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Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

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In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman:

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Story 2.0: The Surprising Thing About The Next Wave Of Narrative

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Wrapping up a three-part series, Jonathan Gottschall discusses the problem with interactivity and some eternal truths of storytelling.
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Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it

"I regularly use Twitter’s own search as well as TweetDeck and Kred (once I am logged in) to scan and search the hashtags and keywords.

But, Topsy is a game changer.

The free comprehensive index and social analysis tool, searches keywords, hashtags and @ signs from minutes ago or from across a span of years, retrieving your social needles from millions of haystacks of billions of tweets.

Topsy is a way to instantly discover breaking news and just released press-releases and track current conversations and just posted media."


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luiy's curator insight, September 15, 2013 1:26 PM
TWITTER POLITICAL INDEX

During the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, Topsy and Twitter created the Twitter Political Index (or Twindex), which provided a daily gauge of voters’ sentiment for each candidate as expressed on Twitter. Using mentions of their last name or direct @mentions of their Twitter handle, the Twindex tracked sentiment for Obama and Romney from May 1 until Election day, showing when each gained momentum in the race.

How Twitter used Topsy APIs

Twitter used Topsy’s content and metrics API data to create a custom dashboard to help capture the nuance of public opinion.

Live tracking of sentiment to produce the Twindex. Additional, minute-level analysis during convention speeches and debatesMention counts on a wide array of topic areas—including the economy, foreign policy, and immigration—on a minute, hourly, and daily basisHistorical comparative analysis between the Gallup poll for presidential approval between 2010-2012 and Topsy sentiment for Obama, demonstrating a strong correlation between the two (and strongest when Topsy sentiment led the Gallup numbers by a few days)
Víctor Farré's curator insight, September 16, 2013 4:14 AM

Para buscar información en twitter desde 2007. Para explorar temas al instante. Prueba #viacatalana, por ejemplo. Veras los twitts del último dia, la ultima semana, el último més 413.000. Las fotos, los links. Un invento!

roberto gilli's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:20 AM

Great tool to gain data / intelligence / trend / emotions from Twitter . The social analytics section is a great tool to compare keywords and concepts.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.
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how do kids REALLY learn to write, 2.0

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photo of T by Mary McHenry Back in January, I wrote a rambling, terribly earnest post titled How Does a Child REALLY Learn to Write? That post generated a slew of thoughtful and heartfelt comments.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:20 PM

Excellent thoughts on the process of writing, and what not to stress as your students progress.  

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Introduction to Transmedia Class: New ways to think about Digital Storytelling

Introduction to Transmedia Class: New ways to think about Digital Storytelling | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it

Lucas J.W. Johnson: "Last week at Transmedia Vancouver, I presented an Introduction to Transmedia class. I wanted to cover a lot of the overview and basics of transmedia storytelling for those members new to transmedia and provide them with resources, so that in the future, our conversations can really move forward, into the nuts and bolts, into a space where we can all learn from each other."


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How Google Drive Makes It Easier To Teach Writing

Making my students switch from MS Word to Google Drive not only eliminated the headache of incompatible versions and big email attachments. It's made them better writers.
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Encourage Authentic Writing With #WhatIWrite and #NaNoWriMo - New York Times (blog)

Encourage Authentic Writing With #WhatIWrite and #NaNoWriMo - New York Times (blog) | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog)Encourage Authentic Writing With #WhatIWrite and #NaNoWriMoNew York Times (blog)So along with the National Writing Project and the National Council of Teachers of English, we invite you (and your students, and everyone else you...
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Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

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In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman:

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The Writing Revolution

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In the coming months, the conversation about the importance of formal writing instruction and its place in a public-school curriculum—­the conversation that was central to changing the culture at New Dorp—will spread throughout the nation. Over the next two school years, 46 states will align themselves with the Common Core State Standards. For the first time, elementary-­school students—­who today mostly learn writing by constructing personal narratives, memoirs, and small works of fiction—will be required to write informative and persuasive essays. By high school, students will be expected to produce mature and thoughtful essays, not just in English class but in history and science classes as well.

 

Common Core’s architect, David Coleman, says the new writing standards are meant to reverse a pedagogical pendulum that has swung too far, favoring self-­expression and emotion over lucid communication. “As you grow up in this world, you realize people really don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think,” he famously told a group of educators last year in New York. Early accounts suggest that the new writing standards will deliver a high-voltage shock to the American public. Last spring, Florida school officials administered a writing test that, for the first time, required 10th-graders to produce an expository essay aligned with Common Core goals. The pass rate on the exam plummeted from 80 percent in 2011 to 38 percent this year.

 

According to the Nation’s Report Card, in 2007, the latest year for which this data is available, only 1 percent of all 12th-graders nationwide could write a sophisticated, well-­organized essay. Other research has shown that 70 to 75 percent of students in grades four through 12 write poorly. Over the past 30 years, as knowledge-based work has come to dominate the economy, American high schools have raised achievement rates in mathematics by providing more­-extensive and higher-level instruction. But high schools are still graduating large numbers of students whose writing skills better equip them to work on farms or in factories than in offices; for decades, achievement rates in writing have remained low.


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Everything Means A Lot To Me | Intrepid Teacher

Everything Means A Lot To Me | Intrepid Teacher | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it

"This project grew organically from a quick exchange of ideas on Twitter.... How does this sort of collaborative interplay between photography, text and digital story telling help student writing?"

