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Seed Money: USD 2mil Funding Virtual-World Innovations – itsReal

The MacArthur foundation is accepting applications until Oct. 15 in two categories: one for “entrepreneurs and builders of new digital environments for informal learning,” with prizes of $250,000 and $100,000; the other for “communicators in connecting, mobilizing, circulating or translating new ideas around digital media and learning,” with prizes from $30,000 to $75,000. Winners are to be announced in January. 

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation continues to pour money into explorations of digital media and virtual worlds — and we’re not talking Linden dollars here.

The giant Chicago philanthropy is creating prizes totaling US$2 million to recognize innovation in digital media and learning. It also is funding a series of programs at the Second Life Community convention, to be held Aug. 24-26 in Chicago. (For the uninitiated, Linden dollars are the currency of that online virtual world known as Second Life.)

MacArthur said the new awards are part of the five-year, $50 million program it announced last fall to explore the influence of digital technologies on young people’s learning, play and civic participation.

Read More: TechNewsWorld 

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Voice arrives in Second Life – BUT will residents use it – itsReal

Tonight I Logged into SL and the usual upgrade popup awaited me, however this time the download took far longer than usual, the reason Second Life VOICE has arrived. So after a very long download and install I logged in and was asked if i want to use voice chat or not. I choose voice chat and commenced another LONG exercise in attempting to get the facility working…eventually it did work but the VoIP is bad…really bad.. Yes I realize it’s early days, but for those accustomed to SL without VOICE they will either have patience and learn the ropes or continue life without voice…or maybe there is another solution ?

New Second Life VOICE Features:

* In-World Voice Chat
** In-world Voice Chat is now part of the main viewer.
** You can see and manage all voice settings in Edit > Preferences > Voice Chat.
** Voice is off by default.  To enable (and disable) voice, visit Edit > Preferences > Voice Chat and check/uncheck the box beside “Enable voice chat”.
** A voice set-up wizard appears during first voice use to help residents set up voice and adjust their mic volume and tuning.  You should run the voice set-up wizard even if you only want the ability to hear others and do not wish to speak.
** Push-to-Talk is part of the Voice feature.  Push-to-Talk is ON by default, which means Resident mics are OFF by default.
** Speech gestures for voice are included in the Library, in Gestures > Speech Gestures. These gestures need to be activated in order to work; they are off by default.


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SLOz starts OZ Second Life Traffic Index – itsReal

 Source: SLOz

SLOz launches Their first SLOZ Traffic Index (STI) for June. Being their first one it’s a fairly modest list. To be included in the index the SL presence needs to be owned / operated by Australians. Yippee when my SL programs get underway I will be seeking their kind inclusion…. cause as you know I am a Proud Australian cum KIWI…

A few important notes on their methodology as well as a couple of disclaimers:

1. The number linked to each presence is a standard average based on dwell statistics provided to all SL users via the Search Places option.
2. For large presences we’ve chosen the most popular area rather than add up total dwell – this means larger presences may have overall larger numbers but that’s not what we’re measuring (see also point 5).
3. Each presence, unless an addition since the start of the reporting period, has had their traffic stats measured at least ten times with each instance at least 24 hours apart.
4. The individual times and statistics can be found here
5. The STI is indicative only – yes we know there are much more detailed methodologies and that ours is a rough guide only for the SL community – we think of it as a ‘what’s hot’ measure. Discussion / criticism on the STI here.

Onto the STI:

stijune.jpgTelstra’s Billabong Bar and the ABC Island Sandbox are no surprises as popular haunts. Armory Island by its very nature has a wide international popularity hence its number one position. The Australia Sim is garnering a lot of traffic for a new build and Lord Coalcliff’s Skyhome Resort is a stayer. Another relatively new presence is Sofia’s furniture and its popularity isn’t to be sneezed at either.

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125 colleges, universities & schools in virtual worlds – itsReal

Last time i heard there was 60 + in a short space of time this number has more than doubled…

The virtual world is already being used at 125 colleges, universities, and schools worldwide, according to the Second Life Educators Wiki

terra-nova.jpg rebecca nesson ( course instructor for CyberOne)

A look at how Second Life is being used at the Harvard Extension School…an interview with an instructor and how students react to the environment…

Read Interview at Terra Nova

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APLINK recommends – Blogger & Podcaster Magazine…itsFree

One of my mates sent me this LINK many of you may have seen this magazine already, but just incase here it is…helpsponsor.jpg

I strongly suugest you give this magazine a look over, alot of work has gone it its production !!!



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