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Digital Literacies for Writing in Social Media | DMLcentral

Digital Literacies for Writing in Social Media | DMLcentral | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
The following is a shortened version of a talk I gave at the "Engaging the Public" symposium held at Washington & Jefferson College on Oct. 1. According to Cathy Davidson's Now You See It, 65 percent of students entering school today will have careers in fields that haven't been invented yet. While #IDontHaveFactsToBackThisUp, I'm willing to make the following prediction about writing: a full 100% of these students, at some point in their lives, will be required to use writing technologies that haven't been invented yet.

Consider this: as recently as four years ago, who would have imagined that major companies would have employees whose jobs were to interact with customers on Twitter, or that someone could make a career out of writing for Facebook? Four years before that, not only did those jobs not exist, Twitter and Facebook didn't exist, and the types of writing that they represent were only in their nascent form. As someone who teaches college students, what this says to me is that, in the space of two college graduation cycles, new genres of writing emerged and became dominant on the web.
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GDC Online: Neal Stephenson On The Future Of Games And Narrative

GDC Online: Neal Stephenson On The Future Of Games And Narrative | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Christian Nutt, October 12, 2011

In a keynote conversation at GDC Online, author Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, REAMDE) talked about his thoughts on the future of games, and the intersection of narrative craft with virtual worlds.
"In a keynote conversation at GDC Online, author Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, REAMDE) talked about his thoughts on the future of games, and the intersection of narrative craft with virtual worlds.

As part of the Game Narrative Summit taking place during the event, journalist Geoff Keighley sat in conversation with Stephenson as he discussed his new game infused video book REAMDE, as well as his thoughts on video games as a medium.

First, an important question: is Stephenson a gamer?

Stephenson decided to combine games and exercise -- the former because he likes them, the latter on the advice of his wife, a physician -- so he plays on an elliptical machine. "I basically play Halo 3 in solo non-network mode for 45 minute stretches, a few times a week," he said.

What Writers Can Contribute to Games

He thinks that writers have a lot to contribute to games -- "I think it's got a bright future, because what science fiction and fantasy writers do, that's different from other kinds of writers, is that they create worlds," Stephenson said. ..."


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Twitter poetry: Can you write a great poem in a tweet?

Twitter poetry: Can you write a great poem in a tweet? | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Es gibt viele Versuche, mit Twitter literarische Experimente vorzunehmen, etwa Poesie zu schreiben ...<

.. etwa über den Hashtag #tweetpoem ...
 

Following Carol Ann Duffy's claim that 'the poem is a form of texting' we asked our Twitter followers to tweet us in verse. See some of our favourites – and post your own in the comments ...

@GuardianBooks #tweetpoem

fozmeadows 
#tweetpoem Outside, the world moves / through disparate atoms, wild & large - but / inside, electric dreamers move / through many worlds.
7 Sept. 

 

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William Gibson: beyond cyberspace

William Gibson: beyond cyberspace | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Technology, commodification, vacuous marketing-speak, tweeting – William Gibson, the doyen of science fiction writers, marvellously exposes the nature of our late capitalist world, writes Thomas Jones om Thursday 22 September 2011:

 

"It's nearly 30 years since the word "cyberspace" first appeared in print, in a short story by William Gibson for the July 1982 edition of the now-defunct science fiction magazine Omni. In an interview in this summer's Paris Review, Gibson describes, not for the first time, how he came up with the word: "The first thing I did was to sit down with a yellow pad and a Sharpie and start scribbling – infospace, dataspace. I think I got cyberspace on the third try, and I thought, oh, that's a really weird word. I liked the way it felt in the mouth – I thought it sounded like it meant something while still being essentially hollow." ...

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40 Alternative Assessments for Learning | TeachHUB

40 Alternative Assessments for Learning | TeachHUB | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

By: Charity Preston, 2011-09-21

"When people think of assessment, pencils and bubble sheets may be the first things that come to mind. Assessment does not always have to involve paper and pencil, but can instead be a project, an observation, or a task that shows a student has learned the material.

In the end, all we really want to know is that the skill was mastered, right? Why not make it fun and engaging for students as well?

Many teachers shy away from alternative assessments because they take extra time and effort to create and to grade. On the other hand, once the assessment guidelines and grading rubric are created, it can be filed away and used year after year.

The project card and rubric can be run on card stock (one on each side of the page), laminated, and hole punched with other alternative assessment ideas. Keep them all together in a binder or with an o-ring. Assessment just became a snap!

