Reflecting back

Thinking back on these past few months of doing this class, I have to say I really enjoyed it. We covered some interesting topics that are relevant to the technology-obsessed world we live in and the group project was actually a response to an ongoing movement, which is great because it felt like we were a part of it.

At times, the class schedule was a bit inconvenient, being on a Wednesday evening, but it was nice being able to attend it from the comfort of my home as opposed to a classroom. SL was also a good meeting spot for our group because our schedules and living situations did not allow us to meet up in real life.

There was a funny moment during our final presentations when I got a text from a girl in my course, who turns out was also taking the SL module and we didn’t even realise it until the very end! It just shows how anonymous you can actually be in a virtual world!

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Marie and I are in the same course, but she does Furniture while I do Interiors so we don’t really overlap

My group members were absolutely amazing and it turns out that modernpositive is in 2nd year Interior design, in the studio adjacent to mine! So we decided to finally meet up in real life. On Monday, she had her final presentation for a project I did last year, so I came to cheer her on – she did great! We went for tea after and decided to meet up for coffee next week. I am grateful for SL and this module because I got a new friend out of it 🙂

I’m a bit sad this module is over, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is choosing their optional module, because it was very different that the rest of them and it was a great experience.

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Presentation

The last class was the one where we got to present all of our group work. Modernpositive, freddymcfreddy and I managed to finish ours a week early so we were relaxed going into it, after some trouble figuring out what the best way to present the video would be.

There were 7 (I think) groups before us and it was great to see how everyone interpreted the questions in their own way. The presentations were very interesting, quick and to the point. Everyone did such a good job!

We sent everyone a YouTube link to our presentation and it was funny reading everyone’s reactions as they were watching it- almost everyone said that the video was eerie and that was exactly the response we wanted! Our video compiled all the information we collected on Padlet combined with the voiceovers done by modernpositive and me. I was a bit nervous about that part because I don’t like my voice on tape, but it went well. I also did the credits at the end.

We also put up a poster and a timeline I did, but I’m not sure if placing it on the classroom wall was the best idea because I don’t know if everyone got to see it clearly.

At the end of the class, we tried to stay back and take photos with our boards, but freddy was having problems with her internet connection, which is an issue we had to deal with throughout the project as we were all at different locations at different times and sometimes had problems syncing at the same time, but I think we did a good job managing this project.

All in all, I was very happy doing this project because my group mates were excellent! Everyone delivered the same amount of work and all of our different individual skills were utilised to create the video. Big thumbs up for this project!

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Our final meeting in SL before the presentation
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Working in Illustrator to put together a credits page
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Final result
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Modernpositive and I in front of our posters

#MeToo gets bigger

The past few classes were spent in discussion on the affects of social media and we also touched on what #MeToo means to us.

My group member and I had 2 meetings in SL outside of class as we find that being able to actually speak to each other makes for quicker problem solving. We’ve been discussing the best ways to actually bring our presentation to life and had ideas such as making a Prezi presentation, putting up images on boards in our SL classroom and making videos. So far, we think we might make a video with voiceovers, along with some other fun extras. We have decided against splitting the questions between us – instead each member contributes by posting valuable information and articles we find into our Padlet space.

We’ve been looking at various videos about the movement and freddymcfreddy even suggested recording a video in SL. We’re still figuring out the logistics of it, but it sounds like a fun idea!

Our main issue at the moment has to do with copyright, as we are not sure what images we’re actually allowed to use, but we’re making inquiries about it so we should have it resolved before our next class.

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This was our first meeting in SL. It was slightly tricky figuring out the mic situation and trying not to talk over each other, but we got used to it after a while. This session was spent dissecting each question and looking for the best way to answer them.

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Our second session was quite productive. We discussed different ways of making videos and have split the work between us for next week. I am going to make a chart that shows the timeline of the movement and will possibly do a voiceover, freddymcfreddy is figuring out a way to record a short video in SL and modernpositive is playing around with general video editing so she might be able to put the whole thing together.

Looking forward to the next class as we keep working away on the project!

Group project #MeToo

Our group project topic is based on the very relevant movement that’s been going on in the past month or so regarding serious accusations of sexual harassment. It started out with Hollywood and Harvey Weinstein and soon spread to politics and more.

My group members are modernpositive and freddymcfreddy. Modernpositive set up a Facebook group chat and we’ve been communicating through it pretty much every day with ideas on how to make the presentation. We also set up a Padlet account and have been compiling info from all over the internet as we stumbled upon it so that we all have access to all the materials. This has been a very useful tool because it works better than a Google Drive, which was another option we considered. We tried to organise a meeting in real life, but as freddymcfreddy is in Cork, it was a bit difficult and we decided against it. We agreed to meet up in Second Life instead to discuss our ideas.

So far so good!

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This is a screenshot of the beginnings of our group chat. It was a bit hectic trying to figure out the best way of communicating, but we figured it out eventually.

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Padlet has proven to be one of the most useful tools for compiling information and sharing it amongst us.

 

Week 2 – Meeting People

For this week’s post I researched places that would be good for meeting people in Second Life. The first one I visited was Bar SoHo in London because it was suggested as one of the hot spots. There I met SunShero and we chatted for a while. Then I asked about some good sports to meet people. He suggested Social Island, so that’s where I went next.screen-shot-2017-10-31-at-13-22-50.jpg

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I teleported to Social Island and that’s where I met PumpkinPumpkin. We talked about our Halloween costumes and explored Social Island together.

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I think it’s really cool that we have this ability to safely chat to random strangers in Second Life along with seeing some new places. I really liked this week’s exercise 🙂

Week 1 – 3 places I visited

I visited three places in Second Life, the first one being London’s SoHo bar, then the Social Island and lastly the Moulin Rouge in Paris. I tried to visit places where I could also interact with people, which helped me with my second blog post. Here are some pics I took from my trips.

Bar SoHo

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Social Island

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Moulin Rouge

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I visited these places because I wanted to meet people, and also because I visited the Moulin Rouge in person, so I wanted to see it in a virtual world. I had fun exploring and looking at the beautiful architecture in Paris.