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30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:17 PM

Lots of great poetry ideas to share the love of writing creatively with your students during National Poetry Month in April.  We celebrate all our poets this month with a poetry slam and contest on our social network Ning!  To enjoy our poetry slam email pdavies@onlineschool.ca to RSVP for April 9th @11am all students grade 7-12.

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We Are Teachers

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The Bones of a Good Essay Poster: Free Halloween-themed classroom poster printable that teaches students how to write an essay step by step.
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The 32 best young adult books of 2014 - Telegraph

The 32 best young adult books of 2014 - Telegraph | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
The must-read young adult fiction (YA) and best teen books released in 2014 so far. Updated weekly
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ways to Create Mapped Timeline Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ways to Create Mapped Timeline Stories | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

The idea is to have students be able to create timelines whose events are directly matched to locations on maps. Doing this is a good way for students to see correlations between locations and events. Here are three tools that students can use to create mapped timeline stories.


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The 15 Punctuation Marks in Order of Difficulty - Infographic

The 15 Punctuation Marks in Order of Difficulty - Infographic | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why you can't figure out when and where to stick a comma? It's probably because commas, by far, have more rules and applications than any other punctuation mark. But why do so many people use the semicolon incorrectly? Comparatively, it should be one of the easiest punctuation marks to master. And why doesn't anybody seem to use the en dash?

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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, June 11, 2:10 PM

I still need this!?!

niftyjock's curator insight, June 16, 1:57 AM

Finally an infographic tool I can use!

Chad C. Rogers's curator insight, June 20, 9:12 AM

Of note. 

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Adobe Voice: Elegant, easy(!) storytelling — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Adobe Voice: Elegant, easy(!) storytelling — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

"Okay, this may be the easiest way yet to tell a professional looking story on your iPad.  I can see this app used with kiddos of nearly any age. I can see it becoming a classroom staple. (Especially when it moves to multiple platforms.)"


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Many Ways to Tell a Story: How Transmedia Is Transforming Education In and Out of Classrooms

Many Ways to Tell a Story: How Transmedia Is Transforming Education In and Out of Classrooms | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Transmedia, a broad descriptive word that literally translated means “across media” and encompasses many strategies that transverse industries, is generally regarded as the use of multiple media platforms to tell a story or story experience. Though the word “transmedia” is thought to have entertainment franchise origins, its adaptation for education purposes is both valuable and becoming more and more common. While teachers like Sansing are using coding and programming in their language arts instruction, others are taking advantage of increasingly sophisticated apps and interactive media for classroom use.

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Marilú Aranda Landa's curator insight, June 12, 8:18 AM

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David Collet's curator insight, June 12, 9:28 PM

I guess this another favorite topic for me. Imagine using transmedia to teach maths and include cross over language components. After all maths has a language of its own.

Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, June 18, 12:15 PM

Transmedia approaches encourage (or even force) people to actively acknowledge and design for a fluid and multi-dimensional, rather than linear, media environment.  For the human brain, stories are not constrained by what's on the page. Transmedia begins to replicate how we think and encourages producers to innovate in each platform to create multiple touchpoints that facilitate our natural ability to imagine, project, expand and experience.   

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Welcome to Lit2Go ETC

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Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

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A Visual Guide To Slowing Down The Distracted Generation (Infographic)

A Visual Guide To Slowing Down The Distracted Generation (Infographic) | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
I’m guilty. And I’m definitely too old to be considered part of the ‘distracted generation’. I didn’t grow up with a device in hand at all times, hopping from shiny thing to shiny thing on the internet. I use tools to help keep me from being distracted online. Distractions are all around with technology, and connecting …

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The Art of the Discussion Prompt

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By Alex Joppie: Discussions are sometimes called the engine of an online course. Discussions provide an opportunity for students to engage with the course content, with each other, and with you—the professor—simultaneously, which means they have a lot of potential for meaningful learning and high retention.

 

There is no guarantee that students will really apply themselves by just creating a discussion. What you get out of a discussion assignment depends on what you put into it. Here are some tips for writing your discussion prompt, selecting your settings, and participating in the discussion.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 6, 9:50 PM

Here's a detailed article that provides a solid foundation for writing discussion prompts. Practical advice and some D2L specific references, and an interesting list of related articles make this piece worth your time (if it fits your needs)! 

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Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool

Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

The Search Results: Among other useful materials, I stumbled across a pretty neat interactive image on the Cyberbee site that answers some common student questions about copyright, including the one that sent me over the edge!


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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, January 20, 7:24 AM

Great online resource page to help with questions about copyright. A US slant but still good basic common sense

BookChook's curator insight, February 23, 4:15 PM

Nice simple interactive to help explain copyright to kids. 

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, February 26, 1:00 PM

Teach your students about copyright laws.

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Tweet from @TeachHeath

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How do you LEVEL ur reading? Here's our teams idea- Love to hear ur ideas too. #satchatwc #ASCD14 #edchat #MRA14 pic.twitter.com/2vP1uokuWR

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7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing ~ In Our Write Minds

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing ~ In Our Write Minds | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

by Kim Kautzer

 

Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. Most of those ideas were directed at elementary grades, so today I’d like to point you toward some terrific Pinterest ideas for high school writing.


