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VWBPE 2017: Above the Book and taking a peek

Image courtesy of VWBPE

The 2017  Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) conference will be taking place between Wednesday, March 29th and Saturday April 1st, 2017 inclusive. A grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments, VWBPE attracts 2200-3500 educational professionals from around the world each year.

A press day for the event was held on Sunday, March 19th, but due to physical world things, I ended up unable to attend. Therefore, this little sneak peek at things is coming a little late – although you can have a little explore around the conference regions yourself, as they are now open through until Sunday, March 26th.

The full calendar for the conference has been published, and it includes a new segment Above The Book, which will feature two one-hour interviews with individuals who “have been noteworthy and have, in one way or another, helped build a legacy in virtual environments: for educators, researchers, advocacy groups, communities of practice, content creators.

For VWBPE 2017, the two interviewees will be Linden Lab CEO, Ebbe Altberg and noted documentarian, Draxtor Despres. The interviews will be conducted around topics they have suggested, and will feature questions submitted by Second Life residents and which have been selected on the basis on relevance and appropriateness to the goals of the conference, and its  legacy theme.

The interviews will take place as follows:

  • Ebbe Altberg – Wednesday, March 29th at 13:00 SLT, on the topic of A Conversation about Education and Second Life
  • Draxtor Despres – Saturday, April 1st at 15:00 SLT, on the topic Will VR Matter in Education? Lessons Learned from a Second Life Documentarian’s 10 Year Life.

Now, if you want to attend either or both of these sessions, there is a catch: you must submit a question for consideration in the interview.

You can find out more – including the application form for submitting a question – by visiting the VWBPE 2017 Above The Book information page. Not that the deadline for question to be submitted has been extended until 23:59 SLT on Sunday, March 26th.

VWBPE 2017 – part of the undersea social area

Ahead of the conference there are a number of special activities open to all in both Second Life and OpenSim, such as Spanish Language Learning on Friday, March 24th (OpenSim) and  Lizards of ARS on Sunday, March 26th (Second Life).  And don’t forget the  VWBPE 2017 Passport to the Metaverse Web Quest:

If you wish to bring a colleague or friend in-world to tour the conference regions and attended VWBPE, the Rockcliffe Registration Portal is now open for people to register new avatars and find out more about the VWBPE conference in-world. Just point them towards where they’ll be able to follow easy instructions to get started. It’s recommended that you get them to register at least a day or two ahead of the conference proper, so they can get oriented and not miss any of the events and activities.

You can find out more about this year’s anniversary conference via the VWBPE website.


Filling the Cauldron: photo contest in Second Life

Filling the Cauldron is launching a special photo contest open to everyone and with some very special prizes.

Elicio’s store, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, offers a marvellous, magical setting both in the air and on the ground. All we’re asking you to do is visit Cerridwen’s Cauldron and capture some of that magic. It doesn’t matter if you select a part of the skyborne store or the ground-level landscape. Simply capture all or part of the region in a way that captures its beauty and magic.

Cerridwen's Cauldron; Inara Pey, January 2016, on Flickr Ground level – Cerridwen’s Cauldron

In return, the following prizes are up for grabs:

  • 3rd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$750
  • 2nd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$1,000
  • 1st place: an original piece of real world art by Elicio himself, delivered to you in-world and to your home.

Cerridwen's Cauldron; Inara Pey, January 2016, on Flickr Ground level – Cerridwen’s Cauldron

There are a few simple rules for the competition:

  • No more than two submissions per entrant
  • The goal is to take a photo of Cerridwen’s Cauldron. It can be of the store areas or the ground level areas
  • Avatars are permitted in photos, but should not be the focus of an image
  • Entries must be posted on the Filling The Cauldron Photo Contest Flickr group, no later than 23:59 on Monday, April 3rd, 2017. Flickr timestamps will be used to determine time of submission
  • All entries must be in keeping with the Second life Terms of Service and Community Standards governing Moderate regions. Nudity and adult themes are not permitted
  • All submissions should be new and original, but can be submitted to other groups
  • Editing within external software is permitted prior to submission
  • Judging will be on a basis of 50% popular vote on Flickr, and 50% by a panel of judges
  • Please do not contact Elicio Ember in regards to this contest. All enquiries should be directed to Inara Pey or Saffia Widdershins.

