After 12 weeks our module is almost finished. Today is the final day of our presentation. Myself and Mino are going to show a video which is a compilation of everything what we have experienced during our virtual journey. The video contains of a slideshow and short movies recorded during our exploration of Second life. We planned to meet an hour earlier to practice everything one more time and hopefully everything will go well. I visited Second life last night to send final invetation for our showcase to everyone I have meet for the past 12 weeks. Even though I have done so the week before I thought that it would be a good idea to remind everyone about our upcoming event. So far I have got only few confirmations but since two weeks I am also promoting our showcase in social networks such as Facebook and Tweeter. We were also told to think about our outfits for tonight and I decided to try to find something interesting and nice for the evening. Here are few screen shots of my posters on Facebook and Tweeter and also a few pictures of my in my new outfit for tonight:
The video is ready so are our speeches. We have decided that Mino is going to introduce our video that he made and I am going to talk about it after we will all watch it. Here is my speech I prepared for our presentation:
The video you’ve just watched shows our thoughts and experiences in reference to Second Life. In the first part we focused on few definitions considering the topic of virtuality and Second life within these deffinitions and asked such questions as to what extent does Second life simulate reality and what is its purpose. While we were exploring Second life we focused on similarities and differences between both realities . At the beginning of our video we compared two images of DIT college – one from real life and one existing in the virtual environment this comparison shows how greatly the college is represented virtually. It is just one example of many representing the idea that both of the realities can be very similar. During our exploration of Second life we came across a great amount of features that are alike in SL and RL like streets, bars, landscapes but most of all we discovered that human interactions are just the same. Of course we could argue that people tend to act differently as their avatars, than they would in real world but this is not the whole truth. We have learned while talking with people in this virtual environment, especially with Rob and Jaynine, that people are as they are. In the real world they could pretend to be someone else just as easily it happens everywhere and relationships in second life are as real as those in the real world. There is the same amount of effort and commitment required to maintain a virtual friendship and as Jaynine once said ‘SL is a global bar, you need and you have to share otherwise you’ll be in the corner just like in real life’. During our exploration we have also discovered that Second life is a great place to host art events and that artist are more approachable. Taking both realities into consideration Second life gives more possibilities to talk to artists and ask questions about their work. Thanks to Rob and Jaynine we could not only enjoy their art and music but also discuss all that with them. Our video shows our visit to Rob’s gallery and pictures from Jaynine’s concerts. Also as we show in the video virtual reality and second life itself is a great medium for education. For both of us myself and Mino having online lectures and also collaborating online while working on our showcase was new experience and Second life has proven to be an excellent place for that, it gives this new and fresh approach to the whole learning experience. The video also shows the other side of second life that we have experienced and that would be the fantasy landscapes, places that we are simply not able to encounter in real life which is one of the most enjoyable aspects especially for a new user. We had spent many hours exploring such places and our video shows a part of our journeys. In Second life u can enjoy flying, breathing under water, exploring worlds beyond imagination and limits of real life. To summarize our video is a compilation of everything we experienced during our virtual journey and what we learned and discovered and also we would like to thank everyone especially Rob, Jaynine , Sitearm and Elfay for all their help and time they spend talking and sharing their virtual experience with us.
It is a very important day and I hope that everything will go well. Good luck everyone!