Lesson 1

Lesson 1 Module - Basic Skills

Lesson 1A - Second Life Lexicon

Explore terms and acronyms, use in class setting, identify specific local current examples.



  • Select a SL Blog and report on SL terms, in a notecard.
  • Submit assignment to Tooyaa (Thuja Hynes)


  • Use 10 terms in brief notecard essay/story.
    [sim, region, parcel, teleport/tp, landmark/LM, slurl & coords, rez, create/build, prim, IM, group, notecard, inventory, preferences, viewer, FS, SL, attach, texture (noun & verb), …]
  • Submit assignment to Tooyaa (Thuja Hynes)


Lesson 1B - Customize Toolbar

Add & Remove Toolbar Buttons

Image 1B1 – Firestorm Toolbar & Menus

Toolbar is at bottom of Firestorm viewer, by default.

  • Right-click the toolbar to see menu.
  • In menu, click Toolbar Buttons to see ALL available buttons.
  • Drag a button from the list to the toolbar.
  • Drag a button left or right to move it.
  • Right-click a button and choose Remove this button, to remove it from the Toolbar.


  • Add and remove Buttons to Customize FS Toolbar.
  • Describe the Toolbar button changes you made In a notecard named “(your name) My Toolbar Buttons”
  • Submit notecard to Tooyaa (Thuja Hynes)
  • Suggestions:
    Speak button, Snapshot button, Inventory, Map, People, Walk Run Fly, Quick Prefs


Lesson 1C - Textures


  • Explore uses of textures
  • Aspect ratio
  • Renaming
  • Uploading
  • Permissions
  • Apply texture to Object face
  • Inventory folders

Sample textures; sample prims; $L; Instruction notecards

Image 1C1 – A Brick .jpg Texture .

Image 1C2 – Firestorm Edit Texture Menus

Tutorial on Uploading Textures<--click to open/close

How to upload images into SL

Your image should be in JPG or PNG format, and the resolution should not usually exceed 512×512 pixels.
Aspect Ratio is the width-to-height ratio. 1×1 is square; 3×2 is attractive for presentation slides.
In a image manipulation program, trim the texture dimensions to fit the prim face you are texturing.
You will need L$10 in your account for each image you want to upload.

1. Go to the menu at the top of your SL viewer, click on Build, go down to Upload… then click on Image.

2. Find and select the image you want to download.

3. You’ll see a preview of the image. Click the “Upload (L$10)” button to complete.

4. The image will show up in your “Textures” folder.


  • Upload a thematic texture
  • Apply it to a prim face with correct aspect ratio
  • Name object “Textured Prim.”
  • Give object “Transfer” permission only
  • Submit object to Tooyaa (Thuja Hynes) with full permissions

Explore Photography in world
Image 1C3 – Group Portrait, Aspect Ratio 1×1

WBH Photo Studio
Photography Wiki


  • Take Snapshot in world of fellow students, in the class setting
  • Save it to Hard Drive
  • Email to Tooyaa (Thuja Hynes)


Lesson 1D - Social objectives

$L, Marketplace, Inworld shops, DEMOs
WBH Photo Studio:
Amachi, magika, free join, A&A, Alli&Ali Hair

Tutorial: Buying on Marketplace<--click to open/close

  1. On the menu, go to Content and then click on SL Marketplace.
    You can also go to https://marketplace.secondlife.com in any browser.
  2. Type a search term or phrase in Keywords, then click the Search button.
    TIP: Change maturity level to General – Moderate.
  3. Scroll through the list of matching items. It will show the price for each one. Make sure you have enough lindens in your account
  4. Click on a listing you want to see (see notes below*). If you decide to purchase, click the yellow Buy Now button.
    • FOR CLOTHING OR HAIR: First see if there is a DEMO version, and purchase it first to make sure it will work with your avatar.
    • *FOR OBJECTS: Check for the words “land impact” or “prim count” (they mean the same thing), and try to find items with a low land impact (see Why Impact Matters in Second Life).
  5. On the next page, click the blue Buy Now button. This should complete the purchase.
  6. The item will be delivered to you in Second Life. Most items purchased will go into your “Received Items” folder. To find new items, go to your inventory and go to the “Recent Items” tab.

  • Buy & wear new hair
  • Take selfie & IM full-perm to Staff (Special exhibit in Photo Studio)

Explore SL Friends


  • Friends list
  • Account Profile
  • secondlife.com account
  • Image 1D1 – Friends List

    Friendship Tutorial<--click to open/close

    Just as in your real life or on other social platforms, you can “friend” other avatars within Second Life. Some of the advantages of doing this are:

    They will show up in your Contacts list under Conversations, and you will be able to see whether or not they are currently online (their name will appear in bold at the top of the list if they are online).
    You can allow friends to find you on the map regardless of your location, and they can do the same for you.
    You can allow friends to modify your objects, and they can do the same for you.
    You can easily send messages to or start group conversations with many of your friends at once.
    You should only request friendship from avatars you already know, or ones who you have spoken to enough to have developed a close relationship. It is always considered good etiquette to first ask the avatar in instant message (IM) if they want to be your friend, rather than just dropping a friend request on them without any warning.

