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20 Coolest Augmented Reality Experiments in Education So Far - Online Universities

20 Coolest Augmented Reality Experiments in Education So Far - Online Universities | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it
More and more teachers, researchers, and developers contribute their ideas and inventions toward the cause of more interactive learning environments.

 

Augmented reality is exactly what the name implies — a medium through which the known world fuses with current technology to create a uniquely blended interactive experience. While still more or less a nascent entity in the frequently Luddite education industry, more and more teachers, researchers, and developers contribute their ideas and inventions towards the cause of more interactive learning environments. Many of these result in some of the most creative, engaging experiences imaginable, and as adherence grows, so too will students of all ages.


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» Write This Way! Loving Language!

» Write This Way! Loving Language! | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 5, 2013 4:03 PM

You can never have too many posters!

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 18, 2013 10:49 AM

Simple guidance , but ones that will make a difference.

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Archive of Writing Process Articles

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Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 1, 2013 10:29 PM

Here's an archive of curated articles about the writing process. 

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6 traits of great writing—according to a fourth-grade teacher | Articles | Main

6 traits of great writing—according to a fourth-grade teacher | Articles | Main | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it
The author’s son brought home a handout that explains the basics of great writing.

 

I’ve written several posts about my 10-year-old son and his developing writing skills. And though he may not share my alacrity for writing, his school curriculum is full of great writing advice. 

Recently, he came home with a handout called “Six traits of great writing.” The advice outlined in the handout is basic, but it remains important for writers of all stripes.


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The punishable perils of plagiarism - Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio

The punishable perils of plagiarism - Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

Fighting plagiarism is serious business. From brainchild-snatching to wholly quotables, plagiarists have plenty of wily ways to pass others' work off as their own -- and all of them are threats to original thinking. Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio imagines what would happen if a Department of Plagiarism Investigation were on the case.


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Clare Treloar's curator insight, June 14, 2013 6:17 PM

A good video and thought provoking questions are the basis of a great lesson for students.

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National Writing Project presents MOOC on Making, Creativity, and Learning

National Writing Project presents MOOC on  Making, Creativity, and Learning | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

"Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience open to anyone who’s interested in making, creativity and learning. As we design and then engage in “makes” that tap into our personal (and professional) interests, share what we’ve done with the Making Learning Connected community, learn from each others’ experiences, and reflect on our own growth, we’ll be agents in the recursive creation and re-creation of this experience known as a Massively Open Online Collaboration (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, we’ll engage with and employ Connected Learning principles as they relate to making and learning.

 

"All are welcome to engage at whatever level and to whatever extent makes sense. Making Learning Connected includes pathways – for making, for connecting, for sharing – that allow for greater and lesser degrees of independence and guidance. Follow a linear thread through the six weeks of this MOOC or dip a toe in at one place or another, to create a unique path.

For more information, visit the Making Learning Connected FAQs."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:54 PM

Starts June 15 and runs for 6 weeks. Of course it's free.

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

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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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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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10 Ways To Use Technology To Teach Writing

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Both high-tech innovations for learning and the inability of many American schoolchildren to write well have been major talking points in educational circles for quite some time, but oddly enough, one may offer a solution to helping remedy the other.

There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Here, we offer just a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar, essay-writing, and, most importantly, why good writing is so important to their futures.


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Featured Video Writing Prompts | TeachHUB

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BookChook's curator insight, April 30, 2013 4:45 PM

Lots of vids to use as writing prompts with kids. Many are movie trailers. They are accompanied by questions to tease out kids' thoughts on topics. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 2, 2013 2:26 PM

Video prompts sound like an effective idea.  All I'd add is to make a prompt optional.  If a young writer already has a topic in mind, let them run with it. 

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How to Create a Character | Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage

How to Create a Character | Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage - "read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion."


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Penelope's curator insight, April 25, 2013 1:45 PM

 

Creating characters is something that writers struggle with from time to time. How soon to give out the name? The distinguishing characteristics? The personal tics? If you are short on ideas for your characters, this article by Holly should give you some great tips for well-rounded characters. She suggests:

 

o Don't start your character off with a name or a physical description

o Do start developing your character by giving him (or her) a problem, a dramatic need, a compulsion

o Don't rely on crutches

o Do empathize with your character

o Don't sympathize with your character

o Do write from your own life

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://hollylisle.com/how-to-create-a-character/

 

 

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70 useful sentences for academic writing

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This post contains a random collection of 70 sentence stems you can use in your academic writing.

