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Showing posts with label university. Show all posts
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

SL’s Best Schools! -LillyLacewing Reporting.

This is a hard one, ladies and gents; I won’t lie to you. I have to pick only 5 institutions to list here, and many well-known universities have a presence in Second Life. So instead, I’m going to highlight a couple of schools relevant to things you need to know in SL, and a couple of University presences. First up?

Caledon’s Oxbridge University.
This place is interesting; it has a ‘lecture hall’ where you can learn the ins and outs of Second Life, or if you’re big into Steam Punk, then I highly recommend checking out their library where they host a treasure trove of books on everything from 19th Century Politics and sciences to art history and children’s books. The whole university is appropriately Steam Punk, and I love it! There’s lots of informative stuff here for newcomers to SL as well, such as simple things like interacting with a new currency marketplace, how to build things (very basic of course) and how to earn Lindens, interact with others, and everything else someone new to SL would need to know--or even someone not so new, but in need of new information. They host both free, and paid classes on a wide variety of SL important activities such as building items, clothing, working with mesh, etc. It’s a great, fun, large, and informative school beyond worth the TP in!

Stanford University’s SL Location
Now, I don’t have to tell you about Stanford. It’s a Real Life, Ivy League University. It has links to their libraries online. Once you land, there’s a bright red line that you follow to large billboard that lists the SL physical locations of their libraries, and there are a handful of video screens that link you to the online libraries.  The Second Life installation is very detailed, large, and beautiful.  It’s great for students of the physical university, as well as curious SL’ers who’d like to learn things they might not otherwise. Go check it out!

Rockcliffe University Library and Reference Center.

Ok, so admittedly, this one’s more of a library than a school, but it taught me how to make clothing! Something I’ve always kind of struggled with was creating here in SL, but a book quite literally out in the open taught me, in a matter of minutes, how to make basic, simple clothing. It’s filled with books both informative and fictional, as well as books on how to make things in SL that are basic, easy to understand, and won’t intimidate the new user! I was happy to find this place, and now I can’t wait to give my new clothing making skills a try. Who knows, maybe this time next year, I’ll be pimping my own product line in an upcoming article! Go get your learn on!

SOMA: Learn Photoshop, gimp,etc…
This is a great resource sim for those who want to learn to fine tune those clothing-making skills they picked up at Rockcliffe! This ‘school’ teaches users how to use image manipulation and graphics software such as Gimp, Photoshop, and even more I’ve never heard of. As anyone who’s made, or purchased, an item off the marketplace, can attest to how important those graphics programs are for builders, SL ‘tailors’ (clothing makers,) and those who build entire sims. This is a place I plan on returning on my off time to learn, on my own time and at my own pace (how rad is that?!?) how to make textures to attach to that shirt I just learned how to make.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
This is another Real-Life University brought to life here in the grid! This one serves students of UWM, both in teaching them how to use Second Life in order to take classes on its online campus, and in other SL relevant information. It serves the public the same, and teaches new users how to orient to life in SL. I was surprised and happy to see that this campus seemed up to date, the Halloween colors of black and orange popping up in cheery balloons welcoming you to the campus.

All in all, it was hard to pick the 5 best schools of in Second Life, mostly because A.) There are SO many, and B.) They’re all incredibly informative, most even have their own libraries, either with old classics in notecard form, or online links to places where you can read and experience classic literature for free. Also, for those who want to further their educations but cannot afford to attend places like MIT, some schools offer access to their textbooks online for free. For MIT’s curriculum: .  A Google search can also bring you lots of free textbook resources as well as other e-books for both learning, and pleasure!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Trip to Educational Venues – Debby Sharma Reporting …

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela

No matter the world we live in, no matter the technology we use, it is education that has made us who we are today. The thirst of inquisitiveness and the hunger to challenge oneself has probably led to the creation of this world we share together. Together we have built what we call as economy, supporting each other to have a brighter future. The values of education cannot be measure but the fruits are enormous. Second Lie has been an eye opener to many by being another podium to impart education.

The list of educational and cultural venues can be found in the Destination Guide under Culture and Education category. Among the many located in Second Life, here are a few:

Stanford University

A beautiful replica of the original Stanford University, it has been developed by Stanford University’s Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR). As seen in the photograph, there is a library with a rare collection of books and first prints of newspapers, Student Gallery consisting of articles about various subjects. There are areas in the sim dedicated to history. One such is the History of Mexico.

The Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections held the exhibit publicly, “In Folio: Rare Volumes in the Stanford University Libraries”, featuring more than 30 titles, the exhibit  was on view at Stanford University’s Cecil H. Green Library, Peterson Gallery, second floor of the Bing Wing, from August 4 through November 9, 2003. Biographically speaking a folio is a book whose printed sheets have been folded only once to form leaves of text or illustration; in contrast, a quarto is a book whose sheers have been folded twice; on octave is a book whose sheet have been folded three times. Generally speaking, a folio is simply a large book. Each of the folios in this exhibit at the Stanford University is not only great in size but also significant, being important editions of important texts.

 These folio volumes have something else in colon as well, each has been used in a class or academic presentation over the past two years. These volumes are important as they are vital to the teaching mission of Stanford University. In Folio, features titles spanning the first five centuries of printing. Highlights include the 1469 edition of Pliny’s Natural History, a 1497 edition of Dante’ Commedia, the first edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), William Blake’s engravings in Edward Young’ Night Thoughts (1797), John Dryden’s translation of Virgil’s works (1697), the Cranach Press Hamlet (1930), the Foulis Press Homer (1756 – 1758) and Abraham Ortelius; magnificent atlas (1595).

Coalition Island

Another important venue to visit is the Coalition Island. It is a nexus of United States armed forces activity and collaboration in Second Life. It links all the military islands in Second Life that are a virtual replica of the reality with a teleportation panel. More information about Military Lnads in Second Life is available in the Wiki. Visit the link

The venue is a beautiful pentagon shaped Island with the wall covered with photographs of armed forces busy in various activities. There are a few stories on the wall that have made history like “The San Diego – based guided missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 650) fired a missile on Thursday, March 26, 2009 during training exercise Steilar Daggers in the Pacific Ocean. Benfold engages multiple targets with Standard Missile -2 (SM -2 ) Block III A and modified SM 2 BLK IV missiles The Benfold’s Aegis Weapons System successfully detected and intercepted a cruise missile target with a SM – 2 BLK II A, while simultaneously detecting and intercepting an incoming SRBM target with a modified SM – 2 BLK IV.”
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
~ Malcom X

University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is one of my favorites. It features monthly learning seminars, a teaching hospital and a library. There is also a lounge to relax or have some serious conversations.
The Library of Bable is a huge library consisting of books like:
·         Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
·         Bable Volume by Axaxxaxas Mlo
·         Bable Volume by Gray Labyrinth
·         Bable Volume: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
·         Bable Volume: The Plaster Cramp
·         Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathan Swift
·         Metamorphosis by Fran Kafka
·         Nonsense songs by Edward Lear
·         Books on Portuguese
·         The Library of Bable by Jorge Luis Borges
·         The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
·         The Republic of Plato
·         The Tempest by William Shakespeare
·         The Time Machine by H.G (Herbert George) Wells
With such collection and so many more books, who would like to leave this library? As this quote says,
“Mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be rekindled”

~ Plutarch