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1st December 2008

President Elect Obama Appoints Two SL Innovators to his Team!

Wagner James Au has scooped us all, of course, and thanks to @malburns of twitter for posting it there, but I’m sharin’ out here. According to New World Notes posted minutes ago, President Elect Barak Obama has appointed two experts on virtual environments to his real world team for creating an “Innovation Agenda,” a promising innovation in and of itself!

According to Au (citing a news item in the Washington Post), New York Law School professor Beth Noveck and Irving Wladawsky-Berger, a Chairman Emeritus of IBM, have been announced as key members of the newly appointed group.

Hold onto your lecterns, change-resistant 19th century educators: It’s going to be an interesting ride…

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7th October 2008

ISTE Speaker Series Strikes Again!

From an email from our pal KJ Hax (Kevin Jarrett irl) about an event you may not want to miss. Pop into ISTE Island (SLurl below) for what looks to be an informative hour this very evening!
Just a quick heads up regarding tomorrow’s ISTE Speaker Series session, targeted specifically for the higher education community … join Marcius Dowding (RL: Larry Dugan) and Crash Thebaud (RL: Terry Keys) who will be presenting their work on the SUNY LIVE (Learning in Virtual Environments) project, which was created to give the opportunity for up to 64 campuses the opportunity to investigate the uses of VLE’s. 22 campuses signed up and participated in this year long project, utilizing this “donut” approach to island developing and training. The results, trials, tribulations and successes will be discussed at this presentation, which will utilize voice. Please ensure you have a working voice setup prior to the event. Location: ISTE Island Bandshell: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ISTE%20Island/128/128/25

Date: Tuesday, 10/7
Time: 6:00 pm SLT (click here for your local time zone)

See you there!

While you’re there, mosey on up to Headquarters and take a good gander at the new SL entry portal resources that have been baking up there for a month or so. I blogged about it a while back, and it’s come a long way since, due to the dedicated efforts of ISTE volunteers who have tirelessly realized the joint vision of Linden Lab and ISTE. You might take a minute to click on that big ol’ FEEDBACK sign there to offer your opinion and suggestions about how the entry might be improved.

From fearless ISTE Second Life pioneer Kittygloom Cassady, “Currently, an educator visiting the education page of the Second Grid web site (http://secondlifegrid.net/programs/education) can sign up for Second Life using a simplified registration process and at the end will be dropped directly on ISTE Island for more resources and educator-friendly help.

Cheers, all! And see you tonite if you can make it!

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18th August 2008

How not to hire a contractor in Second Life

This is a bit different from what I normally post so I hope you’ll bare with me but I need your help and I think that my experience is probably common with other educators. Here’s the story.

Recently, I agreed to help develop an island for a nearby university. One of the tasks I was given was to find a developer to create an interactive game for the island which will serve as one of the central activities for visitors. I searched far a wide for a great scripter and finally posted my job on the classifieds and found someone who seemed very qualified for the job. We drafted a contract in a notecard, agreed on a deadline and I paid the first half of a hefty fee. For the first week we met every day to review his progress (his idea, not mine) and it seemed all was on track. Then the second week and the project’s deadline came around and my contractor disapeared.

He no longer responds to my messages even though I was open to delays and tried to express understanding. Regardless of how gracious I tried to be I got no response at all. Now I’m out the money, without the game, and my deadline is looming.

Have you ever hired a contractor in Second Life that you didn’t know in First Life? What process did you go through to ensure that they were legitimate? What advice would you give to someone who was in a similar situation? What kind of recourse would you exercise when a contractor has taken your money and not delivered a product? How do you assure administration that funds invested in Second Life developers is safe business?

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