Transcript of the January 11th NPC Meeting: Future Trends in Technology – Part 2

[08:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Welcome to this week’s Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting!

[08:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is sponsored by TechSoup Global and is a program of the TechSoup Global Community & Social Media team


[08:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today’s Agenda:

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:50 am Mentors Central – Zinnia Zauber
  • 9:00 am Future Trends in Technology – Part 2
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements


[08:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: First a few links to start off the meeting. 


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[08:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Welcome and let’s start off with Introductions!

[08:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Please state your real name, location, org, and the ways we can find you online.

[08:36] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing featuring missing persons: and SLURL Remora (203,148,21), Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:36] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko

[08:36] PeopleWatching (mizaru33): Is voice working? Or do I need to relog?

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: We are in chat, People.

[08:36] Gentle Heron: no voice here

[08:36] Andy Evans: Andy Mallon, First Opinions Panel in SL Social Research Foundation, NYC in RL

[08:36] Gentle Heron: only text

[08:36] PeopleWatching (mizaru33): ahh ok

[08:36] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability

[08:36] PeopleWatching (mizaru33): 🙂 Thank you Gentle.

[08:37] Chayenn: Monique Richert, Protect Yourself 1.Inc., Baltimore MD,, , @PY1US

[08:37] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup Global, SF CA, @TechSoup, @alebez

[08:37] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, TechSoup Global,, San Francisco, CA US, @mmdelong @TechSoup

[08:37] CarynTopia Silvercloud: Caryn Heilman and Nana Simopoulos, Topia Arts Center in the Berkshires of NW, MA in Adams,, @TopiaArtsCenter

[08:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes we do the meeting sin text, helps us have a great transcript and allows for it to be accessible

[08:37] Adalace Jewell: @adalace for RoSa Library in Brussels – Belgiuim

[08:37] Coughran Mayo: Dick Dillon, Innovaision, LLC St. Louis MO @Coughran, @Innovaision

[08:37] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan tenby, Online Community and Social Media Director, TechSOup Global @suzboop @techsoup @npsl and new… @caravanstudios

[08:37] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA

[08:37] Ozma Malibu: Sandra Andrews, Floaters Org technology outreach, Arizona, Mexico and On the Road, @ozma

[08:37] Atalanta Visage: Jennifer Siegel, National Service Inclusion Project,, Boston, MA

[08:37] Fido Fudo: This is my first visit. I’m Fido.

[08:37] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, MO, @brenabenoir

[08:37] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Jerry Buchko, MA AFC | Counselor, Coach, & Tutor of Personal Finance in Private Practice | | @jerrybuchko

[08:37] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Inc Los Angeles, CA Human Rights and Health Care

[08:38] alebez: welcome, fido.

[08:38] Buffy Beale: welcome Fido 🙂

[08:38] Gentle Heron: Welcome to all the newcomers here today!

[08:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir is Joyce Bettencourt, community manager of NonProfit Commons –, Boston MA area, http://joycebettencourt, @RhiannonSL on twitter

[08:38] Fido Fudo: ~Smiles~

[08:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes and if you are new here, feel free to share how you found out about NonProfit Commons

[08:38] Fido Fudo: I received a group message through the Caledon sim.

[08:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other introductions?

[08:39] PeopleWatching (mizaru33): Lizy, New Zealand, Redcross.

[08:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: welcome Fido and Lizy

[08:39] Fido Fudo: ty

[08:39] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): Carl Solutionary (, Humane Educator at Rockcliffe U with a Humane Education Free Shoppe at (Etopia Island (128,128,2)) on Etopia Island, the Sustainability Education Community,

[08:39] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,,!/TAVAUS

[08:39] Oronoque Westland: Roberta Kilkenny, Hunter College, NYC

[08:40] jacmacaire Humby: Hi veryone

[08:40] Buffy Beale: yay Jac 🙂

[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I see a few others just coming in, feel free to introduce yourselves before we move on

[08:41] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Hey Jac 🙂

[08:41] Glitteractica Cookie: Any more introductions?

[08:41] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire HUMANBE Council and Action Tank on Sustainable Human Development France and International @Humanbe

[08:41] jacmacaire Humby: Hi Buffy and Jerry.. 🙂

[08:41] Sarvana Haalan: Me…

[08:42] Sarvana Haalan: Sally Cherry, Baltimore, MD,, @CHAREproject




[08:42] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Let’s move on to TechSoup Announcements

[08:42] Rhiannon Chatnoir: If you joined us late, please still introduce yourself!

[08:42] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Bulaklak

[08:42] bulaklak: Hi, folks! Happy Friday.

[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: Hello Bulaklak

[08:43] Zinnia Zauber: Rah bulaklak!

[08:43] bulaklak: Today’s announcement is a refresher on the very cool Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest

[08:43] Sarvana Haalan: woot… It’s Purple Friday in Baltimore

[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: Go Ravens

[08:43] bulaklak: Happy Purple Friday

[08:43] bulaklak: Microsoft has teamed up with NetSquared to support you in generating apps for nonprofits and activists on the Windows Marketplace. The Contest is about YOUR great ideas and projects, and we’re here with tools, resources, and incentive prizes to get (and keep) you going.

[08:44] bulaklak: The prizes total $40k, with two $15kk top prizes and one $10k audience chaoice prize

[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: APss can be mobile apps phone apps, web apps of games .. as long as they are social benefit focused

[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: Apps, I meant

[08:45] Sarvana Haalan: I shared the info at a local TechBreakfast on Wednesday

[08:45] bulaklak: Yay, Sarvana!

[08:45] bulaklak: Thank you

[08:45] bulaklak: Lots more info here at this link:

[08:45] CarynTopia Silvercloud: oh, so if it is an iphone app, it is okay?

[08:45] bulaklak: Please do share the info far and wide

[08:45] Glitteractica Cookie: Please share with any app developers you know, esp windows developers, of course

[08:45] CarynTopia Silvercloud: it doesn’t have to be on the windows platform?

[08:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[08:45] Sarvana Haalan: even the social enterprise were interested

[08:45] bulaklak: Caryn, the apps are for Windows 8

[08:46] bulaklak: That’s great news, Sarvana

[08:46] Glitteractica Cookie: no, it can’t be an ihone app. must be a windows app

[08:46] Glitteractica Cookie: it’s a contest put on by us, but sponsored by microsoft

[08:46] Rhiannon Chatnoir: there are Windows phones, in fact Nokia paired up with Windows – great phones

[08:46] bulaklak: Another part of the project is a Hacker Helper wiki

[08:46] Glitteractica Cookie: the Lumia mini notepad/phone things are way cool

[08:47] bulaklak: Glitter has more info about that and how you can get involved with the Hacker Helper

[08:47] Ethelred Weatherwax: Does anybody use Windows *? Or a Windows phone?

[08:47] Sarvana Haalan: indeed

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, the hacker helper wiki is at

[08:47] Ethelred Weatherwax: *Windows 8

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: We need folks to edit this wiki. Tell us if we have your issue area covered properly.

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: Right now, we are focused on four issue areas

[08:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I have windows 8 on a PC and at Singularity, Nokia was a sponsor and have a Lumia phone – though still using my older Nokia for now

[08:48] Sarvana Haalan: ok… I was a guest a couple days ago… Questions: I can just add portions of information for a specific topic?

[08:48] bulaklak: We know you are all smart (and opinionated!) so please look it over and chime in if you see ways it could be more helpful

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: The point of the hacker helper wiki is to provide data for hackers when they build their app

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: So, please take a look, edit it, add links, and let us know, esp if you are a hacker, if this is helpful to you

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: and if you are aligned with one of the four issue areas we are covering, and we dont have data that you think represents your focus, let us know that too

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: Email me: if you have ay questions

[08:49] Sarvana Haalan: TB was not listed with HIV and malaria? Could info about the co-infection be added to wiki section

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: And above all, please share and spread the word

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: Sarvana, please email me that feedback. That’s exactly what we are looking for

[08:50] bulaklak: Sarvana is on a roll!

[08:50] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes 🙂

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: and if you have specific links, let us know those too. or, just add them yourself

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: The wiki is open to edit

[08:50] bulaklak: Okay, that’s all I’ve got for today! Thanks, folks, and enjoy the meeting!

[08:51] Sarvana Haalan: ok… I will be signed on to help with the HIV section 🙂

[08:51] bulaklak: Great!

[08:51] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks all, That’s all on my end too. Although if you want to RT to share the hackerhelper and the Win8 contest, look at the @netsquared twitter account or @caravanstudios twitter account

[08:51] Glitteractica Cookie: And more on Caravan Studios in the coming weeks

[08:51] Glitteractica Cookie: (Thanks Sarvana)

[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Thanks bulaklak and Glitteractica!




[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Now on to Mentor’s Central!

[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today for Mentor Central we have Zinia Zauber to speak, let’s welcome her up and please start whenever your ready.!

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!

[08:52] Gentle Heron: Go Zinnia.

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: I have this saying that picked flowers never grow.

[08:52] Buffy Beale: yay Z

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: In my state, you can not pick trliliums.

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: So, today!

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: I want to talk about Picks!

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: A pick is a location in a resident’s profile that they have chosen to display. Some Residents have used picks to display things other than locations, such as favorite snapshots. Each Resident can create up to 10 picks in their Profile.

[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: That is what the SL wiki says.

[08:54] Coughran Mayo: so it must be true

[08:54] Buffy Beale whispers: lol C

[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: When we look at people’s profiles, you can see info about them and their Picks.

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Do you use Picks to market what you are doing in virtual worlds?

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Last week, iSkye talked about Events.

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: And, I like to post Picks about events I am doing.

[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Sometimes I keep them there as a source of pride or to help market an org.

[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: In the newer viewer, you set your Picks under the Me menu.

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: You will find that it opens a window and if you click on the + you can add a new Pick!

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: The Pick will be a Landmark and you can add info and a photo.

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Do you like to look at other folks’ Profiles to get ideas of how you can participate more in SL?

[08:58] Gentle Heron: That, and how THEY participate!

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Yes!

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: I learn a lot about someone based on their Profile.

[08:59] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: And, their Picks are very telling.

[08:59] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Found some marvelous places through picks

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: Wonderful!

[08:59] Oronoque Westland: some picks reveal too much

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: lol

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: So true!

[08:59] Sarvana Haalan: lol

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: Well, I want to encourage you all to add some Picks to your profile.

[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: And, help everyone grow more and more here.

[09:00] Oronoque Westland: picks are great, just some need to be left for one’s personal aaccount, not the non-profit one

[09:00] Sarvana Haalan: I went over the limit I think…. LOL, LOL

[09:01] Gentle Heron: True, Oro, and remember that “personal messages” in your Picks also contain a LM, so people can TP right into your boudoir should you make one there with your newest flame.

[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: Yes, it is hard to be limited. But that is a chance for creative curation.

[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: hehe Gentle!

[09:01] Fido Fudo: Was that the voice of experience Gentle? ~Smiles~

[09:02] Zinnia Zauber: Please do some Pickin‘!

[09:02] Gentle Heron: Not personal experience, Fido.

[09:02] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you for letting me share!

[09:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Zinnia – Thanks for leading Mentors Central today!

[09:03] Oronoque Westland: great suggestion Zinnia, i.e. using picks for free promotions

[09:03] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!

[09:03] Zinnia Zauber: You know me, I love to turn on the spotlight!!




[09:03] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Let’s move on to our main presentation

[09:03] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Last week, we began a discussion on relevant future trends in technology, which included augmented reality, big data, crowdfunding and gamification. We didn’t get all the way through the topics we hoped to touch on, so consider this the part 2 of that.

[09:03] Sarvana Haalan: helps to direct traffic… smiles

[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We will be picking up, where we left off and will go over topics such as alternate input devices, 3D printing and the ‘internet of things’ and discuss how these innovations could be used for organizations.

[09:04] Buffy Beale: thanks Z

[09:04] Sarvana Haalan: wooot, the spotlight

[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Again, any one of these topics could be a full presentation – so this is really just a brief intro.

[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I invite you to all contribute with your comments as I go along and maybe this can also be a brainstorm session on thinking how these various technologies could be used to further your org’s mission or initiatives.

[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and feel free to take photos – since I will be doing a lot of typing

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: So lets continue with…


Internet of Things

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: The Internet of Things (sometimes shortened to IoT) is a wave in the connection of devices and objects that are able to connect to the internet, this is everything from a myriad of “smart” electronics, to new cars and even refrigerators.

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Anything with the capability to receive a wifi signal can use the power of the internet to add functionality and access info.

