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Buh Rumpa Bum Bum

Posted in SL® Fashion with tags , , on December 14, 2009 by Rosie Shark

Yes, it’s like Christmas barfed all over the feeds. You can’t avoid it. And look! Soooooo cute, why would you want to? I’ve been toying with this Tattered Christmas Dollie set w/ao all weekend. Ask people! I’ve annoyed them with the jingling of the happy puppet cross bells above my head.

This adorable creation is new for the holidays from The Dollhouse by Lvs & Co. and comes in 6 festive colors! The flouncy petticoats make me happy and the vibrant red is just the thing I need to get me singing more christmas songs :P I just needed to put on my Dutch Touch Jolie Pip skin to make the whole thing come together!

The most fun for me about this Dollie was the AO supplied. The puppet AO gave me the most hilarious stiff-legged walk, and cutest wave, stands and sits! All photos taken were using poses in the AO. What’s important to note is that The Tattered Christmas Dollie, complete with AO and puppet strings cross is only L$100! All the time. All dolls at The Dollhouse are L$100! Add with that the always-fabulous customer service provided by Ravenlynn Templar, and it’s a steal!

The puppet cross that comes with the set is sooo cute I wanted to snuggle it… even though it jingled over my head endlessly with it’s magical tinkling bells. It features scripted puppet strings that attach to your ankles and wrists as an on/off option when you click the green present on the underside that the lil gnome/elf is holding. Note: it’s important that you have your Max. Particle Count set to above 0 to see the strings :P It was worth it to me to do an extreme close up like seen above to point out the charming details on the puppet cross! It comes in w/snow and w/o snow versions, various santas having a good ol’ time, and has twinkling xmas lights!!! Annnnnd the fabulous musical bells I believe I mentioned :P

Deets:

All photos except vendor ad taken at Christmas Market by MB

TheDollhouse: Tattered Christmas Dollie in red

Dutch Touch: Jolie PaleApricot PiP2 CL1

Love Soul: Cheek color red (tintable)

Naughty Designs: Impassion in Sea Mist

Silhouette: Lashes Babydoll

SLink: Paloma Point Ballet Slippers in pink (extreme ballet point base)

Torridwear: Long Ribbons Burgandy (gloves layer)

The Obscene: Collection Contacts – 011 – Dark Blue

Typhoon Relief Event Today!

Posted in Op/Ed on October 11, 2009 by Rosie Shark

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There’s an all day benefit going on right now at Pemberly

From 9am to 7pm slt there will be an all day music event as well as some deeply discounted and exclusive offerings from some of SL’s generous creators! All sales at this event will be donated to the Red Cross to benefit the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

Lineup of musicians:

9:00am – Dakila Lacava
9:30am – Kevinthomas Carpool
10:00am – Hazideon Zarco
10:30am – Michelle Ecksol
11:00am – TonewoodFrank UNplugged
11:30am – Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth
12:00pm – Lyndon Heart
12:30pm – Raspbury Rearwin
1:00pm – Keiko Takamura
1:30pm – EricSteffensen Mistwalker
2:00pm – Nonge Shipman
2:30pm – allister westland
3:00pm – Sylar Morrisey
3:30pm – Maximillion Kleene
4:00pm – Jessy Sommer
4:30pm – Phemie Alcott
5:00pm – Skye Galaxy
5:30pm – Harper Messmer
6 -7pm – MicRocka (Kafka Dinzeo)

9:00am – Dakila Lacava

9:30am – Kevinthomas Carpool

10:00am – Hazideon Zarco

10:30am – Michelle Ecksol

11:00am – TonewoodFrank UNplugged

11:30am – Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth

12:00pm – Lyndon Heart

12:30pm – Raspbury Rearwin

1:00pm – Keiko Takamura

1:30pm – EricSteffensen Mistwalker

2:00pm – Nonge Shipman

2:30pm – allister westland

3:00pm – Sylar Morrisey

3:30pm – Maximillion Kleene

4:00pm – Jessy Sommer

4:30pm – Phemie Alcott

5:00pm – Skye Galaxy

5:30pm – Harper Messmer

6 -7pm – MicRocka (Kafka Dinzeo)

Participating stores include:

Addict

Aitui

Aoharu

BOHICA

BOOM

Botanical

Diesel Works

Doux Petit Dahl

Duboo

Kenzie Co.

