Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education Conference Gets Ready

Texas A&M University

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference will start on March 29th and run until April 1st. The event, as the name implies, concentrates on educational use of Virtual Worlds and part of the blurb for the conference tells us :

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a peer-reviewed community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by educators, for educators, to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place in this community of practice.

Although the grand opening isn’t until March 29th, there are opportunities to have a peek at some educational usage before that, you just need to keep an eye on the VWBPE calendar to find the details.

The conference will have a large focus on Second Life but will also have representations from educational use in Inworldz , OpenSim and more.

Chemistry World

The theme of this year’s conference is “Legacy” and this title relates to the fact that this is 10th VWBPE, which is a very impressive feat.

Whereas the focus of the conference is quite rightly education, there will be a couple of one on one interviews with people whom you may be more familiar with from elsewhere as part of the Above The Book interviews.

Ebbe Altberg and Bernhard Drax (AKA Draxtor Despres) will be featured. A blog post gives details on this event and how you can attend :

This year, VWBPE introduces a new segment this year called Above the Book, conversational interviews with Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, on March 29 at 1pm PST and Bernhard Drax, creator of the award-winning mixed-reality documentary series “The Drax Files,” on April 1 at 3pm PST. 

These sessions will be in a private region. To get your invitation to attend you need to submit a question for our guests. Start thinking about what to ask! Questions must be submitted no later than Sunday March 26 at 11:59pm PST (extended from original March 20th deadline).

Still a couple of days left to consider a good question.

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A Spoonful of Sugar For Medecins Sans Frontieres

Another Windmill

The Spoonful of Sugar festival in Second Life opened on March 18th and runs until April 1st. This is a fundraising event for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) who are often found providing humanitarian aid in some of the world’s most crisis ridden zones.

Balloons

A previous Second Life fundraiser under this banner raised a total of USD$11,118.

The event, like many charity fundraisers in Second Life, involves shopping, fashion, breedables, live music, DJ’s and more.

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A Visit To Storybrooke Gardens and a Winter’s Tale

Castle

The latest Linden Lab blog post of Highlights From The Destination Guide is full of interesting places. I was, not surprisingly,  quite taken with Storybrooke Gardens and a Winter’s Tale, being as it is described as taking you into the pages of a classic fantasy storybook. I wasn’t disappointed.

Ice Skating

Lauren Bentham has created a magically atmospheric setting here that blends winter, castles and glowing warmth in parts with a more sunny but no less fantastical green setting.

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One Last Friendly Snowball Battle At Winter Wonderland

Snow Rifle

On the newly revamped, rather funky Second Life community website Xiola Linden has posted a blog : One Last Friendly Battle Before the Snow Melts! This involves a trip to Winter Wonderland in Second Life, which is coming to the end of its seasonal run.

Xiola throws down the gauntlet for the snowball battle scheduled for tomorrow, Friday March 17th between 9am-10am SLT and a further skirmish between 13:00 – 14:00 SLT:

Join us this Friday, March 17th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM SLT and 1:00 to 2:00 PM SLT – to enjoy the thrill of the chill and the fun of pummelling one another with tons of virtual snowballs!

Lindens and Residents run amok through the icy castle towers and tunnels, the sky pours snowballs, and the good times roll!

To join in the fun you will need to make your way to Portal Park.

Portal Park

Portal Park is the hub from which many Linden created destinations can be reached, so even if you’re not interested in the snowball fight, you may find something else of interest there.

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Filling The Cauldron – A Fundraiser For Medical Care

Health Fundraiser

I am sure that by now many of you have heard about the stressful situation that Elicio Ember, Second Life creator and owner of Cerridwen’s Cauldron finds himself in after his father suffered a stroke, if you are unaware of the situation then please read Elicio’s open letter.

Elicio and his sister are at this stressful time facing huge medical bills and to aid Elicio the Second Life community are arranging fundraisers as well as an event, Filling The Cauldron.

Underwater

Filling The Cauldron will be held at Holly Kai Park in Second Life and will run from April 1st – 9th and the agenda as it stands is :

  • Live music and DJ performances at the park’s main events venue
  • An art display inspired by Elicio’s work
  • An auction
  • A special Design a Garden contest with a very special prize
  • A photo contest with special prizes
  • A market area
  • Cerridwen’s Corner – a mini-store of Elicio’s creations, allowing you to buy his items and visit his main store.

There is still time for you to get involved in this event, applications are welcome.

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