Anyone have a Second Life? Anyone over the age of 25 know what on earth I'm talking about?
Second Life (SL) is a virtual world, in which you create an avatar - an online representation of yourself, and explore a very detailed virtual world. You can buy and sell, build, explore, attend a concert, take part in a training, and much more. Now, not all areas of Second Life and its participants are G-rated, so please use wisdom and discretion. However, there is such wonderful potential for education for all of us with this tool!
Which is my reason for this post.
How cool would it be for our students or consumers with disabilities to have the freedom of exploring a virtual world? You control your avatar with simple keystrokes. So, hook up an Intellikeys keyboard and create an overlay that corresponds to the keystroke controls. Voila - an accessible world!
I'm still learning about getting around SL, and will try to post about how we can use this tool, and provide access to this tool as I learn more.
Caution, though. It's free and highly addictive! :)