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Day One for Mac and iOS Is a Gorgeous Journaling Tool that Encourages Daily Writing

Day One for Mac and iOS Is a Gorgeous Journaling Tool that Encourages Daily Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Day One isn't cheap—the desktop app for Mac will set you back $9.99, and the iOS app for iPhone and iPad will cost you $1.99. For that price however, you get a very robust writing tool that lets you jot down your ideas freehand in the app or through a menubar utility, quick search of all of your current and previous entries, a calendar view so you can easily see how well you've been keeping up with your writing, and even reminders to make your daily entries. The app even has command-line support, so if you spend your day in Terminal windows, you can still get a little writing done.

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Dunkirk survivors’ terror didn’t end when they were rescued

Dunkirk survivors’ terror didn’t end when they were rescued | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Documenting the reality of those shell-shocked survivors is what London’s Imperial War Museum had in mind when it recorded interviews of scores of veterans in the 1990s and early 2000s. Those interviews show that the horror stayed with many of them long after they were freed from a deathtrap between the German Army, the Luftwaffe and the sea.

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6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers

6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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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Storytelling 101: What Makes a Good Story?

Storytelling 101: What Makes a Good Story? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling isn’t reading Dr. Seuss to your customers. And although it may be, it’s not necessarily about characters and plots. But it is about a situation in which someone uses the product to cause some result. That’s a narrative arc:

Exposition/Set-up. Where the action is going to take place.
Rising Action. Characters in the story finding the product and putting it to use to solve a problem.
Climax. Solving the problem with the product.
Falling Action. Mopping up the action. Everything calming down.
Denouement. The result of the climax. What happened to the characters now that they solved the problem using the product?
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9 Good Writing Apps for Middle Schoolers

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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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100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog

100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Writing flash fiction is a terribly satisfying way to spend an hour or two. For your fleet-fingered effusions, I’ve collated all my Twitter flash fiction prompts into a handy ebook.


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Penelope's curator insight, June 27, 8:52 PM
This lady, as in "The Lady Writer," is very generous with her plot outlines and templates. She's graciously provided us with creative writing prompts which can be downloaded as an ebook. I love 'em, as they're the oil that greases the wheels of the 'ole brain, and gets it chugging again. Lady has shared 100 days of flash fiction prompts, and if the idea makes your hand cramp, then try 30. Ready, set, go!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
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Who Am I?: Self-Portraits

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"This lesson series from the National Gallery of Art (NGA) addresses self-portraiture and issues of identity. Each lesson centers on one self-portrait in the NGA's collections. Students are invited to reflect on and analyze each portrait, then create an art project (such as a collage, a painting, or poetry) of their own. Designed as a unit, each lesson could also be incorporated into an art classroom (and possibly in social studies and language arts classrooms) individually. Paintings in this lesson series include one of Vincent Van Gogh's 1887 self-portraits; Andy Warhol's 1986 photographic self-portrait; and Judith Leyster's 1630 self-portrait. Each lesson is accompanied by biographical information, providing instructors with the context to help adolescent [middle school] learners explore the themes and messages portrayed in each portrait. These lessons align with National Common Core Art Standards."

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Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community

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"The Academy of American Poets and EDSITEment have teamed up to create Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community, an online initiative and set of lesson plans designed to engage youth with contemporary poetry. The title of the initiative comes from Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who, during a 2015 interview at the Library of Congress, discussed the civic responsibility of poets: "Let's create incredible bridges." Aimed at middle school and high school learners, each lesson incorporates a famous poet reading her or his own work, along with multimedia resources and interactive activities. For example, in a lesson centered on Joy Harjo's poem "Remember," students listen to "The Water Song" by Corbin Harney alongside Harjo's poem. In another lesson centered on Claudine Rankine's "From Citizen IV [On the train the woman standing,]" students act out the premise of Rankine's poem before exploring it together. Other poets featured here include Adrienne Su, Edward Hirsch, and Naomi Shihab Nye. Each lesson plan meets Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 14, 2:44 PM
I would have loved to have this when I was teaching.
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How to Teach Media Literacy in a Virtual Classroom - MediaShift

How to Teach Media Literacy in a Virtual Classroom - MediaShift | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
News literacy is such a vital 21st-century skill for students, the information landscape is changing so quickly and it’s a real challenge for educators to teach this stuff because it’s changing all the time.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 2, 1:04 AM

Lots of useful links in the text too.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, July 2, 5:41 PM

Lots of useful links in the text too.

