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Small Demons: Welcome to the Storyverse

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"Taking an ambitious approach to filtering information online, Small Demons is a new site dedicated to opening up the worlds inside of books. Not just another search engine for what's inside your favorite novel, Small Demons collects and catalogs the millions of references to real-world and fictional music, movies, people, and objects that are found in literature. Your new favorite restaurant could be on the next page of the book you're reading, and Small Demons hopes to provide a place where you can draw meaningful connections between stories and everyday life.

 

"The site uses both algorithms and human touch to make these links and open up what Small Demons calls a "Storyverse," or the expanse of details that support a good story. "A computer can tell us how many times a song appears in a book. But it can't tell us that it is the song that the couple dances to at the wedding reception or the song the jilted lover plays after being dumped. It can't tell you the emotional resonance of it. So we are going to be relying on librarians and authors and gifted amateurs to come in and help us fix and add and weight and evaluate all the data we are generating," says Richard Nash, the start-up's VP of Community and Content."

 

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Three Useful Resources If You Want To Write A Book

Three Useful Resources If You Want To Write A Book | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I'm adding these three resources to So, You Want To Write A Book? Here's The Best Advice…: To self-publish or not to self-publish? That is the question is by Nik Peachey. A textbook problem: Seven suggestions to improve the quality of published resources is by Jose Picardo. This presentation is from the great Roxanna Elden:…
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Two Good Tools for Summarizing Long Text ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Good Tools for Summarizing Long Text ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Below are two good applications that provide short summaries to long chunks of text. The first one is called Smmry. This  is a web based tool for summarizing text. Students can use it to help them with reading comprehension. The way it works is easy: you  paste your text, customize some of the tool's  settings and click on ’summarize’. Smmry does the rest and provides you with a synopsis of the text containing few topic-focused sentences. The second application is an iPad app called Clipped and is especially ideal for news readers. Clipped summarizes long news articles into bullet points extracting unnecessary information and data leaving you only the gist of the story.
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Nneze Akwiwu: The First Female President Of Nigeria

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A chance conversation gives Nneze Akwiwu a chance to study in the United States.

Nneze Akwiwu is currently a senior Biology major at Spelman College. She thinks of herself as a bubbly, outgoing and very family oriented individual. She has plans of becoming the first female president of Nigeria.
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5 Storytelling Lessons From Superhero Stories

Love reading comics? You're not the only one. What about these stories about super-beings keep our eyes glued to the pages and our minds salivating for more? W…

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I love slideshares and this one is Pow! Super Awesome!

Study these super hero stories and weave several of the tips into your own work to punch it up!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly" ***
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How to write descriptively - Nalo Hopkinson

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-write-fiction-that-comes-alive-nalo-hopkinson The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentar

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App Ed Review Roundup: 4 Great Movie Making Apps! by KELLY WALSH

App Ed Review Roundup: 4 Great Movie Making Apps! by KELLY WALSH | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
by KELLY WALSH

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10 Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity — Inspired to Write — Medium

10 Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity - Inspired to Write - Medium
Whether you’re writing a novel, maintaining a blog, or keeping a journal, the answers to these problems are mostly the same. Writing is like exercise: adopt a sensible training regimen, apply it consistently, and you’ll grow stronger. But it’s also like meditation: open your inner doors, let go of distractions, and you’ll become more centered. In both cases, the keys are discipline and focus.

With that in mind, here are ten simple techniques you can use to keep yourself in the writing zone.
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Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education?

Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
By exploring stories, learners can acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of STEM.

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Why I write 1000 Words Every Day — Life Learning — Medium

Why I write 1000 Words Every Day - Life Learning - Medium
Recently, I was listening to a seminar given by Brian Tracy, the same one that inspired the idea for my post about why nobody ever changed the world by checking email. One of the things he said was success comes from task completion.
By completing a task, instead of the dopamine shot we get from checking email or the number of likes, we actually experience an increase in endorphins. We experience visible progress, which is a precursor to flow. And we feel compelled to complete more tasks.
By writing 1000 words each morning, I not only end up creating flow. I carry that into everything else that I throughout the day. I end up in a peak state of mind, which is a priceless asset. As a result, I crave flow and deep work more than I crave the temporary dopamine hit that I get from checking email or Facebook. This leads to a much more productive day.
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The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools | Will Richardson | TEDxWestVancouverED

We know how to help kids develop into powerful learners. Now, we just need to make that happen in schools.

"A parent of two teen-agers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education.

Will has authored four books (with two more on the way), including ""Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere"" (September, 2012) published by TED books and based on his 2013 TEDx talk in Melbourne, Australia. ""Why School?"" is now the #1 best-selling TED book ever.

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will is also co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of ModernLearners.com which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policy makers develop new contexts for new conversations around education.

Will lives in rural New Jersey with his wife Wendy and his kids Tess and Tucker."

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Richardson has lived on the cutting edge of what I'll call "authentic" education for a long time and his books and presentations never fail to challenge, agitate...and offer a view toward successful outcomes. This presentation, from Nov. 2015, is one of a long line that will likely stimulate, engage, and hopefully, motivate you.

