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The story starter provides more than one billion different story starters. The Story Starter randomly generates 1,862,718,000 story starters. This idea generator can be used for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.

 

The starter generates a sentence from which to build a story. Also featured is a Story Starter for Kids.

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Creating an Immersive [Reading] Experience ^Teen Services Underground ^ by Regina Townsend

Creating an Immersive [Reading] Experience ^Teen Services Underground ^ by Regina Townsend | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler has an interactive Tumblr Blog called The Why We Broke Up Project, where readers can submit their own breakup stories and read those of others.  Along with the tumblr, there is also a musical playlist curated by Handler that can be found here.   Creating a way for readers to further relate with the characters of the book, Handler’s “Why We Broke Up Project” is as humorous as he is, and also includes replies from him directly to readers.


"Seeking out content that intertwines with your collection can be fun, especially now that so many are taking the leap, but can you create your own transmedia, crossmedia, and immersive experiences for books your teens already know and love?  Of course you can!  Here’s a few short ideas."

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This approach is a great way to get students involved in their reading, and to extend reading into numerous making and transdisciplinary activities. This article is definitely worth reading!
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More Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing ^ Daily Teaching Tools ^ by Chad Manis

More Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing ^ Daily Teaching Tools ^ by Chad Manis | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The free graphic organizers that I offer on this page come from the collection of 50 More WRITERizers, the successor of 50 WRITERizers, which has generated loads of interest over the last couple of years—thanks to you and our colleagues.
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Get Draftback to Play Back Google Docs ^ Netted by the Webbys

Get Draftback to Play Back Google Docs ^ Netted by the Webbys | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Draftback is a Chrome extension that lets you play back any Google Doc’s revision history (for docs you can edit). It’s like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write.


"Since Draftback is a Chrome extension, your Docs data never leaves your own computer, and, unless you explicitly publish an excerpt, the extension never communicates any sensitive data with any server—it just fetches it over a secure connection from Google. All the computation for rendering the playback is done by your own computer, and it’s stored there, too."

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, July 27, 10:47 AM

Draftback is an effective way for students (and teachers and writers) to analyze their writing process. It shows the writing as a video as well as gives you the stats -- like how much time spent working on the document, how many revisions and so forth.

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What’s ‘Value Added’ About Tech Tools in the Classroom? ^ Educator Innovator ^ by Nicole Mirra

What’s ‘Value Added’ About Tech Tools in the Classroom? ^ Educator Innovator ^ by Nicole Mirra | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
During our conversation, Dr. Beach identified what I consider to be one of the most important educational innovations that digital texts bring to the classroom, namely their dialogic nature. While print texts may inspire dialogue, they exist as static, fixed entities offering one-way communication. Digital texts, on the other hand, can exist in a state of collaboration and change as users create, remix, mash up, or annotate.

More than any other aspect of digital texts, this sense of malleability is what I find most exciting as an educator because it helps us expand the definition of what constitutes writing and it reminds us that writing, just like all forms of creation, is a social practice in conversation with others in the world around us.
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Filipino boy receives scholarship after photograph of him studying on the street goes viral ^ The Telegraph ^ by Flynn Murphy

Filipino boy receives scholarship after photograph of him studying on the street goes viral ^ The Telegraph ^ by Flynn Murphy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A homeless Filipino boy has been overwhelmed with aid after a photograph of him studying on the pavement using faint light from a McDonald's outlet went viral on the internet.


"Nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera will now be able to fulfil his dream of becoming a policeman after donations of cash, school supplies and a college scholarship poured in, his mother, Christina Espinosa, said on Friday."

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Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle ^ Caitlin Tucker ^ by CaitlinTucker

Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle ^ Caitlin Tucker ^ by CaitlinTucker | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The flipped classroom model is a blended learning strategy I use to present my vocabulary, writing, and grammar instruction online. Students watch videos at home where they can control the pace of their learning, then they come to class prepared to apply that information in collaborative student-centered activities.


"One thing I emphasize when I lead professional development for teachers is the importance of flipping and engaging. Instead of simply consuming information, I want students to think critically about that information. This requires that I design flipped lessons that encourage students to ask questions, analyze the information, and discuss concepts with peers asynchronously online to begin making sense of the information they are receiving at home."

