Sunday, October 20, 2013

Creating Content for use on a Virtual World Simulation Rezzer

Greetings! In Fall 2013, I taught a Virtual World Simulation class and asked my students to create full permission content for hosting it on our class rezzer.

Here's an 11 minute video where I introduce how to use Spinoza Quinnell's red ball concept and add a ball to our Simulation Rezzer.

After uploading the video, I noticed that the first caption is one that I deleted, but it naturally moved to the beginning of the video. Such moments keep me humble. *smiles* 

For now, I feel happy to have completed the recording and added captions, compressed and uploaded this video quickly. When time permits, I'll fix it.

Adding content to a simulation rezzer with Lyr Lobo.

Friday, October 18, 2013

From Mars to Margaritaville_an EM 825 Summer 2013 Intergalactic Tour

It is with great delight that I showcase the accomplishments of my Emerging Media 825 Strategic Use of Virtual Worlds class.  Most of them began the term new to virtual world design and came from diverse backgrounds, yet rose to the challenge admirably!
EM 825 Summer 2013

Our visual tour begins with the Psych project team with its Cultural Center and Tzion, a place of comfort to victims of human trafficking. The Info Center blended a Welcome Center, wonderful Physics experiments, including an astronaut who stands between Earth, the Moon and Mars holding a hammer and a feather, a Virtual World Orientation Center, an Immersive Aquarium and Blue Visions, a sensory experience.

Margaritaville featured the Save the Manateee Project, complete with the Tiki Fun Hut, the Surf Shop, The Museum, the Underswater evolution from the Frill to the Manatee, and the Pirate Cove.

From there, we visit Virtual Golf and the Castle Pro Shop, that depict memorable golf moments that embody Csikszentmihalyi's mental states of Flow and Celia Pearce's notions of emergence in these learning spaces.

The Mad Scientists project took us on a tour of the Martian World's Faire, and the wealth of interactive content dazzles the mind.  From Buckydomes and intergalactic communication devices to Human Cell Avatar measurement instrumentation, there is something for everyone!

The Virtual Tour of the Mall blends with DC's famous structures and the Hall of Presidents to a quirky Presidential trivia game and a Dragon tour guide.

I am very proud of my students and thank them for working hard to provide a memorable close to our Emerging Media 825 excursions in Second Life. I will miss you!

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Music Videos and Snazzy Visuals

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Don't believe everything you read. While it is the season for haunted houses and ghouls, I created a few signs to celebrate Fall and have posted the first in a series of class videos from Summer term in Second Life. 

Today, I'm hosting a session on how to create music videos and snazzy visuals using some of my favorite tools. 

Animoto creates music videos fast and allows you to copy and edit your work quickly and easily. Best of all, it is easy to share, embed or post.

 Here is a sample video that I made from the EM 825 Margaritaville: Save the Manatee class project.

Imagechef has a variety of fun tools, including Word Mosaics and humorous signs.  I'll post a few of my favorites here.

Click on a category and add your information to create a custom sign. For the Word Mosaics, select your color, shape, font and text.

For a larger font, separate your text with spaces instead of putting words on separate lines. Include a blank space at the end of a line for a better layout. 

 Imagechef is free, but if you want to use your signs for use in presentations or public displays, there is a nominal annual fee that is worth it for those who need custom images that convey a strong message. 

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You can, however, inspire your friends or frustrate unwanted guests with signs, such as this one. 

In addition to Word Mosaics, another alternative is Wordle.  In the Wordle below,  the word Games is listed twice and as a result, is larger than the rest of the words. If your goal is to convey a message based on the relative importance based on the frequency of use for certain words, use Wordle. 

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Lastly, we have a new puppy and while we named him Edgar Allen Poe (Poe for short), he shares something in common with this little fella.