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Introduction to Second Life workshop for UND faculty

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Introduction To Second Life Introduction To Second Life Presentation Transcript

  • Elizabeth Becker Christine Crawford Lori Swinney
  • What is Second Life?
    • A 3-D virtual world
    • Free and available to everyone
    • Created in 2003 by Linden Lab
    • Over 9 million residents
      • 53% male, 47% female
    • 200 + countries
    • 200 + universities
    • In-world economy US$1 = L$275 (as of 11/24/07)
  • 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
  • Linden Lab
    • Phillip Rosedale, CEO
      • RealNetworks bought his small video streaming company and made him VP and CTO.
      • In 1999 Mr. Rosedale (he holds a BS in Physics) began the research for the technology that is behind SL
  • Second Life is unique…
    • Distributed simulation - Most virtual worlds are located on one server and are limited in size
    • SL is divided over a network of machines. Every time a new machine is added to the network, hundreds of virtual acres are created.
    • Advanced compression – allows data to be compressed into thousands of objects per second into continuous streams to the resident’s machine
    Collaborative, immersive, open-ended
  • Acronyms and expressions
    • SL = Second Life
    • RL = Real Life
    • In-world = inside the virtual world of SL
    • TP = teleport
    • Bling = objects that sparkle in-world (they can cause lag)
    • Prim = Primitive shape or object – Most basic shape which can be further manipulated to build in-world
  • - a character that represents you in the virtual world
    • Can look just like you
    • Or look nothing like you
    Avatar
  • Avatars are customizable
  • Situation Learning/Immersion
    • Avatars are a means to experience the 3D virtual world in a way that cannot be experienced via other virtual means.
  • Networking/Collaboration
    • Employee of Sun Microsystems
    • Graduate library student from U of A
    • Faculty member managing 3 SUNY Islands
    • Builder of Northern Illinois University (Glidden)
    • Member of SL Development board and shop owner
    • CEO and other important figures of NMC
    • Several Harvard students
    • “ Lay” builder in-world (Vy)
  • Inventory
  • Add a Friend
  • Chat openly…
  • … or chat privately
  • … or use Voice Chat
  • Fly Flying in front of tree on SL Campus grounds Flying above a carnival being worked on in Berkman Sandbox
  • Teleport
  • Rez
    • - resolving an object that you create in-world
  • Force the sun
  • Join Groups
    • Search for the University of North Dakota group and join!
  • Build Building tools used to create and manipulate prims A triangle prim
  • 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
  • Hold a class A class congregated outside of Harvard Law School's Austin Hall A session on immersion in the SL Symposium on Creativity
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  • Announced on SLED Trial of Socrates held on Buena Vista Island with students from Buena Vista University and Mercy College Conducted in text chat
  • … or a meeting Teacher’s Buzz Meeting Teacher’s Buzz Meeting
  • Build a presence Map of Case Western University Campus Vassar Castle, a replica of their library and Sistine Chapel replica
  • Rockcliffe University They built their campus in the sky….
  • Northern Illinois University, Glidden Campus
  • Art Café in Glidden Campus designed to look like a coffee cup. Student art is displayed on the walls. Student Lounge
  • Get creative… Scripting and building used to create this effect
  • Make friends… … or fall in love
  • The beauty of it…
    • Fully functioning economy
      • Linden dollars (L$)
      • Can be exchanged on the Gaming Open Market for US $
      • Goods and services created and exchanged by residents
    • Limitless self-expression and collaboration
      • Build – create buildings, vehicles, art, wings….whatever your imagination inspires
      • Script – Second Life Script (SLS) is the language used in-world to give life to your creations
      • Change avatar appearance or use different one
  • Youtube videos
    • Intro to Second Life
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b72CvvMuD6Q
    • Educational uses of SL
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOFU9oUF2HA
  • Resources for Educators
    • SL Educators (SLED) Listserv
    • SL Research listserv (SLRL)
    • In-World Groups (Search, Groups Tab then enter search term, then click Join)
    • University of North Dakota
    • NMC
    • Nursing
    • Library: Academic Avatar
  • References http://en.wikipedia.org http://lindenlab.com/about www.youtube.com Special thanks to friends in-world for the help!