It dawned on me today that it had been 2 days since I rambled through SL, so I immediately stopped what I was doing (staring at an Adobe Illustrator screen) and logged on. After wondering around Crimson Island for a while, I started searching for archaeology, Greece, and Rome to see what turned up in SL’s new search. I eventually decided on St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.
St. Spyridon was a shepherd on Cyprus who entered a monastery and eventually became a well-known bishop. Interestingly enough (at least to me) his feast day is December 14th, which also happens to be my birthday. This site is small and tucked away among several modern houses. Outside the church it had a rope that you could pull to make the bell ring and a priest’s cassock for sale. The inside was well-decorated and contained several attractive icons. Once again, from an educational standpoint, I wish that there was more information available about the site. I have been thinking of using SL in my Western Civ class. I currently have a list of images and readings that the students have to read/see each week and comment on in a threaded WebCT discussion. I was thinking of adding a SL component to each week’s topic and this might be one, but I have to wonder how much background information I would need to give them for them to benefit from visiting the site.