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Writing to Reed: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading | Harvard Education Review

Writing to Reed: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading | Harvard Education Review | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Reading is critical to students' success in and out of school. One potential means for improving students' reading is writing. In this meta-analysis of true and quasi-experiments, Graham and Herbert present evidence that writing about material read improves students' comprehension of it; that teaching students how to write improves their reading comprehension, reading fluency, and word reading; and that increasing how much students write enhances their reading comprehension. These findings provide empirical support for long-standing beliefs about the power of writing to facilitate reading.

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How one school is encouraging middle-grades students to read, share books reading ~ Edutopia

How one school is encouraging middle-grades students to read, share books reading ~ Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Andrea Hernandez and Karin Schreir Hallett

description by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Educators at a school in Florida are helping to create a community of readers by challenging students in grades 4 to 8 -- and teachers -- to read a book from every letter of the alphabet and share their thoughts about it. In this blog post, educators Andrea Hernandez and Karin Schreier Hallett share details of the program and describe the badges that can be earned."

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From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback (EdSurge News)

From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback (EdSurge News) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kim Hoffman Kanof


"I needed to change the tedious and difficult writing process in my classroom. So, I turned to Google tools.


"Google scripts and add-ons to Google Drive drastically changed my approach to giving writing feedback. I have been able to quickly develop meaningful “writers workshops”, give individualized feedback throughout the writing process, and provide timely comments to a large student caseload.


"With these tools (many of which are included in this list), students are placed in charge of their learning. They engage in meaningful self-reflection, highlight according to criteria, and use academic language to critique their own work. The shift is significant. With Google tools, I can provide ongoing feedback while my students showcase digital responsibility and revise throughout the writing process."

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Paper Circuitry Illuminates ‘Writing as Making’ | DMLcentral

Paper Circuitry Illuminates ‘Writing as Making’ | DMLcentral | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Mia C. Zamora


"What was intriguing during the "Hack Your Notebook Day" was the transformative power of this work. The general consensus before the workshop was that the time spent on this engagement would be a pleasant "time-out" craft session…. A bit of time away from the "real work." But for all that, this "detour” workshop effectively opened up the heart of the teaching and learning enterprise. Our KUWP teacher/writers were now assuming the position of the learners, embarking in unknown territory for reasons still somewhat vague to them. In many ways, their positioning mirrored a similar resistance that kids today might feel when introduced to some "random" writing approach in their classroom.  By the close of our time together, we found we were transported to a fresh perspective.



"What a revelation to consider the palpable frustration we experienced when we couldn't make the circuits work (and the feeling of rising failure that might overcome us if we couldn't make it work). We also discussed the first time the LED lit up — the very real empowerment of that little light coming into view. (There were several audible gasps and exaltations from our group when the circuits started to light up). We considered why we chose certain aspects of our composition to illuminate, and what kind of thought went into selecting certain words and images to highlight with illumination."

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Flashlight: A Whimsical Wordless Story about Curiosity and Wonder ~ Brain Pickings

Flashlight: A Whimsical Wordless Story about Curiosity and Wonder ~ Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"Shedding light on the wonderland that unfolds when you simply dare, and care, to look."

"As an immense lover of smart children’s books and of cleverly deployed die-cutingenuity, I was instantly taken withFlashlight (public library) by Vermont-based illustrator Lizi Boyd — a wordless story about curiosity and wonder, following a little boy who sneaks out of his camp tent at night and, with a flashlight in hand, discovers the whimsical world that lives under the nocturnal veneer."

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Exciting New Writing Forum for Teens ~ English Companion

Exciting New Writing Forum for Teens ~ English Companion | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kerry Jones-Golembeski - posted Aug. 17, 2014


A fellow teacher/writer and I are putting together a blog that encourages students around the country to share their narrative stories. The purpose of the blog is for students to understand that we are more alike than we are different, and that everyone has a story that can break your heart.


We are currently accepting submissions from students ages 13-19 who would like to submit their stories. Please click on the link for more information on submission guidelines.

Here is the link:


http://tyrmkwil.blogspot.com/


Our publishing dates are September 30, December 30, April 30, and June 30.


