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Is it true that SoaS is no longer being actively updated?

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Yes, SoaS is no longer being actively updated; but you can update its latest version with the Diva Updater function. There’s a step-by-step guide on the website homepage (http://simonastick.com/).


I must add that I’ve been working with Sim-on-a-Stick almost every day without even once having to use the Diva Updater function. Besides downloading the latest version of SoaS - that's SoaS 0.8pf (OpenSimulator 0.8.0 post-fixes) – the only thing that has changed since 2012 is the viewer I use with it: started using KokuaOS instead of Singularity.

How to turn Sim-on-a-Stick into a Multi-user Platform

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One of the questions about Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS) educators tend to ask me a lot is: "Can more than one user access the same copy of SoaS at the same time?" 
Many of you reading this post probably know by now that Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS) is a "standalone, single user Windows package of OpenSim that runs on a USB flash drive or other convenient location."
So, basically the question they're asking is: "Can single-user SoaS be turned into a multi-user SoaS?" And the answer is: Yes. It is is technically possible to have several computers access the same copy of SoaS at the same time. Unfortunately, doing that will not be as simple as running Sim-on-a-Stick for the first time. The good news is that there is a step-by-step guide explaining how to do it. Turning SoaS into a Multi-User Platform The process of creating a 'Multi-User SoaS' has two main steps:
You will need to create a LAN (Local Area Network) in your classroom. If you don't know how to…

Free OAR file to teach about Flash Fiction

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Flash Fiction Center is an OpenSimulator Archive (OAR file) for educators interested in teaching creative writing online using virtual worlds.

The environment is designed to help students learn about flash fiction and to motivate them to write this type of concise story.

On this OAR, students will find information about flash fiction, micro-fiction, drabble, nano-fiction, along with writing tasks and working laptops connected to the Internet - in this case to wordcounter.net. Students will also be able to add their stories to ‘story boxes’ placed near each writing task panel. Teachers can later add those stories to the 'writing task libraries'.

Free Full Avatar Kits
Because entering a virtual world will probably be a new experience for some students, free full avatar kits (for male and female) are provided at the center.

Find out more about this project here.

Flash Fiction Center OAR file is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Internatio…

Is your computer too old to run Sim-on-a-Stick? Probably not.

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It's not unusual to hear educators say that their computers are not suitable to run virtual worlds. I suspect that idea comes from trying to use a virtual world like Second Life (SL) with a very taxing client like the official Linden Lab viewer. But are those same computers unsuitable to run Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS)?
To answer that question, I installed SoaS and Imprudence viewer on a USB drive and asked a friend to run SoaS on his 9 years old computer - the same computer on which he has always been unable to run SL using the official viewer:
CPU: Intel Pentium III/Pentium III Xeon (0.25 micron process) with external L2 cache (2260 MHz)
Memory: 2000 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Build 2600)
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Windows Graphics Driver Version: 6.14.0010.5420
OpenGL Version: 2.1.0 - Build 6.14.10.5420 The result? SoaS worked. It was even possible to set graphics to High without crashing.



So, is your computer too old to ru…

Teaching at an epic castle

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Epic Castle (aka Alfea Castle, aka Epic Citadel) is a free OAR file that can be loaded into Sim-on-a-Stick. Educators have been using this sim to teach ESL at edMondo grid, but it could also be used to teach several other subjects, from history to spatial planning, literature, or even creative writing.


The Epic Castle OAR file is currently available for download at 'Teaching with SoaS' FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachingwithSoaS/

How to install SoaS on a USB drive

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As you can see, installing SoaS on a pen drive is not hard at all - just remember that, depending on the quality of the USB drive you're using, running SoaS on a thumb drive can make it quite slow.

About the viewer: if you're planning to upload a lot of mesh content, instead of old Imprudence, you might want to use her younger 'sister', Kokua. Make sure you've downloaded KokuaOS (the OpenSim version of this viewer) Setup file to the USB drive before running it.

Join Teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick group on Facebook

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Join Teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick group on Facebook: a group for all educators interested in teaching with Sim-on-a-Stick.

This group was initially created for Camie Rembrandt's SLMOOC17 webinar: "Beyond Second Life: Creating and Saving Virtual Worlds Offline", June 17, 2017.