ViralTools used for this Thanksgiving quiz

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Game Cloud used to make Thanksgiving trivia quiz

I did another quiz, this one for Thanksgiving, using Game Cloud. What do you think of this platform?

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Game Cloud used for Halloween quiz

I have another gaming platform to play with. YAY! It’s Game Cloud and I’m super excited to see what I can do with it. For starters, I built this Halloween trivia quiz.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

ViralTools: Christopher Columbus quiz

Check out this quiz by ViralTools. I just started working with this tool so check back for updates.

How Well Do You Know Christopher Columbus?

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Artist uses JuxtaposeJS to compare photo and art work it inspired

One of my artist friends, Samantha Dellinger, was innovative in her use of JuxtaposeJS. I’ve written before about this free tool that allows you to compare two different views of the same scene. It’s great for before/after, then/now shots.

Sam used the slider tool to show a photo by one of our photographers, Jason Plotkin, and the cartoon it inspired. Check out her artwork of an English bulldog riding a dirt bike and make sure you visit Sam’s blog, Artist’s bloc.


 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Touts from Key West

Here are a couple Touts I took while vacationing in Key West.

I couldn’t believe how fast this guy shucked oysters!

Inside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Incredible stained-glass windows.

Duval Street is always full of characters!

Hemingway’s house.

Singing Tom Petty at Capt. Tony’s

Posted in Tout | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Playbuzz: What Halloween character are you?

I decided to do another Halloween quiz using Playbuzz. Here it is!

Posted in social gaming, Tech tools | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Layar: Great way to make print interactive

I used Layar to embed a podcast into this photo. I love using Layar to make print interactive. I could’ve added more links, slideshows etc. In fact, the one I did of my book flyer contained 24 buttons, including links to purchase the books, reviews, etc.

The neat thing about digitizing print is the interactive reading experience it provides. What fun! This photo appeared on the front page of the Sunday sports section. Imagine opening your Sunday paper and seeing a note telling you to scan the image with the Layar app (Free from your app store). Then imagine scanning the photo and a video immediately starts playing (you can set the video to play immediately when the image is scanned or when a button is clicked). And along with the video, there’s a link to the blog, email, etc.

I haven’t see a lot of newspapers in North America using this tool, but I see all kinds of ideas for ways they could, including a possible revenue stream. Imagine selling a spot (advertisement) on the photo that when the photo is scanned, pops up along with the video or podcast etc.

Obviously, enhancing ads with digital layers would be a chance for revenue. Imagine paging through an entertainment magazine, either in an e-edition or the physical paper, and seeing a restaurant’s ad that was embedded with digital layers. You scan it and up pops the menu along with a map for directions, phone number, video, etc.

More and more people have smartphones and the app is free, so I think the biggest hurdle will be educating the public. But I think we could tackle that through videos, paper ads, online ads. etc. I think the time is right to try this and I’d love to give it a shot.

Have you used Layar? What ideas do you have for using this tool?

Posted in Tech tools | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Playbuzz: A spooktacular Halloween quiz

Check out the Halloween quiz I built using Playbuzz. Possible revenue streams include area attractions for sponsorship or various ad positions. Take the quiz and let me know how you scored!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Reporter uses Soundcite to enrich text

One of my greatest joys as a teacher is seeing a “student” use the tools I’ve taught them. Recently, I led a session on storytelling tools, which included Soundcite. You might recall my carousel post in which I used Soundcite to enrich the text.

Reporter Gordon Rago used Soundcite to add inline audio to his story about a group of men tackling violence in York.

I think audio is powerful and I love how this tool allows you to hear the audio while you read the story. I never have to leave the text. If you haven’t tried it, look for the right opportunity. And if you have, I’d love to see your examples.

Posted in Soundcite | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment