Transcript of NPC Meeting on Atlanta’s Nobel Virtual World on April 13

April 13, 2012, 8:30am PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

• 8:30am Introductions
• 8:40am TechSoup Announcements
• 8:45am Mentors Central
• 8:55am Steve Allen Mashburn and Snoopy Pfeffer , Noble Virtual World for Atlanta Students
• 9:30am OpenMic/ Announcements


[08:30] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): welcome merlin
[08:30] Merlin Moonshadow: Hi, Rik!
[08:30] Merlin Moonshadow: Hello, Zinnia and everyone. 🙂
[08:30] Zinnia Zauber: Hi Merlin!
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok lets get started since people are getting seated
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Welcoe everyone to the very lucky Friday April 13 meeting of the Nonprofit Commons
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m Rik Panganiban, communit ymanager of the NPC
[08:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Joining me up front is bulaklak of — which founded the NPC
[08:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We’re very happy to see all of you this morning.
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We’ve got a great project in Atlanta we are going to learn about in a bit.
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): But first as always we do introductions
[08:33] jacmacaire Humby: sorry
[08:33] Chayenn: monique richert, protect yourself 1, Inc ., Baltimore, MD ,, @PY1US
[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko
[08:33] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL, Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,
[08:33] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc. now with blog, Facebook, even Twitter (all available at the website)
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Pleaase , if you like, type into the text chat your real life name, organization, location in the world, URL and twitter handle ( or any combination thereof)
[08:33] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women
[08:33] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, CA Health Care and Human Rights
[08:33] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA
[08:33] Chad Mikado: Chad Gobert; National Service Inclusion Project; UMass Boston;
[08:33] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA
[08:34] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,
[08:34] Eraldo Carlucci: David Cranmer – President Virtual Event Planners International
[08:34] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, TechSoup, SF, ca., @TechSoup, @alebez
[08:34] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, Community Manager, TechSoup Global, San Francisco, CA @MichaelDeLongSF @TechSoup
[08:34] Sister Abeyante: Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS, Milwaukee, WIsconsin. Mentor with Virtual Ability, Inc. also blogger at:
[08:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m rik panganiban, nonprofit commons /,, @npsl @betterverse
[08:34] Snoopy Pfeffer: Snoopy Pfeffer, Founder & CEO of Dreamland Metaverse,
[08:34] Merlin Moonshadow: Michael Smith at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
[08:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): oh I ‘m in lovely Oakland, CAlifornia
[08:34] Snoopy Pfeffer:
[08:34] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire HUMANBE Action Tank and Council on Sustainable Development France and International @Humanbe
[08:35] Mashburn Allen: Steve Mashburn, Forsyth COunty School, Georgia
[08:35] Tek Blitz: Mike Parks – Georgia Tech @mparks
[08:35] Scarlett Sismondi: Sharon Collins – East Carolina University
[08:35] Namaara MacMoragh: Gloria Kraegel, President, GReat Kreations and Etopia EcoCommunity Sims.
[08:35] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org, Arizona Mexico and On the Road, @ozma
[08:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): welcome folks from Georgia! such a lovely state
[08:36] Gentle Heron: Georgians are just peachy!
[08:36] Chad Mikado: 🙂
[08:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): < roan >
[08:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): anyone else?
[08:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): morning, Glitter!
[08:37] Glitteractica Cookie: Hi
[08:37] Glitteractica Cookie: I’m Susan Tenby, Online Community and SOcial Media Director, TechSoup
[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: San Francisco, CA USA @suzboop @techsoup
[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: Sorry I am late, login issues
[08:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): np
[08:38] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): good day all 🙂
[08:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): (have a seat in the audience , Snoopy. I’ll call you up in a bit.)
[08:38] Snoopy Pfeffer: sure thanks 🙂


[08:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ok next up we have our regular update from TechSoup. Keep an eye out for opportunities and events that your nonprofit might care about.
[08:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): bulaklak?
[08:39] bulaklak: Hello!
[08:39] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, from Kirksville, Missouri (currently in Jefferson City, Missouri,, @brenabenoir
[08:39] bulaklak: Excited as always to be here.
[08:39] Buffy Beale: yay bulaklak
[08:39] bulaklak: And especially excited to announce next week’s episode of Nonprofits Live, our interactive online event hosted by InKenzo
[08:40] bulaklak: We’ll be talking all about green tech next week
[08:40] bulaklak: On Tuesday, April 17 at 11am Pacific
[08:40] bulaklak: Please register in advance
[08:40] bulaklak:
[08:40] bulaklak: These are really fun events where you get to live chat with TechSoup
[08:40] bulaklak: And hear from experts in the field
[08:41] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): very important topic
[08:41] bulaklak: And very timely, as Earth Day is this month
[08:41] Kali Idziak: Jessica Dally, Community Voice Mail, Seattle, WA sneaks in
[08:41] bulaklak: Last month, TechSoup partnered with ISIS to co-host a hack-a-thon addressing the issue of gathering sensitive health data from teens and pre-teens
[08:41] bulaklak: And interesting and sticky problem
[08:42] bulaklak: But the hackers brought some really fresh thinking to it
[08:42] bulaklak: We have a recap up on our blog, including a great video by Alebaz
[08:42] bulaklak: oops
[08:42] bulaklak: Alebez
[08:42] bulaklak: whom you know as the recapper of these meetings every week
[08:42] Glitteractica Cookie: do yyou have the link handy, Bulaklak
[08:42] bulaklak: Check it out
[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: there it is!
[08:43] bulaklak: Of course I do, Glitter =)
[08:43] alebez: it was fun to shoot. 🙂
[08:43] bulaklak: And lastly, I just want to tease everyone with an upcoming major enhancement to
[08:43] bulaklak: Can I get a sound-off of who here has visited or visits
[08:43] bulaklak: ?
[08:43] Buffy Beale: hand up
[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: W00t
[08:43] Sister Abeyante: hand up
[08:43] Mashburn Allen: yes
[08:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: /me raises hand
[08:44] Ethelred Weatherwax: yes
[08:44] Jen (jenelle.levenque): /me raises hand
[08:44] Gentle Heron: yes
[08:44] bulaklak: Awesome!
[08:44] bulaklak: So get ready for some big changes next month
[08:44] Dancers Yao: yes
[08:44] bulaklak: Some big great changes to the search features and they way information is displayed
[08:45] bulaklak: I can’t say a whole lot now but want to get everyone excited about it
[08:45] bulaklak: So stay tuned!
[08:45] Red (talkwithmarie): oh the suspense…
[08:45] bulaklak: And that’s all I got for today. Excited to hear from the mentors and Snoopy.
[08:45] bulaklak: Back to you Rik
[08:45] Buffy Beale: lol talk
[08:45] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thansk Bulaklak.
[08:45] Glitteractica Cookie: top seret stuff
[08:46] Snoopy Pfeffer: thanks Bulaklak 🙂


[08:46] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): And now for Mentors Central
[08:46] bulaklak: haha Glitter more like I don’t really have the marketing copy yet stuff
[08:46] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[08:46] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): who speaks for the mentors today?
[08:46] Zinnia Zauber: Well, looks like our speaker today isn’t inworld. So that gives us Mentors a chance to ask you a question.
[08:47] Zinnia Zauber: Do you know about us NPC Mentors?
[08:47] Zinnia Zauber: Do you need help with anything?
[08:47] Gentle Heron: I notice we have some people in the audience today who are new to NPC, Zinnia.
[08:47] Zinnia Zauber: Do you know we have this segment of the meeting to share awesomeness?
[08:47] Gentle Heron: So maybe a brief overview would be in order…. who the mentors are and what we do during and after the NPC meetings.
[08:47] Zinnia Zauber: Super, Gentle!
[08:48] Zinnia Zauber: Let’s hear from some of our great Mentors.
[08:48] Zinnia Zauber: How we are hear to help our community.
[08:48] Gentle Heron: During the meetings, we have 10 minutes to share small skillsets.
[08:48] Gentle Heron: After the meetings, we offer our assistance to others in the NPC community for larger tasks.
[08:49] Buffy Beale: Sure Zinnia, we meet following this meeting and are there to help with what ever is needed
[08:49] Zinnia Zauber: I can share that I help our members with appearance, branding, events, and color choices.
[08:49] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): A problem solving resource 🙂
[08:49] Ozma Malibu: So if you have a question or need help getting started, stay for the meeting or ask us!
[08:49] Buffy Beale: so if anyone needs help with their office or just new and learning to get around in SL all welcome to join in
[08:49] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): are there any folks new to Second Life that might be interested in some help?
[08:50] Gentle Heron: Or new to NonProfit Commons…. we help with new NPC members also.
[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: We are a team that help you use virtual worlds.
[08:50] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Great for brain storming ideas
[08:50] Merlin Moonshadow: Do the mentors assist newcomers to SL with the basics – navigation, controls, etc?
[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Several of us work inworld, teach inworld, promote inwork, and so forth.
[08:50] Gentle Heron: Yes, we assist brand new avies.
[08:50] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): or getting some feedback/thoughts about ideas you may have
[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Yes, we do Merlin.
[08:51] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Yes Merlin
[08:51] Merlin Moonshadow: I’m interested in mentor training so that I can learn to effectively help guide newcomers that I may bring inworld.
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: We also encourage the NPC community to share with us what baffles them to express how vital VW use is to others who don’t work inworld.
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: That is great, Merlin!
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Then you should join us at our meetings and learn, Grasshopper.
[08:52] Merlin Moonshadow: Seems like a good skill set to have if I’m going to act as an advocate for firtual worlds.
[08:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): plz stick around for the Mentors meeting right after this one
[08:52] Merlin Moonshadow: Right up there with spelling. :/
[08:52] Glitteractica Cookie: I am also wondering if folks are interested in us bringing back the ask the tech expert mentor hour?
[08:52] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Merlin, Absolutely 🙂
[08:53] Merlin Moonshadow: Can I get a group invite?
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, maybe I will ask Rik to send a more detailed msg on this to the NPC google group later in the week
[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: Glitter, we have discussed that we want to expand our 10 minute segments to a workshop format.
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: nice zinnia
[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: So, great minds think alike.
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: 🙂
[08:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): yeah 10 mins is barely time to introduce a topic, not reall do a training
[08:54] Valiant Westland: Thanks for the TP
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: Please don’t be shy about asking any mentor for help. If you don’t know, if they don’t know, we will find the right person to help!
[08:54] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): great.