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: This means objects embedded with sensors gaining the ability to communicate and connect to the internet, or each other, through technologies such as wifi, bluetooth, mesh networks, etc.

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: In which you could possibly control everything in your homes and offices, from temperature, lighting and security to using devices to brew cups of coffee, program entertainment, check health records, and conduct a myriad of other tasks.

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: some ways for devices to connect:


 – home or mobile wifi connection

 – through bluetooth

 – through mesh networks


[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: If you are unfamiliar with what a mesh network is, a good example is the One Laptop per Child computers.

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: They could network with each other via self-creating a local mesh network and if at least one of the laptops within that cluster could connect to the internet, the others could utilize that connection through the chain of mesh connected laptops. 


This could allow a whole village of children to network with each other and collectively access the internet.

[09:07] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Some examples of network enabled devices being used for medical devices:

[09:07] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Sensors are being embedded in things like pacemakers to relay information back to health providers that can be analyzed.

[09:07] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Pill shaped micro cameras can be swallowed and send back thousands of images of the digestive track to help diagnose illness.

[09:07] Fido Fudo: wow

[09:08] CarmenLittleFawn: awesome

[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: There is also the using data gathering devices and services to measure and record.

[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Devices like Nike+, FitBit, Zeo, and even digital pedometers all are examples of this. There are phone apps you can download that can keep track of your physical level of movement, your temperature and vitals and devices like this are beginning to be used to help monitor and diagnose in remote areas of the world, where doctors might not be as readily available, but nurses or locals with some medical training can use.


[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: How this could relate to the virtual world:

[09:09] Sarvana Haalan: only your imagination limits you

[09:10] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You can also apply some of this here in a virtual world…

[09:10] Hour Destiny: Open source hardware like the Arduino and the LilyPad (for use in fabrics) is also growing.

[09:10] Rhiannon Chatnoir: If you had an internet enabled light switch, you could log onto a web or virtual interface, and turn off your lights in your virtual room, which would turn off your lights at home.

[09:10] Sarvana Haalan: think it, then build it

[09:11] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes Hour, we touched upon crowdsourcing last week.. if you search and Indiegogo you will see a lot of projectings looking for funding that are networed devices like these

[09:12] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other thoughts before I move on to the next topic 🙂

[09:12] Oronoque Westland: my in-laws were trapped in their car when the computer failed and it controlled the locks…some of thi quite frankly is scary, even though I love my PC

[09:13] Hour Destiny: I wish there was more opportunites for beta testing these things.

[09:13] Rhiannon Chatnoir: definitely safety in both operation and data security are important

[09:14] Rhiannon Chatnoir: lets move on…


Alternate Input Devices

[09:14] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We are all very familiar with the keyboard and mouse and how these are seen as standard devices to interface with your computer.

[09:14] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You use a mouse to move a cursor around a screen and a keyboard to type in input / data.

[09:14] Rhiannon Chatnoir: But there are more and more ways to interface with technology and the internet, including countless hardware and software interface technologies for those where a standard mouse or keyboard and mouse is not usable or the best option.

[09:15] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Enter the age of innovative game systems like the wii and xbox kinect that began using body movement as a mainstream way of interfacing with the games

[09:15] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and also the take off of tablet computers by Apple and others that allows position and movement of the device itself, as well as swiping and pinching gestures to control them.

[09:15] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Some types of interfaces:

– The mouse and keyboard

– audio input devices such as microphones and speech to text

– game controllers like Wii remotes, dance mats or other controllers

– Multi-touch screens (on devices such as iPads, mobile smartphones, etc)

Haptic devices

– Gestural interfaces, such as the Kinect

– Augmented reality devices 

– Brain-computer interface – meaning using your brain to control a device or computer. You think about moving something and it moves.


[09:15] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Uses for social or medical good:

[09:16] Hour Destiny: There’s a Windows version of Kinect.

[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Using alternate input devices for assistive technology – hardware or software solutions that allow users with mobility impairments to interact with a computer without using a standard mouse or keyboard.

[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Examples include speech recognition software, on-screen keyboards, word prediction software, scanners and switches, and other technologies that allow users to control computers with their head, eyes, breath, or feet.

[09:16] Fido Fudo: There is a lot of potential for that kind of technology to assist the disabled.

[09:17] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and I am sure Gentle or others from Virtual Ability can weigh in on that

[09:17] CarmenLittleFawn: mmhmm

[09:17] Rhiannon Chatnoir: There is also a wave of brain controlled input devices, headsets such as Emotiv and Neurosky that can be used to ‘think’ your input.

[09:18] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I’ve wondered how far along commercial eye tracking software for mouse/pointer control may be…

[09:18] Rhiannon Chatnoir: oops crashed but back

[09:19] Fido Fudo: wb

[09:19] Zinnia Zauber: Welcome Back!

[09:19] Hour Destiny: The Eye Mouse has been around for a long time.

[09:19] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Some really exciting potential in Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs)

[09:19] Rhiannon Chatnoir luckily has notes

[09:20] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Hour, Any sense of how effective it is in daily use?

[09:20] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes making accessible technology for the disabled and others has fueled a lot of innovation in alternate input devices

[09:20] Gentle Heron: Jerry, we have folks in our community who control their computers and their SL entirely with eye gaze. So for them, highly effective!

[09:20] Hour Destiny: IIRC, it works okay enough but people might feel self-conscious.

[09:21] Zinnia Zauber: Cool!

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and an example of a brain implanted chips/interface a quadriplegic woman gained full control of a robotic arm:

[09:21] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): That’s awesome, I need to check that out.

[09:21] Jen (jenelle.levenque): People get used to most anything

[09:21] Tori Landau: Oh wow, that’s brilliant

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: that is where input devices meets medicine

[09:21] Ozma Malibu: wow!!

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: amazing stuff 🙂

[09:21] CarmenLittleFawn: yes


[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: How this could relate to the virtual world:

[09:21] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I know that eye/gaze tracking has had military application for some time. Just didn’t know how much of that has made it to the consumer market.

[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I think alternate devices like the Wii and Kinect really made the consumer market really rethink things

[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: There have been explorations into using gestural devices like the Kinect to control your avatar and even hackable tools such as “Darwin remote” to use a Wii controller as a mouse to move your avatar around.

[09:23] Hour Destiny: One of the latest military jets allows pilots to change the info they get from their HUDs by looking in a different directions. It’s as though they can see through the side of the cockpit no matter the direction.

[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I have used this method at mixed reality events, you can get the ‘crowd’ to move the inworld avatar and camera view

[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: A recent example is an art installation, sponsored by the Linden Endowment for the Arts, using a Kinect to control avatar movement:….

[09:23] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Rhiannon, That development in implantable devices is really exciting when you consider merging this with wireless control capability…

[09:24] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes, connecting that concept of networked devices with this

[09:24] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and another interesting use in virtual worlds:

[09:24] Rhiannon Chatnoir: The artist/activist/professor Joseph Delappe also used a treadmill as an input device to embody the avatar of Gandhi and perform over a period of time a 240 mile march about Second Life by when he walked on the treadmill, his avatar walked in the virtual world.

[09:25] Rhiannon Chatnoir: he physically walked Gandhi’s march in real life and in the virtual

[09:25] Fido Fudo: wow

[09:25] CarmenLittleFawn: OM goodness love that

[09:25] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so let’s move on to the last topic for today –

[09:26] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I know we’re bouncing back and forth a bit in our focus, but here’s an interesting bit on gesture based interfaces I happened across recently:


3D Printing

09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: this one is a bit more physical that the others 🙂

[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Jerry

[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: 3D printing begins to democratize the process of manufacturing. 


Making fabrication available for the masses and bringing 3D data into the physical world.

[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Though it has been around for awhile in super-expensive, large industrial usage, now it has reached a point where you can buy your own home 3D printer and begin to experiment.

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We are starting to see 3D printing used for more medical applications as well, such as personalized prosthetics printed to exactly match and fit each person uniquely.

[09:27] Sarvana Haalan: much discussion and activity locally on 3-D printing

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I got to see one of the leg prosthetics designed for the wearer I met

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: There is also a lot of early implementation of using 3D printing for custom transplant structure and bone. Last year the first synthetic jaw that was custom designed and 3D printed was successfully surgically transplanted.

[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We have also seen large scale usage of 3D printers to print architectural structures and houses:


[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: An example of this being used in the nonprofit sector:

[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: There are nonprofits such as the Center for Greater Good ( that are beginning to work on developing pop up innovation centers around the world, where even a rural population could learn to engineer and print any needed components.

[09:28] Glitteractica Cookie: fascinating

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Also, museums are using 3D printing to replicate artifacts, fossils and other models in their collections. (a great webinar video from NMC on using 3D printing in museums:

[09:29] Jen (jenelle.levenque): With internet you could email a water pump then they could print it out and put it to work

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Autodesk is working with the Leaky family to bring their paleontological models to real life and even help calculate the rest of the bone structure and print a full model

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes


[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: How can 3D printing relate to the virtual world:

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Through sites like Shapeways ( virtual world artists and 3D builders have begun to make their virtual creation become real by printing them out in 3D.

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: One example is the early SL’er Seifert Surface who is also a PhD mathematician and professor who often built in Second Life geometric figures hard to imagine or see in the physical world.

[09:30] Hour Destiny: “Create your world in 3D with free 123D apps”

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: When sites like Shapeways began to pop up, he crossed over to using it, by exporting some of his models, cleaning them up in 3D software like Blender, and uploading them. 


Now you can buy a physical replica of some of his mathematic visualizations:

[09:31] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so something as intangible as a mathematical model, visualized in a virtual world, made real

[09:31] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and an example of an Avatar made real:

[09:31] Ozma Malibu: 3D printing has been used in art for a long time. Dan Collins, a professor at ASU, was one of the first & there was an international conference on 3D printing and art here in AZ this year.

[09:32] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes – it isn’t new per se.. just getting more affordable to use/explore the possibilities of

[09:32] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You can also view an example of the machinima maker Draxtor Despres offering up a 3D model of one of his machinima characters Flufee:

[09:32] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): A key facet of all this is that once an object can be digitized/converted into data, you gain the ability to adjust its design. Then you can send it to 3D printing device or service to have it created.


[09:32] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and Some Resources

 – Wikipedia article on 3D Printing:

 – a collection of free apps from Autodesk that you can use to create 3D models and even convert photos into 3D models (123D Catch)

 – Shapeways – a print on demand 3D printing store, you can also create your own shop of uploaded 3D models and offer up items for sale in your own store that people can order and shape ways will print.

 – MakerBot – a consumer grade 3D printer: (they also have a great sister site where people upload their 3D models and projects:

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: all of these are food for thought too if you are thinking on that Windows8 app contest

[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so to wrap up..


[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Some Overall Resources and Thoughts:


 – Nonprofit engagement and technology information / articles:

 – Upcoming trends can be found in NMC’s horizon report – which tracks, forecasts and publishes trends in the museum, education and technology space:

 – The think tank research company, McKinsey, that publishes reports on it’s future focused reports:


[09:34] Buffy Beale: I love New Media Consortium 🙂

[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: these are all interesting sites to read up on thoughts of Future Trends

[09:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and 


Don’t forget other current great technology trends like:

 – Cloud technology

 – mobile, smartphones and tablet platforms

 – crowd sourcing

 – geolocation

 – apps

 – social entrepreneurship

 – open education


[09:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Buffy, Yes. I only discovered them & their campus recently.

[09:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: These are all also important and great places to start brainstorming and implementing technology!

[09:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: And, keep in mind, the internet and technology are ever evolving, but hopefully this has been an overview that will be useful so that when you are reading, thinking and working on implementing technology plans for your org or other projects, you have a baseline of knowledge.

[09:35] Ethelred Weatherwax: It would be nice to get discounts on 3D printers from Tech Soup. Any chance of that happening?

[09:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Really liked their Horizons report.

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I think Makerbot has an educational/nonprofit discount they offer on their site

[09:36] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Rhiannon, Awesome overview!

[09:36] Ethelred Weatherwax: I will check it out

[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: Ethelred, I’m not sure but I can check with the bizdev folks

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks.. and feel free to investigate further and report back!

[09:36] Buffy Beale: Simply great info Rhi thanks!

[09:36] Hour Destiny: What about a Second Life version of a 3D printer so that people can see one and watch it “operate”?

[09:36] CarmenLittleFawn: yes 🙂 ty Rhiannon

[09:36] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Yes, really outstanding.

