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Apple's iBooks 2, iBooks Author: Bids to own publishing's future | LA Times

Apple's iBooks 2, iBooks Author: Bids to own publishing's future | LA Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Alongside Apple stating that iBooks 2 and textbooks on the iPad would reinvent the textbook as we know it, the iPad-maker announced Thursday that it would also attempt to reinvent book-making by way of an app called iBooks Author.


The Apple-made app, available as a free download from the Mac App Store, (ideally) makes it easy to make books for the iPad. But together, iBooks 2 and iBooks Author are moves to capture the future of education and self-publishing, and to continue to build on the success Apple had under the late Steve Jobs.


"iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple's iBookstore," Apple said.

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Seven Steps to the Perfect Story ~ Journaling, Writing

Seven Steps to the Perfect Story ~ Journaling, Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY

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The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark

The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Check out this list of the best websites bloggers should bookmark for everyday use.

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The neuroscience of imagination - Andrey Vyshedskiy

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Imagine, for a second, a duck teaching a French class. A ping-pong match in orbit around a black hole. A dolphin balancing a pineapple. You probably haven’t actually seen any of these things. But you could imagine them instantly. How does your brain produce an image of something you’ve never seen? Andrey Vyshedskiy details the neuroscience of imagination.


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We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet – OMGFacts

We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet – OMGFacts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
English has always been a living language, changing and evolving with use. But before our modern alphabet was established, the language used many more characters we’ve since removed from our 26-letter lineup. The six that most recently got axed are:
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10 Questions for Fake News Detection

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A worksheet to help students detect fake news.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 2:01 AM

A useful worksheet from the News Literacy Project.

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8 Techniques That Helped Me Improve My Writing During Ten Years of Blogging

8 Techniques That Helped Me Improve My Writing During Ten Years of Blogging | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Epic copywriting is an integral part of driving traffic and making conversions. Smashing Magazine even states that “it’s not how can you become a world-class copywriter in a short period of time if you have only minimal experience?It took me 10 years to improve, figuring out these techniques. By practicing them, you’ll be able to improve a lot faster....
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 7, 10:50 AM

Neil Patel shares epic copywriting tips. Basics nicely captured for newbies.

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Neil Patel shares epic copywriting tips. Basics nicely captured for newbies.

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The struggle to adapt storytelling for virtual reality

The struggle to adapt storytelling for virtual reality | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Storytelling in virtual reality has yet to take shape. While the simulated world of gaming has proved the visual capabilities of the medium, few have taken a crack at the art of building a compelling narrative.
"But now that the battle of the VR headsets is fully under way, a shift is evident. Content studios seem to be getting ready for the next wave of virtual reality. Over the past week alone, major VR studios have announced investments from Hollywood studios that seem indicative of the cinematic experiences to come. Within, formerly known as VRSE, has raised $12.56 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz and 21st Century Fox, Felix & Paul Studios has seen $6.8 million in a round led by Comcast, and Virtual Reality Company (VRC) got $23 million from Beijing's Hengxin Mobile Business in exchange for exclusive distribution rights in China."

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2 Ways to Publish eBooks from G Suite - via  EdTechTeacher

2 Ways to Publish eBooks from G Suite - via  EdTechTeacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In this post EdTechTeacher Instructor Greg Kulowiec demonstrates how to publish eBooks from G Suite like Google Docs using ePub and Issuu.

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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, January 6, 8:45 AM
I have to get more proficient at this stuff....
MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 8:34 AM
Give your students the opportunity to publish their work to a larger audience, and ignight their interest in writing well! Particularly in genre such as fiction, poetry, and areas of self expression, students need more than their audience of one (you). 
Here is a simple means for sharing beyond you; and if they solicit feedback, they can improve their writing and perhaps find an untapped outlet for self expression!
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LitLift - A FREE online novel and story writing application

LitLift - A FREE online novel and story writing application | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 19, 2016 4:43 AM
One more attempt to foster creativity through collaborative storytelling... it looks good... worth a try!
Bart van Maanen's curator insight, December 19, 2016 9:54 AM
Ziet er veelbelovend uit, deze gratis online editor. Je zou hem kunnen gebruiken om een serie blogs te maken die uiteindelijk in een e-book terecht moeten komen. Dat geeft overzicht.
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Writing Lesson of the Month Network!

