Do the Clothes Really Make the (Second Life) Man? (and some reflection)
For our third task, we were told to change the clothes of our avatar. Originally, I used the “college student” default avatar:
This just seemed sort of blah, especially with the exploration I was set to do (since I think that’s the point of Second Life, at least as far as I’ve seen). so:
So I changed into the “explorer” outfit! Much better for exploring Museum Island!
So, after all this time fiddling around with Second Life… I still don’t see it’s long lasting educational uses. Over all, it seemed like a fancy time waster, which was pretty much devoid of any other human contact (aside from when our entire class met). As for using this in a school setting, it is kind of cool to see accurately sized representations of landmarks, but is this source better than professional pictures from a National Geographic, or accurately depicted virtual models on Google Earth? I’m not so sure. Personally, I prefer the pictures along with a Google Earth view.
As for using Second Life in a classroom? I’m not really sold. The social aspect is nice, when it is there. I have yet to meet another person. I vouch more for blogging and social networking such as Twitter to build a student PLN, and I’m just not sure where Second Life would fit in to my ideal classroom technology use (if at all).