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3 Interesting Story Mapping Apps to Use with Students in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Interesting Story Mapping Apps to Use with Students in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In today’s post we are sharing with you three very good iPad apps you can use with students in class to help them in their writing projects. The apps are especially helpful for creating outlines, structuring plots, capturing ideas and organizing thoughts. All of these apps provide you with export features that allow you to export your data in formats compatible with the major text editors. students can use them to brainstorm ideas and create outlines and then export their work to the editor of their choice where they can bring their writing projects to fruition.
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Critical Thinking Explained for Students

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The purpose of today’s post is to share with you this wonderful TED Ed video on critical thinking that you may want to use with your students in class. Besides  explaining what critical thinking is all, the video also provides 5 main tips on how to improve one’s critical thinking abilities namely:  Formulate your questions, Gather your information, Apply the information, Consider the implications, Explore other points of view. This video  is also available as a TED Ed lesson with comprehension and discussion questions to use with your students in class. Enjoy

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Storytelling in VR: Ambiguity and Implication in 1st Person Narratives - Road to VR

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Rob Morgan is the writer of The Assembly, and he spoke last year at GDC about narrative design in VR and the

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95 - Dennis Mortensen, Saves Time with Artificial Intelligence

95 - Dennis Mortensen, Saves Time with Artificial Intelligence | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Dennis is the CEO and Founder of x.ai, whose artificial intelligence driven personal assistant lets people schedule meetings using plain English and nothing more than a CC to amy@x.ai. Founded in 2014, x.ai is backed by blue chip investors, including IA Ventures, Firstmark, and Two Sigma Ventures, and located in New York City.

Dennis is a pioneer and expert in the analytics, optimization and big data space and has been since its inception – he is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur and successfully delivered a number of company exits. He’s an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of Data Driven Insights from Wiley and a frequent speaker on the subject of Analytics and Data. A native of Denmark, Mortensen currently calls New York City his home.
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Story Collider - Stories about Science

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"The Story Collider was founded in 2010 by Ben Lillie and Brian Wecht, two physicists who met at a storytelling show in Queens and quickly realized that they could do that too. Since then, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through our many live shows as well as our weekly podcast, and we've used what we've learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in our university and corporate workshop program.

 

"We believe that, now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone's life. At The Story Collider, you'll hear from scientists about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, but you'll also hear from people who haven't had a formal connection to science since high school. We have physicists, comedians, neuroscientists, writers, actors, doctors, and many, many more telling their story. Some are heartbreaking; some are hilarious. They're all true, and all, in one way or another, are about science."

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Reimagining School Writing

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Move beyond the five-paragraph essay. Bring school writing to life through freewriting, peer reviews, and allowing students to include relevant memories and vivid descriptions.

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Some useful ideas here.

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Some interesting suggestions for ways to assist students to develop writing skills while still encouraging creativity. Undoubtedly our education system does value academic writing styles and skills, often to the detriment of students' creative lives.
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The Best Posts On Writing Instruction  :: Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Posts On Writing Instruction  :: Larry Ferlazzo | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I’ve published a number of posts on writing instruction, and thought I’d bring them all together into one “The Best” list. I’ve previously posted tons of lists sharing…
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Ferlazzo is one of the best list-makers around; never fails to offer sound suggestions.

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The 5-Step Process that Solves Three Painful Writing Problems

The 5-Step Process that Solves Three Painful Writing Problems | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Use this five-step writing process to get started, cut the fluff, and finish writing a compelling piece of content that has a specific objective.

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5 Creative Digital Tools That Bring Visuals and Writing Together

5 Creative Digital Tools That Bring Visuals and Writing Together | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Experiment with this list of creative digital tools that unite art and writing in amazing visual storytelling projects. Your students will love them!

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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers

Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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This community of writers page from Corbett Harrison has great ideas and charts.  Check it out!

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Listen Current: Bringing World-Class Podcasts to the Classroom

Listen Current: Bringing World-Class Podcasts to the Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The people at Listen Current have made it their mission to bring public radio podcasts directly to the classroom. They curate a growing collection of professionally produced podcasts, organize and tag them into categories, and build a set of outstanding instructional resources around each one. With Listen Current, teachers can easily use podcasts as classroom texts, amplifying content and giving students practice in required listening skills.
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Technically a Librarian: Make Writing - @LibrarianLister @AngelaStockman

Technically a Librarian: Make Writing - @LibrarianLister @AngelaStockman | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I know I'm a little biased, but I think we have a pretty amazing makerspace. It's getting bigger - and messier - every day and the kids are creating some incredible stuff. Until recently, the makerspace was pretty contained to the library. This certainly wasn't to exclude maker activities from occurring elsewhere - it just happened. 

While at one of our ELA planning meetings, we were discussing the lack of enthusiasm kids have for writer's workshop. What was once a time for kids to express themselves creatively, was now a time that kids dreaded. How sad? I loved Writer's Workshop as a kid. We had to fix this. They had tried creative prompts, incorporating movies and music, but they were still "bleh".

As we were brainstorming, an 8th grade English teacher brought up the book "Make Writing" by Angela Stockman. Oddly enough, I had just finished reading my advanced readers copy since I'm a member of the Hack Learning VIP program. All of a sudden we both were sitting at the edge of our seats ready to do it!

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Rising Above the Poverty Line — Medium

Rising Above the Poverty Line — Medium | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How scholarships saved my life and landed me in Silicon Valley

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Wonderful and inspiring piece. Share this with someone.

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Critical Thinking Explained for Students

Critical Thinking Explained for Students | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The purpose of today’s post is to share with you this wonderful TED Ed video on critical thinking that you may want to use with your students in class. Besides  explaining what critical thinking is all, the video also provides 5 main tips on how to improve one’s critical thinking abilities namely:  Formulate your questions, Gather your information, Apply the information, Consider the implications, Explore other points of view. This video  is also available as a TED Ed lesson with comprehension and discussion questions to use with your students in class. Enjoy

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