Dr. Bonk invited Intellagirl, Sara to have a talk about second life this week. It’s really cool to listen to Sara, who really has the experience teaching in second life. In the front of her slide, “Understanding New Pedahohies in Virtual Environment” she gave her definition to Web 2.0 that is very clear: Prosumer (Producer and consumer), Remote Application, Social, and Application Program Interface. Then she led us to rethink destination and how we teaching in education of virtual environment.
What I respond to the question that cool observation I get from second life, I said maybe I can meet up with friends and family. We can fly together, see how crazy people are, how creative thing we can do in second life. But what really came up with me is that why not in the first/ real life? For me, as an international student who is far away from home, I cannot meet whom I miss easily, and I am earn for having experiences or doing things together with someone. In this case, it has some factors appealing to me. But if I am in Taiwan, I may not understand why people choose to live in second life. (There are already so many people have spending much time on online games. Who knows what is the next trend? Will people dedicate to live or have their business in second life?) I know some people find their lovers through the interaction of the flap-tops like online game or second life. They are all tech-savvy people and find the same or similar interest in those kind of flap-tops.
There is another interesting issue brought out today also. What will you pick up, everything in second life or first life? For me, living in second life is not that user friendly now. I cannot even find an Asking Desk or a Tourist-visiting Center in the second life. I lost every time! If I only have one choice between first and second life, I will choose first life because I believe what I see and what I feel in real life, and I also identify myself through real life experiences. How about you? It does not mean that there is no need for second life, vice versa; I deem it as an experience that people won’t miss since human beings has the gene to adventure. In addition, people can hardly shun stepping on this trend if they still retain a childish heart.