School version of Sim-on-a-Stick


Lisa Jacka and Kate Booth are what i would call ubermega SoaS users. Kate Booth actively uses Sim-on-a-Stick in her classroom for many innovative projects that truly excite and engage her students

together, Lisa and Kate published an award winning paper to help other teachers adopt the use of OpenSim in the classroom:

Virtual Worlds in a Public Primary School Using Sim-on-a-Stick is a barebones site intended to reduce apprehension about trying out OpenSim. it’s clear what is available and reduces decision making

that’s done on purpose for two reasons – one is that it makes it easy for me to update the site – there are only a few things for me to repackage when a new version of OpenSim comes out

secondly, it’s just enough information for a person to dip their avatar toe into the virtual ocean

however, that person needs to be a bit of a go-getter and not expect to be spoon fed. OpenSim does take a level of persistence and patience to master and is a tool that requires a true time commitment

BUT . . . when it comes to teachers, having a resource specific to educators and a version of SoaS tailored for school use can be invaluable

Simona Stick is great and as top blog contibutor Kimika said: “She has her own personality: a mysterious and obsessive builder”, but she also has nipples o_O

for school use (especially middle school when normal kids transform into hormonal little creatures) there are considerations that can make OpenSim easier to implement and allow kids to get onto task sooner. for example, creating accounts for girls and accounts for boys is important not just for the kids but for parents too (keeps little Johnny from going home and saying he got to be a girl today) =p

having a “school specific” version of SoaS would be very well received by the educational community

well guess what?

Lisa Jacka has done exactly that! she is still pulling together resources but it is looking like a great one-stop website!

if you have content that you think would be beneficial, drop her a line using her email located in the footer of her new site: Sim-on-a-Stick EDU


click and go! =)

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written by Ener Hax

January 30th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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  1. Good heads up, looks a useful site, consider it tweeted :)

    Keith Selmes

    31 Jan 13 at 3:45 am

  2. thanks Keith! it takes a lot of effort to pull something together as Lisa is and it’s nice that you are tweeting her in support

    i think her resource will make the entry in OpenSim a bit easier for new teachers

    Ener Hax

    1 Feb 13 at 3:14 am

  3. Your package is a great starting point to get a virtual world up and running. Thanks for this. :)


    27 Oct 13 at 4:08 am

  4. thanks! that’s the whole intent – an “easy” way (and free) to explore of OpenSim might be a tool you like to use

    thanks for affirming that – it’s nice to hear and good luck with your endeavors =)

    Ener Hax

    29 Oct 13 at 8:28 am

  5. Hello,

    Absolutely love the SOAS edu version. Can’t thank you enough. I wondered if the software was updated recently? No matter what I do, the kid avatars never render (they used to). I have tried several different computers. It doesn’t seem to change. Any help would be appreciated.


    Pat Sullivan

    19 Feb 14 at 12:39 am

  6. hi Pat, i don’t do the edu build of SoaS, just the original one here:

    however, you can update Lisa Jacka’s version very easily =)

    of course, you’ll look in whatever the diva-#### is that you have and then double-click that function (you don’t need to start SoaS, just double click that function with an internet connection and wait a few minutes =)

    Ener Hax

    19 Feb 14 at 4:36 pm

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