Lelutka

The Loft

M. Fox

Minettes

Miseria

Modd. G

Mudhoney

!Ohmai

Pididdle

Pixel Mode

RC Cluster

Shade Throne

Silhouette

skream

SMP

Join the event now! Currently in progress!!

Firefly @Pemberly

We’re All Stars in the Freakshow

Posted in Review, SL® Fashion with tags , , , on June 27, 2009 by Rosie Shark

So there I was… getting ready for the Hair Fair.

ARC… whut? Nah, haha, Kidding!

Courtesy of Nitestar Albion, Jell and I got outfitted up in !Freakshow gear. The latest in post-apocalyptic couture, Freakshow offers a pretty decent-sized initial collection.

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Though she plans to do more clothing designs, Nitestar’s real passion is prims… mega boots, bracers, belts, backpacks. I’ve known Nitestar since my very first days in SL and it was so exciting to see what she’d created.

You will find that the offerings are made up of the grimy, the almost indecent, and the prepared for battle. And look! OMG the Mean Girl Back Pack!! Isn’t it to die for?!

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I’m truly thrilled with the level of detail and quality that Nitestar has put into her items. Tattered, nippled, weathered, and worn… Freakshow lends a bit of authenticity to your rough second life :D

What Jell is Wearing:

HAIR: :: Refuge ::  Harriet – FROM HF 2009
SKIN: <TheAbyss> Jadzia_Sol [2]C (Jadzia Skins can now be purchased at Body Doubles) SLURL http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dark%20Oasis/227/20/33
GOGGLES: FREAKSHOW Aviator Goggles
NECKLACE: FREAKSHOW DoubleWrapped Greystone Arrowhead Necklace F
SHORTS: FREAKSHOW Cut Offs
TOP: FREAKSHOW Tank Numbered
BELT: FREAKSHOW Voodoo Belt <womens> <BLACK>
ARM BANDS: FREAKSHOW Voodoo <Female Arm Bands> <BLACK>
BACKPACK: FREAKSHOW Mean Girls BackPack <BLACK>
SOCKS: FREAKSHOW Dirty Tartans
BOOTS: [0N] AM_Bb Boots SLURL http://slurl.com/secondlife/Koenji/227/41/40

What Rosie’s Wearing:

Hair: ETD Nadia Strawberry Blackened

Skin: ::Dutch Touch:: Star Cream Special

Eyes: La Sylphide Bright Blue

FREAKSHOW Aviator Goggles *worn in hair*

FREAKSHOW The Hunter’s Female Black Leg Band

FREAKSHOW Urban Girl Combat Boots Female

FREAKSHOW Wanderer’s Belt Black Female

FREAKSHOW Tank Killer Bunneh

FREAKSHOW CaptainSpaulding Jeans Unisex

FREAKSHOW Ripped Black (on jacket layer)

FREAKSHOW Collar Lil Beast

If I Were a Lin-den [na na nana na...]

Posted in lip-sync with tags , on June 5, 2009 by Rosie Shark

*sung to the tune of Gwen Stefani’s Rich Girl*

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
[2x]


If I was a Lin-den (na, na….)
See, I’d have special powers on the grid, if I was a Lin-den girl
No one could log my failed request, my powers would never end
Cause I’d have special powers, if I was a Lin-den girrrrrrrrrrl

Think what that power could bring
I’d run everything
Clean out Nyte’N’Day
In my LeeZu Baxter gown
No, wouldn’t just have one hood
A Barnesworth mansion if I could
Please hook me up with VIP status at your fancy club

All the L$ baby, won’t mean anything
All the L$ baby, won’t bring what this high can bring
All the L$ baby, won’t mean anything
Don’t need no other baby
Lin-den is better than gold, and I know

If I was Lin-den (na, na…)
See, I’d have all the power on the grid, if I was a Linden girl
No mysti-tool could see me, save you from griefers baby
Cause I’d have all the power on the grid, if I was a Linden girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl

I’d get me four fashion bloggers to (uh huh)
Inspire me and they’d come to my rescue
they’d dress me up wicked, I’d give them names (yeah)
Fetted Inner Core of wub
Save me from the linden library

All the riches baby, won’t mean anything
All the riches baby, won’t bring what status can bring
All the riches baby, won’t mean anything
Don’t need no other baby
Philip is hotter than M, and I know

[Jell]
Come together all over the grid
From the hoods of the SL, Harajukubox girls
What, it’s all love
What, give it up
What (shouldn’t matter 4x), what
Come together all over the grid
From the hoods of SL, Harajukubox girls
What, it’s all love
What, give it up
What (shouldn’t matter 4x)
What happened to my slife
Turned upside down
Blogs that blew ya mind, ding, it’s the second round
(Original track and ting, mmm)
You know you can’t buy these things (no)
See Rosie and her BAN, I rock the Fetish
People, you know who I am

Yes ma’am, we got the style that’s wicked
I hope you can all keep up
We climbed all the way from a n00b to the top
Now we ain’t gettin’ nothin’ but love

If I was Lin-denl (na, na…)
See, I’d have all the power on the grid, if I was a Lin-den girl
No one could test me, n00bs would impress me, style would be part of the TOS
Cause I’d have all the power on the grid, if I was a Linden girl

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
[3x]

Here… Drink Mine Instead!

Posted in Op/Ed, Satire with tags on May 22, 2009 by Rosie Shark

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I love Hawksrock Gunawan.   He is sort of like my personal idol at the moment.   Who else could take an event he knew next to nothing about, be annoyed with it even though he’s so over SL in general, show no regard for people he admittedly has on his ‘friend’s’ list, spout off some propaganda about hypocrisy (oh the irony!), lure people to his post through that ever-useful plurk as a marketing tool, get them to read, and then get like 30 days, tops, worth of free publicity from it with everybody singing his praises. I think this represents the best in megalomaniacal (I might have made that word up) self-aggrandizing (I might have made that word up too!) soapboxing  genius I have seen in a while.

I have no doubt that hawks is a super nice sweet individual who wanted to do something for the blog-reading community.   I am proud to have him on my friends list, though I’d be shocked to actually get an IM from him.   I also am pretty sure that he knew that giving the people out there who read stuff something to go :O at was going to score him some great clicks.   I hope he doesn’t expect there to be a Hawksrock Gunawan is the awesomest person in the universe day, but I do think he expected this gesture to gain some negative feedback, because I am of the opinion that whatever faults you wanna throw at Hawks he has proven time and again that he has big smarts and an even bigger spoon.

I am however just a little bit shocked and dismayed at how quickly our band of blog readers out there are ready to line up like ducks at the shooting gallery.   They realized that if they tried to express a little involvement and levity and let’s say admitted they liked something everyone else did (HEAVEN FORBID) that they would quickly be banned from commenting on the Rev and miss out on all the free dramz.  Hawks says dance, they dance like mofo’s.   The same can be said of the quick rapid rise of Hawksrock Gunawan to take up Hawksrock Gunawan is the supreme god of the we’re-not-sheep-looket-satirez-i-has-it philanthropic association day, all because he took time to share his uninformed opinion? To my knowledge Hawks was pretty cool before this whole venture, but now that they scored drama he is EVERYWHERE!   Lord knows we wanna make sure this becomes an annual event, and maybe even other people will take up the cause of appreciating our band of hard working-hound-your-gf-to-edit-your-vid-for-you, overuse flowery adjectives and hopefully remmy the little people bloggers out there.  Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?

We Need *You*!

Posted in RL, SecondLife® with tags on May 12, 2009 by Rosie Shark

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Have something to say but no soapbox to stand on? Then we need you!

Understand the different parts of a sentence and how they go together? Then we need you!

Want to write with a group of people who want to write as well?? We need you!

Do you like to challenge the status quo and make people think? We need you!

Like to make people laugh and enjoy linking words together in an html environment? We need you!

Know how to add a photo to a post and spell ‘the’? We need you!

Like to engage people in a dialogue about issues that affect SL and RL? Then we definitely need you!

We are looking for contributors to the Rev. If interested please contact Rosie Shark, JellyBean Madison, or Hawksrock Gunawan for info. In most cases a writing sample will be required unless we’re already familiar with your style/abilities.

Tell Me Baby…

Posted in Op/Ed, Satire, SecondLife® with tags , , on April 22, 2009 by Rosie Shark

Once upon a time, the adoption agencies that populated the grid were the answer to the prayers of some of the barren residents of SL. SL child welfare authorities were busy and happy… matching loving avatar couples with the creepy-grown-adult-playing-a-child spawn they so craved. The sounds of “Sissssssssssssssyyyyyyyyyyyyy” and the lilting “I love you buh bye” were music to the ears of parents to be everywhere.

