So today (if I’ve gotten my world clock right) the different kind of conference session debuts.
Second Life: K-20 Educators Exploring Virtual Worlds was a last minute brainstorm between me and Kevin Jarrett as the time limit for submitting sessions got close. We used Google docs to hammer out a session description, and sent it in with minutes to spare. The idea was that by using VoiceThread (an online slideshow that you can add multiple voices to) we could create a group experience that would both show the educational side of Second Life, and then have a platform where everyone could continue the conversation.
I posted a bit about it here when Kevin created a teaser for it using Animoto.
So I think it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself! It’s informative already, and hopefully will generate some conversation which will make it all the better! I think it’s pretty hype-free, which is nice. I sort of had the role of “voice of reason” so I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m completely against Second Life. I’m not, and I put forward my thoughts a while back, Second Thoughts on Second Life.
So here it is, TA DA! Second Life: K-20 Educators Exploring Virtual Worlds – Panel (Live VoiceThread version)
There’s a non-live option here too: Second Life: K-20 Educators Exploring Virtual Worlds – Panel (recorded versions) (Bios and support links)
These are just a movie and audio file that were recorded a week ago, and are available to download, but that’s not the real thing. It’s just there to provide a permanent home for the files under the K12 online conference umbrella. The conference organizers said that from last year’s experience, many conference attendees wanted downloadable, podcast versions of the sessions.
But the REAL deal is here, on VoiceThread, where you can add your own comments in voice or text. Make your mark!