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10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing by @Sophia_Clark89 · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbySophia Clark

10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing by @Sophia_Clark89 · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbySophia Clark | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
To be a good writer one must constantly work on his skills. However, it is not bad news. Considering the abundance of technologies that can help you make it a fun and entertaining activity, you will have no problems advancing your skills as a writer.

Even if you are not really good with technologies, we will show a list of things you will master in no time. So, do not hesitate to try them all out both when teaching writing and when learning yourself.

Ten incredible technological solutions to help you teach and learn writing


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6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly

6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Rather than bombard teens with fancy pens and motivational reading, direct them to a comfort zone: the Internet. These sites are great resources for future storytellers.
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101 Fabulous Plot Resources for Novelists

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Alanna Shaw's curator insight, October 3, 2016 10:45 AM
While this list of ideas might be geared more towards the author in training, it is also a great place to get ideas for teaching creative writing to students.
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Are your settings multi-tasking in your story? | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Are your settings multi-tasking in your story? | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
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Describing your setting can do more than just anchor the reader in the scene. Are you leveraging your settings?
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What Are Annotated Bibliographies? - EasyBib Blog

What Are Annotated Bibliographies? - EasyBib Blog | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Annotated Bibliographies   What is a bibliography? Often called a “works cited list” or “reference list,” it’s a list, usually found at the end of your project, that displays all of the sources that you used in your research project. In this list, you may have websites, books, newspapers, magazines, or other types of source
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This is a simple, clear explanation of what an annotated bibliography is and how it should be set up. Good resource for students.
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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

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This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:15 AM

Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2014 7:17 PM

There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

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Audrey's curator insight, January 4, 2015 6:05 PM

You activate many areas of your brain when you tell a story.  There are so many areas in education where students can use stories to remember details of information needed for writing  exam answers.  Stories are visual,  can be auditory; you can introduce smells and engage with whatever you are writing about. 

 

The whole brain becomes stimulated with a person's own  record of the information.  How can you forget?


Go to www.hotmoodle.com  for story writing information.

 

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Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works | Writing Rightly

Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works | Writing Rightly | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A new way to look at your writing business to help you build your client base -- and your bank account.

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When you have a system, a plan, you are more likely to follow through. This suggested set-up will help you get started.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 8, 2014 3:08 PM

 

Sometimes the simplest advice is the best. Set up a system for your writing, so you can start making $$ from it!

 

Your system, according to this writer, should be a 25/50/25 rule. This will allow you to make money from the small stuff, while continually aspiring for a bigger slice of the writing pie.

 

The first 25: small projects

The 50: Challenging projects

The next 25: Almost impossible

 

Read the full article to find out the author's excellent suggestions, and more recommended resources. You can make a living as a writer!

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/make-living-writer-simple-strategy-works/?utm_source=The+Write+Life&utm_campaign=71f4f03f09-main_list_11_6_13_11_5_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ae07a22b59-71f4f03f09-96058577&mc_cid=71f4f03f09&mc_eid=7900762dbd

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 9, 2014 5:39 PM

Interesting but a bit complex.

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic] | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

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Love that writers' can activate other people's brains by telling stories -- readers experience it as if they have lived it first hand. Ah, the power of a great story.

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Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:24 PM

Massage your brain....

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 1, 2015 5:39 AM

The power of putting pen to paper helps to make sense of a world increasingly filled with noise.

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Forcing Readers To Like Characters

Forcing Readers To Like Characters | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

The story you’re writing may have the kind of lead character that people automatically root for. He may be a good guy doing the right thing; or a decent woman trying to sort out something that needs sorting. Heroic behaviour and overcoming adversity can bypass the whole need to tell the reader this is someone to cheer on. It’s obvious.

 

But they might be a little more complex than that. Maybe flawed, maybe even a bit awkward. Or they may not get to their heroic moment until much later in the story. How do you get the reader on board as quickly as possible without having to add ‘stick with it, things get good later’ at the bottom of each page?


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The 120 Most Helpful Websites For Writers in 2016 - Global English Editing

We’ve created a comprehensive list of 120 of the best websites for writers in 2016. No more searching aimlessly around the internet.
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14 categories for helpful writing websites--including grammar tips, literary agents, protect yourself, writers as business owners, and more. 
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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.
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The Official Manuscript Wish List & #MSWL ® Website

The Official Manuscript Wish List & #MSWL ® Website | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
The official website of Manuscript Wish List (MSWL) and the #MSWL hashtag, supported and run by dedicated people in publishing. What do you want in your inbox?
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Great place to find out what type of manuscripts are wanted where.
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July/August 2016 Writing Contests

July/August 2016 Writing Contests | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
July 2016 Type: Poetry Awards Hosted by: Literal Latte Deadline: July 15, 2016 Entry Fee: $10 Type: Nonfiction (College Student Stories) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type: Nonfiction (Parent to Parent) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type:…

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Penelope's curator insight, July 5, 2016 12:46 PM
Writers, here are some contests to jump on before the end of July! 

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

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4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing

4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo

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This list of 24 quotes on writing will prepare you for NaNoWriMo and help you find the inner strength to write more and finish that novel in 30 days.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 3, 2014 10:05 PM

 

All those NaNoWriMoers out there need all the pump up they can get for the long slog through 50,000 words of November.

 

Get encouraged, get that novel finished, and oh, don't forget to edit in December!

 

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

 

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http://blog.sellfy.com/24-quotes-writing-nanowrimo/?__scoop_post=4030552661&__scoop_topic=952111#__scoop_post=4030552661&__scoop_topic=952111

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Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing & the Creative Life

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"It is in the thousands of days of trying, failing, sitting, thinking, resisting, dreaming, raveling, unraveling that we are at our most engaged, alert, alive."


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So many of these quotes resonated with me. Here's one: "The British author and psychologist Adam Phillips has noted, “When we are inspired, rather like when we are in love, we can feel both unintelligible to ourselves and most truly ourselves.” This is the feeling I think we all yearn for, a kind of hyperreal dream state."

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Penelope's curator insight, October 22, 2013 9:52 PM

 

There is a mysterious and thought-provoking question; why do people want to write?

 

The answers are as varied as the individual writers themselves. The soul stirs, quickens, when pen is put to paper or fingers fly on the keyboard.

 

The writer's life is greatly romanticized. However, it requires grit. The truth is it can be very lonely. Take heed--if you choose this writer's life--you must drown in it.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/21/still-writing-dani-shapiro/

 

 

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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
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An extensive list with a lot of great resources. Some are more comicbook orientated and some more slideshow style. There is also some audio podcast tools. Great stuff.

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Susan's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:03 AM

Tell a story using the tool that works for you!

Jeeyoung Min's curator insight, September 23, 2013 2:02 AM

Powerful digital multimedia tools make a classroom much more dynamic.

Annika Hultén's curator insight, May 17, 2014 2:57 PM
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12 Essential Steps of a Phenomenal Story


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, January 7, 2013 8:49 PM
Strange to tell Joseph Campbell's Hero With A Thousand Faces with Lego characters but it flies by faster chan Campbell.
Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, January 7, 2013 8:55 PM

Could this 65 slide deck have saved me plowing through Joseph Campbell's Hero With A Thosand Faces? Not really, but its fun and flies by providing ADD insight into the basis of all stories.