I am working on a 3D Virtual World meeting and collaboration space for our school. Projected rollout of this powerful tool for use by our teachers and students is not until the 2012-13 school year, but you can learn more right now about 3D Virtual Worlds at a wiki I help maintain for the International Society for Technology in Education's Special Interest Group for Virtual Environments:http://sigve.iste.wikispaces.net . Spend a little time there then check out my Oh! Virtual Learning! blog.
When you feel like you want to actually explore virtual worlds for yourself, you can easily get yourself an avatar by clicking "Register" a thttp://reactiongrid.com and then downloading the Hippo viewer for your computer. Install that and fire it up using the avatar name and password you set up (and the settings information here) and go explore our 3D space in Reaction Grid (on the login screen, find "Places" and click that, then scroll down to MNPSVirtualLearning. Explore as much as you will and/or set up an appointment with me at the School or over Skype (my username is cleverly disguised: "scottmerrick") and we'll go in together. Tapping into my years of exploring the metaverse, I'll jumpstart you.
Some pictures might help:
|Long view of landing area|
|Long View of Presentation Space|
Finally, the other effort I'm making, a 3 month trial, is to create a web-based Virtual World for MNPS Virtual School at http://jibemicro2.reactiongrid.com/MNPSVS/ -- this requires no software downloads (other than a one-time browser plug-in) and can be visited right now without any hesitation. Just visit the link and go explore. Check back often to see what's been added. This platform runs on Android right now and will be on iPhones in the near future! Here's a pic of that:
and here's a video so you can see a bit about how easy Jibe is to visit: