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StoryJumper: publish your own children's book.

StoryJumper: publish your own children's book. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Enables children to write stories online with a Powerpoint-like format. Teachers can sign up their whole class easily and the site provides each child with a code to sign in.

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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I have found a new way to watch TV, and it changes everything

I have found a new way to watch TV, and it changes everything | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Now that tools are making it increasingly easy to alter the flow of how we watch films and television, viewers will also have power to change the plot and the characters of a show to suit their own tastes. We should look forward to a future that involves more cross-pollination, more crazy fan-theories, more creative misunderstandings, all of it enabled by new ways of consuming television, whether that means binge-watching, surfing clips on social media or even watching on fast-forward. We risk transforming, perhaps permanently, the ways in which our brains perceive people, time, space, emotion. And isn’t that marvelous?
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This is seriously worth thinking about, at least on some level.

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This is seriously worth thinking about, at least on some level.

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This is seriously worth thinking about, at least on some level.

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This is seriously worth thinking about, at least on some level.

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Writing project features mTechnology, Team-Based Learning

Writing project features mTechnology, 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.

Outcomes
I designed this project for a composition course, but it can be adapted to any discipline because its primary outcomes are teaching students how to collaborate, think critically about their audience, develop 21st-century literacy skills, and communicate effectively.

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Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups

Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
At the 2014 HOW conference, Debbie Millman, host of the excellent interview show Design Matters and a remarkable mind, sat down with the prolific Seth Godin to discuss courage, anxiety, change, creative integrity, and why he got thrown out of Milton Glaser’s class. She used an unusual book of Godin’s as the springboard for their wide-ranging conversation: V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone (public library) — an alphabet book for grownups illustrated by Hugh MacLeod with a serious and rather urgent message about what it means and what it takes to dream, to live with joy, to find our purpose and do fulfilling work.

I had the pleasure of seeing and recording the conversation — transcribed highlights below.

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An interesting example of what changing one's genre of expression allows and enables one to do...in a good way.

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Create your mag for free: Madmagz

Create your mag for free: Madmagz | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Madmagz enables you to create a digital or a print magazine. Try it, it's free!

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The free version is a little shy on features, but worth checking out. 
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Existential Therapy from the Universe: Physicist Sean Carroll on How Poetic Naturalism Illuminates Our Human Search for Meaning

Existential Therapy from the Universe: Physicist Sean Carroll on How Poetic Naturalism Illuminates Our Human Search for Meaning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“We are — as far as we know — the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious,” the poet Mark Strand marveled in his beautiful meditation on the artist’s task to bear witness to existence, adding: “We could even be the universe’s form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself… It’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.” Susan Sontag, at the end of her fully lived and intensely meaningful life, articulated the same idea in considering what it means to be a good human being: “To be a moral human being is to pay, be obliged to pay, certain kinds of attention.”

Scientists are rightfully reluctant to ascribe a purpose or meaning to the universe itself but, as physicist Lisa Randall has pointed out, “an unconcerned universe is not a bad thing — or a good one for that matter.” Where poets and scientists converge is the idea that while the universe itself isn’t inherently imbued with meaning, it is in this self-conscious human act of paying attention that meaning arises.
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Maria Popova often writes about matters of life and art. In this piece, she performs a thrilling act of scholarship, inquiry, and interpretation into life's meaning  -- building an assemblage of insight that dazzles in its breadth and precision.

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Popova writes often about matters of life and art. In this piece, she performs a thrilling act of scholarship, interpretation, and inquiry into life's meaning  -- building an assemblage of insight that dazzles in its breadth and precision.

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Bowdoin College Writing Guide - Patrick Rael :: Reading, Writing, and Researching for History

Bowdoin College Writing Guide - Patrick Rael :: Reading, Writing, and Researching for History | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"This writing guide from Bowdoin College professor Patrick Rael focuses its intellectual vigor on "Reading, Writing, and Researching for History." Designed for undergraduate students, the material covered here may also be helpful for advanced high school students, graduate students, and lifelong learners. The depth and breadth of the guide is noteworthy; Professor Rael guides his readers through sections on Reading, Historical Arguments, Research, Structuring Your Paper, Writing Your Paper, Working with Sources, Editing and Evaluation, and the Writing Model. Each section is broken down further into subheadings that can be downloaded as freestanding PDFs. For instance, readers will find a handy Paper-Writing Checklist within the Editing and Evaluation section or suggestions for How to Read a Primary Source in the Reading section. Whether browsing the guide in its entirety or selecting specific sections of interest, the material here may provide a handy tool for students and teachers alike."

