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Plinky - for writing

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Writing is one of the key literacy learning skills.


For many learners it can also be one of the most challenging.


The way learning Providers teach 'writing' has alot to do with their learners attitude; if they can find engaging and collaborative ways to teach writing then, their learners writing performance will be enhanced.


One strategy is to use technology.


For learners, generating ideas is often the most difficult phase of their writing process.


This is where Plinky can help.


Every day Plinky provides a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer.


Users can...
- add photos, maps, playlists and more.
- easily share their Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and most major blogging services.

 

In their words...
"We know you've got something interesting to say. Plinky is here to help you say it in a fun and compelling way."


Via John Dalziel, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Writing Tools ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli & Natalie Franzi

Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Writing Tools ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli & Natalie Franzi | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Franzi and Figurelli detail ways to use five digital tools that promote authentic writing experiences for students."


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Franzi and Figurelli describe the 5 tools in another outstanding piece of work. Well worth investigating.

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Introducing Film Club: A New Teaching and Discussion Forum About Short Times Documentaries ^ NY Times ^ by Katherine Schulten and Michael Gonchar

Introducing Film Club: A New Teaching and Discussion Forum About Short Times Documentaries ^ NY Times ^ by Katherine Schulten and Michael Gonchar | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
At least two Fridays a month this school year, we’ll be posting films we think will inspire powerful conversations — and then inviting teenagers and teachers from around the world to have those conversations here, on the blog.
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What digital storytelling is and is not ^ Langwitches ^ by Sylvia Tolisano

What digital storytelling is and is not ^ Langwitches ^ by Sylvia Tolisano | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation

16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring websites and apps for making videos and animations. Teachers know that video making is a tried and true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These apps and sites feature user-friendly tools and features...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Maite Goñi, juandoming, Timo Ilomäki, Maria Margarida Correia, Anto Magneto
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Richard Samson's curator insight, August 17, 5:09 AM

Always good to stay up to date on video apps. Thanks!

Angela Ribo's curator insight, August 17, 10:27 AM

I think this will come in handy this year.

Mrs E.'s curator insight, August 20, 7:28 AM

Meant to be Your Favourite...

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Tech Ed Resources--Organize Your Class ^ Ask a Tech Teacher ^ by Jacqui Murray

Tech Ed Resources--Organize Your Class ^ Ask a Tech Teacher ^ by Jacqui Murray | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Do you wonder how to set up an effective, exciting, motivating classroom to teach tech? It’s not difficult–but there are steps you must take that are different from a grade-level or subject-specific classroom. Watch these videos at the start of school and often throughout the year to understand how to integrate tech into your classes and how to help students use tech to get the most from their education adventure. Webinars included:

Set up your tech class
How to create a class internet start page–and why
How to teach a tech lesson
6 topics to teach in every lesson     
How to talk to stakeholders about tech
Keyboarding in 45 minutes a week
Problem solving (that’s tech problems)
Presentation Boards (tech problem solving, tech vocabulary, and Google Earth)
Digital note taking in the classroom
Digital citizenship
Blogging in the classroom
Differentiation with tech
Grading technology
Class exit tickets
Class warm-ups
Flipped classroom
Backchannels
Digital portfolios
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Seven Basic Plots ^ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Advisor

Seven Basic Plots ^ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Advisor | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Seven Basic Plots come from Christopher Booker’s book of that title, in which he argues that every successful narrative ever written is based on a version of one or more of these seven plots. I have summarised them here for ease of reference and converted the summary to PDF format to allow for easy download. The two pages can easily be enlarged or made into a poster for display on your classroom wall.The Seven Plots
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7 Storytelling Techniques Used by the Most Inspiring TED Presenters

7 Storytelling Techniques Used by the Most Inspiring TED Presenters | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A guide to giving inspirational presentations and talks, based on tried-and-true effective storytelling techniques used by the most influential speakers in the

Via Gregg Morris, Jim Lerman
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Ian Berry's curator insight, August 12, 6:56 PM

Great insights and examples. Story-sharing a key to success in the new world of work

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10 New Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers - Daily Genius ^ by Beth Holland

10 New Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers - Daily Genius ^ by Beth Holland | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Several summers ago, I wrote 10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers in response to a request from a Summer Workshop participant. Over the past few weeks, this post has been re-circulated on Social Media, so I decided that it needed an update.

My original post was inspired by Suzy Brooks’ use of her SMART Board as a learning center. For this update, I would like to credit the fantastic work of Kristen Wideen and Meghan Zigmond. While many of the concepts from the original post are certainly still applicable, here are 10 new ideas for creating learning centers.
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Yves LE DUC's curator insight, August 10, 10:15 AM

ajouter votre perspicacité ...

