sample video walkthrough for teaching


yesterday i mentioned making videos for media-rich eLearning. in this case, OpenSim acts as a 3D animation application to create video for illustrating middle school science activities

planned and written sripting would help make a better video than below to make sure key elements are in frame long enough to be meaningful (adding narration and closed captioning would be ideal)

for educators on a budget, making video like this is within reach. Fraps ($37 for the full version), Windows Moviemaker (free), and sim-on-a-stick (uber free! w00t!) make for a very inexpensive 3D video studio. add to that the relative ease with learning how to build in OpenSim (especially compared to Blender) and any educator with passion and enthusiasm could make their own videos for use in the classroom =)

compared to the outrageous prices for 3D projectors (and their bulbs!) and being constrained to material created by textbook publishers, creating video like this is a real bargain and a great way to express your creativity in a highly customised way and tailor video exactly for your students and to your specific curriculum (and you can add it to your resume to boot!) =)

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written by Ener Hax

January 23rd, 2012 at 8:41 am

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  1. Plus, educators can share the OAR files they create with one another, if they wish.

    There should be a site, Ener, where educators can go and do that. Something like what Linda Kellie or OpenSim creations is doing, but focused on educational projects.

    Maria Korolov

    23 Jan 12 at 9:33 am

  2. great point Maria! i like that idea very much but don’t know how to create a site like OpenSim Creations that allows for uploading

    Ener Hax

    23 Jan 12 at 12:03 pm

  3. Education already has repositories such as MERLOT and JorumOpen and it might be a tactical mistake to bypass them if you want to attract funding. On the other hand if you search JorumOpen for “opensim” you will find a caffeine molecule file I uploaded a couple of years ago and that’s all. In the meantime the UK has invested very heavily in collating OERs (Open Educational Resources), not OARs. More generally I don’t think we’ve entirely thought through the consequences and opportunities afforded by OARs. Ultimately I expect to see a lot of innovation beyond the obvious database of monolithic OARs but afaik there aren’t a large number of subject-specific OARs at the moment anyway. I’ve started to compile one but I’m hard-pressed to name another? It might be a good topic for the opensim-edu list. In the meantime it’s easy enough to make OARs available in DropBox and then have a wiki that links to them. Making OARs discoverable via a Google Custom Search Engine would also be achievable.

    Graham Mills

    23 Jan 12 at 5:45 pm

  4. Ah, I think joe essid said he might do an oar for Nevermore. There is also the more genrric VCE oar.

    graham mills

    23 Jan 12 at 6:14 pm

  5. by subject-specific, do you mean like biology themed and so on?

    what i am working on is based off of life, earth, and physical science in the US which are greaded 7 through 9

    Ener Hax

    23 Jan 12 at 8:42 pm

  6. You’re making an oar?

    graham mills

    23 Jan 12 at 11:42 pm

  7. And another generic/bio-oriented oar is Universal Campus, of course.

    I am, of course, familiar with the great stuff you (Ener) and SubQ are doing — I do read the blogs as well as the comments (though responses to this post have veered off-topic somewhat) :) I just assumed that Enclave Harbor was part of some business model and hence unlikely to emerge as an OAR any time soon (a taster would be good though!) I have no idea to what extent IP protection is a realistic prospect in OARs and hence a CC licence seems entirely appropriate.

    Graham Mills

    24 Jan 12 at 2:57 am

  8. There are a few OARS at , which tend to be education oriented. But the site is not specifically for education.

    Keith Selmes

    24 Jan 12 at 3:53 am

  9. Good catch — I’d forgotten about those. No indication who maintains the site though?

    Graham Mills

    24 Jan 12 at 5:04 am

  10. Opensimworlds might be Richard White at

    btw thanks for the heads up with Jorum and MERLOT

    Keith Selmes

    24 Jan 12 at 5:20 am

  11. i love the work Rich White is doing and his stuff is right there in the classroom and working! it’s easy to think of all sorts of uses but not only is Rich doing them, he is coming up with new innovative mashups that typically are reasonably priced

    part of our “vision” is to make OARs specific to Life, Earth, and Physical science and give/license them out

    one of the tenets we have, or want to work toward, are OARs that fit in with an international K-12 curriculum. soe curiculums are emerging and even President Obama has backed that idea (the international thing, not the Ener Hax, but that’s only because he doesn’t know me, yet!) =)

    we’d like to create OARs that are used by more than science teachers – we did a mini-pilot with second to fifth grade teachers who saw some of our work as being very good for writing and mathematics

    ideally, subQuark is first creating the first “workbook” and then subdividing that into three for the Life, Earth, and Physical science ones – whicj would mean three disting OAR sets

    Enclave Harbour would contibue to exists but as a fourth book at that point – environmental science (when i furst started blogging about it, it had more of an env sci bent)

    Ener Hax

    24 Jan 12 at 6:32 am

  12. i decided to look into android since i have a kindle fire and find that everything you need is java-base. i also have a book that has the native development kit that combines java and c.

    with the new tablets and cell phones, we have the capabilities to do more now including videos, sound, and text. its possible to include branch videos, which is sort of interesting since we dont want a continous video but only segments.


    24 Jan 12 at 1:32 pm

  13. I put together the list of OARs identified above at

    Graham Mills

    24 Jan 12 at 4:30 pm

  14. dude! you rock! i’m linking to your Google Doc in today’s post, is that okay?

    so bristle, what’s that mean that Android is Java-based in regard to possible viewer development? is it a “heavy lift” to go down that path? (derr, if i have to ask, i bet it’s a massive undertaking!)

    Ener Hax

    25 Jan 12 at 8:26 am

  15. Of course :)

    Graham Mills

    25 Jan 12 at 2:10 pm

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