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Editorially: Write Better

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From the Editorially blog:

 

"It’s with all this in mind that we came together to make Editorially, a new collaborative writing and editing platform. We believe that the web is not merely another distribution pipeline, but a unique and deserving space for both reading and writing. Our goal is to support and encourage that writing process — from the first flash of inspiration all the way through to publication, and at every point in between.

 

"Editorially achieves this goal in many ways: a Markdown-based writing environment lets you focus on the words and create clean markup easily; collaboration tools let you invite friends and trusted colleagues to review or edit your work; a document version system lets you mark points in a document’s history and compare versions to see what changed; notes and activity feeds encourage you to reflect on your work, for yourself and for others; and discussion threads recognize that the conversation around a text is just as important as the text itself.

 

"And we’re only getting started. This is not just another text editor: it’s an ecosystem for the writing process. We’ve designed a space that brings you closer to both the words and the people — the only things that matter."

 

 


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Could be very useful. Still in closed beta, but you can sign up for a trial or follow on Twitter.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 26, 2013 4:11 PM

This could be a really big deal.

 

Right now, Editorially is still in closed beta, but you can sign up for an invitation. They say they will open up very soon.

Sarah McElrath's comment, February 27, 2013 11:52 AM
Very interesting. With the way education is going, this could have a hugh impact in that sector--but only if it isn't priced too high.

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BookChook's curator insight, May 27, 12:44 AM

Simple but powerful writing idea: Once...(intro characters and setting) But... (problem) So.. .(resolution)

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These Incredible Poems are Perfect for National Poetry Month

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First created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry month is, according to their website, “the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.”
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10 Pieces of Wisdom from the Best Books on Creativity

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We delved through 15 of the best books on creativity out there to find the most useful, unmissable nuggets of advice that every modern day creative needs.

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Great list. I especially found #3 helpful.

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Rona Lewis's curator insight, April 8, 12:48 PM

I love how they got this list.  These work with ANY sort of creativity in any field.

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10 of the Best Books About Writing

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Writing is hard. Not for everyone, mind you, but there are some people that land triple axles or swallow swords, and we don't consider this the norm.


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 2, 2:27 PM

Anne Lamott's book remains my favorite. I would still use it as a freshman writing resource.

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National Poetry Month | Academy of American Poets

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The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, the Academy’s popular website; American Poets, a biannual literary journal; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. Since its founding, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization.
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Writing with Writers: Poetry Writing | Scholastic.com

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Study the genre of poetry by taking part in step-by-step workshops with three of your favorite authors. Then have your work published online in our Scholastic archive. Includes teacher's guide.
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Great way for students to study, write, and even publish poetry.

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Argument is inescapable. It's at the heart of all career-based writing. I'm talking about the professional debate, the cover letter pitch, the interview, the grant application, the executive summary. Because argument appears in so many situations in life beyond school, students need to experience it not just as a separate skill in writing class but as a skill that's crucial to all content areas.

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When we tap into our creativity, we invite playful imagination, illogical associations and openminded curiosity back into our lives.

It opens new dimensions in our thinking and acting.

 

The good thing is that all of us have the ability to develop a creative mindset by embracing the 6 basic principles outlined in this article.

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Fun App for Kids Turns Writing Into Interactive Game | Edudemic

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Do your students suffer from writer’s block? I’ve found a cure for what ails them: Writing Challenge for Kids, an app by Literautas. After reading several positive online reviews, I tried this app with my students and got results that surpassed my wildest expectations.

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Educator Mia MacMeekin made this infographic about ways to inspire students to think more deeply about how innovation applies to them. It’s a helpful way to begin a conversation about what it means to innovate, a word that sometimes seems to belong in the adult domain of business and is estranged from how students think about living their lives.

 

Excellent! - JL


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Learning to approach a topic from different directions/mindsets can produce new and different results.

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This infographic helps students see the value of innovation within their learning. Most of the ideas shared apply beyond the classroom as well.

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20 Great Writers on Motivating Yourself To Write, No Matter What

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As April ushers in sunshine and flowers, and the spring holidays have adherents talking about new beginnings, the writing world is overflowing with people setting goals. Some are participating in t...
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"In order to imagine, we begin with an image. The imagination gets triggered by images and descriptions when we read, making us feel as though we are in the scene. You can think of imagery as an entryway into a poem: a physical realm allowing us to explore the mind of the poet." from featured article "learning Image and Description"

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Great article about imagery and how to develop your writing skills to use imagery in your work. Applies to all writers.

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Yes --students still need to LEARN how to write, not just use it as an assessment tool.

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