The deadline for the first submission is September 15.


Please feel free to share with this anyone you think might be interested.


Thanks!

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4 Great Resources for Inspirational Teaching Quotes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Great Resources for Inspirational Teaching Quotes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Looking for some resources on inspirational quotes to use in class? Here are a few of my favourite Pinterest boards where you can have access to a wide collection of quotes and visuals that inspire a love of teaching and learning. Browse through the different materials provided there and you will definitely find some to use with your students in class. If you know about other resources to add to the list, please share with us in the comment form below. Enjoy"

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Writing Center - Learning, Teaching, and Research Center - Vassar College

Writing Center - Learning, Teaching, and Research Center - Vassar College | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

description by The Scout Project


"Even if you can't make it to Poughkeepsie, you can still benefit from the resources offered by the writing center at Vassar College. On its site, visitors can learn how to become a more creative writer, compose a thesis, and also look over formal academic courses of study. In the Resources for Writers section, visitors will find writing guides, odes to the importance of good sentence structure, and the in-house "journal, The Oak Door. Moving along, the Videos area contains remarks by professors, writing center staff, and others on how writing matters. The site also contains links to external resources from York University, Rio Solado College, and other institutions passionate about the written word."

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How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch ~ Buffer

How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch ~ Buffer | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kevan Lee


"The complete beginner's guide to creating a social media marketing plan, for those brand new to social media and looking for a straightforward way to start."


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A practical and useful guide put together by the folks at Buffer. Nicely done.

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From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback (EdSurge News)

From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback (EdSurge News) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kim Hoffman Kanof


"I have graded essays for years. I have tried all the tricks to get through my stacks of essays with speed and precision--setting a timer with a reward, coffee grading, yoga grading, dog park grading, almost tossing papers out of the window grading. But nothing worked to improve my ability to turn around papers quicker. In fact, after receiving my “Walking Dead TV reward” for getting through my allotted stack of essays on a Saturday morning, I suddenly realized: I was a “Grading Zombie,” and my students were “Grade Zombies.”


"I needed to change the tedious and difficult writing process in my classroom. So, I turned to Google tools.


"Google scripts and add-ons to Google Drive drastically changed my approach to giving writing feedback. I have been able to quickly develop meaningful “writers workshops”, give individualized feedback throughout the writing process, and provide timely comments to a large student caseload."

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Summer PD Reading Book Club ~ HuffEnglish

Summer PD Reading Book Club ~ HuffEnglish | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Dana Huff


"Some of you may remember that I have hosted summer PD reading in the past. I hope to get another summer PD reading book club off the ground this summer. I have narrowed the selections down to three..


- Falling in Love with Close Reading

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading

- Fearless Writing: Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire"


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Looks like a worthwhile activity for the summer. Vote your choice and sign up on this site (FREE).

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your Classroom

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by Vicki Davis


"As hall of fame baseball player, Babe Ruth said, “Yesterday’s home runs won’t win tomorrow’s games.” To level up writing, we need to take advantage of the out-of-the park features and capabilities that social media inspired concepts give writing instruction.


"Most of us know how it feels to write an exciting Facebook status update or a powerful tweet. Without delay, we know the impact of our words as they are retweeted, commented on, and liked (or ignored.) With this in mind, it stands to reason that students want a response too. Paper essays that are only seen by the teacher with a wastebasket as their final destiny are a needless waste of time and potential. Writing can be so much more exciting and it isn’t that hard to do.


"Notably, social media is impacting writing in the classroom in ten powerful ways. You don’t have to be on social media (or even like it)  to feel the lift social media concepts can give writing in your classroom, as I share in my new book  Reinventing Writing released just this month."
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Annotation: A Year of Lessons Learned ~ MiddleWeb

Annotation: A Year of Lessons Learned ~ MiddleWeb | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.
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Google Drive: Quick Reference Guide ~ UNLV

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 10, 7:25 AM

Nice basic guide to Google Drive and the toolbars of Docs, Sheets, Slides. I don't know how old it is. It mentions needing to download documents in order to edit them offline. If you have the Google Drive Chrome Web App installed and have enabled offline use on your personal computer, you can edit your documents offline without downloading, exept for sheets which is view only right now.

