Second Life Island

Pan-Starrs Second Life There's a lot of interesting things happening at the University of Hawaii's Second Life region. Today's launch of the College of Education's Second Life Island is one of them. Peter Leong (aka Ikaika Miles in SL) had a ribbon cutting ceremony in both real life (RL) and Second Life, with Donald Young, Director of Curriculum & Development Group kicking off the festivities. Presentations were by Ekaterina Prasolova-Forland, Diane Nahl and Dongping Zheng. During Diane Nahl's presentation, she mentioned an event happening in SL that would have particular interest to Bytemarks Cafe listeners. We are always talking about the Pan-STARRS telescope on Haleakala and its work to categorize and track near-Earth asteroids. Although we would seldom have an opportunity to visit the telescope the Institute of Astronomy is hosting a live Pan-STARRS exhibit on Saturday, March 5th at 7pm, HST in Second Life. This is a perfect example of how educators can use this virtual environment to share an experience that in RL would be difficult to attend. In order to attend the Pan-STARRS event you will need to signup and download the Second Life client. Once in SL you will then need to teleport to the University of Hawaii's region which consist of several major installations like Aquaculture Island and the COE's Second Life Island. If you are new to SL it is probably a good idea to explore the place beforehand and get used to the movement controls. Teleporting and flying take a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it you will be traveling all over the place. Also building your avatar is a requirement so careful thought should be given to how you want to be portrayed in this virtual world. If you attend you can find me there as Zen Thunders. Please feel free to introduce yourself. You might ask why Zen Thunders? At the time I signed up for SL back in 2006 you could only pick your first name and the system gave you a last name. I stuck with since this is Second Life and I might as well have a second identity. Nowadays you can sign up on SL and choose your own username. I did that also and you might guess what that name is.