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Why Case Studies Are Great Marketing Tools [and Teaching Tools Too!]

Why Case Studies Are Great Marketing Tools [and Teaching Tools Too!] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Unlike more sales-oriented strategies, content marketing is a great way to educate existing and future customers about your industry in relevant ways. While eBooks and guides are useful long-form content marketing types, case studies are unique in the way they combine storytelling with providing information relevant to your business.

 

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Not just for marketing! Case studies are also excellent writing exercises for students. Writing them incorporates so many skills: planning, interviewing, organizing, writing for an audience, creating a headline (main idea), persuasion. Students can write them in teams or individually.


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Its sweet :)
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My Top 7 Tools for Creativity - The Book Designer

My Top 7 Tools for Creativity - The Book Designer | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
7 Tools for Creativity including Evernote, Scrivener, CreateSpace, Canva, Mind Jet Mind Manager, Joel's Journals, iPhone

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15 Storytelling Techniques | Writtent

15 Storytelling Techniques | Writtent | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Storytelling techniques are a major part of getting people to hear about your brand and learn about your brand’s story. Here are 15.

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C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations

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"Social studies teachers, debate coaches, and writing instructors may want to check out C-SPAN's Classroom Deliberations. This collection of resources, endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), is designed to engage young people with a number of contemporary controversial issues. This resource collection consists of two components. Instructors can browse this collection by Issue; recent issues featured include "fake news," the Electoral College, and the death penalty. Each collection contains multiple video clips from C-SPAN, including interviews, town halls, and congressional speeches. These materials are accompanied by a lesson plan and related classroom materials, such as vocabulary charts and graphic organizers. The Classroom Deliberation page also includes links to outside resources that describe procedures for classroom activities instructors may want to pursue in regard to these topics, including student position papers and Structured Academic Controversies."

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FRANKENSTEIN

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"English literature instructors, along with fans of the prolific Shelley/Godwin/Wollstonecraft family, will want to check out this online exhibit and resource collection from the New York Public Library. This exhibit, examines Percy Shelley's life, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its enduring legacy, and other remarkable individuals in the Shelleys' circle, including Lord Byron. The site is organized into four sections: Shelley's Ghost, Frankenstein, Creation & Remix, and Outsiders. Showcased archival materials include a digitized copy of the earliest preserved Percy Shelley poem, "A Cat in Distress"; the frontispiece of an 1831 edition of Frankenstein; and a number of scrapbooks crafted by Anne Wagner and Julia Conyers, who were contemporaries of Percy and Mary Shelley. These books, as the site notes, were one of the few creative outlets available for women during this time period. Another highlight of this site is a series of short dramatic readings of Frankenstein that may serve as valuable classroom resources. Middle and high school English instructors will find additional classroom resources via Educator Resources in the Shelley's Ghost section. "

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Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts

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Education is at a crossroads, and it’s becoming more and more clear that a full reimagination of school is now needed to best prepare our children for a fast-changing, globally-networked world of learning, work, and life. We discuss how these principles can provide a framework for educational change in your school.

 

This is an archive of all of Will Richardson's podcasts (currently approximately 200, on 7-19-17. You will surely find something here to challenge your thinking and help you to move ahead. -JL


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Top 5 Grammarly Alternatives

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"One of the finest tools available on the Internet is Grammarly. It helps you with fixing the grammatical and spelling errors. Moreover, it helps you with the plagiarism checker to ensure the content is all original.

You can get Grammarly at discounted price now Other than Grammarly, there are many more tools available on the Internet. Here we list the top 5 Grammarly alternatives."

