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Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016

Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Welcome to the THIRD annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer.

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Treasure trove time!

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 9, 2:57 AM

The third annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer... one to keep

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Bookmark these best-of-the-best blogs. There are some amazing posts that can give your writing a boost for 2016.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

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Reflective practice goes digital

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Reflective practice for academics in Higher Education is not a new idea, in fact reflection is encouraged in most professional fields and is a habit that students should be developing as part of th...

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Writing and Reflection: part of every writing class.

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ADRIFT: Create your own Interactive Fiction

ADRIFT: Create your own Interactive Fiction | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Create your own Interactive Fiction with this free, easy to use application for Windows.

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callooh's curator insight, April 18, 2015 11:57 AM

It's create-your-own adventure day and ADRIFT is another example of a platform you can use. A bit steeper learning curve than QUEST or Inklewriter.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Would you like to improve your students' writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world? 


Join me and Simple K-12 for a free webinar on June 24th at 3:00 PM EDT to learn how to use Google Docs to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 22, 2014 4:28 AM

Webinar for K-12: Google Tools and writing skills. A match made in Palo Alto. 

Gary Harwell's curator insight, June 25, 2014 1:10 AM

The problem in a pre-programmed system of teaching is that you don't have the time or classroom availability to use Google Docs effectively.

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, June 29, 2014 6:09 AM

English resources - digital literacy

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process?

Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, t


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Something that may come in useful
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The 10 best writing apps on the iPad

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As we gradually get faster at typing on touchscreens, extended writing sessions on the iPad have become much more viable. Meanwhile, developers of writing apps have made significant ...

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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There's plenty of hand-wringing over how technology is affecting communication, but an illuminating article by Clive Thompson argues that technology may be doing more to increase literacy and encourage reading since the rise of the novel.
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What Should a Digital Writing Tool Be? ~ The Atlantic

What Should a Digital Writing Tool Be? ~ The Atlantic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

by Robinson Meyer


"Editorially, a new piece of writing software which opened to the public last week, proposes its own set of answers to those questions. It was clearly built with a thesis: Designed by veterans of digital publishing, it aims to “make collaborative writing easy.” 


"To find out more, I interviewed Editorially’s CEO and co-founder, Mandy Brown. I interviewed her by writing in Editorially itself (meta!) and, during the course of our interview, she asked Editorially’s CTO, David Yee, and another editor who frequently uses the service, Nicole Fenton, to pitch in. All three of them, using Editorially, contributed paragraphs of their own and edited them together — a kind of further statement about how writing should work. The product of that process is below; the bolded words are mine."


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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:40 PM

New software to support writing - check it out and let me know! Share!

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5 Great Writing Posts Last Week - Hugh O. Smith

5 Great Writing Posts Last Week - Hugh O. Smith | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
These are my favorite blog posts about writing last week. What were yours?
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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

In a recent research article published by PEW Internet under the title " The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools ", 91% of teachers surveyed report that " judging the quality of information " as the top of the digital skills students need for the future. Similarly, another 91 report that "writing effectively" as being essential skill for students while 54 % of teachers think that working with audio, video or graphic content as being important but not essential.

Reading these stats together with other sections in this research  made me think that the teachers surveyed in this study  ( so as not to fall in the blander of generalization ) put digital citizenship on top of the continuum of digital skills ; in other words, knowing how to use web tools comes secondary to knowing the reasons for which to use them, or at least that is how I interpret it. Have a look at the graph below and try to read the entire report to learn more about this study.


Click headline to view chart full screen--


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 16, 2013 1:55 PM

Digital skills students need

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Get your students to read this and then have a great, constructive discussion.
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Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing ~ Two Guys and Some iPads

Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing ~ Two Guys and Some iPads | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

by Drew Minock


"During this first week of school, I wanted to inspire my students to be creative and have fun with their learning. In years past I have always struggled to make my writing lessons fun and engaging, yet productive. This is year I decided to introduce writing with the help of my favorite tech tool: Augmented Reality! 

"I gave the students a choice to pick one of the 10 different coloring pages from the app ColAR Mix, and use the image on the page as a prompt to write a creative story. There was only two rules for the assignment: 

1. Have fun
2. Use your imagination

"The students got started right away, some writing their story first, and some coloring. Many students were very excited about their stories saying, "Can I please share my story?!" This all happened because I gave the students a choice to create what they wanted and NOT what I wanted. "


 - See more at: http://www.twoguysandsomeipads.com/2013/09/augmented-reality-to-inspire-creative.html#sthash.eeUegO2O.dpuf


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Quip - Collaborative word processor for mobile

Quip - Collaborative word processor for mobile | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

With Quip, you can make your edits right in the shared document, comment on a specific section, and even chat with the other authors directly while you're all making tweaks. Tracked changes show exactly how the draft has evolved.


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Mobile based collaborative wordprocessing?  Doesn't get your curriculum planning juices flowing?

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, August 12, 2013 7:52 PM

Seems like a cool collaborative tool!

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:08 AM

Useful for collaborative editing of the text...

Heiko Idensen's curator insight, September 21, 2013 1:22 AM

Quip läuft auf Desktop-Computern (PC und Mac), iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, und Android. Wo immer du auch bist, welches Gerät du auch benutzt - Quip ist dabei und funktioniert.

