Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: MALET Academic Virtual Showcase, Fall 2019. Graduate Student capstone reports, MALET Empire State College (SUNY)


MALET Academic Virtual Showcase, Fall 2019. 
Graduate Student capstone reports, 
MALET Empire State College (SUNY)

A poster presentation of graduate student projects in the MALET program (Empire State College, SUNY).  MALET= Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies.
Map of the location

Go there


Sunday, December 29, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Dislexia: Educators in virtual worlds must deal with it in the viewer. Fonts and text-to-speech can help


Educators in virtual worlds must 
deal with it in the viewer.   
Fonts and text-to-speech can help

Schools in virtual worlds need to start considering reasonable accommodations for students with dyslexia.  There are some options.
Some cant read this
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Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.-- Mayo Clinic

For virtual worlds to offer educational places 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

2019 #VWEDU #DTA: You could give live lectures on a virtual campus. But why would you?


You could give live lectures 
on a virtual campus.  
But why would you? 
If you make a video of a live lecture, you can use the same lecture multiple times.  If you do it in a virtual world, you can do it in scenes relevant to the subject.  You can walk around and point to things in the scene. That may be more interesting than slides with just the names of the things.  The things you are talking about could be animated.  That might beat those pictures you put up on flat screen.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).


Why would you give a live lecture in a virtual world?

  • Break the lecture
  • Because you want to make a video of the lecture?
  • Sure, get a video of a lecture so it can be reused. 
  • It is easy to make videos in virtual worlds.
  • But why do it on campus?  You could lecture in a scene that fits the lecture.
  • Visit Stonehenge in your browser: Virtual field trip
  • You might bring the class as a field trip.
  • Field trips are easy in a virtual world-- just a teleport away
  • But if you are going to do all the talking, you can do that in a video.  
  • You would not do all the talking, of course.  
  • You would stop several times in a long lecture and ask for questions.
  • You might also direct some questions to the class.
  • To make a video, you might break at that point.  
  • Perhaps you would close with thought questions.   
  • The good thing about a video is that need not fill an hour.  
  • You could present a ten-minute video followed by ten-minutes for questions.
  • For a big class you could have multiple sections led by assistants.
  • Assistants could handle most of the questions--you would have a FAQ page.
  • Much of the FAQ work might be handled by a DTA.
  • How many avatars can we get into a meeting?

Friday, December 27, 2019

2020 HG: #VWEDU: Hypergridders: Let's think outworld groups to augment inworld groups: Discord, Disboard


Hypergridders:  
Let's think outworld groups to augment inworld groups:  
Discord, Disboard
Updated 12/29/2019
The end of Google+ cut badly into our hypergrid outworld communication.  It also forced us to rethink that strategy.  If we want to interest new people, we need outreach.  We need channels we can depend on.  Here is one we may want to try out. 
Communication

Inworld and beyond

  • Inworld groups make good sense for a closed virtual world.
  • That may be a short term view, because inworld groups stifle outreach.  
  • We virtual worlders long ago turned to Facebook, Google+, and others.
  • More recently we have been using Discord
  • Inviting users to your server in Discord does not seem to be easy.
  • And we did not know how to search for Discord groups--until now. 
  • I am not yet satisfied with what I know about using Discord, so I may update this post.
  • Discord official blog.


Thursday, December 26, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Update 12/30/2019: Great Canadian Grid seeks funds to reopen. Kitely Market Passes $100,000 in Sales.


#VWEDU: update 12/30/2019
Great Canadian Grid seeks funds to reopen
Kitely Market Passes $100,000 in Sales.

A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Some often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily 

 Avatars meeting on the web
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News on the MUVEs 

Contents 

  • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
  • My timeline on Twitter 
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Newcomer notes
  • Hypergrid places, news, and tips
  • Business
  • Support the supporters
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Libraries for education
  • Writers on the MUVEs 
  • Promotion (general)
  • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
  • Web-worlds
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 
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Monday, December 23, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: WRITE: A Christmas Carol and the times it tells: Dickens project in virtual worlds


A Christmas Carol 
and the times it tells: 
Dickens project in virtual worlds

A presentation about the times represented in the famous story by Charles Dickens.

Dickens Resource Center
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Go there

A presentation?

  • Well, where is the auditorium?
  • This is not an auditorium presentation.
  • How can you have a presentation without an auditorium?
  • In a virtual word we often have a presentation in a place relevant to the subject.
  • How does that work?  Where does the audience sit?  
  • The avatars don't sit.  The walk around in the place. 
  • That won't work.  They can't see the slides while they are walking.
  • We don't present with slides.  The places they walk to do the job of the slides.
  • You can't do a power-point presentation without slides.
  • We don't usually do power-point presentations.
  • Okay, so go on with your story  But you are doing it all wrong.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Can you put a high school next to a porno place? Not even in a virtual world. But there are solutions


Can you put a high school next to a porno place? 
Not even in a virtual world.   
But there are solutions

If you don't control the site, you can't manage the publicity.
The Empty Classroom
  • Maybe they are next door

The problem

  • Educator: Second Life As A Teaching Tool Would Never Work On "Woke" College Campuses Of Today (Comment Of The Week)
  • They don't have to be next door to be a problem.  Just on the same grid.
  • Porn gets press.  A parent sees an article: "The porn shop on XYZ grid.
  • "Look, dear." says Mama, "this article is about the grid junior goes to for his history class."
  • "My God," the principal gasps. "I had no idea that they had stuff like that on our teaching grid." 
  • "But the students are confined to our sim, "explains the history teacher.  "They can't go to the rest of the grid."    
  • "Sure.  They registered as students," Papa points out.  "That showed them how to  register as adults.  If you think they won't do that, you don't understand teens."

The cause

  • The school doesn't control the grid where it is located.
  • It l just leases spaces from the grid operator.
  • The grid leases to others with different interests.  
  • Publicity may connect the school  to any of these others.
  • Solutions after the break.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

2019 WW: PEOPLE: 3DWebWorldz introduces human-like avatars in its 2020 upgrade.


3DWebWorldz introduces human-like 
avatars in its 2020 upgrade. 
Updated 1/25/2020

3DWebWorldz tests an upgrade version with human-like avatars that users can modify to give them an individualized appearance. 3DWebworldz is a virtual world on the web.  You go there in your browser: no download, not installing, no registration.  (You can try it out now.)   
Evie's avatar

Friday, December 20, 2019

2020 ART: BIZ: Sierra Sonnet: Virtual jewelry becomes real . And an explorable island with freebies


Sierra Sonnet:  
Virtual jewelry becomes real. 
And an explorable island with freebies


An island with Jewelry and places to explore.  Places for role-play or story-telling.
Arrival point
In Second Life, a virtual world, an avatar Marianna Monentes was born. With the hopes to further her knowledge in the 3D Arts and Jewelry; a real woman stepped into the unknown world of virtual reality to escape her own reality of a world of Multiple Sclerosis. It is where she learned a new skill, creating jewelry using advanced CAD software, which we bring to you virtually and now in the Real. 

Go there



Thursday, December 19, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Update 12/24/2019: Kitely Market Passes $100,000 in Sales. New Dayturn release supports Bakes on Mesh. Dickens project continues.


#VWEDU: update 12/24/2019
Kitely Market Passes $100,000 in Sales.
New Dayturn release supports Bakes on Mesh
Dickens project continues
A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Some often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily 

 Avatars meeting on the web
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News on the MUVEs 

Contents 

  • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
  • My timeline on Twitter 
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Newcomer notes
  • Hypergrid places, news, and tips
  • Business
  • Support the supporters
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Libraries for education
  • Writers on the MUVEs 
  • Promotion (general)
  • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
  • Web-worlds
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2019 #VWEDU MUVE SceneGate improvements: Starting, voice, vision, performance, grid manager, button groups


SceneGate improvements: Starting, 
voice, vision, performance, 
grid manager, button groups

SceneGate improvements for beginning users and those with disabilities.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0). 
Scenegate full screen
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Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 #DTA: #VWEDU: What would a virtual campus do with classrooms? They could be a secure home base in a familiar environment.


What would a virtual campus do with classrooms?
They could be a secure home base in a familiar environment.


To serve as home base for students and teachers, providing the services needed for a organized class. 
Not much needed in a digital class
  • But digital places cost so little, any class could have one.
  • And it would be useful sometimes.

