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Inspire Any Student Writer With StoryBird

Inspire Any Student Writer With StoryBird | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

StoryBird is a web tool that allows students to use artists’ artwork to create a story book.  I have used this tool in the classroom to help reluctant 4th and 5th grade writers find motivation for creative writing. There are many applications for use, for example: creative writing, using art with spelling words to create a story, illustrating content areas in creative ways… the possibilities are endless!

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Digilent Inc. Blog » Digilent Makerspace

Digilent Inc. Blog » Digilent Makerspace | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A very visual archive of projects from the Digilent MakerSpace, based in Pullman, Washington USA."Digilent designs, manufactures, and distributes its electronic design tools on a worldwide basis."

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9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again

9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

T.H.E. Journal asked educators for the most creative storytelling apps available, and we did a little digging on our own, too. The tools and apps we found turn students into novelists, artists, and moviemakers with each tool bringing its own powerful mechanism for transforming the traditional narrative--both inside and outside the classroom...


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Laura Kamis Wrang's curator insight, September 4, 2014 5:48 AM

TIME is of the essence opportunies to create and recreate are all over the place!!!

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 7:19 PM

Lots of new tools to play with!

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, Today, 11:24 AM

while I haven't tried these apps, it's a great selection of giving your novel am visual summary.  Anything to breathe some life into that synopsis eh? I'll def. Be checking the, out

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McKinley Writing Club - Statesman Journal

McKinley Writing Club - Statesman Journal | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Teacher Denise Majeski works with fourth-graders Manny Temkin (left) Eli Mignano, Jack Henry Majeski and Charles Ricci during Writing Club on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at McKinley Elementary in Salem.
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How Writing Fiction Masters Fear - The Atlantic

How Writing Fiction Masters Fear - The Atlantic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
When novelist Harriet Lane received a serious diagnosis, she started telling stories that let her meet anxiety on her own terms.
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24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo

24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This list of 24 quotes on writing will prepare you for NaNoWriMo and help you find the inner strength to write more and finish that novel in 30 days.
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Write About ~ digital writing for classrooms

Write About ~ digital writing for classrooms | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

description by Larry Ferlazzo:


"Write About provides many (and I mean many) images with writing prompts. Students can write their response and do an audio recording of it. Teachers can create virtual classrooms and provide individual written feedback to student writing. Student creations can be shared publicly or just with their classmates. Teachers can change prompts or upload their own photos.


"I think Write About is going to be an exceptional site, in particular for English Language Learners. It combines visual imagery, writing, speaking and listening – not to mention an authentic audience."

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With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments ~ The Atlantic ~ by Joe Fassler

With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments ~ The Atlantic ~ by Joe Fassler | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Author Katherine Heiny describes how the best details in fiction can be ripped from small talk and eavesdropped conversations on the bus.
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Call for online Makerspace resources

Call for online Makerspace resources | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I'm happy to announce that I have just been appointed Director of the brand new Possibility Zone Makerspace at Kean University. This is part of a long-term grant and will have a focus on STEM students and professors and the preparation of pre-service K-12 STEM teachers.


As part of the project, I plan to start a new Scoop.it topic on Makerspaces very soon. I'm looking for blogs, websites, wikis, videos, ezines, ebooks, paper.li feeds, etc. that deal with Makerspaces and things related to them. Basically, I want to set up an information flow to curate. 


If you have an idea or resource for me to check out, could you please send it? I think a helpful way would be to use the "Reactions" link that appears on the bottom left of this Scoop.it window when you mouse over it. (If you're reading this, it's likely that you can see it now.) Please be sure to include URLs in your suggestions.


Thank you so much for your help. I'm really looking forward to this new opportunity and hope to be of assistance to others through the new topic here on Scoop.it.


Sincerely,

Jim Lerman


PS - The photo is not of our Makerspace at Kean, but one at the Cincinnati Public Library. We have just started to create /design our space. What fun!



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Authentic Youth/Adult Connection on the Subway

copied from Lisa Nielsen's Facebook page:


An I  Love NYC Story


As I waited on the platform for the subway, a large fieldtrip group entered the station. Maybe 100 kids. They and I got on the train.

I sat next to a lady with many students in front of us.

The lady struck up a conversation with a student.

What grade are you in?

6th he said.

Wow, you're reaching your stride as a student. 
Adults start to reach their stride in their 30s which is part way into their career. 
You are about that far into being a student. 
These years are really important. 
Learn what you can. 
Your history is important and resulted in where you are today.

