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Unblocking — Lessons From One Medium to Another | WorldWalkings

Unblocking — Lessons From One Medium to Another | WorldWalkings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Clever and insightful tips for overcoming writer's block, interestingly drawn from Sarah McErath's experience as a painter.


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Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers

Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"Wiki Summarizer could be a good tool for students who are just starting a research assignment and are not quite sure what terms to use or what topics to explore. By using the Wiki Summarizer web view or word cloud view students will be able to find some terms and topics that could help them alter and or direct their searches. In other words, Wiki Summarizer could help students who have a very broad research topic narrow down their searches."

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Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest ~ NY Times

Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest ~ NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"We’ve been publishing a Word of the Day every school day since our blog began, and last year, just as we were about to hit 1,000, we announced our first Vocabulary Video Contest.

"We liked the results so much that we’re back with a second year of the challenge. So, along with our collaborators for Word of the Day — the linguists who run Vocabulary.com and Visual Thesaurus — we invite you to create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words in our now nearly 1,200 words strong collection.

"You have until Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. Eastern to do it. All the rules and regulations, plus some inspiration from past winners, are below"

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Watchup - Your daily newscast

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"Watchup wants to reinvent the way you watch the news. Starting is easy- just turn it on and, based on your location, newscasts begin to play. As you pick and choose what draws you, Watchup learns your interests, and feeds you more on that. Meanwhile, it suggests contextualizing articles to accompany the broadcasts. Think of it as Pandora for news junkies. Available for iPhone (iOS 7.0 and later) and Android (3.0 and up)."

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Type Superfast With Real Time Voice Dictation in iOS 8 ~ makeuseof

Type Superfast With Real Time Voice Dictation in iOS 8 ~ makeuseof | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Bakari Chavanu


"It’s time to do less typing and more talking with the new real time voice-to-text feature in iOS 8.


"Relatively little has been said about the new real-time dictation function in iOS, and in previous versions it may not have been worthy of the highlight. But with the recent iOS 8 update, Apple has restored bragging rights when it comes voice dictation and mobile devices.

"Past iOS dictation implementation wouldn’t show the text you dictated until you tapped the Done button, which meant activating the feature several times for long form dictation. Well, not anymore. For me, the new voice-to-text feature works more efficiently than Dragon Dictate on the Mac."


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I have been a user of Dragon Naturally Speaking for about 8 years and have found it very, very useful -- both for myself and in teaching. Having an effective, "free" voice-to-text capability opens up fabulous opportunities for students to express themselves. The advent of easy voice to text moves writing in a whole new direction. I know because I dictated most of the last book I wrote and several recent  funding proposals. It takes awhile to learn how to dictate efficiently and effectively, which has little to do with the software learning your voice patterns and much to do with developing a different though process.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 28, 10:49 PM

I can see it now, students all over the library talking into to their phones, assuring me they are writing their papers. ;-)

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How music can inspire strong student writing and discussion ~ eSchool News

How music can inspire strong student writing and discussion ~ eSchool News | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Nathan Garvin

Summary by MiddleWeb by SmartBrief


"Blending music and short journal prompts helps students build their confidence in writing, educator Nathan Garvin writes in this article. Garvin, a middle-school teacher in Texas, describes an assignment in which he plays a song while showing images to the students and then asks them to write about the image they chose as the best match for the song. "It's a simple journal prompt that can lead to creative, deep, and original writing," he notes."


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Annotate the Plot: Using Annotation to Write Better Fiction ~ Digital Is

Annotate the Plot: Using Annotation to Write Better Fiction ~ Digital Is | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Meera Nair


"Last semester, I discovered Genius.com (formerely RapGenius), a new site that allowed media-rich digital annotation for text. Several of my students had used the site to annotate rap songs and were enthusiastic (and a little bemused) when I suggested we use it in our class. 


"We decided to use Genius.com as a platform to collaboratively engage and connect with several stories that we were close reading. Genius.com not only allows students to annotate or create digital marginalia or notes, but also share comments on peer annotations. The site's interface also lets students enhance their annotations with links, images and embed video and audio from popular social media sites like Soundcloud or Youtube."


