333150@N00/3045970370/ this one] is particularly good.<br>
  
The first game of chess using Decimus' chessboard has just been played in Schome Park. Unfortunately, the game was abandoned at 'half-time' due to people having to go or losing interest, but the teams of Professor, Hapno and Trix against Decimus, Daisy and Elsa had fun using the board (Well, I did, anyway :P) and putting each other into check... Here are some pictures.  
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The Schome team gave a 90-minute presentation: 30 minutes from Shri (with PeterT on video) on an overview of the Schome Initiative, 30 minutes from Gaea on the Satellite competition, and another 30 minutes from Rowan, Schome Malone, Fox, Gaea and Shri (supported by Roughbounds and Straad) on staff experiences of the Schome Park Programme. We had the latest issue of MySchome with us, prepared by Mars, the cut-down version of the Hindenburg machinima rushed to us by Pigment, and slides from Ahoy. Oh, and some excellent art by Animus.<br>
  
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At the end of the conference, Roo Reynolds (Portfolio Executive for Social Media at BBC Vision) agreed to conclude by sharing his notes, including what he found most interesting and what he was going to take away from the conference, wrapping up the two days by distilling any key themes and considering what participants had learned about learning. This was webcast, and you can view a video of his presentation [http://stadium.open.ac.uk/stadia/preview.php?whichevent=1248&s=31&schedule=1473 here] or look at his slides [http://www.slideshare.net/rooreynolds/relive-2008-closing-keynote-when-its-all-over-we-still-have-to-clear-up-presentation?type=powerpoint here].<br>
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|[[image:chess02.png|thumb|150px|The teams have just been chosen - Prof, Hapno and Trix for the blacks; Dec, Daisy and Elsa for the whites]]
 
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==26th April 2008 - summary of past week==
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It's an excellent presentation, and I recommend that you read it and/or visit [http://rooreynolds.com/ Roo's blog].<br>
  
*There was discussion about building a Gothic Temple. After a long discussion Tsuyoshikentsu decided to build a chess tourney.
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Below are the sections related to Schome. It's unusual to find out what a member of the audience took away from your conference presentation. It's even more unusual to see them passing what they have learned on to a wider audience - so it's wonderful to see how positive Roo was about the experience - and how closely he was paying attention :-)
*Staff decided not to go for more bidding to be able to reflect on what is done so far.
 
*A third group of participants are created. SPomers: folk who are over 18, but not staff.
 
*Problems for prim usage were solved by plot allocation
 
*Space Experiment Phase B: visit to SSTL date now agreed: Wednesday 25th June
 
*Baso Schomer is back!
 
*New folk signed up in April so far: ringara, redhead, lfc, mrbing, Riverdance, Tiggerkitty, AllBiz, BoxCutter, peachez12, Julianna, Twilight, angel, Flash
 
  
==19th April 2008 - summary of past week==
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'''Excerpt from Roo Reynold's Presentation'''<br>
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[[Image:Slideone.jpg|left|thumb|330px|Ceci n'est pas une image d'Earthshine]]
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Yesterday I saw something that actually moved me to tears (I’m a soppy git) and I was sat at the back with a little tear running down my eye. I’ll tell you why in a minute, but it was about Schome. It was about this thing, which hopefully you’ve all heard of by now: the education system for the information age [shows Schome slide]. Some of you are involved in it. I recognised a lot of faces in the room. It started with NAGTY, the National Association of Gifted and Talented Youth and then moved on, opening up after that. <br>
  
*Lots of discussions sparkled after Noel's Team's proposals
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This project has done a lot of interesting stuff, and it has learned some lessons. It doesn’t claim to have delivered the education system for the information age by any means; that was pretty obvious from the presentation. What it has done is raise some really interesting questions. I think some of the stuff that has worked, some of the success stories of this, we should think about. <br>
*Planning for the Space Experiment Project continued
 
*Time Travellers had a meeting for Gothic Murder Mystery Machinima and prepared a draft story script
 
*Prim count on Beta caused worries
 
*There was no German session this week
 
*Terraforming continued
 
*Archeology had their 10th seesion
 
*The release of the newsletter was postponed
 
*Doctor released the latest Cognitext newsletter
 
*A discussion on whether or not the forum and wiki should remain open after may began
 
*Baso and Spiral returned
 
*Several new members joined the staff list
 
  
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This is not a picture of Earthshine, this is a picture of moonshine [shows slide of moon]. This is light reflected off the moon. I happened to have a nice photo of the moon in my collection, so I used that, but if I was in space and I could just turn around and look at the earth, then you would be seeing earthshine. <br>
  
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There was a project that Rebecca Wilson introduced us to which was a space satellite competition in order to get a group of (I think it was) six 14- to 18-year-olds thinking about ‘What instrument could they put in space?’ What they worked on was something to measure earthshine and to measure the light that’s reflected from the earth, and whether we could feed that data into climate models if it’s changing over time and, even more excitingly, does the signature of Earth from space have a certain smell of life about it? And if we see another, similar looking one from an exo-planet, will we know that that has life on it because it’s similar enough to our own. Pretty interesting project, right? <br>
  
'''Forum stats:'''
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And so you’ve got this group of six 14- to 18-year-olds working together and they’re working in forums, they’re working in wikis, they’re working in Second Life, they’re hanging out together, they’re socialising, they’re bonding [slide with moon and text]. They’re working with some PhD students who are working in that field, in that kind of earth sciences field, and working together. <br>
  
2132 topics, 45203 posts, 2519339 page views and 603 members.
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Something that came out very strongly to me was when they were asked ‘Would it be more useful’ (because they were kind of hopping between the wiki and virtual worlds and the forum and Second Life) ‘Would it have been more useful if you could have done that all in one place?’ And there was this kind of blank response [gestures a blank face]. Well, no, they just have lots of different tabs open. They have lots of different windows open and they jump between then. Of course they do. That’s what kids do. That’s what a good chunk of you probably do as well. You don’t just have one thing you’re working on, you have many things, you switch between them and you’re copying and pasting, and you’re taking a lesson that you’re learning from one application and you’re applying it to another. That’s how your desktop works. We don’t need everything to be converged into one monster application. The kids know that. The kids know that they can use the forum and then they can drop into Second Life whenever they want to. So they were doing that. They were using the appropriate tool for the appropriate job. That stuck with me. <br>
  
