All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Join us at the Gateway for Kick Off Event of VWBPE 2019. This is a time to socialize and network with friends, old and new, while enjoying the lovely piano music of Ari (Arisia Vita). The Conference Executive and Organization Committees will share a few of the upcoming highlights. Executive Director, Phelan Corrimal, will officially start the conference with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. You will also have time to explore and enjoy the exhibits. Be sure to check for the Exhibit Scavenger Hunt Notecard in your Swag Bag. There will be a prize for completion!
The VWBPE Annual Parade is a great way to start our social plans! Meet us at the Lighthouse near Gateway and travel over the new bridge built just for this event! Together we will re:Vision this parade as we make our way over to the social sim. Be sure to look for your special parade t-shirt in your swag bag for this fun event!
Meet us at this location a few minutes before we start! Making Connections Parade Start
Our parade will end in the main building on the social sim with a fun-filled concert and dancing with DJ Coz Okelly who will spinning the NEW Oldies music from the 80’s! Many pop stars emerged in the 80’s including Madonna and Prince. You are sure to hear these superstars and more. So, whether you want to do the Macarena or the Moonwalk, there will be lots of fun for all!
Keynote Presenter: Dr. Tuncer Can, Istanbul University
Description: This presentation will look at how training teachers within Virtual Worlds could enhance innovation in the class and change the lives of real people by ensuring them real jobs. The skills acquired within Virtual Worlds are also leading to more innovation in teachers’ professional lives which leads to life-long development as well. The presentation will also summarize the influence of EU funded projects like CAMELOT and GUINEVERE on the foreign language teacher development.
Location: Main Auditorium
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist
Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Cynthia Calogne (SL: Lyr Lobo); Joyce Bettencourt (SL: Rhiannon Chatnoir); Renne Emiko Brock (SL: Zinnia Zauber); Buffy Bye (SL: Buffy Beale); Sheila Webber (SL: Sheila Yoshikawa)
Description: After a year of reflection and evolution the Nonprofit Commons re:Vision examines the future of shared communities, presenting professional development and promoting nonprofit organizations that use virtual world platforms. Our meetings feature learning and networking, helping the community to grow stronger in technology use.
Attendees will explore how to strengthen re:Vision among the educational and nonprofit communities.
Accessibility: Voice, notes, transcription
Join us at the main social building to listen and dance to the music of live singer Jeffah. Jeff has performed all over the RL world, and quickly became a fan favorite in SL. You will especial enjoy his attention to detail and explicit emotion in each song. Whether you like rock, pop, or jazz, Jeff will sing your requests. Come and experience a musical journey as this multi-award winning vocalist performs songs the way they were truly intended to be heard!
Location: Social Building
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!
Most SLer’s love to dress up! Put on your favorite fun and funky but low lag outfit and join us on the red carpet during our pre-show experience. You will have a chance to take photos with friends and mingle with other guests before the immersive performance by the Misfits begins. Come early to get a good seat and get your Misfit Dance Cam HUD – you wear a HUD button and “they” control what you see! Now you can just sit back and enjoy the show!
Location: Misfits Forest Theater
Join JenzZa Misfit and her dance troupe; Dulcikate Noel, Phoebe (darkentippy), Kyradevon Graves, and RebeccaLynn Fhang for an amazing performance of “Misfit Follies” – Think Broadway in SL! Music! Dance! Sets! Costumes! Special Effects!
JenzZa Misfit is full of positive energy and this is her artistic expression. She hopes to bring some “happy” to all who experience it. Come join us at this fun and professional show!
Location: Misfits Forest Theater
Keynote Presenter: Dr. Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College and Executive Director, Immersive Learning Research Network
The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) facilitates collaboration between computer scientists, game developers, educators, learning scientists, and other research professionals to develop and showcase the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. iLRN has recently partnered with The ICICLE XR for Learning and Performance Augmentation SIG and others, including EDUCAUSE, and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) on the “State of XR and Immersive Learning” project, which combines a systematic review and synthesis of the scholarly evidence and knowledge base on XR and immersive learning with a Delphi-inspired environmental scanning and forecasting exercise in the vein of the well-known Horizon Project. The project is sponsored by Unity Technologies, HP, zSpace, Adobe, and Dassault Systèmes.
