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Digital Mirror Camp a Huge Success

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 17, 2007

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The Digital Mirror Camp, co-sponsored by the English Department and supported by COSI Toledo and the American Association of University Women, was a huge success with 20 girls from the Wood County and surrounding areas gathering for four days of fun and learning on Bowling Green’s campus.

The camp for girls in grades 6-8 began a week last Wednesday afternoon and campers spent much of that and the following two days learning and experimenting with a variety of software including Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop, iMovie, and GarageBand. The girls then put their new skills to work developing personal webpages and blogs and filming and editing movies to embed on their websites. Additionally, many girls created their own songs using GarageBand. On the final day of camp, parents were invited participate in a studio review as campers showed off their digital projects to one another and visitors.

Besides gaining technical skill, camp facilitators Kris Blair, Jen Almjeld, Erin Dietel-McLaughlin, Meredith Graupner, and Julie Platt stressed the importance of girls consciously crafting their own cyber identities. Discussions of safety and privacy are paramount to all technology users and one goal of the Digital Mirror Camp was to make girls aware of how their actions are reflected in the media they use.

Besides time spent in the computer lab (with lab time generously provided by the Art Department), campers were treated to a Thursday afternoon trip to COSI of Toledo where they took turns riding the human yo-yo, the climbing wall, and any number of other hands-on science activities.

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