Writing Lesson of the Month Network! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Every month from 2007 to 2017, Corbett Harrison posts a writing lesson. You're sure to find something here to spark an idea. -JL

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How Robots in English Class Can Spark Empathy and Improve Writing

How Robots in English Class Can Spark Empathy and Improve Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Mention robots to many English teachers and they’ll immediately point down the hall to the science classroom or to the makerspace, if they have one. At many schools, if there’s a robot at all, it’s located in a science or math classroom or is being built by an after-school robotics club. It’s not usually a fixture in English classrooms. But as teachers continue to work at finding new entry points to old material for their students, robots are proving to be a great interdisciplinary tool that builds collaboration and literacy skills.

“For someone like me who teaches literature by lots of dead white guys, teaching programming adds relevance to my class,” said Jessica Herring, a high school English teacher at Benton High School in Arkansas. Herring first experimented using Sphero, essentially a programmable ball, when her American literature class was studying the writing of early settlers. Herring pushed the desks back and drew a maze on the floor with tape representing the journey from Europe to the New World. Her students used class iPads and an introductory manually guided app to steer their Spheros through the maze.

Herring, like many English teachers, was skeptical about how the Sphero robot could be a useful teaching tool in her classroom. She thought that type of technology would distract students from the core skills of reading, writing and analyzing literature. But she decided to try it after hearing about the success of another English teacher across the country.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 24, 2016 2:53 PM

Hands on pre-writing and brainstorming ahead. Great way to write across the curriculum.

Stephania Savva, Ph.D's curator insight, December 26, 2016 10:41 AM
Robotics in Education: not so far away from school routine.
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The  16 Best Children’s Books of 2016 :: Maria Popova

The  16 Best Children’s Books of 2016 :: Maria Popova | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"...here are the picture-books I found most imaginative, intelligent, and warmhearted this year — books that speak, even sing, to hearts of all ages and embody E.B. White’s proclamation that successful writers of children’s books “have to write up, not down.”

 

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The always impressive Popova selects her 16 favorite illustrated books of 2016. At the bottom of the page, find links to her lists of favorites going back to 2010.

 

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100 Not-Boring Writing Prompts for Middle- and High Schoolers

100 Not-Boring Writing Prompts for Middle- and High Schoolers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

6. Create a brand new holiday with its own traditions, rituals, foods, and activities.

7. What road-trip would you take if you suddenly could? Write about it.

8. List six true sentences that begin with the words “I'll never forget…”

9. Imagine that we lost all electricity, water, and gas for a month without any time to prepare. Write about how your life would change and how you would survive.

10. Make your bucket list for the next 5 years, the next 10 years, and for life.

 

This really is a useful list. -JL

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10 Tips For Writing Short Stories That Sell

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Short stories can be a creative exercise used to explore a new idea. They can be entered into anthologies or submitted to magazines, and they can be repackaged

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Cold Turkey: This App FORCES You to Write

Cold Turkey: This App FORCES You to Write | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Cold Turkey is a free productivity program that you can use to temporarily block distractions so that you can get your work done!

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Create a Yearbook Using G Suite by @Jentechnology - Teacher Tech

Create a Yearbook Using G Suite by @Jentechnology - Teacher Tech | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Google Yearbook, also known as Anuario Google, is my #Mex16 Innovator project. The goal of this project to lower the price of yearbooks while maintaining a high-quality product. Students are empowered to become graphic designers as they collaboratively create their yearbook. Because the project is bilingual, even more students can benefit from the project.

Make Your Own Google Yearbook

Link to Google Yearbook project

You can get started by going to my website with details about the project. Throughout the year, directions, resources, templates, and solutions will be added. Please take what you like and share the changes you make. Our students deserve high-quality low-cost yearbooks that capture their youthful memories.

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An Interesting Infographic Featuring 16 Great Writing Guides for Teachers and Students

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Tell Stories to Write a Successful College Entrance Essay - Carol Barash

Tell Stories to Write a Successful College Entrance Essay - Carol Barash | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Carol Barash, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Story2, a web platform that helps students tap into the power of storytelling by using a step-by-step process to transform spoken stories into authentic college admission essays. Story2 wonGoldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses competition, completed the Kaplan TechStars accelerator, was included in Forbes 10 EdTech Companies You Need to Know About in 2015 and 14 NY Tech Companies to Watch in 2016. Barash has taught at Princeton University, the University of Michigan, and Rutgers University, where she served as faculty advisor to the admissions committee. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, completed her M.A. at the University of Virginia, and Ph.D. at Princeton University.
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6 Reasons (and Nifty Tools) for Exploring Digital Storytelling

