Maya Island on Epic #VWBPE conference

Hot news: The Maya Island participates in the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE12) conference in the following ways:

  1. Panel discussion on the instructional design of the island
    When: Friday, March 16th, 1-2 pm SLT
    Where: Edtech Island, Edtech Auditorium
  2. Guided Tour to Maya Island
    When: Friday, March 16th, 2-3 pm SLT
    Where: Tour Departure Area
  3. Maya Island Poster (3D Exhibit)
    We’re participating in the poster competition, so please come over and vote for us!
    When: Visit & Vote on March 15-16th!
    Where: VWBPE12 poster area (no. 34)
  4. Maya Island Machinima
    We’re participating in the machinima competition!
    When: Thursday, March 15th, 8-10pm SLT
    Where: Machinima Auditorium

Next to these, the UW Alumni is also organizing more fascinating events:

The VWBPE conference is a unique event on education in virtual worlds, so please come over and support our events!

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Maya Island Exhibit on Info Island and Tours

Maya Island has an Exhibit on Info Island in Second Life from January till March 2012. Visit the exhibit at the Community Virtual Library Exhibition Area and let us know what you think.

Also, there will be several Maya Island open guided tours for librarians and all interested people.

The first tour takes place on Saturday January 21st, 9am SLT/PST – 5pm GMT – 7pm EET.

Come learn about the Mayan culture, explore a beautiful simulation of ancient times, and dispel the hype about the Mayan calendar prediction of doom!

Maya Island Tour during SLanguages conference

SLanguages is a FREE annual conference which focuses on language learning in virtual worlds. As part of the conference there is a scheduled tour of the UW Maya Island on Saturday, September 17th 2011, 12 pm SLT – 7 pm GMT.

Join us for an enjoyable experience & discussion on pedagogical innovation in virtual worlds.

Photos from Maya Island guided tours on 7/7

On Thursday 7/7 we held two guided tours on UW Maya Island. Enjoy some photos. Click on them to see full size.

  • With Jaden’s Class (University of Minnesota students – introduction to distance learning course)

Hat tips to Jaden & Chris for leading their groups!

Maya Island Guided Tour on July 7th 4.30pm SLT

Join us today for a guided tour with emphasis on educational design & learning in 3d Virtual Worlds.

We will be hosting Jaden’s class on distance learning from the University of Minnesota.

Come to the UW Maya Island in Second Life on July 7th 2011, 4.30 pm SLT/PST.

Maya Island Editor’s pick on Second Life Destination Guide

After the very successful & buzz-making first guided tour, UW Maya Island was picked by editors for Second Life’s destination guide on July 2nd 2011. Ever since around 150 unique visitors visit the island every day to explore, experience and learn about Maya civilization.

Maya Island Guided Tour Recording

On July 1st 2011 we held our first guided tour of the Maya Island in Second Life for around 25 members of SLExperiments.

After a short introduction about the Maya Island by Stylianos Ling, Sicily Zapatero and Bev Landar lead the group to the Maya Glyph challenge, the Astronomy skybox and the Creation Myth Cave. The tour ended with discussion over tortillas and Maya music in the Highland Village. Cybere & Gwen co-moderated the tour.

Watch here the full recording (adobe connect) along with pics and comments.