This week in Second Life, the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education takes place. This four day conference focuses on education and the use of virtual worlds as a means for it. But there are events for everyone here, including music, art, treasure hunts, films/machinima, building classes, and more.
The event was mentioned in the Linden blog:
As mentioned in our previous blog post, summer is the season for exciting and uplifting events of all types in Second Life. With that in mind, we’d like to bring your attention to 2013’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. The VWBPE conference runs from July 24th through the 27th and finishes with extended, four-week massive open online course to examine education in the virtual world.
VWBPE 2013 is a worldwide community event that focuses on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by educators, for educators, and showcases the learning that takes place in virtual communities. Come see innovative educators share their achievements and challenges in enhanced learning technology and their visions of how future collaborative learning will grow through virtual worlds and games. For additional information, be sure to visit http://www.vwbpe.org/ and check the conference schedule here.
The schedule page (click here) is interactive, with details of the event revealed upon clicking on it's icon. There will be all-day exhibits, plus events 6AM - 7PM Wed, July 24 and Thurs July 25, 6AM to 8PM Friday July 26, and 6AM to last resident standing on Saturday July 27.
The opening keynote address will be given Wednesday at 7AM by Gentle Heron at the Central Auditorium ( location at VWBPE Central 3 /155/180/57 ). Other presenters throughout the conference include Saffia Widdershins and Pooky Amsterdam.