[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: I’m frankly not sure these are ready for primetime and that there’d be enough interest from the general nonprofit sector, but it doesn’t hurt to ask

[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: last week’s transcript on augmented reality, big data, crowdfunding and gamifcation is up on

[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yeah some of these are not at mass adoption yet for sure

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: though you are seeing things like the ‘internet of things’ pop up in a lot of apps that connect to network devices or control things, etc

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: but 3D printing still has a way to go before it is affordable to all like a home printer

[09:39] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Laser printers were very expensive when they first came out

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other last questions

[09:39] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Not to mention huge

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes – til then you can use a site like shapeways. com to print on demand

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: like the cafepress of 3D

[09:40] Oronoque Westland: the nonprofit sector can take the lead in assuring the positive social impact of these technologies

[09:40] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Wireless home security & monitoring is becoming mainstream. Companies like Logitech are already selling kits.

[09:40] Ethelred Weatherwax: MakerBot is $2,800 — half the price of Apple’s first laser printer 20+ years ago

[09:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: you can find the older Makerbots that were more like $500 used.. they upped their products recently and even opened up a phyiscal store in NY

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: their CEO Bre Pettis is even keynoting SxSW Interactive

[09:41] Hour Destiny: When they start showing up at nonprofit conferences, then they will have “arrived”.

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so there is a lot of eyes on where 3D printing is going

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes




[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Ok lets move on to Announcements

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: It’s time for Open Mic!

[09:41] Serene Jewell: There are many social issues that will spring up from these technologies – for example, if a device can monitor your health, your insurance company can raise your rates on a month by month basis if they think you are doing something unhealthy or spending time in an unhealthy neighborhood

[09:42] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I also think a 3D printer might be more relevant if your organization focuses on creation of helpful devices….

[09:42] Dancers Yao: Do you know if any of these new tech interface possibililites could be added to things like Shelter in a Box, for people who are homeless?

[09:42] Brena Benoir raises hand for Open Mic

[09:42] Rhiannon Chatnoir: not sure Dancers, but a good question.. maybe we can look into that

[09:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Ok Brena

[09:43] Gentle Heron also raises hand for Open Mic

[09:43] Dancers Yao: ok thanks

[09:43] Tori Landau raises hand too for Open Mic °͜°

[09:43] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): sorry, have to step away… afk

[09:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Brena ready when you are

[09:44] Brena Benoir: I’m going to a cut and paste here to make it easier

[09:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ok

[09:44] Brena Benoir: ABOUT ARTC (Achieving Recovery Through Creativity) and ART HOUSE: 

ARTC is an amazing RL program run by SL residents which helps children with substance abuse issues use creativity to learn to express themselves in positive ways, building a foundation for a successful life free of drugs and alcohol. ARTC has used the virtual world to showcase the kids’ RL artwork, which deals with some very serious topics. You can read more about the program here:

[09:45] Buffy Beale: wow nice one Brena

[09:45] Brena Benoir: Winter Nightfire is curating a fundraiser for a PFH ARTC program and this pertains the reason and purpose

[09:45] Brena Benoir: ART HOUSE and its unique contents can all be yours if you are one of 3 winners of the drawing! To enter, click on the art supplies next to the stage and make a 250L donation to ARTC, for which you will receive a special gift of art or decor for your home or favorite place in SL. You may enter as many times as you wish — your chances get better with each donation and the gift will be different the first 5 times you enter!

[09:46] Brena Benoir: Have a stroll through the house and reference the list of contributors and LMs you get when you arrive to find out where to get more art and housewares by these incredibly talented top creators of Second Life: Gwen Carrilon, Trill Zapatero, Luciella Lutrova, Fuschia Nightfire, Nina Camplin, Aruba De Cuir, Nathan Babcock, Samara Furse-Barzane, Rik Zwiers, Alba2 Rossini, Pitsch Parx (For UrbanizeD), Zinnia Zauber, Cat Boccacio, CoughranMayo, Milly Sharple, Dixmix Source, Eynlight, Winter Nightfire.

[09:46] Gentle Heron: ohhhhh some really good artists there

[09:46] Zinnia Zauber: Yay!

[09:46] Brena Benoir: The Lindens raised through this event will be turned into dollars and used to buy art supplies for the kids of ARTC, whose activities are also funded by Preferred Family Healthcare, a nonprofit organization in Missouri, USA. The premise is that anyone may enter to win the house and decor for a 250L donation to the program. When the donation is made, the entrant receives a gift of equivalent value, and his or her name will be put on a RL list kept by me and administrators of ARTC. From this list, the administrators (hopefully with help from some of the ARTC kids) will draw 3 names of entrants who win the whole home and its contents. The drawing will be videotaped and Youtubed so that everyone can see it is fair, legitimate, and fun.


Please send your friends to see this awesome collaboration on behalf of the kids of ARTC! There are lots of ways to take part in this month-long event: Gift tickets can be purchased (you can enter your friends too!), and you can come to the house and donate amounts other than 250, as well. Every Linden helps…Thank you for vising ART HOUSE, and Enjoy!



Winter Nightfire and ARTC

[09:46] Brena Benoir: sorry that last paragraph got cut off

[09:46] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Brena 🙂

[09:46] Sarvana Haalan: nice

[09:47] Serene Jewell: cool

[09:47] Brena Benoir: Opening mixer will be tomorrow from 12-3pm SLT if you would like to join us

[09:47] CarmenLittleFawn: nods , yes

[09:47] Chayenn: great brenna

[09:47] Brena Benoir: IM for an LM if interested please

[09:47] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): I have an announcement…

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Gentle your next

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Please join us! It is a wonderful cause with wonderful works!

[09:47] Gentle Heron: iSkye, who presented here last week, will expand her topic to Event Planning in a Nutshell.

[09:48] Gentle Heron: She presents TODAY at noon SLT

Virtual Ability (44,138,23)

Please join us to learn more details of creating a great party, class, or conference.

[09:48] Gentle Heron: (done)

[09:48] Zinnia Zauber: Excellent, Gentle!

[09:48] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Gentle

[09:48] CarmenLittleFawn: 🙂

[09:48] Buffy Beale: yay iSkye!

[09:48] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Tori

[09:49] Tori Landau: ok, ty Rhiannon….. OPen University’s Monday Meet…

[09:49] Tori Landau: *Mon 14th – Monday Meet at 1pm slt / 9pm GMT*

John Lester (SL: Pathfinder Lester (formerly Linden)) giving the talk, “To invent the future we must build dreams”.

[09:49] Tori Landau: This Meet will be in the communal room at Deep Think West.

SLurl: Deep Think West (73,45,24)

[09:49] Tori Landau: This is an updated version of the talk Pathfinder gave here a few months ago

[09:50] Tori Landau: and done °͜°

[09:50] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great and thanks Tori

[09:50] Sarvana Haalan: awesome!!

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Wonderful!

[09:50] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Carl your next…

[09:50] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): 9am SLT Tomorrow (Saturday) is the Netera Landar Chat on 3rd Rock Grid – I’m one of the Guests – I’ll address sustainable food choices, GMOs, plastics,…

Netera Landar Chat is a popular virtual talk show, I’m featured as a guest tomorrow 9am SLT on Studio Location: Reuben (232,218,23) (On 3rd Rock Grid!) My Humane Education essays are featured in our new virtual world cookbook

[09:50] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): okay done

[09:50] Buffy Beale: nice one Carl!

[09:50] Gentle Heron: Carl sure has been busy!

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Great, Carl!

[09:51] CarmenLittleFawn: nods

[09:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Carl

[09:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other announcements

[09:51] Tori Landau: Great Carl!

[09:51] Chayenn: yes i would like to add

[09:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: will there be a mentor’s meeting after this Zinnia

[09:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and sure Chayenn

[09:52] Chayenn: Wonder what trends will impact #nonprofits in 2013? @Huffingtonpost provides their insight:

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Mentors at 10!

[09:52] Chayenn: info for all non profits

[09:52] CarmenLittleFawn: thanks chayenn

[09:52] Buffy Beale: thanks Chay

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Cool Chayenn!

[09:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Chayenn.. good to add to today’s discussion 🙂

[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks everyone

[09:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so fi there is nothing else, we are done for this week

[09:53] Chayenn: GuideStar USA ‏@GuideStarUSA

Fiscal-Cliff tax deal expected to boost charitable giving via @Philanthropy:

[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: goodbye! see u all next week.


And again, Here are the many ways to can get involved with the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:


About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:



Thanks everyone and see you next week!

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir

“Future Trends in Tech” for the January 4th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 4th, NonProfit Commons will be featuring a discussion by our own community manager Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir in SL), who will be presenting an overview and sharing insights on exciting trends in technology. We will explore topics such as crowdfunding, gamification, big data, alternate input devices, augmented reality and 3D printing and discuss how these innovations could be used for organizations. 

Join us in Second Life and share your thoughts on innovations in tech!


Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, January 4th, 8:30 AM SLT / PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater



  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central
  • 8:55 am Featured Presentation: Future Trends in Technology
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir

Transcript for August 31 NPC Meeting – The Power of Encouragement with Ruthe Farmer of The National Center for Women & IT

“The Power of Encouragement – it’s free, it’s easy, & it works” with Ruthe Farmer / Allene Sideways of The National Center for Women & IT for August 31 Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
August 31, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

8:30 AM Introductions
8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements
8:45 AM Mentors Central
8:55 The Power of Encouragement – it’s free, it’s easy, & it works with Ruthe Farmer / Allene Sideways of The National Center for Women & IT
9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements

– Unabridged Transcript –


[08:31] Zinnia Zauber: Welcome everyone to the Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting!

[08:31] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Hi Zinnia, thanks

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Hi there!

[08:32] APPLAUSE: A Hearty round of applause bursts from the crowd

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is
sponsored by TechSoup Global.
[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: We are so happy you have joined us today!

[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: It is also a program of the TechSOup
Global Community and social media team

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Let me share our Agenda for today!

[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: (meaning, we not only sponsor it, we are
in it) 😉

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: 8:30 AM Introductions

8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements

8:45 AM Mentors Central

8:55 The Power of Encouragement – it’s free, it’s easy, & it works
with Ruthe Farmer / Allene Sideways of The National Center for Women &

9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements
[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Yes, thank you Glitter.
[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: Let me also share a bunch of links with you as well.
[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons Blog:




Google Group:

Google Calendar:
[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:
[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: So we like to start off with Introductions!

[08:35] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL Remora (203,148,21),
Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Please state your real name, location, org, and
ways we can find you online.

[08:35] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women

[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Our transcript is made public.

[08:35] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare,
Kirksville, Missouri, @brenabenoir

[08:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Jerry Buchko | Counselor, Coach, &
Tutor of Personal Finance in Private Practice | | @jerrybuchko

[08:35] Lyssa (janlyssa.serenity): Lyssa Rowan, Job
Accommodation Network, @JANatJAN

[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities
and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko

[08:35] Par (parhelion.palou): Bilbo Baggins, north of Baltimore, MD,
generic volunteer, no twitter, no website

[08:35] Chayenn: monique Richert, protect Yourself 1, Inc., Baltimore
, Maryland,,, @PY1US

[08:35] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA

[08:35] Allene Sideways: Ruthe Farmer, National Center for Women & IT, @ruthef

[08:35] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American
Veterans Association, Akron, OH,,!/TAVAUS

[08:36] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): Deborah Tucker – What’s In Your Lunch Box?

[08:36] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Inc. Los Angeles, Ca
Health Care and Human Rights

[08:36] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, Senior Manager Online Community and
Social Media TechSoup Global,, San Francisco, USA
@MichaelDeLongSF @TechSoup

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: If you join us late, please still introduce yourself!

[08:36] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): Ricky Davis, San Antonio Health advocate and believer that music
heals aka DJ

[08:36] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup,
SF, Ca. @TechSoup, @alebez

[08:36] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan Tenby, Online Community and Social
Media Director, TechSoup global @suzboop @techsoup @npsl

[08:36] Andy Evans: Andy Evans, First Opinions Panel in SL; Social
Research Foundation, New York, NY

[08:36] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.
gives you access to our blog, Twitter, and Facebook

[08:36] Allene Sideways: I’m also @csedweek &

[08:36] Biji Mornington: BJ Wishinsky, formerly Anita Borg Institute
for Women & Technology. Currently consulting at TechSoup and Palo Alto
Open Space. @leapingwoman

[08:37] Allene Sideways: OMG Hi BJ!

[08:37] Biji Mornington: Hi, Ruthe!

[08:37] Tori Landau: Patricia Dean, volunteer event coordinator for
Open University sim in SL, Deep Think. I’m in the UK. Open University

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: It is so great to see you all!

