remote guest lecturers for classrooms


i had an email, via LinkedIn, asking how to stream an avatar into an elementary classroom. the teacher has experience in Second Life but knows that his elementary students won’t be able to access it. of course i suggested OpenSim! (Ener “OpenSim” Hax at your service) =p

at first i was thinking of streaming screen capture like WebEx or Adobe Connect and then realised (derr) that all you need is a laptop and a projector. you could add a real mic, like the fantastic and economical Blue Snowball*, so that students could ask questions clearly. the teacher logs in to OpenSim as does the guest lecturer and voila!

incredibly simple and most schools have projectors but what about OpenSim?

sim-on-a-stick won’t work and many schools probably won’t have a server available or resources to set up OpenSim, so what’s a viable option?

Kitely! and it’s a reasonably priced option with a high level of accessibility (make sure the school is not blocking any ports you may need – a common practice for schools and corporations)

the scenario above would require minimal world setup (a podium? a chair? you just need a simple stage setting). you may want to spend some time before doing the lecture to upload any images (like PowerPoint slides) or even setup MoaP (media on a prim). depending on the guest lecturer, you may want to create their avatar and teach them how to use voice (Kitely has Vivox)

a class of 20, plus the teacher and lecturer, for an hour would be less than $5.00! =)


* – subQuark swears by the Snowball and it is the top choice for elearning and podcasting – it’s used in this dated (jan 2008) first and only attempt at machinima by us (the audio is compressed by blip but you get the idea)

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written by Ener Hax

February 3rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

posted in OpenSim,virtual worlds

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  1. Hi Ener :-)

    I was just catching up and read the latest articles about Kitely. They could be a viable location for Excelsior Station, once they add megaregions.

    Sarge Misfit

    3 Feb 12 at 11:39 am

  2. SARGE!!!!!!!! =))

    hi and welcome back! i think about you often and hope all is well now that your break is over (i suppose if i hit your site i would have seen that two weeks ago, doh)

    btw, ding dong is pretty thoroughly banned now (euro), it wasn’t easy because he has a zillion emails, i had gotten to the point of banning his IP but that means lots of others get blocked too, but so far so good =)

    welcome Back Sarge, i am very happy to see you =)

    Ener Hax

    3 Feb 12 at 11:47 am

  3. Thank you Ener and Sarge for your endorsement :-)

    Now that we rolled out billing we can get back to improving the usability of our service (megaregions, inter-world teleports, etc.)

    Ilan Tochner

    3 Feb 12 at 2:00 pm

  4. how about streaming live video into opensim? it ‘should’ work as reactiongrid has demo-ed an archived video from a remote server into my opensim space. But i have tried quicktime broadcaster (but firewall issues I suspect) and via but no luck. anyone succeeded? any advice? THANK YOU :-)


    4 Feb 12 at 5:26 am

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