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Storytelling in VR & Mixed Reality with SPACES - Road to VR

Storytelling in VR & Mixed Reality with SPACES - Road to VR | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Brad Herman & Shiraz Akmal recently left DreamWorks Animation to raise $3 million to start SPACES Inc., which is a virtual reality and mixed reality company focusing on storytelling for different brands including Microsoft, NBCUniversal, and The Hettema Group. Brad founded the DreamLab at DreamWorks in order to focus on developing content for mobile and cutting edge immersive technologies like VR, and so he’s been intimately involved with exploring storytelling in VR for the past couple of years. I had a chance to catch up with him at SVVR 2016, where he shared his thoughts about storytelling in VR and mixed reality, how to deal with non-compliant users, how he thinks that VR differs from film & broadway, and one of their first mixed reality projects of Big Blue Bubble’s My Singing Monsters.
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Young Writer Chronicles: Students Around the World Discover a Love for Writing

Young Writer Chronicles: Students Around the World Discover a Love for Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

An educator shares how our partner NaNoWriMo has affected the writing of youth in international schools.

“My eyes were opened as I saw students who had previously struggled to write a paragraph effortlessly filling pages and pages of a first draft. It also unlocked writing in other classes across the curriculum, and writing was coming easier for these students in history, science, and literature classes.”

By Nate Fleming

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Top 10 Movies for Teaching Media Literacy: Part 1 - The LAMP

Top 10 Movies for Teaching Media Literacy: Part 1 - The LAMP | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As a media literacy educator, and someone who learned most of what I know from cinema, I love movies that pull back the curtain and show us the hidden side of media. Looking to movies to critique the media industry is a paradox, for sure, but it’s fun to revisit movies I love and examine just how much I learned about media from watching movies. The ten movies I selected challenge the way we see our news, television and advertising media, question the way men and women and race are represented, or underrepresented, in media, and the way we, the audience, are influenced and often exploited by media. The ten movies I selected are also entertaining. And I threw in a couple movies that critique the film industry, for good measure.

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Igniting Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols with Nancy Duarte

Igniting Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols with Nancy Duarte | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic]

Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Content curation is an economical way to increase content production - & it's easy when you have an informative infographic to guide you.

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Langston Hughes Presents the History of Jazz in an Illustrated Children’s Book (1955)

Langston Hughes Presents the History of Jazz in an Illustrated Children’s Book (1955) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I can imagine no better guide through the history and variety of jazz than Langston Hughes, voice of the Harlem Renaissance and poetic interpreter of 20th century black American culture. Hughes’ 1955 First Book of Jazz is just that, a short primer with a surprisingly high degree of sophistication for a children’s book. I would, in fact, recommend it as an introduction to jazz for any reader. Hughes thoroughly covers the musical context of jazz in brief chapters like “African Drums,” “Old New Orleans,” “Work Songs,” “The Blues,” and “Ragtime.” He then “discusses the mechanics of jazz,” writes author and blogger Ariel S. Winter, including “improvisation, syncopation, percussion, rhythm, blue notes, tone color, harmony, break, riff….” Through it all runs the life and career of Louis Armstrong, whose story, Hughes states “is almost the whole story of orchestral jazz in America.”
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Home Movie Registry | A LISTING OF AMATEUR FILM HOLDINGS

Home Movie Registry | A LISTING OF AMATEUR FILM HOLDINGS | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"When it comes to archival material, most people think of documents, photographs, or the occasional news clip. Rarely, however, do home videos come to mind. We love that the Home Movie Registry not only directs its attention toward the preservation and collection of amateur films, but that through the collaborative efforts of archives and museums across the country, material in the HMR may be easily accessed by anyone. We encourage readers to explore the intimate family moments captured here, and the many ways that home movies can be used to shed light on important components of American culture and history.

