Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 HG: IMA: Virtual Worlds Fair, OSCC Venues, exhibit locator

Virtual Worlds Fair, OSCC Venues, exhibit locator 
The Virtual Worlds Fair is off to a start with 5 venues of exhibits built for OSCC, but remaining till the next OSCC.  Here I put the layout and main exhibits on the web to get wider availability. And to try out a way to increase the public visibility of exhibits in the VWFair. 
Overview of Thirza's exhibit
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

2018 WW: EDU: The interactive whiteboard(s) in CybaLounge

The interactive whiteboard in CybaLounge
Updated 1/18/2018
The interactive whiteboard offers various features of value in the classroom.  Since I believe web-worlds can be useful as classrooms on the web, I am here describing the capabilities that web-worlds already offer that give affordances similar to those offered by interactive whiteboards.

Cybalounge message board

Uses for interactive whiteboards

  • Displaying what people write (the old use)
  • Capturing and saving notes
  • Polling an audience for opinions.

Web-worlds



Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 WRITE: PROMO: The power of myths: How Stories Shape What We Believe

The power of myths: 
How Stories Shape What We Believe
Does a myth report something that actually happened?  That question totally misses the point.  A myth is instruction, not a news report.  A myth tells people in a particular culture something that is a generally accepted belief in that culture.

In this time of global crisis and transition – mass migration, inequality, climate change – Alex Evans believes it is only by finding new myths that we will navigate our way to a better future. It is stories, rather than facts and pie-charts, that have the power to animate us and bring us together to change the world. 
Watch Alex Evans, Senior Fellow, New York University's Center on International Cooperation, in our latest RSA Spotlight - the edits which take you straight to the heart of the event! Loved this snippet? Listen to the full podcast here: 
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 BIZ: Kitely Market offers new features for product updates and grid-closure problem

Kitely Market offers new features 
for product updates and grid-closure problem
Kitely market adds features that support some after-market services to customers.  That adds another reason why people might prefer to buy from Kitely market over an inworld shop.  
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Monday, December 25, 2017

2017 THERAPY: Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'

Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'
We have known all along that the only way to get rid of your fears is to confront them.  But how can schizophrenics confront those voices in the head?  This therapy gets those virtual voices into virtual avatars, where the patient can confront them.  It seems to work.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

2018 EDU: IMA: Learn by challenge in virtual worlds: Games, projects, Maker Model

Learn by challenge in virtual worlds:
Games, projects, Maker Model
"Everything is already known.  Your job as a student is to learn most of it and demonstrate your recall by reciting back bits of it."  We would never teach that.  These days, much of what we have to do is respond to new challenges.  A lot of the misery is delivered by the difficulties people have in responding to new challenges.  With all that in mind, how does the traditional classroom model compare with the challenge model?
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

2017 IMA: WW: Web-world development 2017: Dev/users bi-weekly meeting, Fridays

Web-world development 2017: 
Dev/users bi-weekly meeting, Fridays
Announcing the bi-weekly meeting of the web-world users/developers meeting every other Friday.  Anyone interested in web-world development is welcome.  We meet in a browser--that's the convenient thing about web-worlds:  Drop by, come in as guest.  No registration. 
WWDev meeting
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Left to right

  • Bill Blight
  • Evie
  • Selby
  • Shelenn
  • Dieter  (Edward Tarber)

Web-worlds 

News



  • Dieter Heyne adds a users/devs meeting for Cybalounge, in Cybalounge
  • Anyone interested in web-world development is welcome.
  • Dieter will disclose future developments, get suggestions and problems.
  • Webworldz lets you choose your face.
  • Selby has office hours weekdays at 12-12:30 US central time. 

Cybalounge

Webworldz


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Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 MAG: Web report: Variety/comedy edition. Comedy and audience participation. December

Web report: Variety edition. 
Comedy and audience participation. December
Another serving of comedy in virtual worlds.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017 Virtual Reality Occupational Therapy: The Introduction

Virtual Reality Occupational Therapy: The Introduction
Video introduction to Virtual Reality Occupational Therapy.


Virtual Reality Occupational Therapy is HERE!! The purpose of the virtual reality OT sessions is to allow access to occupational therapy anytime and anywhere. Whether you are in a region that occupational therapists are sparse, or your're a therapist and you want your clients to be removed from the humdrum of the clinic, school, or their home, VR-OT is for everyone.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 EDU: We are wired to innovate. Do Schools teach creativity?

Why We're Wired to INNOVATE.
Do Schools teach creativity?
Do schools teach innovation?   I see that it is available in support of advanced and specialized degrees, but most of my education seemed to be directed at getting me to know what previous generations already knew.  

All the new innovations we're surrounded with have a history, but how do we manage to evolve these ideas? David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt explain our ability to innovate our most profound, mysterious and deeply human capacity, enables us to go out to re-make our world. 

Watch David Eagleman, Neuroscientist at Stanford University, and Anthony Brandt, Composer and Associate Professor of Composition at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, in our latest RSA Spotlight - the edits which take you straight to the heart of the event! Enjoyed this snippet? Watch the full video replay here: 
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

2017 3D LES: Aphasia therapy in OpenSim, Eva Park

3D LES:  Aphasia therapy in OpenSim, Eva Park
Aphasia is a loss of the ability to speak and/or understand language.  EVA Park is a pioneering virtual world for people with aphasia, a language impairment that affects one third of people who survive a stroke.

Eva Park is a multi-user online virtual world that gives people with aphasia unique opportunities to practise their speech and establish social connections. It was created at City, University of London, via a process of co-design where people with aphasia collaborated with researchers in human-computer interaction and speech and language therapy.
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