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composition in the digital age, issues of teaching and learning, and theories of development
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The History of English - How New Words Are Created

The History of English - How New Words Are Created...

 

By Creating from Scratch

By Adoption or Borrowing

By Adding Prefixes and Suffixes

By Truncation or Clipping

By Fusing or Compounding Existing Words

By Changing the Meaning of Existing Words

By Errors

By Back-Formation

By Imitation of Sounds

By Transfer of Proper Nouns

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#teachread

#teachread | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Throughout this semester, in the Teaching Reading in Secondary English Language Arts course at NYU, we will be investigating reading and teaching reading in the digital age.

We will be reading one Young Adult novel from the books below and setting up and using a Social Media venue to explore, discuss, and engage with others about our YA books. The class social media links are below, and we’d love for you to join us in reading!..
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Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. - NashuaTelegraph.com

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. - NashuaTelegraph.com | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
CHICAGO – Imagine walking into a public library filled with PlayStations, Wii game consoles and...
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In Other Words--Poster Project on Limits of Textspeak

In Other Words--Poster Project on Limits of Textspeak | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

*Note I do not agree with the entire sentiment advocated in this curated post.*

 

"This project aims to make people see how limiting the textspeak is. It's a series of posters encouraging people to use their actual language and a palette of words instead of just shouting “LOL” or “OMG”. We want to suggest that it can be a good idea to stop LOL-ing and start articulating emotions in a more human way."

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5 Steps to Better Composition in Photographs

5 Steps to Better Composition in Photographs | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

1. Stop composing according to the rule of thirds

2. Be aware of balance

3. Simplify

4. Use lines to create dynamic tension

5. Work the subject

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Stop Thinking Distribution; Start Thinking Circulation

Stop Thinking Distribution; Start Thinking Circulation | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Successfully navigating the waves of participatory culture requires a new approach to understanding content flows, namely, that we stop focussing on distribution and instead thinking about a world defined by circulation. This requires a move away from fixed-point, one-to-many, controlled-message models of communication and a move toward diversified, many-to-many, networked models...

1) Think about the flow of ideas, not individuals

2) Dispersed material spreads

3) Diversified experiences win over unified ones

4) Motivating and facilitating sharing is more effective than attracting attention

5) Harness more temporary (localized) networks"


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Writing lessons? Start over.

Writing lessons? Start over. | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
COLUMN | The teaching of writing is killing our children’s natural desire to express themselves.

"Leading this movement is Paula Stacey, an editor and educator who has taught every level of writing instruction. Her Sept. 21 Education Week piece exposed the torture that is Composition 101. “We have the entire English department at a local high school,” Stacey wrote, “embracing a schoolwide essay format that calls for exactly three central paragraphs containing exactly eight sentences: topic sentence, detail sentence, commentary sentence, another detail sentence, another commentary sentence, a final detail sentence, a final commentary sentence, and a concluding sentence.

“At a different high school across town, a history teacher hands out zeros to students who don’t have the thesis statement as the final sentence in the opening paragraph. Meanwhile, a woman I know who teaches at an elite research university bemoans the fact that her students, among the best in the country, have mastered the five-paragraph essay but can’t develop a complex idea in writing.”

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Hackasaurus

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"Hackasaurus spreads skills, attitudes, and ethics that help youth thrive in a remixable digital world. By making it easy for youth to tinker and mess around with the building blocks that make up the web, Hackasaurus helps tweens move from digital consumers to active producers, seeing the web as something they can actively shape, remix and make better."


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A community of practice is more than a website | opensource.com

A community of practice is more than a website | opensource.com | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"A community of practice (CoP) is, according to cognitive anthropologists Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession.

Over the last year or so, the term communities of practice has entered the social media buzzword lexicon along with virtual collaboration, engagement, platforms, and Enterprise 2.0. Senior leaders want to establish them, new employees are being told to join them, and middle managers are being told to support them, but what, exactly are they?" Steve Radick


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How to Think Creatively - Tony Schwartz - Harvard Business Review

How to Think Creatively - Tony Schwartz - Harvard Business Review | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.

