I joined the big kids in Second Life last night - I met the Kiwi Educators Group last at Koru for their regular Sunday evening meeting at 8pm (I am the relatively 'normal looking person' and Carolyn is Lala (the fox wearing stockings!)). Isa Goodman took us on a tour of some snazzy IBM sim sites. I am still at the stage of having to concentrate too much on basic things like walking to be able to concentrate on more sophisticated activities. I was a bit disgruntled initially because I had little help-I needed a buddy to hold my hand and walk alongside me. There seemed to be little conversation although when people got talking about hacking into the the simulation, I was scared to death. I found it very intimidating to be with these experienced SLers. I got very fed up because it seemed like a massive waste of time. And my dear husband was annoyed that I was spending my Sunday evening on an activity that excluded him and wasn't benefiting me in any way. However, once I had logged off, a SLer emailed me and volunteered to take me on a tour the next time I logged in. So I'll be taking her up on that.
The question is: do I invest a lot more time getting used to this when I know that very few midwives use it, and we're not using it in our program yet? Do I take the lead in using SL in midwifery with Carolyn, or do I concentrate on developing skills in areas that have more immediate application such as facilitating online meetings with Elluminate? Any thoughts?