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On the Stump: Examining the Form and Function of Campaign Speeches

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What is a stump speech, and what makes one effective? In this lesson, students analyze the stump speeches of presidential candidates, then write the stump speech they would use if they were running for president. From the New York Times Learning Network.

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ABC Books | Rare Books and Special Collections

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"Alphabet books have been used for centuries and are often one of the first texts that young children will encounter. ABC books is an online collection of 55 English language alphabet books published between 1805-1987. These books were collected from the Cotsen Children's Library for a spring 2016 Princeton University class on children's literature and are available for the public to browse. As the website notes, these books reveal more than changing aesthetic sensibilities; each book provides insight into past conceptions of childhood, morality, humor, and education. Many books are designed to teach moral lessons alongside literacy lessons, including Take Your Choice! (1822) and Anti-Slavery Alphabet (1947). Others are intended to be humorous and a surprising number center around apple pie. Some books, as the site notes, include offensive images, highlighting the way stereotypes and prejudice were modeled and taught to children through text. While many are centered around text and rhyming couplets, others are centered on illustration, providing a glimpse into how design in children's books throughout the past two centuries has evolved"

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Great Primer - GOING IN CIRCLES: What you need to know about #VR Production from @storycentered

Great Primer - GOING IN CIRCLES: What you need to know about #VR Production from @storycentered | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
When I was a kid and we went to the movies my dad would say, “Let’s sit towards the back. I want to watch the movie not be in it!” My how…

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Quote "Story first. There are great differences in approach for production in immersive journalism, live streaming, sports, documentary and animation. For our purposes, we are going to be considering narrative drama or comedy. Remember, you are working with an entirely different medium that actually can fool the brain and the body physically and emotionally into what is called “presence.” This places the viewer in the environment that the characters are experiencing, can allow the viewer to stand in the shoes of a specific character, or even change characters."
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11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School :: Cool Cat Teacher - Vicki Davis

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School :: Cool Cat Teacher - Vicki Davis | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Technologies can transform; even simple technologies can make a significant impact. Here are eleven of the technologies that often affect classroom procedures and workflow. Use this checklist and infographic to make sure you’ve included the edtech essentials in your workflow this year.

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Telling Stories: The Art and Science of Storytelling as an Instructional Strategy

Telling Stories: The Art and Science of Storytelling as an Instructional Strategy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This book explores the many pedagogical uses of Story in psychology instruction. Rich with teaching tips, examples, resources, and outcome data, the collected chapters serve as both a reference for developing creative uses of Story in the (real or virtual) classroom and as an example of evidence-based scholarship in the field.  The volume is organized into sections focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of Story, the autobiographical use of Story, application of Story in different course contexts, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the pedagogical use of Story.  
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Free download of this ebook

 

This appears to be an outstanding collection of papers on the use of storytelling as an instructional strategy. Published in 2015.

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This appears to be an outstanding collection of papers on the use of storytelling as an instructional strategy. Published in 2015.

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Free download of this ebook

 

This appears to be an outstanding collection of papers on the use of storytelling as an instructional strategy. Published in 2015.

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Free download of this ebook

 

This appears to be an outstanding collection of papers on the use of storytelling as an instructional strategy. Published in 2015.

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Scrivener for iOS Means You Can Write Your Zombie Novel Anywhere

Scrivener for iOS Means You Can Write Your Zombie Novel Anywhere | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
EVERY NOVEMBER FOR the last 17 years, thousands of people have participated in National Novel Writing Month, which is more commonly and less pronounceably known as NaNoWriMo. In 2015, 431,626 people signed up to try and write 50,000 words in a single month. One guy apparently wrote more than a million.

NaNoWriMo has been very good to Keith Blount. Blount is the creator and primary developer of Scrivener, an app made specifically for writers wrangling huge word counts. Scrivener’s first public launch came via the NaNoWriMo forums in 2005, and now Blount and his company, Literature and Latte, sponsor a camp for aspiring novelists every year. A huge group of writers, at all levels of acclaim and wealth and prolificness, rely on Scrivener to do their work on Macs and PCs. And today, after years of development and even more years of user requests, Scrivener’s also available for the iPhone and iPad.
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6 Great Videos for Teaching Media Fluency

6 Great Videos for Teaching Media Fluency | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Here is a great list of useful videos for helping you in your continuing quest of teaching Media Fluency to your digital students.

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5 Opportunities to Amplify Your Writing

5 Opportunities to Amplify Your Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Langwitches, The Magic of Learning.
Modern learning that transforms education in the 21st century. Finding new forms and redefining learning for the challenges of the future .

