Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Final projects Jan-April 2012

Well, we got to the third term. Time to work on finishing the project. But what's the project about?  groups will work on ideas related to their field of expertise.

Final Project Groups:

Group Number 1
Corporate Identity - Corporative Design
Jessica Nieto, Julio Monagas, Rossina Suarez y Alejandra Bajayo

Group Number 2
A magazine - EditoriaL Design
Rafel Sifontes, Nataly Palacios, Joselyn FuenmayorLeydimar Pineda, y Ariana Fuenmayor

Group Number 3
A Museum  - 3D Design
Andres Arrieta, Andres Villavicencio, Ana Atencio and Mariana Carradini

Group Number 4
A website

Nahir Brinez

The exhibition of the projects will take place in Second Life. Each group must have a stand to exhibit their proposal for the project in world (second life at URBE EFL Center in SL). The stand must include the products designed as well as a description of the project. Include the names of the participants and their avatars.

Students will post their projects in their blogs individually: products, description of the project, individual participation and their opinion of the project. Images and opinions of the experience in Second Life. Images of the Avatars and their names.

Well, this is going to be fun! See you in SL!

Pionia Destiny

A building class in SL

Cyber Placebo. (aka Edith Paillat) will be visiting us today for a basic building class...  It's going to be fun!!!
Meeting point:
Well, here we have some links where we can find more on building.. tutorials, tips and tricks...

Unit 8. Skimming and Scanning

The Topic: Skimming and Scanning


Skimming is used to quickly identify the main ideas of a text. When you read the newspaper, you're probably not reading it word-by-word, instead you're scanning the text. Skimming is done at a speed three to four times faster than normal reading. People often skim when they have lots of material to read in a limited amount of time. Use skimming when you want to see if an article may be of interest in your research.
There are many strategies that can be used when skimming. Some people read the first and last paragraphs using headings, summarizes and other organizers as they move down the page or screen. You might read the title, subtitles, subheading, and illustrations. Consider reading the first sentence of each paragraph. This technique is useful when you're seeking specific information rather than reading for comprehension. Skimming works well to find dates, names, and places. It might be used
to review graphs, tables, and charts.

How to Skim:

* Read the title.
* Read the introduction or the first paragraph.
* Read the first sentence of every other paragraph.
* Read any headings and sub-headings.
* Notice any pictures, charts, or graphs.
* Notice any italicized or boldface words or phrases.
* Read the summary or last paragraph.

Test Your Skills.
Try a Skimming Exercise Skimming text to look for main ideas

1. Skimming text to look for main ideas
2. Skimming a school prospectus
3. Skimming Exercise


Scanning is a technique you often use when looking up a word in the telephone book or dictionary. You search for key words or ideas. In most cases, you know what you're looking for, so you're concentrating on finding a particular answer. Scanning involves moving your eyes quickly down the page seeking specific words and phrases. Scanning is also used when you first find a resource to determine whether it will answer your questions. Once you've scanned the document, you might go back and skim it.
When scanning, look for the author's use of organizers such as numbers, letters, steps, or the words, first, second, or next. Look for words that are bold faced, italics, or in a different font size, style, or color. Sometimes the author will put key ideas in the margin.

How to Scan:

* State the specific information you are looking for.
* Try to anticipate how the answer will appear and what clues you might use to help you locate the answer. For example, if you were looking for a certain date, you would quickly read the paragraph looking only for numbers.
* Use headings and any other aids that will help you identify which sections might contain the information you are looking for.
* Selectively read and skip through sections of the passage.

Test Your Skills. 
Try a Scanning Exercise to find information quickly

1. Scanning text to find information quickly
2. Scanning a job advertisement
3. Scanning exercise

Test Your Skills.

Take the quiz

1. 42 Explore
2. Skillwise English

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Interview to Jenne Dibou

 Jenne Dibou came to meet us and tell us about her experiences as a creator in Second Life. This is the conversation we had.....

