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Ban ‘Second Life’ in schools and libraries, Republican congressman says

CNET – “A Republican congressman who has sponsored legislation banning access to social-networking Web sites in schools and libraries has found a new target of displeasure: Second Life.”

Remember, “Second Life is not a game, it is a multi-user virtual environment”

2 Responses to “Ban ‘Second Life’ in schools and libraries, Republican congressman says”

  1. Merriwyn
    May 8, 2008 at 3:53 am #

    Funnily enough I just went to an unconference the other day which was looking at how to use web 2.0 tools effectively in the classroom, and included a session on how to use Second Life for teaching and learning. This focussed on a specific environment (an island called Jokaydia) which is entirely devoted to utilising Second life for education. We also learned about a successful collaborative program between U.S. and Japanese students. I don’t think it should be used for recreation in schools, however there may well be a place for it to be used in the classroom under supervision with specific educational objectives. Blanket bans would be an over-reaction and miss the educational opportunities that this environment has to offer.

  2. Scott Powell
    May 9, 2008 at 1:23 am #

    Banning Second Life in schools is an unconstitutional idea which would block legitimate educational and commercial opportunities in the virtual world. While perhaps access to Second Life should be monitored and limitted to PG-rated content (of which there is an enormous wealth), banning Second Life in the classroom would be tantamount to banning the Internet when it was forming.

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