Here are 40 alternative assessment ideas to get you started!
Alternative Reading Assessments 

Alternative Writing Assessments

Alternative Math Assessments

Alternative Science Assessments

Alternative Social Studies Assessments

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Six Elements to a Story that Won’t Get You Slapped

Six Elements to a Story that Won’t Get You Slapped | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

by JOE BUNTING on SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 ·

The Foundation of Writing

Some people say there are five elements of story. Some say ten. I say six (for now at least). Here they are:

1. Action. What are the people in your story doing?

2. Dialogue. What are they saying?

3. Description. What are they seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling?

4. Introspection (also known as inner monologue). What are they thinking?

5. Emotion. How do they feel?

6. Exposition. What other information does the narrator (IE you) want us to know?

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Free Online Writing Courses - BubbleCow

Free Online Writing Courses - BubbleCow | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Writing courses are becoming part of many writer’s route to publication. In fact the rise in popularity of writing courses means that writers are overwhelmed with choice. It is now possible to attend traditional writing courses or even join up to a free online writing courses.

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A Quiz: Have you thrown away your copy of Getting Things Done or smashed your Pomodoro timer in frustration?

A Quiz: Have you thrown away your copy of Getting Things Done or smashed your Pomodoro timer in frustration? | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Take this Quiz to discover your Productivoty Personality!
"Are you an analytic thinker, someone who excels at games of logic and is motivated by competition and goals?
Are you a big picture thinker, someone who can spend hours wrestling with a problem or project – to the exclusion of even eating and sleeping?
Or are you more people oriented, the person who’s most concerned with those around you and whether they’re happy and healthy?" 

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A Copywriter’s Manifesto On The Real Value of Copywriting

A Copywriter’s Manifesto On The Real Value of Copywriting | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Sandra Slavec, August 31, 2011

"A couple of months I scored a regular copywriting gig, and while I put a lot of time, energy and creativity into crafting great articles, I soon discovered that the client I was writing for didn’t share my views.

In fact the client simply didn’t value copywriting beyond anything more than a means to boost their website ranking on Google."

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remix my lit » anthology: "Through the Clock’s Workings" is a remixed and remixable anthology of literature.

remix my lit » anthology:  "Through the Clock’s Workings" is a remixed and remixable anthology of literature. | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Prominent Australian authors have written new short stories and released them under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike licence. What that means is you can remix the stories, but only if you acknowledge the author, the remix is not for commercial use, and your new work is available for others to remix. The authors’ stories were made available on our website and new and emerging writers were invited to create their own remixes to be posted on the website and considered for publication in the print anthology alongside the original stories.

Links: Through the Clock’s Workings" (PDF-download, 133 pages)
http://www.remixmylit.com/wp-content/pdf/Through-the-Clocks-Workings-EBook.pdf

 

 

Re-mixes short stories by the readers:
http://www.remixmylit.com/storiesremixes/ 

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Promotional Tools for Writers on Google+ - GalleyCat

Promotional Tools for Writers on Google+ - GalleyCat | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

By Jason Boog on July 25, 2011 6:23 PM

"Our massive list of writers on Google+ has almost reached 400 accounts today. To help all these new users, we’ve collected a number of promotional tools for writers and publishing professionals on Google+.

First of all, if you want to interact with other writers or readers on Google+, add your name to our Writers on Google+ directory. Make sure your profile is simple, direct and concise. Consult Twitter Profile Mistakes Writers Should Avoid for some general advice."

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Cool Tools for Journalists an Journalism Education

Cool Tools for Journalists an Journalism Education | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Twitter Tools
Journalists on Twitter
99 Things You can do with Twitter

 


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Mapping Tools
QuickMaps, Google Mapmakler 

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Google-Tools
Google Alert. Google Date, Google History, Google Questions ...

 

Online Broadcasting
Photo Editing

Tools to Find Stuff / People/Places 

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Change the World with Transmedia Storytelling

Change the World with Transmedia Storytelling | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

7.22.2011

Nedra Weinreich from Spare Change, works with nonprofits and government agencies for positive health and social change using social media, transmedia storytelling and entertainment education approaches at Weinreich Communications. She's doing some very important work to make a difference in the world. This is inspiring!

 

Spare Change - making a difference with social marketing by Nedra Kline Weinreich...

