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How writers can learn to accept criticism

How writers can learn to accept criticism | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
These tips are intended help novice writers learn to take criticism from instructors, peer reviewers and editors.

 

Start with the assumption that your work can be improved


The biggest mistake writers make is assuming that once they have submitted a piece of writing, that is finished… and perfect. This assumption sets the writer up for a frustration and anger when it is returned with a request for revisions. It can be helpful to approach your writing from the point of view there is always room for improvement.

 

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6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers

6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Below are some popular journaling apps we curated specifically for teachers. You can use them to record your ideas and thoughts and capture your daily activities as you live them. You can then share or sync all of your notes across different devices.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, Today, 12:30 PM

Apps to help build a journaling habit.  When your kids are writing, you write too.  This kind of modeling shows how important writing really is. 

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hqpbl :: High Quality Project-Based Learning

hqpbl :: High Quality Project-Based Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Project Based Learning (PBL) is increasingly recognized as a powerful instructional practice, both in the United States and around the world. More and more educators are trying to use project-based methods to engage their students toward meaningful, deeper learning. Currently, there is no collectively-developed, widely-accepted PBL Framework to guide aspiring educators. 

The goal of this project is to collaboratively create and share a Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning to provide quality and consistency across classrooms, schools, districts and states. 

 

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A new (summer 2017), international effort to bring "quality and consistency" to the practice of PBL, with guidance from the Buck Institute for Education. HQPBL seeks the active participation of volunteers from around the world.

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This New Data Will Make You Rethink How You Write Headlines

This New Data Will Make You Rethink How You Write Headlines | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Steve Rayson, director at BuzzSumo, analyzed 100 million headlines to see which posts earned the most Facebook engagement.
Here are 10 insights from that research that can help you write better headlines that attract more likes, shares, and comments on Facebook.
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Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools

Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Research papers often get a bad reputation. But we conduct research all the time in our everyday lives. Whether we want to understand civic issues or make a major life purchase, we need research skills to sift through all the information. Research writing skills students practice in the classroom need to transfer to their lives too. The most powerful opportunities for this kind of academic learning to transfer to lifelong skills happens when students have some degree of choice about the topics and texts they will study, are able to socially construct new meaning from shared experience, and to demonstrate their skills in both writing and through other media.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 14, 12:16 PM

Excellent article on digital writing tools and research. 

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Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA

Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.


Learning Objectives:

Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.
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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 15, 7:35 AM

Aurasma provides an image-recognition software for creating and sharing augmented reality experiences. Users pan with their mobile device cameras to scan images in their physical environment to trigger a separate image or video to play on their screens.

 

Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.
  • Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.
  • Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Augmented+Reality

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/la-realite-augmentee-augmented-reality-ar

 

Maria Del Mar Londoño's curator insight, April 15, 3:46 PM
This is a great Idea of lesson plan. You can integrate productive skill with a little of exploration and the use of technology. it is new and fun way for the students to write. 
Coconut Curator's curator insight, April 30, 10:44 AM
Augmented reality without all the fancy hardware. Locations can be tagged as well as historical events and other data. There are many uses for Aurasma in primary and secondary schools and it would be a wonderful tool to help make museum exhibitions come to life.
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Project Common Voice by Mozilla

Project Common Voice by Mozilla | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Voice is natural, voice is human. That’s why we’re fascinated with creating usable voice technology for our machines. But most of that technology is locked up in a few big corporations and isn’t available to the majority of developers. We think that stifles innovation so we’re launching Project Common Voice, a project to help make voice recognition open to everyone. Now you can donate your voice to help us build an open-source voice recognition engine that anyone can use to make innovative apps for devices and the web.

Read a sentence to help our machine learn how real people speak. Check its work to help it improve. It’s that simple.
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7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol

7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Audiences are tired of traditional marketing. Facts, figures and bold claims bore us. We switch off at aggressive adverts.

"But stories? We’re hardwired to see stories as a gift. Stories strike a chord with the listener. Stories get shared. Stories mean business.

"Any company that wants to reach and connect meaningfully with an audience needs to stop shouting and start telling their story.

