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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 Merge the known and unknown Altars Music Lectures Games Art


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


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


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


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


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

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