 

"Since the 1920s, home movies have been produced by everyday people, documenting daily activities and offering a wealth of information about twentieth century American life. The Home Movie Registry, a curated search engine from the Center for Home Movies (CHM), is an innovative project designed to bring together the swarth of amateur films digitized and collected by participating archives. The About section of the site details the portal's extensive efforts and provides useful context. From there, readers may like to explore the two Exhibits currently featured on the site, one of which highlights Home Movies and the African American Community, while the other provides a look at Home Movies and Television. Readers may also simply scroll down the fascinating list of amateur-made films on the home page, which illuminate such ephemera as a 1950s Chicago picnic and a 1975 homemade travel documentary. For more targeted research, historians, artists, documentarians, students, and others will find an excellent search bar for easy filtering through the Registry's video troves."

 

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Teachers - A Wealth of Resources

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NEW -- MASTERPIECE Collection on PBS LearningMedia
Visit the all-new MASTERPIECE Collection on PBS Learning Media, featuring videos, teaching tips, discussion questions, and activities.

Teacher's Guides
For more than 40 years, MASTERPIECE has been known for high-quality adaptations of classics, mysteries, and contemporary literature. Browse more than 30 Teacher's Guides that can help you enhance your teaching by using MASTERPIECE films in the classroom.

Featured Guides
Film in the Classroom, Revised Complete Version (2.4 MB)

This completely updated guide, created for MASTERPIECE's 40th anniversary, offers fresh ideas and innovative activities for teaching film in today's digital environment. Drawing on a treasure trove of 25 outstanding MASTERPIECE films, the guide will help you use film not just as an adjunct to literature, but as a tool that can improve students' understanding of media literacy as well as literary elements.

A Tale of Two Cities

One of the most frequently-taught Dickens novels, A Tale of Two Cities explores issues also associated with other works of Charles Dickens: poverty, oppression, cruelty, social disruption, justice, personal redemption, and class struggle. Use this in-depth guide, along with the MASTERPIECE film, to help make this timeless tale come alive.

Learning Links

Find general education links to support teaching MASTERPIECE films in the classroom.

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A fantastic collection of resources, including very well done teachers' guides, to many of Masterpiece's best works. Yes, it's all very British and (for the most part) Caucasian, but it can be used in a comparative way with expressions from other cultures.

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9 Visual Tools to Create Awesome Social Media Images #marketingtools

9 Visual Tools to Create Awesome Social Media Images #marketingtools | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Do you want to create professional-grade social media visuals?

Are you looking for budget-friendly tools to help?

Visual content can increase your visibility on social media and support your branding.

In this article, you’ll discover nine free tools to help you create beautiful visual content for your social media profiles.

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Use Adobe Spark and that's so easy.
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Scott Dadich: Multiplatform Storytelling

Scott Dadich: Multiplatform Storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Where some see a war between print and digital, Scott Dadich spies an opportunity. Dadich became WIRED’s editor in chief as the magazine industry was struggling against digital encroachment, but he quickly saw how print and online content can be adapted to take advantage of each platform’s strengths. Dadich offers a guide to a new publishing ecosystem where web, mobile, tablet, and print content support each other.
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Writers' Pad | The Story Mint

Writers' Pad | The Story Mint | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
https://t.co/IzW7upRwDp Do your own thing blog - short story - poem worldwide audience #serial https://t.co/gYbVQGCmb3
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The Power of Cautionary Questions: Neil Gaiman on Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Why We Read, and How Speculative Storytelling Enlarges Our Humanity

The Power of Cautionary Questions: Neil Gaiman on Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Why We Read, and How Speculative Storytelling Enlarges Our Humanity | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“The important thing,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in contemplating the cultural role of speculative fiction and the task of its writer, “is not to offer any specific hope of betterment but, by offering an imagined but persuasive alternative reality, to dislodge my mind, and so the reader’s mind, from the lazy, timorous habit of thinking that the way we live now is the only way people can live.” In doing so, she argued, imaginative storytelling can intercept the inertia of oppressive institutions, perilous social mores, and other stagnations of progress that contract our scope of the possible.
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LATE NIGHT SESSION: Michela Marino Lerman :: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Michela Marino Lerman :: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
With tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman, vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, vibraphonist Joel Ross, guitarist Gabe Schnider, bassists Russell Hall (6/7-6/10) and Chris Smith (6/11), saxphonist and clarinetist Patrick Bartley (6/9-6/11), and drummer Kyle Poole

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15pm for Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented emerging artists in jazz. There are no reservations for Late Night Sessions - just swing by!

