Firestorm, OpenSim and Virtual Worlds

by Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin – Virtual World Explorer

Better late than never!  After watching my son battle giants, slay dragons, and built complete societies, I decided to become cool too.  To achieve that highly desired “cool mom” status I enrolled in a course at Marlboro College for Graduate and Professional Studies and am taking an online course in Games and Simulations. I am currently pursuing a Certificate in Educational Technology at Marlboro College.

I shall be writing about my adventures in JokaydiaGRID, which is an OpenSim grid for education. Click me to go to Jokaydiagrid and enter an educational world.  So far, I have created an Avatar in Jokaydia and joined Second Life, a 3D virtual world created by its users.Signing up for JokaydiaGRID will take a couple of days as one gets vetted.  How I don’t know!

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A Firestorm in Germany Real Life Photo by Jasmin Bey Cowin.

However, before I could enter any world I had to get acquainted more closely with my computer operating system and install Firestorm an OpenSim viewer which is a software program developed by the Phoenix Viewer Project. There are many Open Simulators but this was the one recommended by my teachers – or should I say Virtual World guru guides?

Was the signing up easy, painless and hassle free?  No, it was filled with vexing problems, online tutorials and sad emails such as Which buttons do I press? Why does it not load? Or even:  Where am I?  I will explore the finer points of In World experiences my next blog.

I shall let you know through updates where my travels have taken me, which worlds I discovered or created and the fabulous failures which surely will happen.

Visit my blog often!

 

Author: drcowinj

I am the Chief Marketing Officer for a start-up IT company, PeopleMovers®, a global Community Networking Platform. As an experienced executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement and development, change management and turn-around I worked with value-adding leadership. The primary drivers have been branding, marketing and efficiency, improved customer satisfaction and retainment, customer service, product management, cross-functional business improvements and development of sponsor presentations with sponsor meetings. On a day to day basis, I write press releases and speeches, analyze case studies, create presentations, organize media events and photo ops, press conferences, podcasts/webcasts, write video scripts, fan boards, and coordinate blogging and speaking opportunities. The Presidency of the Rotary Club of New York is dear to my heart. As the second woman to be elected in 109 years, I have a leadership role in shaping and directing the club's programs and international strategic alliances. The position encompasses being a leader, manager, and collaborator and working to further The Rotary Club of New York’s (RCNY) public diplomacy mission through the management of its United Nations International Breakfast meetings, sponsoring international Rotary scholars and amplifying the visibility of RCNY. Part of this volunteer leadership position centers around cooperation and collaboration to do "Service above Self." The Rotary network encompasses more than 1.3 million members worldwide. I am working on our International Breakfast Lecture series at the United Nations and a Harvey Relief event to increase the visibility of the club’s Rotary branding. The International Breakfast Series is streamed live on Facebook with an audience of 5000+ international viewers. Also, I am the US Ambassador of the Hepatitis Zero Campaign, a worldwide campaign dedicated to the eradication of hepatitis . As a University Pathway facilitator at EF - Education First, I conceived, designed and developed multiple portfolios of face-to-face, online and blended curricula across a variety of disciplines Courses and expertise are in Global Economics, International Affairs, Academic Writing, Grammar, and business case study seminars. For EF's Russian branch I held interactive webinars for lawyers, teachers, engineers with a strong practical applicability into real-life teaching.

4 thoughts on “Firestorm, OpenSim and Virtual Worlds”

  1. Hi Jasmine, Thanks for your informative post. You are certainly on your way to being a “cool mom” as you said. Aside from the usual trials and tribulations of starting up new software and viewers, you seemed to have survived the first “quest”! Congrats! See you online soon. One of the “guru guides”, Mike B.

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    1. Hi Jasmine,
      I can commiserate with your pain regarding getting started with JokaydiaGRID. I ran in to technical problems that it took hours of trouble shooting with Sally via email to just get onto the Grid, then we even had to meet up for an hour and a half on hangouts to truly resolve the issue and get me completely up and running. My avatar was on like a 10 minute delay. I could not navigate and it was impossible for me to get places because of the delayed response one minute I would be walking to the store the next minute completely somewhere else. This experience alone instantly made me hate this online worlds and made me wonder why people do this.

      Now that I am logged on and everything seems to be working I find it more manageable and interesting but also hesitant to explore because I do not want to get sucked into wondering around. I have two other graduate courses and a full teaching load and coaching. The amount of time loging in was already a huge time suck. I do not want to spend hours on the GRID that I should be spending reading and writing for other grad courses or lesson planning for my students. But I will have to get over that aversion log on and move on. Good job on getting over the initial hurdles and like Matt said your blog looks awesome I wish I could make mine nice.

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  2. If you really want to be cool, let’s go parachuting. Our sons’ll know for sure that we are the COOLEST MOMS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Alice

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