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Do You Write with Your Students? | Edutopia

Do You Write with Your Students? | Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Rebecca Alber

 

How do we prepare our students for the critical literacy skills required in today's world? Although there's so much to say about this matter, there's one key aspect of it that's been close to my heart since I attended a National Writing Project workshop more than a dozen years ago:

 

To help our students become writers, we need to write side by side with them.

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Futures Lab Update #165: Trends and Ideas from the Online News Assn. 16 Conference in Denver - MediaShift

Futures Lab Update #165: Trends and Ideas from the Online News Assn. 16 Conference in Denver - MediaShift | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This year’s gathering of the Online News Association brought together more than 2,200 digital journalists and innovators from all over the world for a three-day showcase of the latest trends and ideas moving journalism forward. There were many discussions that took place in Denver this year — on topics including virtual reality, distributed content, interactive tools, audience engagement, analytics and impact.

But there were four key topics dominated both the conference schedule and hallway conversations: automation, immersive storytelling, social media platforms and experimentation. We sat down with two ONA leaders — Joshua Hatch, ONA president and assistant managing editor of data and interactives at The Chronicle of Higher Education, and David Cohn, ONA treasurer and senior director at Alpha Group — to talk about major themes and key takeaways from this year’s conference.
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Lots of very rich material here. These are journalists who are highly tech-nified.

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Lots of very rich material here. These are journalists who are highly tech-nified.

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3 Good Google Docs Add-ons to Enhance Students Writing

3 Good Google Docs Add-ons to Enhance Students Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As a teacher, Google Docs is definitely an important tool in your digital toolkit. It provides you with an easy and simple  platform wher

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Join the Writing Lesson of the Month Network

Join the Writing Lesson of the Month Network | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
SEPTEMBER'S WRITING LESSON: I had a lot of interest in the lesson of the month when I summarized it last month, so I worked hard to post it a few days early this month. As school picture day looms or is still fresh in their memories, you might want to capitalize on making a great story using this month's The Worst Picture Day Ever lesson and writing challenge!

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Here's the latest news from Corbett (and Dena) Harrison. If you have not yet joined the Writing Lesson of the Month Network, Do so! Invaluable, classroom tested mentor text inspired lessons are just a few clicks away. ~ Dennis 

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Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers :: Maria Popova

Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers :: Maria Popova | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“Be a good steward of your gifts,” the poet Jane Kenyon urged in what remains the finest advice on writing I’ve encountered. And yet for even the most gifted artists, the practice of that stewardship remains a constant and rather slippery domain of discipline.

Its elusive mastery is what Pulitzer-winning writer Jennifer Egan (b. September 7, 1962) explores in Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do (public library) — the wonderful anthology edited by Meredith Maran, which gave us Michael Lewis on the necessary self-delusion of creative work, Susan Orlean’s advice to aspiring writers, Isabelle Allende on how to summon the muse, and Mary Karr on the madness and magnetism of the written word.
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Designing for virtual reality and the impact on education | Alex Faaborg | TEDxCincinnati

Alex Faaborg shares how Virtual Reality introduces unique challenges for interface design, and opens up incredible opportunities for the future of art, journalism, and education. Virtual Reality design techniques and Google Cardboard is introduced to over 1000 TEDxCincinnati Main Stage participants.

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The 8-Step Daily Routine That’s Enabled me to Write 100’s of Articles and 3 Books – Medium

The 8-Step Daily Routine That’s Enabled me to Write 100’s of Articles and 3 Books – Medium | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
On the days when I’m rigid about following this routine. I’m able to immerse myself in deep work for long stretches, and I’m more prolific, productive and creative. On the days when I turn on my devices first thing in the morning, and deviate from this routine it all goes to hell. To understand why read this piece about the power of turning things off.
This 8-step routine allowed me to finish a 45,000-word manuscript in 6 months, write multiple articles on medium, and produce a podcast twice a week.
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RefME | Free Referencing Generator - Harvard, APA, MLA and 7,500 more!

RefME | Free Referencing Generator - Harvard, APA, MLA and 7,500 more! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
1. Collect research
Gather your research material on the web, at home or in the library. Sources are stored in the cloud & accessible from anywhere through your RefME account

2. Manage citations
Create citations in your style - RefME supports 7,500+ citation styles. Organize and manage citations on your phone, tablet or desktop & share projects with your team

3. Write smarter
Automate & speed up the referencing process. Cite as you write using RefME for Word, or download your completed bibliography into Word, Evernote, EndNote etc

 

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This looks to be quite an effective and powerful tool. Thanks to Nancy Jones for the suggestion.

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This looks to be quite an effective and powerful tool. Thanks to Nancy Jones for the suggestion.

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This looks to be quite an effective and powerful tool. Thanks to Nancy Jones for the suggestion.

