Archive for April, 2008

Edusim – Powered by Croquet

Edusim is a free opensource 3D virtual world specifically for your classroom interactive whiteboard. Edusim is a powerful way to engage your students by bringing a 3D virtual environment that allows direct haptic manipulation of the 3D virtual learning objects directly from the interactive whiteboard surface. Edusim is extendable allowing multiple classrooms to connect their interactive whiteboards for collaborative learning session. Read more


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Metaplace Specifics, Challenges

Raph Koster, President of Areae, and his company’s lead programmer Sean Riley talk about what went right and what went wrong on the MetaPlace project – Read article

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In-world 3D modeling tool for Croquet

This is an interesting new development in Croquet and will add huge potentials to the building capabilities in Croquet.

An excerpt –
Aik-Siong Koh and other Malaysian programmers are developing an in-world 3D modeling tool for Croquet. As a first step, they are porting freeCAD into Croquet. freeCAD is a basic 3D CAD with advanced motion simulation capabilities. freeCAD was developed as a tool for teaching and learning geometry, kinematics, dynamics, vibrations, mechanisms, linkages, cams, machine design and physics. It offers users the ability to create and manipulate assemblies of simple 3D solids that can be connected by joints, constraints, contacts, motors, actuators, springs, dampers, forces, torques or gravity. Read more

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Immersive Education Initiative Selects Croquet as Next Generation Immersive Education Platform

News article on
On January 12th, it was announced at The Boston Media-Grid Summit that the Immersive Education Initiative has selected Croquet as one of three official “next generation” immersive education platforms. The Immersive Education Initiative is an international collaboration of universities, colleges, research institutes, consortia companies, and foundations that are working together to define and develop open standards, best practices, platforms, and communities of support for virtual reality and game-based learning and training systems. Read more

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DIY role-play in the classroom

This link has a diagram that summarizes the strengths of role-play and an example of a parliamentary role-play.

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Using role-play to activate students’ imaginations

This is an interesting ‘how to’ on ways to get kids in the classroom fully immersed in the role they take on for a role-playing exercise.

Bringing the Classroom to Life with Role-Play
By Lenore Blank Kelner
Anything is possible with role-play. Don’t worry if you are not an actor—all you need are a few props and your imagination. Try changing your voice, pitch, pace, or accent. The more you or your students look and/or sound like someone else, the more exciting the role-play. Read More

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Metachat live on Facebook and MySpace

Metachat is a simple chat app created in Metaplace, with movie playing, soccer balls to kick around, and some other features.

This is not a MySpace specific app! It’s the standard Metaplace client you may have seen before in our stress tests. The same client you played Uberspace and Wheelwright in. Since Metaplace is client-agnostic, you can serve up really different sorts of worlds via the same standard client. The stuff around the client itself is leveraging OpenSocial to transparently log in MySpace accounts into Metaplace. The web-embeddable client comes with a Javascript container that lets you do stuff like that when you embed it on your own pages (eventually). Read More –

My experience using metachat live –

  • Super easy to access metaplace worlds just through the browser. Seamless integration with web technologies.
  • All the instructions to create a private room, go to a private room, think, tell etc. are provided in the help section. It would have been much easier if these were buttons in the interface. Some form more intuitive.
  • I liked the idea of throwing emotes and sharing YouTube videos with friends over chat.
  • The interface is a bit confusing. I cannot figure out how to spend my points to buy stuff. Sometimes UI windows appear and then I have no clue how to hide them or shut them.

But overall this is great. Very useful to see the different metaplace worlds that can be created and how they can be used on the web.

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