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Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

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A Day In the Life of Booralie Island, our School's Virtual World

A typical day in our virtual 3D island:

At lunch each Friday we all meet to build, swap ideas, and so on.

I noticed one student - a boy in Year 8 - had built a little ANZAC memorial in front of his shop:


In Australia it is 'ANZAC day' in a couple of days from now - where we remember Australian and New Zealand soldiers and their sacrifice in World War 1.

The sign needs updating, of course :-)

Then, some of the Year 9 girls said they had built a recording studio. Here is one small part of it:


They have programmed the drums, keyboard and guitar so that it looks like you are actually playing them, i.e. it's animated.

When I arrived home from school, I thought I'd log back into Booralie Island, and found some students working on a Coliseum - style arena. Some other students were logged in and were chatting:


Booralie is a great 'equaliser' in social interactions, partly because of the social codes and culture we've established, and I think it helps that students have pretend names too.

Just another day, where as normal I am highly impressed at students from my school and what they are creating in our little virtual world!