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StoryForward NYC

Introduction to Game Writing

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016, 11:00 AM

Adorama
42 W 18th St New York, NY

17 Storytellers Attending

Introduction to Game Writing with Sande Chen. Sande Chen is a writer and game designer with over 15 years of experience in the game industry. Her writing credits include 1999 Independent Games Festival winner Terminus, MMO Hall of Fame inductee Wizard101, and the 2007 PC RPG of the Year, The Witcher, for which she was nominated for a Writers Guild ...

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Introduction to Game Writing with Sande Chen.

Sande Chen is a writer and game designer with over 15 years of experience in the game industry. Her writing credits include 1999 Independent Games Festival winner Terminus, MMO Hall of Fame inductee Wizard101, and the 2007 PC RPG of the Year, The Witcher, for which she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award in Videogame Writing. She has spoken at conferences around the globe, including the Game Developers Conference, SXSW Interactive, New York ComicCon, and Screenwriters World Conference West. Find her on Twitter @sandechen or on her blog, Game Design Aspect of the Month.
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If you will be in the NYC area, this looks like a wonderful event.

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Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com

Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In 2011, then Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats, tweeted 22 rules of storytelling. Artist Dino Ignacio then turned them into image macros.

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You may have already seen these rules of storytelling, but they are worth a refresher. Plus, now they've been married to some beautiful images from beloved Pixar films. My brain loves these visuals. Enjoy!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly" *** 

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5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit - LiveWriteThrive.com

5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit - LiveWriteThrive.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit gives writers helpful tips on how to write daily.

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5 dicas para fazer da escrita um hábito diário
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...I want to write in my blog daily
Sofy Bertel's curator insight, August 24, 12:13 AM
First of all, when I saw this article  I considered that it´s really important for us inasmuch as we are in a process of making our thesis project in which we need to practice and improve our writing skills in order to make a great final job. This writer give us 5 interesting tips for making writing as part of a daily routine in our lifes. She says that the importance to write grows when we set a goal, we don't put limits, we always have a pen and paper in our hands, we take advantage of time and we have self-discipline and be responsable.
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Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids

Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids
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Let students tell exciting stories using the Lego characters they know.
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Uma aplicação de LEGO para storytelling.
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Creativity in English LAnguage Teaching 

Creativity in English LAnguage Teaching  | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The book Creativity in English Language Teaching edited by Daniel Xerri and Odette Vassallo is available to download by clicking on the image below:  ​

 

FREE DOWNLOAD. FROM THE TABLE OF CONTENTS, THIS LOOKS LIKE QUITE AN INTERESTING VOLUME. -JL

 

Thanks to Nik Peachey for this link.

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From the Foreword:

 

"WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT CREATIVITY?

We need another book because questions about creative language teaching are re-ignited by every teacher in every classroom in every country. Each time a language teacher enters a class, a silent experiment in hope and creativity is taking place: hope that the lesson will make a difference to at least one of its learners in some way; creativity in that teachers strive to give the lesson something of their own that goes beyond imitation or compliance. The teachers who describe their last lesson with a sparkle in their eye, rarely describe the joys of “doing what they are told” by the course book or the test paper. Instead they describe a sense of doing something of worth, and making a difference to their learners (Bell, 1995; Johnstone, 2009; Tsui, 2009). This is why we will never run out of the need for teachers to tell us their stories about what they did, why, and how they know it worked."

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From the Foreword:

 

"WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT CREATIVITY?

We need another book because questions about creative language teaching are re-ignited by every teacher in every classroom in every country. Each time a language teacher enters a class, a silent experiment in hope and creativity is taking place: hope that the lesson will make a difference to at least one of its learners in some way; creativity in that teachers strive to give the lesson something of their own that goes beyond imitation or compliance. The teachers who describe their last lesson with a sparkle in their eye, rarely describe the joys of “doing what they are told” by the course book or the test paper. Instead they describe a sense of doing something of worth, and making a difference to their learners (Bell, 1995; Johnstone, 2009; Tsui, 2009). This is why we will never run out of the need for teachers to tell us their stories about what they did, why, and how they know it worked."

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From the Foreword:

 

"WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT CREATIVITY?

We need another book because questions about creative language teaching are re-ignited by every teacher in every classroom in every country. Each time a language teacher enters a class, a silent experiment in hope and creativity is taking place: hope that the lesson will make a difference to at least one of its learners in some way; creativity in that teachers strive to give the lesson something of their own that goes beyond imitation or compliance. The teachers who describe their last lesson with a sparkle in their eye, rarely describe the joys of “doing what they are told” by the course book or the test paper. Instead they describe a sense of doing something of worth, and making a difference to their learners (Bell, 1995; Johnstone, 2009; Tsui, 2009). This is why we will never run out of the need for teachers to tell us their stories about what they did, why, and how they know it worked."

