Tools for Getting Started in Second Life

Elena at Lively Learning posted some comments about Second Life for education in response to my liveblogging of the TCC Keynote Why do we need a Second Life? (Her original post is in Russian; the Google translation gave me enough to get the gist of her post.)

In response to my comment on her post, she asked this question:

In your comment you’ve mentioned about last year’s introduction to second life – is possible to find it somewhere? Second Life is not popular in Russia now but it is obvious that interesting is raising. I would appreciate if you can give some information about it!

Unfortunately, the archive from TCC 2007 isn’t public and requires paid registration. However, there seem to be lots of free online tools available.

I’ve bookmarked a few Second Life resources previously.

I know I have readers with a lot more experience in Second Life than me. What resources have been helpful to you? What would you recommend for Elena? Is there anything on Second Life in Russian?

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7 thoughts on “Tools for Getting Started in Second Life

  1. Best help you can get with using Second Life is to have friends that are really good at using it that can help you. Without friends social networks are lonely places and Second Life is no different. Go into Second Life on your own as a newbie; it can be lonely, frightening and you can end up wondering what the fuss is about.

    Fortunately I have lots of friends who are highly experienced, and recognised for their work in Second Life who looked after me and mentored me. Definitely worth subscribing to their blogs to read what they are up to — there are too many to list however I would start with Jo Kay who is one of the people responsible for Second Life in Education wiki and Kathryn Greenhill. Jo Kay runs some excellent events at Joykadia for helping new people.

  2. That’s an excellent point, Sue. When I first signed up last year, our whole team signed up together and we were all newbies at the same time. Cynthia Calongne/Lyr Lobo did orientation and a lot of coaching, which was a huge help. There were also people from the conference who were doing it at the same time.

    Jo Kay’s work was mentioned several times during the conference; it seems like she is doing really cool things in SL. Thanks for reminding me about her!

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  4. Thanks for the links Christy… Will check them out.
    I created an account in Second Life and have created a character for myself also..

    Am still a novice and have to explore and get comfortable with Second Life :)

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