[08:54] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Okay lets move on to our featured topic….
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: And, it is also a wonderful way to make new friends in SL.
[08:54] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Mashburn and Snoopy, plez come on down
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[08:55] Red (talkwithmarie): thx Z:)
[08:55] Snoopy Pfeffer: hello everybody
[08:55] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (is there a formal SL group tag for the Mentors?)
[08:55] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Let’s welcome them to the NPC!
[08:55] Buffy Beale: hiii Snoopy and Mashburn, cheering!
[08:55] Gentle Heron: Welcome Snoopy and Mashburn.
[08:55] Snoopy Pfeffer: thank you for the invitation 🙂
[08:56] Merlin Moonshadow: /me applauds
[08:56] Mashburn Allen: thank you
[08:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We invited them here to talk about a very exiting project: bringing virtual world tools to hundreds of classrooms in the metro-atlanta area!
[08:57] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Please go ahead and introduce yourselves
[08:57] Snoopy Pfeffer: thank you Rik
[08:57] Mashburn Allen: I am Steve Mashburn teh Coorindator of Onlien education for Forsyth County Schools.
[08:57] Snoopy Pfeffer: I am the founder and CEO of Dreamland Metaverse, a leading OpenSim hosting provider.
[08:58] Snoopy Pfeffer: We focus on top quality OpenSim hosting.
[08:58] Mashburn Allen: I would like to introduce my supervisor — Jill hobson is the back over there.
[08:58] Mashburn Allen: I would like to present the following topics and then answer questions.
[08:58] Mashburn Allen: OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT
[08:59] Mashburn Allen: First OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT
[08:59] Mashburn Allen: I would like to clarify who we are.
[08:59] Mashburn Allen: Metropolitan Atlanta is the 9th largest city in the United States with 5,268,860 people.
[08:59] Mashburn Allen: The metro region consist of 13 counties plus the City of Atlanta, the City of DeKalb, the City of Buford.
[08:59] Mashburn Allen: and others — but these are the ones that operate school districts
[09:00] Mashburn Allen: Forsyth County is on the extreme north part of the metro region.
[09:00] Mashburn Allen: Forsyth County Schools is the 9th largest school system in the state of Georgia with almost 38,000 students and over 3,000 full-time teachers.
[09:00] Mashburn Allen: We operate 35 schools — 19 elementary schools, nine middle schools and five high schools. We also operate a non-traditional high school, a night school and a virtual school.
[09:00] Mashburn Allen: This week we learned that we have the highest high school graduation rates in the metro Atlanta area. I believe our alternative high schools and our technology have much to do with that.
[09:01] Mashburn Allen: TECHNOLOGY:
[09:01] Mashburn Allen: Technology has the power to improve teaching and learning like never before. Forsyth County Schools is dedicated to improving student achievement through technology-enriched learning opportunities.
[09:01] Mashburn Allen: Our vision is to use classroom technology to engage students in asking questions and choosing tools to facilitate real world problem solving.
[09:01] Mashburn Allen: Our school district decided to use technology, not just to do the same things more efficiently, but to create a “state of the art” collaborative classroom.
[09:01] Mashburn Allen: We have installed interactive whiteboards in all of our classrooms across the district. The classroom package includes the interactive whiteboard, a ceiling mounted projector and integrated sound and video system. It’s having a tremendous impact on keeping our students more engaged.
[09:02] Mashburn Allen: To support the school system’s technology initiatives, Instructional Technology Specialists are assigned to each school to work with teachers to model teaching and learning strategies for technology integration.
[09:02] Mashburn Allen: Teachers participate in on-going professional development to experiment, initiate, and create new models of teaching and learning for dynamic and changing curricula.
[09:02] Mashburn Allen: Through the Technology Integration for Performance Standards (TIPS) course, teachers receive intensive instruction in standards-based unit design with an emphasis on technology integration using the myriad of resources available, classroom technology management strategies, and professional productivity skills.
[09:03] Mashburn Allen: We furnish access to a earning management System (LMS) to every teacher in the district. Right now we are averaging 8000 students logged into the LMS at 7:00 every night.
[09:03] Mashburn Allen: Although no district in the United States has attempted to blend online education with the traditional classroom on this scale, we believe our 21st century classroom is not an alternative way to do school, but the very future of education itself.
[09:03] Buffy Beale: wow
[09:03] Ozma Malibu: fantastic.
[09:03] Mashburn Allen: We see virtual worlds technology as the next logical step for us as we attempt to move online education away from the LMS into more interactive and engaging tools.
[09:03] Mashburn Allen: We are implementing virtual world technology similar to the way we implemented the LMS. we will not force every teacher to use virtual worlds technology — we have started with a small dedicated group and let the excitement build so that students and parents will demand it.
[09:04] Mashburn Allen: This approach works much better than having the central office pass down a mandate.
[09:04] Mashburn Allen: Although SL and OpenSim have been used in education for 7 or 8 years now, it has been mostly by early adapters who have implemented it on a classroom level.
[09:04] Mashburn Allen: The newsworthiness of our story is not that we have implemented a virtual world in every classroom (with 38,000 students that is almost impossible to do overnight)
[09:04] Mashburn Allen: but rather that we have made the commitment to virtual worlds on a systemic level with the total support of the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Schools and all the upper-level district administrators
[09:04] Mashburn Allen: VISION OF NOBLE:
[09:05] Mashburn Allen: Please understand that we are still in the start-up phase and most of what follows is theory.
[09:05] Mashburn Allen: We are dedicated to developing literate and productive citizens of the 21st century by using a 3D virtual worlds technology that immerses students in differentiated, challenge-based learning experiences.
[09:05] Mashburn Allen: Designed to support the idea that every child can learn, NOBLE (New Opportunities for Better Learning Environments) allows students to work individually, to work in collaboration with each other and to work with teachers to gain the skills necessary to meet and surpass the requirements of the national Common Core Curriculum.
[09:05] Mashburn Allen: Continuous evaluation and feedback allow students to plan, revise, and reflect on their own learning.
Summative assessment is based upon academic competencies within contexts that are relevant, meaningful and authentic.
[09:06] Mashburn Allen: In NOBLE students will not “do” science experiments, math problems or art activities.
[09:06] Mashburn Allen: Instead they will use their avatars in a 3D virtual world to “be” scientists who do experiments to solve a problem, engineers who use math concepts to construct a bridge and graphic designers who use color theory to design a business logo.
[09:06] Mashburn Allen: NOBLE is not about creating a layer of superficial knowledge or developing an arbitrary skill set but is concerned with engaging students with the world.
[09:06] Mashburn Allen: As social constructivists, we believe that students not only construct their own knowledge but that they do so within a social context.
[09:06] Mashburn Allen: Furthermore, we believe that three main threads of Jung’s analytical psychology should be considerations in developing online education:
[09:07] Mashburn Allen: 1. Personality Types – instruction is differentiated for different learning styles.
2. Archetypal Formations – archetypal structures and functions guide student work and development.
3. Synchronicity – non-causal connections have significance and teachable moments are treasured.
[09:07] Mashburn Allen: NOBLE believes that the interaction of today’s students with digital media and games have changed the parameters in which schools must operate.
[09:07] Mashburn Allen: School can no longer assume that students will learn with through lectures and worksheets.
[09:07] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): (so true!)
[09:07] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (yes!)
[09:07] Mashburn Allen: Popular media has raised the bar for educators in terms of engaging students and we must meet the students where they are in the realm of the modern digital world
[09:08] Mashburn Allen: if we wish our students to achieve the mastery of the skills and literacies necessary for success in college and in the work force.
[09:08] Mashburn Allen: NOBLE will use online and face-to-face deliveries to create a nurturing and vibrant 21st century environment that supports ALL students in developing academic excellence, social responsibility, respect for others, and a passion for lifelong learning.
[09:08] Mashburn Allen: NOBLE supports a dynamic curriculum that uses a 3D virtual world to create academically challenging, immersive, learning experiences for students. Real and direct application of academic concepts is given meaning through rich, interactive project-based learning activities where student’s avatars not only “learn by doing” but do so within a social context with others.
[09:08] Mashburn Allen: Everyone has had an experience with someone who “knew his stuff” but couldn’t get along with others well enough to get the job done. At NOBLE our motto is Learn to Do, Learn to Be.
[09:09] Mashburn Allen: NOBLE cultivate the type of learning that is possible today—learning based on access to online resources and tools from around the globe, learning that supports customized content for every student, learning that is game-like in its ability to inspire and motivate along and learning with face-to-face traditional instruction when that is the best way to deliver the instruction.
[09:09] Mashburn Allen: Our learning model enables all students, with a diverse range of personality traits and learning styles to be successful. Furthermore, unlike most online learning (even game-based learning which is always pre-set and calculated), the virtual world allows a degree of unexpectedness, the opportunity for the spontaneous, the occurrence of a teachable moment that so often makes teaching and learning a delight.
[09:09] Mashburn Allen: At the heart of it, avatars in a virtual world are people interacting with other people.
[09:09] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): (nice!)
[09:10] Mashburn Allen: ok — thats the pis in the sky — heres how we are doing it
[09:10] Mashburn Allen: NOBLE students Learn by Doing, Learn by Being.
[09:10] Mashburn Allen: 1. Use models and simulations to study the science of weather
[09:10] Mashburn Allen: 2. Decode messages with an Enigma machine to learning mathematical reasoning.
[09:10] Mashburn Allen: 3. Creating a role-playing game where the Founding Fathers write the Constitution to reflect an alternate set of values to learn about social norms.
[09:10] Mashburn Allen: We think that this engaging and motivating approach provides a platform for developing the technological, artistic, cognitive, social, and linguistic skills that today’s students need
[09:11] Mashburn Allen: Rather than defining school as a separate place in time and space from the concerns and communities of children’s lives, NOBLE reaches out into the home, into local and global communities to which students belong.
[09:11] Mashburn Allen: This does not mean that students are expected to be “at school” 24/7; it does mean that all experiences are leveraged as potential contexts for learning, building on nascent interest-driven participation motivating student engagement.
[09:11] Mashburn Allen: The following link contains specific information about our NOBLE program.
[09:11] Mashburn Allen: Before I turn the presentation over to Snoopy for the technical part, I wish to thank Dreamland Metaverse for all of the effort they have made in out behalf.
[09:12] Mashburn Allen: They have been a pleasure to work with and I am pleased to announce today that we are planning to triple our regions on Dreamland Metaverse for the next school year.
[09:12] Mashburn Allen: Snoopy?
[09:12] Snoopy Pfeffer: Thanks again for the invitation! I am happy to be here and to have the opportunity to talk about our project with the Forsyth County Schools and about what we offer.
[09:12] Snoopy Pfeffer: Dreamland Metaverse offers OpenSim hosting as fully managed services. Customers do not have to care about the underlying technology platform – like here in SL.
[09:12] Snoopy Pfeffer: We are the most experienced OpenSim hosting provider, longest in business, since 2008 already.
[09:13] Snoopy Pfeffer: Since the very beginning, we are known for best service quality and an outstanding customer service. We offer OpenSim regions and full OpenSim grids.
[09:13] Snoopy Pfeffer: Our customers include top content creators, well-known educational institutions and corporations, up to some Fortune 500 corporations. Most of our customers are professional OpenSim users..
[09:13] Snoopy Pfeffer: What we do for OpenSim development:
[09:14] Snoopy Pfeffer: I am one of the OpenSim core developers and I mainly focus on adding new functionality to OpenSim, fixing bugs and implementing requirement of professional users.
[09:14] Snoopy Pfeffer: In the past, I did regularly help my customers by fixing OpenSim issues, that had impacted their projects. For example, I did fix a big to make it possible to use complex, scripted HUDs in OpenSim.
[09:14] Snoopy Pfeffer: We are proud that Forsyth County Schools has chosen us as OpenSim hosting partner. This co-operation is important for us and allows us to strengthen our offer for educational institutions even more.
[09:15] Snoopy Pfeffer: We did already implement additional functionality to fulfill the specific requirements of institutions like the Forsyth County Schools.
[09:15] Snoopy Pfeffer: OpenSim provides so called “user levels”, similar like Second Life. Normal users have the user level 0, whereas grid gods have the user level 200.
[09:15] Snoopy Pfeffer: Such user levels can be used to distinguish users with different rights, like students (0), teachers (i.e. 50), administrators (i.e. 100) and grid gods (200).
[09:15] Snoopy Pfeffer: Based on that user level concept, we have added OpenSim functionality that ensures a safe and secure virtual world experience for students, while not unnecessarily restricting the functionality of teachers and administrators.
[09:16] Snoopy Pfeffer: These restrictions include the rights to upload assets and to create groups as well as HyperGrid related permissions.
[09:16] Snoopy Pfeffer: HyperGrid is an OpenSim technology, that allows users to travel to other virtual worlds. It is understandable, that students should not be allowed to travel to other places, while teachers like this functionality, because it allows them to get virtual world contents for their lectures.
[09:16] Snoopy Pfeffer: On the other hand users from other virtual worlds need to be blocked from visiting such a closed virtual world. Such “foreign” users are not allowed to contact local users via instant messages or by sending them friendship invitations.
[09:17] Snoopy Pfeffer: We have added all this functionality and more to OpenSim, to provide educational institutions a safe virtual world environment for their students, while not unnecessarily restricting the possibilities for authorized teachers and administrators.
[09:17] Snoopy Pfeffer: Additionally we have added bulk functions on our web based control panel. They allow administrators to add or update user memberships and to invite or eject users from groups, which are used for access control to parts of the grid.
[09:18] Snoopy Pfeffer: We are looking forward, to further intensify our co-operation with all our customers, existing and new ones, to make the benefits of OpenSim more widely available to educational institutions and other professional users.
[09:18] Snoopy Pfeffer: You can find more information about Dreamland Metaverse and what we offer at
[09:18] Snoopy Pfeffer: Thank you for your attention. 🙂
[09:18] Ozma Malibu: FANTASTIC and a thorough understanding of the issues. wow.
[09:19] Buffy Beale: This is so terrific, well done!
[09:19] Ozma Malibu: I want to move to Georgia.
[09:19] Chayenn: great project
[09:19] Eraldo Carlucci: Snoopy provides the highest level of customer support that I’ve experienced
[09:19] Snoopy Pfeffer: thanks
[09:19] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Really inspiring your vision, thanks for sharing it
[09:19] Mashburn Allen: thank you
[09:19] bulaklak: Amazing!
[09:19] Snoopy Pfeffer: thanks Eraldo 🙂
[09:19] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): well we have time for a few questions
[09:19] Ozma Malibu: oh good
[09:19] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Can I ask about teacher training?
[09:19] Merlin Moonshadow: This does sound like an amazing program.
[09:19] Kate B (captainflint006): thank you
[09:20] Zotarah Shepherd: What an awesome project. Are you publishing about the progress of your program so other school districts can see the value of education in virtual worlds and use this model?
[09:20] Ozma Malibu: how is it funded? are you working with higher ed on the research?
[09:20] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): How are you getting your teachers ready to use VW tools, which can be very complicated to master?
[09:20] Sister Abeyante: @ Mashburn- This is a fantastic project… can you share a “ball park” price tag for a district to design and implementing something this major?
[09:20] Ozma Malibu: Hi Mashburn. Congratulations – this is very good, as you know. I am in edtech in Arizona. What LMS are you using? How did you get the Superintendant on board?? How great that you get to have really good professional development because a lot of good edtech initiatives fall to the wayside due to the lack of good PD. I am curious about the use of Jungian theory as I haven’t seen that in ed initiatives. And, what is your educational background? whatever it is, it certainly seems to work. (Oh and in AZ we do have a cool math non-competitive math game that will be available online & we are expecting children to login in the evening. Digital divide issues are still a concern.)
[09:20] Buffy Beale: lol Oz
[09:20] Mashburn Allen: We offer an initial teacher training — face -to face and then ongoing suppport as they begin their ptojects
[09:20] Kate B (captainflint006): beats my multi user sim on a stick program in Australia
[09:20] Ozma Malibu: desperate for answers Buffy 🙂
[09:20] Mashburn Allen: ANGEL is our LMS — we are the largest ANGEL account inteh world I believe — maybe 2nd
[09:21] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): (sorry what is “LMS”?)
[09:21] Mashburn Allen: I have a ED.S. in Instructional technology — myh these was omn Jungian Concepts in Online Learning
[09:21] Mashburn Allen: learnng management system
[09:21] Mashburn Allen: like Blackboard, MOodle, etc
[09:21] bulaklak: (thanks, Rik, I was wondering, too)
[09:21] Gentle Heron: LMS = learning management system like SLoodle or Blackboard.
[09:22] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): (thanks)
[09:22] Mashburn Allen: Moodle I meant
[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so then what LMS are using Mashburn
[09:22] Buffy Beale: 🙂 Oz
[09:22] Ozma Malibu: Mashburn, they certainly picked the right person!
[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: k
[09:22] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (been hanging around a lot of teachers & ed tech folks lately… pick that one up 🙂
[09:22] Mashburn Allen: SLoodle is an interface between Mooidle and SL
[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod
[09:23] Snoopy Pfeffer: SLoodle is one of the most popular tools for educators
[09:23] Merlin Moonshadow: I’m curious as to how quickly the teachers and students learn to navigate in OpenSim and how they take to the virtual environment.
[09:24] Mashburn Allen: well it is a steep learning curve for teachers — the kids master it overnight LOL
[09:24] Snoopy Pfeffer: hehe 10 minutes? 😉
[09:24] Merlin Moonshadow: That’s pretty much what I figured. 🙂
[09:24] Ozma Malibu: So how *did you get the Superintendent on board? He or she must give you a free rein.
[09:24] Mashburn Allen: we built capacity
[09:24] Mashburn Allen: and that took years
[09:24] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I also have the question on since are on Open Sim, are you building your own content, utilizing the free resources, bringing in developers, etc?
[09:24] Mashburn Allen: you cant start here — you have to build the thinking
[09:25] Mashburn Allen: on content? YES to everything you said
[09:25] Rhiannon Chatnoir: lol
[09:25] Snoopy Pfeffer: there is also great free contents for OpenSim, like from Linda Kellie
[09:25] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes
[09:25] Merlin Moonshadow: How did you start out? What kind of projects did you use as test runs to generate interest?
[09:26] Mashburn Allen: I taught an online endorsement course for state certification
[09:26] Mashburn Allen: in online teaching
[09:26] Kate B (captainflint006): i use the kid avatars from Linda Kellie and created school uniforms identical to their RL
[09:26] Mashburn Allen: as part of tghat course we explored SL
[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: /me is also working on a project for disabled students at UGA and Georgia Tech that is NSF funded, how is this iniative funded?
[09:26] Mashburn Allen: local funds
[09:26] Mashburn Allen: and my boss said DO THIS
[09:26] Mashburn Allen: lol
[09:26] Eraldo Carlucci: Mashburn, just to needle you…….why aren’t we having this meeting in Opensim?
[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: good that have that buy in 🙂
[09:27] Mashburn Allen: Im a guest here
[09:27] Ozma Malibu: I want a boss like that.
[09:27] Snoopy Pfeffer: hehe
[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: there are groups like Pathfinders’s grid hoppers group and others that do explore OpenSim sites, so there are opportunities to visit others
[09:28] Mashburn Allen: she is good — ecveryone is Forsyth County is great — thats why we have a good school system — get good people an dthey make thkings happen
[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: but, if this project is fairly closed, imagine opening up a tour could be a bit sticky
[09:28] Mashburn Allen: well — the thing about opensim is you contoll access
[09:29] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (yes, should be just a matter of granting “day passes”)
[09:29] Snoopy Pfeffer: well grids can allow just certain users, based on the user level, to do HyperGrid traveling
[09:29] Mashburn Allen: so I can send invitations out make accountg have a toiur and then close it up again
[09:29] Mashburn Allen: try doing things like that in SL
[09:29] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Do you anticipate most students will interface with the VW through the digital whiteboards or laptops or desktops? Seems like a lot of technology needs for this.
[09:29] Merlin Moonshadow: How can we keep in touch with what you’re doing in Forsyth? Your success could open a lot of doors for the rest of us.
[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod, must be refreshing to have more granular control 🙂
[09:29] Mashburn Allen: the website link is the best way
[09:30] loczek1996: polish?
[09:30] Merlin Moonshadow: /me seconds Rik’s question above.
[09:31] Snoopy Pfeffer: may I aks who of you uses OpenSim already?
[09:31] Mashburn Allen: oh – sorry didnt see that
[09:31] Snoopy Pfeffer: ask*
[09:31] Eraldo Carlucci: +1
[09:31] Mashburn Allen: we have four compueters in every classroom
[09:31] loczek1996: sex?
[09:31] Mashburn Allen: and we encourage the use of learning stations —
[09:31] Mashburn Allen: not having class has to go to a computer lab
[09:31] Zotarah Shepherd: Have you published anything yet in a Journal?
[09:31] Mashburn Allen: or use notebook carts
[09:32] Mashburn Allen: naw –Im a DOER
[09:32] Mashburn Allen: lol
[09:32] Zotarah Shepherd: Without publishing it would be hard to sell the idea to schools.
[09:33] Mashburn Allen: Im at the end of my career — that part has no appeal to me at this stage — I retire in a year
[09:33] Snoopy Pfeffer: yes, OpenSim needs more success stories as well as the different kinds of applications for it
[09:34] Mashburn Allen: its gonna happen — no doubt about it
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Well this is a super interesting project , but I think we need to close for today
[09:34] Snoopy Pfeffer: thank aou again for the invitation
[09:34] Kate B (captainflint006): Great thank you
[09:34] Eraldo Carlucci: Great presentation Mashburn and Snoopy!
[09:34] Snoopy Pfeffer: you*
[09:34] Mashburn Allen: thank you
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Snoopy and Mashburn, can you reitierate how people can stay in touch with you and stay up to date on this initiatie?
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): initiative?
[09:34] Snoopy Pfeffer: my email address is
[09:34] Merlin Moonshadow: Thanks, Mashburn and Snoopy!
[09:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): very intriguing work
[09:35] Mashburn Allen: the website link is the best way
[09:35] Buffy Beale: thanks Snoopy and Mashburn, great info and presentation!
[09:35] Ozma Malibu: What is the website?
[09:35] Mashburn Allen: my email is
[09:35] Snoopy Pfeffer: news are also published on the web site
[09:35] Ozma Malibu: oh thank you both for the contact info.
[09:35] Mashburn Allen:
[09:35] Snoopy Pfeffer: welcome
[09:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): please feel free to come back once there is more to report. We’d love to see some examples of student work !
[09:36] Mashburn Allen: thank you!
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): we’ll of course publish this info on our blog soon
[09:36] Mashburn Allen: there is n more on the website
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): lets hear it for Mashburn and Snoopy!
[09:36] Buffy Beale: cheering!
[09:36] Merlin Moonshadow: /me applauds
[09:36] Snoopy Pfeffer: I can also ask some other clients – like some universities – if they are interested to talk about their projects
[09:36] Gentle Heron: Thank you Mashburn and Snoopy.
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): snoopy, definitely
[09:36] Mashburn Allen: dANG — i DONT HAVE A GRACEFUL BOWING AMIN!
[09:37] Merlin Moonshadow: I would love to hear what others are doing, especially in higher ed.
[09:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): lol
[09:37] Dancers Yao: excellent….thx
[09:37] Snoopy Pfeffer: I will ask them
[09:37] Chayenn: very interesting bravo


[09:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok well now lets transition toward our last agenda item: OPEN MIC
[09:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Who has announcements for the community?
[09:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): While you get those ready, let me remind you of all the ways you can find NPC on the web….
[09:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Nonprofit Commons blog:

Google Group:
Google Calendar:

About TechSoup:

Weekly Networking Event: Wharf Ratz, Aloft, Tuesdays, 7-9pm SLT…

Monthly Networking Event (3rd Thursday):
Common Ground, Plush, 5PM-7PM SLT…
[09:38] Zotarah Shepherd: For Higher Ed information attend VWER meetings each Thursday at 11:30am slt.
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): any announcements?
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): raise your hand please
[09:40] Glitteractica Cookie: or if you don’t know how to raise your avatar hand, say me please!
[09:40] LisaSchaefer Ruby: Tek is raising both hands
[09:40] Buffy Beale: Raises Hand
[09:40] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): really?
[09:40] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok Tek and then Buffy
[09:40] LisaSchaefer Ruby: he is in my viewer
[09:40] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I can’t see his caht
[09:40] Tek Blitz: lol maybe i should rebake
[09:41] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ah there you are. go ahead, tek, if you haven’t already
[09:41] Tek Blitz: sorry i wasn’t raising my hand
[09:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): oh no? Lisa said you were
[09:42] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (ok, I’ve got something that might be of interest to share as well…)
[09:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Go ahead Buffy and then Jerry
[09:42] Buffy Beale: thanks Rik
[09:42] Buffy Beale: I received a note from Ellie Brewster, our own Nany Kayo is giving a presentation on Sunday
[09:42] Buffy Beale: here’s the note:
[09:43] Buffy Beale: Due to unavoidable technical difficulties, Nancy K. MacDonald Miller’s lecture on violence against women in Native American communities has been postponed for one week.

The new time for the lecture is Sunday, April 15, at 11 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern and 7pm GMT. Please join us then, on Minerva, the research and study space for the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University.

To access our space, please use the instructions on this page:

For further information, please contact

Dr. Sharon Collingwood

Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1311

Twitter: @EllieBrewster

Blog: Exploring the Virtual Classroom
Minerva Events:

Visit Minerva Island in Second Life:

Avatar: Ellie Brewster (Second Life, Re
[09:43] Buffy Beale: that’s it thanks
[09:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): very important topic
[09:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok Jerry?
[09:44] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I’ve been participating in the Virtual Worlds, Games and Education MOOC these last several weeks
[09:44] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko):
[09:44] Buffy Beale: nice one Jerry
[09:44] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): It’s an offshoot of the VWBPE conference
[09:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes.. I have been too.. w00t!
[09:44] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): If you’re even vaguesly interested in any of those topics
[09:44] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I’d encourage you to check out the course activities
[09:45] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): that’s all
[09:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: we have even been venturing off together in WoW, Minecraft, etc
[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: I need to fly a few minutes early all. See you next week.
[09:45] Buffy Beale: bye Glitter
[09:45] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Yes, it’s been a great experience.
[09:45] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): bye Glitter
[09:45] Merlin Moonshadow: I really wanted to participate more, but haven’t had time the last few weeks. 🙁
[09:45] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks Jerry good to know
[09:46] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): thanks Rik
[09:46] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok well that wraps it up for this week I think
[09:46] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks again for coming to anotehr weekly NPC meeting
[09:46] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Thanksespecially to our guests Mashburn and Snoopy
[09:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Please stick around if you have questions or need help
[09:47] Merlin Moonshadow: Thanks for hosting and providing the opportunity to find out more about this program. 🙂
[09:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): otherwise, have a great Friday and restful weekend!
[09:47] Buffy Beale: You too Rik thanks for another great meeting
[09:47] alebez: thank you for a great meeting, all. have a good one!
[09:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): my pleasure
[09:48] bulaklak: Thanks, Rik! Have a great weekend, all.

Written by: rikomatic

A Virtual World in Every Classroom: Learn about Atlanta’s Noble Virtual World this Friday April 13

On Friday April 13, we are very pleased to be able to welcome Steve Allen Mashburn of the Forsyth County Schools in Georgia, as well asSnoopy Pfeffer of Dreamland Metaverse, to talk about a project that will be bringing an opensim virtual world into every classroom in metro-Atlanta district in Georgia. Called the NOBLE Virtual World, this opensim-based 3d environment will allow educators to transport their students to far-off lands and places of the imagination, such as the Berlin Wall during the Cold War or a castle in the Medieval era. Comprised of 35 schools with 35,000 students, the metro-Atlanta district will offer each school teacher the opportunity to use this 3D world in their classroom.

To learn more, come to the Nonprofit Commons this Friday April 13, starting at 8:30am. We’ll also have news from, knowledge sharing from our Mentors Team, and general announcements. See you at the Plush Nonprofit Commons!


April 13, 2012, 8:30am PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheate


  • 8:30am Introductions
  • 8:40am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45am Mentors Central
  • 8:55am Steve Allen Mashburn and Snoopy Pfeffer , Noble Virtual World for Atlanta Students
  • 9:30am OpenMic/ Announcements

More about our speakers….
Steve Mashburn
As Coordinator of Online Education for Forsyth County Schools, Steve Mashburn has overseen the development of new and alternate ways to delivery instruction to the students of Forsyth County for the past seven years. Steve’s philosophy is that instructional technology facilitates a student-center learning environment and develops the higher-level thinking skills necessary for achieving quality work. Steve has taught band, music and drama in schools throughout north Georgia for 15 years. Several of his musical compositions and method books have been published by Charles Hansen Music. His non-teaching experience includes three years as a manager of a music retail store and five years as an owner/operator of an offset print shop.

Dreamland Metaverse

Dreamland Metaverse is a privately held company, founded in 2008 and focusing on OpenSim hosting services for the international market. Our staff and partners are located in Europe, North America and Asia. Our founder and CEO is a recognized specialist in the IT and virtual world area, with many years of experience in leading edge computer technology and business development for bigger companies. Scientific background: degree in computer science and Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester, NY.  Development activities: OpenSim core developer and Open Metaverse Foundation developer.

Dreamland Metaverse is the leading hosting provider of top quality OpenSim regions and grids. We offer OpenSim regions in OSGrid and as standalone regions. Our customers include private customers, educational institutions and companies, up to Fortune 500 corporations. Our goal is to provide an excellent service for a fair price. Our references show, that we offer best service quality and an outstanding customer service. We offer professional OpenSim hosting services since 2008. We are the oldest and most experienced OpenSim hosting provider. As active OpenSim core developers we know how to ensure best availability and reliability. Since many years our OpenSim services are known for highest service quality.



Written by: rikomatic

Transcript of NPC Meeting with Marion R Smeltzer of Archeology Island April 6

This is the full chatlog transcript of the April 6 Nonprofit Commons meeting in Second Life. Our featured speaker was Ms. Marion R Smeltzer, lead developer of Archeology Island on ScienceSim.

Read on for the full transcript of this interesting meeting!

