Virtual Communities

The Video below was recently re-dicovered on a CD lying at the bottom of a drawer. In 2000 seven Tees Valley communities represented themselves on the Internet as Tees Valley Communities Online. At the same time the University of Teesside’s Virtual Reality department worked with these communities to develop a vision for their regeneration and future development. These environments could be viewed in the University of Teesside’s innovative “Hemispherum” and each community visited the Hemispherum to see this. Steve Thompson worked with VR developer Billy Hearne to create a hybrid VR model to represent all the communities and artefacts and creative objects were placed within it. The video of this place can be seen below

Now we are doing something very similar but in Second Life (see below)

First Podcast From Whitecliffe Primary

How many schoolchildren do you know can tell a story of spending a night in the mine to avoid a German Zeppelin or of being sent home as mines washed up on the local beach and lost roof tiles on their school when one blew up? Check out Whitecliffe Primary School’s first podcast at Radio Skinningrove as they read from the 134 year old Skinningove School logbook.

(right) Whitecliffe Podcasters with Barry Hunt (Click to enlarge)