Educational Gaming and Virtual Worlds in Education

Making Sense of Learning and New Technologies

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!

Benjamin Franklin

We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our minds


Educational Gaming and Virtual Worlds

Required readings PRIOR to the online discussion in Week 5

Educational Gaming.pdf
Virtual Worlds in Education.pdf

Zagami, J. (2012). Educational Gaming. Brisbane, QLD: EduTechPress.

Zagami, J. (2012). Virtual Worlds in Education. Brisbane, QLD: EduTechPress.

Virtual Worlds

Second Life (This requires software instilation but is the most advanced)

3dwebworlds (A web based Virtual World)

We will be exploring:

nonprofitvirtualworld (aka cybaLOUNGE) (A web based Virtual World)

  • Go to this link: Cybalounge
  • To the right of the Region line there is a choice bar.
  • Click the down-pointing wedge and click on your destination.
  • Click guest login.
  • When you get there, wait for the place to finish loading.
  • Click the screen to focus the computer on it. Try walking.
  • (You can't move till loading finishes.)

How to walk

  • Up arrow to move forward
  • Down arrow to move backward
  • Left or right arrows to turn
  • Hold down shift to walk fast.

How to Fly

  • Click the paper plane (upper left)
  • It turns white, meaning fly mode.
  • To go up press u (for up).
  • To go down press d (for down).
  • These may change to more common conventions later.
  • To move forward, back, or turn, use the arrow keys as in walking.

How to sit and stand back up

  • Places to sit will have pose balls, usually colored.
  • Click on a pose ball and your avatar will sit there.
  • To stand, click on the "Stop Animation" button (upper right).

How to use chat

  • Type in the chat bar (bottom left), press return.
  • Give a web link: Put it on a separate line.
  • It should appear in color, meaning a click on it will open the page.
  • To copy from chat history, click the pair of squares in the bottom line.
  • The history opens in a separate panel.
  • Double-click the first word of the text you want to copy.
  • Hold down Shift and click the last word you want to copy.
  • Click Ctrl-c to copy and Crtl-v to paste.

How to talk in voice

  • Click on the mic graphic (bottom line).
  • It gets a green background when activated.
  • The preferred device for conversation combines head phones and microphone.
  • This device puts the mic near your mouth and the audio at your ears.
  • With other arrangements you may have to mute your mic when others speak.
  • To mute your mic, click the button again; the background will turn red.
  • If voice does not connect, check the small black panel (upper left).
  • Green parentheses by a name indicate that the person is connected in voice.
  • If voice is not working for you, click "Reset voice" in that panel.

If you loose where we are:

Video Conference

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