Wildcat and friends

I’ll be in Second Life later today during a workshop. The newbies will tour University of KY Island and try out their walking and communication skills. Drop by or just friend me next time you are in-world: Wildcat Thursday.

Residents on University of KY Island in Second Life.

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more on YouTube captioning

I mentioned in a previous blog post that I’d been using/playing with captioning in YouTube. It’s pretty easy!

Apparently they’ve officially launched the effort … not that I wait for launches, obviously. I happened to find the capability when uploading, and that was all I needed. Read (and watch) more about it:

Second Life Workshop

Join Patsy Carruthers (TASC) and Beth Kraemer (UK Libraries) 2-3:30pm on Thursday, March 11, in WT Young Library Room B-25 to learn more about Second Life. Create your own avatar to begin exploring this virtual reality environment. Beginners are welcome. To register, email pcarr3@uky.edu and reference the workshop name and date. (Note: All times are Eastern time zone.)

your personal virtual globe

So, I’ve been brushing up on Google Earth because we have some instructors interested in using it. The last time I worked with it, I just used it for looking up places, looking at the house I’m trying to sell (on Street View) and so forth. Much has changed in the interim. If you haven’t used Google Earth lately, now is a good time to check it out. You can now overlay historic maps (layers), create your own tours, record (with voiceover) your own tours and more – all within Google Earth.

If you’d like to check it out, here are some instructions and links to get you started (first download or update to Google Earth version 5 if you don’t have it):

  • To view a place on Earth, simply type in the place name or address in the search line (“fly to”) and press Enter on your keyboard.
  • In the column to the bottom left (under the Layers section), look at the layers you can click to add (such as 3D buildings, terrain, and more).
  • Under Layers, click on the + sign next to Gallery, and you will find ancient Rome, 360 Cities, and other interesting “tours.” Click on the box next to the selection you are interested in (if you are not “flown” to Rome immediately, then double-click on the name Ancient Rome 3D or type it into the search box). Once “in Rome,” double-click on yellow markers to view their location, and single click on a yellow marker to view more information about that site. TIP: Select 3D Buildings as a layer (from the Layer section) before you get started.
  • Take a sightseeing tour by clicking on Sightseeing in the Places section, then clicking the Play Folder button at the bottom right of that section. This is an example of a tour (you can build your own!)
  • Create your own tour or find more information in the user guide: http://earth.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=guide_toc.cs
  • You can find a very nice self-paced tutorial for Google Earth here:
    http://earth.google.com/support then click on the link (“interactive game”) in the box titled Become an Earth Expert.

March workshops

TASC’s March workshops for instructors include Google Tools, Turning Point, Second Life, Video Conferencing and more. More information and registration information may be found at http://www.uky.edu/TASC/ (click on Calendar in the column at right on the page).

Coming up this month (two dates indicate the same workshop offered twice):

  • Web 2.0 (Google Tools) – 2-3:30pm on March 5 and March 9, both in WTYL B108a. A hands-on opportunity to explore several Google tools, including blogs, wikis, Google Earth, and YouTube captioning. Take-aways for self-guided tutorials in other Web-based collaboration and communication tools. Space is limited; register by emailing pcarr3@uky.edu and referencing the workshop name and date.
  • Blackboard Assignments – 2-4pm on March 5 in CON 6th floor computing lab. Learn to use the Assignments feature in Blackboard. Register by emailing your name, workshop title, and workshop date to bb-training@uky.edu.
  • Turning Point Audience Response System – 3pm workshop and 4pm independent work session on March 8; 9am workshop and 9:30am workshop and 10:30am independent work session on March 9. TurningPoint Workshop – Learn to use an audience response system to gauge learner understanding, increase class participation, and more. Please RSVP with date of workshop to turningpoint@lsv.uky.edu.
  • Second Life – 2-3:30pm on March 11 (WTYL B-25). Learn more about Second Life and create your own avatar to begin exploring this virtual reality environment. Beginners are welcome. Limited seating. To register, email pcarr3@uky.edu and reference the workshop name and date.
  • Connect Pro Desktop Video Conferencing – 9-10:30am on March 15 and March 25 in POT 1506. This is a hands-on introductory session on Adobe Connect Pro video conferencing. Contact Erskine Clinton at erskine@uky.edu to inquire about registration (be sure to mention the date desired). Space is limited; this workshop may fill quickly.
  • Podcasting & Video – 2-3:30pm on March 23 and March 26, both in White Hall Classroom Building 319. A brief introduction to podcasting options (2-2:30pm) followed by a demonstration of video capture, editing and uploading (2:30-3:30pm). Limited seating; to register, email pcarr3@uky.edu and reference the workshop name title and date.

get your grammar on

Um, February, where did you go?

Today is National Grammar Day, brought to you by Grammar Girl and the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. So just watch your language, mister.