Share Your Educational Success Stories in Second Life Education and Nonprofits Posted February 25, 2015 What educational organization do you represent?The Learn English Network How do you use SL in your educational endeavors?Many different ways. We run several sessions in SL for ESL / EFL learners. When reading with students we are able to immerse them in the world of the book. (So far we have read Dracula in a castle / 20,000 Leagues Under the sea in the Nautilus wearing diving suits / The Rime of the Ancient Mariner on a ship (with an albatross) / The Ballad of Reading Jail in a jail (with a rat and a gallows) / Wind in the Willows along the river bank / Jane Eyre in a classroom and mansion house) When teaching lower level vocabulary we utilise the holodecks / animations and scripts and have taught - crime vocabulary by running a scripted murder mystery session / restaurants in restaurants / banking in a bank / cookery in a kitchen (the list is endless) We take trips to other sims too - The Jungle - The Zoo - The Theatre - The Nightclub etc. etc. etc. We run drama sessions that utilise all of the above, and allow the students to play with their identity and appearance. I could go on, but you get the idea. Unfortunately we have to run our sessions on someone else's land (I wish SL were cheaper). Most importantly, what positive results have you seen from using SL?As a teacher, I have lots of fun. Teaching about pizza? Be the pizza. More importantly, our students tell us that they have gained confidence. They are able to remember what they have learnt more easily, because they are able to interact with rich materials, and I'm able to show them why a cook isn't the same as a cooker. We actively encourage them to go exploring and meet some of the interesting people around SL, which stimulates conversation and often results in them writing about their adventures (with no prompting from us). In a series of interviews we conducted, no one had a negative thing to say, apart from the occasional technological glitch, and the odd griefer.