April 6, 2012, 8:30am PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

8:30am Introductions
8:40am TechSoup Announcements
8:45am Mentors Central
8:55am Marion R Smeltzer, Archeology Island
9:30am OpenMic/ Announcements


[08:30] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): hello to all multirasking this morning watching a discussion on mental health for national public health week
[08:30] Glitteractica Cookie: Let’s get this party started, shall we?
[08:30] Glitteractica Cookie: Is Alebez in the house?
[08:31] Glitteractica Cookie: not yet…?
[08:31] Panny Bakerly: /me wakes up to a party? Mmmm
[08:31] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, when she arrives, I’ll have her sit here, so the team can represent
[08:31] Flight Band: All Go
[08:31] Glitteractica Cookie: Every day is a party with the NPC
[08:31] Nova Saunders: lol
[08:31] Panny Bakerly: /me me like!
[08:31] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, on that note…
[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: Good Morning and welcome to the nonprofit commons in Second Life meeting
[08:32] Calliope Lexington: hello buffy
[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: We a re a communtiy of nonprfit employees ad friends of nonprofits and NGOs/Libraies
[08:32] Panny Bakerly: Hi Gentle
[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: And we are a community that is run by TechSoup
[08:33] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): rah!! npc and techsoup
[08:33] Buffy Beale: hiii Calli great to see you 🙂
[08:33] Calliope Lexington: 🙂
[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: Rik, your humble servant, is away this week
[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: so I’m leading the meeting with my trusty community manager and right hand man, Bulaklak
[08:34] Glitteractica Cookie: Please will you all tell your fellow avatars your real life name, nonprofit org affiliation, location where you are sitting in the physical world, URL and twitter handle, if you are so inclined? These introductins will be archived in our wiki at
[08:34] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women
[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, President of Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko
[08:35] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA
[08:35] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri,, @brenabenoir
[08:35] Panny Bakerly: Jeanne Booth, Freeport Historical Society, Freeport, NY; @FrptHisSoc
[08:35] Glitteractica Cookie: I’m Susan Tenby, Online Community and Social Media director, TechSOup Global, San Francisco, USA @techsoup @suzboop on twitter. and I love my job! Seriously!
[08:35] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc. with links to Facebook, twitter, blog on the home page
[08:35] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,
[08:35] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, CA Health Care and Human Rights
[08:35] millay Freschi: Amy Cross Four Bridges project, Amnesty International, University of Maine, Maine
[08:36] Chayenn: Monique Richert, Protect Yourself 1, Inc., Baltimore, MD ,, @PY1US
[08:36] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, Online Community Manager at TechSoup Global, @MichaelDeLongSF @TechSoup, San Francisco, CA, United States
[08:36] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup, San Francisco Ca. @TechSoup, @alebez
[08:36] orb Thursday: Ann Correia Four Bridges Bangor Maine orbweavers@twitter
[08:36] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): Stephen Gasior. Ph.D. Biology Instructor at U. of New Orleans and founder of Biological Interactive Objects for Science Education (BIO-SE) New Orleans. At my dinner table.
[08:36] James Carbetta: James Corbett, MissionV Education, Limerick Ireland, @MissionVHQ
[08:36] Glitteractica Cookie: (alebez, please join us up front)
[08:36] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): Ricky Davis San Antonio, @dyverse_steele, DJ for nonprofit commons HIV/AIDS peer support
[08:37] Kali Idziak: Jessica Dally, Community Voice Mail, Seattle, WA
[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: Hey you guys, please get your gift from the Peeps Group Hug next to the CommonGround sign in the front!
[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: If you haven’t already done so, please Please will you all tell your fellow avatars your real life name, nonprofit org affiliation, location where you are sitting in the physical world, URL and twitter handle, if you are so inclined? These introductins will be archived in our wiki at
[08:39] Adalace Jewell: Corine van Hellemont, Rosa Library Brussels,
[08:39] Hour Destiny: Morris Cox, none currently, Mesquite NV, @morriscox Working on an app to be a “second memory”.
[08:39] Calliope Lexington: Beatrice Boccardi, Italy, Naples,, lboratory for scientific and cultural popularisation in the digital age
[08:39] Dreamingen Writer: /me takes a humble bow
[08:39] CarynTopia Silvercloud: Caryn Heilman, Topia Arts Center in the Berkshires of NW, MA but currently sitting in NYC,, @TopiaArtsCenter
[08:40] Nova Saunders: Nova Saunders archaeology Island
[08:40] Glitteractica Cookie: ANy more introductions?
[08:40] Glitteractica Cookie: There are a lot of you here today
[08:40] Buffy Beale: waves to milay 🙂
[08:40] Glitteractica Cookie: I’d love to make sure you are all properly introduced
[08:41] Red (talkwithmarie): Marie C. Girls Project/Talk! with Marie, @talkwithmarie
[08:41] Glitteractica Cookie: really big turn-out
[08:41] Red (talkwithmarie): hi millay & Orb:)
[08:41] Jen (jenelle.levenque): 31 right now Glitter
[08:41] Hour Destiny: That’ll take hours. 🙂
[08:41] millay Freschi: 🙂
[08:41] orb Thursday: 🙂
[08:41] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, last call for introductions… anyone else ready to intro themselves?
[08:42] Kira Komarov: Hello, Kira Komarov from Wizardry and Steamworks 🙂


[08:42] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, I just wanted to take a moment to honor my amazing team mates, Ale and Bulaklak
[08:42] Buffy Beale: cheering!
[08:42] Red (talkwithmarie): woot!woot!
[08:42] Zinnia Zauber: Rah!
[08:42] Glitteractica Cookie: They have worked their little avatar behinds off over the past few months, but especially in the past two weeks
[08:43] Panny Bakerly: /me clap
[08:43] orb Thursday: yay!
[08:43] alebez: thanks, glitter
[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: I am serious, after this NTC conference last week, I was seriously so aware of how good my team is
[08:43] bulaklak: *blush*
[08:43] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): o/
[08:43] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): || Yaaaaaaaay n Stuff!!!!!
[08:43] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): /
[08:43] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): techsoup guru’s
[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: It’s really hard to find a great team, and I have one
[08:43] millay Freschi: ‚úñ‚úñ YAYYYYY!!! ‚úñ‚úñ
[08:43] Aletheia Lyre: yay!!!
[08:43] millay Freschi: hi lethy 🙂
[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: so, please follow them on twitter and get to know them, bc they are the bomb
[08:44] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): the NTC had some great looking topics one day I will be attending if just online
[08:44] Aletheia Lyre: hi – had trouble rezzing, had to get out, back.
[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: it just ended Dy Verse
[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: it was all week
[08:44] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): I know I was following some tweet chats
[08:45] Glitteractica Cookie: but we can see some in the archives
[08:45] Aletheia Lyre: ty
[08:45] Glitteractica Cookie: AleBez or Bulaklak, do you have any info you want to share about your experience at NTC this year?
[08:46] Glitteractica Cookie: interesting people you met or sessions you attended?
[08:46] bulaklak: Sure! I had a great time and learned a lot.
[08:46] Glitteractica Cookie:
[08:46] alebez: This was my first NTC! and it was magical.
[08:46] bulaklak: One of my favorite sessions was one on social media (surprise!)
[08:46] bulaklak: @CariGrls from @humanesociety spoke
[08:47] alebez: The session I most enjoyed was about how to best engage youth in social media. It was put on by an org called mosaic
[08:47] bulaklak: And I love the way she illustrated what not to do on social media by sharing past mistakes and lessons learned with the @humanesociety Twitter account
[08:47] bulaklak: It was a great example of practicing what she preached, i.e. transparency
[08:47] Aletheia Lyre: 🙂
[08:48] bulaklak: All of the sessions have individual pages with shared notes
[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: here are the notes from our session on having a virtual team:…
[08:48] bulaklak: Ale do you have the link to that?
[08:48] bulaklak: The myntc section?
[08:48] alebez: one sec
[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: here are the notes from our session on the wiki
[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: And here are all the notes from the entire conference:…
[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: it was truly innovative to have live, collaborative note taking
[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: Hashtag on twitter #12ntc
[08:49] bulaklak: Oh, cool. Thanks, Glitter.
[08:49] millay Freschi: excellent resource! thank you so much!!
[08:50] alebez: thanks, glitter
[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: and each session also had its indiviudal hashtag, which are avalable on the notes pages, so you can see the live, back channel during each sessions
[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: yes, it’s a great resource
[08:50] jacmacaire Humby: Hi everyone sorry to be in late..
[08:50] bulaklak: And here is an overview of all the sessions that TechSoup did. We had several across many teams!
[08:50] bulaklak:
[08:50] bulaklak: There will be more wrapups on our blog so stay tuned!
[08:51] Buffy Beale: great info thanks and hi jac 🙂
[08:51] Hour Destiny: Drat. There was a session on Google for Nonprofits.
[08:51] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, and I had a great coffee with Beth Kanter where she told me all her tricks about presenting and moderating
[08:51] Glitteractica Cookie: I’ll blog on that soon too.
[08:51] Glitteractica Cookie: She’s so methodical about presenting
[08:51] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire HUMANBE ACtion Tanl and Council on Sustainable development France and International @Humanbe
[08:52] bulaklak: Here is one by Carlos Bergfeld from our Content team. He led a session about tech planning, and then wrote this blog recap about a session he attended on the future of Internet rights
[08:52] bulaklak:
[08:52] Aletheia Lyre: Hello, everyone!
[08:52] Glitteractica Cookie: one quick tip I’ll share is that she goes to row feeder after her session, tracks which points or slides got the most buzz on twitter, and uses that info to adjust her next presentation
[08:52] Hour Destiny: Hello, Aletheia.
[08:52] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, enough on NTC, but it is truly my favorite conference of the year
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: and it was great to have such a strong team to be at my side
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: 🙂
[08:53] bulaklak: Okay one last thing, Glitter got a Microsoft Kinect!
[08:53] bulaklak: =)
[08:53] millay Freschi: 🙂
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: Oh yeah!!
[08:53] Aletheia Lyre: I teach Classics and Universal Design and Peace Studies at UMaine.
[08:53] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): whooo hooooo!
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: I was gifted a Kinnect by Microsoft
[08:53] Hour Destiny: Does the NTC have a presence in SL?
[08:53] Buffy Beale: Yayy Glitter that’s great!
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: So silly and fun
[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: b/c of a dance-off
[08:54] Hour Destiny: Gratz, Glitteractica.
[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: lol
[08:54] orb Thursday: 🙂
[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: I will put it in the techsoup office
[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: and we can dance the evenings away to dance central 2
[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, enough on that


[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: Mentors? Do you have an update?
[08:55] Glitteractica Cookie: hello? Mentors?
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: We have Hour today!
[08:55] Hour Destiny: Am I the only one here? 🙂
[08:55] Gentle Heron: Hour is presenting today.
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Sharing great resources!
[08:55] Buffy Beale: you’re the one Hour 🙂
[08:55] Glitteractica Cookie: Go ahead Hour
[08:55] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): dyverse steele is my xbox live account 🙂
[08:56] Glitteractica Cookie: If there is no mentor’s update, we can move on?
[08:56] Hour Destiny: Does anyone not have my Free or Low Cost Solutions for Nonprofits package?
[08:56] Buffy Beale: Hour is going to talk to day Glitter
[08:56] Glitteractica Cookie: Go ahead Hour.
[08:56] Gentle Heron: Glitter, Hour is representing the Mentors this morning.
[08:57] Glitteractica Cookie: We are all ears
[08:57] Hour Destiny: Hello all. I’m supposed to present on my Free or Low Cost Solutions for Nonprofits package.
[08:57] Glitteractica Cookie: We are running a little late, so please go for it
[08:57] Glitteractica Cookie: present away! 😉
[08:58] Hour Destiny: There are actually a number of stuff online and offline that are free just for nonprofits or have a steep discount.
[08:58] Hour Destiny: TechSoup is a great example of one place.
[08:58] Hour Destiny: is another.
[08:59] Hour Destiny: They’ll help with web development and design, graphics design, projects consulting, content filtering, webhosting, and more. For freee.
[09:00] Hour Destiny: However, you must place their banner on your homepage and be willing and able to complete an annual survey.
[09:01] Hour Destiny: is even better. You can get Sharepoint hosting, as well as Windows and Linux hosting. You can even get Exchange email accounts, though those are limited to 5 accounts.
[09:01] Hour Destiny: They’ll pay for the domain name too. They just ask for a small text link to their nonprofit page on their site.
[09:02] Kira Komarov: why not use: instead?
[09:03] Hour Destiny:… has a nonprofit merchant account. $20/month with $0.24 1.74% – 3.09% per transaction, but no contract. The iPhone app is $0.99.
[09:03] Hour Destiny: Does Open-Xchange handle the hosting for you?
[09:04] Glitteractica Cookie: Wel,, we need to move on to our great guest soon, so if we can wrap it up soon, that would be good? This may be a longer conversation about Open Xchange
[09:04] Kira Komarov: nope, but you can get a hosting server and install it on that 🙂 it cuts off some of the costs
[09:04] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, Hour, any more updates from your mentor team?
[09:04] Kira Komarov: Open Exchange is the open source equivalent of M$ Exchange
[09:04] Hour Destiny: will get you a free branded mobile web app for Android, iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
[09:04] Sister Abeyante: @Kira- cool if you have the tech ability to hoste your own hosting server.
[09:04] Glitteractica Cookie: For thos of you who don’t know, the mentors are great for you SL newbies to approach
[09:04] Kira Komarov: just a bit, but 🙂 i am guessing that any sysadmin would do the job 🙂
[09:04] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, anything else to add before we move on, Hour?
[09:05] Sister Abeyante: @Kira- sure wish our our had a sysadmin. LOL
[09:05] Glitteractica Cookie: (Kira, let’s continue the other conversation after)
[09:05] Hour Destiny: is great for doing Customer Relationship Management (CRM). You’ll get a bit more than what would usually cost $125/user/month.
[09:05] Kira Komarov: alright 🙂
[09:05] Hour Destiny: I’ll stop there. If anyone has questions or content to add to what I have, please contact me.
[09:05] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Hour! Salesforce was very prominent in NTC this year
[09:06] Buffy Beale: great going Hour thanks!
[09:06] Sister Abeyante: @Hour- can you give us a linke to your package of info?
[09:06] Glitteractica Cookie: great product and very reasonable for nonprfotis
[09:06] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, without further ado…
[09:06] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Hour for sharing during Mentors Central our 10 minutes of knowhow!
[09:06] CarynTopia Silvercloud: Very useful
[09:06] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, thanks to our mentors, and please find them after the meeting for a meet and greet and welcoming session
[09:06] Gentle Heron: 10 minutes is never enough!
[09:07] Glitteractica Cookie: very knowledgeable group
[09:07] Zinnia Zauber: We got some great guest mentors coming down the pike!
[09:07] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Hour!
[09:07] Glitteractica Cookie: No, if you all have the time, they are a great group to ask your live tech questions to, not only about SL, but also about all kind of technology
[09:07] Hour Destiny: You’re welcome.
[09:07] millay Freschi: thank you for the amazing resources hour!
[09:08] bulaklak: Thank you, Hour!
[09:08] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, thanks Hour and the rest of the mentors. You all should stop by the techsoup forums and help answer nonprofit tech questions there too
[09:08] Glitteractica Cookie: Woo Hoo Mentors!
[09:08] Hour Destiny: March was my 18th anniversary of being on the Internet. 🙂
[09:08] millay Freschi: :))
[09:08] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): congratulations, Hour.
[09:09] Nova Saunders: yes congrats
[09:09] Glitteractica Cookie: I love that you know your interneHappy Anniversary
[09:09] Glitteractica Cookie: That was two sentences that got mushed together, but you all get the idea


