I finally decided to get back to the Google Cardboard Camera and Round.me to try and create a 360 degrees video tour. The Cardboard Camera software was free and I was able to create a panoramic image relatively easily, but I was having to manually rotate the camera 360 degrees. If I rotated too quickly the recording would fail. It probably took about 3 minutes to complete the rotation.
Someone recently pointed me to the UTK web site which was displaying several demographic graphs on a page. I found that the graphs were being generated by an application called Highcharts. I visited their site and was able to download their free app for creating these, interactive, web graphs. There is also an online version of the app.
The impressive functionality of the graphs on the web page is that the viewer can click on certain elements to turn them off or on. If you are viewing the graphic data for four cities, you can choose to turn one or more of the cities off/on and this regenerates the graph on the page.
Not sure if I can paste the coding into this page, but if so, be impressed;-)
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I think I used the free Google Cardboard Camera app to produce the panoramic 360 degree view of the room. *The round.me image displays fine in the WP editing window, but does not display on the page, when viewed from the browser. If you can get to the following location, there are hotspots in the view that take you to more info. https://uncfsu.instructure.com/courses/32/pages/roundme-example
I created the above round.me 360 degrees image using my old Samsung SIII phone on a tripod. You could piece several of these 360 images together to make a virtual tour. One nice feature is that you can add sound to the images, so that the sound plays when the viewer is looking at a certain part of the image. In one of the example tours, a rooster crows loudly when the viewer is facing the image that has chickens in the yard, but when the viewer has panned the image and has his/her back to where the chickens were located, a rooster crows again, but this time, the audio level is lower, giving the impression of being further away from the sound. *That is just good tool manipulation on the part of the tour creator.
This was an initial test using my old Samsung Galaxy SIII to record the video/audio. I used the free, online EasyPrompter teleprompter app and displayed it on my office PC. I had a cheap desk mount tripod (purchased at Dollar Tree several years ago) and a special smartphone mount that attached to the tripod and held the phone snuggly. I placed the phone in front of my monitor and resized the EasyPrompter display so that it was skewed toward the camera lens on the phone.
The new part of this test, and I only used one USB LED Light Bar, was some cheap lighting. I bought two LeDengLux Dimmable USB LED “Under Cabinet Lighting” bars from Amazon for a little over $14 @ with Prime. I think you can see at the end of the video when I lean in to turn the camera off, how well lit my face appears. Playing with two lights, and maybe add a cheap reflector and for under $30 you could improve the quality of your office video output.
Three nice features of this LED Light Bar are the USB power connector, the dimmable on/off control and a color temperature option that changes from a reddish to bright white hue. I figure placing one light on each side of the monitor, or an HDTV would work. You can tell that I am reading the text, but I’m not using my glasses, because I can blow the text up to very large.
“…starting to build visual dashboards that rolled up the data and showed administrators overall trends, such as which metrics were declining or stubbornly flat. “That helped us start conversations at the university that they never had before,” Catalano said. “I call it the lights-on effect. They don’t know what they don’t know until you turn on the lights. Just aggregating data in a simple visual way facilitated meaningful conversations. We provided valuable commentary as an independent actor on campus, regarding enrollment and retention trends and strategy.”
[ Darren Catalano, UMUC’s former vice president of analytics and now CEO of HelioCampus. ]
“The bigger challenge is how to get humans to catch up to the numbers and ideas thrown our way like never before. And those teams that manage it will gain a distinct advantage over opponents that can’t.” [ Geoff Baker ]
I was perusing an article yesterday Learning the Alphabet and found that Neverware has CloudReady, which repurposes old PCs or laptops into Chromebooks for a relatively cheap price per unit. I went to their site and found that I could download and try out CloudReady for free. *For personal use, the OS is free.
This Dell Latitude D630 is the same system that I converted some time ago to Ubuntu 14.2 LTE. I played with that OS for a while and then have just been updating the Ubuntu OS regularly as new updates were made available.
The instructions for creating a USB Install Disk for CloudReady were well spelled out. I fortunately had an 16 GB stick. It actually took longer to burn the USB Install Disk than it did to run it on bootup of the Dell and have it install the Chrome OS there. If I still had Windows on this laptop, I might have tried the dual-boot setup, but not sure this was one of those devices with which dual-boot would work.
CloudReady does not boot my Dell Latitude D630 up in 10 seconds as does my Chromebook. But, it has connected with WIFI, and Bluetooth, and has run YouTube videos without a hiccup via WIFI. I can do everything that I normally do for work using my Chromebook.
Here is a COG for Chrome screen shot of my Dell Chromebook.
Running Stupeflix from my Chromebook at home and finding it worked perfectly got me excited about Chromebooks again. That is why I was reading through some Chromebooks in Education articles yesterday.
Knowledge isn’t power. The ability to learn, quickly and efficiently is power!
I was driving about the countryside recently and saw a sign that said something to the effect, “Knowledge is Power.” Years ago, this was true, but with the Internet and the rapidity of our changing and global society, this is no longer the case. The knowledge you currently possess is much like the printed word in a just published textbook… It is old by the time it reaches the presses, and even older by the time it is shipped to your bookstore.
So, the ability to learn quickly and efficiently makes you more marketable and powerful in our current society. I am guessing that most of the junk you have memorized in your lifetime is now quite useless. Do you need statistics? Google it!
I rarely purchase books, even at discount rates, or in electronic form, that are meant to be definitive works, or even introductory works. I find technology conferences and peruse the list of conference sessions, topics, and leaders and try to determine what are the “trending” ideas or technologies. I then google for session leaders and their session topics and normally will find where they work “in the real world” and the writings and presentation materials they have posted previously regarding a topic.
I haven’t found this recently, but if a leader is willing to post, “What/Who I am currently reading,” then I try to google to the source of the stew. After all, what they are currently reading or researching will become the ingredients for future recipes. Maybe the session leader is reaching the end of the life of their current session topic, and is preparing to turn in other directions.
A couple of years ago, I started watching a local conference session video. The leader was faculty at a local higher ed institution, and was introducing a trending topic & its creator. Their department was interested in implementing this new concept. I stopped about a third of the way into the video and googled for the topic & the creator’s name. I found their book on Amazon.com. I also found that the creator had spoken at another higher ed institution, for that institution’s faculty, and that his lengthy & detailed introduction had been videoed. I didn’t go back to finish the local conference leader’s video. Why should I? I had found the source. I was able to have the creator teach me personally. Ain’t the Web marvelous!
I also read articles from the latest online issues of “Campus Technology” or “T|H|E Journal“. I will google the topics and leaders, as I do for conferences.