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41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills

41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

"41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com  


Via Juan Jesús Baño Egea, Leona Ungerer, Ken Morrison
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Who says using computers is not good for kids writing skills? These apps will certainly help get rid of that myth.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 3, 2013 4:57 PM

A very nice collection of tech tools to help writing teachers

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How teams really work, from the perspective of the brain - part 2

How teams really work, from the perspective of the brain - part 2 | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
We tackle the neuroscience behind high-performing teams.

Via Roger Francis
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This works just as well for the classroom as the staff room.

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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
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Asking questions stimulates curiosity and curiosity stimulates learning. Could staff meetings be better spent asking more questions too?

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Debunking Myths about Gifted Students

Debunking Myths about Gifted Students | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“Gifted students do not need scaffolding is just one of the misconceptions that doesn't help teachers or schools reach gifted kids efficiently.”
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There is still much hype around the contested idea of 'giftedness' the editorial article here attempts to bring some clarity to the issue. Regardless of our beliefs about the idea of giftedness, students who are talented and need to be extended have the right to an individualised approach.
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Random Choices!

Random Choices! | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
One of my favourite teaching books is Drama and Improvisation by Ken Wilson. There is an activity from this book called 'Actions and Locations,' which you can find on page 37. I have enjoyed using ...

Via TeachingEnglish
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Giving choices works to engage many students.

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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Now you can stream videos wherever you are from Shakespeare's Globe. A great classroom tool for English and Drama teachers.
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CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology

CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Strategies and resources for assisting students with different learning needs.

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Could you make your story more...interesting? Six ways to improve children’s writing

Could you make your story more...interesting? Six ways to improve children’s writing | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
We know a good piece of writing when we read it. But what makes the writing “good” and how can we teach all our kids the skills that seem to come naturally to a few. Here are six principles teachers and…
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This piece has some good advice on encouraging writers. I do take issue with her statement that 'the write word is the one your story needs'. Surely that's why so much school writing is bad. Because how do students know which word is the one they need?

anyway, it would be a great staff room discussion.

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103 famous faces in one painting - Telegraph

103 famous faces in one painting - Telegraph | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Josef Stalin and Leonardo da Vinci are deep in conversation, Vladimir Putin rests his legs next to a sprawled Mike Tyson, while Margaret Thatcher – clutching her handbag – looks on with disdain.
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The photo on the page linked to here would make an amazing backdrop for a Humanities classroom. 103 famous faces in one Renaissance style painting.

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Blog | All Things PLC | Powered by Solution Tree

Blog | All Things PLC | Powered by Solution Tree | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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The post in the link here discusses the work that teachers do in PLCs and how protocols assist us in clarifying our intentions. 

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Socratic Seminar: The "N-Word"

Socratic Seminar: The "N-Word" | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Teaching the N Word is a delicate subject for teachers. Watch how one class uses Socratic Seminar to engage students in a lesson surrounding the N Word. This lesson covers different CCSS reading, speaking and listening goals.
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This is one of the best ways of learning through texts that I have ever used.socratic Seminars make students responsible for their own learning.

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How to Get Teenagers Interested in Poetry | Going Down Swinging

How to Get Teenagers Interested in Poetry | Going Down Swinging | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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I came across this site as part of my preparation for teaching poetry to year 7s. It is inspiring.

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User Generated Education - How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset

User Generated Education - How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ The educator, as a growth mindset facilitator and coach, has a different, often unique, set of beliefs about students learning and growth. The following infographic shows (1) the common beliefs of an educator who promotes a growth mindset, and (2) some reflection questions about instructional practices that reinforce the growth mindset:”
Via John Evans, Roger Francis
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While growth mindsets are the latest educational trend, the ideas behind them are anything but new. The way that we think about the learners on our care has enormous influence on their potential as learners.
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Great Critical Thinking Map for your Classroom

Great Critical Thinking Map for your Classroom | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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A good one to display for a visual reminder.

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, September 19, 9:24 AM

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Making up my mind

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.

Via Kevin Watson, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roger Francis
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Storytelling comes naturally to many speakers. Here's how to build it if you're not one of the 'naturals'.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 19, 3:56 AM

Hero's journey, false starts, petals and other storytelling frameworks. Because stories are the currency leaders should trade on...