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The 3 levels on the 'spectrum of interactive storytelling' ^ Journalism.co.uk ^ by Alastair Reid

The 3 levels on the 'spectrum of interactive storytelling' ^ Journalism.co.uk ^ by Alastair Reid | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Interactive media lecturer Sandra Gaudenzi shared her theory of balancing audience agency with authorship at the CIJ Summer Conference today, and gave examples of stories across the spectrum"


"Interactivity should offer a degree of agency and participation to the reader, said Gaudenzi, but in doing so the author relinquishes a certain amount of control over where that story goes.

"This "spectrum of interactivity" is being explored more and more by news organisations but journalists and storytellers should always think of what interaction brings to the story and the balance of control between reader and author.

"Using interactivity just for the sake of it is really boring," she said, "So think about what the user might want to do or need to do to feel a part of the story."

"She detailed examples across three parts of the spectrum: keeping the storyteller in control of the story, letting readers shape the narrative, and giving the audience a platform to tell their own stories."

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StorySmith Fantasy Story Maker ^ iPad Apps

StorySmith Fantasy Story Maker ^ iPad Apps | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
www.familymobileapps.comCreate your own fairy tale or fantasy adventure with beautiful HD illustrations and amazing multi-touch tools. Combine together any combination of castles, princesses, queens, knights, dragons, wizards, and other characters and props to create your own unique piece of art. Then, become the author as bring your story to life by adding text.
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Tweaking a Socratic Seminar Strategy for the Middle Grades ^ MiddleWeb ^ by Sarah Tantillo

Tweaking a Socratic Seminar Strategy for the Middle Grades ^ MiddleWeb ^ by Sarah Tantillo | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Sarah Tantillo's popular MiddleWeb post, Socratic Seminars in the Middle, gets a tweak that improves student participation, based on an MS teacher's suggestion.
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Making a Book ^Tenth + Fourth ^ Facebook

Making a Book ^Tenth + Fourth ^ Facebook | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Pretty sure you can't do this to a Kindle.


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This is sure to blow your students' minds (and a lot of other people's too). What a great way to start off the school year in September!

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Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game ^ Toyland ^ by Andrew Liszewski

Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game ^ Toyland ^ by Andrew Liszewski | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There’s no shortage of nit-picking gamers who feel they could easily make better video games than what’s being released every week. And thanks to a new iPad app called Toy Engine, they can put their money where their mouths are and design their own side-scrolling video game, even if they’ve never written a single line of code.
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Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue * By April Witteveen

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue * By April Witteveen | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout * by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout * by Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Composing a story from scratch comes naturally to some people. For the rest of us creating a story from scratch can be a struggle. Over the years I’ve found that using pictures helps a lot of students get started on crafting stories. In some cases I’ve had students create collages to represent elements of a story. In other cases I’ve had them choose five pictures and write two hundred words about each. Being asked to write two hundred words about five pictures feels a lot less daunting than being asked to write one thousand words in one shot.

The PDF embedded below (click here if you can't see the embedded document) outlines how to use ten of my favorite free tools to create image-based stories.
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Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing ^ Daily Teaching Tools ^ by Chad Manis

Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing ^ Daily Teaching Tools ^ by Chad Manis | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I dug into my own archives that I've accumulated over my 33 year career in search of organizers that focus on writing.  Although I found quite a few, I felt that my collection could be more complete.

With that in mind, I searched thoroughly for graphic organizer ideas wherever I could find them.  Although many of the organizers I found were specifically for reading, I adapted and redesigned them to better suit teachers of writing.

The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching writing.
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Adobe’s Slate Is A Visual Storytelling App For The iPad ^ TechCrunch ^ by Frederic Lardinois

Adobe’s Slate Is A Visual Storytelling App For The iPad ^ TechCrunch ^ by Frederic Lardinois | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

With Slate, Adobe [has launched} a new text- and photo-centric storytelling app for the iPad....

"About a year ago, Adobe launched Voice, its first standalone storytelling app that lets users record their own stories and then illustrate them with images (the Voice app is also getting an update today, by the way). Slate takes a different (and somewhat less experimental) approach and focuses on text and images instead. At its core, it combines the simplicity of the editing side of Medium with the design chops of Adobe.

