December 2010 Blog Posts (6)

TESOL Arabia Conference 2011 Online Moderation

Dear all,


Sorry for cross-posting. Some of you might be interested in this event. Best regards to all..


TESOL Arabia Conference Online Moderation Sign Up Sheet

TACON Online 2011

co-chairs would like ELT professionals in the field to help with the

moderation of this year's online portal. Please show interest… Continue

Added by Ismail Fayed on December 23, 2010 at 8:44 — No Comments

Winter delight on AVALON Learning

RECORDINGS: http://lancelot.emea.acrobat.com/p89098782/ (1h01min*)

and in the igloo in the end for a chat http://lancelot.emea.acrobat.com/p69656838/ (1h20min**)

How much fun winter activities can be in Second Life! All 24 of us thoroughly enjoyed each others company ice-skating, sledging, sitting around bonfires and talking. Those who stayed longest though, were in… Continue

Added by Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi on December 22, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

The development on EduNation island is now complete

The development on EduNation is now complete and I am happy to introduce you to the newly refurbished EduNation. About one year ago, Gavin Dudeney announced that he will discontinue EduNation I and III but that he would maintain EduNation II. It has been a long process since then to make sure that what Gavin built, namely a community of educators would continue. The new owners of EduNation I and III are Randall Sadler of the University of Illinois, Paul East of the Pyramid Group and myself,…


Added by Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi on December 21, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Writing Arabic in Second Life

Although the Arabic speaking community in Second Life is quite large, Second Life is still not capable to "understand" Arabic. It does display Arabic letters but they are not connected so that it it almost impossible to read. The community has campaigned a lot for this feature to be implemented but to no avail.

So, most have resorted to writing Arabic based on a mixture of Latin letters and some numbers that represented those Arabic letters that are not in…


Added by Nergiz Kern on December 13, 2010 at 14:03 — No Comments

Last night's teachers meeting

A small group of us met up last night on the newly revamped Edunation III, we talked quite a lot about the differences between 2nd Life and Open Sim and the desire of educators to try to make language learning more active using MUVEs. The basic differences were thought to be the fact that on Second Life you belong to a community, more like in real life, whereas Open Sim is back to the closed world of the classroom.

Helen Myers talked about the way that she shows activity in Second Life… Continue

Added by Gary Motteram on December 4, 2010 at 9:05 — No Comments

A PCE at Online EDUCA

The AVALON team working along with colleagues from the NIFLAR, ST.ART and AVATAR projects conducted a full day PCE -- 'Online pedagogies in practice' at Online EDUCA. For more details of the event see the Online EDUCA website.

Added by Gary Motteram on December 2, 2010 at 15:21 — No Comments

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