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Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests Continue reading...
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Writing still dominates in schools. Our exams are handwritten and many students are still encouraged to handwrite notes. There are some benefits to handwriting. It allows for thinking time which can assist in clearer writing and it gives students the space to be more creative as it slows down the process. While it is crucial to be computer literate a blended approach to writing must be adopted by schools in order to allow students the benefits of both approaches. 

A tablet computer, where students can handwrite, are a good option for note taking too, but less useful for writing essays and longer texts.

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Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Plath, and more.

"You want to write, you
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Add Your Insight...a diary is a wonderful way of recording, observing and sifting. It is also a road to better writing through observation. Many great writers have kept diaries. Some of them have been saved for us.
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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Now you can stream videos wherever you are from Shakespeare's Globe. A great classroom tool for English and Drama teachers.
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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Now you can stream videos wherever you are from Shakespeare's Globe. A great classroom tool for English and Drama teachers.
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Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic

Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The essay, as the primary form of assessment, should be dead. This is the kind of comment that terrifies academics everywhere – but it is an idea that I think we all need to consider. The “news” that there…
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Authentic assessment. Common sense. That doesn't mean schools and universities will use it!

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Accountable Talk | Institute for Learning

Since 1995 the Institute for Learning has been dedicated to improving the education and achievement of all students, especially those traditionally underserved. Our research-based curriculum, tools and professional development build the capacity of teachers, administrators, and systems to provide students with high quality instruction and learning opportunities. We put research on effort-based learning to work for students and educators.
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Talking in the classroom is one of the best ways to promote student responsibility for their own learning. Productive classroom talk is the basis of good thinking; indeed it is thinking made visible; and of good writing. This page offers a guide to implementing a talking classroom, one where teachers talk less and students talk more.

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Google Drive Blog: Celebrating National Novel Writing Month: 3 authors, 1 Google Doc, 1 hour, and 1 line provided by YOU!

Google Drive Blog: Celebrating National Novel Writing Month: 3 authors, 1 Google Doc, 1 hour, and 1 line provided by YOU! | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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A NaNoWriMo activity to watch on Google.

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8 Psychological Principles to Make a Memorable Presentation

8 Psychological Principles to Make a Memorable Presentation | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Valuable and straightforward help for presenters.

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World's top universities 2014 according to Times Higher Education

World's top universities 2014 according to Times Higher Education | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The California Institute for Technology has been named the worlds best institution for the fourth consecutive year. How do other universities compare? Continue reading...
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The worlds best Iniversities?

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL - Including exercise breaks during class time seen as a way to boost learning

THE GLOBE AND MAIL - Including exercise breaks during class time seen as a way to boost learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ Despite being an unorthodox teaching technique, the inclusion of mini exercise breaks during class can help students remain focused, a new Oregon study concludes. A recent survey of Brain Breaks, a classroom-use DVD with five-minute-long exercise routines developed by Oregon State University and piloted in more than 400 kindergarten to Grade 6 classrooms, found that students enjoyed the program, and that more than 90 per cent of teachers planned to continue using it.”
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Exercise boost learning. A study by Oregon State University.
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How music can inspire strong student writing and discussion ~ eSchool News

How music can inspire strong student writing and discussion ~ eSchool News | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
by Nathan GarvinSummary by MiddleWeb by SmartBrief"Blending music and short journal prompts helps students build their confidence in writing, educator Nathan Garvin writes in this article. Garvin, a middle-school teacher in Texas, describes an assignment in which he plays a song while showing images to the students and then asks them to write about the image they chose as the best match for the song. "It's a simple journal prompt that can lead to creative, deep, and original writing," he notes."Free registration for eSchool News is required to access the full article.
Via Jim Lerman
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Using music and images can be a great way to give students confidence in writing. Music evokes mood and this is sometimes where students find it the hardest to write. Imagery helps the visual learners to write about their feelings and ideas. It does not have to be imaginative writing either. It can be used for persuasive or expository writing.
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ismarog's curator insight, September 27, 12:58 PM

welcome  to the wonderful english world