Here is the accompanying blog post for my presentation, OpenSim-OpenLearning at the 2009 K12 Online Conference. It was a pleasure to be a part of such an awesome conference. Let me know if you have any questions by posting here or at
Here are a few resources to get you started. This surely isn’t a complete list. It should get you started though. Please comment. I would love to hear what you have to say about OpenSim. Stay tuned to this blog (or some of the resources below) for more.
Books to prime the pumps
- Good Video Games and Good Learning – James Paul Gee
- What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy – James Paul Gee
- Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning – Marc Prensky
- How Computer Games Help Children Learn – David Shaffer
- Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do - Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson
- Everything Bad is Good for You – Steven Johnson
More about generation V
- Gartner Says Enterprises Must Create Separate Marketing Strategies for Generation Virtual
- Generation Virtual
Games mentioned in the presentation
Hardware mentioned in the presentation
Movies in the presentation
- Playstation Eye – EyePet TV Spot
- Project Natal Xbox 360 E3 2009 Announcement
- James Cameron’s Avatar Toys Augmented Reality Demo
Moore’s Law Bits
Virtual worlds mentioned in the presentation
- Second Life
- UMaine OpenSim
- Even more…
Relevant OpenSimulator Links
- Main website
- OpenSimulator User Documentation
- My version of OpenSim for running in standalone mode
- Diva Distribution of OpenSim for stand alone
Places to go online
- OpenSim Worlds – Rich White has created this site for people to share worlds they build with others. This is the peice I think is very important for use in learning.
- IndieMetaverse – A new ning network for people to discuss and share using virtual worlds.
- RezEd – RezEd (BETA) is an online hub providing practitioners using virtual worlds with access to the highest quality resources and research in the field to establish a strong network of those using virtual worlds for learning.
Where to professionally host virtual worlds
- ReactionGrid – My recommendation for hosting when it comes to OpenSim. Great people and progressive open technologies. They have a great focus on education.
- SimHost – Another great option for having someone do the dirty work for you.
Clients to connect to OpenSim (or Second Life)
- Second Life Client
- Hippo (alternate download page which includes an OS X version)
- Snowglobe (not mentioned but still worthwhile)
Other resources in the presentation
- Sylvia Martinez’s awesome list of resources from her K12Online 2008 presentation
- Education Uses of Second Life Wiki created by Jo Kay.
A few people to pay attention to
- Rich White (Twitter) – Of Greenbush Labs fame, a true virtual world pioneer. Check out his amazing CSI build in ReactionGrid.
- Vikki Davis aka CoolCatTeacher (Twitter) – Powerhouse teacher from Camilla, Georgia doing great things with kids in virtual worlds.
- Jani Pirkola (Twitter) – Blogs at Maxping which reports on open source virtual worlds, 3d web, and immersive internet.
- Chris Hart (Twitter) – CTO for ReactionGrid.
- Kyle G (Twitter) – CEO of ReactionGrid
- Justin Clark-Casey (Twitter) – OpenSim core developer and independent OpenSim consultant.
- Trevor Meister (Twitter) – Former K-12 Educator turned social media/network and Virt. Wrld Explorer. SL/Wonderland/Croquet, mostly exploring Immersive Educ. in Opensim on Reactiongrid.