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Lee Watanabe-Crockett writes: "Here are 6 great reasons to begin exploring digital storytelling in your classroom along with some suggestions for tools to get you started."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, December 8, 2016 10:18 PM

Wouldn't it be fun to create a challenge for students using digital storytelling tools? How about a book trailer contest, and for each different tool a student uses she gets an entry? Or what about using one tool in different ways? For example, challenge students to use only Storybird to create book trailers for various genres? (Can you make a horror book trailer in Storybird?) Additional tools that would be great for this: Animoto, Powtoon, WeVideo...but the idea is to have them try several concurrently. Get them thinking: which ones were best for the task? Which did they struggle with? Which would they use again? This is all part of developing that digital tool box we want them to have handy for any projects teachers assign, or for exploring their own creativity!

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Digital Storytelling Wheel- Apps and Tools for Teachers

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The digital storytelling wheel is a graphic we created a few months ago-with links to the apps provided as well


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 8, 8:12 PM

Apps and Tools for Ipad, Android devices and the web

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A Good Infographic Featuring Some of The Best iPad Apps for Writers (2017 Version)

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 8, 11:17 AM

Writing on iPad? Here's a useful collection of apps to help you.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 9, 6:20 PM
Il manque des outils aux étudiants pour écrire des textes. Voici une sélection.
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Ron Martinez, PhD: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays

Ron Martinez, PhD: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Students can hear me explain what I am doing and why I am doing it as I provide feedback on how they can improve their written assignments.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 20, 2016 2:19 PM

This article may open your eyes to the power of time-shifting your writing conferences using technology.  I regularly use screencasting to provide in context feedback on student portfolios. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 21, 2016 11:10 PM

Online or face to face or online... screencasting is a skill to develop!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 29, 2016 4:31 PM
Often, you can do this right in your learning management system. 
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Explore, Tinker, and Play: Everything I Need to Know About Teaching Writing I Learned at the Science Museum - National Writing Project

Explore, Tinker, and Play: Everything I Need to Know About Teaching Writing I Learned at the Science Museum - National Writing Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As science teachers look to English Language Arts for help with new Common Core literacy requirements, Tanya Baker, director of national programs at the National Writing Project, looks to the science museum as a model for creating spaces to let youth tinker, explore, and persist.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 10, 2016 5:02 PM

Writing works across all curriculum, why not make it happen in a museum?

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Against line-chart liberalism | Just Well Mixed

Against line-chart liberalism | Just Well Mixed | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This is a feeling that communicators and advocates have to move past to be effective. You have to reach out to people as they are, not as you would wish them to be. And framing your message with charts and data alone just does not accomplish that. Charts and data can support a narrative, but they cannot replace it. If you try to force them into doing so, you just cut yourself off from most of the people you are hoping to reach.

So this is my plea to you, dear progressive communicator: think hard about how you approach your work, about how you construct the messages you are trying to change minds with. Line-chart liberalism may be trendy, but it is also a dead end.

 

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Brilliant, just brilliant. 

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This Sheep Is Mapping The Faroe Islands By Wandering Around With A Camera

This Sheep Is Mapping The Faroe Islands By Wandering Around With A Camera | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"How do you get Google to visit your small, remote island group with its Street View vehicles, and digitize your roads for the benefit of locals and tourists alike? If you are the Faroe Islands, then you exploit your local resources to roll your own Street View, in the hopes of attracting Google's attention. Behold: Sheep View 360, a solar-powered 360-degree camera, mounted on a sheep's back. Sheep View takes advantage of one great Street View feature: You can upload your own images to Google's service. So Durita Dahl Andreassen, working for the tourist site Visit Faroe Islands, decided to kick-start the Faroe Islands' entry by putting the camera on a sheep and letting it wander free, then uploading the photos."

 

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This is such a rich story; using technology in a pre-industrial way to exploit the attractions of an isolated set of islands. This could make a marvelous multi-disciplinary inquiry and I can just imagine students mounting cameras on their pets to tell the stories of their neighborhoods.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 8, 2016 1:30 PM

I think this is my favorite mapping story of the year...I'm sharing this just because I can.  Google wouldn't originally bring its Street View-recording cars to the islands (part of Denmark), so a solar-powered, ovine-mounted camera was put to work.  Fact can be stranger than fiction.

 

Tags: google, mapping, cartography, technology, Denmark.

Susan Haskell's curator insight, December 9, 2016 8:32 AM
Excellent career choice for sheep...