[07:31] Jenne Dibou: greetings to all :)
[07:31] Pionia Destiny: welcome
[07:31] imraff: hello jenne  :)
[07:31] Nushita: hi!!
[07:31] sosirena: hi !!!
[07:31] nahirnmlsum25: hi :-)
[07:32] papitasyhelado: hiiiiii
[07:32] imraff: Welcome to URBE
[07:32] Pionia Destiny: Welcome to Urbe.. jenne
[07:32] Pionia Destiny: Do you have a microphone..?
[07:33] Jenne Dibou: thank you all:) still loading, but i can see already some of you
[07:33] Jenne Dibou: yepp, is this a voice event?
[07:33] Pionia Destiny: do you have a mic?
[07:33] Pionia Destiny: if no we can use chat
[07:33] Jenne Dibou: yes, let me try to set up
[07:33] Pionia Destiny: don't worry
[07:34] Pionia Destiny: please have a seat
[07:42] Jenne Dibou: sorry as you talk is a bit wavy sometimes too loud and sometimes silent
[07:43] Pionia Destiny: We are using the chat to introduce ourselves
[07:44] Jenne Dibou: (should i start? :)
[07:44] imraff: Well, Hello, I'm ImRaff in SL, I'm a Graphic designer and advertising student, I'm editorial designer on a newspaper here in my city, Nice to meet you :)
[07:44] Nushita: Hi Jenne! Im Nushita!...or Nataly :) well we are all graphic designers here...from URBE...Raff and I are making a magazine for SL!
[07:44] nahirnmlsum25: hello my name is nahir, im finishing the graphic design carreer, and i would love web and game design
[07:45] papitasyhelado: Hello, i'm Ariana i'm a graphic designer student at URBE
[07:45] OneHornMolly: What's up, names Andres. I'm currently studing graphic design but I don't like it. It's a pleasure to meet you. :{D
[07:45] Jenne Dibou: :D

