On January 10th we announced the inaugural
Education Support Faire. The goal of the Faire is to bring together educators, academics, and students to explore the support mechanisms available to Residents who use Second Life to enhance real world educational efforts. Upon announcement, we had a great response from the educational community.
The Faire opens this Sunday, January 25th at the region Supporte, and will last through Friday, January 30th. A full list of individuals and groups with displays and/or presentations at the Education Support Faire can be found here. Thank you to all participants and attendees for getting involved!
In addition to booths and presentations that will highlight the support services offered by Linden Lab to educators, there will be the opportunity to learn more about 46 Resident-run Support Organizations that help educators succeed in Second Life . Explore the ecosystem of support opportunities with people from organizations like the New Media Consortium, ISTE, Languagelab, and the Discovery Education Network. Learn the best way to teach your students how to use Second Life from organizations like New Citizens Incorporated, Info Island, and Global Kids. Find out how people dealing with disabilities can access Second Life for educational purposes from Virtual Ability Inc. and the SLHealthy Wiki. And be sure to stop by between 9am-1pm SLT on Monday, January 26 to speak with Lindens who can help you learn more about what Linden Lab offers to educators in terms of support and strategies for success!
If you are interested in Second Life educational discussions, events, and updates and are not yet joined to the Second Life Education mailing list, please check this link for details.
Finally, we were given good advice from participants who plan to document their travels at the Faire throughout the week; if you plan to do the same using Twitter or Flickr, ‘tag’ the content with “sledfair09.” Using this common tag will make the content easier to search and share in the future!
We are very excited to see this next week unfold and we want to again thank the educators, students, and academics for your inspiring ways of using Second Life as an educational and collaborative tool!