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JCB: Second Life has really enhanced my relationship with students who choose to participate in projects. I got to know some students in a much better way than if I had not used the technology to teach my class. In fact, last term I was so impressed with one student’s proactive attitude toward her project and willingness to help her fellow students that I offered to write her a letter of recommendation. This was an academically good but quiet student in real life whose personality really shone through in the virtual environment.
JCB: Second Life has many exhibits related to science that are intended for a general audience. Although the exhibits themselves may be interesting and illuminating, perhaps a greater benefit is the likelihood of meeting others with similar interests at these locations.
Geologic sample of Tourmaline
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