[07:46] alex: hi, my name is alexandra, i´m also a graphic design student,it's a pleasure to meet you,thanks for coming to talk to us
[07:46] imraff: I'm creating with other classmates the SECOND MAG, a magazine about SL Lifestyle, so we want to make an interview  you :)
[07:46] sosirena: Hi.... i'm Rossi... i'm graphic design student. My passions are the fashion design and the dance.
[07:47] Jenne Dibou: =) all right, but i am really bad interviews... so dont expect too much :D
[07:47] sosirena: it's nice too meet you
[07:47] Cerealbx: Hi, my name is Jessica, i'm studying graphic design, i love the animation, i want to be a cartoonist-animator and.. i'm a sexy nutritious cereal ;D
[07:47] imraff: well, the questions are easy, don't worry xD
[07:47] sosirena: haha XD don't worry
[07:47] Marianac16: Hi, I'm Mariana Carradini. I'm studing Graphic Design in URBE. I'm now in my residence because i ate some bad seafood
[07:47] Pionia Destiny: Let's start with your questions
[07:48] imraff: hahahahaha xD
[07:48] papitasyhelado: hhahahahahaha xDD
[07:48] Nushita: lol
[07:48] Pionia Destiny: Let's start with the questions..
[07:48] Marianac16: brb.
[07:49] Jenne Dibou: all right, should i ask, or should i try to answer some of them ? :))
[07:49] Pionia Destiny: if you want to make a question... type your question and finish it with the @
[07:50] imraff: hey jenne! Since when are you in SL? @Jenne
[07:50] papitasyhelado: What do you like most about SL? @Jenne
[07:51] Nushita: well @jenne the avatar you are using now is the same one from the beginning? or has it changed too much?
[07:51] Jenne Dibou: hello Imraff, i am here in SL since 2007, and i built my first cube around april of 2007.
[07:52] Jenne Dibou: papi: i like the most, it's always changing, always something new things coming, and i can learn non-stop tinkering around^^
[07:53] Jenne Dibou: Nush: my avatar changed a lot, yes. first i was blonde, but then i decided follow my RL appearance, and i the last few years i worked on it. now matches about 75%:)
[07:53] nahirnmlsum25: how much time do you spend on SL on a regular day? "@jenne
[07:53] papitasyhelado: Do you think people can find, a job, education, love and friendship in a virtual place like SL? @Jenne
[07:54] imraff: Who invite you? or how you decided to start on this game? @Jenne
[07:54] Jenne Dibou: nahir: in 2007-2008-2009 about 14-16 hours a day. and from 2010 it reduced to cc. 6-8 hours
[07:54] nahirnmlsum25: OMG
[07:54] papitasyhelado: O M G
[07:54] Nushita: wooow
[07:55] imraff: i prefer typed
[07:55] Jenne Dibou: ok, i keep here
[07:55] OneHornMolly: @Jenne, Do you work with other 3D programs or any other designing programs?
[07:56] Jenne Dibou: so for papi: yes, i believe, SL can be a base of a nice life. certainly it must be connected somehow into RL, but yes, here can be found anything from job to relationship, etc.
[07:57] Jenne Dibou: imraff: i read about SL in a hungarian website as an interesting mmoRpg. so i gave it a shot. and i learned, the news were wrong: SL is not a game. its a second life.
[07:57] Cerealbx: @Jenne why do you select second life? Why not another 3D game online like IMVU?
[07:58] papitasyhelado: If you designed an environment in SL, how would it be like? @Jenna
[07:58] Jenne Dibou: One: i usually work with maya. this is the first i learned, but i tried almost all of them. i am always seeking for the best pipeline for SL and it changes. depends on the job, and the version of SL viewer
[07:58] Marianac16: @Jenne, Have you tried to do 3D designs in other places besides Second Life?
[07:59] Jenne Dibou: Cereal: i tried one another world, that already closed... forgot the name, other creators moved there to try it. but i think any other virtual world is so nice complex as SL. and well.... i know mostly only this one ^^
[08:00] sosirena: What inspires you to design?@jenne
[08:00] Jenne Dibou: papi again about the enviroment: its always abandoned, and ruined a bit, but still can be seen, it was fancy once a long time ago
[08:01] imraff: do you work alone? or you have a group work?
[08:01] imraff: @jenne
[08:01] Jenne Dibou: Marian: yes, i worked in some other small projects, but i made only mesh models, nothing more. actually i dont like model too much on the computer, i prefer clay, water and dirt^^
[08:02] Jenne Dibou: sosi: my inspirations coming from everywhere. any kind of art, or any part of life. i just got impulses, and it mirrors back in my creations.
[08:03] nahirnmlsum25: what do you do specifically? in what area are you really good at? Or waht area do like the most?
[08:03] Jenne Dibou: imraff: i make my models alone, but i can not script. i am too dumb for that, i have a partner: Mandy Marseille, she makes all my scripts and sounds.
[08:04] OneHornMolly: @Jenne- Are you an afficionado, or, did you study some sort of Design school?
[08:04] Jenne Dibou: nahir: i like to rest a lot, and enjoy the life:) and i think, i am not really good in 3d, its just a luck, that my feelings can come through my works.
[08:06] imraff: On your country, is well known SL? Is something famous, do you know people from your country?
[08:06] Jenne Dibou: One: i studied as 2d designer and a window-dresser. also studied art of history at the university, but i never finished that. found too boring :)
[08:07] Jenne Dibou: imraff: in my country people think about SL as a game. mostly young people playing it as rpg, a 3d facebook. however, i met already some artists from hungary, but they are working induvidual, like me.
[08:08] Pionia Destiny: jenne we'd like to go to forgotten city with you...
[08:07] Pionia Destiny: would you take us for a short stroll?
[08:07] Pionia Destiny: please select the place you would like to show us...
[08:07] Pionia Destiny: and tp us there... some of my students haven't been there yet
[08:08] Jenne Dibou: and also one of the hungarian universitates trying to make a land here, a school, but they are too low quality imho :(
[08:09] imraff: @Jenne What do you think about our appearance? which avatar took your attention since you're here? who's the most funny? who do you think is the most sexy hehehe? Talk us about that ;)
[08:09] Jenne Dibou: ok, we should go to our land, so i answer this last question
[08:10] Jenne Dibou: :D
[08:10] Jenne Dibou: i like you all!
[08:10] Jenne Dibou: you are al lovely, and i think even the stock avatars expressing your personality
[08:10] Marianac16: :D!
[08:10] imraff: thanks :D
[08:10] Andrewevp: =D Thanks!!
[08:11] Nushita: :) :D Thanks @jenne
[08:11] Jenne Dibou: all right, so should we go to the forgotten city?
[08:11] sosirena: ;) !!!
[08:11] nahirnmlsum25: yea lets go
[08:11] Pionia Destiny: yeah
[08:11] Jenne Dibou: i send TP to Pionia, so hope nobody will be lost
[08:11] Pionia Destiny: Ok

