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…
Join us Monday, December 11, at 19:00 UTC / 7 pm London / 11 am San Francisco, for a free webinar on Using SoaS to Create Portable Virtual Libraries. The purpose of this webinar is to help educators interested in using Sim-on-a-Stick to create OpenSim based virtual libraries that can run offline on a USB flash drive. The webinar will take place at Learning Lab on the OpenSim grid Craft World. Instructions on how to get to Learning Lab are available on this page: http://teachingwithsoas.blogspot.pt/p/learning-lab.html
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.