Initially I was excited about his new frontier, so much so that I invited a good friend and colleague who teaches AP English and college prep literature courses at a nearby high school to sit beside me as I navigated my avatar during the online conference. Here's some more brutal honesty. After the second speaker (the one on how to use Second Life to market books you've written), my friend politely told me she didn't think she'd be staying for any more because she just couldn't see doing this type of activity with her students. Maybe it was the second guest speaker turning into a winged rabbit with a cigarette in her mouth that scared her off. Maybe it was the part about how the winged rabbit felt we all needed to make sure that we "included" little beings like herself when advertising or marketing in SL. I know that was the point that I mentally checked out, like my friend.
Apart from accidentally standing on the stage once, did I act so egregiously to get an email from Daisyblue Hefferman the day after the conference stating ...
[8:41] Daisyblue Hefferman: You have been ejected from 'Stepping into
Literature Conference' by Daisyblue Hefferman.
Um... if you're new to SL like I was, it is very hard to know if you're actually up there with your avatar, or if you're just sitting but "zoomed up" to see the speaker. For Pete's sake! It was my third time, for crying out loud, and there were no more seats to sit my avatar in in that section, so I stood. (Paying $65 to have my avatar stand at a conference might seem a little strange, as well). And don't ask me what good it does to eject someone after the conference is over. You see, it was Daisyblue Hefferman that instant messaged me about being on the
stage. As soon as I saw the message, I got off right away, and embarrassingly so. Read my other post, Daisyblue. One of my main concerns going into the conference was that I'd commit some noobie mistake to my detriment.
Wish me luck Monday; how embarrassing to go to a conference and fly into a wall
or have other avatars transporting onto my head because I forgot to make room
for them as they transported in!
Was it my question I asked about why SLifers would want to purchase items for their inventory (clothes, etc.)? It was an honest question. I wasn't rude about it. Was it my comment while in Dante's Inferno about what the student learning objectives were for the assignment - that it seemed very random and hard for me to learn from? I was being honest. Perhaps the rejection email was because of yesterday's post. I was being honest.
The Stepping into Literature virtual conference needs to step back and learn a few lessons from this recent attempt to evangelize professional educators to SL. When you have two seasoned teachers leave your conference mid-way - each with 15 plus years of classroom experience, one being a stellar English teacher and the other an ex-English teacher turn computer science teacher who readily embraces all things Web 2.0 - you've got a problem. Instead of thinking how you market inside of SL to strange creatures (I believe you referenced as "smalls"), perhaps you should think more about how you market this experience to real people, and in specific, real teachers.
P.S. - Daisyblue, you should know, it wasn't my avatar doing all that yawning during the second guestspeaker. I barely know where to stand, let alone make my avatar yawn.