Steps to Creativity:

1. Saturation: Once the problem or creative challenge has been defined, the next stage of creativity is a left hemisphere activity that paradoxically requires absorbing one's self in what's already known. Any creative breakthrough inevitably rests on the shoulders of all that came before it. For a painter, that might mean studying the masters. For me, it involves reading widely and deeply, and then sorting, evaluating, organizing, outlining, and prioritizing.

2. Incubation: The second stage of creativity begins when we walk away from a problem, typically because our left hemisphere can't seem to solve it. Incubation involves mulling over information, often unconsciously. Intense exercise can be a great way to shift into right hemisphere in order to access new ideas and solutions. After writing for 90 minutes, for example, the best thing I can do to jog my brain, is take a run.

3. Illumination: Ah-ha moments - spontaneous, intuitive, unbidden - characterize the third stage of creativity. Where are you when you get your best ideas? I'm guessing it's not when you're sitting at your desk, or consciously trying to think creatively. Rather it's when you've given your left hemisphere a rest, and you're doing something else, whether it's exercising, taking a shower, driving or even sleeping.

4. Verification: In the final stage of creativity, the left hemisphere reasserts its dominance. This stage is about challenging and testing the creative breakthrough you've had. Scientists do this in a laboratory. Painters do it on a canvas. Writers do it by translating a vision into words.

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Reading, Writing, and Non-Thinking "Work" on Social Media | HASTAC

Reading, Writing, and Non-Thinking "Work" on Social Media | HASTAC | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

In an essay titled "Writing Over Reading: New Directions in Mass Literacy" Deborah Brandt describes the tension between reading and writing. Historically, Brandt writes, reading was seen as more valuable, and also filled with more "reverence" than writing. Writing was seen as "self-sponsored" action that might be done in the wake of a dramatic period-- divorce, falling in love, losing someone, or the need to write one's memoir. Yet, now we are at a great moment when people are reading for the purpose of writing: "from the position of the writer, with hands on the screen."

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Trifecta: Instructions

Trifecta: Instructions | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Each Tuesday at 8:00 AM EST, a one-word prompt will be posted on our home page. The chosen word will come from the Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary. For the Trifecta Writing Challenge, we will always use the THIRD given definition. Please note the definition—we’re likely asking you to use the word in a different way than you typically do.

 

You should write a creative response using the given word. You must use the word in your response, and you must use it correctly. Responses with alternate forms of the word (pluralized, different tense, etc.) will be disqualified. Your response can be no fewer than 33 and no more than 333 words.

 

In short, the rules for Trifecta are simple:

Find the one-word prompt at www.trifectawritingchallenge.com.
Write a response on your own blog using no less than 33 words and no more than 333.
Enter your blog's url into the link on Trifecta.
Have fun with it. Show us what you've got. Tell your friends."

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Five Manifestos for the Creative Life

Five Manifestos for the Creative Life | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
How a numbered list can start a personal revolution.

 

2 THE CULT OF DONE MANIFESTO

Guidelines to get you from Point A to finished product, The Cult of Done Manifesto was written by tech guru Bre Pettis (of MakerBot fame) in collaboration with writer Kio Stark in 20 minutes, “because we only had 20 minutes to get it done.”

Following that same parameter, their manifesto consists of 20 truisms borrowed from hacker culture. To wit, number four on the list:

"Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.”


Some days everyone needs a little extra encouragement.

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What Is Digital Writing and Why Does It Matter? - National Writing Project

What Is Digital Writing and Why Does It Matter? - National Writing Project | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

Because Digital Writing Matters describes how

+ Digital writing is more than just a skill; it is a means of interfacing with ideas and with the world, a mode of thinking and expressing in all grades and disciplines.
+ Digital writing can help students develop critical thinking skills and support learning across all subject areas.
+ Educators, community members, and policymakers must work together to promote technology development in schools to create learning environments that support digital literacy.


