I’m the keynote speaker for the ELearning WA gathering here in Perth. The room is filling up and folks are curious? interested to hear me talk about Virtual Worlds: Promise or Peril.
The time frame here is an hour, a good chunk less than Adelaide, so I dropped a few demos (CityPixel) and kept a lid on the in world Second Life demo. Today, I was lucky to launch SL (it took up until the last minute to sort out the hotel provided ethernet) and get a nice intro by Beth Ritter-Guth (Desideria Stockton) and colleague Eloise Pasteur.
The audience likely wanted more SL, but I wanted more to cover the other material/potentials. The presentation URLs are available now at
and may be getting the slides loaded to a flickr set soon. My colleague Sue Waters has wired me with a recording iPod and we hope to test it soon.
And they sure love the WoW story of The Ballad of the Noob. It is fun, non Second Life, and makes a nice entry to discuss using vWorlds to be a virtual video camera, yet needs the typical work like scripting, location scouting, design, lighting, directing, post-production….
The second session I did (the one where I get to say, “I am the only thing between you and lunch”) was a one and only session on “Powerful Personal Easy Web Portals”. This was less a presentation and more a walk through of the features and capabilities of tools like iGoogle, Pageflakes, netvibes, protopage, and got a bit more fun when we launched into a discussion afterward getting into workplace practice (what happens if the feed reader on your computer you use on lunch hour automatically downloads some inappropriate materials (I guess a woman lost her job for 3 months)?? well, do that stuff at home??). The we talked about identity and all of these password sites (I tried to do live demo of openID).
Thanks for such a Perth-ic audience.