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Developing Critical thinking by Using Video to Teach Essay Writing

Developing Critical thinking by Using Video to Teach Essay Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Vanessa Medina is an English teacher, freelance ELT consultant and writer. Here she explores using videos to teach different writing structures. As teachers, we have all heard about the benefits of using new technologies such as computers and internet in the classroom.

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League of Extraordinary Authors: 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know: Sage Advice from Ray Bradbury

League of Extraordinary Authors: 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know: Sage Advice from Ray Bradbury | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

LeagueXA is an international, multi-genre coalition of critically acclaimed and bestselling authors blurring the boundaries between old school and new world publishing.

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Teachers Write!

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Welcome! Teachers Write is a community of teachers and librarians who believe that people teaching writing should walk the walk. I’m children’s author and educator Kate Messner, and I launched the Teachers Write! virtual summer writing camp on my blog after a Twitter conversation with Teachers Write co-conspirators Jen Vincent and Gae Polisner. We started working together to sprout an organic, relaxed, and unique professional development activity for teachers and librarians, and before long, a supportive and passionate community of writers had bloomed.

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The Best 10 Free Word Cloud Tools for Teachers

The Best 10 Free Word Cloud Tools for Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Word clouds tools have a great importance in education. Many teachers use them to perform several learning activities for their students. Generally speaking, a word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency. It basically features the prominent words that are so often cited in a piece of text. I have already reviewed some popular word cloud generators here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but have not really gone into details as to how teachers can use them in education. This post, however, compensates for that shortage of information and provides you with a set of tips together with a list of free tools to help you discover and learn more about the educational uses of word clouds generators.


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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Drawing is an Act of Attention

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Drawing is an Act of Attention | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This quote is from Jonah Lenrer's book, "Imagine: How Creativity Works," which I highly recommend -- Howard:

 

"When you draw an object, the mind becomes deeply, intensely attentive,” Glaser says. “And it’s that act of attention that allows you to really grasp something, to become fully conscious of it. That’s what I learned from my mother’s face, that drawing is really a kind of thinking.”"


I've used drawing as a writing prompt with great sucess! ~ Dennis


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New Paper Refines Blended Learning Classifications

New Paper Refines Blended Learning Classifications | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The Innosight Institute this week released a new white paper in which it takes the previous six categories it created to differentiate blended learning models and, well, blends them.
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Information Writing for Dummies

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Frequently as I look at the Common Core Standards for writing with teachers, a question keeps cropping up: Is there still a place for genre studies? These teachers and I know that narrative, inform...

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Making Paper Blogs to Prepare for the Online Experience | The Inspired Classroom

Making Paper Blogs to Prepare for the Online Experience | The Inspired Classroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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8 Great Free Tools to Improve your Students Spelling Skills

8 Great Free Tools to Improve your Students Spelling Skills | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Snigdha Nandipali won the National Spelling Bee Championship to become the best American speller of the year 2012. It is pretty amazing how a young girl in her age could reach this towering achievement, it is as she said herself a miracle. I heard this piece of news on the radio as I was driving back home from work yesterday and the first thing I did when I logged on was I checked in Google for National Spelling Bee website. To my susrprise I found that the website itself is a great resource which deserves a fair review here.


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Writing across the Curriculum: George Mason University

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"The impetus for the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative at George Mason University was part of a national media discussion in 1977 about a "literary crisis" in the United States. Three decades later, the WAC continues to thrive, and its website is full of resources for people who teach college English courses and related subjects. The mission of the WAC is to focus on writing as "a pedagogical tool that enables students to develop critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking to address complex social issues."

 

"On the Program Info page, visitors can learn more about the structure of the WAC and how it operates. Moving on, the Faculty Resources section contains sections such as Teaching With Writing, Guides in the Disciplines, Writing Center Resources, and so on. The Teaching with Writing area has great resources such as handouts titled "Writing to Learn," "Creating Clear Assignments," and "Evaluating and Grading." Further along is the Guides in the Disciplines section, which features writing guides for different subjects crafted by people at George Mason, along with national writing guides from Carleton College, Colorado State University, and Columbia College."


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Lists for Writers - creative writing ideas and prompts for character, setting, plot, and brainstorming

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"Lists for Writers is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox. Helpful to both novice and expert writers alike, this app delivers list after list for your brainstorming sessions: names, character traits, plot lines, occupations, obsessions, action verbs, and much more!?


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Why the iPad Works for Writing | ReadWriteWeb

Why the iPad Works for Writing | ReadWriteWeb | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

 By John Paul Titlow

 

"Unlike a desktop computer, the device is designed to allow the user to focus on only one thing at a time. When one needs to focus on stringing together words without the distractions that so easily flood a desktop computer, the one-task-at-a-time nature of the iPad is a blessing.

 

"When you unbox an iPad, it's not necessarily ready for an optimal experience of sustained writing. It's pretty close, though. The native Notes app is fine enough, and the touchscreen keyboard gets the job done, but to really make the most of the device's potential, third-party accessories and writing-specific apps are required."