 

http://blog.social-marketing.com/2011/07/change-world-with-transmedia.html


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Go To Hellman: The Clawback of @lessig's "Remix"

Go To Hellman: The Clawback of @lessig's "Remix" | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Lessig's groundbreaking first book, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, was published before Creative Commons existed, it's out of print, and not available as an ebook. But a second edition, Code, Version 2.0 was released with a CC (Attribution, Share-Alike) License. You can download it for free from Google Books. But it's not available on the Nook store or on Internet Archive. Amazon wants $2.99 to put it on your Kindle. Kobo books wants $13.69. Worldcat reports that it's available in 462 libraries around the world, but only 11 of these libraries report holding the electronic version. Worldcat has a URL for the ebook, but it's dead. If you don't like the idea of downloading from Google, you can get it from a site owned by Lessig, or you can download it from my personal website. The non-unglued, earlier (and out of date!) edition is much more available in libraries, with 1103 libraries listing it in Worldcat.

If you think that Code 2.0 is an important book, and you want your friends to read it, you can not only download and distribute it from your website, you can print up a bunch of copies and sell them, or give them away. Code 2.0 doesn't restrict its redistribution to non-commercial uses or prevent you from making derivative works, as long as you use the same license on the copies and derivative works that you sell or distribute. The Creative Commons licenses are media-neutral and aren't restricted to digital works. Licensees (the users) may migrate the licensed works to other formats, so a CC-licensed pdf file can be printed to make a CC-licensed print volume.
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Simple: Building your CV on Blogger or Wordpress | Multimedia Journalism

Simple: Building your CV on Blogger or Wordpress | Multimedia Journalism | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

@andybull

Using a professionally-created template specifically designed to present your portfolio gives you a truly impressive online CV, but it costs a bit, and takes some work for you to upload the template – or theme as Wordpress calls them - into your account.

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Twitter : Tweet about the new Facebook Features as Curation-Tools ....

Zuckerberg is describing the new Timeline profile as a curation tool for the story of your life. #f8 http://t.co/r13ARSeL
Sep 22 via SuliaFavoriteRetweetReply

Zuckerberg is describing the new Timeline profile as a curation tool for the story of your life. #f8
http://t.co/r13ARSeL

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How the Crowd Is Shaping the Future of Storytelling

How the Crowd Is Shaping the Future of Storytelling | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

September 14, 2011 by Molly Barton

The traditional media model of gatekeepers is slowly giving way to niche communities that source and inform the creative process. The new era of storytelling is upon us, thanks in large part to the social web.

"Stories are the foundation of human communication, even when first relayed over campfires — an inherently social and communal setting. The storyteller can change his tale based on the expressions on the faces of his audience — speed up here, slow down there, give more background on a character. The storyteller may hear someone else retell his or her own story in a different way, and use that experience in telling new stories or iterating upon the original. The story gets stronger and more nuanced in the retelling ...."

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INFOGRAPHIC : The Textbooks Of Tomorrow

INFOGRAPHIC : The Textbooks Of Tomorrow | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

posted on September 21, 2011 by Mark O'Neill

"As someone who has just bought an iPad, I can personally appreciate its potential to become the dominant force in the digital book wars. PDF and ePub files can be uploaded instantly, and then annotated with your stylus pen or finger.

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What do you think? How soon do you think it will be before we see an all-digital book world? Are you more into digital books or print books? And what do you think of this 53% figure? Does it sound about right or do you think digital books are one big expensive rip-off and fad? Sound off in the comments below. ..."

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"The Copy Book" – Anleitung zum Schreiben

"The Copy Book"  – Anleitung zum Schreiben | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Von Jan Füchtjohann, 08.09. 2011

Immer mehr Menschen schreiben immer mehr Texte, die immer weniger Menschen lesen wollen. Wer wissen will, wie man Aufmerksamkeit erlangt, findet im Bildband "The Copy Book" gute Texte für böse Unternehmen und die Kunst des Werbetextens.
""Türken, Griechen, Polen, Inder, Äthiopier, Vietnamesen, Chinesen und Peruaner brauchen sich hier gar nicht erst zu bewerben", steht da. Darunter ein gelbes "M", das bekannte Logo der Fastfood-Kette McDonald's. Was soll das denn jetzt? Erst die halbe Welt dick machen, dann den Rest ausgrenzen und am Ende "Ich liebe es" drunter schreiben? Schnell das Kleingedruckte lesen: "Schweden, Südkoreaner oder Norweger übrigens auch nicht. Weil wir Individuen suchen. ..." 

