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Jens Kjaer Olsen aka Jens Nerido commented on Graham Davies's blog post Conference on Virtual Worlds, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
"Hi Graham and the presenters! For me being and outsider it was also a great event! I took part through the Livestream......first time a saw you people in RL......I went into SL also - Edunation and meet you all..working hard..(I dont hope…"
Dec 21, 2011
Graham Stanley commented on Graham Davies's blog post Conference on Virtual Worlds, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
"Sounds like it was a very successful event, Graham - well done!"
Dec 21, 2011
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Conference on Virtual Worlds, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

I have recently returned from Spain, where I contributed to a two-day conference on virtual worlds at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), 16-17 December 2011. The conference was organised under the auspices of the CAMILLE Project in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Polytechnic University of Valencia within the framework of EUROCALL’s programme of regional events, in collaboration with the Inter-University Institute of Applied Modern Languages, supported by the Vice…See More
Dec 21, 2011
Graham Davies commented on Graham Davies's blog post New tutorial materials, Second Life Viewer Version 3
"Thanks, Gary!"
Nov 30, 2011
Gary Motteram commented on Graham Davies's blog post New tutorial materials, Second Life Viewer Version 3
"Thanks for all your work keeping us up t speed on these issues. Gary"
Nov 29, 2011
Graham Davies posted a blog post

New tutorial materials, Second Life Viewer Version 3

OK, so we now have SL Viewer 3 - which you will still find stored in the Second Life Viewer 2 folder on your computer. And people are still referring to the latest version as Viewer 2. Confusing, eh? There are quite few differences from the earlier versions, which I have now incorporated into my tutorial materials that you can download from Section 14.2.1 (i) of Module 1.5 at the ICT4LT site:…See More
Nov 29, 2011
Graham Davies commented on Carol Rainbow's blog post Lyr Lobo: Artificial Intelligence and Language Bots
"I am still sceptical about AI and bots. I cannot help thinking back to that amusing episode in David Lodge's novel, Small World, where Robin Dempsey thinks he is chatting to a computer program called Eliza, and finally blows his cool when he…"
Oct 5, 2011
Graham Davies commented on Carol Rainbow's event 'Chinese Island Tour'
"It was a great tour. I really enjoyed it and I was impressed by all the useful learning materials that you have created there."
Sep 19, 2011
Graham Davies is attending Carol Rainbow's event
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Chinese Island Tour at Starts in EduNation Welcome Centre

September 18, 2011 from 12pm to 1pm
5am SLT | 12pmYour local time: http://tinyurl.com/5thysz9Location: Welcome AreaStream http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl1In 2008 the Monash University Chinese Studies Program (Australia) established a…See More
Sep 19, 2011
Graham Davies commented on Carmen's blog post Moodle - embeded voice recording
"This appears to be an area of weakness of most Web-based materials. I have not seen an efficient and easy-to-use Web-based package that offers listen/record/playback activities of this sort. But CD-ROM-based programs have been offering such…"
Jul 29, 2011
Graham Davies commented on Graham Davies's blog post Scoop.It! Useful “curation” tool
"Yes, Google doesn't seem to have got the hang of this social networking thing. Facebook and Twitter are pretty quick and easy to learn and simple to operate, which explains their popularity. SL takes a lot longer to master, but it's worth…"
Jul 25, 2011
Lynne Hand commented on Graham Davies's blog post Scoop.It! Useful “curation” tool
"I have heard of IMVU, but it always looked like a dating site in its ads, not like SL, which advertises itself as a hangout for vampires.  LOL I don't know who runs Google's social networking division, but they do make some very…"
Jul 24, 2011
Graham Davies commented on Graham Davies's blog post Scoop.It! Useful “curation” tool
"Lynne, Google Lively was Google's attempt to create a social network in a 3D world. You created your avatar and a "room" into which you could invite friends and engage in text chat. It was quite a nice idea. I spent a lot of time…"
Jul 24, 2011
Lynne Hand commented on Graham Davies's blog post Scoop.It! Useful “curation” tool
"Oh yes, poor old Google Wave - not waving - drowning, and I still haven't figured out Buzz, as for Lively ??? - never heard of it.  LOL  Google Sites is better, to be honest, I love Google Docs (I use it with my visitors) and I use…"
Jul 24, 2011
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Jul 24, 2011
Graham Davies commented on Graham Davies's blog post Scoop.It! Useful “curation” tool
"Lynne, Scoop.It does a completely different job from Google Docs or Facebook. It has more in common with Delicious or Diigo insofar as it provides a service for curating and sharing links. What I like about Scoop.It is that it lays out the…"
Jul 24, 2011

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When did you first enter Second Life?
2007
What is your avatar's name?
Groovy Winkler
Which is your favorite site in Second Life? (SLURL)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Oxbridge/92/197/28
Do you own or rent land? (SLURL)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduNation%20III/71/190/31
Skype ID
groovyguzi
What is your professional background?
Former teacher of German in secondary and higher education. Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning from 1989. Now retired, but still active as member of EUROCALL, on whose behalf I maintain a presence in SL. My Wikispaces page tells you more about me: http://grahamdavies.wikispaces.com/

I began my career as a teacher of German and French in secondary education in the 1960s. I moved into higher education in 1972 and taught German at Ealing College (which later became part of Thames Valley University) until 1990, when I became Director of the Language Centre.

