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Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Thaumata Strangelove

I think this is excellent. As someone who builds sims for educational entities all the time, I have been saying forever that the trouble with schools in SL is that teachers are expected not only to teach, but to develop massive amounts of 3D content that many of them are simply not capable of doing, especially when they first enter the platform. It's like expecting a history teacher to write every textbook they're going to use in their class before they can get started.

I love to see that people are starting to understand this and are thinking about creating primsets that will serve as 3D lesson plans. I really do think there's a market for it.

Neptune Rebel

While I am normally ecstatic to read about the amazing feats of my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, I must point out that this is Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in Indiana, PA) and is not the University of Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia, PA)

Loki

This Kind of thing is vital to giving residents the tools they need to make worth while SL experiences. I will be looking at this with some enthusiasm

Vooper Werribee

This looks really great. I can see how it's very applicable to teaching history. Perhaps also other subjects, but the roleplay paradigm starts to fall apart pretty quickly with some subjects I guess.

80% of the work in the early Amercan history sim shown is probably making content such as costumes, furniture, houses etc. rather than the game kit.

It's a great idea to make this game kit exportable but I don't think it needed to be aimed at the lower-end SL user because anyone wanting to customise and use it will need to know quite a bit about SL content creation anyway. Perhaps a bit more sophistication could have been included in the kit at the expense an 'automagic' working right out of the box experience.

I can see some Educators being tempted and customising the game kit, only to get a little stuck trying to assemble all the other content they then need for an immersive learning experience using the game.

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