Jackie Rexen has done an extensive build  illustrating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s well worth the visit, not only for the content itself, but because the installation helps you think about how an immersive space can intensify the learning experience. Link

Doodling
Doodling

We so often talk about Second Life as a social space, set up for social learning, that we sometimes forget what the solitary learner can gain from feeling a part of the space. I was thinking about this as I tried out the Lego blocks in the first stage of the 3-D Journey. I’m not sure that Jackie planned it this way, but as you play with the blocks the introductory video continues to play, and I found that concentrating on the building blocks helped me to listen to the video.

If you’re a doodler, like me, you never go to a lecture without pen & paper. The more difficult the content of the lecture, the more I concentrate on drawing silly loops and figures. It seems to calm the fidgety part of my mind. Jackie’s Lego blocks are a kind of doodling; playing with them allows the avatar to pause a moment and escape the overstimulation of a 3-D environment. That’s a useful thing to remember when planning an educational build.