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!
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.
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