"Using a set of pre-designed templates, Slate users can create anything from magazine-like travel stories and photo albums to newsletters and reports. As Brian Nemhauser, Adobe’s director of product management for this project, told me, the company is aiming this app at teachers, students, nonprofits, small businesses, corporate employees and anybody else who wants to put together a highly visual presentation that mixes basic text and imagery. Once finished, users can publish their creations on Adobe’s servers and share the link with their audiences. Adobe also allows users to embed their Slate stories on their websites."


This app is FREE. -JL

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing ^ Edutopia ^ by Monica Burns

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing ^ Edutopia ^ by Monica Burns | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Creative writing can be a daunting task for students who struggle to think of story ideas or who don't love the writing process. For kids who have trouble putting pen to paper, there are a handful of fantastic iPad apps that just might inspire them to tell a story. Your students will be able to gather ideas, brainstorm and publish writing straight from their tablet.

For students at all levels, creative writing is an important part of English language arts curriculum. Not only do the Common Core State Standards specifically outline the expectation that students should be able to express themselves through the written word, but this is also an essential real-world skill. Students should have the ability to write narratives that tell a story from their own life or a story that they've imagined. The following apps will inspire young writers and give them a vehicle for sharing their work.
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CLMOOC in its 3rd Make Cycle—Join in Today | Educator Innovator

CLMOOC in its 3rd Make Cycle—Join in Today | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As the 2015 CLMOOC continues through a third Make Cycle, it’s a perfect time to look back at the first few weeks of this collaborative experience and at what’s still to come during the next month. As a reminder, participants can join in at any time—so sign up today to share in the fun!

CLMOOC is a knowledge-building and sharing experience open to anyone interested in making, playing, and learning together about the educational framework known as Connected Learning. CLMOOC provides educators of all types with an opportunity to play with new tools, make projects and friends, and share projects and reflections with colleagues across the country and around the world.

Glasslab Games, the host of Make Cycle #3, will lead a Twitter chat Thursday, July 9, via the hashtag #clmooc at 4 p.m. PDT/7 p.m. EDT/11 p.m. UTC. Make Cycles to come will be led by educators from the San Diego Area Writing Project, KQED Do Now, and the National Park Service. Stay tuned by signing up for the newsletter today.
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Media-Making Toolkit ^ KQED Education

Media-Making Toolkit ^ KQED Education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Are you interested in integrating media making into your classroom? Making media, such as videos, narrated slideshows and online maps, can be an engaging way for students to demonstrate knowledge and build critical thinking skills. Find instructions, videos, worksheets and rubrics for implementing media-making projects with students. We also have self-paced professional development courses that you can take to learn media production!"

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Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence ^ brain pickings ^ by Maria Popova

Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence ^ brain pickings ^ by Maria Popova | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"John Ruskin (February 8, 1819–January 20, 1900) examined the psychology of why drawing helps us see the world more richly in a fantastic piece unambiguously titled Essay on the Relative Dignity of the Studies of Painting and Music, and the Advantages to be Derived from Their Pursuit, penned when he was only nineteen. It is included in the first volume of the altogether indispensable The Works of John Ruskin (public library | free ebook).

It’s a beautiful meditation triply timely today, in an age when we — having succumbed to the “aesthetic consumerism” of photography — are likelier to view the world through our camera phones and likelier still to point those at ourselves rather than at nature’s infinite and infinitely overlooked enchantments. To draw today is to reclaim the dignity and private joy of seeing amid a culture obsessed with looking in public."

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Learning to draw and paint as added much to my writing process -- from how I pay more attention to the world around me as well as my perspective on first drafts and revision.

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There's a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary | High Existence ^ by Martijn Schirp

There's a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary | High Existence ^ by Martijn Schirp | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Recently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words. It consists of a collection of strange and lovely words from different languages through different times. What I like most about this selection of consonants and vowels – little meaning-carrying packages of vibration – is that they all try to point to the unspeakable, the transient or the neglected. That which we forget in the busyness of our daily grind. Words have the power to remind us – and therefore we should choose our words carefully so we are reminded of the things that nourish our souls.


