RebelMouse used to curate York Fair content

One way to curate around a topic is to use RebelMouse. Here’s one I did for the upcoming York Fair. For those not familiar with RebelMouse, it allows you to pull in content from social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and many others.

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DePauw University student journalists transforming newsroom

I recently returned from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., as a Kilgore Counselor.   The  position is named after Barney Kilgore, the famed editor of The Wall Street Journal, who was a DePauw alum who loved The DePauw.  It was my second stint to the university this year. As a Kilgore Counselor, I worked with the student journalists, teaching them real-world journalism and helping them transform their newsroom into a digital-first operation.

We explored everything, from multiple storytelling and interactive tools to SEO and verification tips.  We built trivia quizzes using PlayBuzz and polls using Twiigs. We built timelines using Dipity and TimelineJS and I showed them how to use Soundcite to add inline audio to their stories.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of these students. They came to our morning sessions after being up late working on the newspaper the night before. They were engaged and asked good questions. I’m anxious to see how they use the tools I taught them, and I’ve asked them to share their successes.

Here are a few of the content pieces they built:

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Camp Security list built via Playbuzz

Aug. 25 marked the start of a month-long exploration of Camp Security on a nearly 4-acre area off Locust Grove Road in Springettsbury Township in York County, Pa. Archaeologist Steve Warfel, field assistant Amanda Snyder and the volunteers are looking for any element of Camp Security or Camp Indulgence, which were prisoner of war camps during the Revolutionary War. I used Playbuzz to build this list. In previous posts, I’ve used Playbuzz to build history quizzes, including this one on Camp Security. This is another tool within that interface. Try it and let me know how you like it.

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Camp Security quiz

I pulled this quiz together using Playbuzz. I wanted to enrich our content online at at the same time provide an interactive learning experience. Our reporter on the story, Teresa Boeckel, provided the trivia questions and answers. How well do you know your Camp Security history? Take our quiz and find out!

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Test your knowledge of DePauw History

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TimelineJS: DePauw University history

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DePauw students work on back to school edition

I’m teaching at DePauw University this week and snapped some photos of the staff at The DePauw working on the back-to-school edition. The DePauw is the oldest college newspaper in Indiana and birthplace of Sigma Delta Chi, which was founded in 1909.

Some photos from around campus

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PlayBuzz: York Fair history quiz

I used PlayBuzz to build this York Fair history quiz.

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Playbuzz: “Star-Spangled” Banner quiz

It’s super easy to build quizzes using Playbuzz. Here’s one I built in honor of the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

 

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Using Layar to enrich print

In a previous post, I discussed Thinglink, a great way to make interactive images for online.

With Layar, you can add interactive content to print, making it come alive when you scan it with your smartphone app. I took this image…

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Try it. Download the free app on your smartphone and  scan this page. What do you think?

 

 

 

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