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An anthology of digital media projects

An anthology of digital media projects | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it

This site contains assignments for and created by participants in the most kick butt online open course anywhere, ds106, Digital Storytelling....

As of Sep 7, 2012 it includes 400 ds106 assignments and 3879 examples created from them.

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Music Video: Literacy in the Digital Age

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This video is Adam Freidlander’s response to a request for his favorite writing style at Cornell University. A fellow community college writing teacher and writer Liz Gonzalez shared the vide...
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Rebranding Teachers: a new visual vocabulary reflecting the multidimensional role of the teacher

Rebranding Teachers: a new visual vocabulary reflecting the multidimensional role of the teacher | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it

Teachers are currently represented by uninspiring, childish visual imagery. Images like apples, chalkboards, and the ABCs neither revere the profession of teaching nor do justice to the intellectual and creative development teachers help guide in students of all ages.

 

WNYC's Studio 360 asked us to create a new visual vocabulary that reflects the multidimensional role of the teacher. Listen to our interview with Kurt Andersen on Studio 360 and check out our full presentation.

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NowComment.com

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NOWCOMMENT - Turning Documents into Conversations®
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NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions of online documents no matter how large (or small) your class or collaboration group.

NowComment is fast, powerful, and feature-rich: you can sort comments, skim summaries, create assignments, hide comments, reply privately, and much moreIt's free, a project of public interest group Fairness.com LLC. Take 60 seconds to get an account now!
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The Hidden World of the Typewriter - The Atlantic

The Hidden World of the Typewriter - The Atlantic | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it
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The Hidden World of the Typewriter
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So intense was this relationship between writers and their machines, that many people who made their careers out of writing never made the transition to computers; Hunter S.
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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills - Education Week News

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills
Education Week News
In November 2012, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project released a study that surveyed 2,067 Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers.
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Janet Ilko's curator insight, June 25, 2013 8:09 PM

Very interesting ideas on how and why teaching students to analyze internet resources is so important.

 

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Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary

Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it
See and hear the meaning

Via Nik Peachey, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 30, 2013 8:07 AM

Great contribution to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 30, 2013 7:17 PM

Great tool for reaching visual and auditory learners!

Mrs Le Roy's curator insight, February 3, 1:15 AM

un dictionnaire où on peut voir et entendre le sens des mots !

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FREE! NaNoWriMo YWP Classroom Kit 2012

FREE! NaNoWriMo YWP Classroom Kit 2012 | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it

If you are facilitating NaNoWriMo for 10 or more students in a school, library, or community center, you may order one 2012 classroom noveling kit free of charge!

The classroom kit includes:

• NaNoWriMo’s Triumphant Chart of Noveling Progress
• up to 35 sets of NaNoWriMo progress stickers
• up to 35 “Imagination Activated” buttons

Teach more than 35 students? Order extra kits orbuttons.

Teach fewer than 10 students? See our resources for small groups.

Looking for more classroom goodies? We also have low-priced sets of pencils, stickers, and posters!

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Creativity Is Not the Enemy of Good Writing - National Writing Project

Summary: Bob Fecho and Stephanie Jones, co-directors of the Red Clay Writing Project, offer their inquiry- and research-focused analysis of New Dorp High School's recent successes in this response to Peg Tyre's "The ...
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Why I Write: Timothy Ferris on Writing to Learn - National Writing Project

Why I Write: Timothy Ferris on Writing to Learn - National Writing Project http://t.co/HIe79uw0 via @writingproject...
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Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board

Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it

"Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.

What draws me to use the site is the ability to fluidly lay out all your ideas, thoughts, images, and whatever else you want on one simple board. It’s designed to be home to your random ideas, inspiration, and other thoughts."


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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, January 21, 2013 9:22 AM

This has so many possiblities for students.  The ability to collaborate and share resources on a project, creating a place for an artist to brainstorm their ideas, and a place to brainstorm for content, planning or curriculum.  Looking forward to learning more about this site and how to implement in the classroom.

Kimberley Lyles-Folkman's curator insight, February 23, 2013 6:20 PM

We used mural.ly as a class...so far we like it as a tool in which to share ideas.

Colette Cairns's curator insight, November 4, 2013 8:15 AM

Mural.ly also has an app!

 

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Results from the first NAEP computer-based writing assessment

Results from the first NAEP computer-based writing assessment | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it


-About 27 percent of students perform at or above the Proficient level at both grades
-About 80 percent of students perform at or above the Basic level at both grades
-Female students score higher than male students at both grades

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The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar via @librarybeth

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar via @librarybeth | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it
On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she's received working for the animation studio over the years.
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Twitter for Academic Writing: "I'm no longer using Twitter in my writing classes."

Twitter for Academic Writing: "I'm no longer using Twitter in my writing classes." | Teaching Digital Writing | Scoop.it

"...I'm no longer using Twitter in my writing classes."

 

Daniel Craig shares a brief paper written to accompany his presentation at the 2011 English Teachers Association of Korea. 

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Google Research Tool

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During the summer, Google sneaked a new tool in to Google Documents that is totally awesome. It allows students (or anyone) to perform searches for web resources, images, quotes, and scholarly articles from within the document -- and then it cites the sources with a click of a button!

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