Jim Lerman's insght: A very informative and detailed article about a fascinating way to approach the study of fiction using online digital media site Genius.com

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The Memory of an Elephant: A Most Unusual Children’s Book for Lovers of Mid-Century Modern Design ~ brain pickings

The Memory of an Elephant: A Most Unusual Children’s Book for Lovers of Mid-Century Modern Design ~ brain pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"Psychologists believe that our capacity for creative work hinges on our memory and the ability to draw on our mental catalog of remembered experiences and ideas. More than that, memory is our lifeline to our own selves. Indeed, can there be anything more central to identity than memory?


"The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey (public library) is a most unusual picture-book by writer Sophie Strady and illustrator Jean-François Martin. Unusual not because it measures an impressive 15 inches in height — though that alone makes it a kind of enchanting narrative poster — but because it blends the fascination of encyclopedic curiosity with deep questions about memory, identity, and what makes a life worthwhile."

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Zadie Smith on the Psychology of the Two Types of Writers ~ brain pickings

Zadie Smith on the Psychology of the Two Types of Writers ~ brain pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"On March 24, 2008, two years before she penned her oft-cited ten rules of writing, the immeasurably brilliant Zadie Smith delivered a lecture at Columbia University’s Writing Program under the brief “to speak about some aspect of your craft.” Appropriately titled “That Crafty Feeling” and included in Smith’s altogether enchanting collection Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays (public library), the lecture outlines the ten psychological stages of writing a novel.


"While invariably subjective, as all advice is, and rooted in Smith’s own experience — by that point, “twelve years and three novels” — her insights undoubtedly belong with history’s most enduring wisdom on writing."


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Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30

Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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My fantastic daughter is headlining a terrific jazz-driven tap show at Dizzy's Coca-Cola this coming Monday as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.


Student tickets are only $10. Act now for best seats. To make a reservation, click on the image or headline above.


This is a wonderful show, taking place in one of the greatest jazz nightclubs in NYC.



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Inexpensive making in the classroom ~ ISTE

Inexpensive making in the classroom ~ ISTE | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Grimes


"It seems like everywhere you go, someone is talking about the maker movement, making or people who are makers. You may also be hearing about making in the classroom and, as a teacher, wondering how you might bring making to your school....


"Maker education programs are cropping up in schools across the nation as the maker movement gains momentum. Making relies heavily on skills such as problem solving, innovative and creative thinking, and perseverance — and it promotes positive mindsets and attitudes. What could be better for our classrooms, schools and society than confident, determined, innovative youth? Making empowers youth and amazing things can happen when we get out of their way!"

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6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics

6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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A simpler way to teach writing: the one trait rubric -

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I used to spend hours grading students essays and felt extremely frustrated by the subjectiveness of my system. It was very difficult to think about all six traits of effective writing–ideas/content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions–at one time while grading. I’d often get sidetracked by mistakes in one area, such as spelling or …

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, September 1, 7:17 PM

Using a straightforward rubric with only 3 or 4 criteria makes it clear to students and parents why an assignment earned the grade it did. It also prevents the teacher from downgrading a paper by weighting one aspect of good writing too heavily. Concentrating on only one trait makes it easier for the teacher to fairly assess a student’s skills in a particular trait.

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Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today - Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog

Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today - Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

There’s never in the history of the world been a better time to be a writer. You can write what you like. No one will burn you at the stake for your ideas. The biggest benefit of all: you’ve got the Internet. It’s a virtual world.


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Penelope's curator insight, September 2, 1:59 PM

 

You can be a writer and you can making a living from it, but it may take a little savvy on your part. If you're fresh out of ideas of where you could sell your literary wares, this article could give you a jump start.

 

There are several very creative niches I knew nothing about. Find one, and get started on your writing career!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.fabfreelancewriting.com/blog/2013/10/15/be-a-happy-writer-10-ideas-for-writing-businesses-you-can-start-today/

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Practical Tools for Teaching News Literacy ~ NY Times

Practical Tools for Teaching News Literacy ~ NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Rory O'Connor


How One School Teaches It

"Using an approach acquired from the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, and after training at the center’s summer institutes, the principal and staff at Intermediate School 303, a New York City public middle school in Coney Island, Brooklyn, implemented a program to encourage students to become smarter readers and analysts.

