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ACSTAC 2017: Using Virtual Worlds: David W. Deeds


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ACSTAC: Anatolia College of Science and Technology Annual Conference. This is David W. Deeds' workshop on virtual worlds. ACSTAC 2017 will be held Nov. 24-26 at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece: This is the same workshop Dr. Deeds conducted for last year's ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) Technology Conference in Suzhou, China.

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ACSTAC 2017: Using Virtual Worlds: David W. Deeds

  1. 1. Using Virtual Worlds Anatolia College of Science and Technology Annual Conference 2017
  2. 2. Using Virtual Worlds Introduction 2
  3. 3. Using Virtual Worlds Goals for today? • #1. Think outside the box! • No Death by PowerPoint! We’ll make this a workshop even if I’m the only one who gets inworld! • Plenty of material to cover, but we first want to get as many people inworld as possible • How many of you searched for “using virtual worlds in education” before coming? 3
  4. 4. Using Virtual Worlds Who am I? • “EdTech Evangelist,” missionary saving the heathens worldwide • 16 years teaching in international colleges, K-12 schools • Have started VWs in Korea, Georgia, China, Mexico, Guatemala too! • Have presented at conferences on four continents • Directly or indirectly introduced VWs to thousands! 4
  5. 5. Using Virtual Worlds How did all this get started? • 11 years ago last month, my Rez Day was October 9th! • Professor in International Business Department • Students from all over, only test they passed: Daddy’s check didn’t bounce! • Converting the Unbelievers, Serious Play presentation: Look on SlideShare or 5
  6. 6. Using Virtual Worlds What are Virtual Worlds? • Immersive/Virtual Learning Environments • Minecraft? Sort of. World of Warcraft? Closer. • Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games or MMORPGs, Games-Based Learning on steroids • Focus: Second Life but especially OpenSimulator 6
  7. 7. Using Virtual Worlds Download and install Singularity: 7
  8. 8. Using Virtual Worlds Second Life or OpenSimulator? 8
  9. 9. Using Virtual Worlds Do you want Second Life? • Around since 2003, many (schools) still use it • In its heyday, was the ultimate online community • Might be resurrected with rise of virtual reality • If your kids are 16 and up, they can go inworld • If time permits today, we’ll pay a visit (new/existing avatars) 9
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  12. 12. Using Virtual Worlds Want your own SL cybercampus? Contact Carol Pfeifer of the New Media Consortium: 12
  13. 13. Using Virtual Worlds You want OpenSimulator! • Around since 2007, best option for K-12 schools • Favorite of control freaks, cheapskates, etc. • Offers the vital stuff: CAD, programming, virtual field trips • Still no marketplace or even common currency (yet!) • Serious business, military and other training purposes • Will get to Version 1.0 soon! 13
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  17. 17. Using Virtual Worlds OpenSimulator: Host? • If you have strong/stable Internet, I recommend host • No server hardware issues, much easier VW admin • Vendor choices, check out: • I use Dreamland Metaverse: • Contact Snoopy Pfeffer: 17
  18. 18. Using Virtual Worlds Dreamland Metaverse: Web Interface 18
  19. 19. Using Virtual Worlds Let’s get inworld!! 19
  20. 20. Using Virtual Worlds OK, start Singularity and click Grid Manager. 20
  21. 21. Using Virtual Worlds In Grid Manager, click Create. 21
  22. 22. Using Virtual Worlds For Login URI, enter “” For Grid Name, enter “SAS” (just text). Click Apply first, then OK. 22
  23. 23. Using Virtual Worlds The Grid Name you entered should be selected. For Username, enter “Test One,” “Test Two”… up to “Test Twenty.” Enter the password I tell you. Then click Log In. 23
  24. 24. Using Virtual Worlds And you’re inworld! 24
  25. 25. Using Virtual Worlds Navigation and Other Basics 25
  26. 26. Using Virtual Worlds Building (the coolest part!) 26
  27. 27. Using Virtual Worlds Building (the coolest part!) See what I mean? 27
  28. 28. Using Virtual Worlds Building (the coolest part!) See what I mean?This ain’t Minecraft!28
  29. 29. Using Virtual Worlds Programming Basics 29
  30. 30. Using Virtual Worlds Hypergridding 30
  31. 31. Using Virtual Worlds Lesson Plans 31
  32. 32. Using Virtual Worlds Lesson PlansArt 32
  33. 33. Using Virtual Worlds Lesson PlansArt Music 33
  34. 34. Using Virtual Worlds Lesson PlansArt Music Science 34
  35. 35. Using Virtual Worlds Lesson PlansArt MusicGlobal Collaboration Projects 35
  36. 36. Using Virtual Worlds Getting It Free 36
  37. 37. Using Virtual Worlds Download and install OpenSimulator: 37 Current Release
  38. 38. Using Virtual Worlds Extract the files. 38
  39. 39. Using Virtual Worlds Locate the StandaloneCommon.ini (text) file (/bin/config-include). 39
  40. 40. Using Virtual Worlds Open with a text editor, find: “WelcomeMessage” 40
  41. 41. Using Virtual Worlds Plug in some white space around the section. 41
  42. 42. Using Virtual Worlds Change the URIs to Local Host, 42
  43. 43. Using Virtual Worlds Locate OpenSim.exe (/bin), start it. 43
  44. 44. Using Virtual Worlds At New region name [ ], enter “MyLocalGrid” 44
  45. 45. Using Virtual Worlds Press Return to accept defaults for: • Region UUID [x] • Region location [1000,1000] • Internal IP address [] • Internal port [9000] • Allow alternate ports [False] • External host name [SYSTEMIP] 45
  46. 46. Using Virtual Worlds For New estate name [MyEstate], just enter the region name again (MyLocalGrid). For Estate owner first name [Test], enter yours or whatever (Stud)…or accept default. For Estate owner last name [User], enter yours or whatever (Muffin)…or accept default. Enter your password (e.g., davesagenius). For Email, press Return. For UserID[x], press Return. 46
  47. 47. Using Virtual Worlds When you see Region (YourName) #, that’s it! 47
  48. 48. Using Virtual Worlds Singularity: Local Host, Username, Password… you’re inworld! 48
  49. 49. Using Virtual Worlds You load and save OAR (OpenSimulator ARchive) files. Free: from the command line. Dreamland Metaverse: via the web interface. 49
  50. 50. Using Virtual Worlds Lab: Command Prompt, use ipconfig to get server IP. Change StandaloneCommon.ini URIs. 50
  51. 51. Using Virtual Worlds Add grid to Singularity clients (Windows or Mac). 51
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  53. 53. Using Virtual Worlds Create your own new avatar or… 53
  54. 54. Using Virtual Worlds …use one of my readymade ones. Password: I’ll tell you SLTeacherOne Aristocrat SLTeacherTwo Bookmite SLTeacherThree Netizen SLTeacherFour Quintessa SLTeacherFive Scribe SLTeacherSix Turbo 54
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  62. 62. Using Virtual Worlds Get your free copy of the 2017 NMC/CoSN K-12 Horizon Report: horizon-report-k12-EN.pdf 62
  63. 63. Using Virtual Worlds Follow my pages: technology 63
  64. 64. Using Virtual Worlds Shukran/Thanks for participating! Questions/comments? 64