[09:10] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, NOW… without further ado…
[09:10] Glitteractica Cookie: Nova Saunders aka Marion Smeltzerin RL,
of the IUP Archaeological Services in
Indiana, PA to talk about the sim she built called *Archeology
Island * on the
ScienceSim (opensim) virtual
Archaeology Island consists of virtualizations of archaeological sites
investigated by faculty members in the IUP , including a Monongahela
Village, a Roman site in Cyprus, an underwater shipwreck, a Maya site in
Belize , and the Laurel Hill /Brown farm, was the site of an antebellum
community of former slaves.
[09:10] Glitteractica Cookie: Please give a warm round of applause to Nova Saunders!!
[09:10] Calliope Lexington: wow
[09:10] Glitteractica Cookie: Nova, please come on down!
[09:10] Buffy Beale: Cheering!
[09:10] Zinnia Zauber: Rah!
[09:10] Calliope Lexington: sounds great
[09:10] bulaklak: Wow that sounds really cool! Welcome!
[09:11] Glitteractica Cookie: The stage is yours Nova
[09:11] Jen (jenelle.levenque): ********APPPLLLAAAUUUSSSEEE********
[09:11] Nova Saunders: ty for the warm welcome and kind introduction
[09:12] Nova Saunders: I have my wonderful colleagues here to help me with questions
[09:12] Nova Saunders: Dr.Gasior and Kira Komarov
[09:12] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): /me waves
[09:13] Kira Komarov: /me waves
[09:13] Nova Saunders: I will try to just answer things relateing to the island
[09:15] Nova Saunders: so as u saw from the intro tha archaeology isalnd is compiles of actual excavations that have been investagated over the years from various field school outings
[09:15] Nova Saunders: as well as places from my home state of PA
[09:16] Kira Komarov: for a wonderful tour, you can watch:
[09:16] Nova Saunders: the layout of the island has a series of “E-Learning” panels that explain the different aspects of how archaeologist use scientif applications to interpret their findings and help us understand our past
[09:17] Glitteractica Cookie: Bulaklak will tweet that from @techsoup. What’s your project’s twtter handle?
[09:18] Hour Destiny: Kira, what are your plans next for the sim?
[09:18] Kira Komarov: it is not my sim 🙂 in fact Nova made it all herself 🙂 Stephen Xootfly and I just provided hosting
[09:18] Nova Saunders: then drom there an ava can see a late woodland area,petroglyphs,Belieze,Cyprus,a roman villiage, an underwater excavation that took place in lake Mich,and our latest area Laurel Hill farm
[09:19] Nova Saunders: lol..I had lots of help with my problems
[09:20] Nova Saunders: we also have a conference/lecture center for live presentations
[09:20] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): our only plans with Nova is to give her the resources adn space she needs for wonderful archaeology education activities.
[09:20] Nova Saunders: awwwwwwww
[09:20] Nova Saunders: ty ty
[09:20] Nova Saunders: and to keep me forever I hope
[09:20] Second Life: Items successfully shared.
[09:20] Nova Saunders: 🙂
[09:21] Nova Saunders: we would love to have visitors visit all of our educationl sites
[09:21] Nova Saunders: so please pass the word along
[09:21] Sister Abeyante: @Nova- how do you get there?
[09:21] Kira Komarov: we develop on opensim, and one of the differences is that we have set-up a hypergird portal which is accessible at secondlife:/// from any world that has hyperjumps enabled
[09:21] Nova Saunders: Dr.Gasior and Kira will help u find the place
[09:22] Nova Saunders: they can show u the links
[09:22] Pathfinder Lester: Excellent. That means I can bring the Hypergrid Adventurers Club on a tour of your place.
[09:23] Pathfinder Lester:
[09:23] Nova Saunders: yes please do
[09:23] Aletheia Lyre: I’d like to bring my Classics students.
[09:23] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): yes, and our wiki has instructions as well.
[09:23] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): That would be great Pathfinder.
[09:23] Kira Komarov: that would be awesome 🙂 we can discuss the specifics later if anybody is interested in permanently exchanging hyperlinks
[09:23] Nova Saunders: it’s a great place to just get a feel of what archaeologist REALLY do
[09:23] Hour Destiny: Post the URL(s) to Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook?
[09:24] Nova Saunders: I tell ppl my job is 25% digging and 75% paper work
[09:24] Glitteractica Cookie: yes please
[09:24] Nova Saunders: but I truely love what I do
[09:24] millay Freschi: :))
[09:24] Buffy Beale: 🙂 that’s great Nova
[09:24] Pathfinder Lester: Kira, I’ll add your hypergrid address to my list of places our group has visited on
[09:24] Kira Komarov: we can 🙂 certainly, could you provide a list of @s?
[09:24] Kira Komarov: alright 🙂 that is great
[09:24] Nova Saunders: and through the virtual plateforms I can share my love and knowledge to a larger audence
[09:26] Oronoque Westland: great that yiou are open to the public…I can bring my Africana Studies students
[09:26] Nova Saunders: I am also open for sugesstions on how I could help my fellow educators
[09:27] Kira Komarov: thank you 🙂 i just checked, we are centered at 8000,8000… so if you are further away, the hyperjump may not succeed
[09:27] Nova Saunders: and we will have conferneces or eduation plans re; the region.
[09:27] Nova Saunders: opps ment in the region
[09:27] Nova Saunders: sorry
[09:27] Pathfinder Lester: you can use the addresses on my page to find waypoints between where you are and where you need to go on the hypergrid.
[09:28] Pathfinder Lester:
[09:28] Pathfinder Lester: easy workaround 🙂
[09:28] CarynTopia Silvercloud: oh, good
[09:28] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Pathfinder!
[09:28] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): jumps to/from OS Grid WRight plaza and Scisim all work just great.
[09:29] Pathfinder Lester: my pleasure
[09:29] Kira Komarov: Pathfinder: nifty! so you map by subtracting 4096 and then calculating the jumps till you reach a grid that is less than 4096 away from the destionation?
[09:30] Pathfinder Lester: precisely
[09:30] Kira Komarov: hah! pretty cool xD
[09:30] Pathfinder Lester: at most you’ll only need 2 waypoints max
[09:30] Nova Saunders: I’m still adding things to the region but it’s still a good visual for educatores and the panels can be used for all grade levels
[09:30] Pathfinder Lester: typically, you just need to find a single waypoint, tho
[09:31] Sister Abeyante: @Pathfinder: I am new to this entirely, but I just wonder if that algorithm could be somehow automated… just a thought!
[09:31] Nova Saunders: would anybody else might wish to use your region for tours or education purposes.
[09:31] Pathfinder Lester: Sister, probably. I’m just lazy.
[09:31] Sister Abeyante: „ã°
[09:31] Oronoque Westland: @Nova, would you tell us a bit more about how you developed the sim
[09:32] Oronoque Westland: please
[09:32] Coughran Mayo: I wouldn’t have called it “lazy”
[09:32] Kira Komarov: sysadmins like chocolate and it doesn’t grow on trees is what i always say 😛
[09:32] Oronoque Westland: who is the contact person for Laurel Hill Farm, please
[09:33] Nova Saunders: well…Indiana University of Pennsylviana first started it here in SL then when the edu discount was dropped we didn’t bother to renew the lease
[09:33] Nova Saunders: I met Dr.Gasior some time inbetween that and he asked me to join his team
[09:34] Nova Saunders: so I took my memory and rebuilt it on the other sim
[09:34] Nova Saunders: of course I also used the pics and info from our university
[09:35] Hour Destiny: I’m a sysadmin and I like chocolate, but not like how my wife does. 🙂
[09:35] Nova Saunders: all the excavation material info and pics are from our archaeological services dept at IUP
[09:36] Oronoque Westland: @Nova, so glad you were able to do that…too many good educational build in SL just went poof
[09:36] Nova Saunders: did I answer your question or was I babeling again?
[09:36] Coughran Mayo: does poof = relocation to a more favorable environment?
[09:36] Oronoque Westland: yes, thank you…the contact for the Hill please
[09:37] Oronoque Westland: poof = nonexistant
[09:37] Oronoque Westland: too many educational sims have just ceased to exist
[09:38] Nova Saunders: yes..SL is missing alot
[09:38] Kira Komarov: that is correct, BIO-SE is trying to drift off to opensim but there is not much progress there due to the lacky LSL implementation (notably, physics)…
[09:38] Nova Saunders: but we manage to survive on other plateforms
[09:38] Gentle Heron: For some of us, it’s easier to see those who have gone missing than to search out and support the ones coming in new… that skews our perceptions of the whole environment.
[09:39] Namaara MacMoragh: agreed, Gentle
[09:39] Nova Saunders: exactly
[09:39] Sister Abeyante: /me wonders how those that set up shop elswhere could be marketed within SL community so folks could interconnect better?
[09:39] Ozma Malibu: We have our sim through December and then not sure what will happen. Ideas welcome.
[09:39] Coughran Mayo: Yes Gentle, so right
[09:39] Ozma Malibu: (by “our” I mean ASU)
[09:40] Kira Komarov: if you are interested in linking up with BIO-SE, we are able to provide some assistance
[09:40] Nova Saunders: educators need to stick togather especially since there is a renewed interest in cyber schools
[09:40] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): it’s hard to build the postiive inertia for using VW in education, so costs associated with SL regions are always a sticking point.
[09:40] Nova Saunders: well there is in my area
[09:40] Buffy Beale: that’s great to hear Nova
[09:40] Hour Destiny: If you’re interested in 3D design, I suggest going to as their 3D software DAZ Studio Pro 4, Bryce 7 Pro, and Hexagon are free for now. Also, Unity3D is offering their iOS and Android packages for free till the 8th. Unity3D does 3D games.
[09:40] Nova Saunders: and I plan on being able to stay with the flow
[09:40] Sister Abeyante: Is there a clearing house for whats “out there” that could be somehow ported into SL?
[09:41] Oronoque Westland: @Nova, who is the contact person for Laurel Hill Farm, please?
[09:41] Hour Destiny: One could use HeroEngine for a VW. It’s a 3D MMO engine that’s free until you charge (and then the cost is 30% of revenue).
[09:41] Nova Saunders: I believe the Blairsvill Historical society is takeing on that project
[09:41] Kira Komarov: Sister Abeyante: in most cases, as Nova can confirm, given the hyperlink system that Pathfinder pointed out, there are many worlds out there that offer free content, or at least GPLd or CCd…. most of the things you have, you could probably replace by a free equivalent
[09:42] Nova Saunders: I only did the recreatations for them through our socialogy dept
[09:42] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): does daz studio let you create mesh objects ?
[09:42] Sister Abeyante: @Kira- that’s excellent. I was thinking more about how to get people to know they are there.
[09:42] Nova Saunders: it was a great sucess at the last presentation
[09:42] Hour Destiny: I do Hexagon does. I think the others do too.
[09:43] Kira Komarov: Sister Abeyante: Pathfinder’s system is pretty clever 🙂 a unified effort could be made to create a website that implements Pathfinder’s system and it could be referenced on the opensim wiki as an universal gate system that links all the worlds…
[09:43] Hour Destiny: Hexagon also has a Second Life menu.
[09:44] Sister Abeyante: @Kira- brilliant! And by moving it to a wiki, it canbe easily “linked” to any sim in SL… click and end up at the wiki and then go from there?
[09:44] Hour Destiny:… Yes, DAZ does support mesh objects.
[09:45] Kira Komarov: Sister Abeyante: just a reference, because some worlds are already mentioned in the hypergrid section: however that requires manual input, unlike the system that Pathfinder has
[09:45] Pathfinder Lester: no, my system is just a manual list
[09:45] Pathfinder Lester: i didn’t do anything special, really
[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: So, we have a few minutes left for our guest before we move to open mic
[09:45] Pathfinder Lester: i just keep track of addresses that our HGAC group visits, that’s all 🙂
[09:45] Kira Komarov: but if it calculates the amount of jumps necessary, then it is still a big improvement
[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: so, go ahead and ask yr burning questions
[09:45] Hour Destiny:…
[09:46] Pathfinder Lester: It’s a wonderful project, Nova. I’m reallly looking forward to exploring it.
[09:46] Sister Abeyante: I have a question- if one is a newbie at hypergrid/opensim stuff..where is the best place to begin learning?
[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: good question
[09:46] Buffy Beale: great question Sister
[09:47] Nova Saunders: great and please take your students there as well
[09:47] Coughran Mayo: The Hypergrid Explorers Club
[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: link?
[09:47] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): Hypergrid business has a lot of great articles in addition to BeCunning. . .
[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: do they have an informational website
[09:47] Oronoque Westland: A class at Lehigh Univ has been working on Useful Links about Second Life … perhaps that could be expanded to the metaverse
[09:47] Sister Abeyante: Tutorials anywhere?
[09:47] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly):
[09:47] Coughran Mayo: yes, Maria Korlov writes extensively about this
[09:47] Sister Abeyante: And I mean the BASICS.
[09:47] Pathfinder Lester:
[09:48] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks path
[09:48] Nova Saunders: I will be adding links to my region so ppl can go there for more info of the area
[09:48] Pathfinder Lester: here’s Maria’s intro to the hypergrid:
[09:48] Kira Komarov: Sister Abeyante: i would guess the opensim wiki has some info on that but MAY provide some more detailed assistance in the future…
[09:49] Sister Abeyante: Great- has anyone created an OpenSim that teaches… about Open Sim use? LOL
[09:49] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): the BIO-SE wiki will at sooooome point. . . . like after semester is over . .
[09:49] Oronoque Westland: @Nova, please provide your contact info
[09:49] Glitteractica Cookie: yes, and twitter handle URL for this project so we can write/tweet about it
[09:49] Kira Komarov: indeed, we are manually ripping out some bugs, working our way around others… however, we think we have found something that is at least sustainable
[09:49] Nova Saunders:
[09:50] Pathfinder Lester: Fleep Tuque is great at introducing folks to opensim. on her FleepGrid she has a bunch of 3d models that explain how opensim works. very creative.
[09:50] Pathfinder Lester: http://fleepgridcom/
[09:50] Nova Saunders: I answer that email first
[09:50] Pathfinder Lester: doh, i mean
[09:50] Sister Abeyante: Thanks, Pathfinder!
[09:50] Oronoque Westland: thanks Nova…I will contact you
[09:50] Nova Saunders: awesome
[09:51] Nova Saunders: ty ty
[09:51] Glitteractica Cookie: any last questions for our fabulous guest?
[09:51] Buffy Beale: looking forward to exploring it
[09:51] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Wow
[09:51] millay Freschi: excellent! another great resource and i loved the video!
[09:52] Nova Saunders: 🙂
[09:52] Red (talkwithmarie): awesome Nova!
[09:52] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): /me claps for Nova
[09:52] Nova Saunders: did u hear the mucis in the background?
[09:52] clap clap
[09:52] Pathfinder Lester: thank you Nova
[09:52] Adalace Jewell: need to go. thank you for the meeting
[09:52] Kira Komarov: /me cheers
[09:52] Sister Abeyante: Thanks! Wonderful info!
[09:52] super interesting!
[09:52] thank you nova
[09:52] Nova Saunders: ty ty
[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: Any final points you want to bring up?
[09:52] Oronoque Westland: so great to “hear” about
[09:52] Buffy Beale: cheering!
[09:52] Gentle Heron: Thank you Nova and colleagues for sharing with us.
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[09:52] Thank you
[09:52] Namaara MacMoragh: thank you (applause)
[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, if not, I also want to echo thanks!
[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks for sharing with us


[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, we are at the part of the meeting where we share with our community members… open mic time
[09:54] Pathfinder Lester: /me claps
[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: Does anyone have an announcement for the larger group?
[09:54] Gentle Heron: I do.
[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: yes please
[09:54] Namaara MacMoragh: raises hand
[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: Ok, ZInnia and Gentle
[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: then Namaara
[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: Any more?
[09:55] Glitteractica Cookie: Bulaklak.. Do you have any quick TechSOup updates to add to the mix?
[09:55] bulaklak: Yes!
[09:55] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, let’s start with Zinnia
[09:55] bulaklak: And thank you Buffy for getting me the latest and greatest
[09:55] Buffy Beale: 🙂
[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you
[09:55] Glitteractica Cookie: Go ahead Zin
[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: CommonGround Networking Party is Third Thursday! So that is April 19
[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: our color theme is PINK!
[09:56] Glitteractica Cookie: what time?
[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: I have put out a gift for you all next to the sign in front
[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: the party is 5 to 7 PM SLT
[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: Enjoy networking and dancing among other nonprofits and supporters! Learn more about what nonprofits, educators, humanitarians, scientists, and artists accomplish in Second Life at the Nonprofit Commons at this fun and informative event.
[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: It is a wonderful time to make new connections and build community!
[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: We have DJ DyVerse and a fun theme every month!
[09:57] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): it sure is !!!
[09:57] CarynTopia Silvercloud: I enjoy them.
[09:57] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Zinnia and the Common Groud group!
[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: Please join us and please get your free gift! It is the Peeps Group Hug! The green one is special for Buffy!
[09:58] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you! We have an awesome team!
[09:58] Glitteractica Cookie: Right on!
[09:58] Glitteractica Cookie: Ok, anything else? Or shall we pass the mic to Gentle?
[09:58] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, Gentle.. yer up!
[09:58] Buffy Beale: lol Z
[09:58] Gentle Heron: April is Autism Awareness Month. Numerous autism support groups exist in Second Life, although few are active. The Autism Society of America is a branch of the RL ASA nonprofit. Brigadoon Explorers is part of the Dreams community, and operates entirely in Second Life.
[09:59] Gentle Heron: MEETINGS
Autism Society of America meets the first Saturday of each month.
Sat APRIL 7, 5pm SLT
[09:59] Gentle Heron:
This month, the discussion will be about the new CDC report that estimates on in 88 children are born with an autism spectrum disorder.
[09:59] Glitteractica Cookie: Great use of SL and a long-standing community
[09:59] Gentle Heron: *one in 88
[09:59] Gentle Heron: For more information, contact Brett Stand.

Brigadoon Explorers meets every Wednesday at 5pm SLT.
[09:59] Gentle Heron:
For more information, contact Ariel Miranda.
[09:59] Gentle Heron: (done)
[09:59] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Gentle!
[10:00] Glitteractica Cookie: Namaara, you are up
[10:00] Namaara MacMoragh: Thanks to everyone for supporting the events during Brain Injury Awareness Month. This month Etopia Sims are celebrating five years of eco-educations, sustainability, and nonprofit support. I’m setting up the rest of the calendar and sim events so please check out for more information. We’ll be presenting on Cooperatives And Economic Empowerment this Sunday at 12:30 pm SLT. Thanks
[10:00] Buffy Beale: nice going Namaara!
[10:00] Namaara MacMoragh: 🙂
[10:00] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Namaara… all great uses of this community platform
[10:00] Glitteractica Cookie: Bulaklak… you are up
[10:00] bulaklak: We have two online events coming up this month at TechSoup
[10:01] bulaklak: On April 17 we have the next in our Nonprofits Live online interactive event series hosted by InKenzo
[10:01] bulaklak: The topic will be green tech!
[10:01] bulaklak: RSVP here:
[10:01] Buffy Beale: Yay Ink!
[10:02] bulaklak: We also have a webinar on QuickBooks on April 18
[10:02] bulaklak: QuickBooks made easy!
[10:02] bulaklak: Register here:
[10:02] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, thanks Bulaklak… can you post our links to find us online btw meetings, not in-world
[10:02] bulaklak: And therese are all the ways you can keep in touch
[10:02] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): raises hand
[10:02] bulaklak: Nonprofit Commons blog:

Google Group:
Google Calendar:

About TechSoup:

Weekly Networking Event: Wharf Ratz, Aloft, Tuesdays, 7-9pm SLT
Aloft Nonprofit Commons (168,22)…

Monthly Networking Event (3rd Thursday):
Common Ground, Plush, 5PM-7PM SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons (128,22)…
[10:02] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Bulaklak…
[10:02] Glitteractica Cookie: DyVerse… yes?
[10:03] bulaklak: (thganks Buffy)
[10:03] Buffy Beale: welcome bulaklak 🙂
[10:03] Glitteractica Cookie: We need to end, as we are at time, but I’ll let DyVerse give the update he was about to give
[10:03] Glitteractica Cookie: DyVerse?
[10:03] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): on August 4th and 5th I will be bringing in seminars from the international aids conference 2012 right hereon health commons
[10:03] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse):…
[10:03] Glitteractica Cookie: Cool stuff!
[10:04] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): that is a link to the schedule so far
[10:04] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks for letting us know… remind us closer to the time too
[10:04] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, that is all we have time for today folks
[10:04] Buffy Beale: Glitter just a reminder that the mentors meet after a short break so anyone with questions or needing help please join us all welcome
[10:04] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks for showing up and sending another 90 mins with us
[10:04] Pathfinder Lester: take care folks. have a good weekend
[10:04] Glitteractica Cookie: yes, mentors will be here, thanks Buffy
[10:04] millay Freschi: thanks so much! so love what you’re doing :))
[10:04] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): hey john have a good weekend
[10:04] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks to all of you for your generosity of sprit and time!
[10:04] Zinnia Zauber: Mentors Meeting at 10:10!
[10:05] Dr. Gasior (stephen.xootfly): thanks to you for hosting. : )
[10:05] Zinnia Zauber: Go get your tea refill!
[10:05] Sister Abeyante: Great topics- thanks!
[10:05] Nova Saunders: ty ty for the time here
[10:05] Glitteractica Cookie: See you all next week and I hope you all relax this weekend
[10:05] Nova Saunders: it was great meeting every one
[10:05] Glitteractica Cookie: Follow @npsl on twitter to stay up to date
[10:05] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): diet dr pepper i miss my diet dr pepper drinking penguin buddy
[10:05] Glitteractica Cookie: 39 avatars were here today!
[10:05] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks all
[10:06] Glitteractica Cookie: bye!
[10:06] Glitteractica Cookie: I gotta fly!

Written by: rikomatic

Learn about Archeology Island on ScienceSim at this Friday’s NPC Meeting

archeology island on ScienceSim

For you educators and archeology buffs, we’ve got a special treat. Ms. Marion Smeltzer of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania will be at this Friday’s Nonprofit Commons to talk about the sim she built called Archeology Island on the ScienceSim (opensim) virtual platform.

Archaeology Island consists of virtualizations of archaeological sites investigated by faculty members in the IUP , including a Monongahela Village, a Roman site in Cyprus, an underwater shipwreck, a Maya site in Belize , and the Laurel Hill /Brown farm, was the site of an antebellum community of former slaves. Come find out how these recreations are being used to further research and education at IUP.

That’s this Friday, April 6, starting at 8:30am PT at the Plush Nonprofit Commons amphitheater. See you then!


April 6, 2012, 8:30am PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater


  • 8:30am Introductions
  • 8:40am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45am Mentors Central
  • 8:55am Marion R Smeltzer, Archeology Island
  • 9:30am OpenMic/ Announcements

Written by: rikomatic

Transcript of NPC Meeting on “4See” Youth Organizing Game and NTEN

Please find here the transcript from our Nonprofit Commons meeting on March 30, 2012. We featured Amy Sample Ward of NTEN and Nathan Maton , lead developer for the “4See” Youth Organizing Game.

The chatlog follows…

March 30, 2012, 8:30am PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

• 8:30am Introductions
• 8:40am TechSoup Announcements
• 8:45am Mentors Central
• 8:55am Amy Sample Ward on the NTC Conference Online
• 9:05am Nathan Maton on “4See” Youth Organizing Game
• 9:30am OpenMic/ Announcements

