Category Archives: grid

bad news for educators in Second Life®

Some bad news for educators in Second Life®, not just ones who own their own islands. In 2011, the educational/non-profit discount of half-off the regular price of an island ends. This will push many institutions out. Many will try to develop something in OpenSim; some will be able to host their own VWs. There is a kind of frenzy in the online communities right now, with a lot of doom and gloom predicted. Even those of us who lease land will be affected by the loss of community. If education in virtual worlds is fragmented among many open source options, it will be to the detriment of educators who currently collaborate.

We lease our small parcel from the New Media Consortium, and what will happen to their leasing rates? Logo; 1 June 2007; Author: AdamFrisby

Is the time right for us to dabble in hosting our own VW? I don’t know the answer to that, but I guess we will find out soon.

Teen Second Life® Closing

Linden Labs announced the closing of Teen Second Life, which I see as a good thing for Tri-C. Lowering the Second Life account registration age to 16 would allow classes with post-secondary students to create an educational experience that wouldn’t discriminate against some students. There is some sadness about the closing from high schools that have been invested in the Teen Grid, mostly because there might be worries about the safety of their students on the main grid. Understandable.

Take a look at the official Teen Second Life site while it’s still up to learn more about it:

The specific date of the closing has not been determined.

we’ve moved–not far

Tri-C in Second Life® has moved from the island Outreach to Teaching 10, another sim from the New Media Consortium (NMC). We look pretty much the same, although we have a different geographical orientation, so I had to rotate a number of items to fit the space right.

A few little things need to be put out and arranged, like the teleport hub to the sandbox, but all will be in place in a few days.

Find us here: 10/71/10/23

metaplace closes

Metaplace, the web-based virtual world that never got out of beta, announced its closing yesterday. I never really became engaged with its interface for a number of reasons, but it did seem to have caught on for those who learned to build there. I could never feel a sense of presence with my avatar–maybe because I couldn’t get literally close to it. It seemed more like a paper doll. And the worlds, themselves, or at least mine, were not naturally interactive. I couldn’t even imagine it being of interest to children.

Another problem for me was that I could not explore it at work, because of a firewall–yes, it’s my job to do such exploration at work. Currently, I can only go to Second Life® at work, not Heritage Key or Reaction Grid or Quest Atlantis, without a formal request and temporary access. So, I couldn’t get a snapshot of my Metaplace world (Sangwin’s World) as it currently exists as I write, but here’s an older view that I will replace when I’m at home. Now, what am I going to do with that avatar name, Sangwin?

Update 12/27/09: The second image is the current view of my Metaplace world, with the blue arrow pointing at my avatar. You can see how small it looks and how hard it would be to feel a sense of identity with it. You can zoom in, but the pixel quality is then poor.