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All about fun, imaginative learning and training.
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Storyjacker - collaborative story-writing games

Storyjacker - collaborative story-writing games | Serious Play | Scoop.it
What is Storyjacker?
In short, it's a website that allows you to write stories by playing games.
With it you can log on and play writing games for free, with friends or on your own, depending on the game you choose. The games are designed to make writing with others more fun and perhaps a little more productive.
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Things to Think About

Kids’ Things to Think About provides 100 prompts to spark thinking for written responses and encourage conversations about ideas and issues for kids. Created by students and teachers in Michigan, it can be used in classrooms or with families by allowing children to explore the prompts and by using them to guide a discussion


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-12 categories of questions including Friends, Family, School, Fun and Feelings.

-Challenges kids to dream about the future, think through “what would you do..” scenarios and make decisions about interesting topics. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:21 AM

Nice app to find things to get kids talking.

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Thank you!
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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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Two Nice Tools Students Can Use to Create Picture Books

Two Nice Tools Students Can Use to Create Picture Books | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Over the years I've found that drawings and pictures can be good creative writing prompts for students. Here are two tools that elementary school students can use to create stories prompted by drawings.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Great Activities from Read Write Think

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Great Activities from Read Write Think | Serious Play | Scoop.it

If you're an elementary school teacher who has not bookmarked Read Write Think, you absolutely should do that today. Read Write Think produces and shares a wealth of outstanding materials and lesson plans for elementary school language arts lessons. Five of their great, free resources are featured below...

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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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Picture This! Building Photo-Based Writing Skills

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Lesson Plan | A menu of activities for cultivating writing, vocabulary and skimming skills, using photographs as prompts.

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Social Media Websites can be a Powerful Aid in Writing Assignment (with 5 Examples) | Emerging Education Technology

Social Media Websites can be a Powerful Aid in Writing Assignment (with 5 Examples) | Emerging Education Technology | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Popular social media websites can be used as legitimate research tools, complimenting the traditional methods, and they can help students prepare when writing their essays and assignments.

 

Here are some of the best social networks and ways they can help improve your writing and research

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Using Image Writing to Use Images in Writing | DWRL Lesson Plans

Using Image Writing to Use Images in Writing | DWRL Lesson Plans | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This assignment is geared towards getting students to think about metaphor, imagery and associative logic in crafting their persuasive compositions. Ideally, the outcome will be a guiding image which helps arrange and focus their composition.

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Try These 6 Quick Story Exercises to Spark Your Creativity.

Try These 6 Quick Story Exercises to Spark Your Creativity. | Serious Play | Scoop.it
At the recommendation of a friend, I read Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need. She told me that while she wasn’t writing a screenplay, the book was extremely helpful for writing any kind of story.

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These 6 exercises by Blake Snyder, meant to jump-start ideas for movies, are very simple and, yes, quite amusing. They might spark your imagination and your story-telling skills.

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Creative Educator - More Than Just a Writing Prompt

Creative Educator - More Than Just a Writing Prompt | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Meeting your students where they already were — in the land of MP3s and YouTube — can forever change your classroom.

Using multimedia to make writing vibrant!

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41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills -

41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills - | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Math gets all the love–at least that appears to be the case in the edtech world. But applications of automated essay scoring have been growing steadily for 15 years. The shift to digital instructional materials, preparations for state online assessment, and a new crop of writing apps is adding new energy to digital ELA.

We’ve collected more than 30 scoring engines and other literacy apps below.

 

Image attribution flickr user woodleywonderworks.com

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Writing Platforms With Scoring Engine

Writing Aids

iPad Writing Apps

Nine reviewed apps from Reading Rockets

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Never Face a Blank Page Again! Bonnie Neubauer's Write-Brain Workbook Challenges / Creativity-Portal.com

Never Face a Blank Page Again! Bonnie Neubauer's Write-Brain Workbook Challenges / Creativity-Portal.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it
20 Fun-filled creative writing prompts and exercises from Bonnie Neubauer's Write-Brain Workbook.
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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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StoryToolz : Resources for Authors

StoryToolz : Resources for Authors | Serious Play | Scoop.it

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Jasmin Rez's curator insight, July 4, 2013 11:28 AM

Useful Writing Tools and Resources

tom jackson's curator insight, July 6, 2013 7:48 AM

need assistance with writing prompts and critique?

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:59 AM

Really good tools for writters

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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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About a little thing called 750 Words

About a little thing called 750 Words | Serious Play | Scoop.it
What is this site about?

I've long been inspired by an idea I first learned about in The Artist's Way called morning pages. Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in "long hand", typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It's about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Unlike many of the other exercises in that book, I found that this one actually worked and was really really useful.

I've used the exercise as a great way to think out loud without having to worry about half-formed ideas, random tangents, private stuff, and all the other things in our heads that we often filter out before ever voicing them or writing about them. It's a daily brain dump. Over time, I've found that it's also very helpful as a tool to get thoughts going that have become stuck, or to help get to the bottom of a rotten mood.

 

750 Words is the online, future-ified, fun-ified translation of this exercise. Here's how it works...

 
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Reflect & Write Photo Prompts, Writing · Creativity-Portal

Reflect & Write Photo Prompts, Writing · Creativity-Portal | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Articles and excerpts based on Reflect and Write: 270 Poems and Photographs to Inspire Writing by Elizabeth Guy and Hank Kellner.

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Plinky - Create Inspired Content

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 24, 2013 1:50 AM

Plinky makes it easy for you to create inspired content. Every day we provide a prompt (i.e. a question or challenge) and you answer. We make it simple to add rich media and share your answers on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

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Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

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Scholastic's Story Starters kids' writing activity generates creative writing prompts, from general fiction to adventure, fantasy, and science fiction.

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Paula Correia's curator insight, April 19, 2013 6:46 AM

Scholastic Story Starters é uma ferramenta de ensino flexível, que pode ser usada em vários contextos (na biblioteca escolar, em sala de aula, nos laboratórios de informática uma vez que também está disponível para iPad …) e se adapta ao estilo de ensino de cada um.
É uma atividade ideal para trabalhar com os alunos dado que desenvolve competências associadas à escrita.

swiftlytiltingtheatre's curator insight, October 18, 2013 1:08 AM

Not just for kids, stretch your writing and storytelling muscles

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creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers

creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Creative Writing Prompts collection of writing prompts and story starters for writers. Come up with creative content for blogs and blog stories with the help of these creative writing ideas.

 

Point your cursor to any number, read the prompt and then write your story! :o)

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9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Some students develop a negative attitude towards writing because they were never been  shown the real joy they can get in engaging in such an act. The traditional way of teaching writing is no longer working. We can not provide a pen and blank paper and expect our students to produce solid pieces of writing. This is a process of commitment, students need to feel connected to the writing task they are immersed in, they need to love it and to love it they need to see why they need to write after all.

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Generate writing ideas with online photo galleries

Generate writing ideas with online photo galleries | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"Sometimes, Carly and I will go to Shutterstock or iStock to find photos for our blog posts. Recently, we purchased a large number of photos, and I helped find pictures for our blog. What I discovered was a plethora of inspiration!"


Exercise: Think of the writing project you’re working on or think about starting a new project. Pick five or six words to describe your project or choose a subject you want to generate ideas for. Use those words in the search box in one of the online photo galleries. See what sparks your imagination. Now write about it!

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Good ideas for any writing project. Some of this tips can also be very helpful in brainstorming sessions or in some training workshops (eg. creative writing training).

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