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All about fun, imaginative learning and training.
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Grads: Leave Your Mark | Rustico Leather

Grads: Leave Your Mark | Rustico Leather | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Writing reflections before graduation is a great way to preserve your favorite memories from high school before you get caught up in your exciting summer and college plans. Journaling lets you celebrate your current accomplishments and plan your future goals while remembering the all those life lessons you’ve discovered along the way. Try a few of our reflection suggestions…

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Good Writing Prompts for self-reflection, journaling, providing feedback...
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Writing Your Way to Happiness

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Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
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iPad Journals as an Exit Ticket

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» iPad Journals as an Exit Ticket |

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See Canva https://www.canva.com/ and Thinglink http://www.thinglink.com/learn

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Ali Lamb Brown's curator insight, January 3, 2014 9:24 AM

great for class closure

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 15, 2014 12:14 AM

Great idea. Five minutes at the end of the lesson to add to your journal - to ask questions, think and reflect on your learning. 

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Teaching with TLC: Journal Jar

Teaching with TLC: Journal Jar | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Using journal jars for creative writing

 

A jar is filled with simple, kid-friendly questions that turn journaling sessions intoFUN!  

Another idea is to adapt the journal jar to spark great conversations. Have your children/students pick a topic, and go around the dinner table or classroom discussing it (or try to guess each other's answers to make it even more exciting). 


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In this post there's a link to print off the colourful writing prompts. These prompts are for kids, but one can easily adapt this idea for older students or for adults.

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OhLife helps you remember what's happened in your life

OhLife helps you remember what's happened in your life | Serious Play | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 28, 2013 1:03 PM

Fun for students to email their learning aims at the beginning of a semster/term and then by mid-semester/term checking if they achieved them or not, and what they need to do to achieve success. 

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:54 PM

This would be a great tool for RE and other courses where students set goals... not to mention it is a really fun idea :)

Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 9, 2014 3:53 AM

Kirjoita itsellesi kirje tulevaisuudesta. Voit myös kirjoittaa jollekin toiselle. Voi myös käyttää luovasti.

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Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers

Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Here are hundreds of writing ideas, along with free tips and worksheets for writers. You can also sign up for our free online creative writing courses.
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Find exactly what you need for your writing; including:

 

Writing ideas, story starters, and poetry prompts;

Step-by-step guides on how to write a story, poem, novel, and more;

Free downloadable tools, including story planning worksheets and character profiling questionnaires;

Tips and techniques to make your writing more powerful.

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Writing Prompts, Blogging Prompts, Story Topic Generators, Photo Inspiration · Creativity-Portal.com

Writing Prompts, Blogging Prompts, Story Topic Generators, Photo Inspiration · Creativity-Portal.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Prompts, generators, and photo inspiration for writers, journalers, bloggers, and visual artists.

 

Writing, Blogging & Creative Travel Photo Prompts

 

Many writers and bloggers seek out articles, prompts, and story starters to get their creative juices flowing. Do you need an idea or a writing prompt or two to get you going too? If so, don't miss our Blogger.com recommended Imagination Prompt Generatoror our collaborative '365 Pictures' prompt-a-day feature.
We've also listed recommended resources outside of our domain featuring more free writing prompts, story starters, daily writing exercises, visual art prompts, and writing topic generators.

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This is great!

Writing exercises

Fortune Cookie Message Maker

Photo Prompts 

Seasonal and Holiday Prompts

Just Plain Fun Story Prompts

Writing Prompts and Journal Topics

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Write, write, write, write, write. Creative Ideas & Inspiration

Write, write, write, write, write. Creative Ideas & Inspiration | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Stefan Sagmeister, one of our lifetimes most prolific creative thinkers, believes that keeping a diary supports personal development.

Writing daily, or even just regularly, not only helps promote personal development, but also creative development.

This is why you should be using 750 Words, a powerful (yet very simple) online website that prompts you to write at least 750 words every day.