Gemeinschaftliches Bearbeiten

Mit Quip können alle zur gleichen Zeit an derselben Version des Dokuments arbeiten.

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digitalwritingworkshop - home

digitalwritingworkshop - home | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Wiki Home
A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books The Digital Writing Workshop and Crafting Digital Writing, this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.

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Beginner's Guide to Writing Poetry Introduction

Take the full course for FREE at https://www.udemy.com/beginners-guide-to-writing-poetry. There is so much more to poetry than just what we see on greeting ...

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To teach writing you need to write.  To teach poetry, write poetry.  If you find yourself in the remarkably important position of teaching kids, include poetry in your curriculum (even if you have to sneak it in)!


This video introduces a free course offered on UDEMY, a popular online teaching platform.  The course is video driven. Experiment and experience at your own pace.   (Why not?)

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Tips and Tricks for Creating Authentic iPad Learning Stations for Primary Students ~ Mrs.Wideen's Blog

Tips and Tricks for Creating Authentic iPad Learning Stations for Primary Students ~ Mrs.Wideen's Blog | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Creating Authentic iPad Learning Stations for Primary Students http://t.co/qJ91u4fryI ~ @mrswideen #edchat

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Primary teachers and mobile learning.  A mix made in ... 21st century heaven.

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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers ~ TeachThought

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers ~ TeachThought | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike.

"Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle."


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Build Your Digital Writing Toolbox: Collaboration Edition

There's more to writing than writing. This is the deck from my 2014 talk at the Web Conference at Penn State. It describes the importance of the "workflow" mindset for approaching your writing, a framework for analyzing your workflows and choosing appropriate tools, and a number of tool recommendations for each section. 


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Stefano Principato's curator insight, June 16, 2014 10:51 AM

Links to many of the tools mentioned can be found at http://kubie.co/dwt ;

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7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing ~ In Our Write Minds

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing ~ In Our Write Minds | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

by Kim Kautzer


Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. Most of those ideas were directed at elementary grades, so today I’d like to point you toward some terrific Pinterest ideas for high school writing.


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:30 PM

Love these ideas--and their links

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Writing with Technology - Tackk

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For grades K-6, the Common Core requires that students use technology toproduce and publish writing, while interacting and collaborating. As the students age, their level of independence increases. Each of the tools that I present to you today, allows for these 4 key actions.

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology

Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.


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Marie-Ann Roberts's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:48 AM

Could be useful for study skills sessions or embedding functional English?

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:08 AM

Download this Free book! Excellent resources.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:21 AM

Not research per se, but an e-book aimed at training teachers. Includes units on using apps and tools and fpcsing in general on the teaching of writing in the so-called 'digital age'.

 

No mere pamhplet either, this is a proper book!

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, November 10, 2014 2:49 AM

Enquête sur la litteracie numerique, des chiffres intéressants...

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 9, 2015 9:38 AM

I definitely see the need to "better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use."

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, January 12, 2015 9:46 PM

This study provides insight into the issues teachers see, positive and negative, regarding the ways in which digital tools impact student writing. Overall, they see many benefits, but there are specific areas of concern.

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Teaching Composition with Interactive Fiction, Part Two - TECHStyle

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These differences add an additional dimension to the range of possible writing assignments.  You can ask the students to write about (or through) the games just as they would with a more conventional literary form, but you can also assign IF-specific investigations, asking the students to think about how the genre challenges traditional notions of authorship, audience, persona, narrative, and so on.  For instance, I use Adam Cadre’s short and bruta9:05 for an assignment on the uncomfortable fungibility of the IF player (what does it matter who is typing?), leading students to write about how texts can actively construct and reconstruct their own audiences in other genres as well.  (I should probably clarify this point by telling you how 9:05 smashes players’ assumptions, but I don’t want to spoil the twist for you.)


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Joe Pereira's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:08 AM

This is a great post in a series on how parser-based IF is being used to teach English students in higher education.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

 

"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day.  Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system.  Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated.  The time was right.  More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation.  More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices.  More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating.  More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen.  After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day.  I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.

 

"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack.  Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote.  Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat.  For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer.  My conferences are often structured like this:"

 

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:35 PM

Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

Franc Viktor Nekrep's curator insight, September 2, 2013 4:44 PM

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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Prepare your students to locate, evaluate and ethically use digital informaiton. 

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midmarketplace's curator insight, August 9, 2015 5:20 PM

This is an interactive infographic. Click on a topic and you're taken to resources on the 21st Century Information Fluency website.  

 

Check it out?

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 14, 2015 8:05 AM

This is a great infographic for showing the thought process of finding information.

Terry Yelmene's curator insight, August 16, 2015 11:50 AM

A pretty well-reasoned, fundamental thought process for most knowledge work research.  This serves as an even better backward (there-to-here) model to guide the core research workflow process automation  a knowledge worker may want to devise, install.  Think work product-informed -> DevonThink structures -> DevonAgent w/'Active Filtered' automated searches.  The most important drivers here are - 'ethical' - (more than just multiple sources, a stage needs to be added at the work product stage to provide authenticity) and - 'bias' -  (a post automated search,  subsequent manual search for corroborating items selection to provide authority).

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