1st Unity Game (Warning: not actually a game more like an exploration!)
Jan04

1st Unity Game (Warning: not actually a game more like an exploration!)

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Finding and Replacing Text on a WordPress Site
Dec20

Finding and Replacing Text on a WordPress Site

I recently migrated this WordPress site from FatCow hosting to GoDaddy and realized that some of posts were trying to access media that was pointed to the old domain. I was able to quickly find and replace all occurrences of my old domain name with the new one by using this find and replace plugin.  Worked like a...

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Deploying Google Apps for Education
Dec20

Deploying Google Apps for Education

The list below was compiled from Google’s training resources and information I have gathered dealing with Google Apps for Education. Initial Steps Choose a domain name When migrating from multiple domains, use a single Google Apps domain to simplify sharing and communication  Sign up for Google Apps for Education Create an organizational structure organizational structure can be based on job functions, graduations years, school buildings, etc. Decide on mail flow Provision your users Use tools like Google Apps Directory Sync to synchronize with Active Directory Services Early Adopters or Beta Testers in a building Establish a training or support plan Focus support on the Google Apps being used most often Go-live Deploy Google Apps to all your users Configure your messaging services Enable/disable additional Google services Optional Steps During the Transition Migrate data from legacy systems Add and configure third party apps Setup single sign-on (SSO) Add and manage mobile devices Setup integration with other school systems Professional Development Plan Identify skills and training the users will need customize training according to the needs Assemble a group of teachers who will help train the teachers in your school Create various forms of professional development Encourage teachers to become certified trainers or Google Educators Configuring Google Apps for Education Organizational structure Can be based on logical groups of users or devices i.e. Admin. teachers, students Instead of manually creating groups, you can import them using the Google Apps Directory Sync Tool (GADS) Adding Users Add a single user at a time through the admin console or upload a csv for mutliple users You can also invite users Gmail Security Considerations You can restrict email so users can only send messages withing the organization “T’he Restrict Delivery setting for Gmail can be used to create a “walled garden” for students that limits them to exchanging email with addresses or domains specified by the Google Apps administrator.  The Restrict delivery option can be found in the Admin console at Google Apps > Gmail > User Settings” Note: Email sent to Group addresses will override the Restrict delivery settings You can even filter objectionable content (obscene words, etc.) You can also set a content compliance policy This will scan the email for expressions like telephone numbers, social security numbers, and numerical patterns You can also specify a approved footer which can contain legal information. This setting will be inherited by all users Finally, you can even turn Gmail off if your school or district is concerned about student to student communication. Students can still use the other apps to create, collaborate, and communicate with each other and their teachers. Google Groups Allow you to...

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Opensim Cannon Script
Dec17

Opensim Cannon Script

The original script and background information can be found at http://www.schome.ac.uk/wiki/script_cannonball_cannon. Cannon instructions Construct a cannon like structure inside the virtual world (make sure the cannon is phantom) Place the following script in the cannon Cannonball instructions Next, create a physical object that resembles a cannonball and name it “dead_blob” in the virtual world Place the following script in the cannonball Finally, drag the cannonball into the canon’s inventory Click the cannon to fire!...

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Jamestown Virtual Learning Environment
Dec14

Jamestown Virtual Learning Environment

The Jamestown Virtual Learning Environment is an immersive learning experience created for middle school students.  The environment is based on the OpenSim software and provides middle school teachers with a interactive way to teach colonial history.  Essentially, students find themselves on Jamestown island and are required to build a fort and shelter utilizing the resources throughout the land.  Students are visited by several native americans throughout their journey.  Students and teachers can run the virtual world from a single flash drive.  No additional software is...

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Opensim – Firearm/Object Launcher Script
Dec13

Opensim – Firearm/Object Launcher Script

Visit http://opensimulator.org/wiki/User:Allen_Kerensky/Myriad_Lite_Preview_5/Firearm for all documentation First, create an object that resembles a firearm or object launcher in the virtual world Place this script inside the gun Next create an object that resembles the desired physical projectile and name it “Myriad Lite Bullet v0.0.3 20110813” Finally, fire your...

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