Friday, April 21, 2017

***2016 EDU: Web-world use case: Conversational spoken English! Or any other language

Web world use case: 
Conversational spoken English!
Or any other language
Language learning is well suited for virtual worlds and web-worlds offer an easy way to get started. Immersive learning on the browser.  Here is an introduction to web-worlds as they might be used for instruction in a language. 
The old way to learn a language
  • Virtual worlds are used extensively for language instruction (see after the break).
  • They let learners learn the language in an environment where they will need it.
  • Learners can be immersed in the environment they are talking about.
  • Learners can practice together as they talk about things around them.  

Why are virtual worlds not used more for language learning?

  • Virtual worlds require expensive, graphics capable computers.
  • You have to download and install a viewer.
  • You have  to learn how to move around, communicate, and activate things.

Now you can put a small virtual world in a browser.

  • It will run on almost any modern computer.
  • You talk, move, sit and click on things.  A lot like you do on a flat web page.
  • If you come in when someone is there, they can help you.
  • People can easily come in on impulse, just to see what is offered.
  • If people like your web-world, they may want to come into your virtual world.
  • Web-worlds, progress and possibilities: Summary

Drop by and let's talk

  • (More after the break, scroll down!)

Metaverse events, current and upcoming

The International Spaceflight Museum, a Texas-based non-profit corporation solely supported by private donors and which has operated in Second Life since 2005, will have a grand opening ceremony for its Kitely branch of the museum at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, April 21 on Kitely’s ISMuseum region.   
In Kitely, use the Firestorm hop:  hop://
HG address: Spaceflight Museum 


    Languge learning in virtual worlds

    A web-world can look like any place that people need to learn about

    • A restaurant where you can practice ordering a meal.    
    • An airport where you can practice check-in, security, and boarding.
    • A passenger cabin where you can talk with crew and other passengers.
    • A hotel where you can register and get a room.
    • An office where you can handle business activities.
    • A grocery store where you can talk about household items.

    Scripted objects can

    • Talk on click--tell their names or say how they are used.
    • Show text or give web links on click.
    • Ask questions on click and check/record answers.
    • Play a part in a learning game.  

    News and Notes

    The Hypergrid WIP Show

    • The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. 
    • Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, promotion, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
    • Selby will be doing test video capture of presentations in voice.  These may be posted on YouTube.
    • Presentations are in voice and text.  
    • For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  
    • Voice presentations may be captured in video.  
    • Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog and elsewhere.

    Next WIP show

    • Next WIP show: Sun. April 23 Noon SLT 
    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
    • II 
    • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
    • hop:// II/68/369/22
    • Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora

            Previous Articles from the WIP show 

            HG links-- depending on your interests 

            Communities in the virtual worlds

            Radio in the virtual worlds

            Metaverse beginner help

                                  Schools in virtual worlds

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