Friday, October 25, 2019

2019 #VWEDU #DTA: Communications tips for OpenSimulator. A DTA content page

Communications tips for OpenSimulator.
A DTA content page

Communications content page for Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in OpenSimulator.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
Communicating elsewhere
  • Sure, back in the old days, you put students in a classroom to communicate with them.
  • Students have other means of communication.  Are schools catching up?

Communicate with other people

Local--avatars near you

  • Local chat
  • Instant Message (IM)
  • Local Voice
  • Local voice fixes

Remote (or local)--avatars anywhere,

  • Instant message
  • Group message
  • Notecard (receive) 
  • Notecard (receive embedded)
  • Notecard (send)
  • IM logs 

Hypergrid communications 

  • Local: same as ingrid
  • Remote: Same as ingrid, but less reliable


Local--avatars near you

Local chat

  • Typed messages seen by everyone nearby.
  • Messages scroll up from lower left.
  • Get chat history: click on Local Chat, bottom left.
  • Send chat: Type in chat  bar, bottom left.
  • You may get web links in local chat.  The links will be in a special color.
  • A click on a web link opens your browser to the page

Local Voice

  • With the right settings local voice is on for you.
  • Your system must be equipped and set for sound and mic.
  • When people have voice on, a white dot appears over the avatar.
  • When people talk, green waves appear over the avatars.
  • To talk, put the cursor over the mic graphic, press and hold left mouse key.
  • In press-and-hold mode, the mic is on only when the key in pressed.
  • To keep the mic on, click the little box on the mic graphic.
  • With the box checked, the mic key toggles voice on and off.
  • To make a person louder, hover the cursor over the avatar.
  • Click the orange i button that appears.  Use the slider in the window that gets.

Local voice fixes

  • If local voice does not work for you:
  • Be sure your system can handle voice.  Does voice work in Skype?
  • Teleport to another place and check voice (white dot, green waves).
  • If voice works in another place, go back and try it again where you want to talk.
  • If voice still fails, log off and restart your computer.

Instant Message (IM)

  • Private between you and addressee.
  • (You can add others to the conversation.)
  • Start: Right click the avatar, click IM on the menu that comes up.
  • Use the IM window that opens.

Remote (or local)--avatars anywhere

Instant Message (IM)

  • Private between you and addressee.
  • (You can add others to the conversation.)
  • Click the name in your friends list (button with a pair of heads).

Group messages

  • You may get messages from a group you are in.
  • The messages may come as instant messages or as notecards (see below).
  • You can join an instant message conversation.
  • The option is on the IM panel.

Notecard (receive)

  • People and groups can send notecards to you
  • Notecards sent to you will go into your inventory, in your Notecard folder.
  • To open your inventory, click the button on your screen with the briefcase'
  • To read a notecard, find it in your notecard folder and double click it.
  • To find a notecard in your inventory, type the name in the serach bar at the top of the inventory panel.
  • For important notecards, make sure the name is something you will remember.
  • To rename a notecard, right click the name, click rename, and type the new name.
  • Notecards are text documents: copy/paste works well.

Notecard (receive embedded)

  • Objects, landmarks, and other inventory things can be embedded in a notecard
  • Embedded items appear in a different color. 
  • Double-click an embedded item to put a copy in your inventory.
  • If you get a notecard with something embedded, get that something immediately.
  • An embedded item is only available on the grid where you got the card. 
  • If you are not on your home grid, the item will go into your suitcase.
  • You may want to copy it to the appropriate folder in your main inventory.

Notecard (send)

  • To make a notecard, open your inventory and click the + sign (bottom left)
  • Click New Notecard in the option list that appears.
  • A blank notecard opens with the name New Note
  • Rename the notecard to a useful name and type your message.
  • A useful name may include the name of the person you will send it to.
  • Save the notecard frequently as you type.
  • Send to local avatar: Drag onto the avatar.
  • Send to a contact:  Open friends list (2 heads button) Right-click on name, select IM.
  • You can drag-drop a notecard into any IM bar to send a copy to the person

Visit me on the web

  • Drop by my web offices Weekdays: 12:-12:30 pm Central time (US)
  • I am available for free consulting on any topic in this blog.
  • Cybalounge and 3DWebWorldz (Orientation room)
  • I will be in both places, so you may need to speak to get my attention.
  • Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
  • And we can visit the Writer's Workshop on the Web
  • Don't register -- enter as guest.  


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