Here's an amazing innovation explained by metaverse consultant John Lester, once known as Pathfinder Linden during his days as education evangelist with Linden Lab. Using the Second Life compatible Imprudence viewer, which can easily log into numerous OpenSim worlds and save back-ups of objects you create within them, John was able to make an object in one grid and then move it to another OpenSim grid. Which is very cool, but that's not even the best part. This is: He did it with a USB memory key, even putting his own OpenSim grid on it, and explains how he did so here.
The implications of this are enormous, but I'll let John explain the practical applications he sees for educators:
"I'd say the real practical win is in portability. People use USB keys to move documents and files around between different computers. And to do things like load powerpoint slides when giving demos and presentations. In this case, you can go up to any decent PC anywhere and in minutes have your own virtual world loaded with all your content right there. You can then show it off to other folks, or even build new content on the fly."
But wait, there's more:
The hand of Pathfinder and his cat, Izzy
"Also, in education (and many work environments), it's very hard to get new programs installed on computers. It's hard enough for educators to convince IT staff to let them install SL viewers. Then there's the whole firewall issue and trying to open ports."
"Many educators get around this by installing SL viewers on USB keys and running the viewers that way. With the OpenSim USB key solution, you could go up to any workstation and just run everything off the USB key. The viewer and the world.
"Students could take their USB keys home to work on their projects on their own PCs. All their content would be saved in OpenSim on the USB key. Then they could go back to the classroom, plug the key into their class computer, and work on it there.
"And if they wanted to share their content, they could just use Imprudence to download their stuff, then use Imprudence to upload it to SL or any other online OpenSim."
So a very powerful solution for many needs, especially now. Read more on John's blog here.