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Secondlife is much more than just a game. Many real world schools are beginning to factor virtual worlds into their curriculums and many companies use it to offer a sort-of face to face meeting, where their voices can be heard, and where graphical presentations can be made.
TechSoup offers a number of webinars and avatars can watch them and discuss what they have seen with other avatars. In addition, there have been a number of national conferences with at least part of the conference having a Mixed Reality portion (some participants in Real Life, some in Second Life), such as the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), June 28-30 in New York City, and the National Defense University’s Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds 3rd Annual Conference. In an earlier issue I described my participation in Virtual Worlds – Best Practices in Education. We got some statistics about that event:
A lot of people participated
From all over the world
I wish I had learned about it earlier, because I would like to have gotten on the program for a Mixed Reality event within the International Society for Technology in Education conference: ISTE 2010 in Denver June 27-30. Many of the converence events were streamed into SL so that people all over the world who were not able to go to Denver could watch them. The organizers have told me they will schedule me into a post Denver meeting to show the teachers a teaching tool I have developed, the Ultimate Display Panel.