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Highlights from the Jan. 30, 2009 NPC Meeting

Many thanks to Serene Jewell for compiling this wonderful summary of last Friday's NPC meeting...

Sim Move and Update by In Kenzo and Glitteractica Cookie

What's Your A-ha Moment?

I received this information from RezEd today. I'm a huge fan of the "a-ha" moment and love reading when the light bulb has lit up for other folks. Enjoy!

$50 Honorarium to Share your Aha Moment:

What aha moment did you have in using virtual worlds for learning?

Please send a message (2-5 sentences) describing one key element of your program's success to Global Kids on RezEd.

It's Nonprofit Week on Orange Island!

Nonprofits unite! It's nonprofit week on Orange Island from Monday, January 26th to Thursday, January 29th. Orange Island and NPC are hosting a week of dynamic presenters who have pioneered the way for nonprofits to use virtual worlds.

A full schedule can be found on the Orange Island blog.

NPC Community - We Want To Hear From You!

We are wanting to collect some testimonials on how the NPC community has helped your nonprofit help achieve its real world mission and organizational goals/objectives. This will help newcomers, supporters and visitors to understand the value of our community in SL and RL.

Feel free to respond to this discussion or you can post your testimonial (or comment) on the WIKI Testimonial page at:

http://npsl.wikispaces.com/Testimonials

Thanks!

Anika Pastorelli

Please Welcome...FasterCures our newest neighbor in NPC

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to our newest NPC neighbor - FasterCures. FasterCures is dedicated to saving lives by saving time. Our mission is to identify and implement global solutions to accelerate the process of discovery and clinical development of new therapies for the treatment of deadly and debilitating diseases.

Draxtor Despres has once again outdone himself with this great feature video which explains the FasterCures mission and goals for SL.

Virtual Conferences - Some Helpful Information

I found this really interesting post on one gentleman's journey through Second Life and specifically virtual conferences. I hope that you find this post helpful - good stuff!

Editorial: Virtual conferences in Second Life

Evaluation of the Global Kids Science through Second Life project

Great information from Rafi Santo....

I thought I'd share with you all the recent independent evaluation that was completed about the Science through Second Life project that we ran during the last school year. The project integrated Second Life and wide range of web tools into a standards based high school science class in New York City. Among the findings:

- Students' attitudes towards science-related careers changed positively with the StSL curriculum.
- Students' self-efficacy and self-confidence in their abilities to do science-related work increased.

Inauguration Accommodations at an NPC member's Horse Farm

Fellow NPCers,

Do a good deed for an NPC member program (Great Strides) working hard to keep the barn doors open (IRL in MD) and pass along this info for Inauguration Accommodations on a horse farm! Full details at: http://www.postlets.com/rts/1641597 or call Terry at: 301-928-8118.

Photo of house attached!

Thanks,

Brad

Brad Lewis, RL
Veri Oddfellow, SL (Aloft Nonprofit Commons Tenant)
Board Chair
Great Strides
www.GreatStrides.org
Brad@greatstrides.org

Recent Press on 2009: Virtual Charity, Virtual Socializing & Giving Circles

Hi, NPC & TechSoup Members - Happy New Year!

Here are some articles I found on things to watch out for in 2009, including virtual charity, virtual socialzing/therapy and Giving Circles...enjoy!

SmartMoney (December 24, 2008)
The New Way to Give: Virtual Charity by Reshma Kapadia
http://www.smartmoney.com/Spending/Budgeting/The-New-Way-to-Give-Virtual...

SmartMoney (December 24, 2008)
The New Way to Give: Be Your Own Charity (become a Giving Circle)
http://www.smartmoney.com/Spending/Budgeting/The-New-Way-to-Give-Be-Your...

Canadian Colleges Exploring Second Life in Higher Education - with Mixed Results

This is an interesting blog post from University Affairs about the perceived ups and downs of Second Life as discovered by Loyalist College, the first Canadian college to have a presence in Second Life. The post cites the learning curve to truly understand SL and computer hardware requirements as drawbacks to educating in the virtual world. The college does believe that SL offers the most opportunities for educators.

FULL STORY

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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