[08:30] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok lets get started folks.
[08:30] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): WElcome to the Nonprofit Commons weekly meetup.
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m Rik Panganiban, your community manager , working for
[08:31] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): hold on there
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We’ve got a great lineup of speakers for today
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): so we should jump into it as soon as we can
[08:31] VWBPE Coffee Mug 2011: whispers: javajavajavajavajava!
[08:31] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile (brique.topaz): Hello
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): But of course, we always start w introductions….
[08:32] Blue Mountain Coffee in a Caledon Mug: whispers: Ah, from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica! Wonderful coffee in a Caledon Mug!
[08:32] Blue Mountain Coffee in a Caledon Mug: whispers: Ah, from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica! Wonderful coffee in a Caledon Mug!
[08:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Please type into the text chat your real life name, organization, location in the world, URL and twitter handle — if you wish.
[08:32] HB Eternal: Harold W Becker, The Love Foundation, Florida,, @lovefoundation
[08:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ok go!
[08:32] DJ Earnshaw: Don Singleton, Tulsa, OK (DJ Earnshaw, Professor Viper) HelpingTulsa and APCUG, @donsingleton
[08:32] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women
[08:32] Chayenn: Monique Richert, Protect Yourself 1, Inc., Baltimore Maryland,, @PY1US
[08:32] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc. now with a blog, twitter, Facebook, all available from the website
[08:32] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL, Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,
[08:32] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA
[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, President of Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko
[08:32] Panny Bakerly: Jeanne Booth, Freeport Historical Society, Freeport, NY; @FrptHisSoc
[08:32] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Jerry Buchko | Private Practice (via telepresence) | Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA | | @jerrybuchko
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Rik Panganiban, Nonprofit Commons /, oakland, CA , , @betterverse @npsl
[08:33] Par (parhelion.palou): Jerry Welbourn, TechSoup contractor & generic volunteer, north of Baltimore, MD, no URLs or twitter
[08:33] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile (brique.topaz): Brique Zeiner – Live and Learn in Kenya Int’l – – Selb, Germany
[08:33] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri,, @brenabenoir
[08:33] BELOVEDROX: Roxy Rocker National Service Inclusion Project
[08:33] Abacus Capalini: Chris Luchs, CCCOnline in Colorado, US
[08:33] Chad Mikado: Chad Gobert, National Service Inclusion Project; UMass Boston;
[08:34] nathanmaton: Nathan Maton, 4see educational games, Washginton DC,, @nathanmaton
[08:34] Sister Abeyante: Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS (Sister Abeyante in SL) @sisterabeyante Sisters of the Divine Savior Milwaukee, WI
[08:34] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): Ricky Davis, San Antonio, hiv/aids peer support online DJ for your music needs, @dyverse_steele
[08:34] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): feel free to add me as friend
[08:35] Red (talkwithmarie): Marie C.-talkwithmarie, aka Red., Greater Boston, Girls project/Girl TV/Talk!withmarie,,, @talkwithmarie
[08:35] Suza Falta: hirosato matsuura, npo x it kansai, japan , @hirots,
[08:36] Glitteractica Cookie: SUsan Tenby, Online Community and Social Media Director, TechSoup, San Francisco, CA USA @suzboop @techsoup
[08:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): sweet, any more?
[08:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): if not, let’s move on to our first agenda item: updates from
[08:38] Kali Idziak: Jessica Dally, Community Voice Mail, Seattle, WA
[08:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Glitteractica, are you going to be reporting back today anything?
[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: Did Bulaklak give you the bullets, Rik?
[08:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I don’t think so
[08:39] Glitteractica Cookie: Oh ok, I don’t have program specific updates, but I can say that TSDIGS was a huge success
[08:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): woot!
[08:39] Buffy Beale: cheering!
[08:39] Glitteractica Cookie: Our Digital Storytelling Awards ceremony had about 150 ppl in the real room
[08:39] Buffy Beale: wow
[08:39] Glitteractica Cookie: and about 50 in-SL, and 25 on FB
[08:40] Glitteractica Cookie: and we will soon come to you all with a full report of the wrap-up and stats
[08:40] Glitteractica Cookie: the educational content is available still at
[08:40] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): pics from SL event are up at
[08:40] Glitteractica Cookie: Also, we (TechSoup) are going to be at NTC (many of us) so we will see you there
[08:41] Glitteractica Cookie: We’ll also be very involved in the Day of Service voluneteer effofts so watc for our tweets and Facebook updates on the 2nd-4th
[08:41] Glitteractica Cookie: that’s all for me
[08:41] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): fantastic
[08:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks for all of you that helped make TS Digs a success
[08:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): particularly those of you who submitted your stories
[08:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok let move on to the Mentors
[08:42] Buffy Beale: it was great here for the screening and thanks again to Par for setting up the drive-in
[08:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): The Mentors are our crack team of volunteers to help out newbies and anyone else here who could use some help in SL
[08:43] Brena Benoir: This morning we have invited Kavon Zenovka and Abacus Capalini to give us an update and highlight of VWBPE
[08:43] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Yes, Par even let me sit in the driver seat
[08:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): oh nice, come on down!
[08:43] Brena Benoir: Come on down Kavon adn Abacus
[08:43] Gentle Heron: YAY Kavon and Abacus!
[08:43] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): yeah!
[08:43] BELOVEDROX: Learn how to make your volunteer efforts inclusive. If you need assistance the National Service Inclusion Project has many resources available. Thanks Roxy
[08:43] Zinnia Zauber: Rah!
[08:44] Buffy Beale: cheering loudly!
[08:44] Kavon Zenovka: Hey Everyone!
[08:44] Buffy Beale: heyy Kavon
[08:44] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): heya!
[08:44] Kavon Zenovka: Okay – we were asked for an update.
[08:44] Kavon Zenovka: We’re still actually working on the overall numbers.
[08:44] Kavon Zenovka: Hold on
[08:45] Gentle Heron: /me waits to see how these two magicians can cram a 3 day conference into 10 minutes of summary.
[08:45] Kavon Zenovka: Let me tell you where we are from,
[08:45] Kavon Zenovka: Okay
[08:45] Abacus Capalini: lol
[08:45] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): 😉
[08:45] Kavon Zenovka: I’m the program chair for Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference
[08:45] Kavon Zenovka: which was held March 15 – 17th
[08:46] Abacus Capalini: I’m the co-program Chair for VWBPE and the Poster track lead and ran the awards, voting, etc. i.e. hole plugger 😀
[08:46] Kavon Zenovka: It was billed as the 5 th annual
[08:46] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire HUMANBE Action Tank and Council on Sustainable Development France and International @Humanbe
[08:46] Kavon Zenovka: but that may be a little off
[08:46] Kavon Zenovka: VWBPE seems to be more like it evolving
[08:46] Abacus Capalini: the website is
[08:46] Kavon Zenovka: from the first Second Life Best Practices held in 2007
[08:47] Kavon Zenovka: So it is a fully online conference held mainly in Second Life
[08:47] Kavon Zenovka: We have been trying to do as much as we can in other worlds.
[08:47] LilyAlyn: what was the topic of the conference?
[08:48] Kavon Zenovka: Best Practices in Education in “Virtual Worlds”
[08:48] Abacus Capalini: Be EPIC was the Theme this year
[08:48] Kavon Zenovka: So we also did OpenSim grids
[08:48] Kavon Zenovka: World of Warcraft
[08:48] Kavon Zenovka: Club Penguin
[08:48] Kavon Zenovka: Minecraft
[08:49] Kavon Zenovka: and we have a raincheck for Eve Online which we hope to do within the month
[08:49] Kavon Zenovka: The conference ran for 3 days
[08:49] Abacus Capalini: While the event is hosted in SL we are looking for Education Best Practices in all virtual environments
[08:49] Kavon Zenovka: We do not run 24/7
[08:49] Kavon Zenovka: We found that there is a dead zone that we don’t get participants in
[08:50] Kavon Zenovka: whispers: Thats from 11 pm SL to about 3 am SLT
[08:50] Abacus Capalini: We did 36.5 hours of programming over the 3 days
[08:50] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): a 24 hour conference for several days sounds very ambitious anyway
[08:50] Kavon Zenovka: We based that on the numbers from previous conferences
[08:50] Kavon Zenovka: and that’s something else
[08:50] Kavon Zenovka: it’s all volunteer
[08:50] Kavon Zenovka: something you know very well
[08:50] DJ Earnshaw: besides the volunteers need time to rest
[08:50] Gentle Heron: indeed!
[08:51] Kavon Zenovka: and it is really based on the volunteers we get
[08:51] Abacus Capalini: lol.. yes DJ. 😀
[08:51] Kavon Zenovka: In previous years we had specific language tracks
[08:51] LilyAlyn: so all who attend are considered volunteers?
[08:51] Abacus Capalini: and our transcription team .. Thanks again to Gentle and her crew 😀
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: It is an amazing event and always wonderful to participate and work with such pros!
[08:51] Gentle Heron: LilyAlyn- the workers are volunteers, the workers and organizers and presenters
[08:51] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (I’d encourage a study of the conference program, there’s great stuff in there and it’s possible to track down some of the content)
[08:51] Brena Benoir: Yay Gentle!
[08:51] Kavon Zenovka: and we will have them as long as we get volunteers who can review and coordinatre in those languages
[08:52] Kavon Zenovka: We’re not pros.
[08:52] Kavon Zenovka: We know our mistakes a little too well.
[08:52] Abacus Capalini: The event was also livestreamed by and will be up as an archive, but we don’t have an exact date yet 😀
[08:52] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): volunteers did an outstanding job pulling the whole thing together… it was a great experience as an atendee
[08:52] LilyAlyn: who are some examples of people who present?
[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: You are! We get to meet so many wonderful educators and get to share our knowhow!
[08:53] Abacus Capalini: Last year (2011) we had 2,447 unique avies attend over the 3 days
[08:53] Kavon Zenovka: Well we did solicit our Keynotes
[08:53] Kavon Zenovka: so openign keynote was Marianee Maelstrom – Knowclue Kidd
[08:53] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I’m eagerly awaiting the archive 🙂
[08:53] Abacus Capalini: The program can be found at:
[08:53] Kavon Zenovka: then we had Peggy SHeehy and Lucas Gillespie from WoW in School
[08:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): love those guys!
[08:54] Kavon Zenovka: then Lisa Dawley and Chris Haskell from 3D Games Lab
[08:54] Kavon Zenovka: as the Thursday opening keynotes
[08:54] LilyAlyn: wow! that’s so interesting
[08:54] Abacus Capalini: We also had Dr. Dede talking about his groups foray into Augmented Reality
[08:54] Kavon Zenovka: on Friday it was Maria Korolov, Dr. Chris Dede and then Gord Holden
[08:54] Gentle Heron: not just talk about, but lots of modeling and hands-on experiences!
[08:55] Kavon Zenovka: Saturday – Sharon Bowers who is doing amazign work with 40 worlds in Activeworlds
[08:55] Abacus Capalini: Dr. Dede teaches at Harvard and focused his presentaion on their
[08:55] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @LilyAlyn, It gave me a real appreciation for how innovative these educators are…
[08:56] Kavon Zenovka: and then Dr, David Gibson who had us all contributing through a google doc – about 50 of us all at the same time typeing and answering questions
[08:56] Abacus Capalini: That was my favorite part D:
[08:56] Buffy Beale: and don’t forget the parade and party 🙂
[08:56] Kavon Zenovka: Yes
[08:56] Kavon Zenovka: Social was such an important part
[08:56] Abacus Capalini: crazy to see that collaboration and watch Google Docs shudder and groan under the strain to keep up 😀
[08:56] Buffy Beale: the dragon parade was soooo funny
[08:56] Kavon Zenovka: I think social was responsible for the conference feeling like a community
[08:57] Buffy Beale: I think it worked Kavon
[08:57] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): we have time for a couple of questions, if there are any
[08:57] Kavon Zenovka: oh and BotGirl’s alt was our pre-awards show
[08:57] Kavon Zenovka: We lightened it up because I think all of our heads were about to explode.
[08:58] Kavon Zenovka: Then we had our awards ceremony
[08:58] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): So there was such a rich environment for interesting dialogue
[08:58] Buffy Beale: Question: are the sims still up to visit, the poster sessions were amazing
[08:58] Kavon Zenovka: We had 2 contest during the conf
[08:58] Abacus Capalini: We also had some speakers from the Smithsonian Institute and their exploration of building in SL as an extension of their Latino Studies program
[08:58] Kavon Zenovka: Yes – please come over
[08:58] Kavon Zenovka: Posters are up until APril 1
[08:58] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): … in many ways it was what might hope a conference experience might be
[08:59] Kavon Zenovka: and we are having a Volunteer Appreciation evening tomorrow
[08:59] Abacus Capalini: Posters will be up until the 1st, they are over on EduCommons Alpha and Bravo
[08:59] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): that’s fantastic
[08:59] Gentle Heron: Better than an RL conference in SO many ways!
[08:59] Kavon Zenovka: So pleace come to it.
[08:59] Kavon Zenovka: *please
[08:59] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ah and just in time, I see amytron, welcome!
[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: I was so proud of the awards my students earned from the University of Washington!
[08:59] Abacus Capalini: Here is the information on the event:
[08:59] Buffy Beale: IM me if you want the LMs I have a folder of them
[08:59] Abacus Capalini: Dear Particpants & Volunteers!

Thank You! You were Epic! We really appreciated all of your dedication, determination, and sleep deprivation. Please come to the VWBPE Appreciation Evening Saturday March 31st from 6 -8 pm on EduCommons Alpha.

You were Epic – but for this event we are asking you to dress Epic!

If you like, please come dressed as in your interpretation of Epic! (Yes, there will be prizes for costumes.) It with be an event with music, dancing and conversation.

We really want to thank you and have you attend an event you’re not working or presenting at! We‚Äôd also like to tell you the numbers we didn’t received from Linden Labs.

When: Saturday, March 31st
Time: 6:00 pm SLT to 8:00 pm SLT
Where: Educommons Alpha /25/
Dress: Epic!
Who: VWBPE volunteers, presenters, and friends
What: A party to honor the incredible dedication and hard work of the people who made the 2012 VWBPE Conference possible.

6:00 pm SLT
[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: It is a real honor to have this event happen in SL!
[08:59] Kavon Zenovka: sorry to span your chat
[08:59] Kavon Zenovka: Thanks everyone!
[08:59] Brena Benoir: Thank you so much for providing us the opportunity to engage in the VWBPE conference and for all of your hard work Kavon and Abacus
[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[09:00] Abacus Capalini: The Appreciation event will run until 8pm SLT or so 😀
[09:00] Buffy Beale: it’s one of the finest events in SL to bring validity that we do real business here so thank you!
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks for coming to report back to us
[09:00] Sister Abeyante: Excellent! Thanks!
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): we really appreciate it
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): okay speaking of kick ass conferences
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I see that Amytron from NTEN has just rezzed in
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): She wanted to give us the news about a very exciting nonprofit conference happening very soon that we can all participate in
[09:01] Amytron Helendale: Hi all! Had some slow rendering on start but think I’m good now!
[09:01] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Amy Ward is membership director for NTEN
[09:01] Glitteractica Cookie: Yaay Amytron!
[09:01] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Amy, can you tell folks about NTC?
[09:01] Amytron Helendale: Sure – did you want me to share now?
[09:02] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): sure
[09:02] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I know your time is limited
[09:02] Buffy Beale: yayy Amy!
[09:02] Amytron Helendale: Thanks! So great to be here to share!
[09:02] Amytron Helendale: As Rik said, I’m Amy Sample Ward and the membership director for NTEN
[09:02] Amytron Helendale: the annual conference, the Nonprofit Technology Conference, is taking place next week in SF
[09:02] Amytron Helendale: but it is already sold out for live tickets.
[09:03] Amytron Helendale: However! We will be streaming the conference online, with exclusive interviews and much more.
[09:03] Glitteractica Cookie: That’s where you all come in!
[09:03] Amytron Helendale: You can see all the details, including the full schedule of streamed content, at
[09:03] Amytron Helendale: Plus – I’ve got some discounts for you all to take 50-60% off the registration price!
[09:04] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): nice
[09:04] Amytron Helendale: If you are already an NTEN member, you can register for just $100 using this code: 12oNTC-43M
[09:04] Amytron Helendale: If you are not an NTEN member, you can register for just $150 with this code: 12oNTC-45NM
[09:05] Amytron Helendale: The coupons are only valid today, so if you’d like to take advantage of the savings, you’ll need to register today. But you can register any day up to the conference if you’d like.
[09:05] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): For those that don’t know, NTC is THE event for nonprofits interested in technology during the year
[09:05] Amytron Helendale: We will have members of TechSoup’s NetSquared program moderating some of the online sessions as the chat moderators, too!
[09:06] Sister Abeyante: That’s exciting. Amytron, do you know if the online conference is accessible to the deaf?
[09:06] Amytron Helendale: Thanks, Rik! Yes – it certainly is. We are sold out, as I siad, at 1750 people in person and have over a hundred already signed up to be there online.
[09:06] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): wow nice
[09:07] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): see you there!
[09:07] Amytron Helendale: I know that we have worked to tackle accessibility options for the live event, but I am not as involved with the online NTC planning. If you email me at I can put you in touch with Anna to find out.
[09:07] Sister Abeyante: Excellent Thanks!
[09:07] Amytron Helendale: Yes, of course
[09:07] BELOVEDROX: How are you making the conference accessible to everyone.?
[09:07] Glitteractica Cookie: She just answered that
[09:07] BELOVEDROX: Thanks
[09:08] Amytron Helendale: Great question – part of making the conference accessible is offering it online so not everyone has to come to SF. For those in person, we have support for people who have told us about any accessibility needs.
[09:08] BELOVEDROX: I know I just the answer
[09:08] BELOVEDROX: Thank you so much.
[09:08] Buffy Beale: Will any of the sessions be streamed into Second Life?
[09:09] Amytron Helendale: Great question, Buffy – I think that Gliteractica may be planning some?
[09:09] Hour Destiny: Will anyone be sponsored to go to the NTC conference?
[09:10] Amytron Helendale: We do provide scholarships – we had many applicants and are able to cover the cost for 50 people
[09:10] Glitteractica Cookie: Amy — I hadn’t checked with Holly about that, but I will see what we can do
[09:10] Amytron Helendale: Glitteractica – great! 🙂
[09:10] Glitteractica Cookie: In Kenzo, can you chat with me about that today?
[09:10] Glitteractica Cookie: The short answer is, if we can find a location to do it, we will do our best
[09:10] Veri Oddfellow: Sorry so delayed, today, y’all. Brad Lewis, Great Strides, Healing with Horses in DAmascus, MD
[09:11] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): well thanks Amy for stopping by
[09:11] Amytron Helendale: You can also follow along on twitter – the hashtag is #12ntc
[09:11] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): let’s talk later 🙂 Evonne @amoration, in SF today 🙂
[09:11] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): Thanks Amy!
[09:11] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Everyone take note of that promo code
[09:11] nathanmaton: Hey there Brad
[09:11] Amytron Helendale: Thanks everyone! 🙂
[09:11] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Check out to see if your group is interested in attending
[09:11] Amytron Helendale: If you have questions or forget the discount codes, just email me
[09:11] Glitteractica Cookie: And the techsoup team will be capturing a lot of video to share on our Facebook page and the page of NTC
[09:11] Amytron Helendale: and i’ll hook you up
[09:11] Amytron Helendale: thanks!
[09:11] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Amytron
[09:11] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): all teh best with the conference organizing, amy and your team!
[09:12] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Okay Nathan can you come on down please?
[09:12] Amytron Helendale: Thanks, Rik!
[09:12] nathanmaton: Hi
[09:12] Buffy Beale: cheering for Natan!!
[09:12] nathanmaton: nice to meet you all!
[09:12] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): hi Nathan
[09:12] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Lets welcome Nathan Maton, lead developer of “4See” to the NPC
[09:12] Veri Oddfellow: *YEAH* 4See rocks!
[09:12] Namaara MacMoragh: Yay Nathan!
[09:12] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Thanks for taking the time to be with us today Nathan
[09:13] nathanmaton: Thanks for rezzing in today and I’m excited to be here
[09:13] Hour Destiny: What’s 4See?
[09:13] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): He’s here to talk to us about his very interesting game project
[09:13] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): lets find out!
[09:13] nathanmaton: Indeed!
[09:13] nathanmaton: Ok, so first a disclosure
[09:13] nathanmaton: This presentation will require lots of hand raising, get your fingers on your hand raising button.
[09:14] nathanmaton: This presentation will require lots of hand raising, get your fingers on your hand raising button.Also let me know and feel free to interrupt as I explain it
[09:14] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): (shoot I don’t know where my gestures are on this new SL viewer)
[09:14] nathanmaton: First as a bit of background…
[09:14] nathanmaton: I work with Jane McGonigal and help her run, formerly consulted with E-Line media and write about educational games for Mindshift
[09:14] nathanmaton: Ok, now about 4see
[09:14] Coughran Mayo: /me loves Jane McGonigal
[09:14] nathanmaton: Take a second to place yourself back in your high school and college experience
[09:14] Glitteractica Cookie: who doesn’t??! Everyone does
[09:15] nathanmaton: Remember a group project you worked on in a club or class?
[09:15] nathanmaton: Was there one person doing 90% of the work?
[09:15] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): usually me
[09:15] Coughran Mayo: me
[09:15] Red (talkwithmarie): hmm yes
[09:15] nathanmaton: Did anyone have a clue what their role on a project was or did you all overlap?
[09:15] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): lol
[09:15] Coughran Mayo: lol
[09:15] nathanmaton: Raise your hand if you can recall a class like that. Now raise your hand if you were the one doing the 90% of the work.
[09:15] Hour Destiny: For some reason, I think of Buffy Beale whenever comes to my attention. 🙂
[09:15] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile (brique.topaz): ¬∞Õú¬∞ hmmm guess who…
[09:15] Red (talkwithmarie): 98%
[09:15] nathanmaton: hah
[09:15] nathanmaton: 98% :0
[09:16] nathanmaton: We’re making a game to help youth learn team work
[09:16] nathanmaton: There’ve been some amazing examples from game based learning scenarios
[09:16] nathanmaton: by Lee Scheldon (Multiplayer Classroom) and Roger Travis (Pratomime) where the game scenario greatly helped the team work and role separation.
[09:16] nathanmaton: As I’m sure many of you already know!
[09:16] nathanmaton: How many of you have researched team work in virtual words?
[09:17] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): /me raises hand
[09:17] Buffy Beale: lol Hour yes I was very active on Gameful when it started up 🙂
[09:17] Gentle Heron: /me raises BOTH hands
[09:17] nathanmaton: Now let’s turn to what we’re hoping to use this game for.
[09:17] nathanmaton: Raise your hand if your non-profit helps better a local community near you.
[09:17] Sister Abeyante: /me raises hand
[09:18] Buffy Beale: raises hand
[09:18] nathanmaton: how many of you started doing something similar when you were a teenager?
[09:18] nathanmaton: There’s strong research showing that our societal values are formed heavily in our teenage years
[09:18] Hour Destiny: I help a nonprofit that helps the local community.
[09:18] Sister Abeyante: yes
[09:18] Veri Oddfellow: *raises hand*
[09:18] nathanmaton: and that success at a moment when we do something abnormal and work on a project to change our community is pivotal in shaping our values to include civics.
[09:18] nathanmaton: We work with a small non-profit in DC that runs these trainings.
[09:18] nathanmaton: Learn Serve International
[09:18] nathanmaton: They don’t have the capacity to track each team after their program ends.
[09:19] nathanmaton: One group had a young woman from an incarcerated family want to help other kids like her make it through school.
[09:19] nathanmaton: She started a scholarship fund but her partner and her just couldn’t work well together.
[09:19] nathanmaton: 3 years later she’s still struggling towards her goal but needs the team building training as her organization is her and adult advisors who don’t have the time to pitch in what she needs.
[09:19] nathanmaton: We’ve heard dozens of examples like this
[09:20] nathanmaton: So we did some research and found there’s some amazing methodologies out there for teaching these team skills
[09:20] nathanmaton: The one we’ve selected
[09:20] nathanmaton: researched by Marshall Ganz and Ruth Wageman at harvard and talked to Marshall about our project (he architected Obama’s organizing strategy in 2008).
[09:20] nathanmaton: It includes 5 core tenants:
[09:20] nathanmaton: 1) Find diverse team members
[09:20] nathanmaton: 2) Find a common purpose
[09:20] nathanmaton: 3) Clear Boundaries
[09:20] nathanmaton: 4) Clear Roles
[09:20] nathanmaton: 5) Explicit norms
[09:21] nathanmaton: We’re building two game modes to teach these skills
[09:21] nathanmaton: In single player the focus is around two of the five main components of working well as a team:
[09:21] nathanmaton: 1) Have diverse team members and
[09:21] nathanmaton: and finding a common purpose
[09:21] nathanmaton: The players will be given problems and have to meet potential team mates and decide which ones to choose.
[09:21] nathanmaton: They’ll learn a lot more about the players after picking when we show their personalities in addition to their pitches
[09:22] nathanmaton: Then we also are building a multiplayer mode for the other 3
[09:22] nathanmaton: The multiplayer mode will work with 4-12 people and they’ll be put into fictional scenarios and have to solve some problem.
[09:22] nathanmaton: The first scenario we’ve built out is around changing a food policy in a school and we’ve been talking to students, teachers, non-profit professionals and school administrators to build it out.
[09:22] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): very cool
[09:22] nathanmaton: In these scenarios the teams will be trying to get high scores, finishing it faster and with more complete results.
[09:23] Buffy Beale: that’s fantastic
[09:23] nathanmaton: Each scenario will have multiple levels of increasing complexity and will require more and more complex roles.
[09:23] Veri Oddfellow: /applause
[09:23] nathanmaton: For example, in the most basic scenario the person who is the coordinator won’t be able to move but will be able to talk with each of the other players via chat.
[09:23] nathanmaton: and so on…
[09:23] nathanmaton: We’re pretty stoked to be doing this
[09:23] nathanmaton: we’ve got a lot of educators jazzed about the idea
[09:24] nathanmaton: and are running a Kickstarter campaign to help us focus on this project
[09:24] nathanmaton: We need to reach more teachers and educators and non-profits like you to make it happen
[09:24] Veri Oddfellow: Would it be good to send you funding opportunities, too, Nathan?
[09:25] nathanmaton: We’re asking for your support to help us get the word out if this sounds up your alley
[09:25] nathanmaton: And other funding opportunities are definitely great veri 🙂
[09:25] nathanmaton: Aside from creating more employees for you in the future, what’s in it for you now?
[09:25] Hour Destiny: Any interest in doing a SimNonprofit game?
[09:25] nathanmaton: We’re considering doing custom scenarios based off of non-profit’s real work.
[09:25] nathanmaton: and yes hour destiny we’ve been talking to a few folks on second life about a sim nonprofit game
[09:26] nathanmaton: So if this is up your alley please let me know
[09:26] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (hmmm a game about the process of establishing a non-profit?)
[09:26] Hour Destiny: It is. Been planning to mindmap such a thing.
[09:26] nathanmaton: and if you have suggestions, feedback etc please reachout to me here or on twitter or via email
[09:26] Sister Abeyante: If a nonprofit wanted to contract with you for design of a game, how would that occur?
[09:26] Buffy Beale: I’m interested Nate and will contact you
[09:26] Hour Destiny: Jerry, yes. I’ve been thinking about it for months.
[09:26] nathanmaton: Here’s a link to our KS page –
[09:27] nathanmaton: we’ve got some levels on there for non-profits
[09:27] nathanmaton: and we’re also open to talking via email
[09:27] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): So for those who have never developed a game before, is that 16K figure you need covering what?
[09:27] nathanmaton: I’m
[09:27] Veri Oddfellow: Great presentation Nathan, I’m in! Let’s sit down and meet and go over some more ways I can be of assistance, eh?
[09:27] nathanmaton: @Rik the 16k goes to getting an artist, designer and developer to spend all day every day to make this happen
[09:28] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): so consultant time, essentially, got it
[09:28] LilyAlyn: how do you make a living off this?
[09:28] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): is that in the ballpark for a simple online game to develop? that sounds pretty reasonable
[09:28] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Hour, great idea! 🙂
[09:28] LilyAlyn: how could they spend all day every day doing it but still be a non-profit?
[09:28] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): LilyAlyn, people still need to eat!
[09:29] nathanmaton: We make a living by doing all sorts of periphery things to this, we hope that foundations and non-profits will find this of value and support it as it grows
[09:29] Hour Destiny:
[09:29] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Nonprofit doesn’t mean people who work don’t get renumerated for their work
[09:30] nathanmaton: any other questions? Did I miss something?
[09:30] Gentle Heron: Volunteer means that, Rik!
[09:30] LilyAlyn: educate me lol. i dont know much about non profit work
[09:30] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): 🙂
[09:30] Veri Oddfellow: Keep up the good work, Nathan! Sounds tremendous!
[09:30] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Volunteers get renumerated in social capital 😉
[09:30] nathanmaton: Thanks so much for rezzing in to talk about this
[09:31] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): thanks Nathan!
[09:31] Buffy Beale: Nathan you are amazing and all your work at Gameful too but yay so happy to see you here remember how long ago I talked about it to you lol
[09:31] Red (talkwithmarie): Thanks nathan! Awesome!
[09:31] nathanmaton: We’re also looking for researchers if anyone is interested in helping us figure out the effects this will have
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): For sure nathan, best of luck
[09:31] nathanmaton: @ Buffy so glad to hear from ya!
[09:31] Veri Oddfellow: /applause
[09:31] Coughran Mayo: I tried to buy dinner with a bunch of gratitude someone had given me
[09:31] Buffy Beale: 🙂
[09:31] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[09:31] Coughran Mayo: didn’t work
[09:31] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Coughran, 😉
[09:31] nathanmaton: and thanks Rik for inviting me here 🙂
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Are there other examples of serious games on similar subjects youcan recommend us to check out?
[09:31] nathanmaton: last time I saw you you were a dragon avatar
[09:31] Jen (jenelle.levenque): You went to the wrong place Coughran
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): lol
[09:32] nathanmaton: I’d recommend looking at what Kevin Ballestrini is doing with his latin class
[09:32] nathanmaton: errr give me a second to find that article
[09:32] nathanmaton:…
[09:33] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Coughran & @Jen, Technically, Jen’s correct… you tried to spend that currency someplace that didn’t recognize it 🙂
[09:33] nathanmaton: and look at what Lee Scheldon is doing. I’ve talked to their students and they said team work has never been like this before.
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): sweet! We had Games for Change here in February
[09:34] nathanmaton: I saw 🙂
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): let’s here it for Nathan
[09:34] nathanmaton: Thanks!
[09:34] Hour Destiny: You can get a license to HeroEngine for free and use it for your game. It’s a MMO engine used for Star Wars, the Old Republic (SWTOR). Allows you to collobrate/build in real time with others. Have a license to it myself.
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I personally want to play his game so I can learn how to work in teams!
[09:34] Veri Oddfellow: Yah … go Nathan!
[09:34] Buffy Beale: Great talk Nate thanks you rock it and lol I still can’t believe how small a world it is 🙂
[09:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): heh, I get a sense you’re already levelled up pretty for on that stat, Rik 🙂
[09:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): *far
[09:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): we’ll also blog about this meeting for those that weren’t here to learn about “4See”
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok folks we are at the Open Mic / Announcement portion of our meeting
[09:36] nathanmaton: @Buffy aw shucks it is a small world
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): oh shoot, I can’t find me file with all the relevant NPC links .
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): new computer
[09:36] Buffy Beale: lol I’ll say
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): anyone have that they can paste in the text chat?
[09:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): oh found it … sort of….
[09:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Nonprofit Commons blog:

