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Is a Virtual World Lab Better for Students Than a Physical One? Find Out in the Latest Episode of The Drax Files

Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

If you're interested in the role that virtual worlds can play in education, you won't want to miss the latest episode of The Drax Files: World Makers, Draxtor Despres' ongoing mixed reality documentary series about what, how, and why people are doing what they do in Second Life. 

A chemistry professor at Texas A&M University has been running a particularly interesting experiment -- on her students. By having one group work in a virtual lab while another works in a physical one, both she and her research partner have been observing some pretty powerful benefits for students given the opportunity to work in a digital environment... But I won't spoil the juicy bits. Watch it for yourself above, or head over to Draxtor's YouTube channel to catch up on any episodes of The Drax Files that you may have missed. 

Mixed reality iris 2013Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times, and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.


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James OReilly

Second Life Forum 03-27-2006 Question: What would make a good competitor for Second Life? Answer: I say Garry's Mod... GMod already gives you the ability to run your own sim, with the server option. It lets visitors come by your sim. It lets you build inside your sim; you can both save what you build and save the state of your sim; and best of all it's very possible to both import and export objects to-and-from GMod
That was 2006, now we have Garry's Mod 13 + Standalone Version 14.01.22 in 2014!

Learning Physics with GMod

James OReilly

Snoopy's lesson plans needs the Education Grid not Vendor interests

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