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Forms of Storytelling

Forms of Storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
via GIPHY It's so simple to ask students to be creative.  It's so easy to offer them a choice of digital tools and let them get o

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Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Join us in a conversation with Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer, authors of Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay. These authors claim, “If we want our students to be more engaged, skilled writers, we need to move beyond the five-paragraph essay.” Tune in to hear us talk about why and how middle school and high school teachers can do just that.

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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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What Happens When You Combine a Writer's Workshop and Makerspace?

What Happens When You Combine a Writer's Workshop and Makerspace? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

August 28, 2016
By Amber Chandler

Angela Stockman, author of Make Writing: 5 Strategies that Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Makerspace, has what many creative types can only dream of–a studio.


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Writing and Making go together. Creating a combo writer's workshop and maker's space is a bit of classroom genius. See how it's done!

 

Learning more about Writers's Workshop and Maker Cultture at UW-Stout Online Professional Development!

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Pinocchio: An Alternative Origin Story Exploring the Grandest Questions of Existence :: Maria Popova

Pinocchio: An Alternative Origin Story Exploring the Grandest Questions of Existence :: Maria Popova | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them,” Albert Camus wrote. Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, observed a century earlier as she contemplated the nature of the imagination and its three core faculties: “Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently… that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us.”

This “discovering faculty” of the imagination, which breathes life into both the most captivating myths and the deepest layers of reality, is what animated Italian artist Alessandro Sanna one winter afternoon when he glimpsed a most unusual tree branch from the window of a moving train — a branch that looked like a sensitive human silhouette, mid-fall or mid-embrace.

As Sanna cradled the enchanting image in his mind and began sketching it, he realized that something about the “body language” of the branch reminded him of a small, delicate, terminally ill child he’d gotten to know during his visits to Turin’s Pediatric Hospital. In beholding this common ground of tender fragility, Sanna’s imagination leapt to a foundational myth of his nation’s storytelling — the Pinocchio story.

In the astonishingly beautiful and tenderhearted Pinocchio: The Origin Story (public library), Sanna imagines an alternative prequel to the beloved story, a wordless genesis myth of the wood that became Pinocchio, radiating a larger cosmogony of life, death, and the transcendent continuity between the two.
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A deeply affecting article accompanied by numerous beautiful illustrations

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5 Ways Traditional Storytelling Changes With 360° Video - VRScout

5 Ways Traditional Storytelling Changes With 360° Video - VRScout | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
When filming in 360°, you can throw traditional storytelling techniques out the window. Shooting in 360° forces you to approach filmmaking in a new way, to ask yourself what a story is at its core, and to question how and why a story needs to be told in this new medium.

Here are five ways shooting in 360° challenges you to tap into its potential and rethink video storytelling:
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Welcome to Immerse

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Fascinating new publication focused on non-fiction storytelling and Virtual Reality. Link is to first issue (Sept. 2016) -JL


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7 Tools You Need for Visual Storytelling

7 Tools You Need for Visual Storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

There is more to a good story then just the message. Find out the best tools for visual storytelling that will help spread your message further.


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There is more to a good story then just the message.
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In a Slump: 7 Best Writer Sources To Spark Creativity - Where Writers Win

In a Slump: 7 Best Writer Sources To Spark Creativity - Where Writers Win | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Our thanks to guest contributor Alicia Honeycutt for this post. Do you feel like your creativity has taken a back seat? Do you want to awaken that dormant creative spirit within you? Do you feel like your creativity needs a

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Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Computers have already beaten us at chess, Jeopardy and Go, the ancient board game from Asia. And now, in the raging war with machines, human beings have lost yet another battle — over typing.

Turns out voice recognition software has improved to the point where it is significantly faster and more accurate at producing text on a mobile device than we are at typing on its keyboard. That's according to a new study by Stanford University, the University of Washington and Baidu, the Chinese Internet giant. The study ran tests in English and Mandarin Chinese."

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6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing

6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“ Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer who worked closely with screenwriters on his films. The master storyteller, born 13 August 1899, died 29 April 1980.”

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Penelope's curator insight, August 16, 12:44 PM
Alfred Hitchcock had the scream theme down pat. These tips, however, could apply to any writing genre to give it a new heartbeat. Great ideas!

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Trivium - Trivium Education.com

Trivium - Trivium Education.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Description by Larry Kim:

 

"Critical thinking is an incredibly important skill, but it’s not often taught in public school curriculum. Brush up on your rhetoric, grammar, and logic with Trivium’s free resources."

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This site takes the classic subjects of the Trivium and the Quadrivium (the 7 Liberal Arts) quite seriously and provides the reader with textbook-style instruction in each of them. If you want to see what education looked like in the second half of the 19th century in the U.S., this will show you.  Don't miss the 1895 8th grade final exam from Salinas, Kansas if you've not seen it before. Personally, I find the section on Rhetoric quite interesting.

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Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids

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Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids
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Let students tell exciting stories using the Lego characters they know.
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Uma aplicação de LEGO para storytelling.