"The Seven Pillars of Storytelling shows you how.

I"n these easy-to-follow chapters, explore the expert strategies that brand giants use to rise above the competition. Discover classic storytelling techniques, universal plots and archetypes that will amplify your message and appeal to your customers.

"Quickly learn to produce business stories that get to the heart of who you are. Show your team how to find and put together useful narratives that will influence, convince and inspire your audience.

"It’s time to tell your story."

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. 

 

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Excellent article on 8 story types; very specific, with examples of each. A must see!

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Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts

Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Education is at a crossroads, and it’s becoming more and more clear that a full reimagination of school is now needed to best prepare our children for a fast-changing, globally-networked world of learning, work, and life. We discuss how these principles can provide a framework for educational change in your school.

 

This is an archive of all of Will Richardson's podcasts (currently approximately 200, on 7-19-17. You will surely find something here to challenge your thinking and help you to move ahead. -JL


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Top 5 Grammarly Alternatives

Top 5 Grammarly Alternatives | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"One of the finest tools available on the Internet is Grammarly. It helps you with fixing the grammatical and spelling errors. Moreover, it helps you with the plagiarism checker to ensure the content is all original.

You can get Grammarly at discounted price now Other than Grammarly, there are many more tools available on the Internet. Here we list the top 5 Grammarly alternatives."

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Kids control the story in Netflix’s new interactive shows

Kids control the story in Netflix’s new interactive shows | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
After months of rumors and speculation, Netflix is officially taking the wraps off of its new interactive shows for kids. The company is calling its new type of programming "branching narratives," since viewers can control certain aspects of the story, including the ending. The first series, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, was created in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and features 13 different storyline choices and two endings. It will debut today on the streaming service, followed by another interactive show, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, on July 14th. But that's not all: Netflix says a third one called Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout is already in the works and scheduled to arrive later in 2017.
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One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction

One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A talented storyteller going by the name Nas Maraj is using Twitter to narrate riveting interactive tales where you choose what happens next.

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50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, July 12, 11:27 AM
Writing skills are one of the hardest skills for English language learners to grasp and achieve.  In past posts, I have discussed and shared links to writing journal activities.  Here is a list of great prompts at all grade levels.  Many are dealing with current events and topics which help build background knowledge.
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Draftback :: See your document's revisions played back

Draftback :: See your document's revisions played back | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Draftback lets you play back the revision history of any Google Doc you can edit. It's like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write. Notes:

- With Draftback, your data is kept entirely private. Draftback was purposely designed so that you could play back your own docs without having to share them with a third party. This is -your- data; Draftback just lets you see it in a new way.

- Draftback only needs access to docs.google.com to get the revision data for playback—but that data never leaves your own browser.

- New!: It's now possible to extract any part of a doc's playback and embed it on the web. (This, of course, makes that extract accessible to the public.)
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Teachers: Inspire Writing Using Social Media and Image Sharing / Creativity-Portal.com

Teachers: Inspire Writing Using Social Media and Image Sharing / Creativity-Portal.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Educator and author Hank Kellner discusses strategies teachers can use to inspire writing by using social media and image sharing sites.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 7, 7:15 PM

Digital writing ideas.

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Humanities + Digital Tools: Lacuna Stories

"Lacuna Stories" is a collaborative annotation platform that empowers students and instructors to engage with course materials, and each other, in innovative and meaningful ways.
For more information, visit http://www.lacunastories.com/

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 19, 3:02 PM

Great open source tool for online critical reading and collaboration. 

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Quill.org — Interactive Writing and Grammar, Elem thru HS

Quill.org — Interactive Writing and Grammar, Elem thru HS | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Quill.org provides free online tools to help low-income students become sharp writers. Our mission is to help the 30 million low-income K-12 students in the United States who struggle with writing.

 

"In 2011, a Department of Education study found that 76% of eighth grade students are not proficient at writing, one of the most important skills young people need to improve reading comprehension, advance critical thinking, and produce new knowledge. While poor writers may gain admission into college, they will not have the skills they need to thrive. College-level learning depends on college-level thinking expressed through the written word.

