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!

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

Dr. Cowin is a visionary with executive and education experience who believes transformative leadership happens through cooperation plus collaboration resulting in personal and institutional transformation. Her values of integrity, ethics, innovation, empowerment of those less fortunate, diversity, and growth are encapsulated in her belief of “Service above Self.” She holds impeccable academic credentials as a Fulbright Scholar with two Masters Degrees and a Doctor of Education from Teachers College/Columbia University As the President of the Rotary Club of New York, Chief Marketing Officer of PeopleMovers® and former faculty, she brings over 25 five years of experience as an educator, tech innovator, entrepreneur and institutional leader in the areas of financial stewardship, governance, marketing, teaching and implementation of strategic partnerships. The principles of growth, differentiation, and adaptation guide her professional life. She believes in high ethical standards in her personal life and business, the recognition of the worthiness of all productive occupations, and the dignifying of each person's occupation as an opportunity to serve society. As a connector, she displays stamina, the ability to listen and reflect, diplomacy and a lifelong passion for education as the path to personal empowerment. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to institutional success, technology innovation, and demonstrated ability to work with others provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally.

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.


    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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