Abacus’ Picks for EduBlogger Awards

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to add my 2 cents to the EduBlogger Awards http://edublogawards.com/  before time ran out.

 

§ Best individual blog

Design for Learning http://deangroom.wordpress.com/

 

§  Best individual tweeter

@Kzenovka

 

Best student blog

Save the Universe http://savingtheuniverse.wikispaces.com/Save+LEGO+UNIVERSE!

§  Best new blog

Gridjumper’s Blog http://gridjumper.net/

 

§  Best ed tech / resource sharing blog

Gridjumper’s Blog http://gridjumper.net/

 

§  Best twitter hashtag

#iste11

 

§  Best teacher blog

Edurealms http://edurealms.com/

§  Best School Administrator blog

Edurealms http://edurealms.com/

§  Best free web tool

WordPress

 

§  Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast

Best use of Video  -Knowclue Machinima  http://knowclue.wikispaces.com/Machinima+Through+Multiple+Lenses

 

§  Best educational wiki

WoW in School http://wowinschool.pbworks.com

§  Best open PD / unconference / webinar series

ISTE SIGVE Machinima Fest http://sigve.iste.wikispaces.net/Machinima+Fest+2011

 

§  Best educational use of a social network

Cognitive Dissonance http://cognitivedissonance.guildportal.com/Guild.aspx?GuildID=228854&TabID=1927706

 

VWBPE Machinima CFP

Due February 15, 2012

Looking for Machinima in the Following categories:

Machinima Submission Categories

Be Epic!

1-2 min target – 3 min max
Be creative, bold and inspiring! Shorts in this category are based on the conference theme – “Be Epic.”

Virtual World Outreach

1-2 min target – 3 min max
Show us why you are here, your virtual community and place in the Metaverse. Are you in multiple virtual worlds? Show us that too!

How-to/Instructional

3 min target – 4 min max
The perfect three minute machinima. Can you teach something well in three minutes? Show us how you do this.

Educational

5 min target – 7 min max
Show us an educational machinima that is currently being used for the F2F, blended or virtual classroom.

Teen

2-5 min target – 6 min max
Show us your best! Open to more than Second Life – give us OpenSim, Halo, WoW, Minecraft! We’re ready for it.

Digital Storytelling

2- 5 min target – 6 min max
Do you have a story? We have an audience.

Brave Beginner

1 min target – 2 min max
For first time producers who have never made or uploaded a machinima to YouTube before. So be honest (first-timers only) and be brave!

Other

1-5 min target – 6 min max

For more information go to http://www.vwbpe.org/calls/machinima

Call for Machinima Articles

Submit your articles about creating or using Machinima!

From the editor:

Virtual Education Journal
http://www.virtualeducationjournal.com/

VEJ – Issue 3, Deadline November 20th.

Help us get the message out to people about the important educational work that is going on in virtual environments! As many of us talked about last weekend at the VW Unsymposium, now is the time for Trailblazers to help bring in the pioneers and settlers – we need to educate teachers/professors and administrators about the powerful learning that is happening in virtual worlds and most importantly, what is in it (virtual environments) for them (e.g., fun, friends, networking, learning).

We would love to get the third issue of VEJ out by December 1st, but we need your help!

Please send article of approximately 500 – 1000 words (and pictures if you have them) to me by November 20th. The article should be a word file, 14 point New Times Roman. You can format it – or I will format it. You can put the pictures where you want them – or just send them separtely and I will put them where they fit in the pages – png is prefered, but you can send jpg.

Send the articles to:
rvojtek@edovation.com

We would love to have educational articles from around the world about what you are doing in sl and other virtual worlds. This issue will highlight the VW Graduate Student Unsymposium, so if you were there and have pictures or thoughts, please send those as well.

We hope you will take the time to write a short article and/or send pictures with captions about what you are doing,
because after all, VEJ is only as good as we all make it!

We look forward to your articles and any suggestions you have to make VEJ even better!

Thanks and Keep smiling 🙂
Roxie Vojtek
Education Journal
http://www.virtualeducationjournal.com/

VEJ – Issue 3, Deadline November 20th.