 

"By using Quill, teachers are able to implement research-based expository writing instruction in their classrooms. We want to improve outcomes for every single student who does not have consistent access to the finest writing instruction. By automatically grading the writing as they work, students are able to receive instant feedback and personalized instruction. This tailored experience enables students to learn faster, and it saves teachers hundreds of hours spent on grading.

 

"Quill currently provides four writing tools that enable students to build writing, grammar, and proofreading skills, and we will continually launch new tools that advance student writing and thinking. Through our tools, students gain the ability to express, with clarity and precision, complicated thoughts in writing. Although some of the steps might seem simple, each activity helps teachers progressively build the skills students need to read deeply and think critically about the world around them."

 

View a half-hour video interview with Quill's Executive Director. -JL

 

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Quill's programs have been well-received by many educators and schools. Well worth a look.

 

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Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press

Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writer's block is something that has always plagued the writing profession. It can drive you mad, and sometimes gets worse and worse.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 19, 12:14 PM
Every writer's nightmare―dreaded writer's block. If you haven't experienced it yet, you will. Life ebbs and flows, and that includes our writing.

The best way to deal and get writing again? Perhaps your body, mind, and soul need a break. Maybe take a short trip. I'm going to take day trips once a week that require only one tank of gas. First destination on the list? Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's old homestead in Cross Creek. Perhaps my inspiration will be hiding amongst old oaks where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, "The Yearling."
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How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol

How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Public speaking is hard. Presenting is synonymous with fear and anxiety for most. Yet kick-ass presentation skills are essential for grabbing your audience’s attention and creating a lasting impression of your business.

"Download How to Nail Your Next Presentation and start building skills that will transform the way you deliver your message in-person.

 

"Containing advice from leading public speaking professionals, each chapter is crammed full of advice that’s guaranteed to help you conquer fear, build confidence, and ultimately help you to nail your next presentation, speech or pitch.

"Learn practical skills on how to engage and captivate your audience on-stage: Advice on using body language, props, how to deal with stage fright, and other fundamental skills are all covered in our practical guide to stage performance. Find out how you can structure your material and prepare yourself behind the scenes: Full-proof models and techniques to enhance persuasion, excitement and message, all backed up with inspiring interviews with public-speaking heavyweights.

"Dip in, get what you need, then go out there and nail it."


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The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol

The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Plotting the story – a common stumbling block for even the most seasoned storyteller. The options seem endless. But what if there were just 7 universal plots underpinning all stories? What if finding the right one could bring your message alive and captivate your audience every time?

"In The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains how our best-loved stories throughout history fall into only 7 distinct story types. He follows in a long line of theorists who have tried to explain why storytelling is such a universally powerful means of communication.

"Here I’ll outline those 7 basic plots for you. This isn’t a foolproof list by any means – but just try to think of a book, film or play that doesn’t fit one of these plot types."

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Dunkirk survivors’ terror didn’t end when they were rescued

Dunkirk survivors’ terror didn’t end when they were rescued | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Documenting the reality of those shell-shocked survivors is what London’s Imperial War Museum had in mind when it recorded interviews of scores of veterans in the 1990s and early 2000s. Those interviews show that the horror stayed with many of them long after they were freed from a deathtrap between the German Army, the Luftwaffe and the sea.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 20, 12:26 PM
Wonderful history lesson for the day. The horror of war doesn't end when it's over. These men's stories need to be told.
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6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers

6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Storytelling 101: What Makes a Good Story?

Storytelling 101: What Makes a Good Story? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling isn’t reading Dr. Seuss to your customers. And although it may be, it’s not necessarily about characters and plots. But it is about a situation in which someone uses the product to cause some result. That’s a narrative arc:

Exposition/Set-up. Where the action is going to take place.
Rising Action. Characters in the story finding the product and putting it to use to solve a problem.
Climax. Solving the problem with the product.
Falling Action. Mopping up the action. Everything calming down.
Denouement. The result of the climax. What happened to the characters now that they solved the problem using the product?
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9 Good Writing Apps for Middle Schoolers

9 Good Writing Apps for Middle Schoolers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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