'''This week last year:'''
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[[Image:Balloon above mountains.jpg|thumb|330px|Conference balloon above SchomeBase]]
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I also really loved (and that’s the reason why I shed a little tear) I also loved the idea that these kids weren’t feeling like they were being judged by their peers. They’d never actually met each other until quite late in the process. Until they were actually beginning to be finalists and coming up to opportunities to meet astronauts and do all these amazing things that their parents apparently had very little idea what was going on. Of course they knew what was going on, because they’d all had informed consent up front, but they maybe just hadn’t quite realised the scale of what their kids were going to get into. <br>
  
As I speak...um, type, the murderer has not been convicted, but a fun and rather enthusiastic murder mystery has been taking place this evening in Schome Park. The murderer will be named in here for the moment, but as it goes, I'll just put up a few pics, and say thanks to Hapno for organising this. - [[User:Trixxiee Schomer|Trixxiee]]
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And this idea of, it doesn’t matter if you’re 14 or 18, you can help each other out. It doesn’t matter if you’re bullied at school. If you’re working towards a common goal, and you’re working together, and you’re having fun. You’re going to be hooked to that. You’re not going to be just fixed to a school timetable and you’re going to be having an awful lot of enjoyment. And you’re going to have some great experiences out of that. <br>
:''topper here i think the murderer is hapno!!!''
 
::''Well, we tried to have a court case, accusing Hapno of being the murderer, but unfortunately not many people turned up, so this has been rescheduled and the date will be put on the [[Schome_Park_Events|events page]] when it is decided. - [[User:Trixxiee Schomer|Trixxiee]]''
 
  
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So here are some reflections from the group: I couldn’t be bothered to type it up, so I just took a photo for you [shows slide of feedback quotes]. There’s just one that I want to mention: ‘You can write a forum post whenever you have the time or whenever you have an idea’ This idea that they’ll be logging in at home at the weekends. This fixed schedule of one hour a week is just completely implausible – they’re going to be in there whenever they can be. <br>
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![[image:murder1.png|thumb|100px|All of us in the arena trying to work out who the murderer is...]]![[image:murder2.png|thumb|100px|And here we are from another angle...]]
 
![[image:noarena1.png|thumb|100px|...And suddenly the arena disappeared!!]]
 
![[image:noarena2.png|thumb|100px|It seems Mark managed to return it to the owner...well done Mark, shows those shirts aren't good for you!]]
 
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==12th April 2008 - summary of past week==
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So: what have we learned? Where are we with this stuff? Well, let me challenge you. One point that has really stood out to me is that our horizon is a bit too close. Maybe we aren’t looking out far enough. And we’ve discovered some tools sthat we quite like the look of and we want our students to use and understand them as well. Maybe I’m speaking ehre as an observer, rather than as someone who works in this field.<br>
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I want to leave you with some challenges. Not from me, but from you guys (and girls. Guys is non-gender-specific, right?) <br>
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[[Image:Slidetwo.jpg|left|thumb|280px|Moving to the shed]]
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Kieron said, ‘The sandwich that I made in the kitchen wasn’t very good. I know, I’ll try making it in the shed.’ Brilliant. Brilliant. Are we going to put our existing structures, and our existing models of how we understand how people interact and how we teach them, and just splurge that into a virtual world? Why? Why? <br>
  
*Noel's group came up with plans for events
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Simon said, ‘It’s not about the buildings. It’s not about the prims or how we arrange them. It is about the social domain and how we connect. It’s about building up communities.’ The Schome project taught me this in a big way as well. What I was getting from that presentation was not, ‘Oh, they’ve learned a lot of stuff, haven’t they?’ They have built a community and they love each other. It’s pretty special. <br>
*The newsletter began to (slowly) come together. There is still time to get an article in, but be quick!
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*Savvie avvies and Archaeology continued
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Virtual worlds, according to Peter (who wasn’t actually here, but he appeared on video.) ‘Virtual worlds are unclaimed territory for educators. Put a teacher in a classroom and they know what to do. Put them in a virtual world and they have no idea.’ What do we do about that? <br>
*Clownindenial and Zzzzz Schomer started a discussion on a diner. There was also a discussion of a new meeting place
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*The plot system  continued, with a table of plot allocation on the wiki
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With that Schome project you had 14- to 18-year-olds hanging out with PhD students, and they were learning a lot from each other, and that was great. <br>
*The terrafirmer group began terraforming under Scholympia
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…<br>
*The history group terraformed a flat piece of land in the Time Explorers parcel for their chosen Roman build
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Maybe this is going back to what the kids were pointing out, and the people who’d worked with those kids, were pointing out in Schome. It’s very easy to have lots of different things going on. Maybe we should be thinking about fragments of utility rather than one monolithic blob that does everything for us. <br>
*A gothic muder mystery was planned by the Time Travellers
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…<br>
*The prim count on Alpha dropped (due to the plot system?) whereas the Beta count continues to rise
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''I wished that I was 14 and that I was in Schome doing that satellite challenge.<br>
*Languages continued, with plans for more sessions
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The tear that I shed was because I was blown away. Really, really blown away, by what those kids were getting out of that. <br>''
*Several schomers began moderating the wiki along with Alice
 
*The Grand Prix was organised and will be taking place tonight
 
*More schomers joined us
 
  
'''Forum statistics by 12 April 2008:'''<br>
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==Sponsorship==
2093 topics, 44273 posts and 2,435,866 page views.
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RM and to Sums Online agreed to sponsor the Time Explorers' entry into the Y Factor competition for innovative approaches to learning.<br>
The forum currently has 581 members.
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[[Image:Jdc.jpg|150px]] [[Image:Rm_logo.gif]] [[Image:Sumsonline.jpg]]
  
'''This week last year:'''<br>
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==Images of island==
''The wedding! (- memories!)''
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Here are pictures of some of the [[Clearance|odds and ends]] left around on Schome Park when it closed at the end of Phase 3.
  
