If you don’t take online virtual worlds seriously, consider this: the National Youth Leadership Council is having a conference there in March. The idea of having a hallmark event there follows in the footsteps of IBM and Dell computer.
According to NYLC, “The Second Life webcast is the product of a partnership among the conference host, the National Youth Leadership Council; Learn and Serve America; and Global Kids, Inc. Ã¢â‚¬â€ a New York-based nonprofit.
‘The conference brings together youths, educators, and community-based organizations that want to use service and service-leaning to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of young people,’ says Conference Director Amy Meuers.”
Another speaker, Verna Cornelia Price, though less well known, is certainly worth hearing.
As the NYLC explains, “Price, a nationally recognized motivational speaker and presenter, has taught preschool through sixth grade, and has worked as an educational consultant for more than 15 years. In addition to being an NYLC senior fellow, she co-led the organization’s Service-Learning Diversity/Equity Project and worked as an NYLC trainer and presenter.”
Wisely, Second Life has areas for teens restricted to teens. But this event certainly demonstrates the range and depth of learning in Second Life.