[08:13] Pionia Destiny: Forgotten City (208,53,104)
[08:17] Teleporte realizado desde Nova Vita (185,117,22)
[08:20] nahirnmlsum25: *@jenne
[08:21] Jenne Dibou: i am here, feel free to ask^^
[08:21] Pionia Destiny: students are still rezzing
[08:21] Pionia Destiny: they are little
[08:21] Jenne Dibou: yes, lot of things around sorry:(
[08:21] nahirnmlsum25: well jenne this is great!!!!
[08:21] Pionia Destiny: so people jenne says... all right, i think we can start here in the museum area maybe... there are some working machinery, and some pictures too... not sure, what are you interested in
[08:23] Jenne Dibou: yes, and after that, i accidently gave you teleport to our shop area :D
[08:23] nahirnmlsum25: did you did all of this by yourself?? @jenne
[08:23] Jenne Dibou: and all scripts and sounds by Mandy Marseille
[08:23] Jenne Dibou: yes, all prinworks are made by me.
[08:23] Jenne Dibou: once i tried to write a small script, about 10 line long
[08:23] Jenne Dibou: but it almost crashed the whole sim, so i gave it up
[08:23] imraff: uhm
[08:23] imraff: its awesome
[08:23] nahirnmlsum25: LOL... an waht type of sript do you use?
[08:24] nahirnmlsum25: *what
[08:24] imraff: this is big, and have so many elements
[08:24] nahirnmlsum25: well try to use...
[08:24] Jenne Dibou: i wrote a sound changer... but i failed definietly :D
[08:24] nahirnmlsum25: no i mean is what JAVA. HTML.. MYSQL, JQUERY. the name of the script.. does it have one?
[08:24] Jenne Dibou: we have on this sim about 6 levels, and some of them are whole sim size, like the winter area up in the sky
[08:25] Jenne Dibou: it was a lSl script

[08:25] OneHornMolly: ooo, winter sky
[08:25] Jenne Dibou: the built in one
[08:25] nahirnmlsum25: ohoho ok did know that script.. :S
[08:26] Jenne Dibou: but i dont like to talk about my scripting abilities, frusrating to have none :D
[08:26] nahirnmlsum25: haha dont worry you are VERY good at what you CAN do...
[08:27] Nushita: yeah this place is awesome
[08:27] Jenne Dibou: we have a lot of things around btw. a huge city at the main floor below, but you can play a working shooting gallery, the mini horse game, we have the winter area with real size ski-jump track etc. we have even a space station with an alien shooting game :D
[08:28] Jenne Dibou: maybe even a bit too much, but we were pretty busy in the last 5 years^^
[08:28] IceCreamL: *0*! woah ♥
[08:29] imraff: wow, that is a hard work!
[08:29] Jenne Dibou: it was mostly fun, not a work.
[08:30] imraff: do you inspire on some enviroments to create the places? @Jenne
[08:30] Jenne Dibou: we experienced a lot, played with the ideas around, and all these things just came real. and even more kept in my pocket hidden :D
[08:30] imraff: i meant, the house is very different to common houses
[08:31] Jenne Dibou: imraff: i get inspired by many various things... and my houses, well.... i usually plan to build something -sometimes even have a sketch or a plan- but once done, mostly i created something really different :D

