Stepping into Second Life

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Sandra Porter
Since I'm an adjunct faculty member at a couple of community colleges, I'm able to delete most of my e-mail with barely a glance. But this one made my jaw drop!
Dear Educators: Alliance Library System and LearningTimes are pleased to announce an exciting conference featuring science and virtual worlds. On January 30th we are "Stepping Into Science" and taking the day to explore the possibilities of using virtual worlds to learn about and teach science. The conference will be taking place entirely in Second Life and will feature a keynote and panel discussion as well as small breakout sessions, field trips and an opportunity participate in "Science Friday", NPR's live broadcast from Second Life. For more information and to register, click here: Speakers and field trips will include: - Troy McConaghy (Scientist and Educator who has been involved with Second Life for over three years) - Dr. George Djorgovski (Caltech and Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics (MICA)) - Joanna Scott (Writer for Nature and manages Second Nature on Second Life) - Adrienne J. Gauthier, M.Ed. (Instructional Technology Specialist, Steward Observatory) - Tony Crider (Elon University) This online conference provides a great opportunity for anyone interested in exploring the latest in science education using 3D, immersive, virtual worlds. It is ideal for anyone who might be at any stage of implementing education projects using virtual worlds. There will be many opportunities to ask questions and discuss ideas with our speakers and guides as well as others attending the conference. Those new to Second Life are encouraged to attend! We'll even be offering Second Life orientations before the 30th so if you've been meaning to check out Second Life, but haven't quite gotten around to it this is a great and structured opportunity to learn about some fantastic projects and also take Second Life for a spin. The conference will be held live online in Second Life on January 30th. The registration fee is $65 per person. (Group rates are available.) For more information on the conference, please visit: Warm regards, Alliance Library System and LearningTimes
Wow! Where else can you attend a conference for $65? If you've been wondering about Second Life, this looks like a good opportunity to take the plunge. I've done it and it's a little scary, but exciting, too. If you plan to go, you may wish to read this first, and don't worry, you'll have a good time.

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