Virtual World has been around for awhile but I have hesitated to explore prior to this summer. I joined a list serve to get ideas that I could use in our school library and it was an email from the ALA that enticed me to go out and explore SecondLife. Because I was interested in the book The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger I wanted to hear the short excerpt from the book created by SecondLife. In the process of going to Story Hour Garden I created my avatar, Elana, and learned how to walk, sit, fly, and move about different locations within SL. While I am sure students would enjoy the adventure, the sites I looked at required a minimum age of 13 to actively participate, which prohibits my elementary students from creating a SL. However, that doesn't mean they couldn't enjoy short presentation of books using the same idea. I am just not sure I am ready to dedicate the time needed to become proficient at SL, instead I think I will wait for them to simplify the process or for me to learn more technology.
Originally from Indiana I've called Texas my home for the last 9 years and absolutely loved living there. Moving away from my Texas friends was a hard choice but being closer to family was important at this time of my life. No, I don't miss the snow and cold weather in Indiana and would rather "bake" in the Texas heat! The love of my life for the past 38 years and I have a long distance marriage since our family situation requires him to be with them. I recently began cross stitching, quilting and kniting again. I look forward to giving more grandma hugs and meeting great people while enjoying the weather here in NC.