Items of Interest

I’ve received a number of items of interest in my inbox this week that I thought I’d share, including April Fools humor, a pointer to free modeling software, an interview opportunity, and some upcoming virtual world conferences.

April 1 Humor

First, on the fun side: April Fools Dilbert Cartoon

Free Modeling Software for Educators

MayaFor any students and faculty reading this, be sure to check out the:

Autodesk Education Community

If you have a .edu email address,  I was told that you can register as a member of the Education Community and download for free 30 different Autodesk applications including three modeling programs that work with Wonderland: Maya, 3ds Max, and Softimage.  The person who told me about this program said that if you are a student or educator in a country that does not use .edu email addresses, you can write to Autodesk and ask to have your school added to the participating schools list.

Interview Opportunity for Educators

I received this notice from Edita Kaye, Founder of the Association of Virtual Worlds:

There is increasing interest both in the media and among publishers about all things virtual. I am delighted as the Founder of the Association of Virtual Worlds to be involved in an exciting project–a series of articles for national publication on the topic of ‘The Virtual Teacher’ dealing with the skills and challenges facing educators and educational institutions in an increasingly virtual world. It is planned that this series will subsequently become part of a book.

I would like to interview two types of educators. One, educators who have personal teaching experience with the application of virtual worlds, games, 3D immersive environments and social networks in their school or classroom. Second, educators who can discuss the role of virtual worlds, online games, 3D immersive environments, and social networks on the future of education, schools, and educators.

If you would like to be interviewed for this project or know of anyone who could contribute their thoughts, experiences or case studies please send a brief note to me directly

Upcoming Virtual World Conferences

If you are looking for a place to publish your virtual world project, check out the call for abstracts just announced for the Researching Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments 2011 (ReLIVE11) conference to take place in the UK in September:

ReLIVE11 Call For Abstracts

In addition to submitting abstracts for in-person presentations and workshops, you can also submit abstracts for virtual world events to take place at the “Virtual Festival” the day before the conference. These events can either take place in their venue in Second Life or in any other virtual world. It would be great to host a few sessions in Wonderland.

The ReLIVE web site mentions another in-world conference taking place a bit earlier in September:

The Virtual World Conference

The organizers haven’t updated this web site yet, but it’s something to keep an eye on as it’s geared toward both business and education collaboration.


One Response to Items of Interest

  1. Salvador Romero says:

    At the University of Seville, in Spain, we also have such agreement with Autodesk. You can actually download 3DS and others and use it for a year -I think it will stop working after that. I assume others university in Europe have similar agreements.

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