Second Life as a tool for learning about natural hazards and how to respond to them

I have been playing around in Second Life and examining its application for educational use. There's quite a community in there and it is possible to set up one for an organization or educational establishment. I wanted to set up a UNISDR island starting with educational stuff, links to podcasts etc. I believe this to be a great opportunity to reach a lot of people in an unconventioanl way. I know the US EPA have a boat in Second Life for instance which has been rendered precisely like one of their research vessels, but this is of limited educational use. I have also discovered that NOAA have an island in second life I want to attempting to create a disaster island scenario, which is almost like a disaster themed 'fun park' where hazards occur and you have to react in the most appropriate way...flying would have to be disabled for people's avatar's (their second life persona) and rewards given for reacting appropriately and surviving...There are ways of embedding url's ino second life and I have already done so in the technology educators island. There is an opportunity to do this with a group of islands in second life known as the scilands If anyone wants to be involved in this exciting project let me know and we can start creating!

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