"In its curriculum, the school stresses concepts like the need to evaluate information and sources. Each week the sixth, seventh and eighth graders at I.S. 303 study the concepts and learn how to apply them to current stories in the news.

"Sometimes they use free educational media materials like these, created and distributed for classroom use by Stony Brook and often featuring journalists and reporting from The New York Times.

"The lessons are then shared more broadly throughout E.L.A., Social Studies and other courses — as well as at home with parents, siblings and friends."

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Six Alternatives to Book Reports

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Marinhos's curator insight, September 23, 3:59 PM

Estímulo para a reflexão e a escrita. Mas pelo que sei só funciona em iPad.

Diane Ilkiw's curator insight, September 24, 9:23 AM

Love this idea

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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art ~ edutopia

Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art ~ edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Denise Cassano


"Children naturally connect thoughts, words, and images long before they master the skill of writing. This act of capturing meaning in multiple symbol systems and then vacillating from one medium to another is called transmediation. While using art in the classroom, students transfer this visual content, and then add new ideas and information from their personal experiences to create newly invented narratives. Using this three-step process of observe, interpret, and create helps kids generate ideas, organize thoughts, and communicate effectively."

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VideoNot.es ~ New Learning Times

VideoNot.es ~ New Learning Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Dan Haugh


"VideoNot.es is an online app that syncs note-taking with videos for quick and easy reference. VideoNot.es syncs with your Google Drive to automatically synchronize your notes with whatever video you are watching. Users can then click on their time-stamped note to instantly jump to the appropriate place in the video. VideoNot.es works with Coursera, Udacity, EdX, Khan Academy, Vimeo, and YouTube.


"VideoNot.es is a great addition to any student/researcher/teacher’s toolbox. The dual panels make writing while watching a video simple and efficient. Additionally, its seamless integration with Google and Google Drive make this tool even more attractive. Making the backups readable in Google Docs might draw more users"

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MyStorybook.com - Free Storybook Making Online

MyStorybook.com - Free Storybook Making Online | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Write and share your very own storybooks with this free online app!



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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 21, 6:57 AM

This is a nice tool to use with younger learners to get them writing and publishing their own illustrated books.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, September 25, 5:59 PM

Looks like a great tool for young and not so young!

natasha dcosta's curator insight, October 3, 11:40 PM

teachers and technology 

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Telling Your Story ~ 350.org Workshops

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Each of us has a story that can move others. As you learn this skill of story-telling, you will be able to tell a compelling story that includes elements that identify yourself, your audience and your strategy to others. In addition, you will gain practice in hearing and coaching others to tell a good story.


Jim Lerman's insight:  Quite an interesting approach to storytelling. This is a workshop for how to design and tell stories to organize and motivate people to engage in the environmental movement. It is very specific and planned in specific detail. It is certainly helpful in an educational setting as well.


Also, a quick note about the Venn diagram. To me, the most interesting parts of Venns are where the circles overlap. What does this Venn tell us where Us and Self overlap, where Us and Now overlap, where Now a and Self overlap, and where Us, Self, and Now overlap. If you can name these intersections, you are demonstrating excellent command of the storytelling topic under consideration. 

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Helen Teague's curator insight, September 24, 10:14 AM
Each of us has a story that can move others. As you learn this skill of story-telling, you will be able to tell a compelling story that includes elements that identify yourself, your audience and your strategy to others. In addition, you will gain practice in hearing and coaching others to tell a good story.

 

Jim Lerman's insight:  Quite an interesting approach to storytelling. This is a workshop for how to design and tell stories to organize and motivate people to engage in the environmental movement. It is very specific and planned in specific detail. It is certainly helpful in an educational setting as well.

 

Also, a quick note about the Venn diagram. To me, the most interesting parts of Venns are where the circles overlap. What does this Venn tell us where Us and Self overlap, where Us and Now overlap, where Now a and Self overlap, and where Us, Self, and Now overlap. If you can name these intersections, you are demonstrating excellent command of the storytelling topic under consideration. 