Well Trixxiee and Wintermute got hitched today. Check out the unofficial video ... <br>
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==Data analysis==
<youtube>lYYO4kG7D48</youtube> <br>
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Data analysis tends to go on in the background and not get written up in the wiki, so I though I'd mention it for a change. I'm currently working on the chat logs of eight events, together with associated videos, forum postings, wiki pages, Photobucket pictures etc - looking at the levels of knowledge-age skills displayed in each.
  
This event brought everyone together - the amount of effort that went into preparing for it was phenomenal and it seemed like the whole community was helping out. More pics to follow I have no doubt ...
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I've just been generating tag clouds of some of the data using [http://wordle.net/ Wordle]. Here's an example from a chat log of a Time Explorers discussion about Roman Roads. The more frequently a word was used, the larger it appears (if you look carefully, Dr Who is in there somewhere). [[User:Rebecca|Fox]]
  
==5th April 2008 - summary of past week==
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[[Image:Wordle.jpg]]
  
*Participants of the Schome in space project began to think about which day(s) they might be able to visit Surrey Satellite
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Topper added this wordle of the space experiment first proposal.
*Savvy Avvies, the new fashion strand, had their first meeting in world
 
*Some of the Americans decided to begin a terraforming project, and the community had their input on how to begin
 
*PeterT began to give out plots to some of the inworld groups
 
*Scholympia was cleared for the terraforming project
 
*It was decided that with the system of plots, there was no longer a requirement for planning permission. P and P is now up to individual plot owners
 
*Archaeology, History and Classics became the "Time Explorers"
 
*Some more foreign languages began to emerge, we now have German, Spanish and French.  
 
*Work continued on making the overall schome website easier to navigate
 
*Staff continued the search for further funding
 
  
'''Forum statistics by 5 April 2008:'''<br>
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[[Image:SCHOMER_orginal_propsal_wordle.jpg]]
2069 topics, 43331 posts and 2,396,116 page views.
 
The forum currently has 581 members.
 
 
 
'''This week last year:'''<br>
 
''Views of the island''
 
 
 
Here are some views of the island from each corner. Also check out the [[SL_buildings|buildings in the sky]].
 
  
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==Visit to the Open University and Surrey Satellite==
 
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|[[Image:Schome Park from 0 0 122 07-04-02.jpg|thumb|350px|Schome Park from 0,0,122]]
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|[[Image:Basometeorite.jpg|thumb|280px|Baso got to grips with a meteorite]]
|[[Image:Schome Park from 0 256 122 07-04-02.jpg|thumb|350px|Schome Park from 0,256,122]]
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|[[Image:Kali_blend.jpg|thumb|260px|Kali in the Planetary Sciences department]]
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|[[Image:Gaeadesk.jpg|thumb|470px|Gaea's real-life desk]]
|[[Image:Schome Park from 256 0 122 07-04-02.jpg|thumb|350px|Schome Park from 256,0,122]]
 
|[[Image:Schome Park from 256 256 122 07-04-02.jpg|thumb|350px|Schome Park from 256,256,122]]
 
 
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==29th March 2008 - summary of past week==
 
 
* Important in-world meeting about the future of Schome. [[http://schome.open.ac.uk/wikiworks/index.php/SPP_Phase_3_-_Staff_meeting_planner| Minutes and agreed actions are here.]]
 
*Archaeology session was postponed to monday - [[SPP Archaeology session 8 - Shipwreck 3|sign up]]
 
*Archaeology also merged with a new topic - history - to form the SPP Time Explorers
 
*Savvie Avvies was created - the fashion group
 
*New American students joined the community
 
*The island was split into plots - the first step to redesigning Alpha
 
*The big issue this week was the meeting that took place, covering everything important from Dan's new job to what happens in no funding is found by May
 
*The newsletter deadline is now the 15th - a lot of Sparkers and Schomers were asked to write an article
 
*Ethics and Philosophy plan to look at medical ethics
 
*Explo revived the Physics strand
 
*A new promotional video was planned
 
*Wiki moderation changed:
 
**Page moderation from Becca/Gaea to Alice Sparker
 
**Categorising from Fox to KitKatKid Schomer
 
**The weekly summary from Fox to Mars
 
**Forum mpderation from Fox to Alice
 
*Sail session scheduled for next week
 
*'''SCHOME - Spectroscopy, Climate and Habitability from Orbital Measurement of Earthshine - got through to the finals of the space competition!'''
 
 
 
'''Forum statistics by 25 March 2008:'''<br>
 
2028 topics, 43161 posts and 2,336,963 page views.
 
The forum currently has 581 members.
 
 
'''This week last year:'''<br>
 
''Tornado!''
 
 
 
Looks like Soldier Schomer is practicing building tornados in SchomePark - hold on to your hats everyone! So far it just looks pretty, and moves really well with a script provided by Baso... but will our weather wizards cause havoc as they work out how to pick up people?! Yet more mad science being tested in the ever-active Physics area...
 
 
 
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|[[Image:Decispiral.jpg|thumb|380px|Decimus and Spiral]]
|[[Image:Schome Park sky clutter 07-03-26.jpg|thumb|200px|Maybe that tornado is responsible for all the stuff in the sky]]
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|[[Image:Toppermeteorite copy.jpg|thumb|220px|Topper with 'Gibeon', the iron meteorite]]
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|[[Image:Lab.jpg|thumb|390px|One of the Open University labs]]
 
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==11 June 2008==
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A picture of Schome Park appeared in Wagner James Au's Second Life blog,[http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2008/06/the-hidden-shad.html New World Notes] in a report on Kathy's use of shadows in Second Life.
  
==22nd March 2008 - summary of past week==
 
* On 22 March we had 156 people online at once
 
* Steam became an Hawaiian Shirt
 
* KitKatKid introduced an Easter egg challenge in world
 
* Schome Park was a major focus of the 'Massively Multilearner' event in Cambridge at Anglia Ruskin University on 18 March.
 
