Presenter: Alan Hudson
Location: Wells, Somerset, UK
Presentation Title: The planning and development of a free online resource – “A Trifling History of the Moving Image’
Presentation Description: Virtual worlds can be used as exciting environments for learning and can be automated to enable students to learn when they want, alone or with their classmates. Virtual world environments can give students a more immersive and engaging experience than other online resources. New Synthetic Theatre has been running for over a year with its first two shows, “Ninety Nine Percent’ and “Jabba Jabba Jabba’, and the third show “The Flood’ the story of the deluge in Gilgamesh, is currently being developed.
The next show to be created “A Trifling History of the Moving Image’, a free show funded by Kick-starter, will be a 3D animated lecture in which the students’ avatars help tell the history of story telling and how changing technologies have changed the way we tell stories. Beginning with bards around the campfire and ending in 3D movies and New Synthetic Theatre. The sound track will be made collaboratively using voices of contributors from around the world, emailed and then edited together.
The K12 video will explain the techniques and principles behind New Synthetic Theatre and how these will be applied in “A Trifling History of the Moving Image’. Kickstarter funding will eliminate the need for paid tickets, making the system more inclusive and allow teachers and students from anywhere in the world to learn together and use the resource anytime they like needing only a computer and an internet connection.
This could be the first of many open-licensed, shareable online resources within New Synthetic Theatre.
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Alan Hudson began in IT as a programmer and then later worked as a lecturer at various UK Universities, mostly at London Metropolitan University teaching IT multimedia and E-Learning, He also makes stained glass windows and lamps and is a freelance developer working mostly in Second Life. He has worked on a number of large Second Life projects including “The 3D Warehouse’ and New Synthetic Theatre.