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The Blog As a Narrative - Worms In the Fridge

The Blog As a Narrative - Worms In the Fridge | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Earlier this week I was Facebook chatting with my friend Kim about her blog. Kim was struggling with a direction for her blog. A lot of people struggle with the same thing. Sometimes the struggle comes from not knowing what to right about while other times it comes from having too many things to write …
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This collection reflects my interest in writing pedagogy, agency and efficacy, and teaching with technology -- as a rhetorician and researcher as well as writer, teacher of writers, and teacher of writing teachers.
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12 Must-See TED Talks for Teachers

12 Must-See TED Talks for Teachers | Metawriting | Scoop.it
These videos changed the way I think about teaching.

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What If Almost Everything We Thought About The Teaching Of Writing Was Wrong?

What If Almost Everything We Thought About The Teaching Of Writing Was Wrong? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Why Do We Write? Language merely reflects our way of trying to make sense of the world. - Frank Smith Frank Smith (1982) says 'writing touches every part of our lives'. One of the first reasons we write is because it is a tool for communication in culture. It gives us the ability to share…

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Writing and the Creative Life: Why Your Brain Loves Good #Storytelling 

Writing and the Creative Life: Why Your Brain Loves Good #Storytelling  | Metawriting | Scoop.it
In Part 1, we looked at a Harvard Business Review article about the influence of stories on the brain, how much of it apparently boils down to the reaction of a chemical called Oxytocin. In Part 2…

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Unsplash, the Web’s Premier Free Photo Library, Opens Up Its Vaults

Unsplash, the Web’s Premier Free Photo Library, Opens Up Its Vaults | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Unsplash is a web repository of 200,000 high-resolution images, and every single photo on the site is free to download.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 12, 5:13 AM
Les photos libres de droit valent le détour.
Michael Bannon's curator insight, May 16, 5:31 AM

What a great tool for students to gain access to free quality images

Heidi Ellis's curator insight, May 21, 3:17 AM
What an awesome resource for students to gain legal access to great high-res imagery. Introducing it would also provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the ethics and legalities around copyright, and what a creative commons license is. 
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Growing relevance of gamification

Growing relevance of gamification | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Gamification is by no means a new concept. Only, now there are systems and technology to help in the implementation. Designers look at it as an effective tool in behavioural management — to get people to do more, more frequently and for longer periods of time willingly. It is to incentivise a particular behaviour, so to speak. Whether it is e-learning, a classroom or the playground, gamification techniques aim to promote interactivity, pique the learner’s interest, motivate and nurture the desire to achieve a set goal, while adhering to the rules of the game.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 16, 10:28 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Kim Flintoff.

Kylie Raven's curator insight, March 26, 11:40 PM

Any ideas, advice or helpful hints as a pre-service teacher are gratefully taken on board. If children are engaged then they will learn. If gamification is the how-to for behavior management in a classroom thenI want to know more about it.

Christophe BRIGNOT's curator insight, March 27, 3:57 AM
An interested way to teach the Y generation..
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Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic

Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Any story we tell of our species, any science of human nature, that ignores how important stories are in shaping what and how we think and feel is false. We evolved to be ultra-social (and self-deficient), so we care deeply about character and plot.  

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 8, 7:40 AM
Yes!
Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 12, 1:22 PM

A short article with so many links, you'll be spiraling down the rabbit hole of storytelling for quite a while! This completely supports my bias toward story, so it was a delight to read!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 24, 12:29 PM
Stories complement logic in teaching when used with care. Students remembered my stories more easily than the material in textbooks. For example, I described how farmers I know use journals to help with their selective breeding of livestocks. 
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How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom.

How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom. | Metawriting | Scoop.it
The creative power of an iPad in the classroom is limitless with its ability for students to show their learning in a multitude of creative ways that look professional. My students love nothing more than to share their knowledge in the form of an iMovie or by using a digital storytelling tool such as Tellagami or Chatterpix or narrating a keynote presentation. But the number one issue we have in the classroom is the background noise when we record these presentations. There is nothing worse than having a fantastic visual product that is let down by poor audio quality, but in a noisy school situation that is a difficult proposition to overcome. So this year we are using our own homemade iPad recording booths.