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15 Online Resources That Help Improve Essay-Writing Skills ^ THE Journal ^ by Julie Petersen

15 Online Resources That Help Improve Essay-Writing Skills ^ THE Journal ^ by Julie Petersen | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Throughout the journey from kindergarten to 12th grade, students are supposed to gain appropriate vocabulary and grammar skills that need to be successfully implemented into essay writing. Here are some effective online tools that can help you make the art of essay writing more attractive for your students.
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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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5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi

5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The research is clear: knowledge of words is knowledge of the world.

So what does this mean for us as educators? If we want students to access increasingly complex grade level text, we must Increase student vocabulary, knowledge, and capacity. We’ve highlighted five tools below that are a means to that end.


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Outstanding article that highlights 5 excellent digital tools to enhance students' literacy development.

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Announcing Our 2015-16 Student Contest Calendar ^ NY Times ^ by Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten

Announcing Our 2015-16 Student Contest Calendar ^ NY Times ^ by Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This year we’re bringing back our popular annual editorial, vocabulary, poetry, rap and summer reading contests, but we’re also adding two new contests to the roster.

In the first, which we’ll announce in mid-September, students will be invited to create editorial cartoons. In the second, which we’ll run beginning in mid-October, students will be challenged to write reviews — whether of books, video games, concerts, restaurants or anything else The Times covers.
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, August 29, 10:49 AM

These contests provide awesome, challenging, authentic writing opportunities for students.

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Literacy Practice in the Real World: Students Annotating the Web | Educator Innovator

Literacy Practice in the Real World: Students Annotating the Web | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"In this recent webinar, Educator Innovator partner, hypothes.is, convened a group of educators and scholars who focused on the history of social writing and annotation practices more broadly and considered the possibilities for collaborative student annotation on the web and in today’s classroom."

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Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Writing Tools ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli & Natalie Franzi

Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Writing Tools ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli & Natalie Franzi | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Common Core English Language Arts Standards for Writing focus on building college and career readiness by having students demonstrate the ability to write in a variety of formats. As educators, we need to facilitate authentic experiences for students to practice and take risks during the writing process.

With that in mind, we’re going to discuss several valuable digital tools to help teachers create a more engaging and dynamic writing classroom for students to meet the rigorous demands of the Common Core.


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Excellent list of strong digital resources; each with a helpful and informative description.

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Ten Tools for Reading Film ^ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Advisor

Ten Tools for Reading Film ^ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Advisor | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Ten Tools were designed to provide teachers with a ‘route’ into the exploration of film and moving image in the classroom. They were assembled especially with inexperienced or beginner teachers in mind, and there is a deliberate attempt to avoid technical jargon wherever possible. They are not prescriptive, but rather should be used selectively and in combinations to suit the teacher and the learners. Each of the Ten Tools is accompanied by a list of potential discussion questions and typical activities. With practice, the teacher should come to know which of them will work best with any particular film text.


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Excellent guide to help teachers.

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A New Literacy: Making Connections in Electronic Environments - YouTube

"This introduction video is an overview of a discussion about communication through electronic media. It explores and discusses internet communication, text messaging, social networks, and other electronic media: some of their uses, some myths created around them, and some ideas about how they can be used. Some of the video is based on the works of Dr. David Crystal, professor of linguistics and author. "


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A succinct summation of the changed communication/information environment in which we live. Nicely done, although a bit Ango-centric.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 12, 9:01 AM

An interesting little video to spark discussion at a faculty meeting at the beginning of the year. Maybe we assauge the fears of those we are still reluctant because of their own discomfort with the medium.

 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Benefits of Using a Hashtag for Events

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Benefits of Using a Hashtag for Events | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"At our recent NYC Schools Technology Summit, many participants were using our hashtag #NYCSchoolsTech in Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites for the first time. Doing so enabled them to discover the following benefits of placing a simple "#" before a carefully chosen descriptor of "NYCSchoolsTech." 
-Being in touch with the buzz that was being generated via the attendees.
-Enabling attendees to have conversation with a network of people who shared interests about what they were seeing and hearing.
-Providing participants with an additional level of excitement both at the actual event and in the online community.  
-Serving as a tool to capture and memorize the day right from those in attendance. 
-Bringing a community together and strengthening relationships."

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4 apps that make writing with an iPad possible ^ eSchool News ^ by Kerri Willa

4 apps that make writing with an iPad possible  ^ eSchool News ^ by Kerri Willa | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"...learn about a few of my favorite apps to support the prewriting process and enable your students to create dazzling digital books."

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Tools for Teachers - Writing eBook ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn.

Tools for Teachers - Writing eBook ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Teachers are always searching for tools to make their lives easier. And so are we. That's why we created the Tools for Teachers ebook series, showcasing free online tools for all kinds of classroom environments.

This eBook volume covers tools for writing. You'll find resources for digital storytelling, creative writing, blogs, and websites. Exploring these terrific free tools will help you:

Discover digital storytellng resources
Enhance creative writing projects
Optimize grammar and readabiltiy
Create stunning blogs and websites
Enhance creativity and collaboration
Make teaching and learning fun!
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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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Amélie Silvert's curator insight, July 21, 4:15 AM

dispo sous ios 8 only

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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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