Hi guys, we have been waiting for the stable version of Opensim 0.7.3 for some time, and did some tests with the preceding versions earlier. So we were pretty fast with this time’s update, and have installed 0.7.3 all over the virtyou MainGrid by now.
If you have any problems with the new version, contact us in-world or otherwise.
Justin Clark Casey’s blog entry about the release
Release notes for 0.7.3
Article about the future of data visualization and exchange.
The future may well lie in open-source virtual environments, created using tools such as OpenSim.
“We are really meant to interact in 3-D, with other people and with information,” Caltech astronomer George Djorgovski, director of the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics, told me today during an interview in Second Life. “Because this works so well with the human perception system, as soon as there is an easy and ‘good enough’ 3-D approach, people will switch en masse.”
At the seminar of ‘Levende talen’ (modern languages) in Utrecht (NL) on 04.11.2011, Digischool 3D have won two prizes with their virtual language villages project. One prize was awarded by the public and the other was an honorable mention from the jury of the European Language Label. The European Language Label is a European prize for innovative language projects. In the Netherlands, the European Platform, which promotes internationalizing education, organizes this contest, commissioned by the Ministry of Education.
Koos Boekensteijn and Nick Zwart
In total, the jury examined 30 entries, nine of which were selected. This selection was invited to the seminar to show the projects to the jury and the public.
Koos Boekensteijn (English Community manager) and Nick Zwart (3DLES, creator of the language villages) received the two prizes.
The virtual language villages are built by 3DLES at the OpenSim grid of virtyou and are open to the public. Want to visit the grid? More information can be found at: 3dles.com/en/tryout.html
3DLES and virtyou created a special EDU area at the virtyou grid where several educational projects can be found. Among them you can find: two language villages of Digischool, three Niflar language regions, Devil Island Mystery of Chris Surridge, Sloodle 1.0 testing regions, the University of Tilburg with a Hebrew region, etc.
(source: Nick Zwart)
German virtyou GmbH and Dutch 3DLES (3D Learning Experiences Services) join forces to provide a stable 3D environment for education and architecture in Europe.
Today we are happy to announce our collaboration with 3DLES, Netherlands. Nick Zwart, the founder of 3DLES has studied music, ICT and religion at Fontys University, NL. He’s a specialist and teacher in the subject New media in Religious Education and has been among Europe’s early adopters of Teen Second Life™ back in 2005. With the beginning of Opensimulator being a suitable platform for E-Learning, Nick Zwart has also become a well known specialist for SLoodle, a popular 3D E-learning System.
With the fabulous content creation and support of 3DLES, virtyou GmbH are currently hosting more than 25 regions with educational and community content.
virtyou GmbH provides premium Opensimulator regions for Educators for a special price. We are running servers in two European data centers, and can provide you with Relocation Services for your previous content, Inhouse Hosting Solutions and Virtual Servers upon request.
Every educational region will have his own set of Sloodle tools. A choice of selected freebie and virtyou specific objects like buildings, furniture, plants, clothing, translators, media players and full avatars will be provided with each region order.
If you haven’t yet, create a free account for the virtyou Grid, explore our grid, meet us at our in-world office hours.
Looking forward to see you in-world:
US Air Force Training Camp in Second Life
Virtual worlds have the potential to transform education, Stricker said, by taking students on a journey that goes beyond reading words in a textbook.
“As students must do in real life,” he said, in virtual-world learning situations “they have to develop skill sets to read the environment around them, collect data, interpret it, rationalize through understanding how to weigh the evidence, and then synthesize it and take a position.”
In Second Life and other virtual worlds, Stricker said, his team creates scenarios that allow students to manipulate pieces of a problem and see the consequences of their choices.
We are currently investigating in a Media Viewer for our Eduation Customers. But sometimes you just got do dive in, so this is a photo of a current and spontaneous lession of “Graph Practise”, lecturing one of our most talented builders, Scara Marenwolf in the good old backtracking/route planning stuff, in LSL.
We are especially happy to welcome the participants of the NIFLAR Project today amongst the VirtoUsers!
NIFLAR, the Networked Interaction in Foreign Language Acquisition and Research is a cooperation of eight European Universities, coordinated by the University of Utrecht, Nederlands. The Project focusses on Language Learning in Virtual Environments, and they have a long history researching both Opensim and Second Life under the aspect of Language Learning. The following video gives you a good introduction into the goals of the project:
NIFLAR Open Sim overview from NIFLAR on Vimeo.
NIFLAR will inhabit 3 Sims on the Maingrid, provided with Freeswitch Voice and a special environment to install preconfigured OAR files on-the-fly. We are currently reviewing the Whisper Voice Solution, that runs with configurable Speex Codec and promises to give a better speech quality. So, if you should meet Spanish, English, Portugese or Dutch Avatars on virtyou in the next time, give them a hearty welcome!
I declare the stableized virtyou Grid for open. Please note, we have a new login form, now with Email verification.