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Posted: March 15th, 2013, 6:34 am
Is there a way to add hyperlinks or links in this platform? I am a teacher and I would love to have my curriculum be in a virtual world. It is a self-paced curriculum so students would progress through different units. There would be a 'cell house' and within it they could go to different areas in the house to complete different tasks. The task details would then be hyperlinked to a google document (or something similar). Does anyone else know of another way to do this? Second Life is too expensive and I am trying to get open cobalt to work but it is a bit buggy.
Posted: March 15th, 2013, 6:46 pm
To answer your question: no. you can add text as a particle entity and in dialogue menus, but not a connected hyperlink. It would also be troublesome to have students copy down the link as well.
Quite a few of us here (when we were active, that is) actually have created school projects using Sandbox, just not of this kind of scale. I personally created a virtual version of a Greek city (a polis) which included a temple, agora, theatre and some other things.
Additionally, one flaw is that Sandbox's editor, if it's not disabled, could be exploited by students, unless it's a part of the assignment.
Posted: March 16th, 2013, 3:34 am
Thanks for your quick reply! I think I am going to have to go down the path of using Edusim/opencobalt --- opensim--- or wonderlab. Do you have any experience with these 'second-life' type platforms and to which one my be a better fit?
Posted: March 17th, 2013, 10:09 pm
Have you ever considered using a cheaper, easier and much more powerful option?
Might I suggest enlisting the power of Retro and good old fashioned gaming to bring kids and their assignments into the same environment? I do know of a program that allows you to use a 2D environment to make pretty much any kind of 2Dimensional game you can possibly think of, as well as allowing the potential of a 3D environment as well, allowing your "secondlife" appeal...
It does require programming skills of a sort, and a lot of patience, but the software would allow you to send your students directly to the document without the serious expenses. As well as making the whole learning experience both fun and memorable.
If you're interested, give Game Maker 8.1 a try. I'd be willing to help you out with anything you may need, and as far as I know, it only costs $45 ( Last I checked... There's GM:Studio, too... But that's pretty expensive. )