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June 11, 2009

I watched an interesting documentary this evening entitled You Only Live Twice.  It was about virtual world’s, specifically Second Life, and although it was from way back in 2007 it really opened my eyes to how interesting and odd the use of technology can be.

The program focused on explaining the various uses people have found for Second Life and it presented the information in a very non-biased manner.  What intrigued me the most was how much interest this virtual world had attracted from so many “virtually” unrelated individuals.

Professors are using Second Life to present life-like case studies on a wide variety of subjects (Schizophrenia being the most famous of the lot), businesses are conducting market research on potential real-world products, entrepreneurs are making money buying and selling items within this virtual world and now regulators are looking at whether or not to tax the profits being made within.

Somehow, I find it fascinating that something so Sci-Fi (hence the Star-Trek reference in the title) in nature can actually exist and thrive due to the global connectivity of individuals with similar interests.  Don’t get me wrong here…I’m not about to devote hours of my busy life to a virtual world but I do believe that we can learn something from Second Life.

Indeed, it would be amazing to use it as a teaching tool at the secondary level to enhance the  critical thinking skills and creativity we so desire to develop in our students.  Perhaps I’ll take some time out of my summer vacation to explore the possibilities of using second life applications in my classroom.

Until then, stay tuned…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2009 8:28 am

    Mike, take a look at the work of Jo Kay, one of Second Life’s most amazing educators. (http://jokay.com.au/) Jo is an Aussie that has built most of Jokaydia, one of SL’s premier education destinations. She’s very helpful, and Jokaydia is well worth checking out.

    Might see you in-world sometime!

    Chris

    • perosevic permalink*
      June 14, 2009 11:03 am

      Will do Chris…Thanks for the heads up!

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