Introduction To Second Life


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  • Introduction To Second Life

    1. 1. Elizabeth Becker Christine Crawford Lori Swinney
    2. 2. What is Second Life? <ul><li>A 3-D virtual world </li></ul><ul><li>Free and available to everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Created in 2003 by Linden Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Over 9 million residents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>53% male, 47% female </li></ul></ul><ul><li>200 + countries </li></ul><ul><li>200 + universities </li></ul><ul><li>In-world economy US$1 = L$275 (as of 11/24/07) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Virtual World - A virtual world is a computer-based simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit, interact and create via avatars International Space Flight Museum
    4. 4. Linden Lab <ul><li>Phillip Rosedale, CEO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RealNetworks bought his small video streaming company and made him VP and CTO. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 1999 Mr. Rosedale (he holds a BS in Physics) began the research for the technology that is behind SL </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Second Life is unique… <ul><li>Distributed simulation - Most virtual worlds are located on one server and are limited in size </li></ul><ul><li>SL is divided over a network of machines. Every time a new machine is added to the network, hundreds of virtual acres are created. </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced compression – allows data to be compressed into thousands of objects per second into continuous streams to the resident’s machine </li></ul>Collaborative, immersive, open-ended
    6. 6. Acronyms and expressions <ul><li>SL = Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>RL = Real Life </li></ul><ul><li>In-world = inside the virtual world of SL </li></ul><ul><li>TP = teleport </li></ul><ul><li>Bling = objects that sparkle in-world (they can cause lag) </li></ul><ul><li>Prim = Primitive shape or object – Most basic shape which can be further manipulated to build in-world </li></ul>
    7. 7. - a character that represents you in the virtual world <ul><li>Can look just like you </li></ul><ul><li>Or look nothing like you </li></ul>Avatar
    8. 8. Avatars are customizable
    9. 9. Situation Learning/Immersion <ul><li>Avatars are a means to experience the 3D virtual world in a way that cannot be experienced via other virtual means. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Networking/Collaboration <ul><li>Employee of Sun Microsystems </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate library student from U of A </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty member managing 3 SUNY Islands </li></ul><ul><li>Builder of Northern Illinois University (Glidden) </li></ul><ul><li>Member of SL Development board and shop owner </li></ul><ul><li>CEO and other important figures of NMC </li></ul><ul><li>Several Harvard students </li></ul><ul><li>“ Lay” builder in-world (Vy) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Inventory
    12. 12. Add a Friend
    13. 13. Chat openly…
    14. 14. … or chat privately
    15. 15. … or use Voice Chat
    16. 16. Fly Flying in front of tree on SL Campus grounds Flying above a carnival being worked on in Berkman Sandbox
    17. 17. Teleport
    18. 18. Rez <ul><li>- resolving an object that you create in-world </li></ul>
    19. 19. Force the sun
    20. 20. Join Groups <ul><li>Search for the University of North Dakota group and join! </li></ul>
    21. 21. Build Building tools used to create and manipulate prims A triangle prim
    22. 22. Textures A photo from in-World saved as a texture and added to a prim A texture from the provided tools added to a prim
    23. 23. Hold a class A class congregated outside of Harvard Law School's Austin Hall A session on immersion in the SL Symposium on Creativity
    24. 25. Announced on SLED Trial of Socrates held on Buena Vista Island with students from Buena Vista University and Mercy College Conducted in text chat
    25. 26. … or a meeting Teacher’s Buzz Meeting Teacher’s Buzz Meeting
    26. 27. Build a presence Map of Case Western University Campus Vassar Castle, a replica of their library and Sistine Chapel replica
    27. 28. Rockcliffe University They built their campus in the sky….
    28. 29. Northern Illinois University, Glidden Campus
    29. 30. Art Café in Glidden Campus designed to look like a coffee cup. Student art is displayed on the walls. Student Lounge
    30. 31. Get creative… Scripting and building used to create this effect
    31. 32. Make friends… … or fall in love
    32. 33. The beauty of it… <ul><li>Fully functioning economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linden dollars (L$) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be exchanged on the Gaming Open Market for US $ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goods and services created and exchanged by residents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limitless self-expression and collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build – create buildings, vehicles, art, wings….whatever your imagination inspires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Script – Second Life Script (SLS) is the language used in-world to give life to your creations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change avatar appearance or use different one </li></ul></ul>
    33. 34. Youtube videos <ul><li>Intro to Second Life </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Educational uses of SL </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    34. 35. Resources for Educators <ul><li>SL Educators (SLED) Listserv </li></ul><ul><li>SL Research listserv (SLRL) </li></ul><ul><li>In-World Groups (Search, Groups Tab then enter search term, then click Join) </li></ul><ul><li>University of North Dakota </li></ul><ul><li>NMC </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>Library: Academic Avatar </li></ul>
    35. 36. References Special thanks to friends in-world for the help!