Worlds Virtual worlds can provide engaging and flexible learning spaces
that offer students incredible opportunities to be creative and
project proposal interact with others.
Whilst a number of different virtual worlds are available for
students, creating a private space hosted by ReactionGrid using
the OpenSim platform, offers excellent support with exciting
possibilities for development.
The private space model will allow the school to develop its own
virtual island that can only be accessed by members of the
It is a “blank canvas” that will allow the students, under the
guidance of their teachers, to create a variety of objects and
areas especially designed for use by our school community.
Virtual over view
Worlds The school would establish a private space using the OpenSim
platform to be set up and hosted by ReactionGrid.
In order to set up the virtual space, students would be invited to
join the project team. The group would meet once a week,
ideally during “long lunch”. The group meetings would allow
students to explore different methods of creating a 3D virtual
world, some of which include:
Creating landscapes, buildings and objects using the
“Build “ tools included with the Hippo Viewer.
An introduction to 3D object creation using software such
as Plopp and Sculptpaint. Objects can also be
programmed to move via Scratch for OpenSim.
Creating clothing items for users’ avatars using Adobe
Creation of objects, buildings and worlds using
applications such as Solid Edge, Google SketchUp in
conjunction with SketchLife and Unity 3D.
Worlds The goals of the program are:
To promote creativity and innovation.
To use the space as a means of showcasing student work,
giving tasks a real purpose.
“I’m creating items for our school’s clothing shop.”
To allow staff and students to interact in a virtual
environment, offering a deeper level of interaction that is
sometimes not present via traditional face-to-face
For staff to have the opportunity to use an engaging
method of curriculum delivery that is flexible enough to
use across all curriculum areas.
To encourage staff to make use of the variety of excellent
Professional Development opportunities available to them
via virtual worlds platforms such as ReactionGrid and the
main grid of Second Life.
Worlds The Staff ICT Trainer will facilitate the project team, meeting
with them on a weekly basis to plan and oversee the creation of
project proposal the estate. Initially, this committee is likely to be made up only
of students. However, there is already interest from keen staff
who will also be invited to attend as they wish. These staff will
then be encourage to use estate for learning and teaching
Initially, each member will need to create his/her own avatar
and become familiar with the Hippo Viewer.
Members will then be introduced to a variety of building tools
and be allocated specific projects to work on. The first projects
A building committee centre to house building resources,
eg: building “freebies” collected from other virtual worlds,
Building tips and how-to’s
A “newbie” welcome area and help centre
Worlds Projects to follow may include:
project proposal Mathematics area initially featuring 3D shapes and objects
Science area initially focusing on the study of Chemistry
Places of worship
LOTE café, disco or similar meeting space
Student meeting space sto relax, interact, play games,
The Staff ICT Trainer will liaise with interested staff to train them
in the use of virtual world and use in the curriculum.
Worlds Software Cost
project proposal Hippo Viewer Free
Scratch for OpenSim Free
Photoshop School already has licence
Solid Edge School already has licence
Google SketchUp Free
Unity 3D Free
Worlds Requirement Cost One Off
project proposal OpenSim Server set up hosted US $110* One off,
by ReactionGrid discounted by
Annual maintenance fee for US $900 Annual
Set up of public area on US $25* One off,
ReactionGrid discounted by
Annual maintenance fee for US $300 Annual
Advanced Avatar Registration US $500* One off, but
Form provided free
Total Cost 1st Year Total Cost Subsequent Years
Approx. AU $1500 Approx. AU $1350
*Discounts apply due to one year advance payment
Worlds Movies about Virtual Worlds in Education:
Immersive Learning: It’s Game On!
project proposal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARf8VMYRQy0
No Future Left Behind
International Society for Technology in Education:
ISTE Second Life
Examples of Schools using Virtual Worlds:
Suffern Middle School, New York,
Under the direction of Peggy Sheehy
Northern Beaches Christian School, Sydney,
Under the direction of Steve Collis
Virtual Resources for Educators:
Worlds The Islands of Jokaydia
project proposal Second Life in Education Blog
Second Life in Education Wiki
Second Classroom Ning
RezEd: The Hub for Virtual Worlds in Education
Ramapo Islands: Show Me the Learning!
Colorado Technology University Presentation on Research in Second Life
Learning Principles, James Paul Gee
“I can’t create
my future with
the tools of
No Future Left Behind,
Suffern Middle School,