Yesterday I Got to Give a Talk — with Power Point — on Race in Second Life
It was neat, avatars from anywhere in the world could attend — one set of questions came from a person in Morocco, so it was truly a world conference. I played a slide show that I use in high schools, and then we looked at a few images of the Race site being built in Second Life. Kevin Jarrett, who has posted here, hosted it and made it all possible. There were some glitchy bits — I am very awkward in SL, not really used to how to movey avatar, or its angle of vision, much less make use of the digital capacities all around me. I don’t have a microphone on my computer, so we had to communicate by short written statements — which was worse all around. But in a way the glitches and the use of text instead of speach just emphasized that this was an experiment, a testing-of-the-waters. And by that standard, I was thrilled. I see this as a terrific way to share ideas with people from any and everywhere.
This was, to be clear, in Second Life, not Teen Second Life. We could do the same thing with school groups in TSL. This time, though, the talk was open to whoever wanted to come — upwards of 40 people did, and there were teachers, college students, and just curious folk. Someone asked if I would come back to teach a class on race throughout history, and of course I will — and invite all of you who write on related subjects to join me.
Here are some snapshots of the talk: http://flickr.com/photos/kjarrett/sets/72157611267099335/
Here is the request for guidance, which this new author first posted to CCBC:
"I’m editing an Iraqi teenager’s blog into a book for young adults in the
U.S., to be published by Haymarket Books. (The book’s titled _IraqiGirl:
Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq_, based on the blog
http://iraqigirl.blogspot.com. A book based on the same blog is being
published in Sweden as well.)
In addition to the contents of the blog, we are adding various supplementary
materials — a timeline of the Iraq war; an interview with the author about
what she’s doing now, as a college student still living in Iraq; maps and
additional photographs; excerpts from other Iraqi blogs — particularly
intended to increase the book’s classroom usefulness.
So, my questions for the list: What sorts of supplementary materials have
you found most useful in non-fiction books for younger readers, like this
one? Is there anything you have wished for, but not often seen, in this kind
of book? If you are a teacher or a librarian, is there anything about how
you would use a book like this that would make you want particular kinds of
Thanks very much in advance
for any suggestions or comments.
seems like a good set of questions for this blog