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Shameless plug...That's my baby! She's no baby any more. If you like jazz you will love this!

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8 Ways Digital Storytelling Transforms Learning in 21st Century Education: The Research Evidence

8 Ways Digital Storytelling Transforms Learning in 21st Century Education: The Research Evidence | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling is a trending educational tool. Know the 8 ways research indicate it transforms learning.

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18 New York Times Articles You Should Read Before You Turn 18

18 New York Times Articles You Should Read Before You Turn 18 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Four members on the spring Student Council for our partner The New York Times Learning Network curated a list of the best 18 articles on education, happiness, and social awareness that provide advice to youth entering adulthood.

“We chose these 18 articles from The Times by first individually sifting through the paper and its archives and picking pieces that resonated. Then we shared our finds in a Google doc and noticed that we had all chosen things that could be categorized in one of three ways: Education, Happiness or Social Awareness.”

By Jamie Gleklen, Jonathan Looi, Alex Schwartz, and Cooper Veit

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Creative Work Suffers When the Measure of Its Success is Solely External — Life Learning — Medium

Creative Work Suffers When the Measure of Its Success is Solely External - Life Learning - Medium
Attempting to control the uncontrollable is what frequently causes a good amount of our suffering. Yet that’s precisely what we do when we measure creative success solely by external measures. We restrict the flow of instinct, intuition and the desire to create what we want to see exist in the world.
It’s only when we’re able to let go of our attachment to outcomes and external measure that the best work we’re capable of producing starts to emerge. When you’re thinking too much about the outcome, you’re not focused on what actually matters, what you actually control, which is the energy you put into the actual work.
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Everything you need to know about curation in 2016: 8 content curation best practices

Everything you need to know about curation in 2016: 8 content curation best practices | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Content curation plays a critical role in building your audience by adding value to other people's content. Here are 8 content curation best practices. 

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Advice on Writing From The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates

Advice on Writing From The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Before he wrote cover stories for The Atlantic, before he won a National Magazine Award, before he taught at MIT, Ta-Nehisi Coates was laid off by Time magazine. “To put it bluntly,” he wrote last spring, “I was — like most freelancers — hurting. My wife had been unerringly supportive. My son was getting older. I was considering driving a cab.”

Of course, it’s now six years later, and Coates has had great success writing for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other publications. But writing doesn’t get easier, he maintains — it’s always a process.

“It’s as though you have a certain music in your head, and trying to get that music out on the page is absolute hell,” he said in an interview for Atlantic Video’s Creative Breakthroughs series. “But what you have to do is give yourself a day, go back, revise, over and over and over again.”
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Atavist - a simple web tool for powerful storytelling

Atavist - a simple web tool for powerful storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"It's easy to see why readers were immediately drawn to Atavist with its sharp aesthetic appeal and integrative approach to graphic storytelling. Its user-friendly interface synthesizes narrative methods developed by predecessors such as Youtube, Instagram, and Wordpress, offering exciting new directions for creative projects like longform essay writing. We think Atavist just may become a staple for anyone looking to create visually appealing and impactful presentations or projects.

 

"Atavist advertises itself as "a simple web tool for powerful storytelling." For those readers who love to write - and write online - it may be just the service they have been searching for, as it allows authors to upload photos, video, and audio to create an immersive experience. The best way to form a sense of what can be done with Atavist is to select the menu on the top right hand side of the screen and then go to Examples to peruse creative articles that integrate a variety of multimedia possibilities. Interested readers will then want to create an account using Facebook or their email address. From there, the instructions walk through the steps of creating a New Project, including writing text and using the convenient drag and drop functions for various media. Many readers will want to take the Tour, which can be located on the top of the screen after selecting New Project."

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