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Kids control the story in Netflix’s new interactive shows

Kids control the story in Netflix’s new interactive shows | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
After months of rumors and speculation, Netflix is officially taking the wraps off of its new interactive shows for kids. The company is calling its new type of programming "branching narratives," since viewers can control certain aspects of the story, including the ending. The first series, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, was created in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and features 13 different storyline choices and two endings. It will debut today on the streaming service, followed by another interactive show, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, on July 14th. But that's not all: Netflix says a third one called Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout is already in the works and scheduled to arrive later in 2017.
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One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction

One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A talented storyteller going by the name Nas Maraj is using Twitter to narrate riveting interactive tales where you choose what happens next.

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Random Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets

Random Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
One method to help inspire our students’ imaginations is to provide them with writing prompts. It can help them think of new ideas, jog their memories, make a connection, or simply inspire them to try out a topic. But where can they get writing prompts?

Certainly there are loads of helpful websites providing multitudes of prompts. However another option is to use a Google Sheet. Yes that’s right. A Google Sheet (often thought of as just a math tool) can help inspire writing!

To prove this I have used Google Sheets to create a “Random Writing Prompt Generator” that randomly pulls from a list of about 2,000 adjectives and 1,000 nouns to create over 2 million unique prompts. See below to get your own copy of the Sheet, learn how it works, and get more ideas on how to help your students write poems, stories, or other creations.

 

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I think this is a pretty cool idea!

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Turning the Pages™ - British Library

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"Turning the Pages is a software program developed by Armadillo Studios that enables libraries and museums to digitize books, manuscripts, and other documents in an engaging 3D format. Here, readers will find the British Library's spectacular collection of items digitized with this software. The collection may be of special interest to literary scholars, religious studies scholars, historians, and book lovers of all stripes. This ample collection, which spans centuries and genres, includes highlights from Leonardo da Vinci's notebook; a handwritten and illustrated history of England authored by a thirteen-year-old Jane Austen; and diaries kept by Robert Falcon Scott during his final journey to Antarctica in 1911 and 1912 (an expedition that tragically ended in his death). In addition, this collection features a number of religious texts, Mozart's musical diary, and much more. Items are accompanied by detailed annotations that provide additional context for each page. Turning the Pages™ - British Library"

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30 little ways to motivate yourself to write, RIGHT NOW

30 little ways to motivate yourself to write, RIGHT NOW | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Writing is gratifying when our thoughts gush out of our heads like cream from a cake. When we pump out a good piece by the end of the day.


Those are our BEST moments.


But every so often, we fall into a pit. Our minds blank out. We burn out. And no matter how hard we force ourselves to jump back into writing, we can’t.


There’s just no way to control a mind that’s unwilling. After all…

That’s why I’ve challenged myself to try out simple ways to get my writing groove back. Here’re the ones that got me to write at LEAST one sentence."

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Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks - Book Creator app

Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks - Book Creator app | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Book Creator is a simple EdTech tool to create ebooks on iPad, Android and Windows tablets. Create a book and publish it to Apple's iBooks Store.

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Flash Fiction Center: Notes for Educators

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Flash Fiction Center is a project developed as an Open Educational Resource (OER) for educators interested in teaching creative writing online using virtual worlds.


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How to Create a Character Profile

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The Lazy Scholar teaches you how to create a character profile. The article includes a character profile worksheet.

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Active Verbs List - Writers Helping Writers

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 9, 6:43 PM
I used to build these with students. This is a great option.
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LibGuides: Art and Visual Rhetoric

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From the Butler University Libraries and Center for Digital Technology comes this LibGuide for Art and Visual Rhetoric resources. While librarian Sheri Storms designed this LibGuide specifically for students in a particular Butler University Arts course, this collection of resources may appeal more broadly to other arts instructors and students. The three sections that will be of most interest are Websites, Visual Culture Resources, and Visual Rhetoric Resources. The Websites section highlights a variety of internet resources related to art and art history, including online indices and galleries. The Visual Culture Resources section includes resources from a variety of universities along with books that may be of interest. Finally, the extensive Visual Rhetoric Resources section shares online resources related to typography, advertising, comic strips, and more. 


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