SLENZ in 14 international finalists
for top Edublog 2009 award
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The SLENZ (Seoncd Life Education New Zealand) Project team has been honoured by being named among the 14 finalists for an EduBlog 2009 Award in the category, “Best Educational Use of a Virtual World 2009.”
The award is among those which “celebrate the best educational blogs on the web”.
Although the SLENZ Project originated from an isolated small country – one might say at the end of the earth – the nomination shows again that Kiwis can compete on an even footing with the rest of the world when it comes to internet applications, such as virtual worlds, despite in-country broadband limitations and the “tyranny of distance.”
It demonstrates that virtual worlds can create a world without borders: that ordinary New Zealanders – anyone – can collaborate across time zones, national borders, cultures, ethnicities and languages to provide benefits throughout the world.
She appealed to readers of the SLENZ Update: “If you have enjoyed reading the SLENZ blog we are really pleased. We would love it if you felt a strong need to show your appreciation by voting for us.”
The other finalists include prestigious virtual world groups such as: CANVAS (Children’s Art in the Virtual Arena of Scotland); DEN SL Blog; Edunation; ISTE’s Second Life island; Reaction Grid; School of Nursing, University of Kansas; SIGMS in Second Life; Sloodle; The International Schools Island (isi); The UC Davis Virtual Hallucination simulation; Virtual Graduation at the University of Edinburgh; Virtual Macbeth – Angela Thomas; Virtual Round Table Conference.
“For SLENZ to even be listed amongst these groups is absolutely wonderful, ” SLENZ Update editor/writer, John Waugh (SL: Johnnie Wendt) said. “While I would love for the SLENZ Group to win the award I am very conscious of the calibre of the other finalists – they are the best in the world from a myriad of educational uses and I have accessed them all.”
He wished the other finalists luck and concluded with a call for SLENZ Update readers and their friends to vote for Second Life Education New Zealand at Edublog.
The Second Life Education New Zealand Project was funded by the New Government’s Tertiary Education Commission. It has been designed to determine the benefits of using virtual worlds for education and how best these benefits can be captured.
The work of the team has been completely “transparent” with all documentation/discussions etc included on this site. The team’s builds and findings have all be done under Creative Commons attribution, are all OpenSource, and freely available to all educators as “full perms” packages.
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