Using 3D Virtual Worlds - OpenSim (ulator), Quest Atlantis - To Teach International School Students


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OpenSimulator aka OpenSim. OpenSimulator developers prefer the former. Includes links to David W. Deeds' free new e-book, "OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide." Changchun American International School is seeking partners interested in starting a K-12 OpenSimulator grid. And a K-12 Second Life island.

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Using 3D Virtual Worlds - OpenSim (ulator), Quest Atlantis - To Teach International School Students

  1. 1. Using 3D Virtual Worlds – OpenSimulator, Quest Atlantis – to Teach International School Students Computer Science and Human Values<br />David W. Deeds and Alex Makosz<br />Changchun American International School, Jilin Province, China<br />AACE ED-MEDIA: June 30, 2011 Lisbon, Portugal<br />
  2. 2. 3D Virtual Worlds: CAIS<br />International Baccalaureate Organization ( World School: One of 3,000+!<br /> 150 students: expatriates, locals<br /> Wide range of English levels, beginners to native speakers<br /> Need to teach context and values, across all subjects (cross-curricular) <br />
  3. 3. 3D Virtual Worlds: Second Life<br />Second Life: MUVE or MMORPG (whatever) now for everyone 16+<br /> Q1 2011: Monthly Repeat Logins: 794,000; Economy: US$29,300,000<br /> Web 2.0: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate? Only SL will do…now<br />
  4. 4. 3D Virtual Worlds: Second Life<br /> China Int’l Schools Inworld (CISI): * Beijing International School * Changchun American Int’l School * Western Academy of Beijing<br /> DP ITGS, MYP 5 Technology<br /> SLURL:<br />
  5. 5. 3D Virtual Worlds: Second Life <br />
  6. 6. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />Free, open-source “DIY Second Life” for kids of all ages! <br /> 2011 Horizon Report: Games-based learning will be MAINSTREAM by 2013<br /> Can use hosted solution, client/local or client/server<br />
  7. 7. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />Students learn CAD, programming, project management<br /> Graphics, video/audio production <br /> National Education Technology Plan: Helps develop disposition well-suited to information-based culture and rapid change<br />
  8. 8. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />FREE E-BOOK: “OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide”<br /> Teacher and techie tracks<br />CAIS (, Me (, Alex (<br />
  9. 9. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />
  10. 10. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />“OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide”<br />Scribd Link:<br /><br />
  11. 11. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />
  12. 12. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />
  13. 13. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />
  14. 14. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />
  15. 15. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />Why was this guy babbling re: SL?<br /> We need to recreate SL for kids<br />IBO or other (international) school grid: teachers/students only, best of both (virtual) worlds<br /> PG, controlled but open, Web 2-3<br />
  16. 16. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />Next year: Proposal to IBO re: IBO OpenSimulatorgrid<br /> Maybe international or just school grid, maybe with a university?<br />Corporate/academic sponsors?<br />Research/grants/proposals?<br />
  17. 17. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />Contact Changchun American International School (<br /> Contact David W. Deeds ( or private:<br />
  18. 18. 3D Virtual Worlds: OpenSimulator<br />Obrigado! Questions/Comments?David W. Deeds, Ph.D.IT Manager/TeacherChangchun American Int’l School2899 Dong NanhuDaluChangchun, Jilin, China, 130033<br />Facebook/LinkedIn: David W. DeedsTwitter: dwdeeds, SL: Deed DavidsVisit CISI on Teaching in SL!<br />
  19. 19. 3D Virtual Worlds: More Info<br />2011 Horizon Report:<br /> Published by the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative ( <br />
  20. 20. 3D Virtual Worlds: More Info<br />OpenSimulator Wiki:<br /><br />Maria Korolov’sHypergrid Business Ezine:<br /><br />Mary Miner’s Wiki:<br /><br />
  21. 21. 3D Virtual Worlds: More Info<br />Jeff Heaton Books (<br />“Introduction to Linden Scripting Language for Second Life,” ISBN: 978-1604390049<br />“Scripting Recipes for Second Life,” ISBN: 978-1604390001<br />“Introduction to Textures, Animation Audio and Sculpting in Second Life,” ISBN: 978-1604390025<br />
  22. 22. 3D Virtual Worlds: More Info<br />“Second Life: The TOG” by Michael Rymaszewski, et al., ISBN: 978-0470227756<br />“Creating Your World: TOG” by Aimee Weber, et al., ISBN: 978-0470171141<br />“Scripting Your World: TOG” by Dana Moore, ISBN: 978-0470339831<br />
  23. 23. 3D Virtual Worlds: More Info<br />“A Practical Guide to Using Second Life in Higher Education” by MaggiSavin-Baden, Open University Press, ISBN: 978-0335242146<br />“The Second Life Grid: The Official Guide to Communication, Collaboration and Community Engagement” by Kimberly Rufer-Bach, Wiley Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-470-41291-6<br />“The Entrepreneur's Guide to Second Life: Making Money in the Metaverse” by Daniel Terdiman, Wiley Press, ISBN: 978-0470179147<br />
  24. 24. 3D Virtual Worlds: More Info<br />“Learning in 3D” by Karl Kapp, Pfeiffer Publishing, ISBN: 978-0470504734<br />“Learning Online with Games, Simulations and Virtual Worlds” by Clark Aldrich, Jossey-Bass, ISBN: 978-0-470-43834-3<br />“The Virtual Worlds Handbook: How to Use Second Life and Other 3D Virtual Environments” by Elizabeth Hodge, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, ISBN: 978-0763777470<br />
  25. 25. 3D Virtual Worlds: More Info<br />“Higher Education in Virtual Worlds” by Charles Wankel, Emerald Group Publishing, ISBN: 978-1849506090<br />“Learning and Teaching in the Virtual World of Second Life” (edited) by Judith Molka-Danielsen, Tapir Academic Press, ISBN: 978-82-519-2353-8<br />“Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology” by Allan Collins, Teachers College Press, ISBN: 978-0807750025<br />