Sadly this is no longer the case. As adoption agencies now turn away the rising number of unwanted and orphaned child AV’s due to overcrowding, one must wonder what the reason is.

Meet Baby Chris 1.0. Previously known only for peddling pets, Zooby’s has launched onto the child-for-sale scene with their introduction of      Baby Chris.

“Things used to be so complicated,” explains Baby Chris in a rather gravely and raspy voice. He throws back a shot of whiskey as he ponders his next words. “With kid aveez, parents were always havin to deal with personality and crap….,”

BC erupts into a coughing fit and stares at the lit end of his cigar accusingly. “Me? Well, I’m the new generation. HA HA HA. There’s no ‘person’ behind this baby,” he continues, punctuating the air around him with his finger quotes. “Log out for a few hours a day so I can get some damn peace and quiet and I’m good to go.”

Touted as SL’s best babies, Zoobys are quickly taking the grid by storm. One look at their angelic faces and guaranteed cooing and awwing will follow. Plus, there are so many options, your SL will be fun-filled with an adorable accessory you can show all your friends!

Amazingly life-like, they can sleep, crawl, talk, sit, and even breastfeed! “Except that Morgan one!” BC sputters. “Poor sap all handicapped with those fangs… good thing he doesn’t care he’s missin all that melon action. Know what I’m sayin’? HA HA HA.” Once again, Chris is interupted by coughing fit as I subtly roll my eyes.

Seems like these itty bitty, cooing, sweet-smelling angels are a dream come true, right? We were not convinced. We decided to get another perspective from one orphaned child avatar, named Star (real name changed to protect the wanna-be minor).

Star explains her need to explore her inner child through the use of a creepy child av,”I didn’t feew wike I had the reaw wife chiwdhood I detherved. Sure, my parenth were rich, and I wath thpoiled but I need to feew dithipwine, and I kinda wike getting thpanked.”

What did the unanticipated arrival of Baby Chris 1.0 mean for Star?

“My parenth were no wonger interethed in me,” Star says and the corners of her pouty mouth turn down. The details of the ordeal that followed are horrifying.

“I wath wocked in a cewl while they pwayed wif their new toy,” she says. I can see the big puppy dog tears welling in her eyes at the memory. “My SL parenth woved me I thought.” One fat tear rolls down her face.

It was the natural progression of your slife. Be a noob, find a poseball partner, make it official by adding that person to your lil box, then the palatial estate and marriage. The next step will always be to start your new family. Perhaps with a repressed guy from South Dakota who would like to rp as your new bouncing baby boy.

For one child who had enjoyed such a charmed existence – safe in the loving picks of her ‘parents’ – thoughts of driving cross country in her own diaper to gain closure over the failed parent/child relationship began to seem reasonable.

“Messy!” declares Baby Chris. “Folks are so needy. You won’t get any of those nagging emotional needs to fill with a Zooby Baby.” He winks as he looks at me, “what you will get is a guaranteed bundle of motha effing joy, pink cheeks and the silencing of your biological whosit.”

“Thure, theth babieth are great if you’re a thocially awkward, materiawistic fathionithta who needth a lil thomething new on their arm,” adds Star bitterly.

This has  been a collaboration of JellyBean Madison and Rosie Shark. We’ve all seen the craze. What are your thoughts on Child AV’s and prim babies?

Everyone Has One

Posted in Op/Ed with tags on March 19, 2009 by Rosie Shark

You know what they say opinions are like, right?

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Underestimating the Emo

Posted in Op/Ed on February 20, 2009 by Rosie Shark

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Sometimes we are so quick to label and put aside those more emotionally outspoken then ourselves. We like to lump them into a category called “Ew, Emo!” Did you ever stop to consider that maybe you’re underestimating those Emotards?

Today I’d like to show you both sides of that coin… the tarnished, grungy looking one as well as the shiny sparkling side.

Spending time listening to the laments of someone who is totally wallowing in their feelings, we often get freaked out. It’s ok. It’s totally understandable that you might want to easily label this person as Emo – a.k.a… in need of a shower, a haircut, a bunch of daisies, and a proper psychological evaluation. But don’t be so quick to dismiss! Throughout history, our species has been plagued with the innermost feelings of others… where might we be now without our rich tradition of allowing these emotionally-sapping folks to share with us all.

