Magazine article Technology & Learning

Virtually Possible

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Virtually Possible

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T&L caught up with Veritas Variscan (real name Doreen Pugh) at a packed international Best Practices in Education convention held May 25. The event was so overwhelmingly popular that people literally couldn't get through the doors to see many of the keynote speakers--at least their avatars couldn't.

Yep. As Pugh pointed out this was a first-of-its-kind event, held for 24 hours straight in the online virtual landscape Second Life. And even Pugh, a former social studies teacher and one of the event's organizers, was floored by the response.

"Our goal was to bring together educators from all parts of the world," Pugh told us during the event.

"We wanted this to be as close to a 'real life' conference as possible. The goal here was to be able to demonstrate to real-world colleges, business, and foundations that Second Life is a place of incredible collaboration and opportunity. We wanted to be able to have [educators] come in here and discover why they ought to support their staff in here, to start to bring more schools in-world to explore all we can do here," she said.

The event, co-sponsored by ISTE, featured back-to-back speeches from top educators worldwide, focusing on students' use of Second Life and the potential that SL offers for school administrators. …

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