An exploration of the process and pedagogy behind establishing a non-linear narrative inside Second Life with the view to create a learning space rich in cross-curricular opportunities.

...there's been a murder in the Red Barn

...there's been a murder in the Red Barn
The "Red Barn" was a thatched timber out-building with a section of it's roof clad in red tiles.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Start at the very beginning...

Ok, that was unexpected.....

I have this song in my head at the moment "Murder In The Red Barn" by Tom Waits - a bluesy southern drawl that I had supposed was a fictional story from the deep south, but on listening to the lyrics, and then googling, it seems i could not be more wrong.

In the Borough of Polstead in Suffolk, England, in the 1827, a grisley CRIME OF PASSION was discovered buried in a farm out-building with a red roof (thereafter known as "The Red Barn"). A guy was convicted and sentenced to death for the crime but vehmently protested his innocence. ALL of the evidence was CIRCUMSTANTIAL, but it seems that the local community wanted JUSTICE to be seem to be DONE, it was a railroad that trampled over proper court procedure.

I was looking for a rich scenario, I could not have imagined one much richer - who did it? Is the surviving evidence sufficient to conclude the guilty party? Worth exploring?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

now that is sorted

Ok, think I have the whole login and post thing sorted, now to the purpose of this, another view into the 10 or 12 voices inside the head of wonko.

There's been a murder in the red barn.

A non-linear narrative with embedded cross-curricular links. Ties in rich and real ways into forensic science, law, IT and a good slathering of language - sound doable? ...but wait, there's more. How about realising the whole thing in Second Life?

I guess is is not the first time someone has called me crazy. Might enlist some help ... my dear friend Mrs Noisy sounds like a colleague that could sink her teeth into this, will ask.

A thought that weighs heavily...

I wonder if the designers of blogging spheres have ever considered the WEIGHT of all blogs created - millions get created every day, surely this must be weighing something down?

I think therefore ... what was the question?

[tap tap tap] is this thing on?

Setting up a blog for a Secondlife Action Learning Project is a task in itself - you get that.

Interface is in-yer-face, but I guess if the kids can understand this, I should be able to also.

... if you could see what I can imagine