After a slice of pizza we discussed the edubloggercon that was held before NECC this year. In discussion it came up that having a Blogger's Cafe in Second Life would be a great idea. Ryan Bretag has kindly offered his space in SL and is starting to furnish it.
On the wall inside the Blogger's Cafe, images of different blogger's avatars have been mounted. You can click on these images to visit their blogs. It is all very exciting. It is another way that the people who are having the conversations can connect with each other. It is amazing how a virtual world can feel so real. When I am chatting with someone face to face in SL it makes me feel as though I am really in their presence. Which is impossible as most of the people I talk to are a world away.
Closer to home though, I spent some time showing a fellow Kiwi around Second LIfe today. I very elegantly fell out of the sky and a person came rushing up to me and called me 'Jane' which surprised me as my avatar name is Jojash McmIllan. I answered yes and who should be in front of me but Rachel Boyd. We went for a walk around and I showed her all the sites in eduisland 2. It is the first time I have gotten to talk with Rachel 'in person' since she is in Nelson and I'm in Dunedin.
But the real surprise of the day for me and the pivotal moment in my thinking about SL came when I bumped into a group of people on Eduisland 4. They invited me over for a chat and it turns out that they were a group of people involved in handicapped education and were building a space to meet. I was talking to one person and she told me how she lives her life in a wheelchair but when she comes into second life she can run, walk and even fly. I know the buzz I got when I first tried out flying in SL, and she said that she got that same buzz from walking. Now this really got me thinking. Second Life could be great for people who are restricted in some way or another. People who cannot leave the house, or have disabilities can meet people in SL and have company. I know I enjoy the conversations I have in SL and I'm not restricted at all. Imagine someone who has limited chances to leave their home...
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