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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

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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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Good.  Perhaps it is the instant feedback that forces improvement.

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This map shows the regions of Earth most vulnerable to climate change

This map shows the regions of Earth most vulnerable to climate change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Scientists from Stanford University and the Wildlife Conservation Society in Australia have produced a map illustrating the global distribution of climate instability.
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Julia Connor's curator insight, October 11, 2013 3:25 PM

This is a real eye opener.

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211 Reasons To Read SciFi - SF Signal

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211 Reasons To Read Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in September 2013 (Our MASSIVE Monthly SF/F/F Cover Gallery). By John DeNardo | Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at 12:25 am. Here's your one-stop, monthly ...
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Garry Rogers's curator insight, September 3, 2013 6:10 PM

And no.212, Corr Syl the Warrior, of course.

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Comparing Urban Footprints

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"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 4:41 AM

useful for both Year 8 and Year 11 Geography.

Blake Welborn's curator insight, May 20, 12:15 PM

This a conglomeration of maps that represent the physical layout and land use of some of the major cities in the world, color coded by region. 

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 12:49 PM

The comparison of urban footprints certainly puts a lot of factors into perspective.  Whenever I am in highly populated areas such as Atlanta and New York, I feel like the area is so densely populated. But shift over to Sao Paulo which is so much smaller than New York, but just as populated.

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Malala Yousafzai delivers speech about the power of books - USA TODAY

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Dr. Seuss e-books: Random House Children's Publishing announced it will publish Dr. Seuss' books as e-books for the first time.
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JSTOR A Library of 1,500+ Academic Journals, Books, and Primary Sources

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Tania Gammage's curator insight, September 5, 2013 8:29 PM

looks like a great site..will have to explore further

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Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies at University of California Riverside - Wired

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Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies at University of California Riverside Wired It is a logical extension of humanities research at UCR, given the presence of the renowned Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the largest publicly...
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This wistful astronaut story will seriously mess you up

This wistful astronaut story will seriously mess you up | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Now that the Hugo Awards have recognized the greatness of Clarkesworld Magazine, it's time to celebrate — with a fantastic story by James Patrick Kelly.
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Why Slow is Good - Writing for Kindle

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Penelope's curator insight, August 28, 2013 7:48 PM

 

This article made me smile, and I believe it is something that newly minted self-published authors need to hear. The Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking stories are few are far between. Quick riches is not the status quo on Amazon. Slow and steady wins the race.

 

August Wainwright sheds some sensible light on sustainable growth. It is possible to make a decent living from your books, but it most likely won't happen overnight. He puts himself up for display as an example of an author who has had book sales, but would be considered a failure by the world's standards. However, his books are selling--and the numbers continue to rise. This is success.

 

He makes mention of Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers." A common theme that appears throughout Outliers is the "10,000-Hour Rule." Gladwell claims that greatness requires enormous time, using the source of The Beatles' musical talents and Gates' computer savvy as examples.

 

Remember, your books remain on the Amazon shelves and through time and additional books published, promoted, new fans made; sales can pick up speed. Most series don’t find success until at least the third book. Most authors don’t find success for the first few years, maybe even the first decade. Keep writing and keep publishing.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article:

http://www.norulesjustwrite.com/why-slow-is-good/

 

Jacques Goyette's comment, August 29, 2013 5:22 PM
Most series don't find success until at least the 3rd book ! Good to know if you're heading that way.
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Iggesund: Forest Fires Nature Conservation - Packaging Europe

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Iggesund: Forest Fires Nature Conservation
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By burning standing timber in controlled circumstances, Holmen is implementing an important nature conservation measure which benefits a number of rare species.
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Let's hope that warming climate has not made this activity destructive instead of constructive.

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Fantasy authors Erin M. Evans and Troy Denning talk The Sundering

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Epic fantasy novel series The Sundering features six authors, the return of numerous beloved characters, wars, gods, and cataclysmic events that will reshape the Forgotten Realms.
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Twitter / nomstyles: WHEN YOU'RE WRITING A TWEET ...

RT @nomstyles: WHEN YOU'RE WRITING A TWEET AND YOUR FAMILY ARE NEAR YOU http://t.co/Heci39c5eP
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The Yosemite Inferno in the Context of Forest Policy, Ecology and Climate Change - New York Times (blog)

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New York Times (blog) The Yosemite Inferno in the Context of Forest Policy, Ecology and Climate Change New York Times (blog) For western [wild]fire (it's hard to see how the wild part of that word applies any more, given how many human factors are...
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Will fires in our warming climate permanently eliminate some forests?

