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Introduction:

Introduction What is Second Life? Why acquire the virtual museum? Importance to our faculty and students?

The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum:

The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Shared digital content in Second Life Placita --Latino Music and Culture Dia De Los Muertos Yearly Event Spirits come visit Altars Virtual Celebration

The Problem:

The Problem Perception of difficulty Learning curve is too high Content compatibility

Solution:

Solution Merge the known and unknown Altars Music Lectures Games Art

Solution:

Solution Make it FUN! Streaming video for dances Meso -American Ballgame Music streamed Music performed in Second Life Music performed live

Dr. Meredith Abarca – Mexican American Folklore:

Dr. Meredith Abarca – Mexican American Folklore Students Learned Skills in Second Life 4 Classes to develop Created a “live” Altar Filmed ethnographies during festival Optional: Created Avatar and participated in Virtual Costume Contest.

Lisa Smith– Dance:

Lisa Smith– Dance Dances related to Dia de Los Muertos Traditional Hip-hop Learned a dance from Avatars in Second Life

Eduardo Barrera - Communications:

Eduardo Barrera - Communications Students Cultural Identity Through Avatars workshop with Howard University UTEP through avatar Dr. Barrera “dropped the skull” at the Meso -American ballgame

University 1301-Multiple Instructors:

University 1301-Multiple Instructors Students altar building workshop with Smithsonian staff UTEP resources and archives in virtual worlds

Results:

Results Dr. Abarca First fully online class this spring Student engagement significantly higher Building a virtual museum with graduate students Fall 2015

Results:

Results Lisa Smith Teaching area elementary students dance steps through streaming video

Results:

Results Media Interest Student Newspapers UTEP Newspapers Dr. Sherry Lewis Participated in world

Results:

Results Future Plans Bring in Elementary Students Utilize Smithsonian Institution’s Lesson Plans Participation in other digital media Twitter Facebook Tumblr

Questions?:

Questions? http :// latino.si.edu/education/LVMDayoftheDeadFestival.htm

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