Please use this sampling as a quick-start tour guide. For more in-depth information about the 3D virtual world called Second Life and its educational uses, see the "Juicy Links" in the side bar.

A narrative is a story – novels and short stories that you read in lit classes are narratives. A personal narrative is a story about you – it is autobiographical, and it usually focuses on one experience, event, or situation in your life so far.

Personal narratives may be assigned in two instances:

  • You may get them in an English comp class
  • You will definitely have to write one or more when you apply for college and perhaps 2-3 in application for graduate school.
  • So how do you make your story unique and compelling and write the best essays you can? Here are some tips that can help you.

    Do you remember the initial lessons in a literature program, or even the very first times of studying Web coding or perhaps JavaScript, or any other thing that you had been enthusiastic about? Maybe playing a completely new drum, learning about art history, had been efficient at first, however know it becomes unexciting and even hard since you missing the desire for it.

    The reality is that once we choose, we are extremely enthusiastic. Most of that time period, when picking a good personal learning program, we all base our selection on our interests, but not on a proper knowledge of program. Whenever we find out about the program, it can be possible to shed our interest, with no longer love learning about this topic ever again.

    On ISTE Island in Second Life, the International Society for Technology in Education hosts a Tuesday evening speaker series and Thursday evening Educator Socials. They have also provided a venue for a number of other activities, such as the online portion of the educators tracks for the Second Life Community Convention and for the National Educational Computing Conference.

    ISTE also has a Second Life group you can join and an email list for announcements concerning educators in Second Life.

    • ISTE Second Life Web page.
    • ISTE Events in Second Life
    • SLURL to ISTE Headquarters in SL

    Soon after the New Media Consortium (NMC) Campus opened in 2006, it became a hub of activity for educators in Second Life, hosting numerous seminars, discussions and exhibits.

    The NMC rapidly added more islands to the archipelago, including several on which they rent spots to educators who want G-rated space amidst other educators. The New Media Consortium includes nearly 200 colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.

    You may want to avoid Second Life’s usually hectic orientation areas and enter Second Life directly at NMC Orientation island, a good place for educators and students to get started. To do that, create your Second Life account at the NMC’s Web site instead of at the Second Life site.

    • NMC Campus Observer (blog for news and events)
    • NMC Campus Wiki
    • Seriously Engaging, a video about the NMC Campus. (12.4MB QuickTime file)
    • Location: NMC Campus (128,225,42) Important: You must join the “NMC Guests” group before you can visit the NMC Campus. Just click your Search button and, on the Groups tab, search on NMC. Select the group “NMC Guests” and click Join.

    A team of librarians and other volunteers from around the globe have grown Info Island from a few buildings in early 2006 to a cluster of islands bustling with activities that explore roles libraries and librarians may play in 3D virtual worlds. Educators will particularly like the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Library on the main island. It houses a collection of scripts and other tools for teaching in Second Life. Be sure to explore the presentation tool demonstrations on the nearby plaza.

    Info Island and the surround islands also host nonprofit organizations, a medical library, a science center, and more. A number of universities have claimed spots on Eduisland. Info Island was initiated by the Illinois-based Alliance Library System. You can read the latest news from Info Island on its Web site and in a weekly column in the Metaverse Messenger.

    • Info Island Web site
    • ICT Library Web site
    • Metaverse Messenger
    • Location: Info Island (99,123,33)

    Ride a Titan II rocket into low earth orbit. Stroll among towering replicates of the world’s major rockets. Watch live video from NASA. See how the planets were aligned the day you were born. The International Spaceflight Museum hosts exhibits and events about real-world spacecraft, rockets, and space travel. The museum is located on the island sim Spaceport Alpha, which has become the center of a growing archipelago of science-related islands, or “SciLands.”

    • International Spaceflight Museum Web Site
    • SciLands Web Site
    • Location: Spaceport Alpha (48,78,24)

    Brace yourself as a tsunami washes over you and knocks down the nearby village. Hitch a ride on a weather balloon. Fly through the eye of a hurricane. Stand on a real-time 3D weather map of North America. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory’s Virtual Education Demonstration includes a variety of fun and informative activities.