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A VC: Writing It Down

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I had dinner with my daughter Jessica last night. We got to talking about creativity. She's a photographer. I asked her how she thinks Pieter Hugo comes up with his ideas for photos. She said "I bet he reads a...
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Writing and rewriting can help clarify our understanding.

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The Ecological Importance of California's Rim Fire - Ecology Global Network

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Ecology Global Network The Ecological Importance of California's Rim Fire Ecology Global Network Since the Rim fire began in the central Sierra Nevada on August 17, there has been a steady stream of fearful, hyperbolic, and misinformed reporting in...
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10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives

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Bestseller Hugh Howey offers a list of tips that tend to surprise new writers, particularly those who are self-publishing or considering it.

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Penelope's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:02 PM

 

Aspiring and even self-published authors are inundated with so much information coming at us at the speed of light; it sometimes feels as if our heads will explode.

 

Bestselling author, Hugh Howey, gives us some more great advice to chew on, and attempt to cram into our cranial. Some has been rehashed, but we can all use a refresher. Here is a quick summary:

 

 1.   Asking people to buy your book doesn’t work.

 2.   The people who sell your books are your existing readers.

 3.   There is no promotion as strong as writing the next book.

 4.   An undiscovered book remains fresh and new.

 5.   Give your books away. You need to build up a fan base.

 6.   A good agent is your best friend.

 7.   An email list is more powerful than Twitter or Instagram.

 8.   Videos are worth a million words.

 9.   Be yourself.

10.  Authors are not in competition with one another.

 

Remember, BIC (butt in chair). Keep writing, then there will be books to promote.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/09/10-counterintuitive-tips-for-self-publishers/comment-page-1/#comment-309414

 

 

 

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ANN ARBOR: Local author's first novel, 'Mersoon Rising,' is sweeping science ... - Heritage Newspapers

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Michigan Professor Tells Creative Writing Class 'Republicans Have Raped This ... - NewsBusters

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The students should already know this.

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211 Reasons To Read SciFi - SF Signal

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211 Reasons To Read Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in September 2013 (Our MASSIVE Monthly SF/F/F Cover Gallery). By John DeNardo | Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at 12:25 am. Here's your one-stop, monthly ...
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And no.212, Corr Syl the Warrior, of course.

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Science fiction writer Frederik Pohl dies at 93 - Chicago Tribune

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Science fiction writer Frederik Pohl dies at 93 Chicago Tribune LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Frederik Pohl, a prolific American science fiction author who published scores of stories including the acclaimed 1977 novel "Gateway" and collaborated with...
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Back from the Dead - Earth Island Journal

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Earth Island Journal
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Earth Island Journal
Some eminent conservation biologists say the whole thing is a waste of time.
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Monumental waste of time and resources.  Protect the survivors first!

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Salinger Treasure Trove of Five Books Promised in New Bio - Bloomberg

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Metro.us Salinger Treasure Trove of Five Books Promised in New Bio Bloomberg So says “Salinger” by David Shields and Shane Salerno, a new biography whose cover touts it as “the official book of the acclaimed documentary film” -- though how a...
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We now have brain-to-brain interfaces that work between two humans

We now have brain-to-brain interfaces that work between two humans | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
You may never become Xavier from the X-Men, able to read and control people's minds. But one day, using a computer interface, you could control somebody else's behavior and possibly even communicate using thought.
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Only isolated movements are possible now.  It will be interesting to see how quickly this expands.

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Comment on Butterflies and Moths of Arizona Conservation Status by ブランド 財布

Comment on Butterflies and Moths of Arizona Conservation Status by ブランド 財布 | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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Dancing Out of Tune: Writing Scenes Out of Sequence to Enliven—and Maybe Even Finish—Your Novel

Dancing Out of Tune: Writing Scenes Out of Sequence to Enliven—and Maybe Even Finish—Your Novel | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

“I could never write the way you do.” I hear this. And— “How do you ever make sense of your story?” I used to feel ashamed when asked that. As a scene writer I’ve never taken a linear approach to my projects. I am middle, forward, back, and between when it comes to writing and I’ve learned to be unapologetic—because in analyzing this method I’ve come to understand why it works for me—and why it might work for you too.


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Perhaps creativity is exhausted by a scene and is renewed by a switch.

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Penelope's comment, August 29, 2013 11:45 PM
I might need to try this one! :)