For Friday fluff, here’s part two of some video we captured on University of KY island in Second Life this week. I’m just going to say this: I don’t think “Alice” (as she’s known in SL) does this in her real life as a librarian here at UK. SL gives us many freedoms … including the opportunity to get down in the virtual WT Young Library.
WRFL now has a “tower” on University of KY island in Second Life. You can also link to their website and, coming soon, pick up a free t-shirt for your avatar. While on the island, you can click on the media button and hear the station, as well. The work is still under way, but here’s what it’s looking like:
This Wednesday (02/27/2008) if all goes well and the snow holds off, UKy will host some engineering outreach to Kentucky high schools via Internet2 (I2). The event is called BIG BLUE on I2, and it features University of Kentucky’s BIG BLUE project (creating and testing inflatable wings for flight over Mars!) and NASA’s chief scientist, Dr. James Garvin. Others off-campus can watch via a URL (potential viewers can contact me for that URL). Find out more at http://www.uky.edu/TASC/i2/. If you’re interested in attending on campus, you can contact me as well.
But be aware that I2 is for far more than outreach. It’s exciting to imagine the possibilities: I2 provides great capacity (with far fewer users than the commodity Internet) for sharing information and completing research. It’s possible to remotely operate things like telescopes and scanning-probe microscopes with I2. What can you do with I2?
If you haven’t visited iTunesU lately (or at all), now is a good time. It’s a growing area for educational and instructional podcasting. To enter, open your iTunes software (free at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/) and then click on iTunes Store. In the window that opens, click on iTunesU (it will be in a box near the top left of the page). Once in the right place, you’ll find a list of universities ranging from Duke and MIT to Texas A&M and UC Berkeley. This section also includes some public television audio and video podcasts.
A number of communities participate each year in th 48 Hour Film Project – a wild ride in which groups form to produce short films over a 48-hour period. There’s more to it than that, but we won’t go into it here. But this year it appears there is a Second Life category. See it (or any of the videos) at http://ww2.48.tv.