I have already expressed my unease with my experience in Second Life. The past two weeks have been a bit stressful and it seemed that no matter what I tried, I was always one step, okay, more like 20 steps, behind the rest of the class. Considering my luck lately, it did not surprise me, yesterday at an in service session, when I went to my thaw space to open the file I needed and my thaw space was empty… that is how it has been lately.
My Tuesday night tour in Second Life did not get off to a good start when I could not get my microphone working. It would seem like my Second Life is a bit like my first sometimes. Thankfully my professor in ECI 832, Marnie McMillan, or in this case, Sunan Skytower, is extremely patient and encouraging. She finally hooked me up with Garnett Gleim, G 3 Garfield, and he helped me solve the rest of my technical problems. I should mention that he is a very patient and helpful person as well.
Once I was able to communicate, I decided to try to make the best of the experience and we did see some very cool things. I was lost a few times and was teleported to the next destination. It seemed funny to me, that I would get that same sense of panic, when lost in my digital world, that I would if I was lost in my real world in an unfamiliar place. Maybe, even more so, because I was so far out of my comfort zone.
I think that one of the reasons that I struggled with Second Life, was because I am not a video game player at all. As a matter of fact, I would never choose to play a video game. I even have trouble managing motion in video games. I had difficulty moving around, which would improve with practice, and I was not comfortable, unless I managed to stay with the group, which was not very often.
It is interesting to reflect on my difficulties, which were laughable, but frustrating. I can relate to the “just for fun” video called “Second Life” that Marnie posted in the ECI 832 Wiki space. It was funny, but that was my character, Reeve, running into things, awkwardly turning around and getting stuck behind objects.
The positive aspects of my Tuesday night tour were the things I did see, when I managed to get to my destinations or was teleported there. Wow! My favorite place was the Globe Theatre. I am a huge fan of Shakespeare and I taught high school English for a several years before moving to Saskatchewan. I would have loved to take my students to the Globe Theatre when we were studying our Shakespeare units. It sure would have added engagement and interest.
I think the most interesting and useful part of the digital world, for me, would be the ability to experience destinations around the world . I would not even begin to think that I was capable of creating destinations, but I look forward to the never-ending field trips my students and I can take without ever having to leave the computer lab!