She asked him questions about school, what he liked, etc.

She told him she could tell he would be successful because he was so well poised and respectful.

He smiled. Well not smiled, exactly. He just looked happy.

She shared her career. She operates the air train to JFK.

She said to be successful, use tech or fix tech.

She asked: Which will you do?

He said he loved robotics.

She told him to thank his teachers because it is really hard to take so many students on a trip and his teachers must really care a lot about them.

He said he understood and he would.

I watched his face. Hanging on her words. He was soaking them up.

I wondered if he had adults at home to share such advice. Maybe not.

She thanked him for being in her life today. She told him how impressed she was to encounter a young man who knew how to engage with a stranger in such a mature way. She said she would say a prayer at church this weekend for putting a fine young man to speak with in front of her.

I sat amazed with her rapport with a young person and ability to connect. She took the time to hear his voice.

She got off the train.

The student's friends came over and laughed. They said it was weird for a stranger to strike up a conversation.

He told them to stop. Don't be a hater. There are good people in the world...even when they are strangers and we need to be ready to hear them. He told them she had words of wisdom and he respected her.

Adults, how are you inspiring the youth standing in front of you and how you preparing them to listen?

Subway stories: Harlem 116th - Fulton Street on the 2/3 train.

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Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’ ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Thom Markham

Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’ ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Thom Markham | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Tapping the deepest energies of teachers, or any employees, requires a connection with big, meaningful themes that promise a significant, positive effect on the world. The themes contain simple, truthful, future-oriented plot lines—the elements of a story—that provide context for the daily work and help one refocus on larger goals. The more whole hearted the embrace of the goals, the more the hidden resources of the inner self are activated.

At a time of great transformation in the world, there are no shortages of themes to pick from. But teachers have special opportunities to tell a magnificent story about themselves and their profession:
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 12, 6:27 PM

School continues to be caught in a backwash of endless reform/deform. Much of what is passed off as reform is rhetoric and the use of language in deceptive ways. Teaching is a vocation which should give voice to those who engage in it. Is that actually happening?

 

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Web Tools for Teachers: Writing ~ EVSC ICATS ~ by Timothy Wilhelmus

Web Tools for Teachers: Writing ~ EVSC ICATS ~ by Timothy Wilhelmus | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There are a lot of great writing tools on the web. The tools below are free, easy to use, and they do what they say they will do:
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2nd Annual Student Editorial Contest: Write About an Issue That Matters to You ~ NY Times

2nd Annual Student Editorial Contest:  Write About an Issue That Matters to You ~ NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Last February we added a new contest to our annual lineup, and were astonished when nearly 5,000 entries — the most we’ve ever received — poured in.

"This year teachers began asking in September if our Student Editorial Contest would be back, so we’re delighted to announce it today.

"Below, an overview, the rules, some resources that might help and a few ideas from teachers who taught with the contest last year."

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Free Professional Development for School Librarians ~ Joyce Valenza

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 5, 8:00 AM

Maybe the most helpful is the bottom where it reminds me that I am not alone...  Good resources. For those who use Follett -- the Follett resources are extremely helpful.

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Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design

Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Learn how to design a space where people can make writing by approaching it one layer at a time.

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* Writing A-Z

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Writing A-Z has come of age in an decade of changing strategies and expectations for teaching writing.  One of seven sister sites under the Learning A-Z umbrella, it is a well-organized, terrific r...
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The Ocean Is . . . Metaphor Writing | Scholastic.com

The Ocean Is . . . Metaphor Writing | Scholastic.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Use The Ocean Is by Kathleen Kranking as a mentor text and as an introduction to metaphors for students.
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How to Get Flawless Speech & Voice to Text Transcription? - 6 Golden Rules

How to Get Flawless Speech & Voice to Text Transcription? - 6 Golden Rules | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
We all are aware effective speech & voice to text transcription depends how well the audio file is recorded. Here are some tips that will help you get a high quality audio for flawless transcription.
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Can writing be taught? And what do writing teachers teach?

Can writing be taught? And what do writing teachers teach? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The other night I was watching The Rewrite, in which a Hollywood scriptwriter reluctantly becomes a writing teacher. In the early part of the film he asserts that writing can’t be taught. In some w...
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Using the 'Explain Everything' App in the classroom - YouTube ~ by Stephanie Castle

In this video tutorial I aim to introduce you practically with examples to how the iPad app 'Explain everything' which can be used to assess student understa...
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4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing

4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Fluency Snapshot

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"This tool is designed to help you evaluate the level of proficiency that you or your students have with the 21st Century Fluencies, which are outlined extensively in the Literacy is Not Enough, (Crockett, Lee et. al.; 2011). The Fluency Snapshot Tool can be incorporated either with individual students or with groups.


