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Guest Post: Second Life

Posted on June 13, 2014.

This summer the HPU Tech Blog will be featuring blog posts from professors at High Point University who are actively using technology tools in the classroom.  This is the fifth in the series, written by Matthew Brophy.  Matthew Brophy is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy.  Here is his post:

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Second Life is an online virtual world in which computer users inhabit “avatars,” through which they interact with the world, objects, & each other. This virtual world provides a technological portal for 21st century education. There are many benefits to utilizing Second Life as a platform for interactive student learning.

A New World Awaits!

  • Educational environments
  • Imaginative instruction
  • Kinesthetic learning styles
  • Experiential simulations
  • Meeting/exploring together

No matter your discipline, Second Life has something to offer as an educational tool, including:

A Myriad of Learning Possibilities

  • Art (museums; in-world creation)
  • Astronomy (planetariums; telescopes)
  • Design (clothes, buildings, avatars)
  • Entrepreneurship (real life profits from managing land, clubs, real estate)
  • Geography (Machu Picchu; Paris; etc.)
  • History (simulated historical sites)
  • Language (talk with foreign users)
  • Medicine (heart murmur sim, etc.)
  • Sociology (investigating different social groups/cultures in Second Life)

To Download Software and Play Second Life

Download Second Life Viewer:

PC: http://secondlife.com/support/downloads/

Mac: http://download.cnet.com/Second-Life/3000-2119_4-51583.html

Some Educational Places in Second Life:

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