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What 25 Famous Authors Want Us to Know About the Writing Process, Part I | Yaminatoday

What 25 Famous Authors Want Us to Know About the Writing Process, Part I | Yaminatoday | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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(Thanks to onlinephdprograms for sending me this post).

 

Before hunkering down and hammering out the agony and the ecstasy that will launch you to literary stardom (and probably a Nobel Prize), it might be a good idea to try and see what your predecessors have to teach about the craft. Not everything they share will necessarily stick, given the nature of writing, but opening yourself up to the possibility of inspiration can only improve your output. Explore some of the following quotes, and, of course, the context from which they hail, and see where they might take your art.


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Inquiry-Based Learning: Persuasive Writing

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Should There Be Zoos? A Persuasive Text by Tony Stead is a mentor text, we used to introduce how to write an effective writing piece. Our students listened and took up the challenge to write their own book.


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The 50 Best Blogs for Future Teachers | Online Universities

The 50 Best Blogs for Future Teachers | Online Universities | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
You don't have to jump into your teaching career all alone; talk to professionals and read these blogs.
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Writing Peer Review TOP 10 Mistakes

"4th and 5th graders show how NOT to conduct a peer review. Show this video to your class to help them make better use of peer review opportunities. Please visit http://www.timbedley.com for more teaching ideas. I understand that "real" peer review is done by the scientific community. However; in my elementary school class we stole the term to refer to a one-on-one critique of each other's writing."


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Writing @ Colorado State University

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"The Colorado State University has a rather wonderful set of online resources designed to help people become better writers. Most of these materials are offered right here on the Writing at Colorado State University website, where visitors will find ten different thematic guides. These guides deal primarily with writing in engineering, and they include Communicating as a Civil Engineer, Engineering Proposals, and Environmental Policy Statements. On the right-hand side of the homepage, visitors will find sections like Writing Processes and Writing Documents. These areas have more detailed areas like Starting to Write, Revising & Editing, and Publishing. Taken as a whole, these sections offer a broad range of specific guides to becoming a better writer. Finally, the site contains links to other relevant sites from university and college writing centers."


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Magic and Storytelling — A Kinect-enhanced augmented reality performance | Kinect Hacks

Magic and Storytelling — A Kinect-enhanced augmented reality performance | Kinect Hacks | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

“Magic and Storytelling is an interactive presentation about the history of storytelling augmented with virtual magic in real-time. It was produced and created by New York based cyber illusionist Marco Tempest in collaboration with onformative and checksum5. When Marco asked us to work on the art direction for Magic and Storytelling we were fascinated by the challenge of combining not only several new technologies, but also giving the whole presentation a homogenous and magical look. In order to achieve this we developed a variety of different particle systems.”


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4 Unique Ways That 1:1 Technology Can Transform Student Writing | Emerging Education Technology

4 Unique Ways That 1:1 Technology Can Transform Student Writing | Emerging Education Technology | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Writing in digital spaces will provide learning opportunities you won't get from traditional writing assignments. Guest post by Neven Jurkovic.
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Ask the Mercenary Writer: Books on How to Teach Writing | The Mercenary Writer's Guide to the Universe

Ask the Mercenary Writer: Books on How to Teach Writing | The Mercenary Writer's Guide to the Universe | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Someone asked me for recommendations about books on teaching people to write. I had to laugh a little bit about this. I have a Master’s degree in writing education, I’ve taught writing for over 15 years, and I have a whole bookcase on books about writing (that I’ve read and annotated). I’m STILL on the lookout for good books about how to teach people how to write.

I’ll put on my Gypsy Scholar hat and offer my favorite titles and resources for teaching writing. When I’m done, I’ll post the list on my Resources page. Check that out; I’ll keep adding items to the list as I discover them.


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Caroline's favorite fifteen prompts | Luke Neff

Caroline's favorite fifteen prompts | Luke Neff | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Caroline, who is just about to finish sixth grade, looked through all the writing prompts and picked out her favorite fifteen. I was super impressed with the list and asked her permission to share it. So what follows are Caroline’s favorite fifteen prompts, in no particular order. Most of the words are her descriptions of the prompts. Thanks, Caroline."


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The History of Distance Learning: Infographic

The History of Distance Learning: Infographic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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How Twitter & Texting Saved Writing

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The end of literacy as we know it? Get over yourself. These popular tools force people to write more clearly and concisely.

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Hero's Journey - an interactive tool for story telling patterns | ReadWriteThink

Hero's Journey - an interactive tool for story telling patterns | ReadWriteThink | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

A writing wizard to guide students through becoming familiar with the attributes of the classic story form of the hero's journey. Based on the work of Joseph Campbell. -JL


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Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents | Alliance for Excellent Education

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents | Alliance for Excellent Education | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy. Yet every year in the United States, large numbers of adolescents graduate from high school unable to write at the basic levels required by colleges and employers. Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools, commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York and published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, discusses eleven specific teaching techniques that research suggests will help improve the writing abilities of the country’s 4th- to 12th-grade students."

 

Scroll down on page below the large textbox to find link to this pdf. -JL


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