[08:38] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): xbox gamer tag Dyverse
Steele @dyverse_steele facebook ricky.g.davis

[08:38] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org – technology outreach
to those who would not otherwise have access – Arizona, Mexico and On
the Road

[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: Do you have friends you want to invite to our meeting?

[08:39] Sarvana Haalan: Sally Cherry, NPSL cheerleader :-), Baltimore,

[08:39] BELOVEDROX: Roxy Rocker National Service Inclusion Project

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: You are always welcome to invite other groups
to our meetings!
[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: You can send them a note through your group
chat with the SLURL.
[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: We are trying to encourage others to join us
for these great meetings.
[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you all for introductions and sharing with people!

TechSoup Announcements

[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: Okay!
[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: It is time for TechSoup Announcements!

[08:41] bulaklak: Hi, folks! Thanks, Zinnia.
[08:41] bulaklak: We are excited to announce the official launch of
our local impact map

[08:41] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): hello! 🙂

[08:41] Zinnia Zauber: YAY!

[08:41] bulaklak: the local impact map allows you to visually explore
the positive impact of programs promoted and supported by TechSoup and
its donor partners around the world.

[08:41] Buffy Beale: Nice one!

[08:41] bulaklak: We have a couple great stories from the NPC community
[08:42] bulaklak: The Love Foundation and Elder Voices

[08:42] Zinnia Zauber: Wonderful!

[08:42] Sarvana Haalan: wooot, woot!!!

[08:42] bulaklak: Here is a link to the map so you can check it out:

[08:43] Dancers Yao: thank you we really appreciate this

[08:43] bulaklak: And we will continue to add stories to the map
ongoing so if you have an idea send it to

[08:43] Buffy Beale: looking great bulaklak

[08:43] Biji Mornington: So cool. Congrats on the launch!

[08:43] bulaklak: Thanks!
[08:43] bulaklak: Is anyone from the Love Foundation or Elder Voices here today?
[08:44] bulaklak: Okay, well next up we’d love to have your help with
a short survey.

[08:44] Dancers Yao: yes we thank you

[08:44] Zinnia Zauber: Dancers is

[08:44] Gentle Heron: Dancers is from Elder Voices.

[08:45] Dancers Yao: here from Elder Voices

[08:45] bulaklak: Oh, great!
[08:45] bulaklak: Just wanted to give you a special thanks for
contributing to the map.

[08:45] Zinnia Zauber: Rah Dancers!

[08:46] bulaklak: So TechSoup is interested in how nonprofits,
libraries, and other organizations provide internet and computer
access for their communities

[08:46] Dancers Yao: and thanks again to Zinnia and Gentle for their
encouragement to tell this story

[08:46] Glitteractica Cookie: We’d love to feature as many nonprofits
from this community as we can, especially those that are not in the
US! (although all of you who are with NPOs are welcome to get in

[08:47] bulaklak: This is a *very* short survey so please take a few
moments to fill it out so we can learn how your orgs are providing
[08:47] bulaklak: Or even if your org is just thinking about providing
computer or internet access to its community
[08:47] bulaklak: Here is the link:

[08:47] Sarvana Haalan: In Baltimore, they are working to turn the
“closed” rec centers into Tech center.

[08:48] Gentle Heron: Cool idea Sarvana!

[08:48] Sarvana Haalan: *centers for the communities
[08:49] Sarvana Haalan: I will share the link with the Baltimore Unwired team

[08:49] bulaklak: Lastly, I wanted to share a new member spotlight we
have on the Community homepage of The Community homepage
is a hub for our online community including the help forums and our
[08:49] bulaklak: The latest member we are shining a spotlight on is
Amazon Watch. They do pretty amazing work.
[08:49] bulaklak: Here is the link to the spotlight:
[08:50] bulaklak: And that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks and have a
great meeting and great weekend!

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie:

[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Super!

[08:50] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Thanks bulaklak that was very interesting

[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Any other news from TechSoup?

[08:51] bulaklak: None from me!

[08:51] alebez: I think that’s it, z

Mentor Central

[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: Super!
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you guys!
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: Okay! Mentor Central!
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: So, I thought today I would give you guys homework.

[08:51] Sarvana Haalan: Wooot Mentor Central!!!!

[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: If you know me, you know I love to give homework.

[08:52] Sarvana Haalan: We love home work…. hehe

[08:52] Gentle Heron: Go Zinnia!

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: We often talk about how we use SL as professionals.

[08:52] Sarvana Haalan: 🙂

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: And, we use it for work.
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Our avatar is how we connect with people.
[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: How many of you are connected with your avatar?

[08:53] Jen (jenelle.levenque): I think I am, but not quite sure what you mean

[08:53] Gentle Heron: absolutely I am!

[08:53] Sarvana Haalan: I am, I think 🙂

[08:53] BELOVEDROX: I Am !

[08:53] Biji Mornington: I’m with Jen on this!

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: Your avatar is a visual representation of you
and your professional reputation. Your avatar must communicate your
enthusiasm, openness, and mission to tap those productive, emotional
interactions and encourage participation that online communities
utilize as a form of personal branding and real influential guidance.

[08:54] Tilly-Floss (hjeidi): umbilically attached

[08:54] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): my server connection to my avatar
seems a bit laggy today, otherwise ok i guess… 😉

[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: Efficiently build credibility by embodying your
best self though your Authentic Avatar. Discover how to create an
expressive, consistent, and unique appearance and animations that
articulates your genuine motivation, fosters confidence, and to
differentiate you, your cause, and your business from other avatars.

[08:54] Tori Landau: I am both in that I feel she is me and that since
earlier this year my real identity is also now linked to my avatar

[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: Excellent!
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: So, here is your homework…

[08:54] Sarvana Haalan: Jerry, I am lagging here today also

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Please review my slide show from the workshop I did at
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Here is the link
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber:…

[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: I want you to please take the time to review.
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Please think about how you can define your mission.

[08:57] Biji Mornington: thanks, Zinnia. i REALLY need that!

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: How does that sound?
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Can you guys do it?

[08:57] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): Excellent!

[08:57] BELOVEDROX: Great!

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you for letting me give you some
homework, and let’s be our best selves in here!

[08:57] Buffy Beale: nice one Z and lol on my big pic in one of the slides

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Yes!
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Buffy you are one of my stars
[08:58] Buffy Beale: Zinnia made my skin btw
[08:58] Buffy Beale: awww ty Z

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: 🙂
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: You can see, that Zinnia looks like me, Renne.
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: But we don’t all have to look like ourselves.
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: just be ourselves.
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Okay! Thank you!

[08:59] Sarvana Haalan: Zinnia and Renne are stars!

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: aww, thanks Sar!

The Power of Encouragement – it’s free, it’s easy, & it works with Ruthe Farmer / Allene Sideways of The National Center for Women & IT

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: It is time for our speaker!
[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: Allene can you join me up here please?

[08:59] Sarvana Haalan: I truly to be my outgoing networking self…

[09:00] Buffy Beale: cheering for Allene!!!

[09:00] Sarvana Haalan: Welcome Allene

[09:00] Gentle Heron applauds for Allene.

[09:00] Allene Sideways: THanks!
[09:00] Allene Sideways: hi everyone

[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: I want you all to meet Ruthe Farmer / Allene Sideways.
[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at
the National Center for Women & IT, an organization seeking to
increase women’s meaningful participation in computing and information

[09:00] Sarvana Haalan: Wooot, wooot Allene

[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: She is the driving force behind the NCWIT Award
for Aspirations in Computing, a nationwide program for high school
young women interested in technology and is the Chair of Computer
Science Education Week 2012.

[09:00] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): YAH!

[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: Ruthe was formerly the national manager of STEM
education at Girl Scouts of the USA and holds an MBA in Social
Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School
and part of her masters’ research including methods and results in
Second Life.

[09:01] Sarvana Haalan: interesting…

[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: And, we went to undergrad together! I am so
proud to have her here today!
[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: Please take it away!

[09:01] Biji Mornington: Ruthe is a ROCK STAR of gender inclusion in
tech. Seriously!

[09:01] Allene Sideways: Thanx Renne!

[09:01] Jen (jenelle.levenque): I really hate to, but RL is demanding
me for another meeting

[09:01] Allene Sideways: & BJ
[09:01] Allene Sideways: Greetings, my name is Ruthe Farmer & I
represent the National Center for Women & IT and Computer Science
Education Week.
[09:01] Allene Sideways: I’ve been working in the gender & technology
world since 2001 when I joined the Girl Scouts as a STEM Program

[09:02] Glitteractica Cookie: Welcome

[09:02] Allene Sideways: I’m extremely passionate about equity for
women and girls and feel that meaningful participation of women in
technology is crucial to their economic security as well as the
quality of the technological innovations we create moving forward.
We can only imagine how the technical world will look once women have
an equal seat at the table. BTW SL has really great gender numbers in
terms of users.

[09:02] Allene Sideways: Slide 2
So why computer science?
[09:02] Allene Sideways: As you know it is Creative – Computing offers
the opportunity to create new technologies and imagine new worlds. If
you are a creative person – CS is a great way to use that in a career.
[09:02] Allene Sideways: It allows you to Solve Problems – no other
time in history has offered so much opportunity to have global impact.
Through technology we can address the great challenges of our time –
poverty, hunger, disease, space exploration. Individuals can make a
massive impact on the world.
[09:03] Allene Sideways: Scholarships – LOTS of scholarship money out
there for students interested in CS
Salaries – Computing jobs start around 60K for a new graduate and
median salaries are over 100K and…
[09:03] Allene Sideways: There are lots of Jobs – the US DOL predicts
1.4M new computing jobs by 2018 and right now there are two open jobs
in computing for every qualified person.
[09:03] Allene Sideways: Frankly the US needs more people in the
field. We live in an information economy that runs on technology, yet
our current educational pipeline will only produce 29% of the workers
needed to fill these jobs.

[09:04] Allene Sideways: Slide 3
So why is this a problem? The US has changed from a
farming/manufacturing economy to an information economy. Yet our
schools are essentially teaching the same curriculum that was
established in the late 1800’s – before modern technology existed.
[09:04] Allene Sideways: Computer science/technology is NOT a core
curricular course, it often does not count towards a math or science
graduation requirement, and is usually an elective course – competing
with art, music and languages. There is also a shortage of teachers
qualified to teach computing courses and no certification required.
[09:04] Allene Sideways: The National Center for Women & IT and
Computer Science Education Week are both working to address this
issue, seeking to improve the inclusion of women in the field and
increasing access to computing education for all students.

[09:05] Allene Sideways: Slide 4
One intervention we are really excited about is the NCWIT Aspirations
in computing program. This program identifies interested high school
girls and gives them the support and encouragement to continue.

[09:05] 01 Hifeng: seriously?? computer science isn’t mandatory in
american schools? wow

[09:05] Allene Sideways: Since 2007 we have inducted over 1500 young
women into this community and we are on target to recognize an
additional 1000 annually from here on out. The outcomes of this
program have been tremendous: 88% of participants enroll in a
traditionally male-dominated STEM major with 64% of girls majoring in
computer science.
[09:05] Allene Sideways: Yes, only 24% of US HS even offer it.

[09:05] 01 Hifeng: wow

[09:06] Allene Sideways: And over 80% of participants report sharing
about the program or computing in general with younger girls.

[09:06] Allene Sideways: Slide 5
We now have 55 local affiliate programs that serve girls around the
country in addition to a national level program. Girls are selected
and recognized locally, connecting them to peers as well as the
universities they might attend and companies where they might intern.

[09:06] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (@01 Hilfeng – I don’t think
computers are even mandatory in American schools… 😉

[09:06] Allene Sideways: At the same time all participants are invited
to an online community of peers which provides support, encouragement,
and connections to scholarships, jobs and opportunities.
[09:06] Allene Sideways: Applications for this year begin on 9/15/12
and all the info can be found at

[09:07] Allene Sideways: Slide 6
Our evaluation shows that the small act of recognizing and encouraging
a girl’s talents really works. Girls report feeling more confident in
their tech skills, being more excited, and feeling less afraid.
[09:07] Allene Sideways: A favorite girl quote: “The experience for
applying for this award was a little doubtful at first, but eventually
I realized my experience in technology was noteworthy enough.”

[09:08] Biji Mornington: love that quote!