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Students Teach Students: Using Student Essays To Build Coping Skills and Self-Esteem

Students Teach Students: Using Student Essays To Build Coping Skills and Self-Esteem | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Students Teach Students: Using Student Essays To Build Coping Skills and Self-Esteem
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What Objects Tell the Story of Your Life? | New York Times

What Objects Tell the Story of Your Life? | New York Times | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"Carefully curating a limited set of objects has lately become a popular way for museums and historians to tell vast histories (e.g., the history of the world, or of New York City).

 

We can use the same approach to tell our personal histories as well. A sentimental T-shirt, a kindergarten drawing or a dog-eared book? What objects tell the story of your life?"

 

Read the related article Object Lessons in History then answer:

What objects tell the story of your life? Can you identify five or 10 objects that you would include in an exhibit or book about your life?

Why did you select each of those objects?

Do you think telling history through objects is a “a clever way to hook people on history”? Do objects tell a story that words or images aren’t able to convey quite as effectively?


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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, October 2, 2014 2:31 AM

This is an exercise for students 13+.  But I think it's great for any age. Use it as a storytelling prompt.  Or try it as a team exercise by replacing "your life" with "our organization"  in the above prompts. Did everyone pick the same list of objects or were they wildly diverse? You could tell stories about each of the objects or you tell the story about why each person picked the objects they did.  Use them internally or externally.

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A Learning Journal Is Your Map to Continuous Development

A Learning Journal Is Your Map to Continuous Development | Serious Play | Scoop.it

A learning journal, when implemented on a consistent daily basis, can help you capture your learning by creating a time to be self-reflective of each day’s experiences. However small and seemingly unimportant these experiences are, these experiences can connect you to a specific learning that took place. (...)

By writing down and tracking your progress, you are able to review your progress at any point in time. Journaling is a great tool when you may be questioning your learning progression. Journaling can not only help you focus on your strengths, but can also help you determine what limitations you are currently working on that can have a positive impact on your overall performance. As a result, you will begin to see trends on how you best learn and develop so you can incorporate the right learning opportunities into your day.

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Writing at the Speed of the Unconscious

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Writing faster than you think possible can unleash creativity and prevent writer's block.
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"The unconscious mind is fast. The conscious mind is slower.

Many writing techniques or exercises exploit that difference in speed. These techniques all share the goal of writing so fast that the conscious mind cannot catch up and break in with critical comments."

 

In this post you'll find a simple exercise for experiencing the speed of the unconscious mind, derived from an InterPlay exercise done with a partner. 

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Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps

Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps | Serious Play | Scoop.it
"Thankful," a digital story by Sarah Schmidt.   How to create a polished, powerful digital story for yourself or your nonprofit Target audience: Nonprofits, social change organizations, educators, foundations, individuals.

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Jeramiah Martin's curator insight, July 3, 2013 9:32 AM

More good, actionble steps in building content.

Tyler Negus Snidow's curator insight, July 4, 2013 9:57 AM

TRY this.  From script, to boards, to images & music.  Follow these steps to create & post a digital story.

Luke Hancock - H&H Social Design's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:37 AM

Thorough. Insightful. Clever. This should be your go-to guide in aiding you in development of your digital story. GREAT STUFF

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Journal Writing as a Teaching Technique to Promote Reflection

Journal Writing as a Teaching Technique to Promote Reflection | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Objective: To introduce the process of journal writing to promote reflection and discuss the techniques and strategies to implement journal writing in an athletic training education curriculum.

Background: Journal writing can facilitate reflection and allow students to express feelings regarding their educational experiences. The format of this writing can vary depending on the students' needs and the instructor's goals.

Description: Aspects of journal writing assignments are discussed, including different points to take into account before assigning the journals. Lastly, various factors to contemplate are presented when providing feedback to the students regarding their written entries.

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Rui Vasco Silva's comment, May 28, 2013 6:30 AM
Isto é muito MEM. ;)
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Blipfoto - the daily photo journal

Blipfoto - the daily photo journal | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Blipfoto is a place to tell your story through photos, one day at a time. Join now and start seeing the world in a completely different way.
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Check also http://www.blipfoto.com/blog/2012/12/30/top-20-tips-for-starting-and-keeping-a-365-project


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