So are you going to be using Second Life with students? I need to learn about it vicariously until I get around to buying a better video card for my computer. Anyhow I'd love to hear more about your progress.
Ermm...I don't know yet. I don't know if I currently have any students I can use SL with. I think I'm interested in it as a possible language learning tool in principle rather than in practice at the moment. I want to investigate further and see if I can talk to some of the people who are currently using SL for language learning and teaching(there are some Japanese language learning groups and a teacher offering private Japanese lessons).Maybe the step after that would be to set up something similar on SL and see whether there are possibilities. I really don't know at the moment. One thing I've thought of : the possibility of creating video of my character and using him as a part of a summer course, asking the students in class what they want to see him do and where he should go. This might be a regular section, perhaps at the beginning of the class, and I could use it to introduce language and also to motivate students with something different. First, I'll need to see just how feasible it is.Meanwhile, I'm starting to learn how to do things, and flying around investigating the world, meeting people, etc. If nothing else, it's actually really good fun.
Graham,I'm of course envious that you can play around in there. I would like to buy a new video card just for this but am having trouble justifying the expense to myself.