Steve Corbett's Informal Learning Exhibit - Interpretive Technologies

Museum: Ark 3D Survival Community Island in Second Life (SL)
Exhibit Title:
Nuclear Weapons: the Destroyer of Worlds

The exhibit will take advantage of the interpretative technologies already available in Second Life. The following list is a sample of the ways interpretive technology will make information available to visitors in this exhibit:


DocentsLive docents
Volunteer members from the Ark 3D Survival community will be available to guide and inform visitors. The main entrance of the exhibit displays all of the museum docents and their current online status.

Visitors can add themselves to a docent queue for a tour and one of the online docents will appear. Docents can also be requested at each learning center by submitting a docent request through a docent kiosk.

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The general means of providing information about replicas, images, and other displays is to provide visitors with a notecard when they click on the object.

The visitor is offered the choice to keep or discard the notecard. If they keep it, it is placed in their avatar's inventory for later reference.

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Learning Center with MissilesPlacards
Placards will be placed in front of replicas of all nuclear missiles and other objects on the island. Basic placards will just provide the name of the object. Some will provide a brief description.

When a visitor touches the placard, they will either be offered a notecard with information about the object or they will be redirected to an external web site that provides the information.

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Main Street USAVideo Displays
A nice feature within Second Life is the ability to play video within its virtual world.

Videos will be available for viewing at the main entrance, the History of Nuclear Weapons Learning Center, the Effects of Nuclear Weapons Learning Center, and the Nuclear Weapons Tracking Learning Center.

At the main entrance, a video of J. Robert Oppenheimer saying his "The Destroyer of worlds" comment will play every 5 minutes.

Videos on the Manhattan Project will be available for viewing at the History of Nuclear Weapons Learning Center. Video of current news stories will be available in the Nuclear Weapons Tracking Learning Center. The Effects of Nuclear Weapons Learning Center will display video footage of nuclear blasts from atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs as well as video footage from various films showing nuclear explosions.

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Interactive MapInteractive Maps
Another nice feature of Second Life is its ability to capture Google maps to create an interactive intrepretive technology for users.

This feature will be used at the Nuclear Weapons Tracking Learning Center to track current news on nuclear weapons across the globe and track which countries have nuclear weapons.

It will also be used at the Nuclear Targets and Fallout Path Learning Center to provide information regarding projected targets and fallout paths.

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Web site imageKiosks linked to Interactive Web Sites
Second Life allows users to connect to the web when they click on kiosks, objects, images, or placards.

The Effects of Nuclear Weapons Learning Center will take advantage of this feature, providing a kiosk where visitors can access a web page where they can identify the longitude and latitude of any city in the world and then use that information to project the destructiveness of a nuclear weapon used on that city on a Google map (adjustable for various kilotons).

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Peace Dove gameGames
Some of the exhibits will feature access to online games that reinforce the topic being covered.

For example, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty learning center features the Nuclear Weapons: The Peace Dove Game.

In this game, you take on the mission to disarm the world of nuclear weapons! You have eight "Peace Doves" to help you, each able to disarm one of eight countries possessing nuclear weapons.

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