    • NOAA ESRL Web Site
    • Location: Meteora (177,161,27)

    The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s “museum of science, art and human perception,” has created interactive science exhibits in several Second Life locations. Splo Island is the largest of these, with exhibits spread over the whole PG-rated island. A smaller version of the Splo and a planetarium reside at mature-rated Midnight City.

    • Splo Island (PG sim), Location: SploLand (182,75,25)
    • Splo in Midnight City (mature-rated sim), Location: Midnight City (224,88,27)
    • Planetarium in Midnight City, Location: Midnight City (97,48,27)

    Svarga’s lush landscape includes interdependent species of artificial life, complete with genes that sometimes mutate and produce new variations. Former Lionhead game developer and SL avatar Laukosargas Svarog programmed the weather, flora and fauna to influence each other as in a real-life ecosystem. At the entrance port, you can take a tour of the island aboard an automated flying tour pod or don a tour HUD that displays on a portion of your screen.

    • God Game, article on Svarga by James Wagner Au
    • Location: Svarga (199,127,21)

    With its podcast stations, art gallery, machinima theater, customizable seating, meeting rooms, sky platforms and teleporting kiosks, Boracay Island demonstrates many things Second Life offers for learning spaces. Hang gliding, kite boarding, boating, dancing and skydiving make this island a lot fun, too. It’s main purpose, says educational developer and researcher Nick Noakes (aka Corwin Carillon) on the Boracay Web site, is to “investigate the potential” of worlds like Second Life for “learning in higher education—particularly self-directed and informal learning.”

    If you have any questions or would like a tour, please contact Corwin Carillon in Second Life or email him at corwin.carillon@gmail.com

    • Boracay Web Site
    • Location: Boracay (190, 77, 28)

    If you need to do a literature review of articles related to the social aspects of virtual worlds, the Social Simulation Research Lab is a good place to start. Each book on the shelves links to an article or Web site.

    According to the site’s notecard, “The Social Simulation Research Lab is a public hub of cyber-research resources in Second Life. The Lab’s library brings together over 150 publications on the social science of internet research, computer-mediated communication and online studies, plus many links to researchers’ homepages, other online resources and online cyber-research journals.”

    • Social Sim blog
    • Location: Hyperborea (218,90,24)

    The process of Action Learning includes reflection in small groups. A spot on this island called Decka’s Decks facilitates these breakouts by whisking groups away from the larger classroom–chairs, table and all–then whisking them back when time is up.

    “The island is a place for learning that is growing and changing,” says educational researcher and Terra Incognita owner Lindy Mckeown (Decka Mah, in SL). “Explore the many places for small and large group interaction in a range of settings, including the beach and Surf Life Saving Club in Harlan Bay, the island getaway, Captain Zed’s Submarine or the gazebo at the top of the mountain on Poinky Peak.” And don’t miss the icebreaker area with mud wrestling.

    To ask questions or request a personal tour, contact Decka Mah in Second Life or email her at Decka.Mah@gmail.com

    • Location: Terra incognita (156, 100, 33)

    The Casablanca region captures the essence of Morocco with an outdoor market, mosque, gardens, music and other details. Students from Johnson & Wales University traveled to the real-life Morocco, then entered Second Life to build a representation of what they had seen abroad. You may don a red “Info Fez” that triggers chat messages explaining what you see as you explore the island.

    • Immersion in Virtual Morocco, story from the NMC Campus Observer
    • Location: Casablanca (134, 86, 26)

    Teaching English as a second language, instructors at the English Village employ what they call “holoteaching,” using classrooms where you can completely change scenes with the touch of a button, like the holodeck in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    The village’s mission is…

    • To create a positive environment for English teachers, researchers, and students.
    • To explore English language learning and pioneer new ways of teaching and learning, in Second Life, and real life.
    • To develop a community where we can collaborate and help each other in our pioneering efforts!
    • To have fun, and expand the ESL community!
    • To help people learn English!

