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Linden Endowment for the Arts: The Cube Project, at LEA

Linden Endowment for the Arts: The Cube Project, at LEA | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Over 25 virtual artists have joined the ranks of The Cube Project, curated by Bryn Oh, to create a 20-sim exhibit in just 5 days.  What's the theme?  Artists can only use two distinct virtual objects:  a black cube, and a white cube.   Black and white might sound so monochromatic, or the cube geometry a bit basic, but actually these parameters provide a unifying theme which could otherwise turn this galactic art project into complete chaos.   Several rapid-build group projects in the past have invited artists to add their piece, in a controlled area - so the result has been a sort of controlled chaos.  In this case, the sheer size of the canvas (20 sims) allows virtual space to be a more dramatic component, and the monochromatic palette coupled with a 5 day deadline proves fertile ground for unleashed creativity.   A sense of positive energy, delight, and even humor in some cases, has taken shape throughout the sims.  Artists who usually dig deep for their artistic vision, suddenly let loose without reservation - and the varying degrees to which they do this, provide a rich and versatile composition across 20 regions.    The Cube Project opens August 22, and closes September 1st, and includes work by Bryn Oh, Cajska Carlsson, Charlotte Bartlett, Dancoyote Antonelli, Haveit Neox, Kicca Igaly, L1Aura Loire, Lapiscean Liberty, London Junkers,  Misprint Thursday, Maya Paris, Nessuno Myoo, Oberon Onmura, PatriciaAnne Daviau, Pol Jarvinen, Rag Randt, Rowan Derryth, Sea Mizin, Secret Rage, Remington Aries, Solo Mornington, Tony Resident, Tyrehl Byk, Werner Kurosawa and Xineohp Guisse.
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A Virtual Time Portal to the Tudor Period

Come and visit Jo Yardley's Time Portal machine in Second Life, where you can have an immersive experience in the Tudor dynasty. SLurl
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Opensim Hypergrid enabled grids

Opensim Hypergrid enabled grids | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Hypergrid-enabled Grids Click to Teleport. Click header to sort. Search button is at the bottom left. DW=Dreamworld Hypergrid System
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"Why virtual world learning?" by Kay McLennan, Ph.D.

From the student’s perspective, virtual world simulations contribute to online learning as well as to career readiness (...) From the instructor’s perspective, virtual world simulations contribute to teaching effectiveness (...)
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Looking for OpenSim with HyperGrid capabiliy? Outworldz DreamWorld might be what you need.

Looking for OpenSim with HyperGrid capabiliy? Outworldz DreamWorld might be what you need. | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

One of the great advantages of teaching with SoaS is the fact that Sim-on-a-Stick works offline. For some educators, however, that feature may actually be detrimental to their goals. They may want to create grid instead of just one world, or even want to open their virtual world to HyperGrid. For those educators, Outworldz DreamWorld is probably a great option.

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OpenSimulator Community Conference #OSCC17

OpenSimulator Community Conference #OSCC17 | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
OpenSimulator Community Conference OSCC17 is streaming live at https://gaming.youtube.com/c/AvaconOrg/live
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Should Linden Lab Create a Non-Profit Foundation to Support Third Party Second Life Viewers?

Should Linden Lab Create a Non-Profit Foundation to Support Third Party Second Life Viewers? | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
With Linden Lab putting Second Life into the AWS cloud and third party SL viewers a major challenge to making that possible (it's even highlighted in the slide on the topic), I wrote this last week: I'd recommend jus
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Teaching with SoaS Frequently Asked Questions

Teaching with SoaS Frequently Asked Questions | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
using sim-on-a-stick to overcome the digital divide
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This Year's Big Christmas Movie is Not Only About Avatars, It Also Assumes the Audience Already Knows About Avatars

This Year's Big Christmas Movie is Not Only About Avatars, It Also Assumes the Audience Already Knows About Avatars | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Milestone for an once obscure term that some 10-15 years ago, was mainly known only to virtual world users: Avatars. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is this year's high profile, big budget Christmas movie, and it's about high schooler
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AVATAR therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations in people with psychosis: a single-blind, randomised controlled trial

AVATAR therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations in people with psychosis: a single-blind, randomised controlled trial | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

To our knowledge, this is the first powered, randomised controlled trial of AVATAR therapy. This brief, targeted therapy was more effective after 12 weeks of treatment than was supportive counselling in reducing the severity of persistent auditory verbal
hallucinations, with a large effect size. Future multi-centre studies are needed to establish the effectiveness of AVATAR therapy and, if proven effective, we think it should become an option in the psychological treatment of auditory verbal hallucinations.

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Why should educators care about SoaS?

