VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2020 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Mar
29
Wed
2017
Exhibit Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mar 29 @ 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Listen to music with Ari (Arisia Vita) as he streams soft and soothing piano music during the event. Ari says  that “Second Life gives me the chance to play for you and breathe life into my dreams.” A special thank you to Ari for donating this time to VWBPE. He says, “The only tips I need or accept are smiles.” While you listen to the music, be sure to grab some ice cream and stroll the exhibits to learn what educators are doing and accomplishing in virtual environments. Meet members of the VWBPE 2017 Executive and Planning Committees and watch the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Visit exhibits after the ribbon is cut and network with colleagues and friends.

Mar
30
Thu
2017
VWBPE Legacy Party Barge Excursion
Mar 30 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

\We have ice cold beer and other assorted refreshing drinks for everyone. Grab your favorite drink and join the fun as we relax and tour the entire VWBPE conference on this unique floating barge. The Legacy Party Barge will make its way around the entire VWBPE Conference venue, stopping at different ports along the way so people can get off and on to explore different exhibits, attractions, and conference areas. If you have never been on a boat in sl this is one experience you will not want to miss!
Dress: Come as you are.

Mar
15
Thu
2018
How to Get There from Here
Mar 15 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Presenter:
Barbara McQueen/Barbara Novelli (Avatar)
Educators and Trainers

Teachers are often unnerved by how much they need to learn to best use virtual worlds as a part of their technology arsenal. So they don’t use virtual worlds or only use them in a very limited way. This presentation will detail:

  • The most important virtual world skills to learn and fun ways to teach them
  • Simple to complex games and roleplays that deeply immerse students
  • Tasks for blogs, Moodle, Skype, machinima, social media, online conference rooms, and other educational software and devices

Participants will be able to create virtual classes that are flipped, gamified, and student-led.
Participants will be able to modify the presented tools/techniques to enhance teaching any subject.

Track: Creativity and Innovation in Design, Practice, and Learning
Format: Spotlight Presentation
Accessibility: Voice & SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Mar
17
Sat
2018
Meta Manifesto: Think Tank 4 Effective Tactics
Mar 17 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Presenters:
Kae Novak/Kavon Zenovka (Avatar)
Educators and Trainers
Cynthia Calongne/Lyr Lobo
Educators and Trainers
Chris Luchs/Abacus Capalini
Educators and Trainers
Trish Cloud/Trish Cloud
Educators and Trainers

Using the learning that happens outside the classroom, let’s go META by considering the Most Effective Tactics Available. This round table invites participants to a think tank on tactics for virtual worlds (VWs), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and games. As we look beyond the hype and disillusionment, the session asks the participants to brainstorm actions to support our current and future directions. What can we do to shape the future? What is our Manifesto moving forward?

Participants will be able to draw connections between learning and emerging ideas and formulate a plan for looking at future innovation.

Track: Multimedia Communication and Multifaceted Interactions
Format: This is a Compass Points roundtable discussion, where the discussants will address the following four points on the compass:
• Excited: What are the revolutionary possibilities with VR, AR, VWs and MOOs that go past best practices?
• Worrisome: What is stopping us for from implementing those revolutionary possibilities?
• Need to know: What do we need to develop effective tactics to implement those revolutionary possibilities?
• Stance: What immediate tactics allow you to seize opportunities based on those revolutionary possibilities?
Accessibility: Voice & Provide my own transcriptionist

Apr
4
Thu
2019
The need to determine a Trusted Friend
Apr 4 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Presenter: Josain Zsun (avatar), Chilbo
Description: Expedition Central was a location providing links for avatars to travel and explore Second Life.
With Cyrus Hush, (Expedition Central founder), passing, no further maintenance can be done. Had a Trusted Friend been provided with account information, ownership could be transferred and pending projects could be completed. New information will be presented, based on previous discussions.

Participants will be able to designate a Trusted Friend to access and transfer project rights, when a user can no longer login.

Accessibility: Voice & SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Virtual hunts for virtual detectives
Apr 5 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Mary Howard (SL: mrshoward118), Grand Island Central School District
Description: Virtual environments provides extraordinary opportunities to engage students in instruction. From building to immersive experiences, students can receive tremendous benefits from the use of virtual worlds. Learn how an Open Sim experience helped inspire and reinforce learning in the classroom from the inception of the grant to the wonderful opportunities it has afforded students with virtual scavenger hunts and exploratory learning opportunities.

To share virtual scavenger hunts as used in a middle school classroom.

Location: Lecture Area B
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Exhibit Tour and Scavenger Hunt
Apr 5 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Meet us on the social sim for an exclusive tour of the exhibits.  Working in groups we will start the exhibit scavenger hunt if you haven’t already and work through it together. You will have plenty of time to finish it later in order to get the fabulous prize!

Location: Social Plaza
Exhibitors, this would be a great time for you to be at your booth!