Before I was introduced to Second Life by KJ, I had a dream of creating virtual history simulations for my students -games really, in which they could experience walking the streets of ancient Athens or Rome. And while I would still like to see that realized in a way that will be accessible to my sixth graders, it looks like someone else has created just that -and in spectacular fashion.
Jeremy Kemp of SJSU wrote about this amazing accomplishment on the SLED mailing list. Rome circa 320BC has been recreated in Second Life at this SLURL. More information about the way it was created can be found on Wired , and a good machinima was created by Rik Panganiban, SL Rik Riel.
As it turns out, there are several real life areas of which I was unaware in SL. Where was I? -Ummm, the ISTE scavenger hunt, formal ball, and looking for Meerkats at DEN for Meerkat Monday! I guess I need to remember why I came in the first place, and start exploring more. I know one thing for sure, it’s time I got in and discovered more of these amazing builds in SL, as well as finding a way to share them with my students.
The following RL sites are also courtesy of Jeremy -Thanks 🙂
Today I visited Assisi and I will state that it is the best recreation I have yet seen in SL. The Basilica is as I remember it from having been there several years ago, and well worth the visit.