    For more information on the English Village, see its Web site or contact Fire Centaur.

    • English Village Web Site
    • English Village Blog
    • Location: English Village (206,194,101)

    There are many regions in Second Life that cater to people who speak languages other than English. These make excellent places for language students to practice their skills with native speakers. Here is a partial list of non-English-speaking regions. If you know of others, please leave a note in the comments or email me and I’ll add them to the list.

    The Avatar Languages web site has a more up-to-date list of language regions. The list below is just for example and some sites may no longer exist.

    • Chinese: China, China (113, 180, 33)
    • Danish: Wonderful Denmark, Wonderful Denmark (109, 133, 22)
    • Dutch: Virtual Holland, Our Virtual Holland (161, 162, 22)
    • French: Gaia, Gaia (141, 124, 27)
    • French: New Paris, New Paris (125, 113, 23)
    • French: Paris 1900, Paris 1900 (10,170,16)
    • French: Coopération Française, area 51 (142, 107, 27)
    • German: Biergarten, Mann (167, 255, 24)
    • Italian: Made In Italy, Songnisan (67, 137, 83)
    • Italian: Parioli, Parioli (60, 115, 42)
    • Italian: SandBox Italiana, INDIRE (214, 132, 22)
    • Italian/Sicilian: Nouva Sicilia 2, Nouva Sicilia 2 (183,179,24)
    • Japanese: Arashi Information Center, Baba (95,76,22)
    • Japanese: Japanese Business SIM, Metabirds (133, 35, 30)
    • Japanese: MagSL Tokyo Japan, Baba (118,153,22)
    • Japanese: Nagaya (Little Kyoto), Juho (89,165,63)
    • Japanese: Togenkyo, Togenkyo (155, 127, 21)
    • Portuguese: Boteco Brasil, Keiss (227, 46, 40)
    • Portuguese: Brazuk, Gomorra (28, 132, 22)
    • Portuguese: Central do Brasil, Mugunghwa (229, 107, 43)
    • Spanish: Cervantes, Cervantes (101, 163, 21)
    • Spanish: Colombiamor, Colombiamor (88,235,26)
    • Spanish: Spain, Spain (69, 136, 33)
    • Spanish: secondlifespain.com, Nangrim (185, 245, 75)

    Also see the SLObserver, a French-language blog about Second Life.

    There are many places in Second Life to take classes on building, scripting, and other in-world skills. The best way to find these classes is to click your Search button and on the Events tab, choose to search on the Education category. In addition, here are several places with self-paced tutorials:

    • College of Scripting, Music and Science: Horsa (45,213,85)
    • The Design Center, Location: Idea City (70,193,40)
    • The Ivory Tower Library of Prims, Location: Natoma (207, 170, 25)
    • Linden Script Tutorial Exhibition, Location: Daydream SE Islands (219,43,23)
    • NMC Orientation: NMC Orientation (69,107,32)
    • The Particle Laboratory, Location: Teal (200, 60, 21)
    • Texture Tutorials, Location: Benten (25, 115, 28)

    In addition to those locations in Second Life, there are many resources on the Web you may find useful, such as these:

    • Second Life Wiki, a wealth of how-to articles.
    • Video Tutorials, gems by prolific Torley and others. Many also on iTunes.
    • Getting Started in Second Life, from the New Media Consortium.
    • Unofficial Complete Fool’s Guide to Second Life.
    • Jokay’s SL Orientation, a comic book-style guide to getting through Second Life’s Orientation Island.
    • Second Life Quickstart Guide
    • Xiamara Ugajin’s tutorials.
    • The “Script Me!” Web site will create custom scripts for a number of common Second Life tasks.

    Educators who would like to try Second Life for a class without investing in virtual land may apply for an acre to use for free for one semester through the Campus:Second Life program. In addition to being a good place to browse student projects in progress, the Campus region includes several areas suitable for meetings and a sandbox where people can practice their building skills.

    • Second Life Education Web Page
    • Campus: Second Life Web Page
    • Location: Campus (154,140,28)