* Schome Grand Prix fixed for 11 and 12 April
 
* Proposal for a new SEFGfL building provoked controversy
 
* It was suggested we build an in-world L$ dispenser
 
* With Kathy's help, an alphabetical index link was created on the wiki
 
* There was more progress on making the Schome web presence easier to navigate
 
* Archaeology sessions are still going strong
 
* A new machinima competition was launched
 
* The Photo Contest organised by Clownindenial continued
 
* Newsletter deadline is approaching
 
* Progress was made on the J8 competition entry
 
* PeterT reiterated that the community may have to close if no funding is found by the end of May.<br>
 
Forum statistics by 25 March 2008:<br>
 
80 new topics, 1138 new posts and 141,307 page views.
 
The forum currently has 570 members.
 
 
''Just thought I'd add - today it reached 157! [[User:KitKatKid Schomer|KitKatKid Schomer]] 18:39, 25 March 2008 (GMT)''
 
 
==20th March - Happy Easter==
 
[[Image:Easter.jpg|600px|left|thumb|Staff meeting on SchomeBase. That mischievous Elsa was feeling festive.]]
 
==15th March 2008 - summary of past week==
 
* Bright SParker and Zoee SParker joined the forum
 
* A bid for funding was submitted to Eduserv
 
* Work continued on the proposal for the J8 summit
 
* There was some progress on making the Schome web presence easier to navigate
 
* Archaeology sessions continued
 
* The Photo Contest organised by Clownindenial continued
 
* Newsletter deadline is 25 March
 
* Topper and Gaea will be attending the UK Space conference on 29 March
 
* Animus set up the popgun arena and associated wiki pages
 
* Vibia organised a German session
 
* Steam applied for planning permission for a steam engine museum
 
* Fox accidentally deleted Primbot - which supplies prim counts to the wiki
 
* PeterT suggested the community may have to close if no funding is found by the end of May<br> 
 
 
Forum statistics so far in March 2008:<br>
 
59 new topics, 818 new posts and 96,691 page views.
 
The forum currently has 561 members.
 
==12th March 2008 - 1 year on==
 
 
Can you believe it's been exactly one year since the Schome NAGTY Teen Second Life Pilot first began? Together, over the year we've lost and gained several new folk. We've overcome challenges and made friends - but most of all we've all had a great opportunity, to meet other talented teens, and also to be a part of a unique project.
 
 
Here's the bliki post from a year ago... how time flies.....
 
 
 
'''12th March 07 - the SParkers have landed'''
 
 
After some problems with the bulk registration of the students on the schome-NAGTY Teen Second Life Pilot (which I have promised to document elsewhere in the wiki) - the first SParkers started arriving on Schome Park at around 8pm tonight (this is not quite true cos George Schomer was able to get in on the 10th March - poor soul was all alone on the island!)
 
 
Here are some snapshots to give you a feel for the sorts of things we were getting up to ...
 
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|[[Image:Schome Park Decimus hanging around 07-03-12.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Decimus just hanging out]]
 
|[[Image:Schome Park Peanut and Faji shopping 07-03-12.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Faji goes shopping?]]
 
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[[Image:Schome Park Peanut 07-03-12.jpg|thumb|200px|Peanut123]]
 
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|[[Image:Schome Park Staff at work 07-03-12.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Staff hard at work ...]]
 
|[[Image:Schome Park Mark exhausted 07-03-12.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Mark exhausted after 3 hours in-world!]]
 
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[[Image:Schome Park forlornhope in pyramid 07-03-12.jpg|thumb|left|200px|This building lark is dangerous!]]
 
|! colspan=2 |[[Image:Schome Park the sandbox 07-03-12.jpg|thumb|left|600px|The sandbox]]
 
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==8th March 2008 - summary of past week==
 
* Work continued on the proposal for the J8 summit
 
* A fourth Schome Regatta was arranged
 
* Mars held a wiki masterclass
 
* German session is scheduled for next week
 
* Proposal to move weekly meetings to Wednesdays
 
* PeterT suggested a redesign of the website
 
* PeterT suggested a redesign of the website
 
* Yankee and others are working on screencast tutorials for forum and wiki
 
* Archaeology sessions continued
 
* Newsletter deadline is 25 March
 
* We should hear about our Space Experiment bid on 29 March
 
* The prim count on Schome Alpha crept up near the max again.<br>
 
 
Forum statistics so far in March 2008:<br>
 
26 new topics, 375 new posts and 46,098 page views. The forum currently has 557 members.
 
==4th March 2008 - staff meeting==
 
[[Image:Meeting.jpg|500px|left]]A group of staff met in the Tree House on Schome Base. I've not met other staff on the Main Grid for ages, so I took some pictures to update the staff page. I was struck by how much our avatars have developed - the last lot of pictures, which were about a year old, showed some very bland, un-detailed avatars (except Woop - who always looks cool). Schome Base is looking very different, as well - though this picture doesn't do it justice.<br>
 
We discussed a range of issues, including upcoming bids for funding. I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet fellow staff members from across the UK, and the US. I did find it rather strange, though, that though who we know everyone is in Schome Park and the forum, we had to ask who everyone was at the beginning of the meeting, because some Main Grid avatars are very unlike their Teen Grid counterparts.
 
 
==1st March 2008 - summary of past week==
 
 
*The Space Experiment bid was submitted
 
*The space party was postponed
 
*The J8 entry began, with each section having a leader
 
*Discussion on the organisation of the government continued
 
*Kit13cat Schome joined the community
 
*Weekly meetings began again
 
*Archaeology decided to ask Dr Alan Greaves to return, and to explore a virtual shipwreck
 
*The popgun arena was extended
 
*German sessions started again
 
*Jokester reappeared asking how he could become a Hawaiian Shirt
 
 
Forum statistics so far in March 2008: 1930 topics, 41710 posts and 2172926 page views.<br>
 
The forum currently has 555 members.
 
 
==23rd February 2008 - summary of past week==
 
On the forum in the past week 17 February 2008 - Saturday 23 February:<br>
 
 
* Tsuyoshikentsu Schomer and two others signed up on the forum.
 
* Work on the Eduserv bid did not progress :(
 
* The Space Experiment bid progressed very well :)
 
* Elections were organised for Planning Permission, Community Liaison, Education and Events.
 
