VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Apr
4
Thu
2019
Kick Off and Ribbon Cutting
Apr 4 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

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!

Feather in your cap: Achievement and recognition
Apr 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Presenter: Renne Emiko Brock (SL: Zinnia Zauber), Peninsula College

Description: Imparting knowledge and acknowledgment is vital for encouraging curiosity and confidence in students. To hit the target, one must aim higher to reach their mark and earn a symbol of achievement. Increase challenges and customize learning outcomes with personalized projects that enhance motivation and demonstrate skill proficiency, ownership, and valued contribution. Capability is the cap and the earned feathers are their virtual creative problem solving and multimedia communication successes.

Create challenges focused on student motivation to energize and increase their learning potential.
Develop a visual or increased access reward system to demonstrate student’s accomplishments.

Accessibility: Voice and Speakeasy Hud tool

Making Connections Parade
Apr 4 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Music and Dancing – re:Vision The Oldies
Apr 4 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

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!

Quadrivium re:Visioning assessment
Apr 4 @ 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM

Moderator: Scott Grant (Kaylee West)
Assistant: Lynne Berrett (Lissena Resident)

Description: What are the challenges surrounding assessment as we move into the future? What are the current challenges? Are these the same? And if so, how will these be resolved? Join the discussion if you dare! Bring your ideas and an open mind as we explore this always challenging topic.

Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

Above the Book: What’s new at the Lab?
Apr 4 @ 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM

The ever engaging Above the Book interviews continue for 2019. To start us off, join our intrepid VWBPE and RUC leader, Kevin Feenan (SL: Phelan Corrimal), for a discussion of what’s new at Linden Lab. Kevin will be speaking with Patch Linden, Senior Director, Product Operations and Grumpity Linden, Senior Director, Product.

Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Live Music at the Social Building
Apr 5 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

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

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!

Quadrivium: Professional Learning Communities
Apr 5 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Moderator: Dauna Kiser (Ghaelen D’Lareh)
Assistant: Marie Vans (amvans lapis)
Description: How do you benefit from from engagement with professional learning communities (PLC)? Are your PLCs physical or virtual? How is this connected to professional development?  Bring your ideas to this Quadrivium discussion and and help us explore the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of PLCs.

Location: Quadrivium
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

Red Carpet and Pre-show Experience
Apr 5 @ 05:00 PM – 05:30 PM

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

Misfit Dance and Performance Art
Apr 5 @ 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

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

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Eureka World: An educational virtual world ecosystem
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Presenters: Ori Shapira (SL: turh zane), Educators and Trainers; Dani Seryoti (SL: s Maya), Educators and Trainers

Description: Eureka World’s platform takes a broader perspective on learning and involves a wide spectrum of actors from inside and outside the school. All stakeholders of education are involved in a collaborative of the learning process: the population inside school (mainly teachers, principals, students, other staff) as well as the population outside school (entrepreneurs, associations, institutions, municipalities, academic, families, and private persons etc.) In this presentation, we present and define the unique concept of Eureka World’s educational ecosystem: The concept is discussed generally in its 3D3C perception of teaching – which emphasis how it allows quality assimilation of learning patterns for students in the 21st century.

How to create Educational ecosystem based on virtual worlds that involves all educational partners
Demonstrate its unique platform and how to move beyond the walls of traditional thinking to embrace the wider community of educational professionals

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Metaphorical insights with Symbolic Modeling
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Hands on Workshop Presenters: Niela Miller (SL: Marly Milena), Educators and Trainers; Janie Teague-Urbach (SL: Katsii Tennen), Support and Help Communities
Description: We will show some short films demonstrating the use of Symbolic Modeling (SymMods) in areas of education, personal / professional development and creative expression, and discuss the theoretical basis and approach to applying metaphorical thinking in virtual teaching/learning. We will demonstrate some examples of this approach in the session. We will introduce an opportunity for being trained in facilitating the use of SymMods in virtual learning environments, particularly Second Life.

Participants will be able to understand how metaphorical thinking can enhance learning
Participants will be able to recognize and discuss possible applications to their own endeavors

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

VR and virtual worlds: One and the same?
Apr 6 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Presenters: Alyse Dunavant-Jones (SL: AlyseDunavantJones), Advocacy and NonProfit; Valerie Hill (SL: Valibrarian), Advocacy and NonProfit; Marie Vans (SL: amvans Lapis), Advocacy and NonProfit

Description: Through librarians’ perspectives, this presentation analyzes conflicting definitions of VR and virtual worlds and addresses friction between VR and 3D virtual world developers and users. The presentation contrasts two free, desktop-compatible VR worlds (AltspaceVR and Sansar) and summarizes the state of communities in these worlds vs. 3D virtual worlds like Second Life. Ultimately, it proposes best practices for future educational collaboration and digital citizenship across virtual platforms.

Participants will be aware of the complex relationship between VR and virtual worlds
Participants will understand advantages, challenges, and tips for collaborating with VR proponents

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Under the Sea Adventure
Apr 6 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

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!

Above the Book: Catching up with Thinkerer
Apr 6 @ 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM

Moderator: Kevin Feenan (SL: Phelan Corrimal)

Description: Today Kevin will be catching up with a great friend to VWBPE , and the education and arts community in virtual environments: the first recipient of the VWBPE Thinkerer Award: Selby Evans – known across the metaverse as Thinkerer.  In 2014, the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Organizational Committee instituted a new personal achievement award to recognize an individual who has provided outstanding service to both the field of education and the virtual world community at large. Let’s find out what Thinkerer has been up to these past 5 years.

Accessibility: Voice and transcriptionist

Lizard of ARS: Secondary students design parody masks and installation on the OpenSim
Apr 6 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Presenter: Mary Stokrocki (SL: MaryLou Goldrosen), Educators and Trainers
Description: After exploring the OpenSim with students for four years, I invited them to revise my parody play, The Lizards of ARS/ART, a satiric reinterpretation of Baum’s (1900) The Wizard of Oz. Using participatory action research, I gathered their 2-D mask images converted into 3-D forms and related parodies. Two older students arranged them in two different installations on the OpenSim virtual world. This communal experience helped develop imaginative play, digital skills, and diverse art meaning.

Participants will be learn to revise the model parody, transfer 2-D mask, build 3-D form, and install

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Quadrivium: re:Visioning Technology
Apr 6 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Moderator: Adrienne Pascal (SL)
Assistant: Elisa Segoni (Elektra Panthar)

Description: Where will the future of teaching and learning with technology take us? What should we do to prepare ourselves? Our students? How do you choose which technologies to incorporate into your practice? Bring your ideas as we re:Vision teaching and learning with technology.

Location: VWBPE Quadrivium
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

Live Music Performance
Apr 6 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

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!

Closing Ceremony
Apr 6 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

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.

Dick Clark Tribute Concert
Apr 6 @ 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

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.

Dance The Night Away
Apr 6 @ 08:30 PM – 09:30 PM

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.