January 3, 2009: Before we broke for the Winter Break, I was lucky enough to converse with language and technology colleagues from Case Western Reserve University. Case has a large and growing presence in Second Life, and when I received an email from my colleague Tina at Case that she worked with a Spanish instructor who wanted to use Case’s space for Spanish conversation practice and was looking for others with whom she could collaborate. And since this is exactly what I was hoping to do with my students, well, I was happy to have the invitation and even happier to jump in.
What follows are a couple of Machinima videos captured by Second Life Guru Sue at Case of our conversations. The first video is of Sue, me, Carolina from Case and the ever present, ubiquitous Dafne from Venezuela (well not us, of course, ’twas our avatars) sitting in the café that Sue set up specifically for language conversations.[Ah Dafne: I have taught this Spanish conversation course using social software for three years now and Dafne, somehow, someway, has been a presence in every single one of these classes. I never plan for it, but she, like others whom I have come to know virtually through these tools, is always willing and more than able to share her expertise, her talents, and her language with my students. I often where I would be, where my teaching would be, where my students’ learning might –not– be without the kindness of strangers such as Dafne.]
I am still trying to figure out whether one has to have an account with languagelab.com to go there, bring students there, explore there. I am looking forward to speaking with Paul Sweeney (the head of Languagelab.com) later in the month.
Here are the videos of our “meetings” (Man, could I have more work meetings like this…like meetings where I can fly?…please?)
CWRU Language Café
LanguageLab.com’s Ciudad Bonita (Bank) Video
Dafne has since sent me this info about an upcoming in-world conference in Second Life for Language Educators… enjoy.
More to follow….