Since you ask: There is LibGaming Yahoo group listserv that has a library focus rather than a virtual world one, but is about gaming of many kinds. Also, American Libraries Association has a 2-year grant-funded initiative on games, learning, and literacy with an "experts panel" looking at best practices for gaming -- all games -- in libraries. (I'm on that panel.) Daedalus Project from Nick Yee is is-depth research on MMORGs. At http://www.21stcenturylearning.com is doing SL and WoW research. The June 20th issue of Science magazine will include an article about the Science guild on the Earthen Ring (US) server in WoW, and the science conference held in-game in May, attended by around 100 researchers and those interested in virtual worlds. That guild is open to others with a continuing interest in the subject.
Hi Mike...I will check out your site for sure, thank you for letting me know about it. I am pretty busy with building the AVW so I haven't had much time for exploring...but as soon as I come up for air..I will!
Thanks for the introduction. I am one of the two art directors at IMVU.com. We have started an informal Blog to talk about being an artist working in virtual worlds. At the moment it is small and is focused on purely tips and tricks. You can see it here:
Greetings Mike Young. Your globalkids.org looks very interesting; my wife has taught gifted&talented kids (or "kids at risk") in the public schools for most of 30 years (though she looks too young to have been teaching this long, lol). I will pass along to her your link to that organization. Nice to meet you. Shalom, k.d.kragen
Nice work with the kid focused programs. We have seen a real interest with the school age kids for programs like yours. Our pilot programs at Triggerfinger Software have shown kids to be the ideal age group to use the latest and greatest technology to engage their curiosity and keep their attention.
I would love to hear more about your experiences from your programs.
We are letting the Blog remain free form for now. Typically we will cover experiences we have had designing for low poly virtual product catalogs, but posters have requested more info on specific tricks they can use in their own products. We will see where that takes us. Thanks for having a look. ~Don
Hi Mike - thanks for the welcome! I'm very new to online social networking. We're doing a pilot of a humanities SNW on Ning, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (mastudies.ning.com). I'll visit your site and perhaps be in touch as we move along!