"There are 10 statements for each Fluency for you to consider. As you move through the statements, chose a value you feel represents how well the individual or group has demonstrated the characteristic. Better still, have your students assess themselves and discuss the outcome. You now have a baseline and can compare your results in each Fluency to determine where focus and improvement may be needed.


"Revisit this again in the future and compare to the baseline to see evidence of growth!"


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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Know students who are struggling in school? Catalyst Learning Network can help.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Know students who are struggling in school? Catalyst Learning Network can help. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
While it’s not uncommon to hear students say “I hate school,” some are really suffering and desperately want out.

I can relate. 

I became an educator not because I loved school, but because I was bored and miserable in school. I wanted to figure out how to change that for others. I started this blog to share ideas about how to do  that.  

Like my own experience, many students today are bored and disengaged for many hours each day, despite the best efforts of their teachers and parents to try to help them make the most of school. Many are depressed. They feel a complete lack of control over their lives, and have a bleak view of the future.


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This seems like a good idea to me. Please read on and contribute if the concept resonates with you. Also, please pass along to your network, if you can.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 6:26 PM

I don't know if the right word is innovative. I think it is compassionate, caring, thoughtful, mindful, etc. Perhaps the approaches we take when we approach the student are innovative.

 

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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, February 15, 3:26 PM

The solution for education is that schools disappear? Well no longer an option, but what I see most viable and relevant is that the school (Students, Teachers and Parents) are processed. Some may say, that is not possible need help from outside, I replied already hit bottom and from inside the school is feasible to begin the transformation.

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The Teacher Triathlete: Using Our Own Writing to Teach Writing- The Power of a Teacher's Writing Notebook ~ by Christina Nosek

The Teacher Triathlete: Using Our Own Writing to Teach Writing- The Power of a Teacher's Writing Notebook ~ by Christina Nosek | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Alyssa Levy, became an influential role model for me as a teacher of writing.  Alyssa consistently modeled using her own writing notebook in lessons with my students.  I noticed how Alyssa not only told students how to write, but she actually showed them step by step through thinking aloud and then writing in front of them with her writing notebook and a document camera.  She modeled what she knew needed to happen for my students.  My grade level team, principal, and students all became better writers in part directly due to Alyssa's demonstration of her own thinking and writing.

Now, as a literacy coach myself, I am taking what I learned from Alyssa to help the teachers and students in my schools.  By using my own writing to teach writing, I'm not just telling teachers and students what needs to happen, but I'm showing them in a step by step, intentional manner.  The only tools needed to do this are my own thinking made visible to students (thinking aloud and oral rehearsal), my personal writing notebook, a document camera that projects my real-time writing, and a captive audience of student writers. 
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Story Starters

Story Starters | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I have been collecting story starters, you can use them with your class and add some of your own in the comments. Cheers  Rob

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Judith Morais's curator insight, February 4, 5:31 AM

Sentences starters. Images. There's a good range of writing prompts here. 

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, February 4, 4:10 PM

LOL!  My favourite one is "I didn’t mean to kill her."


Needing a little inspiration?  This is a fun exercise to try out.  Who knows, the exercise may end up becoming a best seller?!?

Marc Quentel's curator insight, February 5, 12:31 PM

Des idées de départ en expression écrite et littérature : images ou phrases, de quoi stimuler la créativité.

En anglais, mais il ne s'agit que d'une phrase simple généralement, donc pourquoi pas un peu de LVE en plus ?

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301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times ~ by Michael Gonchar

301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times ~ by Michael Gonchar | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

If anything ever published on The Learning Network could be said to have “gone viral,” it is last February’s “200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing,” which we created to help teachers and students participate in our inaugural Student Editorial Contest.

"Well, this year we’re back with the Second Annual Student Editorial Contest (get yours in by March 9!), and, to go with it, we’ve updated last year’s list with new questions and what we hope is more useful categorization.

"So scroll through the 301 prompts below that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from politics to sports, culture, education and technology — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand. Each question comes from our daily Student Opinion feature, and each provides links to free Times resources for finding more information."

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