[09:08] Allene Sideways: BJ is familiar with this program
[09:08] Allene Sideways: Me too – heartstrings

[09:08] Allene Sideways: So on to encouragement – Slide 7
A colleague told me a story about her freshmen Intro to CS course –
that she took only because she couldn’t get into a different class.
She had intended to major in econ.
[09:08] Allene Sideways: Then her professor wrote on one of her exams
“Great job. Do you have a major? Come see me.” That small act of
encouragement changed her life and cost the professor nothing but the
effort to write it.
[09:09] Allene Sideways: There is significant power in words,
especially from an outside trusted source (i.e. not a parent). The
simple act of overly recognizing a student’s potential goes a long,
long way.
[09:09] Allene Sideways: When I speak to young people, I talk about
encouragement and promotion. I recommend they encourage THEMSELVES and
peers. It is easy, costs little and can only help.
[09:09] Allene Sideways: I also recommend they promote themselves and
promote others – so when an opportunity comes up – nominate yourself
or a friend. “Hey, my friend Jasmine is a great programmer, you should
put her on the team.”
[09:09] Allene Sideways: This is how the world works, how networks are
created and teams are built. I am working hard to encourage girls to
step up and ask for the opportunities they want and deserve – or
create them.

[09:10] Allene Sideways: Slide 8
Please check out and share with any young
women or teachers you know.

[09:10] Biji Mornington: quotable Ruthe Farmer: “There is significant
power in words, especially from an outside trusted source”

[09:10] Allene Sideways: Also, mark your calendar for Computer Science
Education Week 2012 – December 9-15 in honor of the birthday of
Admiral Grace Murray Hopper – the mother of computing. There are lots
of free activities and resources at
[09:11] Allene Sideways: Great quote from Admiral Hopper = “Be good
ships, a ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are
meant for. Go out and do new things.”

[09:11] Gentle Heron: YAY Grace Hopper!

[09:11] Allene Sideways: Thanks for having me and feel free to contact
me for more info. I’m happy to take some questions if we have time.

[09:11] Zinnia Zauber: Wonderful!

[09:12] Buffy Beale: Applauding!!

[09:12] Zinnia Zauber: We do have time!

[09:12] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Awesome! 😀

[09:12] Allene Sideways: Great!

[09:12] Zinnia Zauber: Does anyone have questions?

[09:12] Gentle Heron: QUESTION- Allene, for non educators, what’s one
most important thing we can do to promote girls in computing?

[09:12] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): Thank you so much Allene. I will
follow up because I want to become involved with you to support.

[09:12] Buffy Beale: great question Gentle

[09:12] Allene Sideways: If you see that a girl has interest or
aptitude – encourage her. T
[09:13] Allene Sideways: There are tons of free, online resources and
things to play with to get your feet wet.

[09:13] Buffy Beale: Question: Is there any outreach to other
countries or is this specific to the US?

[09:13] Ozma Malibu: Yes, thanks! I have noticed that the new Common
Core standards have moved toward including technology and engineering
as part of science, and that writing includes technical writing, so
there are a lot of other people who see the need in the US for
computer science in schools.

[09:13] Allene Sideways: for smaller kids
[09:13] Allene Sideways: for MS and HS and
[09:13] Allene Sideways: Also the just released MS
programming modules
[09:14] Allene Sideways: Also, make sure young women understand how
much good they can do through technology.

[09:14] BELOVEDROX: Thank you , what a great program. How are you
marketing to young female students with disabilities? What types of
accommodations have you provided?

[09:14] Allene Sideways: Girls are socialized to be in the “helping
professions”, yet most people don’t realize how much good can be done
through tech

[09:15] Sarvana Haalan: Indeed

[09:15] Biji Mornington: also

[09:15] Gentle Heron: oh good point there Allene.

[09:15] Allene Sideways: We market through the NCWIT K-12 Alliance
which includes K-12 orgs that serve girls both formal and informal
[09:15] Allene Sideways: I also pretty much spam everyone I can.

[09:15] Biji Mornington: and

[09:16] Allene Sideways: I had a girl from Boston who was a super
rockstar and would have won just on that. We didn’t know she was blind
until her teacher mentioned it.
[09:16] Allene Sideways: If you are looking to highlight young women
with disabilities achieving in tech, I can connect you to several of
the girls in our program
[09:17] Allene Sideways: But I’d welcome any connections to networks
that serve underserved groups!

[09:17] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): Great

[09:17] Allene Sideways: Another great resource is

[09:18] Biji Mornington: @belovedrox check out
re initiatives to engage people with disabilities and underrepresented
minorities in computing/IT careers

[09:18] Allene Sideways: they are a collaborative of girls/STEM
programs nationwide and a great way to find the small grass roots
efforts in your community

[09:18] BELOVEDROX: Great . Connect with me Allene

[09:18] Allene Sideways: I’m coming to Baltimore for the Grace Hopper
conf next month!

[09:18] Biji Mornington: Allene/Ruthe – I think your know CMD-IT
(Valerie Taylor’s nonprofit)

[09:19] Allene Sideways: Yes, I know Valerie
[09:19] Allene Sideways: She is an NCWIT member.

[09:19] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): Me too…

[09:19] Biji Mornington: another rock star!

[09:19] Allene Sideways: NCWIT is an organization of change leaders
working together on this issue.
[09:20] Allene Sideways: We love to connect and are hoping to build as
big a community as is needed to get to gender parity.

[09:20] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): Yahoo! and YAHS!

[09:20] Allene Sideways: We plan to go out of business. This shouldn’t
be an issue at all. 🙁

[09:20] Gentle Heron nods

[09:20] Allene Sideways: Any more questions?

[09:20] Zinnia Zauber: Question: How do we lead by example to
encourage more of this dialog?
I know when I was in HS and college I was the only girl in my
architecture and computer classes. And, people are always surprised
when they take my computer classes, they seem to start with “Oh, you
are the instructor!”

[09:21] Allene Sideways: First, if you have young women in your
classes, pay attention to how they are doing.
[09:21] Allene Sideways: Don’t call them out as special, but make sure
they are being included.
[09:22] Allene Sideways: It is helpful to just inform people. Most are
unaware of the issue and conflate using computers with creating
[09:23] Allene Sideways: I’ve had conversations w/ businessmen on the
plane who say “what about women in technology” when I tell them what I
[09:23] Allene Sideways: Most people just aren’t aware of the problem.
[09:23] Allene Sideways: but consider this: MOST of the technical
world around is being built w/o the input of 1/2 the population
[09:23] Allene Sideways: this is a problem
[09:24] Allene Sideways: First, because we aren’t getting the best
solutions possible (the first VM hung up on female voices bc it hadn’t
been designed by any women or tested w/ women)

[09:24] Biji Mornington: wow

[09:25] Allene Sideways: Second, we aren’t addressing the full suite
of problems that need to be solved because the design team is not
representative of the population

[09:25] Zinnia Zauber: Question: Are there more women using virtual
worlds and social media?

[09:25] Allene Sideways: Yes, social media has a lot of women and last
I heard SL was more than 40%
[09:25] Allene Sideways: could be different now
[09:26] Allene Sideways: We are excited about social media as a
possible avenue of women to move into tech jobs

[09:26] Biji Mornington: There are tons of experienced women in social
media and yet the men are still dominant as “the experts”

[09:26] Zinnia Zauber: Question: Could you please share with us your
biggest takeaway from your research in Second Life?

[09:26] Allene Sideways: also, social media is becoming more
sophisticated and demands more technology as it moves into mobile and
whatever comes next
[09:27] Allene Sideways: I have a team of 31 girls building a mobile
social app to connect tech minded young women
[09:27] Allene Sideways: It is an Android – they will be presenting it
at next month

[09:27] Zinnia Zauber: Super!
[09:28] Zinnia Zauber: Did you see my last question, Ruthe?

[09:28] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): indeed!

[09:28] Allene Sideways: Thanks everyone for the warm welcome

[09:28] Dancers Yao: wonderful work thank you

[09:28] Zinnia Zauber: Question: Could you please share with us your
biggest takeaway from your research in Second Life?
[09:28] Zinnia Zauber: We can end on this if that is okay.

[09:28] Allene Sideways: Yes, we interviewed faculty from Univ that
were using SL for educ purposes
[09:29] Allene Sideways: Two things were really salient
[09:29] Allene Sideways: SL is a great platform for people with disabilities

[09:29] Gentle Heron: Yes, in some ways!

[09:29] Allene Sideways: both for research by researchers w/
disabilities and to mitigate bias
[09:30] Allene Sideways: Also, at CU Boulder they are teaching CS 101
for nonmajors using SL and LSL
[09:30] Allene Sideways: they have seen the class grow from 20
students to 90 students
[09:30] Allene Sideways: and it is now 40% female
[09:31] Allene Sideways: I think there is something about the creative
aspect of building in 3D that attracts a more diverse student

[09:31] Zinnia Zauber: I totally agree!

[09:31] Allene Sideways: Thanks so much y’all!

[09:31] Zinnia Zauber: Wow, this has been wonderful!
[09:31] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you so much!

[09:31] Gentle Heron: Thank you Allene.

[09:31] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): Cheers. Thank you. So glad to be here!

[09:32] Zinnia Zauber: This is a lot for us to think about and share, right?

[09:32] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Yes, thank you.

[09:32] Buffy Beale: Cheering! great persentation thank you!

[09:32] Tori Landau: Agree re. the building in 3d and thank you so
much for the talk Allene, been very enlightening about the situation
in the USA

[09:32] Sarvana Haalan: Yes…. I just invited Grasshopper, a colleague

[09:33] Zinnia Zauber: Please remember to get your laptop up front.

[09:33] Biji Mornington: Yay, Ruthe! See you on the outside 😉

[09:33] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you very much, Ruthe!

[09:33] Sarvana Haalan: Thank you!!!!

Open Mic / Announcements

[09:33] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, it is time for Open Mic!
[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: Does anyone have announcements?

[09:34] Ozma Malibu: In the early days there was much concern because
in afterschool programs, it was the boys who wanted to use the
computers. But it was also clear that as soon as there was something
to DO with the computers that girls found interesting, they’d be just
as excited, and so it turned out. Hopefully this will continue at
higher levels of education & on. But if girls don’t learn to program,
they won’t be able to work on every level of creating the programs
that they find interesting.

[09:34] Ozma Malibu: sorry one more comment for Ruthe 🙂

[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: That is great, Ozma!
[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: If no one has announcements, I am sure we can
continue our inquiry about what Allene / Ruthe shared.

[09:36] Biji Mornington: shameless self-promotion: I’m looking for
nonprofit online community work/consulting if anyone needs help
outside SL.

[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: The Mentors are still looking for volunteers to
help with the Nonprofit Commons 5th year celebration. Please join them
after this meeting to discuss.
[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, Biji, thank you.
[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: Anyone else with announcements?

[09:37] Allene Sideways: If anyone would like to be a virtual judge
for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing go to
and click volunteer

[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: Great!

[09:37] Allene Sideways: oops

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Other announcements?

[09:38] Allene Sideways: works too

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: super!
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: A reminder of other ways to
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Join us inworld:

NPC Weekly Meeting on Fridays, 8:30 – 10 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

NPC Mentors Meeting: Fridays, 10:10 – 11 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

Wharf Ratz Tuesday Night Extraordinary Dance Extravaganza, Every
Tuesday 7 – 9 PM SLT Preferred Family Healthcare on Aloft, Aloft
Nonprofit Commons (168,223,22)

CommonGround – Color Themed Monthly Networking Event on 3rd Thursday,
5 – 7 PM SLT CommonGround on Aloft, Aloft Nonprofit Commons (59,68,25)

[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: I also want to say thank you to the TechSoup
Team for having me be the Community Manager for these few months. And,
thank you to all of you for your support while I did the job. It has
been a honor working with you all!

[09:40] Allene Sideways: Great job Zinnia

[09:40] Glitteractica Cookie: you’ve been great!!

[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, Allene!

[09:40] Deytiri Tukan (wiylbox): Terrific, Z.

[09:40] Gentle Heron: Good job, Zinnia.

[09:41] Ronnie Rhode: You’re awesome Zin!

[09:41] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Thanks, Zinn.

[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: I love to encourage folks, point at them, and
tell them what to do. So this has been super!

[09:41] Dancers Yao: yes just great…are you continuing this position?

[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Any more questions for Ruthe before we end the meeting?

[09:41] Brena Benoir: Thanks for your support and encouragement for
the community as well Zinnia!

[09:41] Buffy Beale: you do a great job Z!

[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: Rhiannon will be your new Community Manager.
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: She starts right away!

[09:42] Buffy Beale: Wow Z that’s great but we need to give you a party 🙂

[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Aww, let’s do it Sept 21!

[09:43] Buffy Beale: ok sounds good

[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Okay!

