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Teacher of English, lower secondary school, K 11-13. Tags: ICT, Blended Learning, immersive teaching, Social emotional Learning.

Blender Manual Contents — Blender Reference Manual

Blender Manual Contents — Blender Reference Manual.

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Aine’s Opensim Blog: PMAC Tutorial: Creating, adding and removing NPCs

Aine’s Opensim Blog: PMAC Tutorial: Creating, adding and removing NPCs.

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Aine’s Opensim Blog: Virgins and Mice (Blender musophobia)

Aine’s Opensim Blog: Virgins and Mice (Blender musophobia).

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Aine’s Opensim Blog: Blender: Baby Steps

Aine’s Opensim Blog: Blender: Baby Steps.

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Introduction to creating and uploading mesh models


This blog post tries to provide information to those who are looking for a starter tutorial on preparing mesh models and getting them in-world.

Mesh models, just like sculpted prims, are created outside of the virtual environment using third-party software and imported in-world by uploading the model in a particular format. The only file format currently supported is COLLADA, which uses the .dae file extension. Most professional and free modelling software have support for exporting 3D models to this format. Over these guides, we will use the popular and free Blender software to illustrate the process of modeling, texturing, exporting and importing the model.

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Uploading an avatar skin to OpenSim


I decided to write this post after receiving a reader’s question on how to upload files to make into a completed skin in OpenSim. My reply included a description on how to do this, but I think it’s something that needs an expanded post.

I learned how to upload files and make a wearable skin in Second Life; it is one of those areas where an assumption is often made that everyone knows how to do it. To help those who haven’t put together an avatar skin before I’ve written this tutorial.

The same basic method applies for other grids and viewers (as far as I’m aware).

I’m using the Starlight skin .psd files made by Eloh Eliot and working in Photoshop CS3. For OpenSim I’m using the Imprudence viewer.

This tutorial is for people who have some Photoshop experience rather than the complete beginner.


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Screencasting as a Way to Enhance Learning


– a report from the Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club’s March discussion

Screencasts are short, simple instructor-created narrations designed to provide supplemental learning for students to use outside class. We learned more about screencasting in the latest Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club held on February 24, 2015 where we discussed the article “Impact of Screencast Technology: Connecting the Perception of Usefulness and the Reality of Performance” by Katie Green and colleagues published in the Journal of Engineering Education.

How might screencasts impact learning?

The article describes a study that examines the benefits of screencasts designed to supplement lectures and clarify difficult course concepts. The authors report that students who did regularly view screencasts performed better on exams. Furthermore the use of screencasts correlated with student-reported self-efficacy.

Asking Why? of students who did not take advantage of the screecasts, researchers discern two groupings within those who reported not using the screencasts:

  • Those…

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Schools are still killing creativity.

User Generated Education

Several posts this week noted how we are failing with the nurturing, facilitating, and direct teaching of creativity within school environments.

Adobe posted Universal Concern that Creativity is Suffering at Work and School

New research reveals a global creativity gap in five of the world’s largest economies, according to the Adobe® State of Create global benchmark study. The research shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and nearly two-thirds of respondents feel creativity is valuable to society, yet a striking minority – only 1 in 4 people – believe they are living up to their own creative potential. More than half of those surveyed feel that creativity is being stifled by their education systems, and many believe creativity is taken for granted (52% globally, 70% in the United States).

One of the myths of creativity is that very few people are really…

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Classroom Management and Organisation: making it work.

Oxford University Press

Christina Giannikas owns a chain of private language schools in Southern Greece. Here she talks about managing your classroom at the start of the new school year.

Every start to the new school year creates stress to any teacher worth their salt. Each year entails preparation of teaching material, the new curriculum and consideration of the students’ needs. There is one thing that can make a teacher’s life a bit easier and that is Classroom Management and Organization (CMaO). For some, these words could prove to be quite intimidating, the sheer thought on trying to manage children fresh from summer vacation could be quite frightening, nonetheless it would help in the long run.

As challenging a task as it might be, CMaO can be interesting and fun for teachers and students. The key ingredients are effective teacher preparation and student involvement.

When a teacher sets up their classroom, it helps…

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A positive learning environment: the first 10 minutes (Part 1)

Oxford University Press

Eager children in classVerissimo Toste, an Oxford teacher trainer, looks at some different ways to establish a positive learning environment in the classroom.

Behind every activity in the classroom is the question of behaviour. If you’re lucky, you don’t have to think about it, as your students are motivated to learn and behave accordingly. However, as the teaching of English as a foreign language moves beyond the smaller classes of private language schools into the larger classes of mainstream education, teachers know that student behaviour becomes a key aspect of every lesson and every activity. Mixed abilities, different learning preferences, intrinsic motivation, and varying attitudes towards learning become more important considerations for the teacher, and activities that would work in smaller classes don’t in larger ones.

In this series of blog posts, I will focus on establishing a positive learning environment, taking into consideration the nature of larger classes in a mainstream environment, where…

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