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Getting Smart: Posting, Publishing, Presenting, and Portfolios

Getting Smart: Posting, Publishing, Presenting, and Portfolios | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Students do their best work when the audience is real, live or online. When their work will be seen and viewed by many people, the student knows the work matters, the work is of value, and that they should do their best. In the student’s mind, there is a distinction between turning something in for the teacher versus turning something in for the greater public. Schools engage students and promote deeper learning use the 4 P’s of next gen learning: posting, publishing, presenting, and portfolio.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 4:23 AM

Some good advice for teachers who are trying to develop their students' writing skills.

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#TeachDoNow MOOC Webinars | Educator Innovator

#TeachDoNow MOOC Webinars | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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In the summer of 2014, The National Writing Project and KQED produced a MOOC called ThinkDoNow, with support from the MacArthur Foundation. 


The six webinars that formed the basis of the MOOC are archived on the site of the Educator Innovator here. You will see them identified as Episodes #1-#6. 


Below, please find a brief description of the MOOC and its topics:


"#TeachDoNow is a collaborative learning experience in partnership with the National Writing Project open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students around science, news and the arts. It will take place online this summer from July 7 – August 17.


"Weekly activities will center around KQED’s Do Now, a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools. We will engage in weekly discussions that encourage us to go deep into current issues surrounding education, learn new digital tools we can employ with our students, share and discuss our results, and explore the ways to effectively promote digital conversations with our students."


All of the materials for the #TeachDoNow MOOC may be accessed here.


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A New iPad Game to Teach Argument ~ Educator Innovator

A New iPad Game to Teach Argument ~ Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Put your powers of persuasion to the ultimate planetary test!

"GlassLab, in collaboration with NASA and the National Writing Project, has released Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, a new iOS tablet game that lets each player step into the boots of Zodiac, the first Earthling student at Argubot Academy.

"Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy is a game changer in educational technology. Designed to address Common Core ELA standards in argumentation with complex STEM content, this tablet game uses an interesting cast of characters and fun robot battles to help students develop the literacy and leadership skills essential for any 21st century career!"

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Hikmawati N's curator insight, August 19, 7:28 PM

Waw, it is great... I will try on it, will it work for me?

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Art, Inc.: A Field Guide to the Psychology and Practicalities of Becoming a Successful Artist ~ Brain Pickings

Art, Inc.: A Field Guide to the Psychology and Practicalities of Becoming a Successful Artist ~ Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"How to master the business of art without buying into the toxic myth that doing so makes you a lesser artist."

"“Art is a form of consciousness,” Susan Sontagwrote in her diary. But for many working artists, who straddle the balance between creativity and commerce, art swells into a form of uncomfortable self-consciousness — something compounded by a culture that continually pits the two as a tradeoff. Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod captured this perfectly in proclaiming that “art suffers the moment other people start paying for it.” Such sentiments, argues artist Lisa Congdonin Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist (public library), are among the most toxic myths we subscribe to as a culture and reflect a mentality immeasurably limiting for creative people."

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Intro to Publications - SapayseurWeb

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post by Sharanda Payseur on English Companion, July 8, 2014


"I have done the same thing. I created a technology-based course for our freshmen. It really helps other teachers.  We were spending too much time in class teaching students how to use Web 2.0 and research and digital citizenship skills in our content classes.  Now, students get it in my tech class.


"We call it Intro to Pub because I was only English certified at the time.  Now, however, it's just easier to keep the name the same.  But I make it all up.  Here is a link to my website if you want to look at it.  I have lessons posted and student projects. 


"However, I do incorporate English through Stems vocab and Grammar (Magic Lens) to get them ready for English 9 in the Spring semester.  


"There are several digital citizenship sites you can use.  I also work with other teachers to have students create interdisciplinary projects incorporating the Web 2.0 skills they learn in my class that help reinforce information from other classes.  (Common Sense MediaDDLCodingComputer Tutorials)


"We also only use Creative Commons images for all work posted online. I spend a lot of time teaching students how to find and cite their resources and use them correctly.  


