Avatar is a program to get young people interacting and working in the 3D environment of Teen SecondLife. By bringing together people from many disparate parts of Melbourne we hope to facilitate social interaction and provide a fun learning environment.
Some of the activities that we run include the following;
Activity 1 - Exploring the Virtual Environment
You must visit three places in Second Life and complete a short review on each place.
Location, Name, Region, People Online, What is done there? What do you like? What don’t you like? Would you visit again? Include a snapshot of each place.
The first purpose of this exercise is to learn how to take pictures using the built in SL snapshot button. The second purpose of this exercise is to learn how to navigate around Second Life whilst both individually and collectively gaining more knowledge about what has been done and how people react to and use the various environments.
Activity 2 - Online Identities
In this activity we will learn how to upload a texture and apply it to an object, whilst exploring the differences and similarities between our online and real world personas.
You must take a photo of yourself in real life, as well as a snapshot of yourself in Second Life. You must then post these two images in your blog(or a word document) and write about the differences and similarities, and anything else you have observed or felt.
We then learn how to upload textures into the Second Life environment using your real life photo and how we can apply it to an object.
We take yet another snapshot of the two versions together.
Activity 3 - Creating T-Shirts
In this lesson we will be creating some t-shirts that can be worn, and given to friends within Second Life.
Download a free t-shirt template for photoshop (made by Robin Sojourner) from the following location.
Open the template file in photoshop.
Possibilities include bands, art, sporting teams, and sayings. Try googling some suitable images or logos.The file can then be saved as a TGA if transparency is required, or a JPG if it is not (simpler for beginners). A more detailed explanation can be found here; http://www.robinwood.com/Catalog/Technical/SL-Tuts/SLPages/RSWTShirtLong1.html
Below are some examples;