    How to friend someone
    There are different ways that you can friend someone:
    Click the People button and look under the Nearby tab; right-click an avatar name, and choose “Add Friend”.
    Right-click on an avatar, and choose “Add Friend”.
    Click the Search button, go to the People tab, and type in the name of the avatar (or as much of it as you know), then press Enter. A list of names will appear below. If you see the one you are looking for, then right-click that name and choose “Add Friend”.

    The other avatar will then need to accept your friend request. They will receive a pop-up request box at the top right of their screen, and will need to click “Accept”. Once this is done, the friendship is made.

    IMPORTANT: Make sure the other person knows you’ve sent the request, so that they don’t miss the pop-up message, which can easily be hidden behind other windows, and which also disappears after 30 seconds. If they do miss the pop-up, then they can look in the Conversations window and find the request in the form of an IM (instant message) from you, and they can click the Accept button there.

    Conversely, if someone tries to add you as a friend, then you will see a pop-up request at the top right of your screen telling you someone wants to make friends with you, and you will need to click “Accept”. Also be sure to check your instant messages for friend requests that you may have missed.

    What you can do after friending
    Once you have friended someone (or they have friended you), you will see their name under the Contacts tab of the Conversations window. You can then highlight their name, and click one of the buttons along the right side of the Conversations window to do different tasks:

    IM/Call (to send them a private instant message)
    Profile (to see their profile)
    Teleport (to offer to teleport them to your location)
    Map (to see where they are on the grid, if they have allowed you to do that)
    Pay (to send them L$ from your account)
    Remove (to remove them as a friend)

    Assignment: Add WBH Staff as Friend
    Assignment: IM WBH Staff inworld and via email
    Assignment: Grant Edit Rights to an Inspiration Island Staffer

    Explore SL Groups, Roles, & Abilities

    Resources: Group List, Group Profile, SL Search
    Image 1D2 – Group List, Group Profile, Notifications

    Groups Tutorial<--click to open/close

    Second Life Groups are organizations of SL residents who have common interests. Many creators and sellers have groups for their customers. Other groups promote music, art, or literary events.

    One of the lists available by clicking the People tool, is Groups which your avatar belongs to.

    A Group has a Name, one or more Roles/tags, and a Group Key serial number like a Resident has. Every Group also has a unique URI – Uniform Resource Identifier. The URI for Whole Brain Health Group is:

    Like Residents, each Group has a Profile, which contains information about who founded the group, what land it owns, members, and Role “tags” which are the messages that float above Residents’ heads.

    Pasting a URI into Chat yields a clickable link to open the Group Profile, including the option to Join, if allowed. If you already belong to the group, then it will just show the Group Profile.
    TRY IT! Click HERE to copy the above URI for WBH to your clipboard, then paste it into nearby chat of your Firestorm browser and press Enter.

    One way to find Groups is by using the Groups tab of Search, and then typing in a term and pressing Enter.

    All Objects in Second Life can be assigned to a Group, and all Residents can choose an active Group.

    A Group can have one or more Roles, which permit members to perform different sets of abilities related to payments, notices, land management, and administration.

    Joining a Group
    Some Groups are open enrollment and free to join. Others can be joined only by invitation, or may cost $L to join.

    As with Friend invitations, a Group invitation will pop-up in the upper right corner of the viewer. If you miss the pop-up, you can find the invitation in the Notifications chicklet (top right button).

    Some organizations may have more than one Group. For example, Whole Brain Health is an open enrollment group for anyone interested in our activities, but Inspiration Island Land Group is an invitation-only Group for Residents who are given more abilities related to business and land management.

    Assignment: Join an open group of cultural interest
    Assignment: Join Inspiration Island Land Group/Students Role on invitation

    Receiving Group Notifications and IMs via Email

    During the course, we may be sending you messages to your Groups, as IMs and as Notices.
    You will be invited to Join several Groups, including your University group, the International Student Project group, and the Inspiration Island Land Group.
    Every Group member is assigned one or more Roles. Each Role has Permissions, such as “Send Group IMs” and “Create Objects on Group Land”.

    Second Life account-holders must do the following steps to ensure they will receive notifications and Internet messages from their Groups, even when they are not logged into Second Life:
    How to Get Offline Email Notifications<--click to open/close

    • Log in to your Second Life account on the Internet (https://secondlife.com) with your Username and password
    • Click ‘Account’, then Click ‘Change Email Settings’.
    • Enter your correct Email address, then Confirm it.
    • Respond to the email message you receive from Second Life, to Verify your address.
    • Back in your secondlife.com account email settings, CHECK next to ‘I would like to receive offline Ims via Email’.
    • Also CHECK next to ‘I would like to receive offline Croup Notices via Email’.
    • Click ‘Save Changes’ button, and confirm that your email preferences have changed.

    By default, Group members receive Notifications. Group members may also choose whether or not they receive Group Notices. Every Group profile has the following checkbox options (make sure they are all checked):

    • Show in my profile
    • Receive group notices
    • Receive group instant messages