With iPads, once we begin thinking beyond the confines of a page, anything is possible. Consider the video below created several years ago by two of my students. First they wrote plot summaries. Then they wrote character sketches. From there, they crafted paragraphs about theme, tying the visual and auditory elements of their videos back to the books. Finally, they created storyboards and bibliographies before producing and publishing their final product.
This is a handy free tool that also has a downloadable desktop app for proofreading your work. It has some understanding of context and so can analyze errors which may otherwise be missed. Very useful tool.
The Postcard Creator helps students generate their own postcard messages by typing information into letter templates. - a nice tool to use when you want to create that quick message, promotional or otherwise
Reading together is better! Engage in conversations with friends, authors and experts and access all types of info and multimedia in the margins of your books. Not available in Australian store yet but sounds like a great app for use with texts in English, hopefully soon?
We round up 25 nuggets of writing wisdom from Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Augusten Burroughs, Geoff Dyer, Steven Pressfield, and more. From me:-"Thankyou 99percent a great collection of tips. For all aspiring writers and just those who want to know some strategies for getting that writing task done!"
Professor Word is a useful browser plugin to help you develop your vocabulary. It enables you to click on words in a text on any webpage and get a definition. It also shows related words. Good tool for vocabulary building.
Welcome to BIW's home on the web. This group has been a source of encouragement for hundreds of writers for ten years. "this site has some great ideas, tools and information for all writing, including a nice little excel template to help you keep track of that book you are writing! ...or thinking about
"On the Internet, we’ve reached a tipping point where more than 50% of all Internet traffic is no longer generated by humans – instead, it's generated by a motley mix of search engine spiders, bots, scrapers, scammers, hackers and, yes, spies. We are no longer talking about the Internet, we are talking about the Bot Net – a “bot-mediated reality” where algorithms and bots influence where we go, how long we spend there and with whom we communicate."
This great pick by Sakis Koukouvis goes on to list impressive facts on how the Internet is being controlled by robots.
The Wheeler Centre is a new kind of cultural institution, dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing, books and ideas. The Centre is a cornerstone of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature status.