Education in 3D

A number of universities have leveraged the potential of Second Life as an online education venue. State University of New York – New Paltz is just one of those institutions of higher learning with both virtual and physical locations.

SUNY New Paltz, Landing PointSUNY New Paltz, Academic ClearingSUNY New Paltz, Classroom
SUNY New Paltz, AquariumSUNY New Paltz, Campus Night ViewSUNY New Paltz, Campus at Sunset

Educators are finding other places across SL to develop resources, find tools, meet colleagues from around the globe, and even have classes inworld. One intrepid educator is Nana Chingseng of SUNY-New Paltz. As part of a graduate level course, her students attend classes in the =IcaruS= Parthenon Gallery building in Second Life, to have a normal discussion in a 3D virtual setting and ultimately carry out an inworld project. They met for the first time last week, and while there were the usual first-entry glitches, the class itself went marvelously and the students appeared to enjoy this virtual learning venue.

iSkye sat in on the first sessions to help if needed. The choices of avatars by the students were widely varied, from a flying boat to humans to canines. There is no limit to one’s creativity in Second Life except one’s knowledge, which is easily remedied with the availability of mentors and in-world classes – all freely available.

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SUNY New Paltz - Nana Chingseng's ClassSUNY New Paltz - Nana Chingseng's ClassSUNY New Paltz - Nana Chingseng's Class

We’re pleased to do our small part by making available a venue for educators and students to take advantage of the possibilities and applications of a 3D virtual world for online learning.

At =IcaruS= we have some very useful tools for educators; we’ve listed a few of them below. Consider visiting our inworld shop for a ‘close up’ look, or you can find them (TRANSFER or COPY version available) on the Second Life Marketplace at the links below.

  • =IcaruS= CyberSlide
    • Slideshow/presentation modes
    • Owner only control/anyone can advance slides
    • Each slide can also give items – notecards or objects
  • =I= NetConnect Low Prim
    • Show Your Social Media Connections in SL
    • Pre-sets and ability to create custom social buttons
    • Be Connected Across the Metaverse
  • =IcaruS= SmartArt / SmartArt Lite
    • Customisable transitions
    • Easy to configure
    • Use for display of information or art
    • Three different frame styles

New Exhibit in =IcaruS= Art Gallery

Our new photography exhibit opening today features the work of LeonTubrok Beaumont, owner of =IcaruS=, highlighting Winter Scenes in RL and SL. High resolution digital files are available on request.

=Winter Gallery

Blackpool Illuminations

These images highlight an internationally famous lights festival held every autumn since September of 1879 in Blackpool, a seaside resort in the North West of England. Sunset on the beach builds anticipation for the impending light display. The tramway (one of the first in the world) runs along the promenade and features a fleet of brightly decorated trams in a variety of themes.

Eden Project

The Eden Project is a charity and social enterprise in Cornwall that provides a variety of social and environmental projects geared to transform the world through education and demonstration. The photographs show the biodomes, including the world’s largest greenhouse that contains thousands of the world’s plant species. Visiting tropical and Mediterranean environments in the deep of winter in the UK is a treat.

York Minster – Winter Night

A Gothic cathedral found in Yorkshire, UK, York Minster is one of the grand cathedrals of the world and a destination for visitors from all across the globe. The site has housed a church there since AD 71. It evokes an eerie awe when viewed against the inky tapestry of a winter night.

Snowy Walk

These images depict rare scenes of natural beauty in deep snow on the public walks of the Greater Manchester area of Lancashire, UK.

Relay for Life of Second Life

In the Second Life component of Relay for Life which is held every year in July, hundreds of thousands of dollars (US) have been raised for the cause by participants hailing from 30 countries. Here we feature selections of images from the winter portion of the 2011 RFL of SL.

To display your photographic art in your virtual setting, get one of the fine image display products from =IcaruS=:

When you visit the =IcaruS= Art Gallery in Avalon Town in Second Life, you will land just outside the main entrance. Simply walk through the open gate; the gallery entrance will be on your right. Afterward, we hope you’ll take a moment to note the Art Galleries of SL and rate us. We also have a b-places kiosk on the opposite side of the main entrance – we’d appreciate a vote as well. Enjoy!

=IcaruS= House Main Entrance=IcaruS= House Gallery Entrance

NEW! =I= SmartArt Lite Copy Version

A New Release

=IcaruS= HouseWe have released a COPY version of our =I= SmartArt Lite. As its name says, it’s a lightweight model of our SmartArt Slideshow Picture Frame, a single prim in a slimly elegant black frame, with the following popular features of the full-version SmartArt.

 

– easily add by sliding images from inventory onto the face of frame (owner-only or anyone)
– cycle through pictures at a rate you set, or no cycling at all
– pre-cached pictures = no in-between blur!
– snap transitions or fade to black in between pictures
– optional full bright backlight
– resizable

=I= SmartArt Lite

You can see the =I= SmartArt Lite at Second Life Marketplace.

NEW! =I= SmartArt Lite

A New Release

=IcaruS= HouseThis week…we stayed home and got our latest product ready for an official release: the =I= SmartArt Lite. As its name says, it’s a lightweight model of our SmartArt Slideshow Picture Frame, a single prim in a slimly elegant black frame, with the following popular features of the full-version SmartArt.

 

– easily add by sliding images from inventory onto the face of frame (owner-only or anyone)
– cycle through pictures at a rate you set, or no cycling at all
– pre-cached pictures = no in-between blur!
– snap transitions or fade to black in between pictures
– optional full bright backlight
– resizable

=I= SmartArt Lite

find it on the Second Life Marketplace.

Oh, And Don’t Forget…

We’ve marked down many of our products in the showroom, including our popular couples watch sets, through the end of February. These prices are ONLY available in our showroom. Don’t miss it!

Next week…wanderlust/early spring fever overtakes us again, the Metaverse beckons…

=I= SmartArt Sale

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In anticipation of product improvements for SL v.2, we’ve reduced the price on our popular SmartArt slideshow presenters.

These picture frames features include a range of transition options (including sharp snaps between – no grey goo!), easy resizing and aspect ratio changing, dispense and lock options, optimized script minimizing lag and elegant frames.

Efficient and lovely in gallery, home or office.

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