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10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing

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"Both high-tech innovations for learning and the inability of many American schoolchildren to write well have been major talking points in educational circles for quite some time, but oddly enough, one may offer a solution to helping remedy the other. There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone. Here, we offer just a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar, essay-writing, and, most importantly, why good writing is so important to their futures."


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Ivo Nový's curator insight, December 11, 2012 10:10 AM

There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, December 28, 2012 8:18 PM

...And see Digital Writing Matters, a National Writing Project publication by

Dr. Troy Hicks, Co-Director of Central Michigan University-based Chippewa Writing Project, Mt. Pleasant, MI....

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The 5 Essential Elements Of A Perfect Ending

The 5 Essential Elements Of A Perfect Ending | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"We can divide a story into a beginning, which is roughly a quarter of a book, a middle, which is half the book, and an end, which is the last quarter. This last part of your book is your reader’s reward for going on this journey with you. It is the part we remember because it has, or should have, the most drama in it. 

"Here are five tips, which all of these authors used, that will help you to end a story so that readers will want to read your next book."

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Our Proven Process for Writing a Press Release [Tips + Format]

Our Proven Process for Writing a Press Release [Tips + Format] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Sure, the world has changed. But journalists are still short of time and looking for enticing stories. Play into those realities and your press release can get you in front of a mass audience.

There are plenty of articles out there that cover the more 'technical' details of writing a press release. But I didn't find any posts that accurately explain the insights and factors which made ours successful.

These are the main tips from our process for writing a press releases, a process with which we obtain news coverage on a regular basis.

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Top 10 Sites Every Writer Should Know - Cate Hogan

Top 10 Sites Every Writer Should Know - Cate Hogan | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
We've cherry-picked the best writing sites every author should know. Inspiration, education, competitions and trends: these writing sites are a great start.

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Improve Your Comics by "Distancing the Narrative" | The Creators Project

Improve Your Comics by "Distancing the Narrative" | The Creators Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The newest 'Strip Panel Naked' video teaches the importance of keeping the reader at bay.

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Learning to Measure Media Literacy Outcomes | Educator Innovator

Learning to Measure Media Literacy Outcomes | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Our Media Literacy Competency Assessment Rubric uses the students’ final projects as indicators for levels of competency of a variety of skills, and measures how well students can put their new media literacy skills into practice. Every program track has a set of central skills-based competencies that fall under the LAMP’s broader intended outcomes, and the rubric can be adapted to measure these competencies according to the program. In designing the rubric, we had to clarify these outcomes and came to the determination that activism is key to the LAMP learning experience. So instead of trying to measure attitudes, our assessment tool evaluates the active work created by the students, and how it enables the roles they play in a participatory digital culture. For many students, the very act of producing their own work and challenging the media is a form of activism, and our rubric takes this into account as a key goal. We seek to uplift their voices so they feel comfortable challenging the media, and the projects they create are where these newly learned media literacy concepts and active media-making skills can be seen. The final projects produced by students show us how well they understand the concepts being taught, but also if students feel empowered enough to make their own active media messages.
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Zynga Releases Free, Education Focused Words With Friends EDU (EdSurge News)

Zynga Releases Free, Education Focused Words With Friends EDU (EdSurge News) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
No longer will there be tense, clandestine matches between a student and her English teacher. Now Words With Friends devotees can play against one another in approved classroom environments.Zynga has released Words With Friends EDU, an educational version of the popular Scrabble-esque app on the web
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Brandi Rogers's curator insight, July 27, 2:18 PM

Having recently gotten back into WWF, I am really excited to be able to use this in my classroom!

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, Today, 5:03 AM
Who's up for a game?
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The Effortless Effort of Creativity: Jane Hirshfield on Storytelling, the Art of Concentration, and Difficulty as a Consecrating Force of Creative Attention :: Maria Popova

The Effortless Effort of Creativity: Jane Hirshfield on Storytelling, the Art of Concentration, and Difficulty as a Consecrating Force of Creative Attention :: Maria Popova | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

With an eye to the obsessive daily routines and strange creative rituals of many writers, and to the state of intense focus in the creative act known as “flow,” Hirshfield explores the path to concentration:

"Immersion in art itself can be the place of entry… Yet however it is brought into being, true concentration appears — paradoxically — at the moment willed effort drops away… At such moments, there may be some strong emotion present — a feeling of joy, or even grief — but as often, in deep concentration, the self disappears. We seem to fall utterly into the object of our attention, or else vanish into attentiveness itself.

"This may explain why the creative is so often described as impersonal and beyond self, as if inspiration were literally what its etymology implies, something “breathed in.” We refer, however metaphorically, to the Muse, and speak of profound artistic discovery and revelation. And however much we may come to believe that “the real” is subjective and constructed, we sill feel art is a path not just to beauty, but to truth: if “truth” is a chosen narrative, then new stories, new aesthetics, are also new truths."

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Keen insight into the deeper aspects of creativity...expressed, as always, with Popova's broad and penetrating command of the subject and appreciation for the author/artist under consideration (in this case, the poet Jane Hirshfield). 

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Keen insight into the deeper aspects of creativity...expressed, as always, with Popova's broad and penetrating command of the subject and appreciation for the author/artist under consideration (in this case, the poet Jane Hirshfield). 

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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 b

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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, June 22, 2015 8:00 AM

Moving accounts of how stories enrich and shape our lives, through good times and bad.

Brandi Rogers's curator insight, July 27, 2:26 PM

To share when discussing fiction... traditional literature... writing fiction.

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Excellent Story Writing Apps for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Story Writing Apps for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Resources for Filmmaking in the Classroom

Resources for Filmmaking in the Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin?

 


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Marga Roig's curator insight, March 14, 1:11 AM

Some great tips and links to resources.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, July 28, 7:12 PM
Good collection of links offering advice on both the technical and creative processes of film making.
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Augmented Reality and Web 3.0

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Augmented reality could open up huge potential for education outside of the classroom and enable students to learn and interact with whatever is in their immediate physical environment at any particular time. It could also transform publishing and the way we interact with books and images by enabling us to transform them into interactive multimedia.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 19, 4:54 AM

My article on Augmented Reality from back in 2011.

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Secret Teacher: My pupils' creativity is being crushed by the punctuation police

Secret Teacher: My pupils' creativity is being crushed by the punctuation police | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Children should be dreaming up quirky characters and gripping cliffhangers. Instead they are worrying about semi-colons and the passive voice

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BookWright Download

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Free Download BookWright 1.0.92 - Design e-books, magazines, trade and photo books using multiple layouts and tools, with this powerful an

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6 Stage Plot Structure For Successful Storytelling

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Michael Hauge has created a formula around the five turning points and six stages you need to write a good story. Eduardo L. Lozano created this infographic - The Six Stage Plot Structure - illustrating Hauge's formula for writing successful screenplays.
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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, Today, 4:33 AM
Stages and scaffolds help writers to find their way through. They often have no shortage of good ideas but shaping them is hard and that's where tools like this are useful until they can create an internal story map.
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Seth Godin's Advice for Authors

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It happened again. There I was, meeting with someone who I thought had nothing to do with books or publishing, and it turns out his new book just came out. With more than 75,000 books published every year (not counting ebooks or blogs), the odds are actually pretty good that you've either written a book, are writing a book or want to write one. Hence this short list


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The Zen of Organized Writing: 5 Steps You Can Take Today

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How can you organize your life as a writer so you can spend more time writing?

What’s the best way to manage writing alongside other projects?

Why is it so hard to balance the act of writing with the day-to-day demands of life?

I think you’ll agree most writers have to achieve more than write every day–we have to do things like plan our research, market our writing, find a quiet place to work.

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Site Content as Story

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"We need to stop 'telling stories' that oxytocin or the magic of a 'narrative arc' explain storytelling. It’s much bigger than science can explain. Storytelling is an art – subjective, emotional, and as variable as humanity is diverse." - Annette Simmons


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Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Susan Sontag argued that lists confer value and guarantee our existence. Umberto Eco saw in them “the origin of culture.” But lists, it turns out, might be a remarkably potent tool for jostling the muse into manifesting — a powerful trigger for that stage of unconscious processing so central to the creative process, where our mind-wandering makes magic happen.

In Zen in the Art of Writing (public library), one of these ten essential books on writing, Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920–June 5, 2012) describes an unusual creative prompt he employed in his early twenties: He began making long lists of nouns as triggers for ideas and potential titles for stories:
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The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever — An Idea For You

The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever - An Idea For You - Medium

 The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick. 


Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing.You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick. 


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Penelope's curator insight, July 27, 12:46 PM
Love short and sweet. This one's got it--and more. Great tips, fast read.

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

Brandi Rogers's curator insight, July 27, 2:20 PM

Definitely need to share this with my students, maybe make an anchor based off these suggestions.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Online Tools for Creating Picture Books

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Online Tools for Creating Picture Books | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Using pictures as the basis for a story can be a good way to get students to write a story. The pictures can serve as prompts for writing the story. All five of the tools listed below have that capability.

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Karen E Smith's curator insight, June 22, 2015 8:26 AM

Choosing is the difficult part.

Gertie Brunner's curator insight, June 22, 2015 11:29 PM

Could be useful

Brandi Rogers's curator insight, July 27, 2:21 PM

This would be great for computer lab days or as a station wildcard.

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We Learn Through Stories

Slides to support a workshop at the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston, MA. 15 July 2015. How can we make learning sticky using powerful storyt…

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 15, 2015 3:53 PM

#Storytelling #STEM #STEAM #Learning

Hanne Alsen's curator insight, August 17, 2015 5:52 AM

Make it personal - tell your story - make it matter

Carlos Silva's curator insight, October 25, 2015 10:07 AM

añada su visión ...

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5 Groundbreaking Ways to Tell Stories in the Future of Filmmaking

5 Groundbreaking Ways to Tell Stories in the Future of Filmmaking | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Creators from Tribeca 2016's interactive showcases offer insights from the edge of modern storytelling.

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Susan Cardillo's curator insight, April 29, 11:14 AM
This is great stuff.
Jérémy Pradier's curator insight, May 4, 8:14 AM
Inspiring
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7 Tech Tools to Capture Stories: Creation Apps & Websites - Class Tech Tips

7 Tech Tools to Capture Stories: Creation Apps & Websites - Class Tech Tips | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How can we use technology tools to capture stories? Here's my favorite creation apps and websites to help students tell their stories.

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Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All :: Jane Mayer :: The New Yorker

Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All :: Jane Mayer :: The New Yorker | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 24, 8:30 PM

This might be somewhat off-topic, but it is also quite relevant.

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The Writer's Workbench

The Writer's Workbench | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The Writer's Workbench is a single tool that incorporates the various tool types that many writers use to create an Integrated Writing Environment (IWE). It provides these various tools without binding a writer to a single structure or vision for constructing a story and seeks to enable the creative process by providing immediate access to any story artifact in the tool without the obtrusiveness of having many windows opened at the same time.

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