[09:44] Ronnie Rhode: Great idea

[09:44] Ozma Malibu: So it’s decided, the Sept 21 party is ALSO in
honor of Zinnia.

[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Let’s have a big group hug today for a photo!

[09:44] Ronnie Rhode: Three cheers for Zinnia!

[09:44] Gentle Heron smiles.

[09:44] APPLAUSE: A Hearty round of applause bursts from the crowd
[09:44] APPLAUSE: A Hearty round of applause bursts from the crowd
[09:44] APPLAUSE: A Hearty round of applause bursts from the crowd

[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Aww, I just mean we have a party then! Thank you Ozma!

[09:44] APPLAUSE: A Hearty round of applause bursts from the crowd

[09:44] Buffy Beale: lol group hug time yayy

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: Please join me up front for the group hug!

[09:45] Ozma Malibu: Z..whose enthusiasm carried the summer and
sparked the BD party!

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: Click on the white disk to sit on it

[09:45] Sarvana Haalan: sorry… I crashed

[09:45] Ronnie Rhode: Yeah Ozma!

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you all for this great meeting!

[09:46] Sarvana Haalan: What did I miss? White disk?

[09:46] Brena Benoir: click on the white disk at the bottom

[09:46] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Allene for this super talk!

[09:46] alebez: i have to run z! you’re awesome! and thanks everyone
for a wonderful meeting!

[09:46] Tilly-Floss (hjeidi): ty 😀

[09:46] Zinnia Zauber: The Mentors meet at 10!

[09:47] Par (parhelion.palou): Camming in from the top is the best bet now

[09:47] Gentle Heron: If you are having trouble seeing the white disk
to click on it, try looking from overhead.

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons Blog:




Google Group:

Google Calendar:

About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:

[09:47] Sarvana Haalan: no more space

[09:47] Tori Landau: i managed a sneaky click between someone’s legs °͜°

[09:47] Allene Sideways: bye every
[09:47] Allene Sideways: one

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Please join the group hug

[09:47] Allene Sideways: thatnks

[09:47] Par (parhelion.palou): Bye Allene

[09:47] Chayenn: have to go , have all a nice week end everyone Hugs

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Bye Allene thank you!

[09:47] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): bye alebez

[09:47] Tori Landau: Bye Allene!

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Take care everyone!

[09:48] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): bye Allene

[09:48] Brena Benoir: Bye to those leaving, have a great and safe
holiday weekends

[09:48] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): you too, Brena 🙂

[09:48] Tori Landau: bye everyone, see you next Fri °͜°

[09:48] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): bye Tori

[09:48] Buffy Beale: byee

[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: I love this group hug thingy!

– End of Line –

Written by: Zinnia Zauber

“The Power of Encouragement” with Ruthe Farmer / Allene Sideways of The National Center for Women & IT for August 31 NPC Meeting

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
August 31, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

On Friday, August 31, Ruthe Farmer will share how the Power of Encouragement can improve participation in the computer sciences and change the world. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the National Center for Women & IT, an organization seeking to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing and information technology. She is the driving force behind the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, a nationwide program for high school young women interested in technology and is the Chair of Computer Science Education Week 2012. Ruthe was formerly the national manager of STEM education at Girl Scouts of the USA and holds an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School and part of her masters’ research including methods and results in Second Life.


8:30 AM Introductions

8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements

8:45 AM Mentors Central

8:55 The Power of Encouragement – it’s free, it’s easy, & it works with Ruthe Farmer / Allene Sideways of The National Center for Women & IT

9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements

Written by: Zinnia Zauber

Transcript for July 20 Nonprofit Commons Meeting- Universal Design for Learning Spaces in VW with Blu Heron

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
July 20, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

8:30 AM Introductions
8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements
8:45 AM Mentors Central
9:55 Universal Design for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds with Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy of the International Society for Technology (ISTE)
9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements

Thank you Ozma for the chatlog!

– Unabridged Transcript –


[08:31] Glitteractica Cookie: Good morning all

[08:32] CarmenLittleFawn: GM everybody 🙂

[08:32] Zotarah Shepherd: Good morning

[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: Zinnia is not here today, so we are going to lead the meeting

[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: Let’s get started in the usual fashion.

[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: Welcome to the nonprofit commons in Second Life meeting, brought to you by us, TechSoup Global!

[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: Please say your real name, nonprofit affiliation, location that you are sitting in the physical world, URL, twitter handle (if ou tweet) and anything else you’d like to add

[08:33] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women

[08:33] HB Eternal: Harold W Becker, The Love Foundation, Florida, @lovefoundation

[08:33] Jen: Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,

[08:33] Chad Mikado: Chad Mikado; National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP); UMass Boston;

[08:33] HB Eternal: Buffy Rocks!

[08:33] Buffy Beale: lol HB caught you napping 🙂

[08:33] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA

[08:33] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, CA Health Care and Human Rights

[08:33] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL Remora (203,148,21), Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:34] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc. (Corporate offices in Aurora CO but all are safe today)

[08:34] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, San Francisco, CA, United States, Online Community Manager, TechSoup Global,, @MichaelDeLongSF @TechSoup

[08:34] Jerry Buchko: Jerry Buchko | Counseling, Coaching, & Tutoring in Personal Finances via Telepresence (Private Practice) | Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA | | @jerrybuchko

[08:34] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan Tenby, Online Community and social media director, TechSoup Global, San Francisco, CA USA @suzboop @techsoup @npsl

[08:34] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA

[08:34] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri,, @brenabenoir

[08:34] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org, technology outreach to those without access. Arizona, Mexico and On the Road. @ozma

[08:35] Angelbell: University Professor in electronics.IUSF.Venezuela

[08:35] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup, SF, CA @TechSoup, @alebez

[08:35] Gentle Heron: Ohhhhh Angelbell may win the prize for most distant participant today!

[08:35] Angelbell: yes I am 🙂

[08:35] CarmenLittleFawn: Lorna Hawkins, Los Angeles, CA Drive By Agony/keeping kids safe,, a work still in progress

[08:35] Jerry Buchko: yes 😀

[08:36] Jen: Jacque might show up

[08:36] Glitteractica Cookie: any more introductions?

[08:36] Glitteractica Cookie: If you haven’t already introduced yourself, please do so now

[08:36] Blu Heron: I’m here…Blu Heron from Sacramento, CA

[08:36] Blu Heron: I’m presenting UDL today for you

[08:36] Buffy Beale: yay Blu!

[08:37] Jerry Buchko: hi Blue 😀

[08:37] Gentle Heron: Yay BLU!

[08:37] Blu Heron: waves to all

[08:37] Angelbell: 🙂

[08:37] Glitteractica Cookie: If you haven’t already done so, last call to Please say your real name, nonprofit affiliation, location that you are sitting in the physical world, URL, twitter handle (if ou tweet) and anything else you’d like to add

TechSoup Announcements

[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, then it’s time to pass the mic to Bulaklak, our fearless Senior Manager of Online Community and Social Media

[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: Bulaklak, can you share some updates with the group?

[08:38] bulaklak: Surely.

[08:38] bulaklak: I think I probably have a fear or two but thanks for the nice intro.

[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: 😉

[08:38] Buffy Beale: you rock bulaklak

[08:39] bulaklak: First, here are the many ways you all can stay connected with the Nonprofit Commons

[08:39] Jerry Buchko: 😉

[08:39] bulaklak: Here are the many ways to can get involved with
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:
Nonprofit Commons blog:

Google Group:

NPC Video


Weekly Networking Event: Wharf Ratz, Aloft,
Tuesdays, 7pm SLT
Aloft Nonprofit Commons (168,223,23)

Monthly Networking Event (3rd Thursday):
Common Ground, Plush, 5PM SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons (128,229,26)


[08:39] Glitteractica Cookie: all of our chat logs and links and all this stuff is located on our wiki
[08:39] Glitteractica Cookie:

[08:40] bulaklak: Next, I want to talk about an upcoming webinar at TechSoup I think y’all will be particularly excited about.
[08:40] bulaklak: We talk a lot about virtual learning here so it’s my pleasure to announce a webinar on how to give excellent online tutorials
[08:40] bulaklak: And, this is with none other than a very good friend of TechSoup, Janet Fouts
[08:41] bulaklak: I’ve been to her webinars before and she is a VERY good trainer
[08:41] bulaklak: That is coming up on July 26 at 11am PT
[08:41] bulaklak: And you can register for that and learn more about it here
[08:41] bulaklak:

[08:41] Glitteractica Cookie: more on janet @jfouts on twitter or

[08:42] Jen: Just use it here

[08:42] Jerry Buchko: sounds intriguing 😀

[08:43] bulaklak: I also want to talk to you very briefly about our TechSoup discussion forums. We’re in the middle of a bit of a reorganization of our categories, and we’re on the lookout for smart, helpful folks who like to answer questions and share their tech expertise with the social benefit community
[08:43] bulaklak: We call these folks Stars, Gems, and Hosts on the forums
[08:43] bulaklak: And they are a bit like the Mentors are here
[08:44] bulaklak: I won’t say a ton about it today, but sometime in the next month or so, we will have our Forums Manager Jayne Cravens come and give a short talk about our forums and the path to Stardom there
[08:44] bulaklak: Jayne is a consummate volunteer manager and all around amazing person

[08:44] Jerry Buchko: when you say forums, do you mean your Google Group(s)?

[08:44] bulaklak: Oh good question Jerry
[08:44] bulaklak: These are our discussion boards on TEchSoup
[08:45] bulaklak: let me get you the link
[08:45] bulaklak:
[08:45] bulaklak: There you go!

[08:45] Jerry Buchko: thanks

[08:45] bulaklak: We’ll set a date and time for Jayne to come
[08:46] bulaklak: And in the meantime you can check out the forums and look for Jayne on Twitter at @jcravens42
[08:46] bulaklak: and online her blog is Coyote Communications
[08:46] bulaklak: She’s always on about something good
[08:46] bulaklak:
[08:46] bulaklak: Okie doke, folks! Those are my updates for today.
[08:47] bulaklak: Enjoy the talk and your weekends!

[08:47] Jen: Thanks bulaklak

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: any updates from u, Alebez?

[08:47] alebez: 🙂 bulaklak has it covered as usual

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, good

Mentor Central

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: Now it’s time to give the stage over to our fabulous volunteer mentors! Mentors, welcome!

[08:48] JenJen waving to the crowd

[08:48] Buffy Beale: Yayyy Jen!

[08:48] Gentle Heron: YAY Jen! Your presentations are always excellent.

[08:48] CarmenLittleFawn: hey Jen

[08:48] Jen: Thank you

[08:48] Tiki4: wooohoooo go Jen

[08:48] Zotarah Shepherd: Yay Jen

[08:48] Jerry Buchko: woot! 😀

[08:49] Jen: Zinnia asked me to do something on the tools in the Techsoup toolbox

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: yes

[08:49] Jen: If you don’t have one, get on over to their office and pick one up

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: updating it is the goal

[08:49] Jen: So, today, I’m doing one on the Visitor Counter

[08:49] Jen: Something I use since our board sometimes asks what the impact of SL is for us

[08:50] Zotarah Shepherd: Good

[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: Created 120718
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: Created for Nonprofit Commons Mentor’s Corner
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: by Jenelle Levenque
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: A. Purpose
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: To introduce you to a useful tool the “NPC – Visitor Counter with email function” The description states it “Detects avatars and keeps time.
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: B. Functions of the Visitor Counter
[08:50] Jen: BTW, I’m using another tool to do the presentation so I don’t have to cut and paste
[08:51] Jen: But thats another time

[08:51] Gentle HeronGentle Heron smiles

[08:51] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 1) Detect an avatar within a range set by the owner.
[08:51] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 2) Check for avatar presence on a time interval set by owner.
[08:51] Jen: If you look between Oama and Zotarah you will see a little gizmo
[08:51] Jen: This is a visitor counter
[08:52] Jen: You set the range for detection and how often it checks
[08:52] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 3) Record the name of the avatar and the time, SLT.
[08:52] Jen: It records the name of the visitor
[08:52] Jen: I use this to get back to them later if I’m not iin the office
[08:52] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 4) Record the name only one time. If an avatar leaves and returns, the name is recorded one time.
[08:52] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 5) Maintain the “name” of the location.
[08:52] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 6) Send the list to an email address at an appropriate interval. When list is emailed, the list will be reset.
[08:53] Jen: If you have more than one location, you can name the counter
[08:53] Jen: You can arrange for an email with the current list of names
[08:53] Jen: This is optional
[08:53] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: C. Commands
[08:53] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 1) “say list”
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) If you are in chat range, the script will say the list to local chat. This will let you see who has been in your office.
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 2) “reset list”
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) clears the list and starts over.
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 3) “email list”
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) to send the list via email and clear the list.
[08:54] Jen: This forces an email otherwise the email is sent on a schedule that you set in the script
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) The email address must be in the script.
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 4) “help”
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) will give you a list of the commands.
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) Only the owner may use the Counter commands.
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: D. Notes
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 1) Remember it searches a radius
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) The office may have “blind spots”.

