A Funeral For Teen Second Life: A Presentation From Beyond the Grave on the Future of Mixed-Age Education in Second Life.

Eulogizing Teen Second Life over the open casket of his Teen Grid Avatar, GlobalKids Bixby will share his deep grief over the loss of Teen Second Life. Meanwhile, a surprise guest will celebrate the end of Linden Lab grid for teens and herald the new age of mixed-grid education in Second Life.

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This week kicks off the fourth annual virtual conference being held in Second Life. Taking place over 3 days, March 17 - 19, this community-based event is a must for educators and academics interested in using virtual environments in the classroom or for remote teaching.

See http://www.vwbpe.org/ for the official website of the conference. Treet TV, along with Metaworld Broadcasting is proud to once again cover some of the key presentations and notable speakers for this year's event.

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A Brief Brief

For two days Second Life's favourite and most watched media network is throwing open its doors in a bonanza of style, content and fun. All your favourite Treet shows have booths and events happening during the two day event which will blow your socks off (even if you're barefoot).

The Expo will be held on Tropical Treet (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tropical%20Treet/134/214/22) with a mixture of scheduled events and high profile shenanigans going on through out the weekend. There's hunts, prizes, freebies, music, live shows and a chance for you to be on TV.

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Shakespeare continues to inspire creative storytelling and sparks the imagination no matter where the stage. One of the more interesting presentations during the 2010 Best Practices in Education conference was one given by Joff Chafer on Virtual Performance.

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Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference 2010 is a completely in-world conference on ... virtual worlds, best practices and how they are used in education. It is not uniquely focused on Second Life however obviously there is a very strong SL bent to the conference owing to where it is being held.

Website URL :: http://www.vwbpe.org

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Full text of presentation

The full text of this presentation can be found here.

I would love to embed this on our blog, but I can't see how. Can anyone tell me?

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Birth of 130,000 Teen Opensim Quad-Sim Standalones

Scott Provost, Director at Free Open University, Washington DC, writes: "We plan on proposing 130,000 Standalone mega regions (quad-sim with 180,000 prims) with extended Hypergrid services... If 130,000 schools in the USA have their own server with courses loaded in them. Remote instructors and at home student could log in or Hypergrid to them."

http://immersive-worlds-tool-ranking.grouply.com/message/474

This idea looks like minimum 260,000 concurrent users on a good day, in comparison to Teen SL with maximum 200 concurrent users on a good day (six years long)... Or minimum 5 times the mean number of concurrent SL users... 130,000 invisible standalone residents with quad-sims = 520,000 sims...

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Concurrent User Metric Lag

Teen SL had 197 regions, and in the course of 6 years, the maximum number of concurrent users "even on a good day" was 200... What do you expect if the education outreach metrics lag, next to SL lag?

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Concurrency

OpenSim doesn't have the same lag problems as Second Life, since each grid is its own separate entity, hosted on separate servers on different networks.

If 100 schools had their own grids, it's much like 100 schools having 100 different websites -- the performance of one website isn't going to affect the performance of any others.

Hypergrid does allow teleportation between different grids. But even though hypergrid teleports feel a lot like Second Life's internal teleports, you're actually landing on a different grid, and your grid of origin hands you over to your destination grid (while still continuing to supply your avatar, clothing, and accessories). In this case, your avatar will impact the performance of two grids, instead of just one.

As a result, hypergrid teleports aren't that much of a burden. In any case, most school-based grids will probably have hypergrid teleports turned off - at least, while regular classes are in session, to keep strangers from dropping in.

-- Maria Korolov, Editor, Hypergrid Business