Track: Explorations of Virtual Worlds

Title WonderSchool
Author(s): Roland Sassen
Moderator(s):Ferris Arabello
Date Friday, March 18 10:00
Location: East 1/2 Machinima
Abstract WonderSchool, a startup formed by Els van Tol and myself, is a portal for schools where they can build their own virtual world, or use an existing one, and give their users access to software programs.WonderSchool uses the open source virtual world software from the OpenWonderland FoundationThe Journal : Alice in OpenWonderlandAlice is a program designed to make animations and games with just a few clicks of the mouse, while at the same time teach the basics of computer programming in a playful manner.Collaboration is made possible by using the Alice application inside an Open Wonderland virtual world. Users can take control of the Alice application, make changes, release control, and the next user can take control and add or change the Alice content.  All users see what is happening in real-time.WonderSchool makes Alice immersiveKids and students can program collaboratively in-world and then drag and drop the completed animations into Wonderland and be immersed in their animations.  
Bio(s): Roland Sassen: THINSIA Researchprincipal researcher

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