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, February 7, 8:48 AM
This is a great idea. Sound is always an issue at our school when recording on iPads. You could even use regular boxes, cover them in cloth and experiment with different materials to line them with as part of a STEAM project.
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Ulf Neumann's curator insight, February 8, 7:58 AM
Clevere Lösung für ein verbreitetes Problem!
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Why I Don’t Edit Their Rough Drafts

Why I Don’t Edit Their Rough Drafts | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Knowing they’ll have to workshop their papers with peers pushes students to write with greater care.
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The Common Elements of Good Storytelling

The Common Elements of Good Storytelling | Metawriting | Scoop.it
What makes one post more enjoyable to read or listen to over another? Here are some common elements I've found over the years.

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, December 10, 2016 6:01 AM
Country songs often tell a narrative story ~
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From ‘Lives’ to ‘Modern Love’: Writing Personal Essays With Help From The New York Times | Educator Innovator

From ‘Lives’ to ‘Modern Love’: Writing Personal Essays With Help From The New York Times | Educator Innovator | Metawriting | Scoop.it
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5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News)

5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News) | Metawriting | Scoop.it
To ban or not to ban, that is always the question when it comes to personal devices in the classroom. But rather than fight this uphill battle (Generation Alpha is forecasted to be more technological than any previous), let's figure out how to leverage these little machines. If used intentionally, m

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, November 2, 2016 12:07 PM
With effective monitoring, mobile devices can be integrated into courses and classroom time
Yeison Ossa Trejos's curator insight, November 2, 2016 12:45 PM
From my point of view, personal devices such cell phones, tablets, ipads, among others, can be a huge risk if we allow students to use them in the classroom. However, it is also true that we as teachers should try to find useful ways to incorporate these potential resources into our lessons if we want to increase learner involvement and motivation while at the same time improving time management, teacher-student interaction, meaningful learning and real-time provision of feedback. 

All these educational factors can be simultaneously addressed if teachers take some time to do a little research on the web to find out the countless activities that digital devices allow them to perform along with your students both in and outside the classroom. 
Sebastián Vásquez's curator insight, December 4, 2016 6:07 PM
One of the most common expressions that I use to listen to nowadays is "put your cellphone away". Many teacher deal in their daily basis with students distracted by their phones and most of time they take desperate actions towards this situations which leads to a rough environment and affects the atmosphere of the classroom. In fact, one need we have in this current days is that of creating students perception towards the use of this devices which is not  a short way to walk but neither impossible. Providing the conditions and raising awareness about other possible uses into the classroom as well as raising curiosity to what is happening in the classroom will increase the possibilities of obtaining better behaviors in terms of technology. Our task then is to start thinking of strategies to implement since the very basis of the students academic life.
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Blended Learning and Its Impact on Higher Education Worldwide

Blended Learning and Its Impact on Higher Education Worldwide | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Let’s look at the pros and cons of blended learning approach in higher education.

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Emily Leffler's curator insight, September 19, 2016 4:50 PM

One thing that technology has really made possible is blended learning. Because now there can be research done easily in the classroom and distance education happening, a teacher has freedom and flexibility that he or she did not have previously. 

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 21, 2016 1:47 PM
The case studies listed here are worth checking out. 
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15 (More) Reasons Writing Is Important-in Your Own Words - Helping Writers Become Authors

15 (More) Reasons Writing Is Important-in Your Own Words - Helping Writers Become Authors | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Turns out I'm not the only one who believes writing is important. You do too! Here are the top 15 things you have taught me about the importance of writing.
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Composing in a Time of Violence: A Workshop & 2 Poems

Composing in a Time of Violence: A Workshop & 2 Poems | Metawriting | Scoop.it
By Eli Goldblatt For many years I have been concerned about how humans live with ambient violence. In some neighborhoods, violence regularly flares up on the streets or in classrooms or homes while in others violence is largely invisible or the artifact of TV, film, or YouTube viewing.   My early childhood was spent on US…
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Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Storytelling in its way can have just as much complexity as music or mathematics. That we don’t really understand this craft – or that this is a craft – is partly because of the romantic myth of “inspiration” peddled by authors as much as anyone. It is taught (up to a point) in creative writing degrees – but it can be simplified enough to be taught to schoolchildren as well.