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70 useful sentences for academic writing

70 useful sentences for academic writing | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it
This post contains a random collection of 70 sentence stems you can use in your academic writing.

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15 Famous Quotes on Creativity

15 Famous Quotes on Creativity | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it
    The Sifter spent last night poring over hundreds of famous and inspirational quotes on creativity. Below is a collection of our 15 favourites. Let us know which ones resonate with you...
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6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits and the Common Core

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Clearly students who are taught to assess their own writing using the 6-traits approach will be be doing the kind of thinking, reading and writing promoted by the Common Core Writing Standards.
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6-Traits Resources Digital Magazine: Follow Us and Help Spread the Word?

6-Traits Resources Digital Magazine: Follow Us and Help Spread the Word? | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

Click this tag: 6-traits to see all traits related resources!


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Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

Although we believe that students need to develop the skills necessary to prepare a thoughtful, well-written, inquiry-driven research paper, our students have many other engaging product options. They can acquire subject knowledge and develop transferable information literacy and technology skills through a variety of creative activities. The following is a list of some alternative assessments for your class. For any research product or response to literature, consider how we might offer video, digital storytelling and publishing, art, drama, or presentation as an option for students to creatively communicate/share/publish/broadcast the knowledge they have gained. 


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180 Journal Writing Prompts: Enough for Every Day of the School Year

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Journal Writing Prompts: These high-interest prompts will encourage kids to describe, explain, persuade, and narrate every day of the school year.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 17, 2013 6:23 PM

I believe you should teach your students how to write without prompts. That said, it's great to have prompts available when the pump needs priming. 

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Writing is Best When We Get Out of Our Own Way

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"I recall, as I was writing my latest book, my hands seemed to take on a life of their own. I would add in an unplanned character or an unforeseen (seemingly meaningless) detail."


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Penelope's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:42 PM

 

 

This article is a wonderful reminder to writers to get out of our own way when creating our stories.

 

The main thrust of the article is to stop editing and start writing! Yes, we should edit, but some writers edit to death and their novel never sees the light of day. Also, make sure you know what the story PROBLEM is and where it will END and how the character will CHANGE. This is vital and will keep you moving forward!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/writing-is-best-when-we-get-out-of-our-own-way/

 

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Writing To Think: When a Student Can't Write It, Can She Think It?

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In 2008, Fran Simmons, an English teacher at NewDorpHigh School in New York—at that time one of the lowest-performing secondary institutions in the nation— devised a simple test for her students in an effort to keep district officials from pulling the plug. First, she asked her freshman class to read Of Mice and Men. Then, using information from the novel, she asked them to answer the following prompt in a single sentence:

“Although George …”

She was looking for a sentence like: Although George worked very hard, he could not attain the American Dream.

What Simmons received was alarming in the truest sense of the word. Some students wrote passable sentences, but many could not manage to finish the line. More than a few wrote the following:

“Although George and Lenny were friends.”


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:49 PM

This in-depth post explores the issue of language impacts our ability to think. After an introduction the post is split into three sections.

The first section explores "the psycholingusitic case for writing education." It is noted that the Common Core states that students in grades 6-12 "should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.” 
And following this raised a different question:
"If a student can’t write it, however, why should we assume that she can think it?"

What follows is a look at language, where we see that the language we learn impacts us in many ways, that some cultures have many words for a word like snow while others do not, that cultures whom have language that have "gendered objects" impacts how people view the objects. 

The second section explores "Can you teach better math and science be teaching writing?" Information is provided about New Dorp High School (in New York). The school implemented a program that included "writing-to-learn" across the curriculum (except for math) and discovered that major gains in writing were apparent by the second year. 

The third section "highlights ten features of writing education that can be used to enhance student learning across all subject areas, ultimately resulting in higher academic performance."

The first two suggestions are below (all are quoted from the post).

1. Vocabulary Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that the concept of a word may change depending on the context in which it is used.
2. Syntax Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that every math problem and essay prompt has a hierarchical structure. 
Click through to the post to learn more about these two features of writing and about eight additional features.

