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Virtual Games-Based Language Learning for the January 8th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 8th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Helena Galani [ErlinaAzure in SL) who will present on her work as part of the language teaching community EduNation in Second Life, and the upcoming Virtual Language Learning and Game Environments (VILLAGE) MOOC focusing on how games-based learning is engaging, and how virtual environments can be an effective tool to create learning games, as well as hands on instruction on how to develop virtual learning games. The course is part of TESOL’s Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2016 a project of TESOL's Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS) - http://evosessions.pbworks.com. EVO 2016 features a series of online professional development workshops spotlighting innovative tools and techniques of teaching languages and other topics. 

Helena Galani [ErlinaAzure] holds an RSA Diploma, M.A. ELT (Applied Linguistics through Corpora for Teacher Education purposes), and certification in IT and advanced ICT skills. She has been implementing CALL into her teaching for more than 25 years in the fields of TEFL, with language schools and Adult Education Centre in Greece, formal assessment bodies, on UK University EAP courses or as private tutor. As EduNation resident and CAMELOT Award winner in 2015, Helena supports the educational use of machinima and SL environment.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, January 8th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation: Helena Galant, EVO VILLAGE - Virtual Language Learning And Gaming Environment
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

SafeNight - Everyone Deserves a Violence-Free Life for the December 18th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, December 18th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a special presentation by Susan Tenby, Glitteractica Cookie in SL, on the social-good mobile app SafeNight which helps increase short-term shelter for domestic violence and human trafficking survivors by allowing the community to respond to urgent needs for shelter.

This presentation will be part of a special series of month-long events curated by One Billion Rising in Second Life for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We will start off our meeting at our regular Nonprofit Commons meeting area, then travel to the LEA1 region, which has been donated by the Linden Endowment for the Arts until the end of December.

One Billion Rising in Second Life in association with 2 Lei in Second Life developed a series of virtual art installations around the theme of “Safe Night”. These exhibits encourage visitors to reflect on the issue of what a safe night is – and how many women are denied it, whether it is the schoolgirls in Nigeria who were taken by Boko Haram, the Indian women forced out into fields at night and abused, women attacked – as they walk home alone, or women in their own home, not knowing whether the person they share it with will attack them tonight.

Following the presentation, there will be the opportunity to tour the special builds, and reflect on the theme – the need for women to have freedom from fear of gendered violence, to be able to have a Safe Night. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, December 18th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL 

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup + Caravan Announcements
  • 8:55 am We will travel to LEA1 region: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA1/181/42/21
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Safe Night App
  • 9:30 am Questions / Open Mic / Announcements
  • Following the event, a chance to tour the virtual art installations created around the theme Safe Night

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016 for the December 11th NonProfit Commons Meeting

VWBPE 2016 - Horizons - March 9-12 2016 (graphic)This Friday, December 11th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), President of Rockcliffe University Consortium and Executive Director of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference.

Open Forum and Caravan Studios Updates for the December 4th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, December 4th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a chance to chat on relevant tech, events and a roundup on #GivingTuesday efforts. We will also get an update on upcoming Caravan Studios apps4change events and the newly announced Safe Shelter Collaborative.  

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, December 4th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation Open Forum Discussion & Caravan Studios Updates
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

Black Friday #NPtech Virtual Meetup for the November 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a virtual meetup open forum to discuss nonprofit tech topics, upcoming relevant #nptech and virtual events, and have a chance to share any final strategy for the December 1st #GivingTuesday day of encouraging charitable giving (http://www.givingtuesday.org). 

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, November 27th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

OpenSImulator Community Conference 2015 for the November 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 20th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC), held this year on Saturday, December 5, 2015. OSCC is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the open source virtual world platform OpenSimulator software. The virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, November 20th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - #OSCC15
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

Field Trip to International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference for the November 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 13th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a special field trip to attend the 2015 International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, taking place virtually in Second Life. 

Please join our Nonprofit Commons partner Virtual Ability, Inc. for this event and receive valuable information about accessibility and building community from their many IDRAC presentations. We will meet for our usual intros and announcements, and then travel to catch the start of IDRAC presentations. 

Virtual Ability, Inc. is a US non-profit corporation with a mission to enable people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, November 13th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • 9:00 am Virtual Trip to the 2015 International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference 
  • (This year’s IDRAC takes place in the Sojourner Auditorium, at Virtual Ability Island: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23)  

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org 

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

Being Safer Online for the November 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 6th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL) and a presentation on Internet security and how to be safer online, whether at the office, on your mobile, or at home. He will go over some simple steps to make your passwords more secure, online social media safer, and secure your mobile device.

Jeroen is a creative producer, virtual world technologist, and co-founder and CEO of the Vesuvius Group, LLC. As a futurist, he is always looking forward to how innovative technology can be used and enhanced. This drives him to try his hand in many technologies, and his early adoption has resulted in a wide skill set in programing, 3D, Web and game design, machinima and animation.

About The Vesuvius Group, LLC

The Vesuvius Group is a Full Service Solution provider for companies and institutions who desire to develop a presence or immersive experience in virtual worlds, social and game environments, with expertise in the virtual world platforms Second Life and OpenSim. The Vesuvius Group’s mission it is to support institutions and companies that are engaging in projects that make a difference in their member communities and the larger world.

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, November 6th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Being Safer Online, Jeroen Frans
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org 

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

Discussing Social Overload for the October 30th NonProfit Commons Meeting

photo by Beth Kanter

This Friday, October 30th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on social overload. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the many ways you can create, consume and share social media content. Come chat on ways to manage, and even decompress from it all.

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, October 30th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL 

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central - Lissena Wisdomseeker
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Discussing Social Overload 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org 

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

 

(photo by Beth Kanter - https://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/5580290504/)

Ronnie Rhode Memorial Garden Tree Dedication

Please join us Sunday in +Second Life for special memorial where we will dedicate a memorial tree to Denise Harrison / Ronnie Rhode (SL) in the Nonprofit Commons Memorial Garden. Ronnie was an early Nonprofit Commons member with the nonprofit Project Jason, as well as curated and tended the virtual Garden for the Missing. 

Join us Sunday, October 25, 1:00 PM SLT at Aloft Nonprofit Commons



More information, and a tribute from +Kelly Murphy the founder of the nonprofit +Project Jasonhttp://projectjason.org/forums/topic/3955-in-loving-memory-of-denise-harrison-project-jason-board-member-and-friend/ 



It is Denise's wish that any donations in lieu of flowers be made to Project Jason, the nonprofit she greatly helped with for many years.

Donations can be mailed to:

Project Jason

PO Box 59054

Renton, WA  98058

Online donors can find two ways to donate on this page: http://projectjason.org/how-you-can-help.html

 

Ronnie Rhode

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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