November 29, 2011

My tour in SL- Hosoi Ichiba Island

I choosed art and architecture as the keyword of my self-guided tour in SL. SL is a good place where young artist and those students with art major can showcase their work as well as appreciate and get inspiration from others' work of arts.  And I'd like to see how artists build their own islands.  I found some awesome islands during the travel. Hosio Ichiba is one of them.

Hosoi Ichiba is a beautiful Japanese style Island. This is an island full of artistic. There are a lot of well-designed furnitures and adornments here.

Let me show you around the island.

 Much like in China, red represents happiness in Japan. The red lanterns are also the sign of Asia culture.

 These are Chinese style ink painting.

 Ukiyoe - Japanese style painting.

 Various buddha statue.

 The lanterns for prayer. This is a traditional Japanese customs.

 In front of the door of basement, there is a buddha statue on either side.

 The basement.

 A variety of Japanese-style paper umbrellas for sale.

 Japanese style screen

Japanese costume

 Wood bridge.

 Have a rest.


 The bridges with different styles.

 Japan's national flower - Sakura.

Ancient Japanese house.
It's the most beautiful island I've been so far. This island displays Japanese culture and art in a very comprehensive way. Do you like it?

Learn as a novice in Second Life - Lionheart Orientation Island

Like most MMORPG ( massively multiplayer online role-playing games) have a novice training ground, Lionheart Orientation Island is a place for new players to learn the basic skills in SL.

Let's go with me.

 This is the entrance of the first orientation center.

The instructon on the wall is about how to move in SL.

 Chatting. Talk to the owl, and it will respond to you words. So cool, isn't it?

 I was moving the ball according to the direction.

 Fly to next page

Congratulations ! We completed the primary learning course. Then we are going to open the door and go to the next building.

  On the way to second orientation center.

The media introduction of Second Life. 

Ok, let's enter the buidling to see what we will learn the next step.
 Tired and need to have a rest? All right, Let's sit and talk. Here we learn how to sit.

 Now you wanna buy some clothes and something to decorate your island? Need Linden Dollar ? Go and change some.

 The inventory. All your assets are here, which is like your purse. Go and see what's inside your purse.

 Now we changed some Linden Dolla, wanna try to buy something?

 The transporation in SL is convenient. You can either fly or teleport to anywhere you want to go. But I think it is too tired to fly a long distance. And we need a landmark to go to certain island. It's very easy to create a landmark, right?

We already completed the learning in the first floor. Go upstairs!

 Too laud music? too quiet ?  Go to the menu My world -preference to customize you music streams.

Eventually, we completed all learning, go to grab some gifts for yourself.  You are qualified to graduate from novice training center and are able to live independently. Enjoy your time in SL.:)

November 21, 2011

Take a tour of second life- Space and Planets Tour

For section 5, I choosed Space & Planets Tour to explore. It's about outer space in general and planets in our solar system. 

My first stop is Astronomy Gallery :


Some part of this island is sitll under construction. However, we can find a lot pictures of  galaxies that are taken from the hubble telescope. By connecting information to  visual images, it's more intuitive for students to distinguish different galaxies from each other.

My second stop is planetarium.

The introduction to this island shows that it is about our solar system and planets that compose it. I spend more than 3 hours on this island but I didn't find much information about planets. Actually, I found someting interesting here, like visitors can drive the boat on the sea, the TV in the room can be play according to different program that visitors choose. lots of rooms here are really functional.

My third stop is Universe Walk.

This island is like a open-air musium. Visitors can just walk around to view different pictures and materials of the universe. For each picture, there is detailed introduction and description. Students can have a relaxed and educational tutor in this virtual world.

SL Dome- the fourth stop of my tour

According to the introduction of this site, it is second life's own planetarium. What made me feel amazing is that there is a console on this dome that allows visitors to control particle effects. The third picture shows the effect of top leonidas while the fourth one displays round aurora effect. This site really creates an immersive exprience to visitors.

The five stop- SB&C Grand Planetarium

 The above picture shows a tall building. the wall can be flied through.

 This is the scenery inside the building. Each floor has different scenery.
There are many useful materials can be took in this island.

My six stop- Eclidia 
 This is where I was dropped down.
 Different Planets

 Different planets

Our planet- Earth
This site gives me an intuitive feeling about the planets. How different they are in terms of size, features, and what makes them unique.

The seventh stop-NASA

 The place for group discussion.

Water cycle ride.
This is a beautiful island as well as a well-designed professional place for space learning. Creater uses different media in this site to display news, events, photos and information to visitors about the space exploration.  I took a water cycle ride in the island. The trip illustrates how water changes in the cycle, and in what condition each phase of change would be caused. It's a good example for reference in teaching natural science subjects.

The last stop- Solar System Muesum

I was teleported here-standing in a picture..

 I was in the top of the building, see, here is a elevator.

 It's amazing that it can be used. I was inside the elevator.

It's 5th floor. All floors were not decorated except 6 floor.

I was in the room in the 6 floor. I guess it's the Boss' office. haha

 I was tired so took a nap. Actually, I'd like to sit.. But...

 This is a Bar. Pretty much choice of alcohol here~

 I was singing.. (Just pretended to be...)

The dancing room.

 Sitting in the ball. Then you posture would look exactly the same as the pictures on the wall.

 Beautiful downtown.

 A shop about fairy.

 At the end of the street, in front of the castle.

 In the castle.. Playing

Do you feel the scene is kinda familiar? Yap, it the a scene in the movie Charlie and his chocolate factory.

This museum is about solar system. Actually, I did find much information about outer space. It's more like a private realm.

My own feeling about the journey: I took a whole week to finish the journey. The tour gives me a new understanding about Second Life. How functional it can be with different virtual designing and how others use Second Lift to achieve an educational purpose. This tour is a chance for me to learn from other teacher's experience in this virtual reality.

However, during my exploration this week, I found that to run Second Life smoothly, an extremely high performance computer and high speed network connection are necessary. In fact, my laptop has pretty high system configuration (with processor of Core i5-2410M CPU@2.30GHz and 6GB RAM), but still locked up several times during the playing process. So if institutes and educators want to use Second Lift to support online learning, the installation of required equipment is a crucial element for successful integration. Otherwise, students won’t have a pleasing learning experience no matter how excellent the virtual learning environment would be.