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Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay ~ brain pickings

Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay ~ brain pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborating with animator Drew Christie — the talent behind that wonderful short film about Mark Twain and the myth of originality — on an animated essay that I wrote and narrated, exploring a subject close to my heart and mind: the question of how we can cultivate true wisdom in the age of information and why great storytellers matter more than ever in helping us make sense of an increasingly complex world. It comes as an organic extension of the seven most important life-learnings from the first seven years of Brain Pickings. Full essay text below — please enjoy."

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, September 16, 8:13 PM

excelente animacao sobre a era da informacao que nao garante conhecimento e sabedoria... #avancee

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What's Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 8, 2014 ~ NY Times

What's Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 8, 2014 ~ NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.


"Welcome back, students and teachers.


"We’re excited to begin our third year of “What’s Going On in This Picture?”, and we’re thrilled it continues to be one of the most popular features we offer. Teachers tell us they use it for everything from helping students strengthen their skills in evidence-finding to encouraging E.L.L. students to practice speaking aloud.


"We hope students will continue to join our moderators at Visual Thinking Strategies in responding to other students, making the feature truly an inter-school conversation. Below, we explain all the directions that we post on Mondays with each new photo.


"Thank you for participating."

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Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch

Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Steve O'Hear


"I didn’t think I’d ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann, designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it’s a thing of beauty, with an incredibly simple but clever — why didn’t I think of that — design. It’s also highly functional, in terms of viewing angles and positions. And it’s European-made.


"Two versions are currently being crowd funded on Kickstarter. One manufactured with a glassfiber-reinforcedpolymer body covered with a high-end “piano” lacquer finish, and a second handcrafted wooden version, made in Germany and Italy, respectively.


"However, the most impressive thing is the way Frenzel has managed to take something so simple and make it so functional, allowing the one piece stand to house an iPad in three discrete viewing angles — from upright to a much more lean-back angle — in both landscape and portrait mode, as well as enabling it to be used resting on soft surfaces, such as your lap or bed."


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Do watch the video; Yohan is a thing of beauty.

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10 Things You Can Do When Someone Hates You ~ CoolCatTeacher

10 Things You Can Do When Someone Hates You ~ CoolCatTeacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Vicki Davis


"There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred?"


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Marvelous piece. Do take the time to read it.

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology | ETC Press

Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology | ETC Press | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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T"echnology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology. Chapters explore teachers personal experiences with writing and writing instruction, effective pedagogical practices in methods writing courses, and professional development opportunities that effectively integrate technology into the writing classroom and contribute to students’ growth as writers and users of technology. While the chapters in this collection are written to inform practice, they are written from a theoretical and empirical base by research-oriented educators in our field. Each chapter provides a research base for a particular instructional approach, a description of their strategy, and examples from instructional settings that highlight how the pedagogical practice advanced the knowledge of the teachers in the areas of writing instruction and technology.  This collected volume provides as up-to-date understanding of how teachers are prepared to teach writing using technology."

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10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing > Eye On Education

10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing > Eye On Education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The Common Core’s Anchor Standard 6 for writing in grades K–12 requires students to “use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others”. Here are some ideas for meeting this standard (besides the obvious use of technology—word processing).


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 7, 2013 9:35 AM

What tools are there to help students PRODUCE writing online? Lauren Davis identifies five areas that for producing writing:

* Collaborative tools

* Grammar and language resources

* Fun prompts to get their juices flowing

* Brainstorming and drafting graphic organizers.

* Research tools

What tools are there to help students PUBLISH writing online?
* Magazines

* Online contests

* Class e-newsletter or newspaper

* Book review website

* Class blog or website

There are links to many resources thoughout this post and in many cases specific suggestions are provided for grade levels. If you are not using online tools with your students this post provides great resources to help you begin the process.

mshudson's curator insight, April 7, 2013 12:04 PM

Very interesting! I use some of the tools highlighted but must expand my application to include consistent student usage.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 9, 2013 4:20 PM

So much more fun than just word processing.