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OpenSimulator Community Conference 2016 

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimuator and AvaCon, the virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

More info at: http://conference.opensimulator.org and to register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opensimulator-community-conference-2016-registration-28824725530 

Events taking place Saturday, Dec 10, and Sunday Dec 11 will be live simulcast streamed to https://gaming.youtube.com/c/AvaconOrg/live

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Saturday, December 10
 

8:00am

Games Used In Engaging Virtual Environments for Realtime Language Education
Applying language games in virtual worlds has been the objective of a teacher training initiative by the Italian Ministry of Education in Edmondo in OpenSimulator. Language educators from all over Italy learned to build, script and design communication activities and games which will be showcased in this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Letizia Cinganotto

Letizia Cinganotto

PhD, Researcher, INDIRE
Letizia Cinganotto is a full time Researcher at INDIRE (National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research), Rome. She holds a BA in Foreign language Teaching, MA in e-Learning and multimedia Learning and in Moodle, and PhD in Linguistics on Clil (Content and... Read More →
avatar for Heike Philp

Heike Philp

CEO, let's talk online sprl
Heike Philp is CEO of let’s talk online sprl is an edtech and immersive learning integration specialist. Philp co-initiated four European funded projects on teaching and learning a language in real-time at a distance: LANCELOT (LANguage learning with CErtified Live Online Teachers), AVALON (Access... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:30am

Exploring Creativity in OpenSimulator - The Digital Art Museum
This presentation will highlight how OpenSimulator Virtual Environments can be used for creating art and architecture. Student work and teacher perspectives will be showcased.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Howard

Mary Howard

Teacher, Grand Island Central Schools
Mary Howard, Mrs. HowardMary Howard is a 6th Grade Teacher at Grand Islands Veronica Connor Middle School. She is a recent finalist for the NY State Teacher of the Year in 2017. She has also won the NYSCATE Educator of the Year Award. Her Blog YourSmarticles showcases her amazing... Read More →
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Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, Erie ! BOCES
Andrew Wheelock (Spiff Whitfield) is a Technology Integrator at Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC.Recently, awarded with the Outstanding New York State Technology Leader Award, and previously served as the Chairperson of ISTE's SIGVE (Now VEN) Group from 2011-2013.I collaborate with teachers using... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:30am

Building to Understand: Crown Street Station
Liverpool Crown Street station is frequently identified as the earliest archetype for the railway stations of the present day but its life was short (1830-1836) and no visual record remains apart from general maps and a few sketches invariably made from the same perspective. The OpenSimulator model attempts to recreate a working station compatible with available evidence from other locations as well as Crown Street itself. The presentation reimagines the excitement of a first journey on this revolutionary new form of transport.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Mills

Graham Mills

Semi-retired academic keeping busy as part-time builder/scripter on the Kitely grid. Interested in biology and history. Recent work-in-progress build Micrographia covers the life of Robert Hooke, publication of the eponymous book, the Great Plague and some of the science behind... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:30pm

Spanish Language Learning at Escape: Using Virtual Worlds to Teach Language
Join us for a tour of Escape where you will find a variety of locations that present authentic language learning opportunities. While strolling through the plaza or investigating the old pyramid, you will encounter NPCs with whom you can casually converse about targeted vocabulary and grammar topics. Learning objects, embedded throughout the environment, take students through the process of attaining knowledge, practicing that knowledge and finally assessing their learning in an engaging and innovative format.

Speakers
avatar for James Abraham

James Abraham

Faculty, Glendale Community College
James Abraham, El ProfesorJames T. Abraham, Ph.D. has been working in virtual worlds since 2006. As Calisto Encinal in Second Life, he created Mi casa es su casa, an immersive, interactive Mexican village with realistic buildings and over 25 learning activities. For the last several... Read More →
avatar for Martha Eugenia Lino

Martha Eugenia Lino

Academic Director, Escape
Spanish teacher. Owner of the Educational project "Spanish with Eugenia". Teaching in México and the metaverse.Eugenia shares her knowledge and love of her native country, Mexico, with her students in the virtual world. She also serves as Academic Director and creates rich cultural... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:30pm

Oculus & Music Technology
Melding music technology and the Oculus Rift, an overview of immersive music research.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Jahnke

Karl Jahnke

Asst Prof of Animation, University of South Alabama
Karl Jahnke is a Professor of Animation at University of South Alabama. He holds an M.F.A from Clemson University.BFA Academy of Art University - Computer Arts MFA Clemson University - Digital Production Arts Asst Prof of Animation - University of South Alabama
avatar for Jeffrey Tackett

Jeffrey Tackett

Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University
Dr. Jeffrey Tackett is a Music Professor at Tennessee State University. His academic experience has centered around the combination of Music and Technology learning in the classroom. Dr. Tackett holds a B.S. degree in Music, a M.S.M.T. degree in Music Technology and a Doctorate of... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Sunday, December 11
 

4:00pm

Senses Places - Mixed Reality Participatory Performance
Senses Places: dancing with your physical body, image, avatar and bio-signals.

Senses Places is an ongoing collaborative transdisciplinary project creating mixed reality participatory performance environments that engage participants in a physical and mediat(iz)ed kinesthetic/somatic movement relational experience. 
Isabel will discuss Senses Places artistic vision towards mixed reality embodied interfacing encompassing instead of simply substituting the physical body and environment. Focus will be given to the latest process experimenting with simultaneous modes of embodied movement interaction by engaging physically and virtually through different bodily senses, particularly kinesthesis. 

What will be of our virtual presence and activity without our physical embodied engagement with the machines? The transdisciplinary dance/performance art-tech approach develops improvisational situations on somatic based practices, including CI, Butoh, Yoga, Tai Chi that contribute to and expand our awareness and communication channels. We believe that this kind of approach promotes healthy and evolving interactivity with and through intelligent machines.

Moderators
avatar for Joyce Bettencourt

Joyce Bettencourt

Founder / Vice President of the Board, AvaCon Inc.
Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir)Joyce Bettencourt is an artist, interactive designer and digital media producer whose focus is where creativity, community, social good and the future converge online. She is the Online Community Manager for TechSoup Global’s NonProfit Commons... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Isabel Valverde

Isabel Valverde

Postdoctoral Researcher, UFBA - Universidade Federal da Bahia
Senses Placeshttp://sensesplaces.orgIsabel Valverde aka Butler2 Evelyn (PT)is a transdisciplinary performer, choreographer and scholar from Portugal. Isabel has been developing experimental solo and collaborative work since 1986 and she graduated in Dance Theory and History (UCR... Read More →



Sunday December 11, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/