"If you have any questions, email me: sapayseur@gaston.k12.nc.us

Next year, I'll be changing things up some, but I'm super excited with this course.

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Know a beginning teachers? Someone beginning to use technology? A veteran teacher looking to integrate technology? A technology consultant? There's something for everyone here and more can be added. It's a good start for anyone beginning or looking for some new ideas. 

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36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do

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by Terry Heick


"What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?


"That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation.


"I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36."

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The Psychological Benefits of Writing ~ Sparring Mind

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by Gregory Ciotti


"The mental benefits of writing are numerous; here's the best research that details just how essential writing is for the intelligent mind.


"In these cases, writing has just become another tool for thinking, expression, and encouraging creativity; cabin dwelling novelists be damned.


"So, should people who don’t consider themselves writers bother with trying to make writing a regular habit?


Maybe.


"Writing can be an incredibly useful outlet for many people, but let’s look at some of the research on how writing can affect the mind, and you can make the decision for yourself."

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TeachersFirst Review - Writing House

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Writing House reviewed by TeachersFirst,
(review last updated: 7/9/14) :

"Creating and formatting bibliographies and citations can be one of the most frustrating barriers students face in doing research, and Writing House will take the pain out of the process. Simply choose the format (MLA, APA, Chicago or Harvard) and enter some information about the source. Writing House searches the OCLC WorldCat for sources that match. Select the source and add it to your bibliography. When you're finished, simply download the completed bibliography. The interface is clean and uncomplicated. There is no need for an account or login. Several brief articles cover the basics of citations and bibliographies. A word counter function is also available for those using a word processor that doesn't do that automatically."

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Don't Blame Boo Radley ~ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Adviser

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by Bill Boyd


"To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book. It is one of many great books, and it happens to be written by an American. It is one of many great books written in the English language, and it happens to be written by an American, and it happens to be written by a woman. You see, great books are written in many languages, by writers male and female, of many nationalities. One of the key roles of teachers is to introduce young people to great books, at the appropriate times, and in accordance with their developing love of reading and awareness of the world. By now, I hope, you are all nodding in agreement.


"So when an English Education Secretary says that young people are not reading enough, that they are not reading difficult enough books, and that he wants to make sure that they are reading ‘a wide range of texts’, what is there to disagree with? Well quite a lot , actually. Michael Gove’s announced changes to the literature requirement for GCSE English caused more than a little anger this week, with media channels, writers, bloggers and commentators rushing to proclaim that he had ‘banned’ American literature from English schools, including one or two which had become classroom staples for recent generations. (see To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men axed as Gove Orders More Brit Lit)."

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The Global Teacher Prize » The Global Teacher Prize

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from the website


$1 MILLION PRIZE TO THE WINNER


The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime. If you’re a teacher, you can apply today. If you know a teacher who deserves to win the Global Teacher Prize, you can nominate a teacher.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Chatterpix and YakIt: Great Apps to End the School Year

Free Technology for Teachers: Chatterpix and YakIt: Great Apps to End the School Year | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Samantha Morra


"Creating talking pictures or animations offer amazing possibilities in the classroom. These two apps are so easy to use, students can complete a simple project in a short amount of time or make more complex projects that can lead to collaborative videos, ebooks, or websites. Not only are these apps fun for students, but they also allow them to think, create and demonstrate understanding. "

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HEADLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups ~ Edukwest

HEADLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups ~ Edukwest | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kay Alexander


"Google Education announced another service targeting teachers across the globe. Google Educator Groups (GEG) is a program that wants to support communities of educators, online as well as offline and aiming to help teachers to learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.


Key Takeaway

"Google Educator Groups are essentially personal learning networks (PLN) that use Google+ as its backbone. The local GEGs are organized by volunteers and entirely independent from Google.


"At launch there are 51 GEGs across the world with USA, Romania and the Czech Republic having the most local groups established. GEGs offer different activities to learn and share with like minded educators. Teachers connect online via discussions and Hangouts or in the real world through meetups, workshops and other events."

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