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Steve's Innovations Page for Second Life

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Steve Says:

Here is a page to add interesting new tools for Second Life. You will have to have the capability to turn on the "Build' button (bottom of your screen right in the center.) OK - so I know that this is probably easier said than done, so, for those of you having a hassle getting the build button to even turn on, here is a friendly area where you can create stuff: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Carlisle/114/76/23  


Scratch for Second Life:

First off: here is a link to the "Scratch 4 Second Life" tool I talked about at the meeting on Friday, October 24th, 2008:

web.mit.edu/~eric_r/Public/S4SL/  With S4SL, you can snap together a few blocks to make your SL pet interact with you using chat commands, make your sculpture change size and color, or make your house respond to your presence.

There are some instructions on the MIT site (Scratch for Second Life) which may be a little convoluted... Where it talks about a "hat" object... it is really talking about a control object (top right of the script types box), so you can start off with "when I am touched,"  then add a "looks" object (funny - looks includes using your mouth...!) "say "Hello"" - next, more "looks" object(s) perhaps: "change ghost effect by 10"  - finally, let's use the "sound" object: "play sound clang" (Notice that the scripts take pre-arranged variables.) So you see, it's playing with variables around simple script classifications and it doesn't take much more than point and click programming.


This I think is huge for education... You are going to be able to use all of this to build simple objects that actually do things...


Here is what MIT suggests you make with S4SL:


  • Plants that react to people passing by
  • A pet that does tricks when you give it chat commands
  • Toys that change color, spin, or turn invisible
  • A floor that reacts when you step on it
  • A house with doors and windows that automatically open and close
  • Interactive clothing or other crazy things you can attach to your body
  • Whatever else you can imagine!


Here are some ideas I had for educational things:


  • Interactive whiteboard ("reacts" to certain things being written/drawn on it...)
  • Autoannouncer for people arriving in a classroom - (class roll call?)
  • SL Skills test - (probably more programming than this little program would allow, but a great resource!)
  • Maybe a way of automating the start of an audio-visual presentation on a button press. (I am still trying to figure out how to make it show YouTube at zero cost!)


Let me know how you all get on with this...


Three Green Eggs Autoscript:

This site, http://www.3greeneggs.com/autoscript/, will help you create scripts for your Second Life objects. These scripts allow you to add interactive elements to your builds without knowing how to code. All of the script are released under a creative commons license, which means that you can use them freely!


Here is a bit about me in Second Life:



Real Name 

Avatar Name 

    What my focus is in SL/RL                    
Shoshone Zessinthal (aka Steve Tuffill) Steve Tuffill Shoshone Zessinthal RL: Writer of fiction and technical writer for software development. Spanish, French and German spoken. Beginning Italian and Korean. 

SL: Very keen to explore as much about this new virtual world as possible. Interested in the possibilities for manipulating free code.

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