[08:55] Gentle Heron: be sure you include the door

[08:55] Jen: since the offices are square and the search is a radius, you may not reach the corners
[08:55] Jen: Make sure it covers your doors
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) may record avatars outside your office.
[08:56] Jen: if the radius is too large, you might get people who don’t actually walk in
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 2) There are other tools that may provide this functionality, but this one is first, free.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 3) The script is full perms so you can modify it to suit yourself.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) You will have to edit the script to provide the necessary configuration information.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) Should you modify the script, please share with your neighbors at Nonprofit Commons.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 4) I use it to record the names of people who come by the office.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) The owner’s name will not be recorded.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 5) I look up the avatars
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) I send them a personal IM thanking them for stopping by.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) I give them our business card.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: c) If the avatar is less than 60 days, I also offer to help them with their Second Life questions.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: E) Summary
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 1) Make a record of your visitors and contact those who come by while no one is in the office.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 2) You will find other very useful tools in the tool box.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) Take a look and find those that are useful to you,
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) Questions? Ask your local neighborhood mentor.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: c) Share your thoughts and ideas with us.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: d) More on other tools later.
[08:57] Jen: Thank you

[08:58] Buffy Beale: cheering, great info Jen thanks!

[08:58] Jerry Buchko: Awesome! 😀

[08:58] Jen: Just be careful about going to Wharf Ratz on Tues

[08:58] Namaara MacMoragh: Yay! Thank you Jen!

[08:58] Gentle Heron: Thank YOU Jen. Very nice brief summary.

[08:58] Jen: That’s how I got this job

[08:58] Buffy Beale: lol

[08:58] Tiki4: you go girl

[08:58] Zotarah Shepherd: ♥(`’•.¸(`’•.¸ * ¸.•’´)¸.•’´)♥
[08:58] Zotarah Shepherd: Yayyyy!!! Well done!!!
[08:58] Zotarah Shepherd: ♥(¸.•’´(¸.•’´ * `’•.¸)`’•.¸)♥

[08:58] Gentle Heron: HAHAHAHA now we know…. but Jen you are good at this.

[08:58] Angelbell: Thanks for your information Jen

[08:58] Jerry Buchko: Yes very good 🙂

[08:58] Chad Mikado: I agree

[08:58] Jen: There are a lot of tools

[08:58] Zotarah Shepherd: Thanks Jen

[08:58] Ozma Malibu: thank you!!!

[08:59] CarmenLittleFawn: Thank you 🙂

[08:59] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks

[08:59] Gentle HeronGentle Heron thinks Jen will be in this business a good long time

[08:59] JenJen stands up and bows
[09:00] Jen: Thank you, thank you, thank you

[09:00] Jerry Buchko: 😀

[09:00] Jen: No applause, just throw money

[09:00] bulaklak: lol

[09:00] Jerry Buchko: lol

Universal Design for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds with Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy of the International Society for Technology (ISTE)

[09:00] Glitteractica Cookie: And now, we have our featured guest!

[09:00] CarmenLittleFawn: hehehe

[09:00] Glitteractica Cookie: Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy will join us at the Nonprofit Commons to talk about Universal Design in Learning (UDL) and share the key points of a professional learning “package” that bundles Virtual World (VW) accessibility issues, resources, and workshop-style activities for engaging educators in collaborative solutions inworld.
It is impossible to create a virtual classroom that is usable by everyone, in all situations. It is possible to use an UDL process that results in products, environments, and experiences that are usable for the largest group of people in a VW and effects differentiated teaching and differentiated learning.

About Blu:
Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy earned her Masters of Education, Educational Technology, Sacramento State University, CA. Her involvement in education spans many years and includes: 16 years teaching high school sciences; 17 years as a community educator, web site developer, and software tester for an electrical utility; and volunteer mentor in Second Life (SL)
[09:01] Glitteractica Cookie: Give it up for Blu Heron!

[09:01] Zotarah Shepherd: Yay Blu!

[09:01] Buffy Beale: cheering!

[09:01] CarmenLittleFawn: yay

[09:01] Gentle HeronGentle Heron adds a note: Blu is my SL “cousin”, not my alt as was rumored recently at VWBPE.

[09:01] Glitteractica Cookie: Blu, please take the stage

[09:01] Jerry Buchko: lol

[09:01] Blu Heron: ty!..give me a sec to get my stuff rezzed out….

[09:01] Zotarah Shepherd: hehe

[09:01] CarmenLittleFawn: giggles

[09:01] Jen: ********APPPLLLAAAUUUSSSEEE********

[09:01] Zotarah Shepherd: 28 on the sim

[09:02] Blu Heron: Thank you, for inviting me.
And thanks to all of you for choosing to attend this session.
I hope you find something useful today.
[09:03] Blu Heron: I usually deliver this presentation in text chat, voice, and with graphics (to model my message of differentiated teaching and learning).

For this reason you will see descriptions for the slides in chat. For example,
[09:03] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Presentation date, time, location. Image of human finger touching virtual finger from laptop.
[09:03] Blu Heron: Often presenters will have others transcribe (either voice to text or text to voice) during the presentation. Voice is not activated on this sim, so that mode of content delivery is not available for this presentation today.

[09:03] Glitteractica Cookie: but are you doing this presentation in chat only

[09:03] Blu Heron: Presentation is available on Note Card today:

Click the box next to me to get a folder of information about today’s presentation.
Look in Recent Items for a folder named UDL Presentation.

[09:04] Glitteractica Cookie: today? We do this for accessibility reasons, and so we an keep a record of our meetings

[09:04] Gentle Heron: Thanks, Blu, for all the “stuff”

[09:04] UDL Presentation – Nonprofit Commons, July 20, 2012 owned by Blu Heron gave you ‘UDL Presentation – Nonprofit Commons, July 20, 2012’ ( Plush Nonprofit Commons (115,125,21) ).
[09:04] Blu Heron: I will try to keep my talking to 15 minutes, so there will be time at the end for your questions. Please keep questions out of chat until then. The reason I ask is because it can be confusing to sort out different threads of conversation in chat, especially for newcomers and for individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities.
[09:05] Blu Heron: I personally don’t like nc readers and don’t use them, so my chat will not be in green today.
[09:05] Blu Heron: ;D
[09:05] Blu Heron: A bit more about me.

SLIDE: Blu Heron image
January 28. 2007 – Blu Heron avatar created in SL.

I discovered virtual worlds and Second Life during coursework for my Masters in Educational Technology at California State University, Sacramento, California (CSUS).

[09:05] jacmacaire Humby: Hi everyone.. Sorry for the late.. Problem to connect from FranceHi everyone Sorrry for the late.. problem to connect from France

[09:05] Blu Heron: SLIDE: UDL cover screen
Wanda Hardy Masters project cover page: Universal Design Considerations for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds.
[09:06] Blu Heron: SLIDE: California map with California State University logo.
Today’s presentation is based on a project for my culminating experience that I completed in 2010, Universal Design Considerations for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds.
[09:06] Blu Heron: some here may be educators, and some not, but the information is of value to all who work in public and social spaces
[09:07] Blu Heron: My project was to create a professional learning “package” that bundles VW accessibility issues, key UDL principles, resources, and workshop-style activities for engaging educators in collaborative solutions in-world.
[09:07] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Illustration of Facilitator’s Guide and Workshop User’s Guide.

Two major documents evolved:
1. A workshop Facilitators Guide
2. A workshop User’s Guide
[09:07] Blu Heron: The Facilitator’s Guide suggests time frames and provides guidelines and checklists to help you plan, deliver, and follow up a professional learning experience for your staff.
[09:07] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Sample checklist from Facilitator’s Guide Checklist

I included resources specific to workshop leader roles, tips for trouble-shooting workshop problems, and assessment. Pre-workshop and post workshop materials are included.
[09:07] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Sample page from Facilitator’s Guide

Each section in the User’s Workshop Guide has a correlating section in the Facilitator’s guide:
Goals and objectives
Supplemental workshop content
Suggested time frame
Sample files and Worksheets
[09:08] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire HUMANBE Action Tank and Council on Sustainable Development France and International @Humanbe
[09:08] Blu Heron: these materials were designed for an education district to provide teacher training for virtual world teaching, but could be useful to train any staff who works with groups in Sl
[09:08] Blu Heron: or other virtual worlds
[09:09] Blu Heron: sorry I think some were advancing my slides..let me find the slide again!
[09:10] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Suggested agenda for a workshop section.

Experienced educators in SL have indicated short workshops in a series are more desirable that extended sessions.

Workshop is delivered in a series of 1.5 – 3 hour sessions.
[09:10] Blu Heron: Workshop agendas are offered as outlines for you to customize to meet your needs.

The Workshop User’s Guide content can be approached sequentially or examined by topics that meet your staff training needs.
[09:11] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Excerpt from VW Viewers activity

I focused on areas of the virtual world experience where Universal Design principles can be used to enhance the experience for all users. Thus, the Workshop User’s Guide is organized into five major sections:
[09:11] Blu Heron: Introduction
Virtual World Viewers
Communication in VWs
Navigating VWs
Building Design in VWs
[09:11] Blu Heron: Each section has similar organization:

Presentation of the content
Suggested reading
Key ideas summary
Group Activity
Reflection and/or self-assessment
[09:11] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Universal Design Playground layout

[09:12] Blu Heron: I presented this project at the VWBPE 2012 conference in SL, and created an informational and interactive UDL Playground for the conference.
[09:12] Blu Heron: And I invite you to experience the UDL Playground this week at its temporary location: SLURL: Tranquility Station (205,143,1046)
You have the SLURL and LM in the session folder.
[09:12] Blu Heron: Although my original project was directed to the educational community, the principles are applicable to any build in a virtual world where people meet to learn and socialize.
[09:12] Blu Heron: For this presentation (and the UDL Playground), I selected key ideas and a sampling of the interactive vignettes that I think you can easily apply in your own virtual classrooms, meeting places, and other venues right now.
[09:13] Blu Heron: SLIDE: What is UDL?

It all begins with an understanding that Universal Design in Learning (UDL) is a process that identifies and develops instruction (differentiated teaching) to meet diversity in student learning (differentiated learning).
[09:13] Blu Heron: learning is not restricted in Sl to formal universities…
[09:13] Blu Heron: any social meeting where people interact, learning is happening
[09:14] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Why Use UDL?

It’s good pedagogy!
It’s the law for many educational entitites and other public spaces.
It results in a better shared experience for everyone; it’s more than disability accommodation.
[09:15] Blu Heron: so Universal Design makes the virtual expereince more enjoyable for’s not just about disability acces.
[09:15] Blu Heron: I think designing spaces in virtual worlds is not unlike the considerations you would take for good web design.
[09:16] Blu Heron: you consider diability acces, certainly, but also the users connection speed and client software, whether they have color blindness, ormaybe even use a non-graphical device…
[09:16] Blu Heron: Smartphones!
[09:16] Blu Heron: one more thing about differentiated learning…
[09:17] Blu Heron: Another explanation details the UDL process as follows:

A) provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and

(B) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient (Edyburn, 2010).

[09:17] Glitteractica Cookie: i wonder when they’re gonna make an app for mobile phones and tablets that works with SL

[09:17] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Sample activity

UDL principles are applicable to the virtual classroom (and other meeting spaces).

There is not time to go through an activity entirely in a short informational session.

So I have included the complete text for Activity #1 in the note card. I encourage you to get together and try the activity: read each scenario and discuss each presentation method.

[09:17] Glitteractica Cookie: Anshe Chung’s app doesn’t work

[09:18] Glitteractica Cookie: mobile design for virtual worlds seems far off

[09:18] Chad Mikado: @Glitteractica- I have a “Metaverse” app on my iphone that allows some access into SL

[09:18] Blu Heron: think about how the presentation of the contnet is different, how different users might use it or not be able to use it

[09:18] Glitteractica Cookie: really chad, i will check it out

[09:18] Blu Heron: the UDL playground has an exhibit on other connection devices…pleae visit and try it if you can

[09:19] Chad Mikado: cool. FYI, it’s just okay

[09:19] Blu Heron: it is hard to keep it all updated with the latest viewers and devices.
[09:19] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Excerpt from VW Viewers activity.