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Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, May 25, 3:40 PM

Excelente propuesta educativa para enseñar a contar cuentos (y construir desde las palabras) más que una gramática abstracta sin contexto ni sustento. Va con lectura política incluida. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 26, 5:25 AM
Great!
 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 26, 4:58 PM
When I moved to activies like Fractured Fairytales, students took considerable care with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. They asked others and me to proofread.
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A guide for the 'all about me' generation

A guide for the 'all about me' generation | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Revealing your quirks, preferences and traits formally to colleagues can help you when it comes to working together, but those adopting the practice warn against sharing too much

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Great for community building and as a writing prompt
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Badges, Proof and Pathways - DML Central

Badges, Proof and Pathways - DML Central | Metawriting | Scoop.it
How do you prove what you know and can do these days? Sure, you can show someone your CV, résumé or LinkedIn profile, but what does that prove? Isn’t that just a bunch of claims you’ve got about the stuff you can do? Where’s the evidence? What can you point to in order to say: “This is me. This is who I am. This is my value to the world?”

Sometimes, it’s quick and easy to show that you’ve got the skills that are required. A quick on-the-spot check proves that you can build the wall, answer support questions, or stand in front of a crowd and hold people’s attention. What’s more difficult to check are things like whether you can bring a multi-stage project in on time and on budget, or how you deal with pressure. For these, we tend to rely on a combination of academic qualifications, training certificates, and recommendations from people we respect. If we’re honest, it’s all a bit of a mess.

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Looking at The Impact Of Digital Tools On Student Writing

Looking at The Impact Of Digital Tools On Student Writing | Metawriting | Scoop.it
When used properly, there are many ways that digital tools can help students improve their skills. It's the educator's job to steer their students in the right direction and help them get the most from this relatively new breed of tools.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 13, 5:12 AM

Some useful points from a higher Ed perspective.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, March 13, 2:15 PM

Some useful points from a higher Ed perspective.

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Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation

Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation | Metawriting | Scoop.it
From slide shows and stop-motion animation to short films and remixes, video-making is a tried-and-true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These video and animation apps and sites offer user-friendly tools and features that make it more fun than ever to get kids' productions created, edited, and polished.  If your students are making videos in classroom, then they're probably also watching videos in the classroom. If so, check out our tips and resources for how to Get Students Thinking Critically About Video.

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The Neuroscience of Perseverance

The Neuroscience of Perseverance | Metawriting | Scoop.it

To produce more dopamine, get in the habit of setting deadlines and completing goals in a timely manner. Create a daily schedule that includes self-imposed deadlines and stick to it! Use timers, calendars and peer pressure to keep you on track and condition yourself. Partner with a like-minded friend who has similar goals and make a pact that you will hold one another accountable to stay on deadline.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 3, 2016 1:41 AM

Good techniques to help students feel more successful.

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33 Commonly Misunderstood Words & Phrases (Infographic)

33 Commonly Misunderstood Words & Phrases (Infographic) | Metawriting | Scoop.it
People misunderstand words and phrases all the time. This may be because of poor hearing or comprehension. Speaking informally can also cause a person to misunderstand and misuse words. This infographic will throw some light on how to avoid 33 of the most commonly misused words and expressions out there.

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The Only Four Questions You’ll Ever Need to Ask Your Writers

The Only Four Questions You’ll Ever Need to Ask Your Writers | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Carl Anderson taught me to begin every writing conference with the simple question, "How's it going?" I love this question for two reasons: it's a question we ask our colleagues, our friends, and our family members when we want to know how they are doing. In other words, it's an authentic question that shows we care.…
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From ‘Lives’ to ‘Modern Love’: Writing Personal Essays With Help From The New York Times

From ‘Lives’ to ‘Modern Love’: Writing Personal Essays With Help From The New York Times | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Inspire your students by using Times models as “mentor texts” and finding advice on everything from avoiding “zombie nouns” to writing college essays.
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Reader Idea | New York Times Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Reader Idea | New York Times Virtual Reality in the Classroom | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Using virtual reality, or VR, in the classroom can help students learn about the world in a powerful new way, says Cayne Letizia.
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