Virtual World Educators Conference – July 30th & 31st

The Virtual World Educators Conference is being organized by the Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center and Pittsburg State University.   The event will be held on July 30th – 31st at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg Kansas: The goal of this conference is to: Showcase virtual world technology for education Share best practices Share taxonomies and pedagogies Share resources Connect with like minded educators Have fun ! Stay tuned to the conference network at http://vweducation.ning.com for further details as this event is organized. If you are interested in presenting or a vendor booth drop me an email at rich.white@greenbush.org           –

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Edusim Alpha 09: virtual worlds for your interactive whiteboard – ready for download

Cobalt-Edusim Alpha 09 is ready for download The Cobalt team has been very busy with new features – we have Updated Edusim Alpha 09 with them which include: (1) In world video, audio, simple web browser, text boxes, embeddable VNC applications (2) Drag and drop media from your desktop into the world! (3) Kindlelab 2D workspace .. and more ! Grab it and give it a spin (more tutorials are on the way !) : http://edusim.ning.com Cheers, Rich

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Sharing your Opensim Regions using Opensim Archives

The pace of Opensim developments are quite impressive – We started running our first Opensim Island in July 2007 .  Opensim was buggy and crashed constantly – but showed so much potential it could not be ignored.  Fast forward 1 and 1/2 years and now Opensim is REALLY starring to show its potential.  I want to focus on a feature I think could prove to be VERY powerful for the education community for sharing virtual worlds.  Opensim Archives are a way to save your entire virtual world region (terrain, objects, sctipts) to a file.  You need to be running version 0.5.8 or greater for this feature. OpenSim archives can save all the necessary asset data to fully restore the terrain, the textures of objects and their inventories when loaded onto a completely different system using a different asset database. When…

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Mashing up virtual and real objects – the internet of “things”

My work over the past few years have leaned heavily towards augmented virtual spaces and virtual “things” that can be interacted with in “relatively” natural ways.  I find the current trends we are on very interesting, a world where interacting with “plausible copies” will likely be a common occurrence.  With QR Codes, cell phones, the internet, and interactive surfaces,  the world – both physical and virtual – is certain to be an interesting and very “Mashable” place in the not so distant future.

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3D Virtual Field Trips – using Edusim & Opensim

I have been working for a few months on our CSI world as part of our “Virtual Field Trips” project.    The Virtual Field Trips project will be our first fora into formally externally deploying some of our virtual worlds work.  Our deployment platforms will be Cobalt-Edusim, our Opensim Greenbush Island, as well as some possible external partners (Like ReactionGrid and the Duke University Cobalt Project Team).   The next few months will consist of completing the CSI world, and gathering content from partners to finish up some of our virtual museums (Smithsonian).

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Edusim Defined (Wikipedia entry)

Edusim defined (Wikipedia entry) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edusim Edusim is a Cave Automatic Virtual Environment based concept of lesson driven 3D virtual worlds on the classroom interactive whiteboard or classroom interactive surface. The Edusim concept is demonstrated by the Edusim free and open source multi-user 3D Open Cobalt virtual world platform and authoring tool kit modified for the classroom interactive whiteboard or surface. The Edusim application is a modified edition of the open source Open Cobalt Project and relies heavily on the affordances of direct manipulation of 3D virtual learning models and Constructionist Learning Principles. Goals The goal of the Edusim project is to provide an example platform, and initial resources for demonstrating the use of lesson driven 3D virtual environments in the classroom or for training purposes using interactive surfaces and/or whiteboard‘s as the hardware platform for the direct manipulation of the…

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GreenbushTV – Live Streaming Professional Development approaching its 2nd birthday at Greenbush!

– One of our 3-4  first “Greenbush Labs” projects is coming up on its  2 year anniversary !  Now led by couch and Russ – its making great progress, and soon will get a face lift (Complements of Matt Blatchley) See the labs original post on the topic ofLive Streaming Professional Developmentand GreenbsuhTV at: Interactive Distance Learning Lab, Ustream.tv, and GreenbushTV converge or our podcast discussion here (April 6, 2007) Take2 Podcast – Episode 47: http://take2.greenbush.us/?p=54

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Linking Your Opensim Virtual World Servers with Hypergrid

We have successfully linked our GreenbushIsland Opensim server we run in-house to the ReactionGrid ! What is the hypergrid? The hypergrid is an extension to Opensim that allows you to link your opensim server to other opensims on the internet, and that supports seamless agent transfers among those opensims. It can be used both in standalone mode and in grid mode. The hypergrid is effectively supporting the emergence of a Web of virtual worlds. The basic idea for the hypergrid is that region/grid administrations can place hyperlinks on their map to hypergrided regions run by others. Once those hyperlinks are established, users interact with those regions in exactly the same way as they interact with local regions. Specifically, users can choose to teleport there. Once the user reaches the region behind the hyperlink, she is automatically interacting with a different…

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State Curriculum Content Standards and Virtual Worlds

New Jersey becomes  the first state to incorporate virtual worlds (and the ability to use them) into their “Core Curriculum Content” state standards…. Via New Jersey State Dept. of Ed. web site at http://www.nj.gov/education/aps/cccs/2009/tech/index.html Particularly “….. collaborate adeptly in virtual environments and incorporate global perspectives into problem solving at home, school and in structured learning experiences with the growing realization that people in the 21st century are interconnected economically, socially and environmentally and have a shared future.”

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Sharing your Cobalt .c3d world templates

I will be working on http://cobaltworlds.com next week and getting it functional (upoad, search etc.). For those looking to contribute content I need your help – a good start would be building your .c3d templates and sticking them out on the web (somewhere) until I get the upload piece working … then email me the URL to the .c3d file at rich.lynn.white(at)gmail.com (or email me the entire .c3d file and Ill stick it on our server). Once we actually have enough content to need the search function Ill plug that in as well. Thanks for helping get this repository up and going ! Cheers, Rich =======

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My Twitter Tools of Choice

As you may (or may not) know I have been twittering for a few years now – and have a REALLY good network of virtual world enthusiasts, educators, and innovation “gurus”.  I wanted to share a few resources I use every day to be more productive with Twitter ! Back in the day Twitter was very un-intuitive for one simple reason – it had no search! Then along came Summize – which twitter bought, and all was well 🙂 …. So needless to say I use http://search.twitter.com often (and they have search results in RSS format !). My Other Favorites: My desktop client of choice is  Twitterrific – http://iconfactory.com/software/twitterrific Want to send tweets larger than 140 characters? – http://shorttext.com TweetLater – An useful service to schedule your Twitter posts for the future. Share pics via twitter with – http://twitpic.com Share…

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