Notes from the Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education conference

Disclaimer: this is a loo-oong post – TOO long really. I wrote it largely for me – to get my thoughts down before lack of sleep corrodes my memory. If you hate reading on-line :  here’s a link to a PDF: http://kerryj.com/documents/KerryJ-notesfromVWBPEconference.pdf Just coming down from the Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education conference. Held Friday, Saturday, Sunday Second Life time there was a great range of sessions, largely in traditional conference settings over several…

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Ada Lovelace Day – Joanna McKay

Ada Lovelace is a woman credited with being the first female computer programmer in the 1800s. Sadly, not many women were encouraged in a love of maths as Ada was so even today in 2009, the gender inequity remains. So today is an international day of blogging about women in technology that are leading the way. In Australia this can feel quite awkward — to give praise to someone here has to be low key,…

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Jokaydia road trip debrief

Recording events is quite different from creating machinima to my mind.  Although both can occur in a game or virtual world, the aims are quite different. I love the surrealism of virtual worlds and try to bring that “Alice in Wonderland” sense out when I create a machinima.  So I keep the videos brief, use dance music that adds an unusual air and go for sweeping shots and dramatic takes. But in recording conversations and…

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Handling your selves

In writing a blog post this morning to synthesise my thoughts and feelings on an incredible week that saw Australia placed on a watch list of potentially repressive regimes by Reporters without borders, I debated which blog to publish it on — my work blog or this, my personal professional blog. I started my work blog because I wanted to write about the projects in which I am involved in at work. That others I…

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