The cfnfc.org site has been completely redone in WordPress so we can take advantage of all the SEO features and CMS features of WordPress 3.0. The Atahualpa theme has again proven flexible enough to handle anything I can dream up. We have a nice slider on the front page (Smooth Slider plugin) where new donation based classes can be promoted. Google bot reads the content promoted in the slider so people can usually find the classes in the search engine the same day they are posted.
To help students keep up with what will be a very fast paced class I created a wiki and some slide shows using Google docs. Currently it shows what I hope to cover on the first day. We’ll learn several methods of modeling a simple house in order to show how the same task can be accomplished in many different ways.
Google SketchUp Slides for Day 1 (Slide show)
Google building maker Slides for Day 1 (Slide show)
I’m teaching a new class at Community Fun and Fitness Center for beginner 3d modelers. We will be learning Google SketchUp, a very accessible 3d modeling package especially suited for geo-modeling and low poly-count modeling of structures and items for games. We will also be learning Google building maker, an online application for adding buildings to Google Earth.
Our focus during this beginner oriented class will be getting some buildings of our own accepted into Google Earth. We will learn create accurate models of houses and upload our own house (textured with our own photos) to Google Earth for the world to see.
The class plan so far has been posted on my private wiki benorona.com/wiki (look under classes).