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    1. 1. Virtual Worlds: 8-Tracks or iPods? 8-Tracks or iPods? AJ Kelton Director, CHSS Technology Services Unit College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University
    2. 2. World vs. Environment Environment Environment
    3. 3. 8-Track or iPod? Which will Virtual Worlds be? 8-Track iPod New Technology New Technology “ Roman Candle” “ Search Light” Impact: Minimal Impact: Maximum No Current Relevance Changed an industry
    4. 4. What do you already know about Second Life? Second Life? Why talk about Second Life?
    5. 5. What is Second Life? <ul><li>Started: Main Grid - 2003, Teen Grid - 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.” </li></ul><ul><li>A flexible space for learning and exploration </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity for people to interact in a way that conveys a sense of presence lacking in other media. </li></ul><ul><li>Generalized rather than contextual, applicable to almost any discipline. </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is Second Life? <ul><li>Second life is NOT a game - there are no rules or a fixed goal-oriented purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Second Life - Ages 13-17, Adults must go through Criminal Background Checks/Linden Lab Aproval </li></ul><ul><li>15-20K sign ups daily - over 12 million total (Main) </li></ul><ul><li>30 - 60K residents on at one time Population of Montclair & Little Falls Combined (2000) 49,832 </li></ul><ul><li>over $1 million spent daily (real US dollars) </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of educational institutions actively involved </li></ul>
    7. 7. What is Behind Second Life <ul><li>a scaleable co-located grid of servers running Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time 3D streaming at DSL/Cable modem (or higher) </li></ul><ul><li>Rigid body physics simulation, streaming positional audio (distance and direction) </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent desktop access - everything resides on the grid </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-platform portability </li></ul><ul><li>Infinite avatar customization - no two avatars alike </li></ul><ul><li>Uploadable textures, audio, Quicktime video can play in-world. </li></ul><ul><li>International Language Support - chat and communicate in local languages, inc. Asian character sets. European keyboards supported. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Technical Requirements <ul><li>Highest speed connection (no dial up) </li></ul><ul><li>Best Graphics Card (specific) </li></ul><ul><li>Windows 2000 / Mac OS X 10.3.9 </li></ul><ul><li>800MHz Pentium III / 1 GHz G4 </li></ul><ul><li>512 MB RAM </li></ul>
    9. 9. A Universe of Virtual Worlds Second Life Active World There SL Teen Grid Whyville Toontown Webkins Virtual Earth Home Metaverse Protosphere Muse Coke Studios Sims Online Dreamville TowerChat Traveler Habbo Hotel The Manor Mokitown Cybertown Virtual Ibiza Voodoo Chat Playdo Worlds.com Moove The Palace
    10. 10. A Universe of Virtual Worlds <ul><li>22 virtual world platforms listing over 11.8 million users, and that only includes numbers from 7 of the 22 </li></ul><ul><li>18 virtual worlds for Teens and Tweens listing over 52.3 million users from 12 of the 18 </li></ul><ul><li>15 virtual worlds for kids listing over 16.7 million users from 9 of the 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Do the math: 55 virtual platforms w/ 80.8 million users </li></ul>
    11. 11. Show me the money <ul><li>“ We don't see any slowing in the market adoption of virtual worlds technologies and expect investment in the space to continue. In fact the market is growing significantly, with the rate of adoption of virtual worlds increasing as the technology matures and has more to offer both consumers and enterprise customers.” </li></ul><ul><li>Christopher Sherman </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director of Virtual Worlds Management </li></ul>
    12. 23. Students visit the always available site
    13. 24. They enter the learning space
    14. 25. Explore and orient themselves
    15. 26. Encounter your assigned tasks
    16. 32. Hold Meetings In-world
    17. 33. For discipline-specific uses of SL in the class: <ul><li>“ 101 Uses for Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>in the College Classroom” </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Megan S. Conklin—Elon University http://trumpy.cs.elon.edu/metaverse </li></ul>
    18. 34. The CHSS Pilot Project
    19. 35. Recreate What Exists
    20. 36. Walk into a story
    21. 37. Always “On” Content
    22. 39. Traditional Spaces
    23. 40. Create Something New
    24. 41. Engage Your Students
    25. 55. Challenges
    26. 56. Challenges <ul><li>A mass media that tends toward the sensational as opposed to the substantive. </li></ul><ul><li>“Its just a game” </li></ul><ul><li>What is created in SL stays in SL </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a platform - you have to bring your own goals </li></ul><ul><li>Technical specifications </li></ul>
    27. 57. Challenges
    28. 58. Genome Island
    29. 59. The Second Louvre
    30. 60. NOAA
    31. 61. Business
    32. 62. Spaceport Alpha and Delta
    33. 63. Renaissance Island
    34. 64. San Francesco Assisi
    35. 65. InfoIsland
    36. 66. Princeton
    37. 67. The Sistine Chapel Vassar Vassar
    38. 69. Vassar Island
    39. 70. The Lost Gardens of Apollo
    40. 71. Abbott’s Aerodrome
    41. 74. <ul><li>http://teen.secondlife.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Second_Life </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.globalkids.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://holymeatballs.org / </li></ul><ul><li>http://zoomlab.org/kc/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://pacificrimx.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://rampoislands.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://projectcabrillo.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://plcmc.org/teens/secondlife.asp </li></ul><ul><li>https://lists.secondlife.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/educatorsandteens </li></ul><ul><li>https://lists.secondlife.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/educators </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Second_Life:_Educators_Working_with_Teens </li></ul>
    42. 75. ?
    43. 76. Virtual Worlds: 8-Tracks or iPods? AJ Kelton Director, CHSS Technology Services Unit http://www.sorry-afk.com keltona at mail dot montclair dot edu College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University Special Thanks to Laura Nicosia for all her support and a few of the slides we’d used in a presentation we made together. Also, to Sarah Robbins for the inspiration to keep thinking about a lot of this stuff.

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