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Therese Torris's curator insight, July 18, 7:21 AM
Quite well put
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Structuring Equality: Handbook for Student-Centered Learning #FuturesEd

Structuring Equality: Handbook for Student-Centered Learning #FuturesEd | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
We're very proud to be posting the first draft of our book Structuring Equality:  A Handbook to Student-Centered Learning and Teaching Practices by the Graduate Center Learning Collective.  

The book includes essays, lesson plans, assignments that turn the principles of engaged, active learning into ways to structure equality, in the classroom and also throughout academe, in a variety of our assessment practices and methods. 
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Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement

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In this first post, I’ll share some preliminary results about video usage, obtained from initial analyses of a few edX math and science courses. Unsurprisingly, students engaged more with shorter videos. Traditional in-person lectures usually last an hour, but students have much shorter attention spans when watching educational videos online.

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There have been a number of studies I've come across that have come to this same conclusion that 6 minutes is the optimal length for student engagement with an educational video. Yet, educators' urge to "cover the material" seems to get in the way of keeping videos to this level of conciseness. Six minutes guys!!

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, July 4, 1:36 AM
How long should educational videos be? Research says not longer than 6 minutes. Find out more here.
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There have been a number of studies I've come across that have come to this same conclusion that 6 minutes is the optimal length for student engagement with an educational video. Yet, educators' urge to "cover the material" seems to get in the way of keeping videos to this level of conciseness. Six minutes guys!!

Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 16, 3:44 PM

There have been a number of studies I've come across that have come to this same conclusion that 6 minutes is the optimal length for student engagement with an educational video. Yet, educators' urge to "cover the material" seems to get in the way of keeping videos to this level of conciseness. Six minutes guys!!

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Rewrite Your Life

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From writing down your experiences to reframing your perspective, myriad techniques can help you transcend painful setbacks and reshape your own story.

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The Middle of Things: Advice for Young Writers - The New Yorker

The Middle of Things: Advice for Young Writers - The New Yorker | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As you age, you’ll notice that time is the weirdest thing in the world, that surprises are relentless, and that getting older is not a stroll but an ambush.

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Lab Lit: Writing Fiction Based on Real Science

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"What can readers learn about science from fiction? "Lab Lit: Writing Fiction Based on Real Science," a series of lesson plans designed by the New York Times Learning Lab, has been designed to explore this question and others like it. Interdisciplinary in nature, Lab Lit may be of interest to science and English literature instructors alike. At the heart of this lesson is a 2012Times essay by Katherine Bouton, in which she discusses "lab lit" - fictional stories that, as a website called LabLit.com puts it - "depicts realistic scientists as central characters and portrays fairly realistic scientific practice or concepts, typically taking place in a realistic - as opposed to speculative or future - world." Examples of lab lit include Ann Patchett's State of Wonder and Barbara Kinsolver's Flight Behavior. The Learning Lab team presents a series of lesson ideas to encourage students to critically consider how science and fiction can inform one another. In one suggested activity, students compose their own fictional stories based on science concepts explored in class. Check out the website for additional ideas and resources"

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Interactive storytelling: Seven examples of online graphic novels - Builtvisible

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"Interactive Storytelling: 7 Examples of Online Graphic Novels - a helpful post from the team at Builtvisible.com ..."


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Create a Customer Empathy Map in 6 Easy Steps!

Create a Customer Empathy Map in 6 Easy Steps! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Identifying who your customers are is great for your business, but it’s only the first step. To ensure that all marketing campaigns and materials you create will resonate with your target audience, you need to also know your ideal customer’s environment, who they are influenced by, what their pain points are, and their goals and challenges. 

"This overwhelming collection of information can be easily organized with Empathy Maps. Going further than just creating a persona for your ideal customer, will help:

-to get a complete analysis of your targeted audience in a broader scale
-to align your campaigns and strategies with your products and services and your ideal customer
-to get a better understanding of which channels to focus on for a rewarding result
-having a visual representation will help you and your team understand what really matters

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Substitute the word "audience" for "customer" and the Empathy Map becomes a useful way to identify who you are aiming to be the recipient of your creation.

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Substitute the word "audience" for "customer" and the Empathy Map becomes a useful way to identify who you are aiming to be the recipient of your creation.

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Substitute the word "audience" for "customer" and the Empathy Map becomes a useful way to identify who you are aiming to be the recipient of your creation.

