Historial Role Play in Second Life

As I was looking through different searches in Google and in Second Life, I came across several role play locations from points in history.  I felt this would be a good tour for teachers of history, the students can experience a little about a period of time and location.

While I was searching, I came across several locations that were not appropriate due to adult content.  There are many more, and I would encourage history teachers to look to find appropriate locations…or what the heck, create your own.

Here are my historical role play locations….

1. WWII Role Play – This location is specific to World War II combat in the European theater with a focus on tank combat.  Tank combat really came into its own during World War II.

2. The 1920s Berlin Project – This location can help you experience life in Germany after WWI under the Weimar Republic.  It would be interesting to see how the Nazis could come to power in this society.

3. Paris 1900 – This location gives you a look at life in Paris around the turn of the 20th Century.  There are many interesting historical landmarks to visit.  The Eiffel Tower was brand new at this time.

4.  5 Points – New York AD 1850 – This location takes you to the early Gangs of New York, where the new immigrants came to stake their claim to the American Dream….ending up in warring gangs.  This is the location the movie Gangs of New York is based on.

5. Salt Lake City, Utah – 1870 – This location is meant to give people the old west experience.  The role play wants the player to learn about life on the Savage Frontier just as the settlers learned about the hardships.

6. Ville d’Aquitaine – This location is all about experiencing the 1770’s in a French village.  This is a time before the French Revolution.  It might interesting to see if students can find precipitating factors for the Revolution that is just around the corner.

7. US Holocaust Memorial Museum – This is definitely a place to have students studying World War II visit.  The reason it is on this tour is students can witness Kristallnacht, which occurred in 1938.  This is really the starting of Hitler’s plan to rid German territories of Jews.  A sad night in history!

8.  Renaissance Island – This location allows students to experience life in “Merry Olde England” at the time of Henry VIII.  Just be careful to avoid making the old King angry, he has the habit of getting rid of people who don’t give him what he wants.

9.  AVG Airfield: Flying Tigers – This location is meant to role play war aviation.  The mission of this location is to honor all veterans.  Students can learn how to battle for the skies.

10. Chateau de Versailles – This location can help students experience life in the Court of Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette.  See the beautiful home and grounds.  Learn how life at Court was out of touch with the ordinary people.

Enjoy your tour…


A Second Life Tour

As part of an assignment to learn more about what Second Life has to offer.  I ventured far and wide.  Here are some photos from neat locations in Second Life

This takes me back to North Grand Mall in Ames

A Chance to See the Solar System up close

My wife thinks Europe would be a great location for a “real” honeymoon. Sites like this make me agree, because she didn’t think Second Life would cut it!

Dramatic Place to here the stories. I will use it as a starting point to develop my own tour of WW II archives.

This is a great organization that helps people in need!

These are only a few snapshots.  I can see how a person could spend hours and hours looking through the sites.

On to my own quest….

Changing the Look in Second Life





I had a lot of fun changing my look.  It is neat to change all the features of the beginning avatar.  I added hair and goatee since I don’t have that, I guess in real life I am destined to be bald.  In Second Life, I can make myself into whatever I want.  I can’t help but wonder if some people present themselves dramatically different from their real self.  That is the beauty of the virtual world.

Learning How Second Life Works

I checked out Lionheart Orientation Island, and found it very helpful.  Walking through the orientation screens helped me understand how to do different things in Second Life (http://secondlife.com).  It was also interesting to figure out how Second Life makes money.  A program this expansive costs a lot of money to keep running, regardless if users are involved.  I realize you can upgrade to the premium version and have different features, but also the function to purchase money to use to add items to your character and virtual life.  This guy has a hard time spending money on virtual stuff, but I guess I need to remember that I pay for other forms of entertainment.  I do see Second Life having the potential to be addictive, and could cost people money.  Really that is the case with pretty much everything.

Another thing I noticed was that some of the orientation actions were not in the places they indicated.  I believe either the orientation was not up-to-date or I need to change some configuration settings.  Regardless, I was able to find the appropriate menus, and complete the actions.

All in all, I had a lot of fun navigating through Second Life.  I can see how something like this can be very engaging for students.

Starting Second Life

 As part of Emerging Instructional Technology, we are learning about the virtual world called Second Life (http://secondlife.com).  I am definitely a novice in this arena.  I have never really done anything with virtual worlds.  I have gone to SecondLife, and created my profile.  I have done a little bit of exploring.  I have to say I am overwhelmed at the shear magnitude of it all.  We had a short demonstration in class, but creating my own character there is so much more.  I am excited to learn about this virtual world.

At the same time, I am overwhelmed.  There is so much!  I am apprehensive when it comes to virtual worlds.  I guess I am old school, and really prefer meeting people face-to-face.  Through my work, I get a little paranoid about people’s predatory motivations.  This is especially true when I think about my daughter.

However, I need to look at this as a learning opportunity.  Part of the reason for taking the class was to push my thinking and learning about technology in the classroom.  I promise to keep an open mind, and look forward to learning something new.