Well there was very little interest in the group funded collaborative server, in fact only 1 other teacher was interested. So I will host it on my school server for a while, and if more people get interested and I need more space, well I guess we cross that when we come to it.
Matt (the teacher I am collaborating with) and I chatted on skype about some ideas, and I was just setting my server up so we could jump in and start building our planned map together, and I managed to crash my server :(
For some reason my Ubuntu server does not like it when I try to copy things, a right click and copy crashes my remote connection and I can no longer access the server, I have tried using ctrl-c as well and that crashes it half the time, so I think it might be time to move back to a windows based server. The only reason we tried a Linux server to begin with was we were trying to get rid of the lag issues that the developers fixed in their latest release anyway, so there is no point sticking with a system that is unstable.
So what is the plan for this collaborative map? Well we are going to create a map based on cell division, and are hoping to create 3D models of the process in the nucleus. So kind of an educational adventure map about mitosis and meiosis. We are going to focus on the structure first and then work out the 'adventure' part once we have the basics built. The great thing about this is that my animal cell texture pack can be used again as well as some of the structures from the cell itself. I guess it is time to learn how to use schematics with worldedit.
I should also update you on where the cell map is headed, after further discussions with my Biology students we have decided to skip the energy transfer part of the plan, and I think we might wait to re-enter the cell until we do protein synthesis, that way I can get a really good setup going for that, where the students can be tRNA and have to bring specific amino acids to place in the sequence.
As always thanks for taking the time to read, and if you have any comments feel free to write them below.