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What’s Behind Door Four?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We’ve wrapped up our week on visual storytelling and photography, and this week we’re diving into design. You’ll spend some time at camp this week thinking about the way the world around you is designed, as well as creating some of your own design projects. In addition, we’re going to ask you to learn more about copyright and the Creative Commons movement, in part so that you can make a wise choice about how to share your own #ds106 work!

(If you haven’t been watching these entire videos, we highly recommend you do — especially UMW students. Think of this as the only required “lecture” you have to attend each week. It is full of important information!) (more…)

Week Three is Underway!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Greetings Campers!

Welcome to week three of DS106. This week we’re diving into photography and visual assignments. We also have some advanced blogging activities and some tips on how to up your participation points. We know there’s been some incendiary nonsense being spouted by one particular camper on Twitter. Please disregard. We’re working on containing the issue.

All camp work is due midnight on Sunday, 6/10. Below, you’ll find all the details!


Week Two Newsletter from Camp Magic MacGuffin

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Good Morning Campers!!

Welcome to the second week of Camp Magic MacGuffin. Congratulations to all of you who survived the first week.

As usual, all weekly work is due by midnight on Sunday (6/3/12). This week, everyone needs to make sure their sites are up and running. In addition, we’ll be diving into storytelling a bit more. Below, you’ll find all the details for week two.


Week 1: Setting Up Camp

Monday, May 21st, 2012

And today, Camp Magic Macguffin is open. Come on in! It’s time to start creating at camp.

All work is due Sunday (5/27) night at midnight (when Macguffy the owl hoots twelve times at the moon). This week is your time to get your accounts set up and your blog site rolling. Below are your camp tasks for this first week.

UPDATE: We updated this post on Tuesday, 5/23. Make sure to read again for the latest update! (It’s at the bottom of the post.)


Packing For Camp

Monday, May 14th, 2012

We are one week out from the opening of camp. To help you get prepared, in this week’s video Martha and Alan review the Packing List, suggesting things campers should try and take care of before they arrive.

In addition, they take you into the 3D world of the Minecraft space we will be using for this course. It looks so cool!

We have started feeding blog sites into the camp site- if yours is not here, let us know, as we will need to update or add your feed to the magic syndication bus. Also new to the camp web site is our Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) area.

Make sure that you are signed up and registered for camp! The fun starts in one week.

Welcome to Camp Magic Macguffin

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Greetings Campers! We’re so excited to be gearing up for the start of this summer’s Camp Magic MacGuffin edition of DS106! Camp starts in two weeks on May 21st, and we want to make sure all of the campers have the information they need to prepare for this summer adventure.

First, we’d like you to take a moment to watch our introductory video. We filmed it last week on the grounds of the camp, so it’s a great opportunity to get to know us (your camp directors), see the beautiful location we’ll be living in, and learn more about what we have in store.

Next, you probably want to review the Summer Camp Program (also known as a “Syllabus“) and our Recommended Packing List. Both of these will give you more information about the structure of camp and the necessities that you need to begin assembling.

Finally, when you’re ready to get set up on the camp site, we need you to fill out this Registration Form and follow the instructions that are provided in it.

If you have any questions, you can contact us on Twitter (@mburtis and @cogdog) or by email (mburtisATumwDOTedu and alevineATumwDOTedu).


Welcome to Camp Magic MacGuffin (Additional Information for Open, Online Participants)

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

We wanted to make a special announcement for our open, online participants in this summer’s DS106 camp experience. To be clear, “Open, Online” participants are those crazy folks who want to be a part of DS106 but who aren’t credit-seeking students at UMW. (more…)

Camp Magic MacGuffin is Coming. . . Are You Ready?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

On April 21st Camp Magic MacGuffin officially opens. Join today and be a part of the fun! Can’t wait until then? Check out the latest camp plans and learn more about the camp staff.

Still anxious to get started? Begin assembling your camp kit!