* Elsa started to organise a bid for the J8 on pressing global issues.
 
* There was a lively discussion on chat logging and ethics.
 
* Several people tried out terraforming on Alpha.
 
* KitKatKid suggested adding migratory birds to Schome Park
 
* Newsletter articles to be submitted by the end of March
 
* Yankee is leading a project on creating wiki and forum tutorials
 
* Ethics strand discussed 'Does science still need philosophy?'
 
* Vibia organised a German session.
 
* A second popgun game was arranged.
 
* Topper continued to try to schedule the trial at a time to suit everyone.
 
* Tara asked people to consider what Schome is for.
 
* Doctor Schomer published the latest Cognitex Lab update.<br>
 
 
Forum statistics so far in February 2008: 88 new topics, 2115 new posts and 126,987 page views.<br>
 
The forum currently has 555 members.
 
 
==16th February 2008 - summary of past week==
 
On the forum in the past week 10 February 2008 - Saturday 16 February:
 
 
* Fire, Wise and meatwad Schomer signed up on the forum.
 
* Staff got nowhere fast on their Eduserv funding bid.
 
* Great progress was made on the space experiment competition.
 
* Weekly meetings were revived.
 
* There was discussion of how to make the wiki more user friendly.
 
* Work started on building and scripting the marine wildlife.
 
* An invitation to take part in the Eye4You Alliance poetry competition provoked controversy.
 
* Lots of interest in Language learning, with offers to teach Nepalese, Chinese and German.
 
* The archaeology strand discussed underwater archaeology.
 
* The newsletter team discussed whether to send newsletters by snail mail.
 
* Interesting discussion on the ethics of logging chat.
 
* Animus started a discussion of in-world staffing levels.
 
* After two weeks of discussion, the racetrack name is still not decided!
 
* Amba gave an in-world presentation of Schome Park, accompanied by a new machinima.
 
* Topper created a brief machinima tour of Schome Alpha.
 
 
Forum statistics so far in February 2008:<br>
 
67 new topics, 1586 new posts and 94,207 page views. The forum currently has 551 members.
 
 
==9th February 2008 - summary of past week==
 
On the forum in the past week 3 February 2008 - Saturday 9 February:<br>
 
 
* The community welcomed Federal Schomer.
 
* Staff started work on a big funding bid to Eduserv. The bid has to relate to identity.
 
* Staff also began to discuss other sources of funding. All suggestions welcome  :)
 
* Achilles started to plan a First Anniversary celebration on 12 March, including Schommunity awards
 
* Work continued on the space experiment competition. The deadline is approaching fast.
 
* PeterT asked whether we can relate teaching in Second Life to Gilly Salmon's five-step moderation model.
 
* Doctor Schomer put in a planning permission bid for a lab in which to test bots. This proved controversial.
 
* Spiral reported that a build he had been working on had been deleted in the sandbox sweep without being returned to his lost and found folder  :(
 
* Animus and Mars are working on a new version of the Scho-op
 
* Archaeology sessions continued with a session on the preservation of archaeology.
 
* The trial of Liony for murder was postponed. It was proposed that Liony be 'tagged' as a condition of bail.
 
* Quanah gave a presentation to the National Arts Learning Network conference, which included a visit to Schome Beta. Fox and Euphloozie turned up to chat and do handstands.
 
* Woop produced a detailed write-up of the development of Schome Beta.
 
* Amba and Elsa attended a seminar on Second Life at the London Knowledge Lab.<br>
 
 
 
Forum statistics so far in February 2008: 42 new topics, 904 new posts and 53,922 page views. The forum currently has 548 members.
 
 
==2nd February 2008 - summary of past week==
 
On the forum in the past week 26 January 2008 - Saturday 2 February:<br>
 
 
* A bug in Second Life, which is now fixed, provoked a revision of our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) by the community.
 
* Giri2nepal introduced himself. He is trying to bring a group of Nepalese students into Schome.
 
* Questions were raised about the induction of new members, both staff and students.
 
* Topper and Mars vied to have the largest number of buddies. :-P
 
* Schome Alpha reached its prim limit (bar 10). Sparkers took immediate action and removed around 5000 prims.
 
* Strong feelings were expressed regarding the use of text speak in world.
 
* Concern was expressed about difficulties with access to Schome Beta.
 
* The archaeology sessions started up again, ethics and philosophy ran a murder trial, machinima continued work on the Schitanic, physics (?) continued to plan their space satellite experiment, literature ran a discussion on books.
 
* Clownindenial started a photo contest for a picture of real life and a picture of Second Life resembling each other as much as possible.
 
* Preparation of a karaoke evening and the Schome Grand Prix began.
 
* Rambo joined the Hawaiian Shirts.
 
* New members asked for clarification about using guns in world. You can own and use guns, but only with the agreement of everyone involved - and you are asked to bear in mind that many people find guns, even virtual guns, intimidating.<br>
 
Forum statistics for January 2008:<br>
 
166 new topics, 5274 new posts and 200,805 page views.
 
The forum currently has 540 members.
 
 
==30th January 2008 - preliminary hearing of the trial of Liony Schomer==
 
Liony Schomer stands accused of the murder of Badperson Schomer. The preliminary hearing was supposed to happen today (in secret apparently because it was not publicised on [[Schome Park Events|the Schome Park Events page]]). However, the judge never showed up (or at least hadn't by the time this reporter had to leave). For more details check TheSchome Ranger's microBlog by going to http://profiles.spii.co.uk/profiles/TheSchome_Ranger/blog/.
 
 
==26th January 2008 - summary of past week==
 
On the forum in the past week – Sun 20-Sat 26 January 2008:<br>
 
* Big event of the week was the opening of Schome Park. The official opening of Schome Park Beta took place on 26 January.
 
* Several Schomers reported that they were experiencing extreme lag on Schome Park and suggested reasons for this.
 
* A bug in Second Life led PeterT to propose amending the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
 
* The Hawaiian Shirts welcomed Kathy and darkwolf to their ranks.
 
* More introductions were posted, including Rumaki Heron and Chocoholic Schomer, Jethro and Straad.
 
* Some discussion of language which people find offensive and what should and should not be allowed on the forum.
 
* Introduction to Schome of a profiles tool developed by Kathy was announced. PeterT provided a link to his use of the micro blogging feature.
 
* Kathy also set up an automated prim-count system which feeds information directly to the wiki. This highlighted that prim counts on Schome Alpha are currently very high.
 
* Discussion of the Second Life day brought forth the interesting information that, according to Linden Labs, the Second Life sun is infinitely large, infinitely distant, and orbits the grid.
 
* Music from Dudefish's band was uploaded, to general acclaim. (In the wiki, it's well worth going to look at [[User:AeroDragonX_Schomer|the artwork uploaded by AeroDragonX]], which is also very good.)
 
* There was discussion of the possibility of government elections.
 
* Proposals for planning permission for Liony's castle and Achilles' improved sumo arena.
 
* Decimus launched a new forum game: 'Misquote the person above you'.
 
* Staff discussed writing an article for a special issue of the academic journal ALT-J.<br>
 
So far this month there have been 140 new topics, 4587 new posts, 166,988 page views and 47 new members on the forum.
 
 
==26th January 2008 - The official opening of Schome Park beta==
 
The official opening started off quietly - with a handful of folk meeting in the new Lyceum area in Schome Park beta. Emodalek officially opened Schome Park beta - a few words of admiration and thanks were said re Woop, Faji and Elsa (particularly Woop who designed SP beta and led the implementation team).
 
 
[[Image:SPP3 Fireworks 08-01-26.png]]
 
Then we went off to watch the fireworks display that Baso had prepared - it was stunning - for more pics check out the following people's microBlogs:
 
* [http://schome.open.ac.uk/profiles/profiles/Vibia_Schomer/blog/ Vibia's]
 
* [http://schome.open.ac.uk/profiles/profiles/KitKatKid_Schomer/blog/ KitKatKids's]
 
* [http://schome.open.ac.uk/profiles/profiles/TheSchome_Ranger/blog/ TheSchome Ranger's]
 
 
After the fireworks there was the inevitable dancing. Tara soon got the hang of it ...
 
[[Image:SPP3 Tara struts her stuff 08-01-26.png]]
 
 
==21st January 2008 - summary of the past week==
 
Forum summary Saturday 12 January to Saturday 19 January
 
 
* The big event of the week was the release of the first teaser pics of Schome Beta.
 
* Zzzz started a major debate when he asked the community for help with his Schome homework.
 
* Lots of new Sparkers introduced themselves, including Alice, Ava, Clownindenial, Silvermist and Yati.
 
* There was complex discussion of government reform.
 
* The Hawaiian Shirts discussed their purpose and membership criteria.
 
* Discussion of the redevelopment of Schome Alpha provoked controversy and upset.
 
* Darkwolf proposed the introduction of turtles, whales and sharks.
 
* Sparkers once again asked to be allowed to visit other educational sims on the Teen Grid.
 
* Vibia and Topper issued a joint statement against the arranged marriage proposed for them.
 
* Faz's moderating powers vanished once again. Why is this happening?
 
* Faz experimented with new names, including Animus.<br>
 
 
==20th January 2008==
 
[[Image:Betapreview3.jpg|300px|left|thumb|Something old something new]]
 
[[Image:Betapreview4.jpg|300px|thumb|Woop and Faji enjoying a stunning afternoon in the crater]]
 
Two more screenshots of the new island.  Just little teasers, providing a glimpse of the interior without giving too much away ;-)<br><br>
 
The crater interior remains far from 'full', as such offering plenty of room in which the community can collectively evolve the space.<br><br>
 
As highlighted by PeterT in the forum we've intentionally moved in the direction of developing something bigger and bolder for this phase of the project, to challenge all our ideas and attitudes towards the ground we've covered together so far, and hopefully to inspire us all to greater achievements over the coming months.<br><br>
 
As such moving into phase 3, with Schome Park doubling in size and most probably diversity, I think we're all in for a very exciting time.
 
 
==19th January 2008==
 
[[Image:Betapreview1.jpg|300px|left|thumb|Schome Park Beta]]
 
[[Image:Betapreview2.jpg|300px|thumb|Approaching the main entrance]]
 
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the first official preview screenshots of Schome Park Beta.  The new island build places a grand concept at the heart of its design, with the new island set in an ancient crater.  WIth the wider world decaying under the forces of rapid ecological change the crater was adopted as a new home, a safe haven from the harsh world outside.  Upon founding the crater colony the residents sealed their new home with a huge roof, created by mining the natural resources contained within the crater.  Thus the ancient landscape became the home for a new, vibrant and tranquil (most of the time) community.  Entrance to the crater interior is now achieved only through a number of airlocks, today's screenshots showing the main entrance on the south side of the island.<br><br>
 
Tomorrow, we head inside... --[[User:Dan|Woop]]<br><br>
 
''(Minor disclaimer - screenshots taken using the Windlight client, your experience may vary)''
 
 
==13th January 2008 - summary of the past week==
 
On the forum in the past week – Sun 6-Sat 12 January 2008:
 
* Peter T reorganised the forum categories to make the forum easier to access.
 
* Several new Sparkers posted introductions: including Darcy, Estella, Jethro, Johnny, Silvermist and Zzzz Sparker.
 
* PeterT suggested ways of making the introductory threads more welcoming.
 
* Woop asked staff to send him a picture and related information for use on the new island.
 
* There was some progress on machinima proposals, although we missed the deadline for grant applications.
 
* Opening of the new island was delayed for a further week.
 
* Staff discussed when regular meetings should be held and what form they should take.
 
* PeterT encouraged staff to think about organising regular subject-based strands when the islands open.
 
* Topper continued to organise the in-world role play of a trial.
 
* Dante adopted a new alias (Doctor Schomer) and announced that he had started his own company.
 
* There was detailed discussion of the value of the Safety Department, and of the safety aspects of Sparkers contacting each other by email and PM.
 