Scarlett O’Hara said, “As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again. “

Mind you, she said this to herself, well and to the adoring camera, then she tore down those curtains and made herself her own gosh darned dress! But what if, instead, she had said, “Whatev.”? Do you think then that the outcome of the Civil War might have been different? It’s possible. Who knows?

All I know is she did throw her hand up to her head and utter those immortal words… and here we are now. By today’s definition, Miss O’Hara might be considered emo… she did have dark hair and that rather pale complexion if you recall. But then. do you think her family thought her “emo”? Yea, ok, so they did. But, what about Prissy, and Mammy, and the people who relied on her? Do you think they thought less of her? Or belittled her for having strong emotions? Prolly not! I’m pretty sure they all stayed alive because of the strength of her emotions and her conviction.

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Often times EMO can also be described as ‘dramatic’ or overly so. There’s no denying that The Little Mermaid, herself, had a touch of the dramz. Destined to live below the action she so longed for she flew in the face of tradition, said eff you King of the sea (dad), and bartered with a sea witch to get her LEGS. What was so wrong with her life, you might ask. She was a Sea Princess for crying out loud… show the proper respect! But nooooooooooooooooooooo, she wanted moaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr. Slightly emo about being beneath her dreams, and somewhat increasingly motivated by the hottie Mchott Prince Eric and her own budding womanhood, Ariel exhibits the tale-tell qualities of passion and drive… or red flags that possibly she needs meds.

With her aptly-named scene-kid friend, Flounder, and her ever-watchful dramatically-sighing crab/au pair, Sebastian, Ariel presents an underwater vision of teenage rebellion and family dysfunction. Confused by being oh-so-complicated, she could only SING… or cut herself. Fortunately for children everywhere, Disney frowns on self-mutilation.

Just another teenager with a sob-story, right? Are you kidding? Though somewhat ‘colorful’ in her expression, there is a moral to Ariel’s story. True love requires you to be something you’re not. Ok, not really. More like: true love can bridge the gap between any differences… and apparently any species! Honestly, this is a message that needed to be spread. A message that would not have been clearly received without the plight of this very special, fin-less, voiceless nymph of the sea. Am I wrong? Just look at all the 19-year-old Ariel’s running around today if you don’t believe me!

Throughout history, the crooner has been the voice inside our heads, singing the words we could have written ourselves… if only we were channeling our inner emo for long enough bouts to actually sit down and write about it. And sometimes you just feeeeeeeel certain songs although you’re not entirely sure what was said and what it meant. Examples of this are Pearl Jam (don’t lie, you didn’t know what Eddie Vedder was mumbling either until you read the lyrics), and nowhere is this more true than with Morrissey.

Sure, he has opinions and who would I be to censor him? But really??

And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
Its death for no reason
And death for no reason is murder

I’m sorry, no. ‘The crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought,’ is murder. So, I get that you are not a carnivore, but let’s not overly dramatize stuff, ok? However, I know this song was an anthem to a whole subset of angsty kids who needed an angry battle cry to conformity. Where would we all be without that?

And he’s never let us down. Spawning such moving tracks as ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’, ‘Ouija Board, Ouija Board’, and ‘Everyday is Like Sunday’ – we know we can count on this prolific artist to explain for the world at large what it feels like to wallow. Although it was rumored that his most recent release Years of Refusal started with a happy (albeit emo) proclamation, it turns out that he has found more disenchanting subject matter to share with us all. I always thought Bona Drag was a fitting title, but oh! how I loved blaring that cd on my driving trips! He just soooo got me!

Leave me alone – I was only singing
Leave me alone because
I was only singing
Leave me alone – I was only singing
Leave me alone

It’s with the immortal words like these that Morrissey helped give rise to impossible teenagers everywhere.

These are just a few examples of famous emos throughout history and the impact they’ve had on our lives. The next time you feel the need to react so vehemently against the need of another person to express their feelings, I hope you remember the contributions some of our most cherished emoters have given the world.

Higher Learning

Posted in Real Life, SecondLife®, SL® Education with tags on February 3, 2009 by Rosie Shark

Many people see Second Life™ as simply a game… or if they’re feeling particularly jaded – “a glorified chat room”. Not so for the burgeoning number of educators and students who are making SL their destination of choice for higher learning.

