Joe Sanchez

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Second Life Report published

Second Life Report published

In October i wrote an issue of Library Technology Reports about some of my research in Second Life. The Issue, Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations is now available through the ALA TechSource Bookstore. In the report I identify the Second Life learning curve and how the learning curve creates barriers to student learning. […]

Prepping for SXSW

Prepping for SXSW

My favorite conference, SXSW, is only 12 days away and Austin is already getting energized. This year I will be on the panel “Gaming as a Gateway Drug: Getting Girls Interested in Technology” where I will have the pleasure of working again with Dee Kapila from girlstart. Dee arranged a meeting of the panelist last […]

Student made Machinima

Student made Machinima

I’m gearing up for my Spring 09 course  and I realized I never shared the machinima links created by students from the Fall 08 semester. I had four student groups comprised of 4-5 students each. Each group had to create a 2 1/2 – 3 minute machinima telling about their final group project. I think […]

C.A.S.E. grant public viewing

C.A.S.E. grant public viewing

This Thursday 12\04\08 at 5SLT my students and I will be hosting an event in SL to show the projects they have completed this semester. Earlier this semester my undergraduate class was awarded a C.A.S.E. grant from the Jimmy and Roselynn Carter foundation to promote community engagement in SL. Each project completed this semester has […]

Invitation to Student event

Invitation to Student event

This is an invitation from a group of students enrolled in my Working in Virtual Worlds course at the iSchool at UT Austin. The students have created a presence and SL training for a local non-profit organization called Partnerships for Children. They will be raising Lindens to purchase items such as tooth brushes, shampoo, and […]

ABC NEWS: Attending Class in Cyberspace

ABC NEWS: Attending Class in Cyberspace

Two weeks ago ABC News On Campus dropped by my office to shoot a quick segment about my Working in Virtual Worlds course. Of course the interview began with questions about avatar dating, funny avatars, and virtual relationships in Second Life and i was worried that i had been baited into a sensationalized virtual world […]

Virtual Worlds Expanding Real World Views

Virtual Worlds Expanding Real World Views

Last week after making the official announcement to my students that we had been selected to host a Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Grant competition in our class I planned on devoting an entire class period to discuss service learning. I asked Leslie Jarmon to give a talk about her Alley Flats project and to discuss […]

Student Build Challenge (video)

Student Build Challenge (video)

On Tuesday my students had to turn in their first collaborative build in Second Life. My instructions for the assignment are below (from an email) In your teams I want you to create something with your land. You will need a theme, an entry point, some type of navigation, and something interactive or a “feature”. […]

Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Grant

Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Grant

Its official, my Working in Virtual Worlds course has been selected by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Foundation to host their first Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Grant in a virtual world. My students and I are thrilled at the opportunity to partner with the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Foundation. Service learning has been a consistent […]

Play between voice and chat

Play between voice and chat

So Hurricane Ike looks it will be hitting Texas pretty hard. I have several students that will be affected by IKE especially those from the Houston and Galveston areas. We decided to board up our condos on the Educators Coop island…I think doing this gave them a chance to express their concern for their families […]

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