Recently constructed, the Museum of Philosophy is now featured in the SL Showcase, and the traffic to the site has jumped dramatically. Featured in the non-profit and education section of the SL showcase, the Museum is also a destination to visit for a wide range of art displays. Soon, the Museum will be adding original Machinima videos about philosophers. And it’s a home to a nice garden where people seem to enjoy hanging out for conversations, with music playing in the background.

It’s been more than two months since the launch of WhyReef in Whyville.net, and things are going swimmingly! The North and South Reefs have had over 80,000 visits, and over 500,000 reef animals and plants have been counted, meaning that Whyvillians are monitoring the reef very carefully. Interest in WhyReef has leveled, with ¼ of all Whyville visitors playing on the reef at each login.

On April 14th we launched “Reef Encounters” in the Reef Station; a place where kids can view video clips of different reef plants and animals. Right now there are 20 clips available with plans to add 20 more in the near future. There will also be a space to post video clips from scientists about their work in coral reef environments. The reef videos have only been live for 3 weeks and we already have had over 1,800 visits.

While all these numbers are compelling, the level of interaction and engagement with the kids is even more exciting. In the reef, kids are chatting about where to find specific organisms and which species are their favorites. The reef octopus and the white-tip reef shark are particularly popular. There have been 148 postings in the BBS, and the most popular thread is “Ask Mark”. Whyvillians have been asking our scientists questions about reef life and conservation.

Smallworlds launches on RezEd!!! We are happy to announce that RezEd members can meet virtually at any time within the virtual world of Small Worlds, which starting today is officially partnering with Ning.
Every member of RezEd can easily join and log-in to the web-based Small Worlds environment from within the RezEd site.

We will be announcing soon other opportunities to meet up within Small Worlds for specific events and dialogues. In the meanwhile, check out our “RezEd Educator’s Zone” in Small World, and explore the rest of the world!

In this week’s RezEd Podcast Episode 40 on Discussions on using WoW in Education and the partnership of Whyville and Dell, four World of Warcraft [WoW] players give an introduction into the educational affordances of WoW, with an In Focus session detailing a new commercial partnership between Dell and Whyville.

This week’s aha moment, “Avatars Enhance the Language Learning Experience” is written by Laura Jacob of McGuffey High School.

This week’s featured discussion, on Project Wonderland is moderated by Kevin Roebuck.