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A very useful introduction to Second Life, can be used at the beginning of a workshop or sent as a link to anyone who asks about SL and possible educational uses.
The slides consist of still pictures accompanied by voice-over. The narrator explains what Second Life is, and goes over possible educational uses, showing still shots of how others have used SL for such purposes. It might have been more interesting to include video clips of SL in action as well. The examples given encompass a range of disciplines and seems quite comprehensive. Some universities already on SL are also mentioned, which can be useful for those new to SL who want to get experience from other campuses.
It does not delve into deeper implications but is a good intro.
*Two small areas of improvement:
- Has outdated information about SL still working on voice communication - this exists now.
- The narrator talks about an upcoming presentation with further information on SL. It would have been useful to have a link for the archive of that presentation (seems it was in 2007).
Even though i was on a high-speed connection, sometimes the presentation would stop (probably while chaching). It helped to press the "pause" button for a while.
Also, if you're in a hurry: there are a few seconds of silence at the end of each slide - you can watch a bit faster by clicking the "next" arrow as soon as narrator stops talking, and a few secs before the slide transitions.