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Technology to Support Creative Writing ~ Mark Anderson's Blog

Technology to Support Creative Writing ~ Mark Anderson's Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mark Anderson

 

"Technology can be used to support any subject and technology to support creative writing is one such area. Here are some of my favourite but often overlooked sites and tools as well as some staples for inspiration, creation and publication and they work just as well in primary as they do secondary and in further education."

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Anderson highlights, describes, and provides links to numerous apps and services designed to provide:

Inspiration

Creation

Publication

 

 

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A Creative Curriculum fit for 2013 and Beyond | huntingenglish

A Creative Curriculum fit for 2013 and Beyond | huntingenglish | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.” Horace Mann

 

"Recently I came across a beautifully written ode to creativity written by @RealDavidCameron – see here. Please read it in all of its resplendent glory. The article, appropriate for our austere times, and rather bankrupt political leadership, is not all sweetness and light. Birth weight and poverty are recognized as near intractable factors that inhibit learning, but the driving force of the article resides in the transformative power of education. This was connected to another article by an inspiring school leader, Tom Sherrington – the @headguruteacher – with this article on creativity here: Teaching for Creativity and Innovation. Now, let me admit, when I sometimes hear the term ‘creativity’ used regarding education I wince slightly. ‘Passion’ and ‘creativity’ have become easy labels used across public and private sectors, becoming appropriated by advertisers, regardless of whether those qualities are exhibited or not, like some empty corporate mantra. When people laud Sir Ken Robinson I cannot but agree with his inspired speeches, but without action those words ring hollow. What leaders like Tom Sherrington and people like David Cameron do is put meat onto the bones of the creativity mantra in a real and valuable. They shine a light on creativity in practice and thereby encourage us to bask in the glow and feed the flame,"

Jim Lerman's insight:

The above comment, only one paragraph in quite a lengthy meditation on the necessity for creativity and passion in education, comes from "A Subject Leader of English in a large, successful state school in York" [England], who evidently desires to write anonymously.

 

In any event, huntingenglish has quite a bit to say on his/her own behalf and also peppers the piece with abundant links to additional writings by others as well as schools/programs that s/he considers exemplary.

 

From the opinions expressed, it seems to me that the educational landscape in the UK resembles that of the US in a great many respects...certainly I find much to agree with concerning personal reflections about the current state of educational affairs.

 

Huntingenglish has a lot to say and, IMO, says it very well. This is quite a stimulating read and I will be returning to this blog for more.

 

 

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The Jeff Bezos School of Long-Term Thinking | 99U

The Jeff Bezos School of Long-Term Thinking | 99U | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sean Blanda

 

“If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people,” Bezos told Wired in 2011. “But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that.”

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"We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term."-------

"In a nod to Bezos’ obsession with long-term thinking, 99U has combed through a dozen interviews and profiles on the CEO and pulled out a handful of his day-to-day habits that can help you keep an eye on the long term, just like Bezos."

 

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Quite an informative piece on Bezos.

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 11, 2013 4:59 PM

We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.

Fields Jackson, Jr's comment, August 12, 2013 2:16 PM
Great article
John Michel's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:59 PM

A superb reminder at we can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.