After continued problems accessing the VILLAGE Grouply site (is my connection really THAT bad?  can I blame it on the snow?), I’ve decided to comment on my Second Life experience here.  I think it can be summed up nicely in a list:

  1. Wow.  That’s awesome.  How can I have had an avatar for 1,333 days (3 and a half years) and not have taken more time to learn how to use it?
  2. Wow.  Time consuming.
  3. Wow.  I can go shopping in Second Life when there’s too much snow to go shopping here.  Second Life has even been nice enough to decline all my credit accounts so I can’t buy anything and have to hunt around for free stuff.
  4. Wow.  University of Cincinnati exists in SL AND they’ll give me stuff for free!  Why couldn’t they have done that in RL?
  5. Wow.  I could teach here, really!  Just have to find myself some students that are old enough!

In the past three weeks, I’ve learned most of the basics, although I’m sure there’s more, become a shopaholic, found out how to rez prims, build basic structures, teleport, explore, and gone on a lot of tours with fellow language teachers.  I’m slowly understanding different ways that I could use SL with RL students, although I’m finding it a little overwhelming at times.

Check out some of my photos:

The Globe Theatre in Language Lab

MacBeth Throne Room

On a killing spree in MacBeth

Getting ready to hang glide in EduNation III