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Utopic - AdviceToWriters - Home - Writing Is A Process of Discovery

"The process of writing fiction is totally unconscious. It comes from what you are learning, as you live, from within. For me, all writing is a process of discovery. We are looking for the meaning of life. No matter where you are, there are conflicts and dramas everywhere. It is the process of what it means to be a human being; how you react and are reacted upon, these inward and outer pressures. If you are writing with a direct cause in mind, you are writing propaganda. It's fatal for a fiction writer."

NADINE GORDIMER

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The Writer Runs This Show | Copyblogger Manifesto

The Writer Runs This Show | Copyblogger Manifesto | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Brian Clark, founder of Copyblogger
"We have the technology.
We have the business skills.
We have virtual ink by the barrel.
The writer runs this show.
We’re the ones who command the attention.
We’re the ones who create the engagement.
We’re the ones who influence what people think and do.
The writer runs this show.
If you won’t read until your eyes blur.
If you won’t write more to write well.
If you won’t invest the blood, sweat, and tears . . .
Then you’ll have to work with real writers.
And pay those writers exceptionally well.
If they have the time, that is.
Because the writer runs this show." 

 

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A Wikipedia Reader

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What about critical thinking in the age of social media? Read this reader befor you search in wikipedia :-)

"What does Wikipedia research look like when the focus is no longer solely on the novelties of (open) collaboration or on whether Wikipedia is trustworthy and accurate? What does it mean to properly consider Wikipedia as mainstream, as embedded in the many rituals of everyday life, and no longer regarded as a quirky outsider? What perspectives become available once we tone down the moralizing and ready-made narratives and instead fully embrace the reality of Wikipedia’s massive use, especially among students and scholars? What values are embedded in Western male geeks’ software and interface designs? What new areas of enquiry are important and, indeed, possible once we change focus? And most importantly, what is the role and substance of critique when directed towards a project that claims to be accessible to (almost) anyone and free to use, copy, and contribute to – when it is overseen by a non-profit and driven by an overarching vision seemingly in perfect harmony with Western Enlightenment? Indeed, how to say anything critical at all in light of the anticipated response:
‘If you don’t like it, please come and change it – we’re open’?

 

URL: http://www.networkcultures.org/_uploads/%237reader_Wikipedia.pdf

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Percolate Bubbles Up News For Easier Content Creation @PSFK

Percolate Bubbles Up News For Easier Content Creation @PSFK | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

By Catherine Fulton on July 11, 2011

Percolate is a new online publishing platform that makes content creation easier by curating interesting things for users to comment on. Unlike traditional blogging platforms, where users start with an often daunting blank box, Percolate, like the name suggests, filters down information pulled from sources such as Twitter and RSS feeds and presents users with relevant content that they can easily contextualize and re-share.

via PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2011/07/percolate-bubbles-up-news-for-easier-content-creation.html#ixzz1VsDsKpCB

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Freelance Writers' Blog: How Freelance Writers can Use Google+

Freelance Writers' Blog: How Freelance Writers can Use Google+ | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Harleena Singh Tuesday, August 23, 2011

 

"With this latest social media tool raking up in popularity, do you wonder how freelance writers can use Google+? As a freelance writer, I've been using this new social networking platform for a while now and thought to share my views about how freelance writers can use Google+. I have to admit that I love it, as it offers real advantages for freelance writers, or for that matter even authors, bloggers, journalists, or just about anyone!"

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Spare Change: Transmedia Storytelling for Social Marketers: A Sample Campaign

Spare Change: Transmedia Storytelling for Social Marketers: A Sample Campaign | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Nedra Weinreich, 6.29. 2010
"Transmedia Storytelling for Social Marketers:

In a transmedia story, you are immersed in the plotline either as the main character or as you get to know the characters and their world from many different angles. Often, transmedia stories are told in real-time, with the characters posting to their Twitter accounts, writing blog posts and creating YouTube videos. They may come to feel like friends, especially if the audience is encouraged to interact with the characters. This type of immersive experience can make a strong impression on knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of social norms, and can motivate action."

 

Explore the full Diagram:

Online Distributed Story - work template Gary Hayes 2008

http://www.flickr.com/photos/garyhayes/3251571561/sizes/o/in/set-72157613331811096/ 

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