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Writing Project Features Mobile Technology, Team-Based Learning

Writing Project Features Mobile Technology, Team-Based Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Teaching first-semester freshmen presents some unique challenges. You are teaching them not only your subject, but also how to be college students. One of the best strategies I have found is to begin with a collaborative project that asks them to research their new home: the campus.

 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 20, 8:04 PM

This article presents a very clever, tech enabled idea.  Designed for traditional face to face classes, it could easily be adopted as an online course experience.

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Thats stunning...
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5 Ways I Want to Improve #GeniusHour :: Adam Schoenbart

5 Ways I Want to Improve #GeniusHour :: Adam Schoenbart | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In #GeniusHour, I’ve seen students grow, investigate, and learn with more interest, activity, and innovation than ever before. I’ve also seen some struggle and not recover. In August, I’ll likely write an updated version of 5 Big Shifts in My Classroom in 2015, and the ideas from this post will be there, starting with no one fails. I want to work harder to reach every single student as a person and learner, both in #GeniusHour and in life.
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How to Teach Essay Writing: Tools for Educators

How to Teach Essay Writing: Tools for Educators | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 21, 12:56 PM
Some excellent resources here for any subject that incorporates writing. I prefer Zotero to citation machine, though. 
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21 Web Sites and Apps with Engaging Writing Prompts 

21 Web Sites and Apps with Engaging Writing Prompts  | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom, Pt 1

Over the next several weeks I will blog some practical suggestions for things you might try if you want to move from a traditional classroom to a more egalitarian, student-centered pedagogy.  I will post these as I write them to the Futures Initiative Group on HASTAC where you can leave comments or ask questions.  No way are these all my ideas!  I've learned so many of these things from other people on the HASTAC network and everywhere else over the years.  This is a compendium.  Please keep adding to it!  Add your own ideas to the Comments below or to the Google Doc:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/18E3fZ0Ou9pP8Ngic9um3-VSblUDOL4Umcxa9...

There will be easy suggestions that anyone can incorporate into a classroom tomorrow and with great, interesting results.  There will also be full, expansive major, and radical suggestions if you really want to turn your teaching inside out.  You can pick and choose what works best for you, your students, your university, your subject matter. 

In my experience, student-centered methods work equally well for every level of student, at every economic level, in every situation. (I've seen stunning progress in English language learning in first generation immigrant students at a community college who published a peer-evaluated student online magazine, for example, and with students at a top 10 private university working with local community organizers to create an ESL pre-college program for adolescent migrant farm workers in rural North Carolina as a final project.)

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This is aimed at a university-level teaching audience and was first published in August 2015.

 
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Tools for Collaborative Writing - Jesse Stommel

Tools for Collaborative Writing - Jesse Stommel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There are many tools for working collaboratively, and this post is a review of those tools. But we must point out, here at the start, that the specific tools you use for collaborative writing are less important than how you use them. We’ve used Google Docs extensively but have just as deftly passed notes back and forth with paper and pencil, our jumbled analog cursors co-habiting the space of an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of looseleaf paper. What’s at issue here is a way of thinking — a way of processing ideas — that’s altogether more vulnerable, letting a virtual flurry of cursors inside our own thinking and writing processes.
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Published in 2014. Well written and thoughtful. Of course there is more recent information and some of can be found in Scrivener's Trappings. Gingko looks terrific, check it out on the list.

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Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Clearly this game has struck a chord with players, but how does it work? The game sends people around to public locations in search of virtual treasure. Based on the 1990’s Pokémon video games and built using technology similar to a game called Ingress, Pokémon GO uses virtual reality technology along with a mobile device’s GPS and camera to bring Pokémon to the player’s real-world surroundings. Players can find “wild Pokémon” on an in-app map. As they approach the designated location, their device will buzz. At this point, the Pokémon character appears superimposed on a real-time image of the location; players can catch it by throwing a Poké Ball. Though this may sound easy, the difficulty varies by Pokémon to keep players engaged. Once a Pokémon is captured, it is added to the player’s Pokédex.
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For the uninitiated, not just librarians, how Pokemon Go works.

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By data mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow

By data mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have identified the six emotional arcs that form the building blocks of all stories.

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This research throws important light on the study of storytelling. If you are into the topic, this article (and the linked paper) are must reading!

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 15, 7:34 PM

This research throws important light on the study of storytelling. If you are into the topic, this article (and the linked paper) are must reading!

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10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written

10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
If there's one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it's writing itself. A good thing too, especially for all those aspiring writers out there looking for a little bit of guidance.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, July 5, 11:15 PM
Lots to read here!