* There were proposals for a members-only base for the Hawaiian Shirts, for more waterways on Schome Beta and for weekly regattas.<br>
 
So far this month, 59 new topics have been started on the forum, there have been 2390 new posts, 7616 page views and 25 new members
 
 
==18th January 2008: Someone to watch over me?==
 
Is it just me, or is this view of spBeta slightly scary! (If you're new to the project that's The Schome Ranger aka PeterT, staring down on me from the heavens.)
 
[[Image:Foxnranger.jpg|300px|left]]
 
==11th January 2008 - update==
 
Development of the new island (SPbeta) is progressing well now - we will start to post taster info about the new SPbeta starting on Thursday 17th Jan ...
 
 
==3rd December 2007==
 
The new island is causing havoc - teleports, logging out or crashing over the new sim are all locking people out of SPii and, in an extreme case, sending Baso and Topper to Metaverse - a german sim. In the meantime, DO NOT USE TELEPORTS IN SCHOME PARK!!!
 
== 23rd November 2007 ==
 
News was announced that SPii will close on the 16th December, and reopen early January '08, as SPiii, twice the size of the current island. This period of no one in world allows us to look at current b/p regulations and the buddying system, and hopefully a way for us to take over even more, allowing us more scope for shaping the island how we want it.
 
[http://schome.open.ac.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1703.msg33667#msg33667 More on this can be found here]
 
 
==[[SPii_Bliki|17th May 07 to 16th December 07]]==
 
See the '''[[SPii_Bliki|SPii bliki]]''' for all postings between the 17th May 07 and 16th December 07.
 
 
==[[SPP Phase 1 bliki|October 2006 to May 2007]]==
 
See the '''[[SPP Phase 1 bliki|The Schome Park Project Phase 1 bliki]]''' for all postings between the 17th May 07 and 16th December 07.
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 16:00, 1 March 2011

This page provides information about the current research and development phase of the Schome Park Project. There is also a Schome Timeline.


1 March 2011 End of an Era

It's the end of the world as we know it. After four years, and two Grid moves, Schome Park vanished as the month came to an end.
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Return to the Main Grid

Schome Park is back on the Main Grid after a four-year absence. However, avatars still seem to be locked to the island.
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Rebuilding

Animus, Topper and Kit have been busy adding new buildings to Schome Park in the last few months.

The new eco area, complete with turbines.
A beach hut on top of a rocky cliff.
A new beach, complete with waves.
Under the sea at the beach, complete with fish and tortoise!
The memorial.
Redesigned Scho-Op, complete with a helpful Hapno bot.
La Tour Eiffel, the place to learn a language.
A well. What's down there?
Hmm..

Life Returns

Life has returned to Schome Park (see images). There are new developments and pictures will soon follow....

A scenic spot
The new scho-op design, memorial garden and beach are being built

Publications

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Publications related to Schome continue to appear. Some of the early publications are listed on our publications page. Books take longer than articles or conference papers to produce, but books relating to Schome are now available on Amazon. Researching Learning in Virtual Worlds deals with research methods and related issues for education in virtual worlds. Two of the chapters focus on the Schome Park Programme: 'The Schome Park Programme: Exploring Educational Alternatives' by Peter Twining and Shri Footring, and 'New Literacies in Schome Park' by Julia Gillen. Schome is also mentioned in'Virtual Environments: Issues and Opportunities for Researching Inclusive Educational Practices' by Kieron Sheehy, and 'The Third Place in Second Life: Real Life Community in a Virtual World' by Anna Peachey. The physical book is now on sale, and PDFs of the chapters are available online from SpringerLink.

Out early in 2010 was Understanding Heritage and Memory from Manchester University Press, which ends with 'Heritage and the Recent and Contemporary Past' by Rebecca Ferguson, Rodney Harrison and Daniel Weinbren. This chapter on virtual heritage draws on many Second Life sources, including interviews with Mars and Kali, and activities in Schome Park.

ReLive conference: 20-21 November 2008

Conference poster

The ReLIVE08 conference (Researching Learning in Virtual Environments), brilliantly organised by Anna Peachey, took place at the Open University recently. It was an event full of life and excitement, with everyone interacting via blogs and Twitter and Second Life and more. You can find over 100 pictures on Flickr tagged relive08 - this one is particularly good.

The Schome team gave a 90-minute presentation: 30 minutes from Shri (with PeterT on video) on an overview of the Schome Initiative, 30 minutes from Gaea on the Satellite competition, and another 30 minutes from Rowan, Schome Malone, Fox, Gaea and Shri (supported by Roughbounds and Straad) on staff experiences of the Schome Park Programme. We had the latest issue of MySchome with us, prepared by Mars, the cut-down version of the Hindenburg machinima rushed to us by Pigment, and slides from Ahoy. Oh, and some excellent art by Animus.

At the end of the conference, Roo Reynolds (Portfolio Executive for Social Media at BBC Vision) agreed to conclude by sharing his notes, including what he found most interesting and what he was going to take away from the conference, wrapping up the two days by distilling any key themes and considering what participants had learned about learning. This was webcast, and you can view a video of his presentation here or look at his slides here.

It's an excellent presentation, and I recommend that you read it and/or visit Roo's blog.

Below are the sections related to Schome. It's unusual to find out what a member of the audience took away from your conference presentation. It's even more unusual to see them passing what they have learned on to a wider audience - so it's wonderful to see how positive Roo was about the experience - and how closely he was paying attention :-)

Excerpt from Roo Reynold's Presentation

Ceci n'est pas une image d'Earthshine

Yesterday I saw something that actually moved me to tears (I’m a soppy git) and I was sat at the back with a little tear running down my eye. I’ll tell you why in a minute, but it was about Schome. It was about this thing, which hopefully you’ve all heard of by now: the education system for the information age [shows Schome slide]. Some of you are involved in it. I recognised a lot of faces in the room. It started with NAGTY, the National Association of Gifted and Talented Youth and then moved on, opening up after that.

This project has done a lot of interesting stuff, and it has learned some lessons. It doesn’t claim to have delivered the education system for the information age by any means; that was pretty obvious from the presentation. What it has done is raise some really interesting questions. I think some of the stuff that has worked, some of the success stories of this, we should think about.

