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composition in the digital age, issues of teaching and learning, and theories of development
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Abraham Lincoln Would Have Tweeted » Cyborgology

Abraham Lincoln Would Have Tweeted » Cyborgology | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Recently, I started following a new podcast from Slate.com called Lexicon Valley. The half hour-long, weekly podcast by Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo covers a variety of topics but all of the episodes center around changes in language and the power of words. Their June 4th episode was devoted to Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address and I highly recommend giving it a listen. While Vuolo and Garfield conclude that the Gettysburg Address closely follows the structure of an ancient Greek funeral oration, they also note that the brevity of the address was both rhetorically deft and politically pragmatic. The address was reprinted verbatim on the front page of most major newspapers and was easily reproducible in every format imaginable– from pamphlets to marble plaques. Today, we can share huge amounts of information with little-to-no effort, yet the art of keeping it brief seems to hold sway. What are some of the unique properties of brevity that makes it so alluring and what can we expect to achieve with it?"

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Find Free Images Quickly With Compfight - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Find Free Images Quickly With Compfight - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Creative Commons licensed photos are a sort of internet miracle: By providing an easily-understood syntax for attribution and permissions, they make it possible to add visual interest to blog posts, web sites, syllabuses, presentations–anything you like, really. They also facilitate remixes and other forms of creative adaptation (or deformation), which can be useful in a wide variety of teaching and research contexts."

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Book Review: Developing Writers: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age - Myhill - 2012 - English in Education - Wiley Online Library

Book Review: Developing Writers: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age - Myhill - 2012 - English in Education - Wiley Online Library | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

The book is a refreshing read, written in a style which is easy to understand but has that lightness of touch which makes it possible to deal with theoretically difficult ideas without losing its essential accessibility. It is founded on a rich seam of research and one of the book’s strengths is the way the research is synthesised and re-framed.

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Document: The Symbolism Survey

Document: The Symbolism Survey | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. Did they consciously plant symbols in their work? he asked. Who noticed symbols appearing from their subconscious, and who saw them arrive in their text, unbidden, created in the minds of their readers? When this happened, did the authors mind?
The pages here feature a number of the surveys in facsimile: Jack Kerouac, Ayn Rand, Ralph Ellison, Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer. Each responder offers a unique take on the issue itself—symbolism in literature—as well as on handling a sixteen-year-old aspirant approaching writers as masters of their craft."

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lettrs: take time to write

"The mission of lettrs launched to address the growing problem of shallow and fragmented digital communications and help bring back letters of the past. Merging modern technology advances with the art of slower communication, the lettrs experiment set out to empower people to “take time to write” in order to fulfill the need and innately human desire for communications of deeper meaning…for letters."

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Letters of Note: All of my friends were on the shelves above

Letters of Note: All of my friends were on the shelves above | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
"All of my friends were on the shelves above" How a library & a bag of dimes led to Bradbury's classic, Fahrenheit 451
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How Twitter & Texting Saved Writing

How Twitter & Texting Saved Writing | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
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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The Atavist Matures as a Publisher and a Platform

The Atavist Matures as a Publisher and a Platform | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
The Atavist, which helps produce multimedia storytelling for digital devices, has a content management system that has turned into a business opportunity“My sense is that Atavist is exploiting the need we all have to tell stories in multimedia, but until recently there wasn’t the authoring tools and the bandwidth and tablet platform to actually realize it,” Mr. Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, told me in an e-mail.
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Digital Underlife and the Writing Classroom | DMLcentral

Digital Underlife and the Writing Classroom | DMLcentral | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"In a 1987 paper, Robert Brooke argued that instructors needed to pay attention to the ways that students didn't pay attention, like passing notes in class or whispering conversations. Building on the work of Erving Goffman, Brooke argued that these behaviors represented a writing "underlife" that was a means for students "to show that their identities are different from or more complex than the identities assigned them" in the classroom or school as a whole (p. 230).

Fast forward to now. In a recent paper, Derek Mueller argues that the underlife needs to be reexamined, as mobile technologies have transformed classroom spaces and presented teachers with new ways of thinking about the positive learning outcomes that can be produced through students' "digital underlife."

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Robot Writers, Robot Readers? - @ProfHacker

Robot Writers, Robot Readers? - @ProfHacker | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

Both students and faculty are passing around links to EssayTyper, a website that opens with the simple prompt: “”Oh no! It’s finals week and I have to finish my [blank] essay immediately.” At first, it looks like an actual paper mill, perhaps a stop for desperate students to finish that last essay. Instead, it’s a “magic” word processor that pulls information straight out of Wikipedia and into a pseudo processor as the user presses any keys at all. The result can be entertaining, as with the below “essay” on writing....