In this session, iLRN Executive Director Dr. Jonathon Richter will provide details about this new collective effort and unveil ways learning professionals can both contribute to and gain from a synthesis of current and future virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other XR technologies for supporting and enhancing learning and human performance in evidence-based and research-grounded ways.
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist
Come explore the beautiful underwater area of the social sim. This is your chance to be a mermaid or merman! There are free outfits available and volunteers will be available to help ease you into your mermaid/merman experience. Enjoy the beautiful plants and animals while you ride the undersea scooter, explore the ocean floor, and find hidden prizes. Be sure to grab a seahorse and explore with us or just enjoy our mer dances in the Merfolk area. We hope you join us Under the Sea!
Relax with us at the Main Auditorium before the Closing Ceremony and enjoy the music of Samm Quendra. Samm describes herself as just a simple, ordinary girl who loves to sing. She believes that everything that comes from the heart touches the heart. Samm enjoys impacting the listener’s life with her music. She connects her audience to the heartfelt messages in every song. Come and listen to this talented performer!
Join us as we reflect upon the highlights of the conference, with closing remarks from Phelan Corrimal and other VWBPE Committee Chairs. This event is hosted by the one and only Pooky Amsterdam, CEO of Pooky Media. The 2019 Thinkerer Award Recipient will be named during this ceremony. Come celebrate your experiences with your colleagues from this amazing conference.
Heaven is Full of Music! Re:Vision great musicians of the past while joining Lightning Productions and the Dick Clark American Bandstand tribute show. Come dance with us in the clouds as Dick Clark brings back your favorite musicians. For this special show you will travel to an ethereal set in the sky. Dick Clark and his angels will greet you as the show unfolds with performers ranging from Louis Armstrong to Aretha Franklin. Enjoy Blues, Folk, Big Band, Rock, Hip Hop, Disco, and more. Join us dressed in the attire that represents your favorite decade of music – flapper, poodle skirts, tie-dye, etc… or come as you are for this fun evening of music and memories.
Immediately following the American Bandstand Tribute Show, join us for a “Dance The Night Away” party! There is no better way to end the 2019 VWBPE conference than to dance, chat, and enjoy good company while DJ Coz keeps the party hopping with great tunes! This is your chance to share your favorite moments from VWBPE 2019 and hang out with your old and new friends.
Hosts: Stasia Weston (Aevalle Galicia); Belladonna Laveau (Belladonna Yarrowroot); Stacia Sylvester (Stacia Abonwood); Isidora LaVeau (IsidoraKite Resident); Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary
Description: In this immersive experience, we’ll start by providing a short orientation and then allowing visitors to go through a variation of one of the healing/blessing rituals set up to be self-paced. Our students learn how to prepare such rituals in the virtual world so that they will then have the skills to perform them for their interfaith / pagan communities in the real world. Notecards with important landmarks on the school’s sim will be provided, should visitors wish to explore further.
To demonstrate how we integrate a variety of technologies to provide a multi-layered educational experience.
To engage participants in a virtual ritual demonstration, created by our students.
Access: See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended. Skype will be used for an orientation to demonstrate the Moodle and Office 365 tools used by the school.
Accessibility: A written script will be available during the presentation.
Location: Sacred Cauldron
This venue will be available until 21 April for individual exploration after the presentation.
Hosts: Heike Philp (Gwen Gwasi); Nick Zwart; Tuncer Can; Carol Rainbow; All – GUINEVERE Project
Description: Come join us for a visit to GUINEVERE island, built for EU funded GUINEVERE project. GUINEVERE stands for “Games Used IN Engaging Virtual Environments for Real-time language Education” with 5 European partners who spend 2 years developing a teacher training course for language educators. GUINEVERE (2017-2019) aims to demonstrate the potential of digital game-based learning in 3D immersive environments in order to improve teaching and learning outcomes in foreign languages. We developed a sim with quests and games. You are invited to play.
Learn to practise teamwork trying to solve the quests.
Access: Open Sim. If you do not have an OpenSim avatar as of yet, you can register it here http://world.guinevereproject.eu/help/register.html. If you already have an Open Sim or Kitely avatar, hypergridding is enabled at the time of the event http://world.guinevereproject.eu:8002
Firestorm view is recommended: https://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads
Accessibility: Adobe Connect in parallel http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/guinevere