TRU Writer

TRU Writer is the most insane way to get people inside, rocking, and spinning out their own kind of rich writing.
— Grant P.

TRU Writer offers a simple but elegant web publishing platform that lets your visitors quickly publish full formatted and media rich articles, essays, papers — without requiring any logins, tracking of personal information, or mucking about with the messy WordPress innards.

Published written works are presented in a style like Medium.com— clean text, wide margins, all in a format that looks just as good on a mobile phone as it does on a large screen monitor.

A published work includes a custom header image which is uploaded. Authors can remain anonymous or give credit in any way they choose. The body of the written work has a full featured rich text editor and media can also be uploaded to be included within the body text or writers can use the built-in WordPress capability to automatically embed YouTube/vimeo videos, tweets, or SoundCloud audio tracks.

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TRU Collector

We have this rad joint all my students can make a shared collection of art images.
— TRU Art Prof.

This WordPress Theme powers TRU Collector a site to allow collections of images (termed “collectables”) where contributions can be made without any silly logins. This is done by using a generic author account that is silently activated. The user never sees any sign of the innards of WordPress but can create posts for each collectable.

The options can allow you to create a simple Upload and go mode, but you can also allow (and require or not), captions, a source description (maybe more than hey, I found it on GOOGLE), and a selection of a usage rights.

And to be super slick, you can even enable an email address that allows people to publish directly to your collection by old fashioned email.

Why TRU? I developed these initially while on a fellowship at Thompson Rivers University as one of a suite of SPLOT tools.

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SPLOTPoint

Dude, don’t be a square daddy with those dull, lifeless Powerpoints. That’s how those old fogies did it in the 1990s. Get hip, get a presentation on the web, made of the web.
— Elvis P.

This WordPress Theme powers a site that can be used to deliver presentations on the web, without any residue of commercial slideware. Your presentations not only look good, they also become the reference resource (e.g. additional links and info).

It’s a SPLOT imitating Powerpoint? No! But with this new theme you can create rich media click through “slides” (they are really just WordPress Posts), with big pretty buttons.

This is a “SPLOT-ified” version of the Intergalactic free theme used previously with custom modifications for presentations like:

Now all of this can be created, presented, and wowed with a simple WordPress Theme… and it makes use of the Customizer to tweak things.

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Daily Blank

It’s like a wild new exciting hit every day. They are fun to do, fun to make, and gets everybody in my class dancing like mad.
— Adam C.

The Daily Blank comes in a WordPress theme to power a site where you can publish a new challenge every day. The idea is we can get better at something by a regular practice of small effort. It is based on the success of DS106 Daily Create which offers daily media challenges.

The original DS106 Daily Create depended on responses being shared with specific social media services (flickr for photo, Youtube or video) and thus was also dependent on a certain kind of response.

As a new version Daily Blank is designed to be able to take any response that can be tweeted to your specified twitter account, and a specific hashtag ties the responses to a challenge. Each new “thing” is scheduled in advance to publish automatically, so you can queue up challenges to be published at a time of day you specify.

Responses are thus tracked to a specific user, giving each a unique URL for their contributions (example) also enabling a “leaderboard” capability. Your community can also contribute new ones to your site, which are saved as drafts that you can approve, edit, and schedule.

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DS106 Bank

The Bank is where it’s at man. And it’s not just for assignments, it could be any rad collection of tunes, and people groove out, then press their own. I won’t teach without one
— Tannis M.

The DS106 Assignment Bank is a WordPress Theme allows you to create and customize a site that has all of the functionality of the DS106 Open Assignment Bank. But with much more.

With it you can build a site to house any collection of assignments, tasks, challenges etc, create a categorization, and then like ds106 allow your community to add to the collection, crowd source the ratings, attach responses and tutorials.

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Request Line

Do you have an idea for a new SPLOT or a feature in one you have seen here? The SPLOT request line is open!

We have an open etherpad where you can put your requests in to our DJs.

Then we will be rocking.

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