Why should educators care about SoaS? | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS) is a standalone, single user Windows package of OpenSim that runs on a USB flash drive or other convenien
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Using Sim-on-a-Stick to Create Portable Virtual Libraries

Using Sim-on-a-Stick to Create Portable Virtual Libraries | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

The purpose of this video presentation is to help educators interested in using Sim-on-a-Stick to create virtual libraries that can run offline on a USB flash drive.

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Can VR stop sexual harrassment? –

Can VR stop sexual harrassment? – | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
With all the latest news headlines about sexual harassment, Los Angeles based startup Vantage Point thinks it can make a difference with virtual reality.
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Gift! Free Laptop to use on any HyperGrid enabled OpenSim grid

Gift! Free Laptop to use on any HyperGrid enabled OpenSim grid | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
A free laptop connected to Project Gutenberg website (to use on any HyperGrid enabled OpenSim grid) is available at Learning Lab.

The laptop is copy/modify so you can change the web media URL as well as its screen texture. This way you'll be able to create as many laptops, or different versions of the laptop, as you need for your school or library.

To collect a free copy of the 'Gutenberg Laptop', visit Learning Lab on Craft World Grid, using the following Hypergrid address: craft-world.org:8002:Learning Lab 

Enjoy!

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Free Webinar: Using SoaS to Create Portable Virtual Libraries

Free Webinar: Using SoaS to Create Portable Virtual Libraries | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Join us today, December 11, at 19:00 UTC / 7 pm London / 11 am San Francisco, for a free webinar on Using SoaS to Create Portable Virtual Libraries. The purpose of this webinar is to help educators interested in using Sim-on-a-Stick to create OpenSim based virtual libraries that can run offline on a USB flash drive. The webinar will take place at Learning Lab on the OpenSim grid Craft World. Instructions on how to get to Learning Lab are available on this page: http://teachingwithsoas.blogspot.pt/p/learning-lab.html

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The Islands of Enlightenment Projects

The Islands of Enlightenment Projects | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

The Islands of Enlightenment Project  is a virtual world hosted at the Western New York Regional Information Center ( WNYRIC ) and available to districts in Western New York.

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OAR Converter: from OpenSim to Unity

OAR Converter: from OpenSim to Unity | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
OAR Converter can take an OpenSimulator Archive (OAR) and from it create textures, meshes and terrain suitable to import into a Unity scene. From Unity a range of virtual world or virtual reality experiences can be created. The converter has been created by Fumikazu Iseki (Avatar: @Fumi.Hax – @fumi_hax) and his colleagues at the Network Systems Laboratory of Tokyo University of Information Sciences (TUIS) in Japan with support from Austin Tate at the University of Edinburgh.
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Hypergrid International Expo – The many voices of OpenSim

Hypergrid International Expo – The many voices of OpenSim | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
The new address for the Welcome Region is craft-world.org:8002:HIEexpo
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Exploring Creativity in OpenSimulator - The Digital Art Museum

This presentation will highlight how OpenSimulator Virtual Environments can be used for creating art and architecture. Student work and teacher perspective
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How difficult is it to load an OAR file into Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS)?

How difficult is it to load an OAR file into Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS)? | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Granted: at first glance, working with OAR files can look like something too complicated to even try in class. Actually, loading an OAR file using just the basic command is extremely easy - and fast, too, depending on the size of the file you're loading into SoaS.

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Teaching with SoaS Q&A Session: December 3

Teaching with SoaS Q&A Session: December 3 | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Join us tomorrow, December 3rd, at 7 pm London Time, on Learning Lab , for a Q&A Session about Teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick.
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Do I have to install SoaS on a USB flash drive?

Do I have to install SoaS on a USB flash drive? | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

It's true that SoaS stands for Sim-on-a-Stick (as in USB flash drive or 'stick'), but if you decide to install it on your computer hard drive it will probably work faster. So when should you run SoaS on a USB flash drive? Here are a few examples:

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This virtual lab will revolutionize science class

This virtual lab will revolutionize science class | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
“ Virtual reality is no longer part of some distant future, and it's not just for gaming and entertainment anymore. Michael Bodekaer wants to use it to make quality education more accessible. In this refreshing talk, he demos an idea that could revolutionize the way we teach science in schools.”
Via Peter Mellow, T@T lab
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Talking about Sim-on-a-Stick to The Virtual World Interest Group of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association

Talking about Sim-on-a-Stick to The Virtual World Interest Group of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association | Learning in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

At this month's meeting, Camie Rembrandt presented on how to use sim on a stick or "SoaS" to create portable virtual worlds that can be used in stand-alone environments when people are unable to connect to Second Life or other virtual worlds or they need to work offline.

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"survivor: a story in four quotes" at Virtual Senses Storytelling Lab

"survivor: a story in four quotes"
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