3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSim: International Schools Education

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Changchun American International School (CAIS) was one of the first schools to establish an OpenSim cybercampus. Now CAIS is proposing that the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) start its own grid! Or maybe we'll have one that includes all international schools!

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3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSim: International Schools Education

  1. 1. Virtual Worlds Part II:OpenSim101<br />David W. Deeds, IT Manager/Teacher<br />Changchun American International School<br />Flat Classroom Conference: Beijing, China<br />February 25, 2011<br />
  2. 2. 45 minute presentation<br />{If <br />(Caisland and/or ReactionGrid connection) then<br />(Focus on live Internet demo and<br />Use slides for later reference)<br />Else <br />(Death by PowerPoint) and<br />(Use Local Daveland and Watch Machinima))<br />EndIf}<br />// Option: Attendee participation? <br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  3. 3. OpenSim:<br />NOT a Second Life clone! (Viewers are)<br />3D virtual world with built-in modeling (CAD) tools and Linden Scripting Language<br />Not a game (per se): connect, communicate and collaborate (conduct commerce later?)<br />Been in OpenSim since 2008, taken over 100 students inworld for different classes<br />Completely FREE, although hosted solutions best for most schools<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  4. 4. Differences between Second Life and OpenSim?<br />With OpenSim: <br />Complete management of your virtual world. (No one gets in or out without your permission. )<br />More freedom to set parameters.<br />Unlimited land, lower costs, etc.<br />Best: IBO or International School Grid<br />But…still buggy…can be more work…etc.<br />http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Main_Page<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  5. 5. What have we learned? <br />Students: <br />Computer-Aided Design, Programming, Project Management, Business, English<br />Social Constructivism (Reality, Knowledge, Learning), Learner-Centric Instruction, IB Design Cycle: Investigate, Design, Plan, Create, Evaluate<br />Teachers:<br />Inclusion, Differentiation, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)<br />Problem-/Task-Based Instruction, Action/Active Learning, Reciprocal Guidance, Inquiry-Based<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  6. 6. Three OpenSim (DIY SL) Options:<br />Local: Only one user at a time <br />Client-Server: Web Server/IIS/Static IP/LAN<br />Hosted Solution: Just need viewer and connection<br />Local and Client-Server:<br />Go to http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Download<br />Unzip and tweak .INI files as required. <br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  7. 7. Viewers (All Free):<br />Check the system requirements! Video driver/card?<br />Hippo <br />http://mjm-labs.com/viewer/download.php<br />Imprudence<br />http://wiki.kokuaviewer.org/wiki/Imprudence:Downloads<br />Phoenix<br />http://www.phoenixviewer.com/<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  8. 8. Caisland: (Changchun American International School) Land<br />Caisland: Client-Server, 1-2 regions, OAR save/load<br />Florida Caisland: Hosted by ReactionGrid, 4 regions<br />ReactionGridCaisland: In ReactionGrid, 1 region, exists because we have enabled hypergridding<br />OAR – OpenSimARchive (database backup) file<br />Hypergridding – “Jumping” from one grid to another<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  9. 9. Caisland/ReactionGrid/OtherGrid Tour (live or video):<br />Florida Caisland: MYP 1, MYP 2/3, MYP 4 and MYP 5 Regions<br />ReactionGrid: Caisland, World’s Fair, Others<br />JokaydiaGRID/OtherGrid: As time permits<br />Daveland is LIVE: Local instance, for building and programming demos<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  10. 10. Getting Your Turf Options:<br />Private Region/Grid for School<br />Connected Grid for Multiple Schools (e.g., China, Harrow, International Baccaleaurate Organization, 21st Century Schools)<br />Three Vendors Offering Both:<br />ReactionGrid<br />Jokaydia<br />Dreamland Metaverse<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  11. 11. Getting Your Turf: ReactionGrid<br />(Also has Unity/Jibe Acccounts)<br />http://reactiongrid.myshopify.com/collections/virtual-worlds<br />US$75/month for 4 regions, US$220 setup<br />(Hyper-V, each school gets its own server)<br />Grids: 1 week, prices depend on power/users<br />Contact: Robin Gomboy (robing2@reactiongrid.com)<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