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:23 PM

This article gives compelling evidence that the ability to write effectively is closely linked to the ability to think coherently. The author writes, "Students’ inability to write was contributing to their inability to think, severely impeding intellectual growth across many subjects."



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Wordia - help students to learn subject vocabulary through free learning games and video

Wordia - help students to learn subject vocabulary through free learning games and video | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it
A free resource that uses interactive video and games-based learning to teach students vocabulary. Educators can set school tournaments, and students can play fun learning games challenging classmates and other schools.

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Mahani Mohamad's curator insight, June 2, 2013 12:44 PM

english language learners...

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Aids cocab development

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:58 PM

looks like fun... maybe I can create some of my own topics in this?

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5 Ways to Kick Start Your Creative Writing Process - UCWbLing

5 Ways to Kick Start Your Creative Writing Process - UCWbLing | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it
Creative writing is hard. Like, really, really hard. While I can bang out an academic paper in no time at all, I find myself agonizing over the keyboard for hours just to churn out a couple measly pages. Oftentimes, I find that the hardest part of creative writing is just starting the story.

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Susan Michael Stevens's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:24 AM

Slightly weird, but I can see how these ideas would make the breakthrough.

Courtney Rasberry's curator insight, September 10, 2013 11:47 PM

This would be so helpful for students to get started with writing in the classroom- especially with the time constraints they will have -like on the Writing Assessment.

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:27 PM

If these tips don't trigger some creative writing, maybe gluing a bunch of wadded up paper to your head will.

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Slick Write

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Slick Write is a free tool that checks your writing for potential stylistic mistakes and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? Try a quick demo, or enter your own text in the editor tab. After submitting, four more tabs will appear at the top of the screen:

Critique - This tab contains the body of text with stylistic features highlighted.Structure - Here you will find the sentences color coded by type and length.Flow - Hold your readers' interest by maintaining good flow.Stats - This is where you will find important statistics on a variety of subjects including readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 26, 2013 1:45 PM

Lots of feedback!  Goes way beyond the traditional spell/grammar check.  A great revision tool. 

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UW-Stout: Online Graduate Writing, Math, and STEM Classes for Teachers

UW-Stout: Online Graduate Writing, Math, and STEM Classes for Teachers | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

Renew your Teaching License!  
University of Wisconsin-Stout 
Online Professional Development
Great Online Graduate Courses 
Enroll now for Summer 2013

 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:56 PM

I've been working the University of Wisconsin Stout Online Professional Development program for nearly 10 years. We have 34 finely crafted online classes for teachers. Our courses are taught by experienced classroom teachers who are also master online teachers.  Take a look at what we have to offer for Summer 2013.

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About Writing Fix...Publishing Student Writers

About Writing Fix...Publishing Student Writers | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

In 2006, after looking over our still-growing collection of on-line lessons, we asked ourselves, "What would make these lessons even more useable to teachers?" The answer we kept coming back to was "Student samples."

We set this long-term goal for ourselves: "By 2011, let's provide a range of student samples for every lesson and prompt featured at this website."

 

 

WritingFix is currently in the process of finding these samples. We started by collecting samples from Nevada teachers (which is where WritingFix began), but soon we began receiving e-mailed samples from all over the U.S.A. Now the entire globe has represented.

 

Any teacher who is thinking about submitting a student sample for possible publication should read the information provided on this page.

To post any student's piece of writing, you need to be a member of our Online Student Publishing Group at our site-sponsored Ning. Join today!


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Infographic: “How To Teach English” (With A Bonus!) | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Infographic: “How To Teach English” (With A Bonus!) | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Learn To Write Now | Scoop.it

Here’s a interesting infographic from Kaplan on “How To Teach English.” The bonus is that, along with the infographic, they published this comment from my co-author and colleague, Katie Hull Sypnieski:

Katie Hull Sypnieski, co-author of The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels, said: In our ESL classes my teaching partner, Larry Ferlazzo, and I use international celebrities to increase engagement with our students. We also use celebrities in our lessons on developing successful life skills. In these lessons, we focus on the non-cognitive traits of celebrities such as self-control, taking personal responsibility, and having grit.

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