The 13th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference officially starts next Thursday 26th through until Saturday 28th March 2020 in Second Life. The theme for VWBPE 2020 is Stellar and the regions will reflect this year’s theme.
The keynote speakers for this year’s conference. The keynote speeches will be presented at the newly re-built VWBPE Auditorium.
Dr. L. Robert Furman
Thursday, March 26
Opening the conference is Dr. Rob Furman. Dr. Rob is a well known educator, administrator, author and speaker from Pennsylvania. His engagement and enthusiasm for everyday education inspire audiences everywhere. We are excited to welcome Dr. Rob to Second Life and VWBPE.
Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda
Friday, March 27
Dr. Thomas has worked extensively with VWBPE partner vLanguages, working as PI of the CAMELOT project (EU KA3 ICT) about project-based learning with video (2013-2015); a partner in the (EU KA2) VITAL project on learning analytics (2015-2017); and PI on the GUINEVERE project (EU KA2) which examined gamification in virtual environments (2017-2019). He is a prolific author and researcher.
Dr. Thomas helps us launch Day 2 speaking on Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda.
Lessons Learned from the 2020 Educators in VR Conference
Saturday, March 28
The final Keynote address of the conference brings us the co-founders of Educators in VR: Daniel Dyboski-Bryant and Lorelle VanFossen. This dynamic duo will be reflecting on the lessons learned at their recent and highly successful Educators in VR International Summit — 24 hours a day for 6 days in VR environments.
Daniel is a lifelong educator from a family of educators and speaks 5 languages. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant of VR in Education with clients including schools, colleges, universities, design teams, training companies, councils and private individuals.
In his daytime job Daniel is the Project Lead for Exploring VR in Further Education, Remote Learning and Language, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Lecturer, and Trainer at Coleg Llandrillo, Grwp Llandrillo-Menaia in North Wales UK.
Lorelle VanFossen is a keynote, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, digital storytelling, content curation, social media, and blogging, especially working with WordPress and virtual reality. Called a digital evangelist, on Lorelle on WordPress she writes and teaches more than you may want to know about how all this social publishing business stuff works.
The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.
The conference is free to attend. The cost of the conference is covered by sponsorship and donations.
Great news to share this week is that The American Caner Society have announced that the 2019 Strides Campaign raised a very impressive grand total of $13,633 USD (a $5,000 increase over 2018). The Strides Campaign helps all those dealing with breast cancer and helps them to search for a cure.
Congratulations to all those that participated this year who have made a positive difference in this world. There were many communities in Second Life who organised their own campaigns and who participated in the general Strides campaign. All funds raised through the 2019 Strides Campaigns in Second Life are used by the American Cancer Society to contribute to breast cancer research and breast cancer patient services.
Top Strides Campaigns that raised over $2,500 include Camping for A Cure & Bikers for BOObies.
The BCA ROCKFEST & Out Shop Cancer raised more than $1,000 each.
Strides Campaigns that raised between $500 – $1,000 include Rockin’ for the Knockers, Pink Power Fest/Strides Walk, and the Tuesday Night Dance Party.
Notable campaigns who raised between $100 – $500 include Winter Is Coming, Kaiila Mahoney & the Gorean community, FABGlibber Women’s Club, Fight Like A Girl Photo Contest, Club Cathedral Dark Desires, Sanctuary Rockers, and Roos With A Dream.
If you would like to become a volunteer for the American Cancer Society in Second Life, please contact Stingray9798 Raymaker or email email@example.com.
The Burn2 Skin Burn event takes place tomorrow on Saturday 26th October 2019 in Second Life. The first burn starts at 1pm SLT and the second burn starts at 6pm SLT.
The check in opens two hours before each burn. Everyone is welcome to participate and have fun.
The Man will be burning again but this time everyone will be in their best low lag form to see it. It’s a low lag burn!.
WHY DO WE DO THIS?
We recognise that some of us may have had difficulty seeing the Man burn last Saturday – lag is a fact of life with all the partying and the range of lag generated in the sims.
Thus, we become more radically inclusive by expending a bit of communal effort and “slimming down” to just skins and system layers, It helps reduce sim lag (BURN2 sims) and also client lag (your computer’s resources and those of avatars around you).
The location will be given out via the BurningMan 2.0 group notices tomorrow and on the Burn2 blog.
Lab Gab Episode 5 airs today from 3pm SLT/PDT over on the official Second Life YouTube channel hosted by Xiola Linden and Strawberry Linden. They will be exploring some “de-frightful spots” around Second Life and sharing top Halloween themed things with some scary stories.
Here is the full blog announcement on episode 5…
Scary movie rules state that no matter what – there must always be a sequel! Xiola and Strawberry are back this week for another chilling and thrilling episode of Lab Gab – with more frightening fun and spirited excitement!
We have some de-frightful spots to explore and need your help to make sure we survive the trials of our adventures in – The Spooky Side of Second Life Returns!
We’ll also be sharing some of our top Halloween themed things and scary stories – there’s a ghost story in there somewhere!
We might need to take a trip to a lovely autumnal experience after the bone-chilling venture – good thing there are so many scenic spots for us to lighten the mood and recover after our journey into maniacal madness.