Friday, August 14, 2020

2020 EDU: PEOPLE: Social user-built 3D on the web: an extension of your living room, your office, your classroom, or your campus. But this extension reaches into your laptop.

Social user-built 3D on the web: 
an extension of your living room, 
your office, or your classroom. 
But this extension reaches into your laptop.

How we digitals use 3D user-built virtual worlds on the web for social educational, and business purposes  

A user-built digital place 

  • Much like the "real" world that we are accustomed to.
  • It looks like our normal world.
  • If you come at the right time, there are people (avatars).
  • The people are talking to each other.
  • They are all doing what they please
  • Some may be playing a game.
  • They may be singing and dancing.
  • They may be telling jokes.
  • A few may be building something.
  • Or maybe just rearranging furniture (in a user-built place).
  • Some may be taking pictures or making videos.
  • Some will be so busy on their own projects that you won't see them.
  • They are in a class or holding a business meeting.
  • Some may just be looking around.

What kind of 3D?

  • We see lots of articles about 3D environments simulated on a computer.
  • When they talk about different kinds of 3D, they talk about tech differences.
  • I leave that to the techies.  I will talk about use differences.
  • The tech is advanced enough that we can choose the tech that fits our needs.
  • We just have to know our needs--how do we want to use the tech.
  • We may want to use it as a digital parlor where we welcome guests.
  • Or as a digital office where we meet with office mates, clients or potential customers.
  • Or as a digital conference room, where we hold meetings of our working groups.
  • Or as a digital classroom where we meet with students about their work.
  • User-built:.authorized people can change things, just as in physical space.
  • They can place objects and move them, just as in their own office or classroom.
  • For some people that may create a sense of ownership.   
  • Web-worlds are easy to get to. Here are a couple of examples.

What is social 3D on the internet?

  • Social:  People doing things with other people.
  • 3D:  A computer display that appears to be three dimensional.
  • The computer can be a PC, a tablet, or anything that will run a browser.
  • They can be taking a class, having a business meeting, or just having a chat.
  • No games. the users decide what to do, not the gamemasters.

What do I need? 


What do I have to do to check this out?

  • There are two web-worlds available on your browser:
  • CybaLOUNGE or 3DWebWorldz.
  • No registration, no password.  You give a nickname and maybe pick an avatar.
  • On a laptop click on the scene to enter it, use the up arrow key to walk forward.
  • If you come between noon and 12:30 pm on a weekday, I will probably be there.
  • Those are small 3D worlds.  Much larger 3D worlds are available. 
  • The larger ones require you to install something and register
  • That  takes a laptop or desktop computer.

Can I give a lecture?

  • 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 pictures of the things.  
  • The things you are talking about could be animated.  
  • That might beat those pictures you put up on flat screen.  

The future of work is online


Possible activities in social 3D

Business meetings 


Visit me on the web

  • Drop by my web offices Weekdays: 12:-12:30 pm Central time (US)
  • I am available for free consulting on any topic in this blog.
  • Cybalounge and 3DWebWorldz (Orientation room)
  • I will be in both places, so you may need to speak to get my attention.
  • Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
  • And we can visit the Writer's Workshop on the Web
  • Don't register -- enter as guest.  


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