Jim Lerman's insight: Quite an interesting list! I consider myself pretty well read, but I had only heard of 3 or 4 of these words before. Nevertheless, each one defines something very specific...in most cases arcane, but specific. Don't know how useful it would be to use any of them in written expression and certainly not in oral -- most people on the receiving end would consider the user to be a show-off.

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Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling - ART & SCIENCE - Medium

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Fausto Cantu's curator insight, June 30, 6:12 PM

Tecnología y la evolución del Storytelling

 

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Mike Donahue's curator insight, July 2, 12:34 PM

This is my new must read for everyone. Lassiter's insights about computer graphics (CG) transcend his industry. They offer guidance for UX and web designers (any designer really) and businesses alike. His comments on storytelling and emotion connection are the key to success in design and business. I will be quoting this article for years to come.

 

I would absolutely recommend this to everyone.

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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”
Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 16, 9:50 PM

'Must read' article on the underestimated power of story to transcend and transform lives. (Includes 'soundcloud' of Neil Gaiman's lecture, with  transcript highlights).

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 19, 8:41 AM

Brilliant!

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 24, 11:20 AM

Good article. It is possible to have management actions delivered to last?

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Professor's Guide to Creating Video ^ free eBook

Professor's Guide to Creating Video ^ free eBook | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re practicing flipped or blended learning in your classroom, set the occasional video assignment, or have just observed that your students are part of the Netflix generation, you’ve likely seen what a powerful tool video can be for teaching and learning. And, while there’s certainly a wealth of great educational content available online, sometimes you — and your students — will want to create your own.


"Terrific news: It’s never been easier to create great video content! We know that quality matters; viewers rarely find shaky, inaudible and poorly lit video terribly engaging. But, an understanding of commonly available software, tools and basic production techniques is all you (and your students) need to create great quality video content. Best of all, you probably have most of the tools you need sitting on your desk right now. In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know to produce educational and instructional videos using your PC and webcam. Why create your own video content?"


02 What you need to get started

03 Webcam and screen recording software

04 Upgrading your microphone

05 Upgrading your camera

05 Recording video on a smartphone or tablet

06 Production

06 Planning your video

07 Recording crystal–clear sound

08 Getting the most out of your webcam

09 Post–production

10 Adding titles

10 Adjusting volume levels 1

10 Removing background noise and fine–tuning your voiceover

11 Adding closed captions for accessibility


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Free with registration.

Very comprehensive, especially for such a short and user-friendly document.


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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, July 2, 5:09 AM

Le besoin de créer des vidéos augmente de jour en jour. Voici un bon guide simple qui montre l'essentiel.

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Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities ^ User Generated Education ^ by Jackie Gerstein

Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities ^ User Generated Education ^ by Jackie Gerstein | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch.  I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week. Some of the themes I am planning are: Expanding and Showing Your Personal Interests Through Blogging, Photos, and Videos; Coding and Creating Online Games; Tinkering and Making – Simple Robotics; Hacking Your Notebook; and Creating Online Comics, Newspapers, and Magazines.  I have begun the process of planning these classes through reflecting on what the lessons will look like.  Here are some questions I ask myself as I go through this process:"

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Year-End Roundup, 2014-15 | Language Arts, Journalism and the Arts * NY Times Learning Network

Year-End Roundup, 2014-15 | Language Arts, Journalism and the Arts * NY Times Learning Network | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As we do after Memorial Day each year, this week we are looking back and collecting the year’s teaching materials for each subject area, so teachers can find them all in one place.

On Wednesday, we posted a list of all of our social studies, history, geography and civics ideas. Below, all our E.L.A. and arts-related posts. On Friday, you’ll find our science, health, math and technology collection. Finally, on June 11 we’ll publish a list of all of the Student Opinion questions we have asked this year.

And if you’d like to go further, here are five more years’ worth of lesson plan collections for English language arts, from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

To find all our roundup posts in every subject area and going back to 2010, click here.

Happy summer, and if we’re missing topics, skills, authors or ideas you wish we’d covered, please tell us below.
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