Reasons to have classrooms on a virtual campus

  • Provide:
  • isolated locations for a class
  • a home base for students in a familiar environment 
  • a place for students to confer with the teacher.
  • a place for students to hold collaborative planning meetings.
  • a place for students to deposit completed work and see completed work of others.
  • a place for students to pick up class assignments and confer about them.
  • a place to confer with the DTA about ongoing activities and upcoming deadlines.
  • a place for team teachers too confer with each other or with students

Sunday, December 15, 2019

2019 COMEDY: Nov. 2019: Lauren's place, Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific NSFW*


Nov 2019: Lauren's place,   
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific NSFW

November collection of comedy from Lauren's place:  Doc Grun, VT,  Neruro, WyNott,  Catboy, HiTechAmouretta, Randy, Jamie, Synnove


          Saturday, December 14, 2019

          2019 #VWEDU: OpenSimulator Community Conference 2019 Dec. 14-15. Dec 15 events: Selected presentations with emphasis on education and broad interest

          OpenSimulator Community Conference 2019 (OSCC) Dec. 14-15.  
          Dec 15 events:  Selected presentations with emphasis 
          on education and broad interest 

          OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC) is not all tech.  It is not even mostly tech.  It is mostly about uses of OpenSimpulator, especiallu in education.  And you do have time to catch a presentation--they mostly take 20 minutes.  Here are my suggestions for Sun. Dec. 15.
          OpenSimulator Community Conference
          Last year
          The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. The conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.
          Update 12/12/2019: OpenSimulator Community Conference Dec 14, 15 2019; IMA releases simplified Scenegate viewer

          Friday, December 13, 2019

          2019 #VWEDU: OpenSimulator Community Conference 2019 Dec. 14-15. Dec 14 events: Selected presentations with emphasis on education and broad interest


          OpenSimulator Community Conference 2019 (OSCC) Dec. 14-15.  
          Dec 14 events:  Selected presentations with emphasis 
          on education and broad interest 

          OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC) is not all tech.  It is not even mostly tech.  It is mostly about uses of OpenSimpulator, especiallu in education.  And you do have time to catch a presentation--they mostly take 20 minutes.  Here are my suggestions for Sat. Dec. 14.
          OpenSimulator Community Conference
          Last year
          The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. The conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

          Thursday, December 12, 2019

          2019 #VWEDU: update 12/17/2019: IMA releases simplified Scenegate viewer


          #VWEDU: update 12/17/2019
          IMA releases simplified Scenegate viewer
          A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Some often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily

           Avatars meeting on the web
          Click image to enlarge

          News on the MUVEs 

          Contents 

          • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
          • My timeline on Twitter 
          • Events in the virtual worlds
          • Newcomer notes
          • Hypergrid places, news, and tips
          • Business
          • Support the supporters
          • Living online
          • Modern education #VWEDU
          • Libraries for education
          • Writers on the MUVEs 
          • Promotion (general)
          • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
          • Web-worlds
          • Visit me on the web
          • License 
          ***************************

          Tuesday, December 10, 2019

          2019 #VWEDU: SceneGate has an extended mode for experienced users. Planned developments will offer more reasons for experienced users to want to use it.


          SceneGate has an Extended mode for experienced users. 
          Planned developments will offer more reasons 
          for experienced users to want to use it.


          SceneGate starts in the Simple mode, designed to avoid cognitive overload or new users.  It also has an Extended mode providing services that experienced users will want.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0). 
          Scenegate full screen
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          Monday, December 9, 2019

          2019 WW:, BIZ: Marcus Milne and Threedium: a progress update on another web-world.


          Marcus Milne and Threedium: 
          a progress update on another web-world.

           I chatted with Marcus
          • He is in Australia, I am in Texas.
          • But it takes less than 30 seconds to meet in his digital world

          Background

          • Over two years ago, I posted about a web-world created by Marcus Milne.
          • Web-world: a virtual world running in a browser.
          • Marcus Milne talks about his world on the web
          • Since then I have been posting at length about two other web-worlds
          • CybaLOUNGE
          • 3DWebWorldz 
          • Meanwhile, Marcus has been developing a new website and business plan.
          • Threedium
          • You can enter and look around as a guest, without registering.
          • Use the up-pointing arrow to move or click on the screen for a Nav button.

          Sunday, December 8, 2019

          2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Target markets for OpenSimulator: Students, instructors, organizations, presentations, collaborative meetings



          Target markets for OpenSimulator:  

          Students, instructors, organizations, 
          presentations, collaborative meetings 


          Consideration of potential markets for OpenSimulator and what Opensim needs to penetrate them.
          Virtual classroom

          Potential market

          • Organizations:  Schools, companies
          • Students: Online, on campus, on virtual campus
          • Instructors: On campus or at home
          • Presentations: Small discussion groups with interest focus.
          • Collaboration: Online work groups

          What we need

          • Simplified onboarding: Specialized learning limited to user needs.
          • Scenegate
          • Improved security
          • Distance from games and porn
          • Resources to make scene creation easy
          • Object scripting to differentiate a 3D place from a picture (even a 3D one)