EdTech 531: SL Building Basics

After reviewing the building basic videos and understanding how prims (primitive objects) work together I constructed a simple lamp.  I pulled in a texture I had used in a previous course of a Tetris image to create a Tetris lamp.  Then placed it on a display block that I customized by pulling in an image created in Fireworks.

For simple objects, the process is relatively simple.  My particular item was comprised of two prims I linked together.  The tricky part was aligning them on the axis so they create a cohesive object from all angles.  Honestly, I’m not sure that I have this just right at this point, however, with practice I should be able to create more complex objects.

tetris lamp & display_001

I then tried to create a couch out of four prims. This was a much bigger challenge to construct and get to a place where I felt like it was a decent virtual object. I can’t imagine the time it takes to construct an entire structure. I found a Minecraft texture image online that I used to create my video game themed couch. This just might turn into a complete line of products with a video game theme to them.
Minecraft couch_001

EdTech 531: Minedraft

This particular assignment took a bit to problem solve what I wanted to create.  Once I had my preliminary design idea, I used Minedraft to map out what my structure would look like.  I went for a practical creation or recreation rather.  I decided to recreate the lab classroom I teach in at The Founders Academy.

The challenge as a relative newbie in this build that I ran into was creating computer monitors while still keeping the scale of he room.  Using the pictures on the wall was relatively easy.  Wherein the problem lies was in creating this same look on freestanding tables.  When all else fails, this teacher turned to the experts for this assignment.  None other than my students.  The amazing creative and resourceful individuals gave several suggestions to creating the effect I was looking for.  I settled on using glass to attach my pictures to get a sense and feel of computer monitors in a lab setting.  For the overhead lights in the room I used glow stone rather than using torch lighting.