Getting Started: Frequently Asked Questions and Guidelines
A comprehensive and up-to-date list
- Universities, Colleges & Schools
- National Organizations
- Educational Organizations (Non-Profit / Not For profit)
- Mainstream Media Coverage
- Second Life Video Showcase
Second Life Mailing Lists, Blogs and Forums
- SL Educators "SLED"
- Educators Working with Teens
- Healthcare Support and Education
- SL Researchers
- Professional Educators and Trainers of Second Life
The SLED Forum has a list of topics and threads that pertain to many aspects of education in SL. If you want to have on-going discussions with colleagues outside the SLed Listserve, please check out the Forum area. Many interesting topics are already listed. If you wish to post, you can register for free.
Second Life has a number of active groups who collaborate inside the metaverse and who keep in touch using the group system tools. To join a group, click the "Find" button and search under "Groups" for "Education"
Real Life Education in Second Life -- find colleagues and collaborators to help you with your education work in Second Life. Anyone may join; contact group owner Pathfinder Linden inworld if you have any questions.
Second Life Grad Student Colony -- for support in research, dissertation writing and promoting collaboration among researchers/student researchers, Limited to students pursuing advanced degrees. Contact group owner naiad - bbovard at nmsu.edu
Second Life Research -- To help ensure ethical treatment of subjects and to promote collaboration. Limited to academics pursuing IRB-authorized research projects covered under SL's Terms of Service and research ethics policy
K-12 Educators -- A group created specifically for K-12 educators and interested others, focusing on collaboration and communication of events in Second Life that are useful to support teaching and learning. Membership is open. Contact group owner Kathy Dryburgh (SL)/Kathy Schrock (RL) for more information.
Community Colleges in Second Life--A group for Community College educators focused on support, research and discussion of challenges unique to the community college environment. Open membership. Contact group owner Pipsqueak Fiddlesticks (SL)/Denise Cote (RL) for more information.
Other In World Groups -- Visit this page for more details on other in-world groups. These may be based on geography (national or regional) or subject-interests.
Educational Pricing on Private Islands
Private Islands provide the ability to create secure "intranet" spaces with restricted membership for your students and faculty, or you can open it up to be accessible to everyone in Second Life. Linden Lab offers a discount for Private Islands to educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
For a list of Real Life Universities that are using Private Islands in Second Life, please see Second Life: Universities and Private Islands
Be sure to join the SL Educator's listserv.
The Association of Internet Researchers has a document about research ethics available.
An Important Reminder for Educators about the Teen Grid
The main Grid of Second Life is for adults only (18+). We also have a Teen Second Life, and that world is strictly for teens (13-17).
We don't allow anyone under 18 years old in the adult world of Second Life, and likewise we do not allow adult Residents (18+) on the mainland of the Teen World. Both of these worlds are separate from each other, and we do not allow inworld travel or communication between them.
Teen Second Life is a world for teens, created and shaped by teens. Please remember that falsely registering as a teen to gain access to Teen Second Life is a serious offense, and cause for permanent banishment from all of Second Life.
The only adults allowed on the mainland in Teen Second Life are Linden employees. If you are an educator and want to work with teens in Teen Second Life, there is the opportunity to buy a private island on the Teen Grid and participate, but you will not be able to leave that island and visit the Teen Grid mainland. Teens from the mainland will be able to visit your private island if/when you choose, but they will be automatically informed that there are adults present. Also, if you are planning to use a private island on the Teen Grid to interact with teens from the mainland, we will need to run a background check on you for security and safety reasons.
If you'd like more details about getting a private island for education work on the Teen Grid, please see Second Life: Educators Working with Teens.
Classroom Management, Lesson Plans
- Sample Lesson plans
- Sample SL Projects Ideas for RL Students
- Global Kids' Best Practices For Education in Second Life pdf.
- Essay assignments: Avatars and Personal Identity, Building in a Virtual World, Compare to Snow Crash
- This "Handout for Instructors" HTML and PDF was created for the 2005 Games, Learning, and Society Conference based on lessons learned from the Elon University GST364 course. (updated, Feb. 2007)
- SL Tools: Getting the Most out of Groups
- Interactive Scripts for teaching
- UIUC Tutorials
- EdBoost "Programming in SL" tutorial for Teen Second Life
- Voice Chatting with Ventrilo for Educators in Second Life - Try Ventrilo (a free third-party client) for voice communication with your class.
- The SaLamander Project - a MERLOT Community to develop a 3D Learning Materials Taxonomy - participate!
- Second Life Teaching Jobs
- Best Practices for organizing SL/Real World events
- Resources for teaching Life Sciences
- Resources for Technical Education
- Source Citation Ideas
Educational Locations in Second Life
- Sample Learning spaces
- 20 SL Hotspots - a list of the top-20 must-see learning installations in Second Life with teleport links
- Ellie Brewster's Snapzilla diary -- adventures in SLeducation -- open Second Life client to teleport through Snapzilla.
- Organic Chemistry Quizzes in Second Life on Drexel Island and an example of students building 3D molecules - instructor Jean-Claude Bradley
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