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[09:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thats NPC on the online
[09:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Okay who has announcements for us today?
[09:38] Brena Benoir: /me raises hand
[09:38] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): I have a few recognitions to share
[09:38] Gentle Heron: I have two (I always seem to have something to say, don’t I?)
[09:38] Veri Oddfellow: @Gentle …. LOL
[09:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Brena, In K and then Gentle
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Go ahead Brena
[09:39] Brena Benoir: On behalf of NPC, I would like to thank Zinnia for the many contributions she had made to this community and the wonderful efforts she continues to make to help people engage in our community. Happy Rez Day Zinnia!
[09:39] Par (parhelion.palou): Yay Z!
[09:39] Gentle Heron: YAY Zinnia, happy day and many many more!
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Happy Rez Day Zinnia!
[09:40] Veri Oddfellow: YAY ZIN!
[09:40] Zotarah Shepherd: /me coughs
[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you so much!
[09:40] Chayenn: bravo ZZ and thank u for your help to PY1
[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: *blush*
[09:40] Ozma Malibu: Happy Day Zinnia! What would we do without you!
[09:40] Namaara MacMoragh: Happy Rez Day Zinnia!! YayY
[09:40] Red (talkwithmarie): happy rez day! woot!woot Z!
[09:40] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile (brique.topaz): YES! Happy Rez Day!
[09:40] Coughran Mayo: Yay Zinnia!
[09:40] Buffy Beale: yay Z wow what a long 4 years
[09:40] Zotarah Shepherd: Happy Rez Day Zinna
[09:40] Brena Benoir: You’re an integral part of this community and we would not be where we are without your efforts
[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: You guys are so sweet! I am so lucky to have such lovely and dear friends here in NPC and SL!
[09:40] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): thanks for the extra shots of color you give us
[09:40] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile (brique.topaz): Do I smell Rez Day cake???
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you! Did you all get cupcakes for your office?
[09:41] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I ate all mine
[09:41] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): was I supposed to share?
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: lol
[09:41] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): no gluten free ones… 🙁
[09:41] Gentle Heron: /me is sad to say the cupcakes didn’t make it to the office.
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: hehe you guys are awesome!
[09:41] Veri Oddfellow: Tee hee hee … yeah, I scarfed most of mine .. want an extra Rik?
[09:41] Brena Benoir: Come visit Wharf Ratz and CommonGround where you can hang out with us and get to know what’s going on here in NPC and other locations aroudn the world
[09:42] Brena Benoir: done
[09:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks Brena
[09:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): In Kenzo, go for it
[09:42] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Thanks for the cupcakes Z
[09:42] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): Just a quick moment to honor the TSDigs entrants whose work we didn’t get to show on Wednesday night!
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: you are welcome!
[09:42] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): Love Foundation – BearTrek (Kali) – Elder Voices….so sorry we had a sound glitch on your video!
[09:42] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): PFH – Buffy/Bridges — all of you did a great job creating beautiful stories
[09:43] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): I’m forgetting a few…..
[09:43] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): But thank you, and keep the great stories coming! You can use the #TSDigs hashtag yearround
[09:43] Buffy Beale: DyVerse entered one
[09:43] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): Oh yes, 2!
[09:43] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): I showed one of his photos and his short animation vid
[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Project Jason
[09:43] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): thank you Zinnia, yes
[09:43] Glitteractica Cookie: I loved the Project Jason one
[09:44] Buffy Beale: yay Ronnie!
[09:44] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): If you’re in LA anytime soon, let me know – I’d love to get you on camera
[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Ozma’s Project for ASU
[09:44] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): I’m hosting a big festival April 20-22nd —
[09:44] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): So if there are arts groups that want to feature work, I’m the curator for this festival
[09:44] Ozma Malibu: Joyce, for the IDEAL ITQ project.
[09:44] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): and I have room for a few more works – large backdrops, sculpture, yoga art
[09:44] Ozma Malibu: (same one Z just mentioned)
[09:44] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): we’ll post again the submissions from the NPC community to the blog
[09:44] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): oh yes JOYCE!
[09:44] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): Thank you Rhiannon
[09:45] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): Awesome entries, wish I had time to show them all – will hopefully have a time when they can all be brought inworld (with cupcakes)
[09:45] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): Thanks Rik for being awesome all around
[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: YES!
[09:45] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): /me nods
[09:45] Ozma Malibu: What I learned is how complex and how much work these videos are!
[09:45] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): I will send out a shortlink soon to the TSDigs show if you want to watch it – it’s also up on
[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: Gotta have the cupcakes!
[09:45] Chayenn: sorry i missed the event was busy in DC
[09:46] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo):
[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: Here are the photos of the live event in SF…
[09:46] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): has the full stream recorded, the sliderocket will be shared soon (after I fix that Elder Voices sound glitch)
[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: there will be many more look for the techsoup and tsdigs tags on flikr
[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: flicke
[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: arrgh
[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: flickr
[09:46] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Okay we should move on
[09:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): last announcement from Gentle Heron
[09:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): who is always so plugged in!
[09:47] Gentle Heron: well not just me, Rik
[09:47] Gentle Heron: We’re coming toward the end of Brain Injury Awareness Month. We’ve had some amazingly informative and inspiring presentations. I want to thank NonProfit Commons colleagues Chad at NSIP and the wonderful ladies at JAN for participating in this collaborative effort.
[09:47] Gentle Heron: Two more presentations later today, if you have time to attend:
[09:48] Gentle Heron: Noon pm SLT- Anya Ibor (Fearless Nation PTSD peer support group leader) talks about “Brain Plasticity” at Etopia.
[09:48] Gentle Heron: 4pm SLT- Eve Maven (social work professor from Valdosta) talks about “TBI: The Signature Injury of Modern Warfare” and its implications for wounded warriors, their families, and their communities. This will be at Virtual Ability’s Sojourner Auditorium. I can give you a notecard about these two events today.
[09:48] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Anya has also been doing her presentations in the SpotON3D grid too
[09:48] BELOVEDROX: NSIP was happy to participate Thank you Gentle
[09:48] Gentle Heron: The closing ceremony for this month of events will be tomorrow, 9am to 3pm SLT at Etopia. Join us at Etopia Island for music, food, and fun as we celebrate the achievements and stories of individuals with brain injuries. For information on this gala event, please speak with Namaara MacMoragh
[09:49] Gentle Heron: (Namaara is hiding in the back here this morning.)
[09:49] Gentle Heron: And on a different (though of course related) topic, we will be viewing and then discussing a TED Talk by runner Aimee Mullins on the definition of “disability.” That will occur Sunday April 1 at 2pm and Monday April 2 and 11am both SLT on Virtual Ability island. We hope you can join us for these facilitated discussions.
[09:49] Buffy Beale: lol hiii Namaara I see you
[09:49] Gentle Heron: These TED Talk discussions are new for us. Please help us make them a success.
[09:49] Gentle Heron: (that’s all)
[09:49] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Thanks Gentle
[09:49] Chad Mikado: Thanks!
[09:49] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I ws thinking a facilitated TED Talk video showing / discussion thinggee here in the NPC might be great
[09:50] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): if someone wanted to take on that idea
[09:50] Glitteractica Cookie: yes, i agree
[09:50] Zotarah Shepherd: I like the TED Talks I have seen
[09:50] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I often want to talk with people after watching them
[09:50] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): wow, you’d doing your own TEDx in SL?
[09:50] Gentle Heron: Yes, that’s what we thought it might be like, Jerry.
[09:50] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thats a fun idea too
[09:50] Zotarah Shepherd: Great idea
[09:50] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I was thinking of more of a regular video night here
[09:50] Gentle Heron: We have some folks who are prepared to facilitate the discussion.
[09:50] Glitteractica Cookie: we should talk to the Linden folks on that idea
[09:50] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): brilliant!
[09:51] Veri Oddfellow: Excellent idea … at least for streaming, but better if it was mixed reality
[09:51] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): anyway, this is your community, so anything you want to try and launch , we are all ears
[09:51] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): regular video night would also be good idea
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): welcome to SL xandino13
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok I think that wraps it up
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Mentors meeting after this?
[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: bye all
[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks again
[09:52] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): bye Glitter
[09:52] Veri Oddfellow: Thanks, Glitter .. y’all are doing a great job!
[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: We are having a lot of fun!
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks to our special guest Nathan Maton!
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Yes, Mentors at 10
[09:52] Veri Oddfellow: *waves* bye bye all!
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): stick around if you need help with anything
[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: What a fantastic team I get to work with!
[09:53] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): thanks again, Nathan
[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks again Nathan
[09:53] xandinho13: oi
[09:53] xandinho13: gata
[09:53] Gentle Heron: We also had student guests today from a writing class. I hope you ladies learned a lot!
[09:53] Buffy Beale: yes thanks Nate
[09:53] xandinho13: eu que ro um ma minina para namora
[09:53] JoAnnaGonzalo (xukcorllix): We did thanks!
[09:53] nathanmaton: Thank you all 🙂
[09:53] Celia Koschay (koschayc): Thanks for letting us sit in!
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): hi Xandinho13.
[09:54] xandinho13: oi
[09:54] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): is that portuguese?
[09:54] Buffy Beale: running for coffee back in a bit afk
[09:55] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks for coming everyone
[09:55] nathanmaton: Thanks for organizing this Rik.
[09:55] Ozma Malibu: yes thank you Rik
[09:55] Zotarah Shepherd: Thanks for the great meeting Rik
[09:56] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile (brique.topaz): bye everyone.
[09:56] Par (parhelion.palou): xandinho said he wants a girl for dating
[09:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): my pleasure
[09:56] nathanmaton: Bye, thanks for talking with me today
[09:56] nathanmaton: ciao
[09:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ah maybe the mentors can help with that!
[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: ha!
[09:57] Ozma Malibu: haha!
[09:57] Par (parhelion.palou): hahaha!
[09:58] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Que lengua habla usted Xandinho?
[09:58] Suza Falta: got many topics, go bed now
[09:58] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Free Dates at the NPC!
[09:58] Zinnia Zauber: Go get your refills and see you at 10
[09:58] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): yes, brb after java run
[09:58] Par (parhelion.palou): Xandinho hit the road
[09:58] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): oh man I was just going to hook him up!

Written by: rikomatic

Thanks for Coming to the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Awards Party in Second Life!

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Thanks to all of you who turned out for the fun and festival TechSoup Digital Storytelling Gala Awards Party, that took place both in San Francisco, in Second Life and on Livestream / Facebook. It was a wonderful affair with about 30 avatars showing up to cheer on the finalists and winners.

We’ll post more about the full list of winners and recap of the event later. 

But we just wanted to appreciate the many of your who have been supportive of this effort through submitting your digital stories, telling your friends and networks about the challenge, and attending our events.

More pics in our flickr set here. Tag any of your photos #tsdigs so we can find them too!

Written by: rikomatic

Learn about “4See” Youth Leadership Game at next NPC Meeting March 30

We’ve got a packed agenda for this upcoming Nonprofit Commons, so be sure and come on time and stay for the whole meeting! Our featured speaker is Nathon Maton, lead programmer of “4See,” a digital game designed to teach young people how to work together to change the world. Sound ambitious? Learn about the game and how you can support them through their kickstarter campaign.

Also we’ve got Amy Sample Ward, of NTEN Nonprofit Technology Network coming to tell us about this year’s NTC (Nonprofit Technology) Conference and how you can participate online!

Finally, our fantastic Mentors Team will be giving a quick recap on the Virtual Worlds Best Practices for Education Conference that just finished recently. So if you couldn’t make it, find out what some of the major themes and projects were discussed.

See you this Friday starting at 8:30am at the Plush Nonprofit Commons amphitheater.


March 30, 2012, 8:30am PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater


  • 8:30am Introductions
  • 8:40am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45am Mentors Central
  • 8:55am Amy Sample Ward on the NTC Conference Online
  • 9:05am Nathan Maton on “4See” Youth Leadership Game
  • 9:30am OpenMic/ Announcements
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Written by: rikomatic

Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Party Tomorrow in Second Life and Facebook!

TS Digs Awards 2012 drive-in

Are you coming to the awards ceremony for the winners of 3rd Annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge tomorrow?  Of course you are! RSVP now to join us on Wednesday, March 28 in San Francisco, in Second Life and on Facebook, when we award and screen top photo and video entries. We will gather at the Aloft Nonprofit Commons Drive-in Theater starting at 7pm Pacific Time for the livestream of the event. Get there early to pick the finest ride to sit in!

If you don’t know what the excitement is all about , check out the full playlist of 2012 TS DIGS videos on YouTube and gallery of photo sets on Flickr. Winners, chosen by a panel of expert judges and the community, will receive products from our donor partners Cisco, Adobe, Flickr Citrix, Sliderocket, Blazon,SurveyMonkey, and more.

