The possibilities are endless there. You can meet people, go shopping, travel, work, and even find love! You are also able to create who you are and how you look. That alone was enough for me! So I logged in and created my avatar with a long ponytail, cape and more! I then began to explore and the different places with my fellow students from class. I was glad I wasn’t the only one that did not know how to sit, make friends and fly. I have tried to explore Second Life in the past but quickly gave up out of frustration. Now we were pioneers exploring together and we were able to talk to each other and collaborate, which made the experience much more enjoyable.
After learning the basics, I explored some of the many educational sites in Second Life. I see great potential for using this with older students in school. I went to the Tsunami and was able to see how the wall of water comes up on the beach and quickly washes away everything in its path. Students would learn so much from just watching that short clip. There is also a book that you can read for further information. After I dried myself off from the Tsunami I went to explore the space museum where you are able to see the different space ships and even board them for further exploration. There were also meeting areas and conference rooms, which could be used for “virtual collaboration.”
The time passed so quickly with my fellow classmates that I went back into Second Life later on for further exploration. I was surprised to see the complexity of this virtual world. There are ski resorts, beachcombing events, and even a virtual Sistine Chapel with authentic artifacts, to name a few. Overall I found it to be very interesting. It can be frustrating at times to figure out how to explore and knowing how to find everything within the different areas. I would recommend reading the quick start guide before you start. I can definitely understand how people can lose themselves for hours when there is so much to see and do. I would recommend checking it out. Maybe I will even see you there!