Machinima at the UnSymposium

At the Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium on Friday November 4 and Saturday November 5 SLT

Thursday November 4

815pm Machinima Lesson Model – being sponsored by VWBPE Machinima Working Group

10 am “Live Research Discussion” for VWBPE 2012 Initiative

Live Research – VWBPE will be adding a live research component that would allow IRB (or equivalent) approved surveys, focus groups and other research methods to take place during the conference. This session will discuss how to build this initiative. http://www.vwbpe.org/blog/vwbpe-2012-program-initiatives

11 am Primer for Game Design

1130 am Crowdsourcing a Games Event for VWBPE

Last year VWBPE did a Machinima event and an interactive poster competition. This year VWBPE’s program committee wants to see about adding a games event to showcase games designed by students and educators.  So this will be a crowd-sourcing, brainstorming type of talk.

We are planning on discussing adding a Machinima component to demonstrate the game entry.

 Overall information on the UnSymposium

Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium 2011:
Games, Play and Community

www.vw.unsymposium.org

Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, 2011.

The Theme for 2011 is Games, Play and Community. This is a fully online, free conference.

The Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium is a community building event that provides opportunities for graduate students, alumni and educators to share current practices, network with colleagues, and explore opportunities for professional development, enhancing research, teaching and learning.

Second Life on the CAVE sim http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CAVE/128/128/26

Schedule http://tinyurl.com/4ykd2wn

Session Descriptions http://tinyurl.com/3p87p2p

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR_Wh0YR9r8

If you have any questions or comments – please email vw.symposium@gmail.com

twitter @vwgus

twitter  Machinima working group @machinimania

Machinima at Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium

Some of us in the Machinima Working Group are involved in the Virtual Worlds Unsymposium www.vw.unsymposium.org 

Has everyone read this article ?

YouTube, Machinima and the Content Revolution 
It’s saying what we know but…. we need to continue learning, creating, showcasing and discussing.
Machinima is the outreach and product that we do in games and virtual worlds. We are planning on continuing our discussion at VWGUS.

Would you like to do a Machinima session – please submit through the peer process – here’s the CFP due on October 15, 2011. http://vw.unsymposium.org/cfp-2011

Or if you would like to register please go to http://unsymposium11-eorg.eventbrite.com/

twitter @vwgus

VWBPE Machinima Call for Proposals

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices Call for Proposals just went out and Machinima was included.

The theme for 2012 is “Be Epic.”

VWBPE Machinima CFP

To encourage the production of machinima and the growth of a community of educators, researchers, and students who produce machinima, VWBPE will be holding a machinima fest and viewing during the 2012 conference. Submission can be made by an individual or group. A panel of educators, researchers, students, and machinima artists will choose a best in each category. Additional awards may be given based on the recommendation of panel. For last year’s winners please go to http://www.vwbpe.org/awards

Machinima produced by educators, researchers, and students will be accepted in the categories listed below.

Machinima Submission Categories

Be Epic!

1-2 min target – 3 min max
Be creative, bold and inspiring! Shorts in this category are based on the conference theme – “Be Epic.”

Virtual World Outreach

1-2 min target – 3 min max
Show us why you are here, your virtual community and place in the Metaverse. Are you in multiple virtual worlds? Show us that too!

How-to/Instructional

3 min target – 4 min max
The perfect three minute machinima. Can you teach something well in three minutes? Show us how you do this.

Educational

5 min target – 7 min max
Show us an educational machinima that is currently being used for the F2F, blended or virtual classroom.

Teen

2-5 min target – 6 min max
Show us your best! Open to more than Second Life – give us OpenSim, Halo, WoW, Minecraft! We’re ready for it.

Digital Storytelling

2- 5 min target – 6 min max
Do you have a story? We have an audience.

Brave Beginner

1 min target – 2 min max
For first time producers who have never made or uploaded a machinima to YouTube before. So be honest (first-timers only) and be brave!

Other

1-5 min target – 6 min max


Technical Details

Videos should be saved with the high definition resolution of 1280 x 720p and uploaded to YouTube. The video YouTube URL should be included in the submission to http://conf.vwbpe.org.

All submissions should include a credit section at the end of the video. Please provide attribution for public domain and Creative Commons material. Name the author and others who have contributed to the video. Year of production of the machinima film does not matter. Submitted works do not need to be pure (100%) machinima, but should contain be at least 80% machinima.

Non- English language films should be submitted with English sub-titles.

By submitting this video to the conference, I understand I am granting VWBPE a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right to use, reproduce, capture still images from, display, transmit, stream, and broadcast my submission in association with and during the VWBPE conference from the submission date and thereafter unless otherwise revoked in writing by me.

A submission on http://conf.vwbpe.org/ site must be completed for each film being submitted to the conference. Educators, researchers, and students may submit as many of their own films as they wish.

For questions or comments please email Machinimamania@gmail.com