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Creative Writing 101

Creative Writing 101 | Education | Scoop.it

Writing of any sort is hard, but rewarding work – you’ll gain a huge amount of satisfaction from a finished piece. Being creative can also be difficult and challenging at times, but immensely fun.

 

How to get started

 

Many people think that just because they’ve read a lot of stories (or even if they haven’t!) they should be able to write one. But as Nigel Watts writes:

 

There is a common belief that because most of us are literate and fluent, there is no need to serve an apprenticeship if we want to become a successful wordsmith. … That’s what I thought until I tried to write my first novel. I soon learnt that a novel, like a piece of furniture, has its own set of requirements, laws of construction that have to be learnt. Just because I had read plenty of novels didn’t mean I could write one, any more than I could make a chair because I had sat on enough of them.(Nigel Watts, Teach Yourself Writing a Novel)...


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Andrea Rossi's curator insight, March 30, 3:47 AM

Writers will enjoy this inspiring post. Recommended reading! 9/10

Angela Watkins's curator insight, March 30, 9:51 PM

Writers will enjoy this inspiring post. Recommended reading! 9/10

Luke Padilla's curator insight, April 4, 1:41 PM

Writers will enjoy this inspiring post. Recommended reading! 9/10

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Life Long Learning

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All the tips, tutorials, and guides that educators, students, learners, parents, seniors,teens, need to effectively teach and learn with technology. A good "Digital Citizen" needs to know this. The page is multilingual. English, German and French.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 3, 2013 4:19 PM

 

All the tips, tutorials, and guides that educators, students, learners, parents, seniors,teens, need to effectively teach and learn with technology. A good "Digital Citizen" needs to know this. The page is multilingual. English, German and French.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Life-Long-Learning


Training in Business's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:36 PM

Life Long Learning

 

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5 Great Serious Games and Gamification Blogs to Follow

5 Great Serious Games and Gamification Blogs to Follow | Education | Scoop.it
A while back we did a post listing 100 Great Game Based Learning and Gamification Resources, and since then we've done an occasional series called GBL Picks to try and curate information for you.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 6, 2013 1:04 AM

All five blogs have excellent teaching and learning resources.

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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School | Education | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 350+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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Deborah Fillman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 4:06 PM

Bookmark this!

Margarita Santana's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:40 PM

Movies, great resources!

Gwen Little's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:02 PM

Excellent site to help you find relevant movies to enhance your curriculum. We try to end our Friday's with a movie that relates to something we have been studying or reading. This site is great!

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Libraries in the Time of MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Libraries in the Time of MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Education | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

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John Shank's curator insight, January 16, 2014 2:37 PM

One of the most read articles for Educause Review for the year. 

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Libraries in the Time of MOOCs 
Olga Kudriavtseva 's curator insight, January 20, 2014 3:27 PM

 

MOOCs and Library Resources

For libraries, the new MOOC frontier calls not only for mitigating copyright risk and advocating for new services but also for establishing the grounds for network access. Most institutions are not equipped with the technology infrastructure to manage a MOOC, said Dames, which entails thousands of people pulling or streaming multimedia assets concurrently.

Similarly, MOOCs will require drawing up a new licensing model that gives a huge national and overseas market access to library resources. Typically, libraries give walk-in patrons access to resources but restrict remote resource access to users affiliated with the college or university. This model works reasonably well when there is a known population; with MOOCs, this option is not viable.

One model that might work is an opt-in model for both patrons and vendors. Some MOOC students might take courses without ever using library electronic resources, but students who would like access to those resources could opt for a premium service at an additional charge. With this model, there would be a combination of fixed costs to opt in to the service, plus a per item charge (article or chapter). Operationally, signing up for library service could be part of the course registration process, with the MOOCs provider passing ID information to the library. On the library side, patrons taking MOOC courses exclusively would be segmented from the main patron file. Setting up an authentication schema (such as EZ Proxy) would distinguish MOOC patrons logging in remotely from traditional students and faculty. In addition, having an Internet Protocol (IP) range set aside for the MOOC student would also allow institutions to restrict the amount or speed of downloads.

Segmenting the MOOC students would also let librarians monitor MOOC usage separately from the main university usage and would help ensure that pirates aren't downloading the entire database. Vendors — including database companies, publishers, and aggregators — will be particularly concerned to ensure that access to their licensed database is really controlled and that the marginal revenue from additional users is worth the risk. Using a distinct authentication scheme for the MOOC students will also let institutions put in place more effective security features. For example, additional measures might include a system that prevents access from two or more geographically disparate areas more or less simultaneously. Restricting access to a specific device would be another possibility.

For vendors willing to experiment with access to the library as an opt-in service, only those MOOC students who agreed to pay the premium would have access to vendor-provided resources. With revenue coming in commensurate with usage for this category of students, vendors might come to view this as an additional revenue stream that's worth the extra risk.

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An introductory guide to Padlet: Nathan Hall

An introductory guide to Padlet: Nathan Hall | Education | Scoop.it

What is it? Think of this as an online multimedia bulletin board. That means you can post messages, pictures, website links, documents, audio files, and videos on the virtual wall. These appear as message boxes that can be moved around the page. When you click on one of those items, they get larger so they are easier to read or see. The best part is, you can share it and have others add to it by posting their own items. This makes it a great place to collaborate and share.


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, November 3, 2013 12:37 PM

Basic instructions, plus suggestions for language classroom activities.

Karen Taylor's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:50 PM

I can see how this could make your lessons come alive. Great tool to facilitate collaborative learning and active learning.

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Does teaching skill matter?

Does teaching skill matter? Draper S, 2010 http://t.co/TRAVezGOfQ An interesting talk and paper… @agpate

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Mark Solomons's curator insight, October 31, 2013 12:22 PM

thought provoking take on teaching skill in computing