Monday, May 21, 2007

WAY beyond podcasting...

I know the name of my blog. I know that I'm supposed to be writing about the wonderful world of iPods and podcasting, but here's the thing. I'm an addict.

Hello. My name is Susan. And I'm a Second Life-aholic.

Hi Susan.

I have been wondering for awhile now if I could bring SL into my classroom. It sounds perfect. I add a chateau, and then my students can choose a room to create their projects in, etc. I was so excited.

I personally don't think that we are ready to do that at the secondary level just yet. SL is still pretty "wild, wild west" in that anything goes. That being said, I was not prepared for what I did find out.

It is crazy good for PD.

In the two (three? I've lost count...) days that I've been inworld, I have had conversations with Kathy Schrock, Doug Johnson, and David Warlick. I have had conversations with others, too, who want to discuss topics in education. I have just been floored with the opportuntities. There is even an inworld conference on Friday (I almost took a personal day, but I just can't this close to the end of the year). It is so much fun, I almost missed my weekly dose of Desperate Housewives (don't judge).

My point is that good quality PD is going to be available to anyone with an internet connection (albeit a broadband one - SL sucks memory and bandwith). How incredible is that?

If you are interested, I am always on SL looking for conversations. Please come and find me. I'm usually on Eduisland, either at the C.A.V.E., SLolar, ISTE, or DEN. (Yay for acronyms!) My name is Ahna Rossini. See you there!
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Tina Coffey said...

Hi Susan,
I really enjoyed talking to you tonight in SL...and thank goodness you were there to alert me to who we were talking to...David Warlick!! I'm still star struck.

Anyway, I've enjoyed reading through your blog. I'll have to check out your podcasts next (if I can understand them). My high school French teacher totally went by the book. iPods would have changed my learning tremendously!

Hope to chat with you again sometime soon!


Doug Johnson said...

Hi Susan,

Good to visit with you in SL. I'm now subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading your thoughts and ideas!

Doug (BlueSkunk) Johnson

Kathy Schrock said...


Nice to talk to you in Second Life and see you again soon!

Kathy Dryburgh (SL)/ Kathy Schrock (RL)

mego said...

Hi Susan,
Meg Writer (SL) Meg Ormiston (RL) great chatting in SL and hanging out. I am there with you about SL, the possibilities are amazing. I am learning so much, in such a short amount of time. Yesterday I was able to get my streaming video to work, create my e-portfolio and create links back to my website. Today I hope to convert my video clips to .mov files and fill up my video library. Oops, forgot to add last night a few (new) friends stopped by my SL house and taught me how to dance with my new streaming radio!
I am finally getting why social networking is so important for our students. I really think we need to open that conversation, instead of blocking everything and sticking our heads in the sand!
Kepp writing, your blog is great!