My own personal decision to join SL was born of boredom with my previous online reality – TSO (The Sims Online). What I wanted to find was something different, something more. I found it in SL – a place now familiar to me but I’m learning that my understanding of SL is limited when it comes to the possibilities and uses of my lil home as some sort of platform for all kinds of things, from marketing engines to education. You mean there might be ways to utilize SL as a ‘platform’ for something useful? Well, other than my private utopia of shopping bliss, playing with my barbie, and socializing? Whaaat? Though I should have gotten over my own narrow view of SL as my own backyard, sometimes I struggle with it.

More and more companies and educational institutions began to explore SL as a viable platform to enhance their capabilities. I decided it was time to try and get my head around understanding the scope of this. With no small amount of effort. This is still an area that fascinates me and yet intimidates me because it sometimes seems so surreal and beyond my limited experiences. I took some time to understand what educators might see in SL and why they might look to this virtual playground to suit their needs.

Educators are finding that using SL can increase the potency of online learning. In a system where many of the practices and environments have been the same for many generations, it’s interesting to note that schools like TSTC – Texas State Technical College – are making strides to bridge the gap between their time-honored traditions and the students they hope to impact. Really, what could make more sense?

TSTC was established in 1965 to “meet the evolving workforce needs of Texas’ business and industry community”. How fitting, then, that the forward-thinking educators would work to expand this learning into new arenas that would meet the demands of their current, more technologically savvy student base. In a world that has sped up to include most people being ‘connected’ 24 hours a day, it’s innovators like those at TSTC that are stepping up to meet the advancement of technology and the busy, multi-tasking lives that many lead. Part of the driving force behind seeking changes and advancements through online learning is the need for schools like this to maintain relevance going forward.

“No longer is it okay for a teacher to simply state ‘this is how we’ve always done things and you need to sit at that desk and use this no. 2 pencil just like your father and his father did before you.’ What’s needed is to meet the students where they are, ” says RickA Techsan, project manager for vTSTC. “and to update the traditional classroom or online education setting to make room for text messages, cell phones, and iPods™.”

I asked KevinRB, a TSTC professor who using SL to teach a photography class, what motivated TSTC to explore SL as a viable education platform. “We are finding that the student-teacher relationship is much more engaging in SL than that of a traditional online course,” he says. “In Secondlife, the class can meet and have an avatar to identify with in the form of teacher or classmate.” Advances such as voice in SL have made communication more fluent for all parties, thus increasing the personalization of the class experience.

Teachers are also finding that their uses for Secondlife can be limitless. “As a forum, we can create, build, or show much more diversely than in the physical classroom,” says KevinRB.

Forging their own path, the people behind bringing TSTC to SL are daily in the face of convention and tradition. To hear them speak you cannot doubt their passion, nor can you question the altruism in trying to bring education into the 21st century. Though I have no training or experience in teaching, I can miss the awesome opportunity these individuals have been given to embark upon a new frontier… one that must, to some tried and true traditional educators, seem like a futuristic idea without merit.

Very much trekking into unknown territory, educators are finding there are many benefits of rooting their online educational courses in an environment such as SL. Notably there are many more factors on the upside of using this platform, than on the downside. “Initially,” says RickA, “we are finding that test scores are above those of the same courses taught in basic online classes.”

On the downside, lack of user-experience in, or understanding of, SL can prove inhibiting for students entering for the first time to take a class. The teacher’s familiarity platform proves to be essential in order to lead their students through the ‘orientation’ of their new environment. “In order for a student to be successful in this environment,” says KevinRB, “it’s important that they have an understanding of how to navigate their way through and to relinquish any hesitancy they may have about using the platform.”

Entrance into SL is only the first step for these educators in bringing the learning to the students. Through advances in using this platform for learning, it opens the door to a whole new set of people who seek higher education but are limited geographically or by other means or interests.

I first studied up and learned about vTSTC about a year ago. That’s when most of this article was written for inclusion into an SL news site. Unfortunately, that never happened – might have been my shitty writing! I did make some corrections to the text that appears here, but most is from that original foray into expanding my mind :D Since the time I wrote this, in the fall of ’08, TSTC became the ‘first to offer College Certificate and Degree Programs in the Virtual World‘.

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