The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is holding their annual conference in Denver June 27-30. An ongoing exhibit will be a Second Life representation of Denver and the conference center for participants to explore and also learn the potential of Second Life as a learning tool. As part of this SL experience, the Sustainable Living Library will be hosting a group on Sunday June 27 from 1 to 2 pm MTN time or 12 noon to 1 pm SL time. The library staff will give a brief introduction of library services and a bicycle tour of Etopia.
The library has a new exhibit to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of heart attacks, strokes and common medical terminology. There are three interactive quizes designed by a medical librarian and clinical advisory team. This is part of a real life research project to determine the effectiveness of gaming on consumer health, health care behavior, and decisions. The exhibit is located on the library's front deck.
In addition, there is a two room exhibit on Water Resources researched and designed by Alliejnv library graduate student from Long Island University's Palmer School of Library and Information Science.
Posted in: Colorado, consumer health, Denver, Etopia, Exhibits, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, Water Resources on Monday, June 14, 2010 at at 1:03 PM 12 comments
Albaycin Nature Preserve
I have decided to add a new feature to our blog, a look at Second Life communities and or groups that emphasize an ecological concern for the environment. My first community is the Albaycin Nature Preserve, which is a part of the Al-Andalus Sim. (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Al%20Andalus%20Alhambra/201/105/49) The Al-Andalus Caliphate Project, planned by Rose Springvale and Michel Manin, is a recreation of 14th century Moor Alhambra. “The plan is to create a system of political and legal governance, based on notions of community self-governance, active citizen participation, equality, dignity, social justice and democracy, and human rights.” (http://primperfectblog.wordpress.com/2008/03/08/al-andalus-opens/ )
Albaycin Nature Preserve is a territory within this sim and is designed to “be a simulated demonstration of ways that people can live in harmony with their natural environment.” (From Introductory Notecard to Albaycin Nature Preserve). Animals (terrestrial and marine), plants, geology, and temperature (wet and moderate) closely replicate the Bay of Biscay on the northern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. This is a beautiful territory, with friendly people, and a lot to do and see. Activities include canoeing, windsurfing, swimming, and hiking. (See attached pictures).
Manager and creator Delia Lake ask that you respect the territory. As in real life, she requests that you leave only “soft footprints.”
The Huffington Post has released a story that contains a video put out by the Bottled Water industry. In this video, the BW industry proclaims how 'green' they are - and this video has been linked to 'fake reporting'. There are also several great links to other stories about this industry, and some facts about the true nature of bottled water production.
Read more and watch the video here.
From Natural Home Magazine:
Celebrate the holiday of love by showing some love for the earth. From organic flowers and chocolates to romantic evenings at home, here’s how you can have a green Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This year, why not show some love to the earth as well as your sweetheart? You can have a romantic Valentine’s Day without putting any extra strain on the earth.
Natural Home Magazine's 10 Ideas for Valentine's Day