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:30 PM

Love these ideas--and their links

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Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:49 AM

Summarizes the literature and advocates for next steps for education related to writing instruction

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We Are Teachers

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Get kids to engage with what they’re reading on a deeper level: to ask questions about what they notice, and to answer those questions based on what’s in the text.
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Drafting, Revising, Editing, Writing - Learning Historical Research

Drafting, Revising, Editing, Writing - Learning Historical Research | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Learning how to do historical research. The official website of William Cronon.
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Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing

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How to Write a News Story - tips for kids

How to Write a News Story - tips for kids | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, June 12, 9:17 PM

Great tips for kids from Australian journalist and author, Julie Fison. 

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Teaching English with Technology: WebQuests - the best way to foster critical thinking, social skills and problem-solving?

Teaching English with Technology: WebQuests - the best way to foster critical thinking, social skills and problem-solving? | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Tom Perran's curator insight, June 14, 7:18 AM
A new way of looking at a tried-and-true process in the classroom, looking for information to answer a question or to solve a problem. Webquests can be differentiated to meet the needs of a variety of learners.
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36 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing

36 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

...One way I’ve found to help readers is to use concise language and eliminate redundancies. As Strunk and White advise, “Make every word tell.


Below is a list of phrases in which every word does not tell. These phrases are redundant, repetitive, wordy, and verbose. Paring phrases such as these is an easy way to tighten your writing. (Redundant words are italicized.) 

• added bonus
• advance planning
• armed gunman
• circulate around
• close proximity
• completely full 
• consensus of opinion ...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 12, 11:13 AM

As Strunk and White famously admonished, ‘Omit needless words.’ Here are 36 worth omitting. Your readers will thank you for it.

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, June 12, 11:44 PM

I see some in here that I'm guilty of using too!

Smith_Lin's curator insight, June 13, 4:25 AM

Something to add to essay writing skills

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Evaluating Internet Sources

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Natarsha Miller's curator insight, June 8, 3:29 PM

This is a great resource to help students undersand and decipehr the credibiity of internet resources.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, June 9, 3:03 PM

Great overview plus nice ability to print it as a handout!

Edith Fullalove's curator insight, June 10, 3:10 PM

Great article

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Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien

Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

Here at Open Culture, we don’t just feature education in your recommended daily servings of culturally wide-ranging video, audio, text, and image — we also feature it in a form that goes deep: whole courses you can download to your computer or mobile device of choice and experience at your own pace. If you never quite studied all the literature you wanted to — or if you simply can’t get enough study of the stuff — pay a visit to our collection of over 50 free literature courses online.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 10, 6:24 PM

Here's a great source for free courses in all subjects. 

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10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader | TeachThought

10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader | TeachThought | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader by Terry Heick (Below are several paragraphs of context–if you’re just here for the strategies, skim to the bottom.) 

 

Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms.

 

So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century look like? How can we appeal to their interests?


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 7, 6:41 PM

Reading the entire article was interesting, overall good teaching and learning approaches for your 21st century learning environment.

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172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online

172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
This article contains scores of links to free online comics and graphic novels.

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BookChook's curator insight, February 28, 5:27 PM

Lots of free comics and graphic novels online. 

Maria Richards's curator insight, May 23, 7:05 PM

More free teaching resources! 

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Immersive Storytelling and Presentation Tools for Journalists

Immersive Storytelling and Presentation Tools for Journalists | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Here is a good collection of nine web tools that allow you to create multimedia-rich, visual story-telling, immersive stories and reports alongside some impressive examples.

 

My comments: Great tools list showcasing a nice array of visual presentation tools that can be effectively for journalistic reporting.

 

Useful. Resourceful. Great examples. 8/10

 

Original article: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/9-tools-for-journalists-to-produce-immersive-stories/s2/a554425/ ;

 


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21st Cent. Learners's curator insight, November 15, 2013 1:58 PM

Written for journalists, this article is of interest to educators too.  Some grat tools for creating great multi-media presentations.  Imagine what learners might produce with these...

Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:21 PM

Watch this video to help the special needs in Africa this thanks giving holiday http://www.africatube.net/video/932/Neglected-people-of-Africa-need-your-help ;

GIANFRANCO MARINI's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:21 PM

Da http://www.journalism.co.uk 9 strumenti web based per lo storytelling. Si tratta di strumenti che consentono di realizzare storie visuali con elementi multimediali e interattivi.

 

Utili per la content curation e per realizzare presentazioni.

 

Possono essere utilizzati senza problemi nelal didattica per realizzare raccolte e/o narrazioni di eventi e/o problemi di carattere disciplinare e interdisciplinare.

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SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic]

SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic] | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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KindredReaders's curator insight, January 2, 11:45 AM

great visual reference!

Ali Anani's curator insight, January 3, 1:39 AM

Creative writing in steps

Gennia Holder's curator insight, January 14, 9:50 AM

This a great list, but, perfect?  I don't know about that :)  Stories aren't a magic bullet. However, applying these elements and telling the right story+right time+right audience... can make an emotional connection with your audience that impacts your business.