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Desideria Stockton’s (AKA Beth Ritter-Guth) Hot List
I am not entirely sure that Virtuasphere is a REAL word, but, hopefully, y’all will grant me poetic license. In building the plots for Literature Alive!, Eloise Pasteur has created most of our builds and scripts (how she does it, I have no idea…she is, indeed, a goddess of such things). Even still, we are always on the hunt for cool tools to use. Here is a list of ten tools I love (and where you can get them):
10. Hiro Sheridan’s Molecule Rezzer (IM Hiro Sheridan) -The only reason this is listed as 10th is because I don’t teach chemistry. If I did, it would be #1. Sadly, I know so very little about chemistry, but I know that cutting-edge chemists like Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley (Drexel University) use it for classes.
9. The Pooping Llama (IM Max Chatnoir) – You wouldn’t think that an English teacher would NEED a pooping Llama, but Max’s creation (used to teach Genetics at Genome) was a HUGE asset in building Dante’s Inferno. If you are familiar with the text, you know that many levels are covered in, um, poo.
8. The Media Hub (Eloise Pasteur) – This is a new product in the Eloise line. It is a ONE PRIM (you heard me!) video screen that can hold like 50 .MOV Urls. It is a little bit like the lovely ACHUB screen (Chris Hambly), but it is less prims and works with any texture. Also, it is boat loads cheaper.
7. SlickrView (AKA The Flickr Thingy) (Eloise Pasteur) – I am fairly certain that The Flickr Thingy isn’t its true name (note: it is called SlickrView). I know that you click on it, it gives you a prompt, you type in a tag, and WALA!, pictures from Flickr appear. This is really sweet if you are helping students create projects. They can work off of one on your plot. The Googler (NZTech – Available in The School Store, EduIsland II) works just like the Flickr Thingy, but it searches Google instead. Again, students can Google right from SL.
6. Custom Laptops (Neoznet Watts) – These little wonder machines are custom built for faculty. My students can send and receive email from RL; they can go right to the class blog or wiki; and they can access a whole assortment of links. Best part? They can generate notecards from the laptops.
5. The Eloise Holodeck (Eloise Pasteur) – Literature Alive! received a wonderful supprot grant from The Foundation for Rich Content for the Holodeck Project. Eloise created a sweet Holodeck to use for the rezzing of small Literature Alive! projects. This is nice because it means we can go on the road with builds, OR we can pass out builds to people who wish to use them.
4. Salamander SLoog HUD (Wainbrave Bernal) – I love this cool new tool for archiving wicked cool stuff. I wear it all the time, and when I am somewhere worthy of recognition, I simply have to click on the HUD. The directions are really easy and walk you through exactly what to do. It is a great tool for student scavenger hunts, too!
3. The VIT Mind Mapping Tool (IM Butch Dae) – I LOVE THIS TOOL! I have used it many times for research on SL , and my students have used it, too. You simply click on each level to get the information you want or need. It is really simple to use.
2. Puzzle HUDS (Eloise Pasteur) – Eloise creates custom HUDS for various scavenger hunts. My favorite? She has created one for the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. As students find pieces of the text, an albatross appears on their HUDs. At the end, students receive a special key that unlocks a treasure chest with a prize in it.
1. The Spidergram Planner (Eloise Pasteur) – This things is sooooooooooooo cool. It is like a mind map, but I use it to teach outlining for papers. It is colorful and easy to use, and students LOVE it!
There you have it! Eloise’s materials can be purchased directly from her, at her shop, or at the School Store on EduIsland (or the sub station at Drexel).