This is a “red carpet” event! You’ll get to meet some of our local expert judges, see dozens of the best videos and photo stories, and connect with fellow digital storytellers. Whether you live in San Francisco, Australia, or Romania, we’d love for you to join us! Light refreshments will be provided.


Never Been in Second Life?

If this is your first time in Second Life, don’t worry, jump in, the water is fine!  Head here for more info on how to access our space in Second Life.  We have a very friendly community of nonprofit folks who are there to help out.

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Written by: rikomatic

Transcript of March 23 NPC Meetup with Global Kids on “Playing 4 Peace”

Here is the raw transcript from the last Nonprofit Commons meeting on March 23 featuring Barry Joseph of Global Kids. Barry spoke about the new “Playing 4 Peace” youth digital game design challenge that they are organizing. Plus we got a surprise visit from Lyr Lobo of SL Relay for Life with an update on recent fundraising events for this great cause.

Read on for the full transcript….

March 23, 2012, 8:30am PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

• 8:30am Introductions
• 8:40am TechSoup Announcements
• 8:45am Mentors Central
• LAST SECOND ADDITION: Update on Second Life Relay for Life
• 8:55am Global Kids on “Playing 4 Peace”
• 9:25am OpenMic/ Announcements


[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Good morning everyone
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): shall we get started?
[08:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Welcome to the weekly meetup of the Nonprofit Commons
[08:32] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Hello everyone 🙂
[08:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m rik Panganiban, community manager of the NPC
[08:33] Buffy Beale: Hi Jerry 🙂
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m joined by Gliteractica and Bulaklak, my colleagues at TechSoup
[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: =^.^= Meow!
[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: =^.^= Meow!
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We’re so glad you are here
[08:33] Lyr Lobo: Hello *grins*
[08:33] Buffy Beale: Lyr hiiii!
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We have some fun stuff on the agenda.
[08:33] Lyr Lobo: Hi Buffy! *grins*
[08:33] Lyr Lobo: Great
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): But like always we beginwith doing introductions.
[08:34] Lyr Lobo: My apologies if I leave by 9:00 slt… i have an Air University Lunch and Learn then
[08:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Please type into the text chat (if you like) your real life name, organization, location in the world, URL and twitter handle.
[08:34] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women
[08:34] Lyr Lobo: wonderful
[08:34] DJ Earnshaw: Don Singleton, Tulsa, OK (DJ Earnshaw, Professor Viper) HelpingTulsa and APCUG, @donsingleton
[08:34] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL, Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,
[08:34] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc. now with blog, Twitter, Facebook (all accessible through the website)
[08:34] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, TechSoup,, San Francisco, CA, @MichaelDeLongSF, @TechSoup
[08:34] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): Evonne @amoration, in Los Angeles today, Interactive Producer for @TechSoup
[08:34] globalkids Bixby: Barry Joseph, NYC, Global Kids,,
[08:34] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan Tenby, Online Commuity and Social Media Directr, TechSOup Global, @suzboop @techsoup
[08:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Rik Panganiban,, Oakland CA, @betterverse @npsl
[08:35] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri,, @brenabenoir
[08:35] Glitteractica Cookie: is our current camapign
[08:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): This is for our transcript as well as for the people here today
[08:35] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup, SF, Ca, @alebez, @TechSoup
[08:35] Glitteractica Cookie: campaign
[08:35] Anastasios Aurotharius: Ben Linson, Boston, engineer, entrepreneur, educator, facilitator
[08:35] Lyr Lobo: Lyr Lobo, Cynthia Calongne, Colorado Technical University and Public Relations and Media Relations Area Chair, Relay For Life of Second Life
[08:35] Lyssa (janlyssa.serenity): Lyssa Rowan, Job Accommodation Network, @JANatJAN
[08:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Lyr, thanks for stopping by!
[08:35] Red (talkwithmarie): Marie C. Girls project, Greater Boston, @talkwithmarie,
[08:36] Lyr Lobo: /me grins
[08:36] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): Ricky Davis, San antonio @Dyverse_Steele, Common grounds DJ Ricky.G.Davis on Facebook, HIV/AIDS peer support
[08:36] Ethelred Weatherwax: DAVE DEXTER, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA
[08:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ethered gets the award for arriving here first
[08:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): anyone else?
[08:37] Red (talkwithmarie): cool
[08:37] Ethelred Weatherwax: What’s my prize?
[08:37] Red (talkwithmarie): hmm tshirt?
[08:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ummmm….
[08:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): let me see what I have in my inventory….
[08:38] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Jerry Buchko | Private Practice | @jerrybuchko |
[08:38] Buffy Beale: yay Eth
[08:38] Red (talkwithmarie): it will arrive in the new LL delivery system E:) just wait wait…
[08:38] Second Life: Pooky Amsterdam is offline.
[08:38] Gentle Heron: oh funny, Marie!
[08:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): LOL
[08:38] Red (talkwithmarie): lol
[08:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): OK let’s move on to our first item on the agenda: Updates from….


[08:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Bulaklak?
[08:39] bulaklak: Hi, folks! Great to be hear today and excited to hear from Global Kids
[08:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): /me roots through his inventory bag for something
[08:39] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): very excited!
[08:39] bulaklak: First I want to update you on the Digital Storytelling Challenge
[08:39] globalkids Bixby: Woot
[08:39] Second Life: Rhiannon Chatnoir is online.
[08:40] bulaklak: I shared these last week but want to make sure everyone has the links to the YouTube and Flickr galleries
[08:40] bulaklak: You can see all the video submissions here:
[08:40] bulaklak: And the photo slideshows here:
[08:41] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): I’d missed last week’s meeting. Thanks!
[08:41] bulaklak: Now as many of you probably know, we have a big awards ceremony and screening party next Wednesday evening at 7pm Pacific time
[08:41] bulaklak: We’ll be screening here in Aloft
[08:41] jacmacaire Humby: Hi everyone
[08:41] bulaklak: If any of you have RSVPed on the Meetup page
[08:41] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Hi Jac!
[08:41] bulaklak: I want to kindly request that you change your RSVP
[08:41] bulaklak: We know you are attending virtually (and are thrilled!)
[08:42] bulaklak: But we need to track room capacity at TechSoup
[08:42] bulaklak: So we are trying to reserve the Meetup page RSVPs for folks coming to TechSoup that evening
[08:42] bulaklak: We really appreciate your understanding
[08:42] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): you can RSVP on Facebook 🙂
[08:42] bulaklak: And can’t wait to have you at the drive-in theater
[08:42] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): And we will be sure to have enough virtual popcorn for all of you…
[08:42] bulaklak: With virtual popcorn for all!
[08:43] Lyr Lobo: /me chuckles
[08:43] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): and a DJ?
[08:43] Buffy Beale: bulaklak do you want us to delete if we’ve signed up then?
[08:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): (that’s alwasy such a mess to clean up afterwards)
[08:43] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): 😉
[08:43] bulaklak: Buffy, if you could change your RSVP to No, we would really appreciate it
[08:43] Buffy Beale: even if I said I’d be in Second Life?
[08:43] Buffy Beale: sure I can do that
[08:43] bulaklak: Thanks, Buffy
[08:43] bulaklak: =)
[08:43] Buffy Beale: 🙂
[08:43] bulaklak: Meetup caps our reg at 100
[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, you can note that in the notes field whn you RSVP no. say “I’ll be there in SL”
[08:43] Buffy Beale: ok ty Glitter
[08:43] bulaklak: So we need to track room capacity as closely as possible
[08:43] bulaklak: Thank you!
[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: And then move your RSVP to Facebook
[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: and RSVP YES there
[08:44] bulaklak: Here is the Facebook link
[08:44] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): okay
[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: thx, sorry for the silly meetup restrictions
[08:44] bulaklak:
[08:44] bulaklak: Lastly, I want to call out an upcoming webinar at TechSoup that looks pretty cool
[08:45] bulaklak: This is for all you data geeks or data curious
[08:45] bulaklak: It’s called Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good
[08:45] Red (talkwithmarie): hey carl
[08:45] bulaklak: And it’s on Thursday, March 29 at 11am Pacific
[08:45] bulaklak: Here is the link for registration
[08:45] bulaklak:
[08:46] bulaklak: And of course it is that magic word we love
[08:46] bulaklak: FREE
[08:46] bulaklak: =)
[08:46] bulaklak: Have a great day, everyone.
[08:46] Lyr Lobo: /me thanks you and smiles
[08:46] Red (talkwithmarie): ty bulaklak:)
[08:46] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): ty b.
[08:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks bulaklak!


[08:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Next up Mentors Corner!
[08:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Who is here for the Mentors?
[08:47] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Me
[08:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ah great
[08:48] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): 🙂
[08:48] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): The Mentors are our crack team of volunteer helpers here at the NPC
[08:48] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): They love to help newbies ( and oldbies)
[08:48] Gentle Heron: Go Jerry!
[08:48] Lyr Lobo: /me cheers
[08:48] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Ok, awesome
[08:48] Buffy Beale: cheering for Jerry!
[08:49] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): So we’ve been focused these last few weeks
[08:49] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): on this project of collecting news & other interesting items
[08:49] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): that would help reflect the kinds of postive work that’s being done
[08:49] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): in SL & other virtual world settings
[08:50] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): The idea has been to share this perspective with the world at large
[08:50] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): to help balance out the media image of SL
[08:50] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): as a place primarily inhabited by vampire role players
[08:51] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): and virtual sex
[08:51] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): or vampire role players having virtual sex… 😉
[08:51] Buffy Beale: lol
[08:51] Red (talkwithmarie): oh
[08:51] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): So over the last several weeks I’ve been gathering some items I thought were especially interesting from this standpoint to share
[08:51] globalkids Bixby: Second Life: It’s not just for vampire role players having sex anymore…
[08:52] Lyr Lobo: /me chuckles and nods
[08:52] Lotta Flux: giggles
[08:52] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): And as I collected them, I realized they were falling into three basic categories
[08:52] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): and I’ll share these items within these categories now
[08:52] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): First category: How People Think & Behave ~ the Virtual & One Another (Exploring & perhaps changing how we perceive virtual spaces & relate):
[08:53] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): * TEDxVictoria – Alexandra Samuel: Ten Reasons to Stop Apologizing for your Online Life:

* The Great Online Migration:…

* There is No “Cyberspace”:

* The Real and the Loss of Cyberspace:…

* Twitter is to humans as….grooming is to primates?:

* 3D Interactions between Virtual Worlds and Real Life in an E-Learning Community:
[08:54] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Alexandra Samuel is a blogger I’ve begun to follow who writes about virtual worlds among other things, and I think she does some work that is especially accessible.
[08:54] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): The second 2 items a bit more cerebral but still fascinating, having to do with examining this distinction people commonly have between the “real” & “virtual”
[08:55] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): All these can help people to perhaps think differently about VW settings…
[08:55] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): (might need to speed up, in light of our agenda. Sorry.)
[08:55] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Righto!
[08:55] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Here it comes.. 😉
[08:55] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Cases of SL Use Applied to Helping:

* Avatars Help People Develop Real World Skills:

* DoD gives PTSD help ‘second life’ in virtual reality:…

* Delivering Care in Second Life:

* Virtual gym ‘helps weight loss’:
Second Life for Medical Education:

* An Exploration of Why People Participate in Second Life Social Support Groups:
[08:56] Second Life: Katydid Something is online.
[08:56] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Third & last category:
[08:56] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Cases of SL Use Applied to Education:

* Come visit the Webb Telescope on Second Life!:

* Second Life as an Archaeological Tool (Podcast 5):
[08:56] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Thanks to Gentle Heron, I was able to attend at least the last 2 days of the VWBPE
[08:57] Gentle Heron: VWBPE is an amazing event!
[08:57] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): and learned about all of the efforts in education using SL & VWS
[08:57] Sister Abeyante: /me nods and agrees.
[08:57] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Yes it was all kinds of awesome!
[08:57] Lyr Lobo: Excellent and yes!
[08:57] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Easily one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended…
[08:57] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability is honored to transcribe for some of their presenters.
[08:57] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Awesome content & interaction
[08:58] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): great event
[08:58] Buffy Beale: sure was
[08:58] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): and I never once had to stare at questionable hotel carpeting…. 😉
[08:58] Gentle Heron: /me laughs
[08:58] Lyr Lobo: We used a Speakeasy for three of our presenters as a tribute to Gentle’s work
[08:58] Red (talkwithmarie): lol
[08:58] globalkids Bixby: Or a bad wifi connection…
[08:58] Gentle Heron: Thank you thank you Lyr!
[08:58] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Yes, LOL
[08:58] Sister Abeyante: /me applauds Lyr Lobo!
[08:58] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Sorry Jerry, are you finished?
[08:58] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Yes Thy Lyr.
[08:59] Second Life: Ronnie Rhode is offline.
[08:59] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Yuppers, all finished
[08:59] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): great thanks
[08:59] Red (talkwithmarie): *‚Ä¢.¬∏’*‚Ä¢.¬∏ ‚ô• ¬∏.‚Ä¢*¬¥¬∏.‚Ä¢*
[08:59] Red (talkwithmarie): .•*♥¨`• BRAVO!!!! •¨`♥*•.
[08:59] Red (talkwithmarie): ¸.•*`¸.•*´ ♥ `*•.¸`*•.¸
[08:59] Red (talkwithmarie): Jerry:) great info!
[08:59] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): These kinds of presentations would be great for the NPC blog.
[08:59] Buffy Beale: great job Jerry thanks! and yes yayyy Lyr
[08:59] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Could you post this links there?
[08:59] Gentle Heron: Thank you Jerry. What a great list! I bet there’s more out there too.
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Lyr, can you stay for a minute?
[09:00] Coughran Mayo: I have a few links 🙂
[09:00] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): Sure, Rik! Can you share the link to the specific blog page?
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): come on down
[09:00] Lyr Lobo: yes, told them I’d be a few minutes late *grins*
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Jerry:
[09:00] Second Life: Ronnie Rhode is online.
[09:00] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): @Gentle, Yes there’s tons more, it just takes some sifting to get at it.
[09:00] Lotta Flux: wb Ronnie
[09:00] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): @Rik, thanks!
[09:00] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We can set you up, if you don’t have an account. Just email me at


[09:01] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Before our featured talk, I wanted to give Lyr a minute to mention whats going on with SL Relay for Life
[09:01] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I know there’s a big event coming up soon
[09:01] Lyr Lobo: Hello everyone! Thank you for the invitiation to come.
[09:01] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Lyr?
[09:01] Buffy Beale: hi Lry
[09:01] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): @Buffy, Thanks. My pleasure
[09:02] Buffy Beale: er Lyr
[09:02] Buffy Beale: 🙂
[09:02] Lyr Lobo: /me grins and thanks Jerry
[09:02] Gentle Heron: YAY Lyr!
[09:02] Lyr Lobo: Our first Teams R Us event is the Mardi Gras Weekend March 30-April 1st.
[09:02] Lyr Lobo: (and at Kick off, I used a SpeakEasy during our Radio Broadcast, too)
[09:03] Lyr Lobo: We will have two regions full of fun music and events… the regions come online two days before and the events begin at 3 PM
[09:03] Lyr Lobo: Shayla Juran is coordinating it. *smiles*
[09:04] Lyr Lobo: Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $1.2 million dollars since 2004 to support cancer education and research.
[09:04] Lyr Lobo: It amazed me when they appointed me PR and Media Chair, considering my schedule, and a great honor to serve.
[09:05] Second Life: Merriam Galaxy is online.
[09:05] Lyr Lobo: Jerry, we have many educators among us and on my region, we teach 6 university classes this term with 12 class meetings a week (to add to your list). *grins*
[09:05] Lyr Lobo: Thank you!
[09:06] Lyr Lobo: We have other events throughout the season until the relay June 14-15
[09:06] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): what’s the URL for finding out more about the Mardi Gras event?
[09:06] Buffy Beale: that’s fantastic Lyr!
[09:06] Lyr Lobo: Thanks! *grins*
[09:06] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): and twitter handle?
[09:06] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): awesome, Lyr!
[09:06] Lyr Lobo: relayforlife_sl
[09:07] Lyr Lobo:
[09:07] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): awesome thanks
[09:07] Lyr Lobo:
[09:07] Lyr Lobo: thank you
[09:07] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks!
[09:07] Lyr Lobo: my apologies for dashing…Ii am at a Lunch and Learn right now too *grins*
[09:07] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): please keep usinformed about news from SLRFL!
[09:07] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): you are always welcome
[09:07] Lyr Lobo: I will *smiles*
[09:07] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): sure sure