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  16. 16. Getting Your Turf: Jokaydia<br />(Also rents Second Life regions)<br />http://www.jokaydiagrid.com/rent-a-sim/<br />1 region: US$25/month<br />2 regions: US$50/month<br />3 regions: US$75/month<br />Grid: 1 week, prices depend on power/users<br />Contact: Jo Kay (joannamkay@gmail.com)<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
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  20. 20. Getting Your Turf: Dreamland Metaverse<br />(No Setup Costs)<br />http://www.dreamlandmetaverse.com/<br />Residential Region (40 avatars): US$45/month<br />Professional Region (80 avatars, 45000 prims): US$90/month<br />Grid: 1 week , US$45 Core + US$45 Each School <br />Contact: Snoopy Pfeffer (snoopy.pfeffer@yahoo.com)<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  21. 21. Dreamland (Partners) Consulting Services:<br />Strategic Consulting<br />Business Development <br />Marketing in 3D Worlds <br />Edutainment Solutions <br />Social Communities <br />Software Development <br />Content Creation <br />IT Advisory Services<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  22. 22. Dreamland Metaverse: Comparison Chart<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  23. 23. More information:<br />“Shengri La Spirit: A Designer’s Perspective of the Making of OpenSim” by Shenlei Winkler, Fashion Research Foundation, ISBN: 978-0984117116<br />“Higher Education in Virtual Worlds” by Charles Wankel, Emerald Group Publishing, ISBN: 978-1849506090<br />“Cutting-Edge Social Media Approaches to Business Education” by Charles Wankel, Information Age, ISBN: 978-1617351167<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  24. 24. More information:<br />“Empowering Students with Technology” by Alan November, Corwin Press, ISBN: 978-1412974257<br />“Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds” by Alex Heiphetz, McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 978-0071628020<br />“The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games” by Clark Aldrich, Pfeiffer Publishing, ISBN: 978-0470462737<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  25. 25. Recommended textbooks:<br />Wiley Press: “Creating/Scripting Your World”<br />Jeff Heaton (www.jeffheatonresearch.com)<br />“Introduction to Linden Scripting Language”<br />“Scripting Recipes for Second Life”<br />“Introduction to Textures, Animation, Audio and Sculpting”<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  26. 26. Connect/Communicate/Collaborate?<br />IB Virtual Community (https://ibo.epals.com/)<br />Groups:<br />3D Virtual Worlds: Second Life<br />3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSim<br />IT Teachers/Managers<br />RezEd: http://rezedhub.ning.com/<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  27. 27. Next month: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s (AACE) Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011 Conference:http://www.aace.org/conf/glearn<br />Then: Formal Proposal to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO): http://www.ibo.org<br />IBO Island in Second Life and/or IBO Grid! <br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  28. 28. Thank you…<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />
  29. 29. Changchun American International School wants to hire a PYP/MYP IT Teacher to start as of August 2011 (2-year contract)! <br />3D virtual world experience preferred but not absolutely required. Interest is essential! <br />Contact Darrie Dai (dailiaaa@sina.com) or me.<br />Other jobs (Art/Math/Science/Etc. Teachers) available too. Contact Darrie. <br />Virtual Worlds I: Second Life 101<br />
  30. 30. Xiexie/Thank you! Questions/Comments?<br />Facebook & LinkedIn: David W. Deeds<br />E-Mail: davidwdeeds@yahoo.com<br />Skype: davidwdeeds<br />Twitter: dwdeeds<br />Second Life: Deed Davids<br />ReactionGrid, JokdayiaGrid, OSGrid, Etc.: Deed Davids<br />Virtual Worlds II: OpenSim101<br />

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