I have lectured and run ICT training courses for language teachers in 22 different countries and I have sat on numerous national and international advisory boards. In 1982 I wrote one of the first introductory books on computers in language learning and I have continued publishing on this topic ever since. I was the founder president of EUROCALL from 1993-2000, and I am still a member of the EUROCALL Executive Committee.

I retired from full-time employment in 1993 and I am now an Emeritus Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning. I occasionally do external examining of MPhil and PhD students. I keeps myself busy by editing the ICT for Language Teachers Website (ICT4LT) and managing the EUROCALL HQ in Second Life.

You can find out more about me on my Personal Wikispaces Page.

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Graham Davies's Blog

Conference on Virtual Worlds, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

I have recently returned from Spain, where I contributed to a two-day conference on virtual worlds at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), 16-17 December 2011. The conference was organised under the auspices of the CAMILLE Project in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Polytechnic University of Valencia within the framework of EUROCALL’s programme of regional events, in collaboration with the Inter-University Institute of Applied Modern Languages, supported by the Vice…

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Posted on December 21, 2011 at 11:19 — 2 Comments

New tutorial materials, Second Life Viewer Version 3

OK, so we now have SL Viewer 3 - which you will still find stored in the Second Life Viewer 2 folder on your computer. And people are still referring to the latest version as Viewer 2. Confusing, eh? There are quite few differences from the earlier versions, which I have now incorporated into my tutorial materials that you can download from Section 14.2.1 (i) of Module 1.5 at the ICT4LT site:…

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Posted on November 29, 2011 at 17:53 — 2 Comments

Scoop.It! Useful “curation” tool

I have recently begun using Scoop.It! It's a useful tool that enables you to set up Web pages

that gather together links on a specific topic. Scoop.It provides a facility for you to "curate"

information on your topics by trawling the Web and finding links that you may wish to add to your topic pages.

The links are then laid out attractively like the page of a magazine:

http://www.scoop.it/

I have set up two Scoop.It…

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Posted on July 21, 2011 at 17:00 — 6 Comments

Spammer in our midst

Along with many other AVALON members I received a message from "anne desmond", who joined this Ning a short while ago. It sounded suspicious, so I did a Google search for her name. The result: she is a well-known spammer. In fact the surname "desmond" appears to crop up quite often in connection with African spammers - we had a "gift desmond" trying to join the VW SIG Ning that I manage. I have blocked "anne desmond" and advise others to do the same. Whatever you do, don't befriend her or…

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Posted on March 28, 2011 at 13:07 — 4 Comments

News from Graham Davies (Groovy Winkler)

Help for Newbies

I have not been very active in Second Life for the last few days, and I am not sure how active I will be during the SLanguages 2010 conference. I underwent surgery, an exploratory laparoscopy, on 8 October 2010,…

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Posted on October 13, 2010 at 10:56 — 6 Comments

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At 11:33 on May 20, 2010, Richard Pinner said…
Hi Graham - thanks very much! Hope to see you/Groovy in the event today. Richard
At 20:40 on July 8, 2009, Liliana Cuesta said…
Thanks Graham. I will be awaiting for it.
L
At 16:25 on May 14, 2009, Stefanie Hundsberger said…
Hi Graham,
I'm a librarian at the University of Manchester and I'm researching foreign language learning in SL and its implications for resource provision in academic libraries. I am doing this work as an Arcadia Fellow at Cambridge University Library. I would like to interview people who are actively involved in foreign language learning in SL (both students and teachers) and, preferably, who also have experience of using academic libraries as part of their foreign language learning. However, I would still like to hear from you even if you only fit into one of these two target groups. I imagine the interview won't be longer than approx. 30 min. I would be very grateful if you would be willing to participate. The interviews will take place in SL (or via Skype) over the next 3 weeks (until early June). Please send me a message and we can arrange a convenient date and time. You are very welcome to pass this message on to relevant colleagues. Many thanks!
Stefanie.
At 19:45 on March 5, 2009, Nergiz Kern said…
Graham, thanks for all the information. For now, I have signed up to the Yahoo list of the Learning Technology SIG.
At 15:52 on March 5, 2009, Nergiz Kern said…
Nice to meet you again, too, Groovy/Graham :-)
Graham, you are probably a member of the Learning Technologies SIG (IATEFL). What would be the most convincing argument to make someone (me) join?
At 8:25 on March 2, 2009, Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi said…
What a privilege to have you join our AVALON community. This is absolutely wonderful and I am extending a warm welcome on behalf of the project team.

Your expertise and many decades of insight in the field of language learning with technology is unsurpassed and to have the very founder of the CALL movement with us todate is absolutely great.

Looking forward to listening to you, Graham.

This is a great honor.

Rgds Heike
At 14:31 on March 1, 2009, Holly S. Longstroth said…
Thanks Graham for your note. Look forward to receiving the notecards *grin*
At 16:37 on February 28, 2009, Catrin said…
Thanks Graham. I will surely need your advise or help. I live and work in Sweden and feel quite lonely with IWB and other interactive resources. When I worked in England I had very good opportunities for development and now I try to keep up with the incredible speed on my own; but as I mentioned before, we are here at least 5 years back in interactive teaching. Everything I do is kind of a "strange thing" for most of my colleagues. Anyway, I like it. :-)
 
 
 

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