Watch an advanced Spanish class in SL

I’ve uploaded a video taken during an advanced class in Calisto’s immersive village.  The class was led by Eugenia Calderon from the Instituto Español in Mexico.  After watching the video, you´ll get an idea of what a fun, exciting and educationally-rich environment SL can be.
 
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Saludos y Despedidas Maze

New activity added in La Pluma Lista.  Teleport from the school up to a secret maze.  By touching a series of doors, you will find your way to a hidden room.  The doors will ask you to respond to common greetings and farewells in Spanish.  If you answer correctly, the door will open.  If not, you’ll be trapped in the darkness…and who knows what lurks in the shadows. 
 
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New Time Activities Added in La Pluma Lista School

Today I added a new set of activities to practice telling time. 
 
1) Hear time and write it
 
In the first activity, you will hear a speaker tell the time in Spanish.  Listen carefully.  The speaker will say the time and include de la mañana, de la tarde or de la noche.  Click on the button that says Menú to open a dialog box with a list of possible times.  The times will be in military format.  You must click on the time that matches the speaker.  If you are correct, you will automatically move to the next time.  If you are incorrect, the speaker will repeat the time.  Click on the Menú button to open the menu and try again.  There are 10 questions.
 
For example, you hear "Son las ocho y diez de la noche."  You select 20:10.
 
2) See time and write it
 
In the second activity, you will see the digital clock above the green button change to a new time.  The time will be in military format.  You must write this new time in the local chat window.  The clock will be listening on a special channel so preceed your answer with /1.  Be sure to include the de la mañana, de la tarde or de la noche accordingly.  If you are correct, you will automatically move to the next time.  If you are incorrect, you will be told and given another opportunity to write the correct time.  There are 10 questions.
 
For example, you see "19:51."  You write /1Son las ocho menos nueve de la noche.
 
Be sure to preceed your answer with /1 and end your sentence with a period. 
 
When you successfully complete each of the activities, you will be prompted to email your instructor.  If you choose, to notify your instructor that you´ve completed the activity, just follow the prompts.  You will be asked to submit your instructor´s email address.
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Mi Casa Used By Instructor From Mexico

On June 24, Mi casa es su casa hosted Eugenia Calderon’s Second Life Advanced Spanish class.  Eugenia and her three students visited each of the areas of the build and participated in role-playing activities at each location.  It was obvious the students enjoyed the experience and had a lot of fun while learning.  Their lively conversation demonstrated both their skill and the inspiration of the environment for simulated learning.  For a view of class, please watch this video.
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Spanish Alphabet Circle

I have developed a new tool for practicing the Spanish alphabet and its pronunciation.  It is a circle with the letters.  When the avatar clicks on a letter, an audio file of the letter’s pronunciation is played.  An avatar may also have a word spelled back to them by typing /711 theword.  I announced this tool on the SLED list and got some very positive feedback.  I also gave a demo at the SLExperiments group meeting.  There is a picture in the album.  Look for the code in the file sharing area of this page.
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New Final Logo

I’ve finally updated the logo floating above the plaza.  It no longer reads "Future Home," but rather "Calisto Encinal Presents."  Take a look.
 
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Treasure Hunt in Mi Casa

I’ve added a new activity to Mi Casa.  It is a sort of treasure hunt.  The student is given a belt to wear.  The belt tells the student, in Spanish, which object they must find.  The student has 60 seconds to find the object and click on it.  When they do, a jewel is added to their belt.  If they don’t, the game is started again.  The student must collect all 8 jewels to complete their belt. 
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