[09:08] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ok, Barry can you come on down please?
[09:08] Buffy Beale: take care thanks for all you do Lyr, you’re one who brings validity to Second Life 🙂
[09:08] globalkids Bixby: Hello Rik,
[09:08] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): In your, um, interesting outfit
[09:08] globalkids Bixby: Hello everybody
[09:08] globalkids Bixby: Admiring my bee suit?
[09:08] Buffy Beale: yayy the bee is back
[09:08] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): take care Lyr!
[09:08] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Let’s welcome Barry Joseph of Global Kids!
[09:08] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): awesome bee suit
[09:08] globalkids Bixby: It’s always great to be back at the NPC
[09:09] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): (i love gestures… 🙂
[09:09] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We invited Barry back to tell us about a new initiative called “Playing 4 Peace”
[09:10] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Barry, can you give us a run down of what this new challenge is?
[09:10] globalkids Bixby: Rik is going to be interviewing me (which, if you can get him to, is pretty cool)
[09:10] globalkids Bixby: Sure. Why don’t I say a few words first about GK, for those who don’t know
[09:10] globalkids Bixby: and say that you shoudl egt reay for q barage of typos
[09:10] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): 😉
[09:10] globalkids Bixby: as I decided to be more spontaneous today rarther then pre-type what i would sayt
[09:10] globalkids Bixby: Global Kids is the premier non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development. We work to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage.
[09:11] globalkids Bixby: My area, the Online Leadership Program, integrates a youth development approach and international and public policy issues into youth media programs that build digital literacy, foster substantive online dialogues, develop resources for educators, and promote civic participation.
[09:11] globalkids Bixby: About ten years ago we began to work with your youth in NYC to design video games.
[09:11] globalkids Bixby: One, Ayiti: The Cost of Life, has been played millions of times. (if you know the url, please share it)
[09:11] globalkids Bixby: After many years, we have diversified the program and have a wide range of youth-gaming programs: web-based, mobile, etc.
[09:12] globalkids Bixby: But the original program, Playing For Keeps, made a big shift this year, which we are really excited about
[09:12] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel):
[09:12] globalkids Bixby: With funding from the AMD foundation,
[09:12] globalkids Bixby: we are working with E-Line Media, which runs Gamestar Mechanic
[09:12] globalkids Bixby: IS anyone here familiar with GM?
[09:13] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): yes
[09:13] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): 🙂
[09:13] Ozma Malibu: yes
[09:13] Rhiannon Chatnoir: /me is
[09:13] Glitteractica Cookie: I have heard of GM
[09:13] globalkids Bixby: Gamestar is a web-based tool for making web-based games, without needing to know programming. It’s pretty cool.
[09:13] globalkids Bixby:
[09:14] Glitteractica Cookie: oh yes. that’s right
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: well, they run these Social Impact Game DEsign Challenges, in which youth are given a topic and asked to make a game around it
[09:13] globalkids Bixby: sustainable living. non-violence. Stuff like that
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: So this year, P4K is working with E-Line to co-design and co-run the challenge
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: The youth worked all year to become GM mastes, research social issues, and then design their own challenge
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: and the first
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: one
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: launched
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: this
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: month
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: (*cheers*)
[09:14] globalkids Bixby: The youth picked the topic of ending war and named it the Playing For Peace challenge.
[09:15] globalkids Bixby: You can see it at:
[09:15] Jerry Buchko MA AFC: (thinking a lot of the educators at vwbpe would have probably been very interested in something like Gamestar…)
[09:15] globalkids Bixby: Over March and April, youth can go into GM, design their own game, and submit it. In May one youth will win a new laptop, with other cool prizes
[09:15] globalkids Bixby: more importantly, scores of good games will be produced, by youth, judged by youth, for youth, on the topic.
[09:15] globalkids Bixby: I am not sure if I am,,,
[09:15] Gentle HeronGentle Heron will point VWBPE organizers at GlobalKids as a potential presenter for next year’s session.
[09:16] globalkids Bixby: ooh – lost Rik
[09:16] globalkids Bixby: (I will fill in the questins he might have asked)
[09:16] Lotta Flux: great idea, Gentle
[09:16] globalkids Bixby: I am not sure if I am support to tell you this but, well, let me ask you first.
[09:16] globalkids Bixby: Over two months, how many game submissons do you think we should expect?
[09:16] globalkids Bixby: Just shout it out
[09:17] 5,000
[09:17] Barry has presented in previous years at VWBPE
[09:17] @Gentle, Yes, great idea
[09:17] Lotta Flux: a ginormous amount 🙂
[09:17] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): 200?
[09:17] Ozma Malibu: 20?
[09:17] Coughran Mayo: it’s the interwebs….5,000 is nothing
[09:17] globalkids Bixby: We had hoped to have more than 500, after two months.
[09:17] Lotta Flux: ooh, you wil
[09:17] globalkids Bixby: But after just two weeks, we already have 400 entries, with 6 weeks to go
[09:17] Lotta Flux: will*
[09:17] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): nice!
[09:17] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): wow!
[09:17] Buffy Beale: wow!
[09:18] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and you can read up on a lot of the ongoing work that Barry and others at OLP at Global Kids have done through the years on their blog
[09:18] Lotta Flux: yep!
[09:18] Ozma Malibu: wow
[09:18] globalkids Bixby: In any case, as you can imagine, the youth are both excited and a little overwhelmed at the possibilies.
[09:18] Lotta Flux: ginormous 🙂
[09:18] globalkids Bixby: The youth also will present publically about it – they will be talking this Tuesday in NYC at a teacher meet-up about their work in the program, and next month a tthe annual Global Kids confernece.
[09:18] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): that’s awesome
[09:18] Lotta Flux: judging will be difficult
[09:18] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): i’ll bet
[09:19] globalkids Bixby: Also, to support the Challenge, they created a sample game about two countries at war over war – driven by the elites- and the player/protaganist who unites the masses to end the war
[09:19] globalkids Bixby: So that’s essentially the overview. There WILL be a second challenge. But I am not sure if you all want to know the topic just yet…
[09:19] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): YES!
[09:19] globalkids Bixby: Okay, Twist my arm.
[09:19] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): please please please
[09:20] globalkids Bixby: The general topic is about how we are affected
[09:20] globalkids Bixby: by media – the good, the bad and the ugly.
[09:20] Lotta Flux: very interesting!
[09:20] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): hmmm interesting
[09:20] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): love it
[09:20] globalkids Bixby: But what a broad topic, right? So their challenge now is to focus it down – e.g. when is a time that wikipedia made you cry
[09:21] globalkids Bixby: and then connect that make to designing a game – design a game about a time watching youtube made you feel generous
[09:21] globalkids Bixby: You get the idea
[09:21] globalkids Bixby: Okay, that’s all I got. 🙂
[09:21] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Nice!
[09:21] globalkids Bixby: What else might you like to know about the program?
[09:21] globalkids Bixby: or my life?
[09:21] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Any questions about Playing 4 Peace?
[09:22] globalkids Bixby: (My 5 year old loves the new Angry Birds Space, btw…)
[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: /me notices Barry has his Starax wand
[09:22] globalkids Bixby: wand on
[09:22] globalkids Bixby: balloons
[09:22] Second Life: Katydid Something is offline.
[09:22] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): <– I have teaching resources about analyzing advertising… FYI e.g. and
[09:22] Lotta Flux: tyvm, Barry!
[09:22] globalkids Bixby: Yw, Lotta
[09:23] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Can adults enter the challenge?
[09:23] globalkids Bixby: You can read more about our digital youth programs here : (and, as a first annoumcenet, come back soon for a NEW web site)
[09:23] Buffy Beale: Global have you heard of the site which is great for connecting gamers
[09:23] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Seems a shame to let the kids have all the fun
[09:23] globalkids Bixby: No, only youth under 18
[09:23] Buffy Beale: and open for all ages
[09:23] globalkids Bixby: Adults have other opportunities to design games and win prizes, like JOBS. 🙂
[09:23] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): lol
[09:24] 01 Hifeng: xD
[09:24] globalkids Bixby: BUT we can always youth adults like those at NPC to tell other youth about the opportunity
[09:24] globalkids Bixby: BUT we can always USE adults like those at NPC to tell other youth about the opportunity
[09:24] globalkids Bixby: wand off
[09:25] Buffy Beale: lol wand off, should we back up?
[09:25] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): I’d like to be youthed global 🙂
[09:25] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): So if you have a young person in your life who loves games, direct them to this challenge where they can build their own games on something meaningful
[09:25] globalkids Bixby: Rik, always a pleasure to be by your virtual side. Thank you for inviting me and Global Kids to present today.
[09:25] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): URL again?
[09:25] globalkids Bixby: wand on
[09:25] globalkids Bixby: balloons
[09:25] globalkids Bixby: Aw, no exit balloons…
[09:25] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): any other scoops you can give us at the NPC?
[09:25] Second Life: The One and Only Drax (draxtor.despres) is online.
[09:26] globalkids Bixby: Oh, sure. I’m full of them, if there is time
[09:26] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): what’s the next big thing at Global Kids?
[09:26] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Just one biggee
[09:26] Second Life: Chimera Cosmos is online.
[09:26] globalkids Bixby: Anyone here heard about the new interest in digital badging systems for learning?
[09:26] globalkids Bixby:
[09:26] Gentle Heron: Yes
[09:26] Ozma Malibu: yes!
[09:26] globalkids Bixby: We just received funds to build
[09:26] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): uh huh
[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes
[09:26] Buffy Beale: yes and wow that’s great
[09:26] globalkids Bixby: the premiere badging system to certift informla nd interest-driven learning
[09:26] globalkids Bixby: amongst oyuth in NYC and Chicago
[09:27] globalkids Bixby: it is direclyy supporting the Hive Learning Networks, which is
[09:27] globalkids Bixby: scores of museums, library and after school orgs like GK
[09:27] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): woah
[09:27] Second Life: Adalace Jewell is online.
[09:27] globalkids Bixby: We are thrilled and honored to get to take the lead role on this. Mroe info here:
[09:28] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): so GK is building the system taht will track the learning of youth in NYC and Chicago aross multiple institutions?
[09:28] globalkids Bixby: Other than that, no, nothing else to announce…
[09:28] globalkids Bixby: We are partnering with
[09:28] globalkids Bixby: Learning Times, an ed tech company in NYC and
[09:28] globalkids Bixby: will co-design the functioning of the system with them, with the members o fthe Hive Learning Netowkr, and
[09:28] Second Life: Susanne Patrono is online.
[09:28] globalkids Bixby: based on our 4+ years developong digital badging systems.
[09:29] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): isn’ t that 10s of thousands of youth?
[09:29] globalkids Bixby: Youth within each Hive Member org can then join the system and receive guidance, feedback and support for their learning paths
[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yay for badges 🙂
[09:29] globalkids Bixby: During the first year we are look at upwards of 28 organizations and 2,000 youth.
[09:29] globalkids Bixby: And, of course, one of this orgs I know very well: Global Kids.
[09:30] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): very cool
[09:30] globalkids Bixby: Badges have the potentail to be a real game changer, as said last Sept by DOE Secretary Arnie Duncan
[09:30] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): there was a session at sxsw will work for badges
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We could do a whole webinar / training just on that subject
[09:31] globalkids Bixby: WHo led that session?
[09:31] globalkids Bixby: I’d be happy to come back to directly address the topic, if it would be of interest.
[09:31] Glitteractica Cookie: training would be great
[09:31] Buffy Beale: I’d like to hear more
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): might be good for our larger TechSoup networks as well ( libraries, after school programs, etc)
[09:31] Second Life: Fatty (eros.foehammer) is offline.
[09:31] globalkids Bixby: We have a document aggregatting what we know about the topic – – anbd collaborating with some others ona new Wikipedia entry on the topic
[09:32] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, Rik, let’s talk about making that happen later
[09:32] Lotta Flux: great idea, Rik!
[09:32] globalkids Bixby: Watching the clock, I’d hate to take up any more of your time. Thank you all for your generous attention today.
[09:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): fantastic. you heard it here first.
[09:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Okay well there’s lots more we could cover.
[09:32] Gentle Heron: Thanks GlobalKids. Great info.
[09:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): But in light of the time, how do people find you , barry if they have more questions
[09:33] globalkids Bixby: They can email me at
[09:33] Buffy Beale: cheering madly for GlobalKids, you do such great work
[09:33] Gentle Heron: GlobalKids is a great organization.
[09:33] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): very awesome! great work! 🙂
[09:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): awesome. Thanks for taking the time be with us today, Barry
[09:33] Glitteractica Cookie: Agree! Thanks so much!
[09:34] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): yes, thank you!
[09:34] Zotarah Shepherd: GK does awesome work with kids
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Always a pleasure to bring back an old friend to the NPC. All the best with your new exciting projects.
[09:34] globalkids Bixby: My pleasure, as always. NPC contributes so much to Second Life, making it a better place for vampires to have sex and all that, so I’m happy to do all I can to offer support.
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): lol
[09:34] Glitteractica Cookie: HA!
[09:34] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): lol
[09:34] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We’ll add that to our tagline
[09:34] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): 😉
[09:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes, wonderful as allways to hear from Barry & GK 🙂
[09:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok we should move on to our final agenda item


[09:35] Zotarah Shepherd: /me claps
[09:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): please get your announcements ready….
[09:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): But first , here’s all the relevant links to where to find the NPC online….
[09:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): 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:

Weekly Networking Event: Wharf Ratz, Aloft, Tuesdays, 7-9pm SLT…

Monthly Networking Event (3rd Thursday):
Common Ground, Plush, 5PM-7PM SLT…
[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: I would like to do a final plug for the Digital Storytelling Awards ceremony on Wednesday at 7pm SLT
[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: please shpw up, not here, at aloft
[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: and see the winners and DyVerse will be the DJ!
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): For sure. Please come to our event at Aloft next Wednesday. We’ll be showing some awesome videos
[09:36] InKenzo at Amoration (in.kenzo): drive in goodness
[09:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): and its one of our most successful public events at the NPC. So your support in getting the word out is apprecaited.
[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: I think you will all get a lot out of the stories that were made by the nonprofits and get to se them in our virtual drive in
[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: 🙂
[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: And there will be 100+ ppl from all over the world in the real room, so I’d love to share all of you with our global network
[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: In Kenzo, anything to add about the event?
[09:38] Buffy Beale: that’s fantastic Glitter, 100 people wow
[09:38] Glitteractica Cookie: Bulaklak, anything to add?
[09:38] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun
[09:38] Glitteractica Cookie: we all will be there… the entire team, and we will be live streaming, as usual
[09:39] bulaklak: No. Just that i am looking forward to it!
[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: e too
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I think we are giving out free puppies at the event
[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: and free money
[09:39] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): 😉
[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ha
[09:39] bulaklak: There will be dancing cats!
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): labradoodles I think
[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: and booze
[09:39] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): free booze?
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): oh yeah, booze
[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: yup
[09:39] bulaklak: Dancing booze.
[09:39] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): bring it!
[09:39] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): 😉
[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: brought!
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): okay enough of that…
[09:39] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Who else has an announcement for us?
[09:39] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): lol
[09:39] Gentle Heron: I have two announcements, please.
[09:40] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): sure, gentle. Anyone else?
[09:40] Buffy Beale: lol Rik
[09:40] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): raises hand
[09:40] Gentle Heron: (my second one is kind of a group announcement anyway!)
[09:40] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Gentle and then Dyverse
[09:41] Gentle Heron: OK, I have two announcements, one short and one long. The short one first.
[09:41] Gentle Heron: Participating in research allows your knowledge to be valued as you support wider understandings. Help others and sometimes you even can earn a little extra cash. There’s a research opportunity right now posted in the Healthinfo Island Research Pavilion, only open through today, that could earn US citizens 30 US (not Linden!) dollars for a phone interview.
[09:41] Gentle Heron:
Go inside, click the poster, and follow the directions on the notecard. (There are several specific opportunities for different populations. The one that ends today is by First Opinions.)
OR you can IM Andy Evans for a notecard.
(Free money, no free puppies)
[09:41] Second Life: Merriam Galaxy is offline.
[09:41] Gentle Heron: ****

Now the big long multi-part multi-organization announcement.
[09:42] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): sweet!
[09:42] Gentle Heron: A number of organizations in SL are collaborating on a series of presentations to raise awareness about Brain Injury during the month of March. I’m going to list just the events for this coming week! Please note the variety of topics and the many collaborators.
[09:42] Gentle Heron: ***
[09:42] Gentle Heron: Rehabilitation for a Patient with Traumatic Brain Injury in the US and Japan
PRESENTERS: ALiesel & ScubbaSteve, graduate students in occupational therapy, Thomas Jefferson University
SAT Mar 24, noon SLT
Healthinfo Island Research Pavilion

Occupational Therapists in the United States and in Japan work with other healthcare professionals to provide treatment for patients with traumatic brain injuries. Following the presentation, we tour the Thomas Jefferson University Adapted Home, to see cognitive adaptations.
[09:42] Gentle Heron: ***
Supportive Communication and Errorless Learning for Caregivers of Persons with TBI
MON Mar 26, 4pm SLT
fate Paule & Namaara MacMoragh
Etopia EcoCommunity Training and Conference Center
[09:43] Gentle Heron: ***

On WED, March 28, noon SLT, Chad Mikado of the National Service Inclusion Project will present about including people with traumatic brain injury in national service.
[09:43] Second Life: Aki Shichiroji is online.
[09:43] Gentle Heron: **

On the Job with a TBI
PRESENTER: Melanie Whetzel, JAN Senior Consultant
THUR Mar 29, 10am SLT
The Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability
Workplace accommodation ideas for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury.
[09:43] Gentle Heron: **

Traumatic Brain Injury: New understanding
PRESENTER: Dr. Allen Brown, physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic
THUR Mar 29, noon SLT
Mayo Clinic conference center
Research on Traumatic Brain Injury is changing the way this condition is understood and manged, resulting in better care and improved lives.
[09:43] Second Life: Susanne Patrono is offline.
[09:44] Second Life: Merriam Galaxy is online.
[09:44] Gentle Heron: **
TBI: The Signature Injury of Modern Warfare and its Impact on Veterans’ Lives
PRESENTER: Cindy Tandy (RL)/Eve Maven (SL)
FRI Mar 30, 4pm SLT
The Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability Island

TBI is a common injury sustained by veterans of modern wars. How does it impact their lives after their physical recovery?
[09:44] Gentle Heron: *** I think the above week’s schedule represents the best of collaboration in a virtual world. Please attend if you can. That’s it for this week!
[09:44] Sister Abeyante: Wow!
[09:45] Gentle Heron: (all will be presented in both voice and text)
[09:45] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): an impressive listing of events. I hope there is a comprehensive calendar somewhere?
[09:45] Ozma Malibu: That’s wonderful
[09:45] Buffy Beale: nice going Gentle, this is impressive!
[09:45] Second Life: globalkids Bixby is offline.
[09:45] Gentle Heron: Yes we have physical calendars inworld too!
[09:46] Second Life: The One and Only Drax (draxtor.despres) is offline.
[09:46] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m not sure I understand “physical calendars inworld”? But we could use one here.
[09:46] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): (I know there are counselors that work in the employee assistance field that would probably benefit from these sessions…)
[09:46] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Anyway, next up is Dyverse…
[09:46] Gentle Heron: It’s an SL object that projects from a GoogleCalendar into SL
[09:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): gotcah, I am just teasing
[09:47] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Dyverse?
[09:47] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): I also have two first is on August 4th and 5th i will be streaming sessions from the international AIDS 2012 CONFERECNE here in sl i was approved as a hub
[09:49] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok
[09:49] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): second i tried to get approved to stream tedmed to sl but they told me that the stream was for a company that has a large hd tv and I was wondering if techsoup has such equipment so they could show it and then stream into sl
[09:49] Second Life: Trill Zapatero is offline.
[09:49] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok
[09:49] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): its in april
[09:49] Gentle Heron: DyVerse, that is so cool about the AIDS Conference… please pass me a notecard of details!
[09:50] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Dyverse, email is at with that queswtion
[09:50] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): sure thing
[09:50] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): anything else to add?
[09:50] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): and I will get the notecard to you Gentle
[09:50] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): i am done
[09:51] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): great. the AIDS conference stream sounds fantastic.
[09:51] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I believe Andy had something to add before we close….
[09:51] Andy Evans: Thanks for announcing our survey, Gentle, We will keep it open one more week. It is IRB-approved and results to be presented at an academic research conference in Orlando in May. Anyone interested for themselves or group, IM me. Thanks
[09:51] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): yes, very cool!
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks Andy. Be in touch with him if you want to know more.
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Well thanks for coming to another Nonprofit Commons meetup.
[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks Rik
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I hope you learned something useful for your group and yourself. I know taht I did.
[09:52] Jerry Buchko MA AFC (jerrybuchko): thanks Rik, thanks everyone!
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We’ll post the transcxript and recap shortly.
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Special thanks to Barry Joseph from Global Kids for stopping by.
[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, Thanks Barry
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We’ll see you all soon!
[09:53] bulaklak: Thanks, Barry!
[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: Hope to see some of you at the event on Wednesday night. And at NTC!
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Is Mentors Meeting happening now?
[09:53] Second Life: The One and Only Drax (draxtor.despres) is offline.
[09:53] Gentle Heron: break please!!!!!!
[09:54] Second Life: bulaklak is offline.
[09:54] Second Life: Coughran Mayo is offline.
[09:54] Second Life: Trill Zapatero is online.
[09:54] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): BTW I could use a copy of a chatlog if someone has it
[09:54] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I logged out for a few minutes
[09:55] Second Life: Glitteractica Cookie is offline.
[09:55] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): is there a mentors meeting?
[09:55] Brena Benoir: we can touch base briefly if someone needs help
[09:55] DJ Earnshaw: I can send you one do you want it now or after mentors
[09:55] Buffy Beale: Zinnia is not here
[09:55] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I can take it now
[09:55] Brena Benoir: Several us are on tight time committments today
[09:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): oh got one
[09:56] Buffy Beale: but if anyone needs any assistance please stay and we’ll help you out
[09:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks Gentle!
[09:56] Buffy Beale: or assign someone
[09:56] Second Life: Trill Zapatero is offline.
[09:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Can I rqeuest that someone from Mentors report back on VWBPE for those of us who weren’t there? For the next NPC meeting I mean
[09:56] Second Life: Trill Zapatero is online.
[09:56] Hour Destiny: Drat. I showed up a little too late. Unity3D is a free 3D game platform and until April 8th, you can get the iOS and Android packages for free. That should help youth make games.
[09:57] Brena Benoir: I will pass that along and see who we can get coordianted to help compile a review
[09:57] Gentle Heron: oh gosh I don’t think you can summarize VWBPE in 5 minutes, Rik.
[09:57] Ozma Malibu: so true, Gentle 🙂
[09:57] Hour Destiny: The VWBPE conference was quite good.
[09:57] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yeah
[09:58] Ozma Malibu: poster sessions such as I could only wish to see in physical format
[09:58] Ozma Malibu: and everything else on the same high level
[09:58] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): sure , just 5 or so big picture items that others might care about
[09:58] Gentle Heron: exactly Ozma, and they are still up over there!
[09:59] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): and then links to more recaps online
[09:59] Hour Destiny: Anyone know if any of the sessions were recorded?
[09:59] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): is that possible?
[10:00] Hour Destiny: I don’t see why not.
[10:00] Rhiannon Chatnoir: they usually do record some, not sure this time
[10:00] Gentle Heron: Some portions of some sessions were recorded, I know.
[10:00] Sister Abeyante: Those in text are archived by the presenter. You can probably just ask and get a full transcript.
[10:00] Gentle Heron: And the ones given in text are available from the presenters
[10:00] Ozma Malibu: we will figure it out, Rik, for you
[10:00] Gentle Heron: and some presenters put their slides on SlideShare
[10:00] Hour Destiny: FRAPS is one way to record.
[10:00] Rhiannon Chatnoir: they have streamd them in the past.. you just screen capture straight to something like ustream/livestream
[10:01] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks Ozma. its good for those of us who weren’t able to be there to know the major points
[10:01] Ethelred Weatherwax: bye

Written by: rikomatic

The SL Relay for Life’s Mardi Gras Weekend March 30-April 1

From March 30 to April 1 there will be a “Mardi Gras Weekend” series of events that are part of the Second Life Relay for Life 2012 campaign.  Two sims will feature four entertainment venues, the French Quarter, a mysterious swamp, Jazz and Blues courtyard, and a riverboat with live singers.

The featured event is a parade of floats on March 31st at 10 am PT. The weekend will end with a formal Masquerade Ball in the French Quarter hosted and broadcast live by T1 Radio and Trader Whiplash who will Crown the “BEST in FLOAT” winner.

All proceeds from the SL Relay for Life go to the American Cancer Society.

For more information, please contact: Shayla JuranRFL Teams R Us Lead, or see their official blog.

Written by: rikomatic