[08:32] sosirena: what we need to know for create a place like this ? @jenne
[08:32] Jenne Dibou: sos: i think not too much. using at basic level one 3d application (3dsmax, blender or maya) and have a lot of idea, and patience.
[08:32] Jenne Dibou: and linden dollar for the wrong uploads :D
[08:33] Jenne Dibou: oh, and certainly a 2d application for textures
[08:34] papitasyhelado: how can i play this?
[08:34] Nushita: how does that horse game work?
[08:34] Jenne Dibou: hmmmm... its lame, if i say, i dont know? :D
[08:34] Nushita: hahahha
[08:34] IceCreamL: aww hahaha np :3
[08:34] Jenne Dibou: Mandy makes things alive... but i think you must sit, and then click on the horse... or something like this
[08:35] TavooR: I touch the horser but... nothing happend lol
[08:35] TavooR: horses*
[08:35] OneHornMolly: you touched me?!
[08:35] Jenne Dibou: :)))
[08:35] TavooR: totally dude
[08:35] TavooR: :$
[08:35] TavooR: xDDD

[08:36] Jenne Dibou: i would say, you should try the shooting gallery, i know that how works^^
[08:36] Jenne Dibou: this statue here is maybe interesting
[08:36] Jenne Dibou: the baldie with the hat
[08:37] BUNNY (?): mennyémá odébb
[08:37] BUNNY (?): hop
[08:37] Jenne Dibou: it was my first render in my life :)
[08:37] Jenne Dibou: and also my first sculpt statue
[08:37] TavooR: great job!
[08:37] ~JD~ Mechanical Toy factory Supply Barrel propiedad de Jenne Dibou te ha dado '~JD~ Mechanical Toy factory Supply Barrel'  ( Forgotten City (206,9,319) ).
[08:37] TavooR: its pretty cool
[08:37] Jenne Dibou: i could use maya only so badly, that i could not even rotate and position the lofted surfaces in the working area :D
[08:38] TavooR: can u come with me to the shooting galley?
[08:38] Jenne Dibou: sure, lets check over there
[08:39] TavooR: i can't find the gun XD
[08:39] Jenne Dibou: ~JD~ MTF Flintlock Shooting Gallery Toy 1.15
[08:40] Jenne Dibou: its name... nice short, as i give usually :)))
[08:40] Jenne Dibou: its in the Objects folder
[08:40] ~JD~ MTF Shooting gallery high score 1.0 propiedad de Jenne Dibou te ha dado '~JD~ MTF Shooting Gallery Rules'  ( Forgotten City (168,57,324) ).
[08:41] Jenne Dibou: and looks like this
[08:41] Jenne Dibou: then you just stand here, go to mouselook mode, and shoot the things running around:)
[08:42] Jenne Dibou: like this, but better :)

[08:43] Jenne Dibou: going to mouselook you can by rolling the mouse wheel forward
[08:44] Jenne Dibou: try it Ice... or press the M button off-chat
[08:44] Nushita: :o careful with that gun...haha
[08:44] Jenne Dibou: yepp, like that
[08:44] Jenne Dibou: if it turns to red, you hit it
[08:45] Jenne Dibou: and the gun has a cork bullet, so dont worry:)
[08:46] Jenne Dibou: :D
[08:46] Jenne Dibou: wow it sounds now like a war:)
[08:46] Nushita: hahah
[08:47] Jenne Dibou: Nush, if you push the arrows up and down
[08:47] Jenne Dibou: the swing swings
[08:47] Jenne Dibou: and it works like a real one
[08:47] Jenne Dibou: and works with the SL physics
[08:47] Nushita: ohh nice..
[08:47] TavooR: hahahaha this is so much fun! :D
[08:47] Nushita: :D
[08:47] Nushita: :o scary...
[08:47] Jenne Dibou: hmmm just a bit low :)
[08:47] Jenne Dibou: must set it
[08:48] Pionia Destiny: Thanks so much.. we have to leave now...
[08:48] TavooR: heeey thanks for the lovely conversation today! :D
[08:48] Jenne Dibou: like this
[08:48] Pionia Destiny: it was great
[08:48] Nushita: :o we got to goooo @jenne but thanks a lot! your place is fun and awesome!
[08:48] IceCreamL: omg that was fun *0*!! thank u so much for everything <3 thx for your time ♥
[08:48] TavooR: heeey thanks for the lovely conversation today! :D
[08:48] alex: we have to go, it was a pleasure meeting you thank you for your time
[08:48] Jenne Dibou: :D sorry i could not show more... but feel free to come anytime
[08:48] Pionia Destiny: we will write on our blogs and will give you the links to see.. them
[08:49] Jenne Dibou: and if you still have question, just ask me, please. if i can, i will answer.
[08:49] Nushita: it was great to meet you jenne!!
[08:50] sosirena: thanks for all .... :)
[08:50] Jenne Dibou: it was fun for me too, thank you all!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