Another activity encourages workshop participants to log in with a text-based viewer and interact with various vignettes. You can experience for yourself at the UDL PLayground.
[09:19] Blu Heron: EXAMPLE:
View each scene in a graphical viewer. Then log in with a text-based viewer and revisit the mesh, media on a prim, and chairs in the vignette.
[09:20] Blu Heron: SLIDE: UDL Playground Example, Delivering Content

Voice, text, and graphics convey information in SL.
[09:20] Blu Heron: When graphics or text can’t be seen, then information needs to be given in descriptive audio recording or voice.

Presentations in voice need text (note card) alternatives or transcription to text chat. Plain text is best for non-graphical viewers.
[09:20] Blu Heron: That’s what I have attempted to do in this presentation!
[09:21] Blu Heron: Vocie is not available here and could be an issue for some.
[09:21] Blu Heron: I have thought about that.
[09:21] Blu Heron: Perhaps if some users in your virtual space nee dto have the content in voice, you could use Skype.
[09:21] Blu Heron: That would take some pre-planning for you nad your users.

[09:22] Carl Solutionary: Question: Is there a website where your UDL resources are posted? Thx

[09:22] Blu Heron: SLIDE: UDL Playground Example, Name Objects

Some non-graphical viewers allow additional functions such as taking objects into inventory or sitting on an object.
[09:22] Blu Heron: Default name of a prim is “Object.”
User actions can only be completed if objects have a useful name and can be distinguished from one another.

EASY FIX: Give your prim objects a descriptive name that can be understood by all users (in all viewers).
[09:22] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Avatar persona

For some people in Second Life the persona of their avatar is very significant.
The 3-d representation of the person helps define who they are.
For example some students choose to have their avatar in a wheelchair or blind students will use a virtual seeing-eye dog or cane to navigate.
[09:23] Blu Heron: Do you have seating for Tinies?
[09:23] Blu Heron: How will you accommodate diversity in the virtual space?

[09:23] Jerry Buchko: (Hmm.. but what about the language barrier?)

[09:23] Blu Heron: nods… that too.
[09:24] Blu Heron: the Translators available are not ideal for translating.
[09:24] Blu Heron: so this would be another time to consider transcribers if you know you will have a specific language need
[09:24] Jerry Buchko: Yes, was thinking also about naming of objects.
[09:25] Blu Heron: ahhh…yes!
[09:25] Blu Heron: that is something to think about a solution.

[09:25] Jerry BuchkoJerry Buchko nods.

[09:25] Blu Heron: think about that for a while and we can take some ideas at the end
[09:25] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Student perceptions and preferences for room design

Environmental surroundings, seating, floor and wall design, windows, and lighting contribute to suitability of learning spaces in VWs.
[09:25] Blu Heron: In one recent study both graduate and undergraduate students expressed a high satisfaction for rectangular room shape, circular seating, uncluttered walls and surroundings, and 50% window lighting (Saleeb & Dafoulas, 2010).
[09:26] Blu Heron: There are no design regulations for building a virtual classroom. It’s up to you!

Try out the model rooms in the UDL Playground.
You can click the ceilings, inside walls, and floors to change the textures.
[09:26] Blu Heron: I say classroom here, but it can refer to any social space
[09:26] Blu Heron: Notice the difference between doors. Phantom or non-phantom is a decision you need to consider for different areas of your building.
[09:27] Blu Heron: at teh UDL Playground room examples, you may have a copy of the chair rezzing tables in the rooms, but think about if there might be some drawback to using them.
[09:28] Blu Heron: another important thing to consider is motion or anything that causes a sense of motion to the users. Also, bright lights (glow) and flashing textures

[09:28] 01 Hifeng: you think about all details 🙂
[09:28] 01 Hifeng: so interesting

[09:28] Blu Heron: SLIDE: It is possible to follow a Universal Design (UD) process in your learning and social spaces in SL.

It‘s impossible to create a virtual classroom which is usable by everyone, in all situations.
[09:28] Blu Heron: However, it is possible to follow a Universal Design (UD) process that results in products, environments, and experiences that are usable for the largest group of people.
[09:28] Blu Heron: I hope this information is useful and encourages you to consider VW accessibility and usability issues when plan or redesign your social spaces in SL and other VWs.

I encourage you to take the responsibility for making your virtual world spaces accessible and usable for all – don’t leave it all to the users!
[09:29] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Sojourner Auditorium at VAI

Virtual Ability Island is an exemplar for UDL.

Kudos to Nonprofit Commons for your meeting space! It is uncluttered, open, and includes ramps in the building design.

[09:29] Jerry Buchko: Yes, very useful! 😀

[09:29] Chad Mikado: props to Sojourner and VAI!

[09:29] Blu Heron: That is enough from me! Any quick questions or comments?

[09:30] Ozma Malibu: Beautifully done, Blue. This is so exciting & I will visit & maybe sometime we can have a field trip to the playground
[09:30] Ozma Malibu: Is it still true that the cal state system cannot, by law, use any new technologies that are not accessible? I remember meeting the CTO in RL, at a conference in Florida. I had a very small presentation on accessibility (8 participants, mostly special ed teachers, who reviewed SL for accessibility issues and possible directions in which we might help drive the technology. (ha.) Then later I met him in SL as well! But that was years ago.

[09:30] Dallas Trefoil: Very good presentation. Thank you!

[09:30] Blu Heron: yes, please do! If you want me to be there I am happy to do so, or you are welcome to visit on your own

[09:30] Ozma Malibu: thanks!

[09:30] Gentle Heron: Thank you Blu for explaining what is “universal” about “univeral design.”

[09:31] CarmenLittleFawn: OM Goodness yes Blu this is most valuable information as I think at contemplate what has happen this morning in Aurora, Colorado this is very valuable information and I thank you so very much for taking the time to create and present this to us today 🙂

[09:31] Angelbell: good information…love it

[09:31] Blu Heron: this is a temporary location (probably for about three weeks)

[09:31] bulaklak: I had not heard of Universal Design but now I am very curious to know more!

[09:31] Blu Heron: you can always IM me and I can let you know the location

[09:31] CarmenLittleFawn: I see great possibilities in usage

[09:31] Blu Heron: great!

[09:31] Chad Mikado: do you have UD guidelines for all kinds of “virtual” presentations (conference call, webinar, etc.), more than just SL

[09:32] Ozma Malibu: Is it still true that the cal state system cannot, by law, use any new technologies that are not accessible?

[09:32] Chad Mikado: I really like these guidelines you spell out and would like to apply to this to other kinds of online intereaction

[09:32] Blu Heron: after researching…and I need to continue to research…I would say the best guideslines are to make your material avaialble in as many media modes as possible
[09:32] Blu Heron: what ever the type of event or space

[09:32] CarmenLittleFawn: yes 🙂

[09:33] Blu Heron: know your users.

[09:33] Ozma Malibu: Great, thorough guidelines.

[09:33] Dallas Trefoil: with clear directions to each mode (as you say, label objects).

[09:33] CarmenLittleFawn: you are awesome Blu 🙂 again ty

[09:33] Blu Heron: I teach building classes at Builders Brewery in Sl…some of my students have indicated to me they have problems reading and/or have dyslexia
[09:33] Blu Heron: when they request it, I teach using voice too

[09:34] Zotarah Shepherd: I have also heard that Qzma

[09:34] Blu Heron: ty for having me!

[09:34] CarmenLittleFawn: very nice

[09:34] Blu Heron: It was fun and I appreciate the opportunity to share my information

[09:34] Buffy Beale: that was fantastic thanks!

[09:34] Blu Heron: did everyone get a folder with the session materials?
[09:34] Blu Heron: in the yellow box bedise me

[09:34] Buffy Beale: yes thanks

[09:34] Namaara MacMoragh: thank you Blu… great presentation… and thank you for the materials.

[09:34] Glitteractica Cookie: maybe you could do some accessibility audits for spaces in the NPC

[09:34] Chad Mikado: yes

[09:35] Zotarah Shepherd: Yep

[09:35] CarmenLittleFawn: Yes

[09:35] Angelbell: yes

[09:35] Dancers Yao: yes thank you

[09:35] Blu Heron: lol….I think Gentle Heron and othe VAI residents could help youon htat

[09:35] Zotarah Shepherd: Great idea to do audits

[09:35] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, thanks for the presentation

[09:35] Ozma Malibu: seems like this work would go far in allowing people to show that SL can be accessible.

[09:35] Blu Heron: Gentel was helpful with suggestions when I built a conference sim a coupkle of years ago.
[09:36] Blu Heron: There is a lot to think about and so much can be assumed or overlooked

[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, any final questions for Blu?

[09:36] Chad Mikado: That’s why Gentle is the best 🙂

Open Mic / Announcements

[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: if not, it’s time for open mic
[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: Does anyone have any announcements for the larger group?
[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: (thanks again Blu)

[09:37] Zotarah ShepherdZotarah Shepherd applaudes Blu. Great presentation!

[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: indeed!

[09:37] Blu Heron: yw..ty for having me!
[09:38] Blu Heron: I must go now…another appointment in Rl. I will come agin to your meetings.

[09:38] Glitteractica Cookie: please do join us

[09:38] Brena Benoir: Thank you Blu!

[09:38] Buffy Beale: that’s great Blu you’re always welcome

[09:38] CarmenLittleFawn: bye have a great day

[09:38] Tiki4: waves biiii

[09:38] Zotarah Shepherd: Bye Blu

[09:38] Tiki4: byeeee even

[09:38] Glitteractica Cookie: Does anyone have anything to say to the larger group in open mic format?
[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: anyone?

[09:39] HB Eternal: i do

[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, go for it/ HB

[09:39] Tiki4: I would like to invite any military persons to please contact me

[09:39] HB Eternal: We are collaborating with an org in Costa Rica the reforests
[09:40] HB Eternal: some of our volunteers recently built a small sim for them

[09:40] Glitteractica Cookie: HB…which nonprofit? URL?

[09:40] HB Eternal: La Reserva Foundation
[09:40] HB Eternal: let me get the LM
[09:40] HB Eternal: Gemini (138,134,801)
[09:41] HB Eternal: We welcome you to check it out – a great experience of two nonprofits working together in SL
[09:41] HB Eternal: And La Reserva had never heard of SL before

[09:41] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks for letting us know

[09:41] CarmenLittleFawn: 🙂

[09:41] Glitteractica Cookie: Next up Gentle heron has an announcement

[09:41] Brena Benoir: Yay for collaboration!

[09:42] Jerry Buchko: 😀

[09:42] Gentle Heron: Save the dates! International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, August 3/4 at Virtual Ability Island.
[09:42] Gentle Heron: One of the presentations will be about how to evaluate the impact of your work in the community. Chad Mikado will be running that presentation, with assistance from our friends at JAN.
[09:42] Gentle Heron: Please put these two dates on your calendar and watch the Virtual Ability website for announcements. Thanks.

[09:43] CarmenLittleFawn: ty

[09:43] Glitteractica Cookie: thank u gentle
[09:43] Glitteractica Cookie: anyone else?

[09:43] HB Eternal: the new Google Nexus 7 rocks – got ours this week

[09:44] Glitteractica Cookie: any final announcements for the larger group?

[09:45] Jerry Buchko: @HB, Good to know 🙂 I’ve been following it.

[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, then I guess we are ending early today
[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks all and I guess that’s a wrap

[09:45] Namaara MacMoragh: Thanks for another great meeting.

[09:45] Chad Mikado: have a good weekend all

[09:45] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile: It was very interesting.
[09:45] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile: Thank you.

[09:45] CarmenLittleFawn: Thank you and everyone have a great day and week end 🙂

[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: I won’t be here for the next two weeks b/c I will be on a vacation! in Mexico! but Bulaklak and Alebez will hold down the sim

[09:45] CarmenLittleFawn: yes it was and valuable information

[09:46] Buffy Beale: another great meeting thanks all
[09:46] Buffy Beale: ooo have fun Glitter

[09:46] CarmenLittleFawn: have fun Glitter

[09:46] fate Paule: take care and thanks for the information

[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: thnaks

[09:46] alebez: thanks everyone!

[09:46] Angelbell: thanks for all the information 🙂

[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: bye!!

[09:46] Ozma Malibu: wonderful, both parts of the meeting today.

[09:46] Jerry Buchko: excellent! take care all 😀

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Written by: Zinnia Zauber