Burrrr: CATIA Design Calendar Gift

By Kate

At least in France it’s finally freezing and folks are wearing gloves, hats and scarves . . . which means the holiday season is upon us!

3D Perspectives will be in holiday mode until early January.  On behalf of the entire 3D Perspectives team, I wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Also the CATIA for Design folks would like to offer you a 2010 CATIA for Industrial Design calendar.  You can prevue the featured product designs as well as sign up for it here.  Ok, you have to fill out a few information fields, but . . . DESIGN CALENDAR GIFT!!!



My Grandmother’s Pearls Ain’t Nothin’ Compaired to This! #leweb09

By Kate

I’ve never been in the same room with so many Internet stars and CEOs.  Even a Queen and French Minister were there!

Yep, I’ve been entranced by LeWeb09 for the past two days.  This is Europe’s #1 Internet conference hosted by the Le Meur couple.

There are MANY pearls to share, but it’s late so I’ll start with my favorite: pearltrees.

If Twitter is the Web’s nervous system, pearltrees is its memory.

Remember that.  (haha)

This little video will explain more, but then I’d like to share some thoughts about pearltrees and see what you think.

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Thought #1:  Enfin!  FINALLY a way to stock and share those excellent tweets before they get purged off the Twitter servers!  (Just activate the nifty Twitter connection for this bit of the magic.)

Thought #2:  Ok, this is for PEOPLE to organize their own WWW, but the possibilities for COMPANIES using social media and wanting to track certain topics and projects are great!

Thought #3:  I’ll bet CAD and 3D folks would enjoy and get value out of organizing 3D models and scenes as pearltrees.

Three thoughts are largely sufficient after two days at a conference.

Wait, one more!

Thought #4:  The visuals remind me of some of the visual search engines that Oleg has blogged about, and also those diagrams I used to draw for teen students when I needed to explain tricky subjects.

So, about Thought #4, I asked one of the pearltrees guys where they got the idea for the pearltrees visual organization.  I wanted to know if it’s on purpose that it looks like visual search engine ‘artwork’ or if the function dictated the design, or maybe there was some deep-layered poetic answer.

The answer I got was part function, part poetry.  (pearltrees, please step in here if I’m off; I didn’t take notes.)

But first, here’s a photo of some of us from Dassault Systèmes and pearltrees.


By organizing the WWW around who you are and your interests, you’re in a way writing your own story.  And all stories, even if they take some crazy turns, have a beginning, middle and an end.  Linear.  Lines.  Connecting the first part to the second part, etc.  You can organize your pearls into, let’s say, chapters of a book.

The organization is also like a map.  A map where many different routes are possible.  And the way you set out your pearls shows all the different “travel adventures” you undertake.

Which reminded me of Chris Pirillo’s brilliant keynote.  Chris said that:

Community isn’t in your fingers or a device, it’s in your heart and soul.

And in the end, pearltrees maps your soul’s travels, and helps you to meet kindred souls.

Now how’s that for heavy.

‘Would love to know what you think!


P.S. Seems pearltrees has a blog. ;-)

TVnima @UMUC

By Kate

I’ve given away quite a few TVnima beta keys here, and I always ask if folks would kindly send us feedback on how they like TVnima and what they’re using it for.

While I’ve heard that a majority of TVnima users work in Education, I’m pleased to be able to share some feedback today from the University of Maryland University College’s Center for Support Instruction.

Here’s their TVnima feedback:

TVnima was featured recently in a presentation by two Instructional Support Specialists from University of Maryland University College’s Center for Support of Instruction. UMUC, the largest public university in the United States and one of the largest public providers of online education, is constantly explores new technologies for online teaching.

The presenters—Towanda Jones and Sharon Huston—used TVnima in fall 2009 to create a presentation featuring a “virtual presenter” within an online classroom.  At the conclusion of the class, “Principles and Strategies of Successful Learning,” students were surveyed to determine if the virtual presenter increased student learning or engagement.

Jones and Huston presented their findings at the College of Southern Maryland’s Third Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, which focused on best practices for “The First Year and Beyond: Promoting Student Success.” Statistical data from the survey can be found in the PowerPoint presentation here.

At the end of the presentation, participants were asked to fill out a survey, and feedback was positive. “The audience was excited about the concept and new possibilities for delivering content,” said Jones. Examples from Jones’ and Huston’s presentation can be found here.

I’ve watched Towanda’s and Sharon’s TVnima sample presentations on the above link and they’re quite good.  I was especially captivated by the ‘Cool Hunting’ and ‘Strategies for Success’ TVnimas.

What struck me most about my TVnima ‘UMUC student’ experience was:

  • I found it a lot more pleasant to be able to watch and listen to a 3D avatar give instructions than if it was just a slideshare presentation.
  • I pretty much forgot about the technology and was absorbed by the content.
  • Although I’ve never been that interested in online courseware, I think I could enjoy and benefit from courses presented with TVnima.  It’s just more cheerful and easier to absorb.

Congratulations Towanda and Sharon to a job well done, and thanks for sharing with us!

Now I know there are other TVnima users lurking out there with some interesting examples and feedback.  ;-)  Don’t be shy; we’d love to hear from you!

What about TVnima for workshop instructions or introductions to museum tours?



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