Εκπαιδευτικές, επιστημονικές δραστηριότητες στο Second life
Αρκετοί γνωρίζουν το second life. Αρκετοί περισσότεροι, δε γνωρίζουμε τις εκπαιδευτικές “δυνατότητές” του, και την δραστηριότητα που αναπτύσσει η επιστημονική και εκπαιδευτική κοινότητα σε αυτό. Το πολύ γνωστό περιοδικό nature έφτιαξε μέσα στο second life το secondnature. Τι λένε οι άνθρωποι του nature για το εγχείρημά τους:
The short answer: we are experimenting with Second Life as a medium for communication between scientists, both one-to-one and one-to-many communication. Additionally, we are investigating its potential for other scientific purposes including modelling and displays by allowing any scientist with an idea to use our land free of charge to try it out on.
The long answer: We initially worked with several freelancers to create exhibits on the island, the most successful of which was the M4 (Magical Molecular Model Maker), a gadget which looked rather like a bubblegum machine, which allowed you to approach it in Second Life and type in the name of any molecule you like. It would go away, search the PubChem database for the 3D structural information and generate a 3D ball and stick model of the molecule in front of your eyes.
The M4 is fully functional (it’s been released under the GPL) and quite cool but we soon realised this wasn’t the way to go: it was more a proof of concept than anything actually *useful*. There are other molecule rezzers in Second Life, and it seemed that real scientists would have a better idea of what would actually be valuable to them than we would. So we threw open our doors: we have land, an expensive commodity in Second Life, and we want to see the full potential of this world, so from January 2007, any scientist who was interested in Second Life for any reason and wanted to try it out was welcome to do so free of charge on our island. There are now dozens of varied exhibits on the island – see Exhibits for more info.
As we learnt more about Second Life, I began to become more and more convinced that its main value is as a communication medium. In the summer we launched the Second Nature lecture series: a series of events where we invited a scientist into our offices, and they gave a talk in Second Life to anyone who chose to come. We have now held about a dozen such events and they have been really successful: every week I dread that no-one will turn up and every week people do, and really join in on the discussion, and tell me afterwards how much they enjoyed it. So in 2008 we will continue this – the main lecture series will continue with scientists from all disciplines, we will continue to hold mini-conferences, such as our Climate Change conference in December, and we will continue to help other scientists hold their own events, on our island or elsewhere.
Υπάρχει ημερολόγιο για όλα τις επιστημονικές εκδηλώσεις στο second life, από όλες τις επιστημονικές και εκπαιδευτικές κοινότητες που δραστηριοποιούνται μέσα σε αυτό. Στο SLHealthy θα βρείτε τις ομάδες ανθρώπων, τις τοποθεσίες και τις εκδηλώσεις που αφορούν τον χώρο υγείας και δραστηριοποιούνται μέσα στο second life.
Ένα video σχετικά για τις εκπαιδευτικές “ευκαιρίες” του second life, παρουσιάζει κάποιες από τις εκπαιδευτικές τοποθεσίες του.
Ένα ακόμα video για επιστημονικές δραστηριότητες μέσα στο second life