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September 20th, 2012
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cleofuckingpatra:

atavist:

I am a story enhancer. As a producer at The Atavist, my job is to take a story and enhance it using the overwhelming number of digital tools I have at my disposal. But just because it’s easy to throw an image, or a piece of video, or a map, or a musical snippet, or an interactive graphic at a story using the Atavist platform, doesn’t mean it will always improve the story. So I try to practice restraint when adding media to a story. Some results are better than others. But the biggest challenge I face is not related to producing a story, but explaining exactly what the finished product is

A lot of people have been asking me*:

What the heck is an “Enhanced E-Comic?”

Many people are familiar with the term “enhanced e-book,” but our new nonfiction comics work Stowaway is one of the world’s first “enhanced e-comics.” 

To be sure, comics have rapidly gone digital, and comics artists and fans were early adopters of the iPad platform, which has enabled some incredible works of comics art. A standout is Operation Ajax, a detailed history of the 1953 Iranian coup. It’s an elaborate production that exists somewhere between comics and animation in a space some people call “motion comics.” It comes with a haunting soundtrack and digital features too numerous to name, and you should definitely download it immediately. (It’s a story you can spend hours with—and it’s also a story that took a large staff several years to produce.)

Our enhanced e-comic, Stowaway includes a soundtrack and behind-the-scenes extras that illuminate the boundaries between journalism and art. The music, sound effects, and video animations elevate it beyond a print comics reading experience and the audio extras allow you to engage with the creators of the piece in a way that would be impossible in a print medium. In this way, Stowaway creates an embedded dialogue about the subjectivity of the comics form (which you could argue is no more subjective than written journalism).

So why not be a part of history, and experience the future of comics journalism?

Olivia Koski, Senior Producer

*No one has asked me this, actually. But they should.

Check out these fancy pants Atavist guys! So fun! Great work! 

Reblogged from Sub Rosa
September 18th, 2012
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world-shaker:

iTeacherBook iPad version submitted 
This is an awesome teaching tool from the makers of iStudiez Pro (arguably the best student planner app for iOS). I strongly suggest you take a look when it’s published (and learn more about it right now).

world-shaker:

iTeacherBook iPad version submitted

This is an awesome teaching tool from the makers of iStudiez Pro (arguably the best student planner app for iOS). I strongly suggest you take a look when it’s published (and learn more about it right now).

Reblogged from World-Shaker
September 10th, 2012
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world-shaker:

How to use an iPad to add voice comments to grading

The app they’re using is called iAnnotate PDF, which, well, is an annotation app for PDFs. I normally wouldn’t recommend an app that costs $10 [foreshadowing], but in this case it’s absolutely worth every penny. Imagine having students submit work via a Dropbox folder, then annotating and sending it back to them via email. Simple, paperless, and stronger feedback than simply writing.

(by dbward2119)

LJ Digital: This is really handy. My biggest problem with iPads and ereaders in general is that it is difficult for me to annotate. It’s typically possible but it’s never as quick as just jotting a few notes in the margin of a print book. The voice notes and zoom-in features are definitely helpful. I’m slowly losing my vision. I’m being swayed. What do you think?

Reblogged from teaching literacy.
September 9th, 2012
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ashaleylynn:

« by Rachel Dowda on Flickr.

LJ Digital: Do you take notes on an iPhone? An iPad maybe? Probably not. The industry for paper journals will never die as long as there are journalists and writers. 

Reblogged from teaching literacy.
September 3rd, 2012
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teachingliteracy:

richesforrags:

Love the old #books in this wall.

(Taken with Instagram at Literati Cafe)

LJ Digital: Imagine if they did this with nooks, Kindles and iPads. 

Reblogged from teaching literacy.
August 29th, 2012
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thedailyfeed:

Google slaps ad for its new Nexus 7 tablet on its own home page — just weeks before Apple’s rumored iPad mini launch.

With 190 million unique visitors, it’s not a bad way to advertise.

Reblogged from The Daily
August 9th, 2012
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explore-blog:

Inquire, dubbed “the world’s first intelligent textbook,” answers biology questions by using an artificial intelligence reasoning system to help students understand relationships, not mere facts.

Reblogged from Explore
July 13th, 2012
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July 3rd, 2012
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Have you ever watched a toddler play with an iPhone?

Most likely, the child was completely captivated and surprisingly adept at manipulating the tiny icons. Two-year-old Teco is no different. Sitting with his Motorola Xoom tablet, he’s rapt, his dark eyes fixed on the images, fingers pecking away at the touch screen. He can’t speak, but with the aid of the tablet app I created for him, he’s building a vocabulary that will likely total several thousand words. What’s more, he’ll be able to string those words together into simple sentences and ask questions, tell jokes, and carry on conversations.

Such talents wouldn’t seem exceptional in a human child, but Teco is an ape—a bonobo, to be precise.

Apes With Apps - IEEE Spectrum

Maybe the most interesting article you’ll read all week.

(via spytap)

Reblogged from teaching literacy.
July 2nd, 2012
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futurejournalismproject:

Nieman Lab’s New E-book

The best of their June articles, and it’s free! Available on iPad/iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader, and Kindle. They’d like feedback so download here and respond if you so wish.

Reblogged from The FJP
July 2nd, 2012
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thisistheverge:

Digital, print, oral: Shakespeare’s Sonnets for iPad brings reading full circle

Most e-books don’t actually need multimedia bells and whistles. Textbooks, travel guides, encyclopedias, sure — but literature?

Reblogged from The Verge
July 2nd, 2012
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A blog created by the Literary Journalism Department @ the University of California, Irvine, dedicated to discussions about non-fiction narratives in this ever-evolving era of E-books, E-readers, Blogs, Instapaper, The Atavist, Byliner, Amazon's Kindle Singles and all other new media outlets open to promoting great journalism. LJ Digital is managed by Asst. Prof. Erika Hayasaki and Cleo Tobbi, intern and UCI literary journalism student.

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