I am making the presentation from the CTAP ETC Conference that was held in Modesto, CA available online:
This presentation covers a breif history of multiplayer games and virtual worlds, the current platforms, and near future platforms and technologies. There are also a few links to some videos on education in Second Life. There are embedded URL’s throughout to referenced sites and materials.
The really special aspect of this presentation is that I have had the pleasure of being part of the generation that grew up with these technologies, and have seen them change over the years. I’ve played and explored almost all of the games and virtual worlds referenced in this presentation over the past 25 years. I was even paid as a freelance reviewer for five years in the early 90’s to write about my experiences with these games for printed publications like Computer Gaming World. It’s been a lot of fun, and I can hardly fathom where we will be in another 25 years (ok, I can, but that would be a whole other presentation).
I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane, and if you have not been online playing all of these years, then I hope you enjoy your introduction to these strange new virtual worlds. There should be enough here to spark your imagination on how you can use these platforms in your classroom.