my SoaS perspective for the classroom


David (subQuark) Cc’d me on an email to a LinkedIn inquiry and i thought it was a great response (and maybe not as long winded as mine would be) for an educator thinking of using Sim-on-a-Stick -

On 06/04/13 2:11 PM, GH wrote:
And yes, cannot have students using SL/Opensim browsers, I’m wondering if the “stick” is the way around this.

David’s response:

Sim-on-a-Stick has been popular with K-12 teachers and some University professors. Even the US Air Force Academy has used it!

Apart from the 20,000 downloads it has had over the last two years, a truly exemplary use of it in the classroom continues to be Kate Booth.

I have used it for corporate eLearning, mainly filming branched scenarios, and have spoken about this in the past at the eLearning Guild’s DevLearn. [Ener note: this was the Guild’s first ever video podcast, how cool that David did it inSL!]

The key is to have a set package to deploy to your students which typically means that you would develop a master teaching version that you then copy. Many teachers add children’s avatars to the inventory and lay out some objects in-world that are starting points for activities.

katesWorldsYou can go so far as to then have boy and girl versions of your sticks, including account names different from Simona Stick. Ms Booth has a basket for all of her students’ sticks as can be seen in this photo: [original link replaced with image inserted by Ener]

At some point, probably before customizing SoaS, a check needs to be done on the target machines to ensure that all is in order. I had one teacher that needed to have IT install all of the Windows Updates including .NET frameworks as these are vital to SoaS.

Good luck!

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written by Ener Hax

June 5th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

5 comments to 'my SoaS perspective for the classroom'

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  1. Great to see people using SOAS in schools (or contemplating it). I put together a website specifically for K-12 education – The avatar has white (blank) undergarments for when the kids work out how to take the clothes off :) Kate B and I are planning to put more ideas and examples of use on there as well but as we all know being a teacher is a busy job.

    Lisa Jacka

    5 Jun 13 at 6:03 pm

  2. ooh Lisa, that would have been a great link for David to share and also your phenomenal paper!

    if you are a teacher and never used OpenSim, do read Lisa and Kate’s paper – it is sound and helpful

    Ener Hax

    6 Jun 13 at 1:32 pm

  3. The Sugar Learning Environment gives students access to a thriving community-created ecosystem of software Activities designed to achieve specific pedagogical goals. Activities range from physics simulators and interactive speech synthesis for beginning readers to tools for remixing open content into customized digital libraries for your local classroom. Sugar automatically saves your progress to a personal “Journal” on your stick, so teachers and parents can easily pull up “all collaborative web browsing sessions done in the past week” or “papers written with Daniel and Sarah in the last 24 hours” with a simple query rather than memorizing complex file/folder structures. The source code for each Activity is available right from the application itself with the “View Source” feature, meaning that students can see exactly how their favorite applications work – and perhaps how to make them even better. And an international community of learners, teachers, deployers, and developers is always there to help classrooms turn their feedback and ideas for improvement into reality.

    Thaddeus W. Parks

    25 Jun 13 at 3:11 am

  4. Hey Ener gal long time no type, My husband and I have simonastick updated version (you already know I have simonastick). We want to be able to visit each others sims but the instructions I have is a little confusing. Can you give simpler instructions on how we can visit each others sims. Also I am not sure how to get cloths, avatars from my folder into my sims, I have read that you put these files into your bin folder, where in bin folder or is it just the folder itself? Be safe and take care. Mira


    17 Jul 13 at 9:31 am

  5. dang, sorry for taking so long to answer you! =(

    the only way i know how is the way Erik N. does for his classroom BUT i have never tried it (it seems techie to me)

    he has very explicit step-by-step instructions with pictures, so don;’t be scared of it just becasue i am

    in case anything is messed up with his post, i have a backup of it here

    good luck and if you try it, let me know how it goes =)

    Ener Hax

    9 Aug 13 at 8:18 am

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