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Journey to Biome4Kids with Singularity Viewer January 2015

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Carolyn Lowe

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Transcript of Journey to Biome4Kids with Singularity Viewer January 2015

Carolyn Lowe, PhD
Northern Michigan University
(Clowey Greenwood)

The Journey To
with the
Singularity Viewer

Begin your journey here!
Click arrow keys to move
Getting Around
Talking to People
Make Friends
Learn More
Click PgUp or PgDn to fly!
Camera Controls
Zoom view in and out or around:
Hold down ALT + Mouse Button + move mouse
Up and down zooms in and out.
Right and left spins your view around
View down from above or up from below:
Hold down ALT + CTRL + Mouse button + move mouse. Up zooms up in the sky looking down, down goes below.
Optional (but helpful) Settings
Under <Edit> select <Preferences>
Graphics Tab
Communication Tab
Click on <World>
Select <Environment Settings>
Set to Midday or the time you want
Open and Set Up your Viewer
Change Path so you can find your logs!!! Now if you want to go back and see what was said either in a chat or an IM you can find them in that folder on your computer.
Welcome to Biome4Kids!
It's important to give yourself a little time for practice. With just a few minutes of practice you will be navigating the world with ease.
Practice this!!!!!
Type here and hit <Enter>
Click the Chat Bubble
to open the chat bar.
Your camera is how you view the world - not how you take a snapshot. With the camera you can look at things like a zoom without moving your body.
When you open your viewer it will look like this. That's okay, we aren't going to Second Life.
1. click <Grid Manager>
2. Then click <Create>
3. Type (or copy and paste)
in the Login URI box
4. Type biome4kids in the Grid Name box. Do not use capital letters.
5. Click <OK>
Make an account in Biome4Kids
Open your BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer) and go to http://biome4kids.bio-se.info. Click on <Create Account>
Where it says "Agent First Name" give your avatar a first name. It can be anything you want. It doesn't have to be a "real" name at all.
Do the same with "Agent Last Name".
Make a password and write it down or give it to your parent or teacher so you don't lose it.
You MUST put in an email. If you are under 18 put in your parent's email or, if you are using this for school, your teacher's email.
Type the numbers from the picture in the Captcha box..
Click <Register>
You don't need to change the following tabs:

Audio & Video
Text Chat
Voice Chat
Grids (you already did this)
Adv. Chat
Either change the away time to 600 seconds or unclick <Go away when idle>.
General Tab
Preferences Box
If your computer is older or your graphics aren't good select <Low>
If your computer is a little better, select <Mid> to <High>.
Click all these
How to send an instant message
This world sometimes has a day/night cycle with sunrise, midday, sunset and night depending on settings. If you want it to be a different time of day, you can change it for your screen.
How to chat with the group
Making an Avatar
More Icons
Recent Items
Create Landmark
When you first log in you will be a cloud. We will fix that right away! It might be easier to follow the instructions you find there but I'll put them here too.
A Few More Helpful Things
If you want to be able to return to a place you visit, make a landmark. Select <World> and then <Create Landmark Here>. You can then find your landmark in your inventory.
Using your Inventory
Your inventory is where all your "stuff" is kept. Everything you get goes there. Here's how to use it.
You can use your map to see all the islands around you. Hover over them and you will find the name of the island. Green dots are other avatars. The yellow dot is you. You can click on another island and click <Teleport> to go there. You can use the slider to zoom in or out.
The Minimap is useful for seeing around the island you are on. Again, green dots are other avatars and the yellow dot is you. You can teleport to where other people are by using the minimap. You can also tell which direction you are looking in.
Take a picture and save it to your computer. Select the <Snapshot> button, make sure <Save to hard drive> is checked and click <Save>. Then give it a name and browse to a folder like your pictures folder. Or you can save it to your inventory and share it with other avatars.
Radar is a cool tool to find other people near you. You can use it to find nearby people to teleport to you, to IM, or teleport to them. It doesn't show people far away though.
Note that everyone within 20 meters will hear you (read what you type) and be able to chat with you.
Give someone something
To keep your chat from disappearing: Click the <Local chat> button and a box appears. You can scroll through what has been said. You can also toggle back and forth between chat and any IMs you have going on.
How to make a friend.
An instant message is a message just between two of you - you and your friend. No one else "hears" it.
Changing the time of day.
Explore your Inventory
Or you can use WASD keys. Make sure the chat bar is closed.
You may also use an external mouse.
1. You can right click on the name over someone's head and choose <IM> from the pie menu.
2. You can find them in your friends list and send a message.
1.Open <Communicate> then <Friends>.
2. Click <Add>
3. Type part of their avatar name, highlight the one you want and click <OK>.
Right click on the name bubble over their head and choose <Add Friend>.
Friendship has to be accepted.
Follow the signs to where the new avatars can be found.
Click the box and "buy" it. Open your inventory and find the folder. Right click on the eyes in the folder and choose <Wear>. Then right-click the folder name and choose <Replace Outfit>
Your Communicate box opens and you can then IM with that person. You can also toggle back and forth between local chat and IMs with other people.
Open an IM box and drag it from your inventory into the slot where you usually type. OR
Drag it from your inventory right to their avatar.
You can give anything in your inventory that has "transfer" permissions.
Be sure you choose the correct one. PCs that are newer are usually 64 bit. Older ones or cheaper ones are 32 bit. If you don't know, download 32 bit. If you have a Mac, downoad the Mac Version.
Log in to Biome4Kids
Log in with the avatar name and password you created
Note: Your computer may have a little different layout. And the picture is of a PC keyboard. Mac keyboards are a little different. You will need to adapt this to your computer and whether you use an external mouse or trackpad.
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