The authors stress that writing classrooms will need to embrace tools, strategies, and skills beyond those that traditional classrooms required. Through stories, examples, and vignettes, Because Digital Writing Matters illustrates how cutting-edge educators have successfully used digital writing tools in diverse classroom and school settings to enrich learning and provide meaningful writing experiences for students at all grade levels. The book offers practical solutions and models for educators and policymakers involved in planning, implementing, and assessing digital writing initiatives and writing programs.

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Learning with 'e's: Attention to detail

Learning with 'e's: Attention to detail | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"It took the crew almost 3 months to construct the facades and sets that would be the backdrop for the dramatic arrival of the hobbits during a heavy downpour of rain. The film crew completed the Bree scenes in a single day, and then the set was demolished. In their entirety, the scenes filmed on the set take up only a few minutes on screen, but they are crucial to the story telling. Such attention to detail is a hallmark of Jackson's films, and have contributed to his raised status as one of the finest cinematographic directors of his generation. We can all learn a lot from Jackson and from the art of movie making, especially the painstaking attention to detail that is involved."

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How will we be remembered in this digital age?

How will we be remembered in this digital age? | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
I often wonder how we’ll be remembered in this digital age, where more and more of us share our experiences on platforms like Facebook and Twitter instead of diaries/journals and actual printed photo albums.
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Everything is a Remix Part 3

Creativity isn't magic. Part three of this four-part series explores how innovations truly happen. To support this project please visit: everythingisaremix.i...

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If You Build It, They Will Come: Lessons from Online Learning

If You Build It, They Will Come: Lessons from Online Learning | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

Lessons Learned/Reminded Of:

1. Technology as a tool is often deceptively easy; infusing it into the learning and teaching environment is challenging
2. An online learning space takes time, dedication, and work
3. Treating the digital space as completely separate from the physical space is a recipe for disaster in many cases
4. Classrooms, whether physical or digital or blended, need to be built upon strong foundational elements: relationships, community, empowerment, guidance, collaboration, and communication.
5. There will be resistance: some students will be excited by technology, some will be turned off by technology, a lot will be indifferent, but almost all want the game to be unchanged.
6. Students want an engaging experience whether that is technology-rich, tech-less, or a combination
7. Random, “we get to do technology today” approaches don’t allow for it to become an ingrained part of the classroom
8. Teachers need ongoing learning and networking opportunities that are honest and straightforward
9. Motivation isn’t found or sustained with technology
10. Technology should enhance or transform learning not simply shift to digital or lose what is important face to face

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Serendipity, aka "Accidental Discovery": Does the Web Help or Hurt? | DMLcentral

Serendipity, aka "Accidental Discovery": Does the Web Help or Hurt? | DMLcentral | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"The human potential for creating new connections and making new discoveries is being eradicated by a system that banishes imprecision and promotes conformity."

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Mixbook | Education Program - Free Digital Storytelling Software for Educators

Mixbook | Education Program - Free Digital Storytelling Software for Educators | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Mixbook Education Program gives Educators and Students the power to learn in a new and exciting way.

Via Jill Bromenschenkel, Tuba Angay-Crowder
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Reading, Writing and New Media Literacies | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

Reading, Writing and New Media Literacies | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.
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Teaching Publishing is a 21st Century Literacy | DMLcentral

Teaching Publishing is a 21st Century Literacy | DMLcentral | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"One of the goals of education—digital or otherwise—is to prepare students for thinking and doing outside the classroom. And while it is true that the goal of teaching writing has always been to prepare students for writing beyond the walls of the schoolhouse, this is even more the case now that digital publishing has become so widely available in our society. In other words, as much as possible, the task of teaching writing is also teaching writing for public consumption, and teaching writing for public consumption in the network society means teaching writing and publishing as being inseparable."

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Using Twitter in Classrooms and for Professional Development - National Writing Project

Using Twitter in Classrooms and for Professional Development - National Writing Project | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Summary: Every day, more and more people are using well-known social media sites. How can these popular resources be used for good in the classroom? National Writing Project teachers share how they've used Twitter in their classrooms as a means of teaching writing."

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Rhizomatic Learning » Dave's Educational Blog

Rhizomatic Learning » Dave's Educational Blog | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

One of a few posts of rhizomatic learning--a nice pair to Mary Ann Reilly's post.

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