Next Tuesday, December 5, 8:45amGMT, Young Adult Librarian Jean Gardner, from the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library will be presenting with other Kansas partners on their project in Second Life entitled, “Teaching & Learning in Massively Multiplayer Virtual Worlds: Second Life Adventures in Learning.” The audio stream will be available here or in-world at Pietros Place (Yora 70, 150). Jean will be talking about her project with youth in which book club members create and share SL resources based on Fahrenheit 451.
More virtual world news:
According to a BBC news article today, “Virtual Pals Soar in Importance” which talks about new directions the Internet is heading.
Look for Anastasia Goodstein’s (ypulse) BusinessWeek column next week where she writes about teens and virtual reality environments in terms of developmental theories.
Librarians (several YALSA members) and partners on InfoIsland in Second Life are gearing up for Cybrary City open house next Wednesday, 2:30pPST. Cybrary City is sponsored by Talis and is a virtual training space for librarians and a place for groups to come together that are working on different projects. There are several presences of virtual library services for teens in Cybrary City.
Virtual online travel agency. Check it out! Synthravels offers guided tours of virtual worlds. You pick the date, time, destination, have the program downloaded on your computer-and that’s it! Runescape, World of Warcraft, Second Life, There, and more (over 25!) What better way to understand why teens find these virtual worlds so compelling.
Posted by Kelly Czarnecki