2nd Term Ja-apr 2012

Greetings, my dear students! We got to the end of this term. It's been interesting. Hope you guys have found what we shared beneficial to your career.

2nd Term Assesment

2nd term test: 10 pts
Blog posts: 10 pts

Blog Posts:

1. Final Project Post: Post your project in your blog (all members must do this individually). Write about these questions: What's the project about? Why is it important? How do you relate it to your career? Who are the participants in the project? what are their responsibilities in the project?  How are you doing it?

2. Verb Tenses: 

3. Finding a job on line.

4. Cover letter:

5. Toefl practice:

6. Second Life. EPOCH-Legend:

7. Second Life. Photo contest:

* Remember to add the links to all the articles you have used in your exercises....

Well, have fun and keep on shining Love and Peace!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Meeting a SL Designer!

Well, we visited the Forgotten City sim in SL and we were amazed by the beauty and creativity of the place, so we invited one of the graphic designers that worked in its creation.

Her name is Jenne Dibou. You can visit her blog here:

She accepted to come see us on Wednesday 21. So be ready to meet her and ask her about her work. It'll be a great idea if you could bring your headphones and microphone.

2nd term Jan-apr 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Photo Contest on Fashion Trends ! !

Hello, there! have you ever participated in a contest.. a design contest? well, this is a great oportunity... second Life is offering a Spring Fashion Contest you can participate in... Now, this is what you are supposed to do:

Find the freshest fashion trends happening in Second Life and capture them in a snapshot. Share what you think the new/now/next things will be for Spring fashion.
There will be one grand prize winner (L$5000) and three runners-up (L$1000 each). Just imagine the new cutting edge styles you could rock with that kind of budget!

How to participate: Entries can be posted from March 5 (at noon PT) through March 19, 2012 (at 11:59 p.m. PT). Take a snapshot of what you think is the latest fashion trend happening in world. Save the image to your computer so you can upload your submission for the contest. Keep an eye out for the contest to go live in the Official Contest Forum.

How to vote: Votes will start at midnight PT on March 20 an last until noon PT on March 27, 2012. To vote for your favorite, simply Kudo the image of your choice. Only one vote per person!

For some tips on how to take good pictures in Second Life, take a look at the Knowledge Base article.

Submission Rules:
•Community voting on the best image begins on March 20, 2012, at 12:00 a.m. PST and ends at 12:00 p.m. PST March 27, 2012
•Contest participants may enter only once - once an entry has been uploaded, you will be unable to change or modify your entry
•Community participants may only vote/Kudo one entry
•Images must be free of text and logo, and no larger than 500x500 pixels in size
•Images should be unaltered by any external photo editing tool except for sizing the image.
•The image with the most Kudos wins the grand prize of L$5,000 - if there is a tie, Linden Lab will select the final winner.
•An additional 3 images will win L$1,000 each as runners up - in case of any tie, Linden Lab will select the runners up
•The winners will be notified on March 27, 2012 via in-world chat or notecard.
•The L$ prize will be deposited into the winner’s Second Life account by end of day March 27, 2012
•Entries that violate any of these guidelines will be disqualified.