How Can Second Life Be Used by the Visually Impaired: Tune in TODAY!!!

People with special needs and learning differences are near and dear to my heart, so this is one that has to be passed along.

Whether or not Second Life is the platform of our future, if you're attending conferences like NECC and listening to academicians, 3D virtual worlds USED WELL can reach kids who we're struggling to reach everywhere.

Today, this is what is happening:

Louise Later (SL), who is legally blind, will be with us to discuss how Second Life is used by the visually impaired. She will demonstrate two scripted objects currently under development designed specifically for the visually impaired: a mobility cane and a guide dog, and she will also talk about how EVA (an screen readin g tool) benefits visually impaired users, and her work with Virtual Ability, a Colorado-based startup developing products to assist people with different type of disabilities to utilize Second Life.

For more about accessibility in Second Life, click here:

Location: ISTE Island Bandshell:
Time: 6:00 pm SLT (click here for your local time zone)

Thank you, Kevin Jarrett  and ISTE Island for your leadership in this area!   I'm in the process of setting up an office in there and hope to have office hours sometime so we can “meet.”  I need to decorate the office too, so if any of you have “stuff” you can share, just friend me, Cool Cat Whitman.  I'm a newbie (still) be nice to me!

And if you haven't joined SL yet — today is a great day to be born.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Andrew Pass September 16, 2008 - 9:32 pm

Sounds like a great program. I fully agree that the more we can offer special needs students the better off we will all be. In some sense each of us has a special need of some kind or other.

Julie Carney September 16, 2008 - 9:33 pm

I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and the way you show your readers how the internet and new tools online can be used to help kids rather than distract them. I am starting a blog of my own soon and your blog has really inspired me.


Anonymous September 19, 2008 - 1:38 am

great post

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