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google Y U NO Stop Your Guessings And Let Me Complete My Sentence? - Y U No | Meme Generator

google Y U NO Stop Your Guessings And Let Me Complete My Sentence? - Y U No | Meme Generator | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

See others' spins on memes and create your own.

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Wandering through the Future (film) - Marjolijn Dijkman

Wandering through the Future (film) - Marjolijn Dijkman | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
April 2007. The project Wandering through the Future reinserted such science fiction films into the public sphere from which they are normally banned. Clips from seventy movies were compiled into a sixty minute video, and screened in a shed modeled on the fortunetellers’ tents found in Sharjah souks. The compilation took viewers on a journey through popular cinema’s reservoir of scenarios for the future, ordered chronologically according to the date in which they are set, from 2008 until 802.701 AD.
An accompanying graphic timeline charted how far into the future the various films take us. The timeline made apparent that only very few science fiction films, produced in the optimism of the late 1960s and 70s, project their visions into a very distant future, and imagine a future reality that is desirable. But recent films all present apocalyptic scenarios, set in times that are increasingly near. They envision ecological and biological catastrophes, alien invasions, but most of all technological meltdown.
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Brevity: the only journal devoted exclusively to concise literary nonfiction.

Brevity: the only journal devoted exclusively to concise literary nonfiction. | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

Fascinating resource for teachers looking to integrate so-called "nonfiction*" into their writing instruction. (CCSS)


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Organic Writing and Digital Media: Seeds and Organs | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Organic Writing and Digital Media: Seeds and Organs | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
The act of writing is organic and generative. Ironically, this biological approach to writing is strengthened by digital environments that allow students and teachers to cultivate better compositions. Composing is a demonstration of thinking, and in any hybrid classroom, students should be able to a) see this thinking modeled and b) practice it themselves. Digital environments maximize the potential for organic writing in three distinct ways: they rebuild “audience,” expose the organic layers of a composition, and invite outside participation in key stages along the way.
Academic composition involves a number of connected cognitive skills: reading, interpretation, argument, research, organization, and vocabulary. The best composition instruction isolates these skills and teaches writing as a method of engaging academic material rather than simply an activity that results in an essay. Organic writing develops in non-linear clusters, like the way organisms develop. Calling writing “organic” is not solely poetic; it’s a concept that permits a clearer view into the pulpy, fleshy process of giving linguistic, visual, and electronic architecture to our ideas.
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Is blogging “writing”?

Is blogging “writing”? | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Much of the research that has been done on writing frames what the writer does as surmounting a “rhetorical situation”. This is usually thought of as conceptualizing the audience, for...
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What Is Design Thinking Anyway? - PSFK

What Is Design Thinking Anyway? - PSFK | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Is know-how threatening to win out over intuition and inspiration? Robin Lanahan, Director Brand Strategy, New Product Incubation at Microsoft, traces the evolution of the contemporary creative process.
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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 | Developing Writers | 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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Twitter use | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Twitter use | Pew Internet & American Life Project | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
African-Americans — Black internet users continue to use Twitter at high rates. More than one quarter of online African-Americans (28%) use Twitter, with 13% doing so on a typical day.
Young adults — One quarter (26%) of internet users ages 18-29 use Twitter, nearly double the rate for those ages 30-49. Among the youngest internet users (those ages 18-24), fully 31% are Twitter users.
Urban and suburban residents — Residents of urban and suburban areas are significantly more likely to use Twitter than their rural counterparts.
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New Year’s Resolution Reading List: 9 Books on Reading and Writing

New Year’s Resolution Reading List: 9 Books on Reading and Writing | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Dancing with the absurdity of life, or what symbolism has to do with the osmosis of trash and treasure.
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Infographics and charts - interactive data visualization | Infogr.am

Infographics and charts - interactive data visualization | Infogr.am | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Infogr.am is a super-simple tool for data visualization - creation of interactive infographics and charts...

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Storybricks

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This new 3D game experience allows players to create extensive, story-driven MMO experiences by simply putting bricks together on one screen.  Still in the development stages it is worthwhile watching...


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How Not to Be a Clever Writer

How Not to Be a Clever Writer | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Many people dream of being clever wordsmiths. Masters of fizzy, quotable dialogue. Creators of plots that are full of cool twists and nutty-but-brilliant ideas.
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The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human-Book

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human-Book | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” poet Muriel Rukeyser memorably asserted, and Harvard sociobiologist E. O. Wilson recently pointed to the similarity between innovators in art and science, both of whom he called “dreamers and storytellers.” Stories aren’t merely essential to how we understand the world — they are how we understand the world.


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