So, Don’t delay, hop over to Cerridwen’s cauldron today, grab your snaps and join the fun!

Mysteries, aliens, mice and poems

It’s time to kick-off another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, March 19th 13:30: Tea Time Mysteries!

Seanchai Library launches a Tea Time series, featuring everything non-Holmesian from Christie to Hamett, classic sleuthing to hard-boiled detectives of the noir-ish hue.

This week: more Agatha Christie with Caledonia, Kayden, Corwyn and John.

Monday, March 20th 19:00: Enemy Mine

Gyro Muggins continues reading Barry B. Longyear’s novella which first appeared in a 1979 issue of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, before becoming the basis of the of the 20th Century Fox film of the same name, starring Dennis Quaid  and Louis Gossett, Jr. This led to Longyear producing an expanded version of the story, written with David Gerrold.

In the midst of an interstellar war between humans and Dracs (a race of humanoid reptilians), Willis Davidge, a human fighter pilot, crashes on a hostile planet after a dogfight with a Drac – who is also forced down on the same planet.

The two initially continue their hostilities towards one another. But the planet proves so hostile that Davidge and the Drac, Jeriba Shigan (whom Davidge nicknames “Jerry”), are forced to join forces in order to ensure their survival. Then Davidge learns Jeriba is pregnant – Drac being entirely asexual …

Tuesday, March 21st 19:00: Of Mice and Magic

Faerie Maven-Pralou reads the forst in the Ravenspell series by David Farland

More than anything, Benjamin Ravenspell wants a pet. But when he buys a mouse named Amber, he gets more than he bargained for. No sooner does Ben take her home, than Amber turns him into a mouse too.

You see, Amber has magical abilities, and it so happens that Ben is a familiar, a creature that stores magical energy. Together they each form half of a powerful wizard. Alone, they’re just vermin.

Soon Ben and Amber find themselves pitted in an epic battle against a magical enemy who is as crazed as he is evil, and the fate of the world will rest on them learning to work together.

Wednesday, March 22nd 19:00: Poems Aloud

With Caledonia.

Thursday, March 23rd

19:00: From The Hearth

Celtic Darkness, Tales from the otherworld with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitely, and InWorldz).

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore.

Sunday March 26th: Volume IX

Senchai Library’s anniversary celebrations, licking-off at 13:00 SLT. More details in my preview next week!

Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for March April is Project Children, building peace in Ireland one child at a time.

Don’t Forget: March snowball fight in Second Life

Winter Wonderland snowball fight arena – a final 2016 / 2017 challenge from the Lab

Don’t forget that Friday, March 17th marks the last residents vs. Lab snowball fight for the 2016 / 2017 winter season.

The chance for a final fling (pun intentional) in the snow was announced by Xiola Linden on March 15th, 2017, and the event will take place in the Snowball Arena at the Winter Wonderland.

There are two fight sessions scheduled:

  • 09:00-10:00 SLT
  • 13:00-14:00 SLT

Again, both are on Friday, March 17th, 2017.

The 5-region Winter Wonderland can be reached either through the new portal parks (reviewed here), or via direct teleport to the landing point. Just walk through the village on arrival and follow the path up over the hills. Kiosks at the entrance to the arena are available for obtaining your weapons.

lock’n’load at the weapons kiosks at the entrances to the Snowball Arena

Those who are Premium members can also pick-up the latest Premium gift via the Premium Kiosks,  which once again includes a wearable token which allows you to upgrade your snowball weapons. I have no idea if the tokens given out in previous years also work as … I deleted mine!

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