This is not a picture of Earthshine, this is a picture of moonshine [shows slide of moon]. This is light reflected off the moon. I happened to have a nice photo of the moon in my collection, so I used that, but if I was in space and I could just turn around and look at the earth, then you would be seeing earthshine.

There was a project that Rebecca Wilson introduced us to which was a space satellite competition in order to get a group of (I think it was) six 14- to 18-year-olds thinking about ‘What instrument could they put in space?’ What they worked on was something to measure earthshine and to measure the light that’s reflected from the earth, and whether we could feed that data into climate models if it’s changing over time and, even more excitingly, does the signature of Earth from space have a certain smell of life about it? And if we see another, similar looking one from an exo-planet, will we know that that has life on it because it’s similar enough to our own. Pretty interesting project, right?

And so you’ve got this group of six 14- to 18-year-olds working together and they’re working in forums, they’re working in wikis, they’re working in Second Life, they’re hanging out together, they’re socialising, they’re bonding [slide with moon and text]. They’re working with some PhD students who are working in that field, in that kind of earth sciences field, and working together.

Something that came out very strongly to me was when they were asked ‘Would it be more useful’ (because they were kind of hopping between the wiki and virtual worlds and the forum and Second Life) ‘Would it have been more useful if you could have done that all in one place?’ And there was this kind of blank response [gestures a blank face]. Well, no, they just have lots of different tabs open. They have lots of different windows open and they jump between then. Of course they do. That’s what kids do. That’s what a good chunk of you probably do as well. You don’t just have one thing you’re working on, you have many things, you switch between them and you’re copying and pasting, and you’re taking a lesson that you’re learning from one application and you’re applying it to another. That’s how your desktop works. We don’t need everything to be converged into one monster application. The kids know that. The kids know that they can use the forum and then they can drop into Second Life whenever they want to. So they were doing that. They were using the appropriate tool for the appropriate job. That stuck with me.

Conference balloon above SchomeBase

I also really loved (and that’s the reason why I shed a little tear) I also loved the idea that these kids weren’t feeling like they were being judged by their peers. They’d never actually met each other until quite late in the process. Until they were actually beginning to be finalists and coming up to opportunities to meet astronauts and do all these amazing things that their parents apparently had very little idea what was going on. Of course they knew what was going on, because they’d all had informed consent up front, but they maybe just hadn’t quite realised the scale of what their kids were going to get into.

And this idea of, it doesn’t matter if you’re 14 or 18, you can help each other out. It doesn’t matter if you’re bullied at school. If you’re working towards a common goal, and you’re working together, and you’re having fun. You’re going to be hooked to that. You’re not going to be just fixed to a school timetable and you’re going to be having an awful lot of enjoyment. And you’re going to have some great experiences out of that.

So here are some reflections from the group: I couldn’t be bothered to type it up, so I just took a photo for you [shows slide of feedback quotes]. There’s just one that I want to mention: ‘You can write a forum post whenever you have the time or whenever you have an idea’ This idea that they’ll be logging in at home at the weekends. This fixed schedule of one hour a week is just completely implausible – they’re going to be in there whenever they can be.

So: what have we learned? Where are we with this stuff? Well, let me challenge you. One point that has really stood out to me is that our horizon is a bit too close. Maybe we aren’t looking out far enough. And we’ve discovered some tools sthat we quite like the look of and we want our students to use and understand them as well. Maybe I’m speaking ehre as an observer, rather than as someone who works in this field.
I want to leave you with some challenges. Not from me, but from you guys (and girls. Guys is non-gender-specific, right?)

Moving to the shed

Kieron said, ‘The sandwich that I made in the kitchen wasn’t very good. I know, I’ll try making it in the shed.’ Brilliant. Brilliant. Are we going to put our existing structures, and our existing models of how we understand how people interact and how we teach them, and just splurge that into a virtual world? Why? Why?

Simon said, ‘It’s not about the buildings. It’s not about the prims or how we arrange them. It is about the social domain and how we connect. It’s about building up communities.’ The Schome project taught me this in a big way as well. What I was getting from that presentation was not, ‘Oh, they’ve learned a lot of stuff, haven’t they?’ They have built a community and they love each other. It’s pretty special.

Virtual worlds, according to Peter (who wasn’t actually here, but he appeared on video.) ‘Virtual worlds are unclaimed territory for educators. Put a teacher in a classroom and they know what to do. Put them in a virtual world and they have no idea.’ What do we do about that?

With that Schome project you had 14- to 18-year-olds hanging out with PhD students, and they were learning a lot from each other, and that was great.

Maybe this is going back to what the kids were pointing out, and the people who’d worked with those kids, were pointing out in Schome. It’s very easy to have lots of different things going on. Maybe we should be thinking about fragments of utility rather than one monolithic blob that does everything for us.

I wished that I was 14 and that I was in Schome doing that satellite challenge.
The tear that I shed was because I was blown away. Really, really blown away, by what those kids were getting out of that.

Sponsorship

RM and to Sums Online agreed to sponsor the Time Explorers' entry into the Y Factor competition for innovative approaches to learning.
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Images of island

Here are pictures of some of the odds and ends left around on Schome Park when it closed at the end of Phase 3.

Data analysis

Data analysis tends to go on in the background and not get written up in the wiki, so I though I'd mention it for a change. I'm currently working on the chat logs of eight events, together with associated videos, forum postings, wiki pages, Photobucket pictures etc - looking at the levels of knowledge-age skills displayed in each.

I've just been generating tag clouds of some of the data using Wordle. Here's an example from a chat log of a Time Explorers discussion about Roman Roads. The more frequently a word was used, the larger it appears (if you look carefully, Dr Who is in there somewhere). Fox

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Topper added this wordle of the space experiment first proposal.

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Visit to the Open University and Surrey Satellite

Baso got to grips with a meteorite
Kali in the Planetary Sciences department
Gaea's real-life desk
Decimus and Spiral
Topper with 'Gibeon', the iron meteorite
One of the Open University labs

11 June 2008

A picture of Schome Park appeared in Wagner James Au's Second Life blog,New World Notes in a report on Kathy's use of shadows in Second Life.