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Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs | Google Gooru

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs | Google Gooru | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Google Gooru

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Google Gooru is an excellent source for tutorials on how to use Google Apps.

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The 3 levels on the 'spectrum of interactive storytelling' ^ Journalism.co.uk ^ by Alastair Reid

The 3 levels on the 'spectrum of interactive storytelling' ^ Journalism.co.uk ^ by Alastair Reid | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Interactive media lecturer Sandra Gaudenzi shared her theory of balancing audience agency with authorship at the CIJ Summer Conference today, and gave examples of stories across the spectrum"


"Interactivity should offer a degree of agency and participation to the reader, said Gaudenzi, but in doing so the author relinquishes a certain amount of control over where that story goes.

"This "spectrum of interactivity" is being explored more and more by news organisations but journalists and storytellers should always think of what interaction brings to the story and the balance of control between reader and author.

"Using interactivity just for the sake of it is really boring," she said, "So think about what the user might want to do or need to do to feel a part of the story."

"She detailed examples across three parts of the spectrum: keeping the storyteller in control of the story, letting readers shape the narrative, and giving the audience a platform to tell their own stories."

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StorySmith Fantasy Story Maker ^ iPad Apps

StorySmith Fantasy Story Maker ^ iPad Apps | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
www.familymobileapps.comCreate your own fairy tale or fantasy adventure with beautiful HD illustrations and amazing multi-touch tools. Combine together any combination of castles, princesses, queens, knights, dragons, wizards, and other characters and props to create your own unique piece of art. Then, become the author as bring your story to life by adding text.
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Tweaking a Socratic Seminar Strategy for the Middle Grades ^ MiddleWeb ^ by Sarah Tantillo

Tweaking a Socratic Seminar Strategy for the Middle Grades ^ MiddleWeb ^ by Sarah Tantillo | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Sarah Tantillo's popular MiddleWeb post, Socratic Seminars in the Middle, gets a tweak that improves student participation, based on an MS teacher's suggestion.
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Making a Book ^Tenth + Fourth ^ Facebook

Making a Book ^Tenth + Fourth ^ Facebook | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Pretty sure you can't do this to a Kindle.


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This is sure to blow your students' minds (and a lot of other people's too). What a great way to start off the school year in September!

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Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game ^ Toyland ^ by Andrew Liszewski

Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game ^ Toyland ^ by Andrew Liszewski | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There’s no shortage of nit-picking gamers who feel they could easily make better video games than what’s being released every week. And thanks to a new iPad app called Toy Engine, they can put their money where their mouths are and design their own side-scrolling video game, even if they’ve never written a single line of code.
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Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue * By April Witteveen

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue * By April Witteveen | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout * by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout * by Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Composing a story from scratch comes naturally to some people. For the rest of us creating a story from scratch can be a struggle. Over the years I’ve found that using pictures helps a lot of students get started on crafting stories. In some cases I’ve had students create collages to represent elements of a story. In other cases I’ve had them choose five pictures and write two hundred words about each. Being asked to write two hundred words about five pictures feels a lot less daunting than being asked to write one thousand words in one shot.

The PDF embedded below (click here if you can't see the embedded document) outlines how to use ten of my favorite free tools to create image-based stories.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Story Starters in One Free eBook * by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Story Starters in One Free eBook * by Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Make Beliefs Comix is a great service that offers comic strip templates and writing prompts in seven languages. The templates and prompts can be completed online or you can print them out to give to your students.

The latest release from Make Beliefs Comix is a free ebook called Something to Write About (link opens a PDF). The free ebook contains dozens of writing prompts. Students can write in the ebook online and print their work. Alternatively, you can print all or part of the book to give to students.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing ~ by Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Last week at the Riding the Wave conference in Gimli, Manitoba someone asked me for suggestions on sites that her students could access to find story prompts. StoryToolz.com was the first thing that came to my mind then. I also suggested Make Beliefs Comix. Those are two of the ten options that are included in my slideshow of suggestions embedded below.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Inspire Young Writers With Write About ~ By Suzy Brooks

Free Technology for Teachers: Inspire Young Writers With Write About ~ By Suzy Brooks | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Write About is a new social publishing platform designed for students to share creative responses to engaging images. Building background knowledge is essential when it comes to student learning, and children of all ages learn more about the world around them when they see and discuss interesting photographs. That said, Write About is chock-full of over 500 visual writing ideas, and students and teachers have the option of adding more!
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27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Katrina Schwartz

27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Katrina Schwartz | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Educator Mia MacMeekin made this infographic about ways to inspire students to think more deeply about how innovation applies to them. It’s a helpful way to begin a conversation about what it means to innovate, a word that sometimes seems to belong in the adult domain of business and is estranged from how students think about living their lives.


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, May 10, 12:41 PM

Learning to approach a topic from different directions/mindsets can produce new and different results.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 21, 8:59 AM

This infographic helps students see the value of innovation within their learning. Most of the ideas shared apply beyond the classroom as well.

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Tools That Help Students Analyze Their Own Writing ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Tools That Help Students Analyze Their Own Writing ~ by Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Last Saturday I reviewed Analyze My Writing. That post proved to be one of the most popular posts of the week. It also prompted a bunch of questions from readers looking for other tools like it. Here are some more good tools that students can use to analyze their own writing.
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There's a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary | High Existence ^ by Martijn Schirp

There's a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary | High Existence ^ by Martijn Schirp | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Recently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words. It consists of a collection of strange and lovely words from different languages through different times. What I like most about this selection of consonants and vowels – little meaning-carrying packages of vibration – is that they all try to point to the unspeakable, the transient or the neglected. That which we forget in the busyness of our daily grind. Words have the power to remind us – and therefore we should choose our words carefully so we are reminded of the things that nourish our souls.


Jim Lerman's insight: Quite an interesting list! I consider myself pretty well read, but I had only heard of 3 or 4 of these words before. Nevertheless, each one defines something very specific...in most cases arcane, but specific. Don't know how useful it would be to use any of them in written expression and certainly not in oral -- most people on the receiving end would consider the user to be a show-off.

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Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling - ART & SCIENCE - Medium

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Fausto Cantu's curator insight, June 30, 6:12 PM

Tecnología y la evolución del Storytelling

 

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Mike Donahue's curator insight, July 2, 12:34 PM

This is my new must read for everyone. Lassiter's insights about computer graphics (CG) transcend his industry. They offer guidance for UX and web designers (any designer really) and businesses alike. His comments on storytelling and emotion connection are the key to success in design and business. I will be quoting this article for years to come.

 

I would absolutely recommend this to everyone.

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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 believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 16, 9:50 PM

'Must read' article on the underestimated power of story to transcend and transform lives. (Includes 'soundcloud' of Neil Gaiman's lecture, with  transcript highlights).

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 19, 8:41 AM

Brilliant!

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 24, 11:20 AM

Good article. It is possible to have management actions delivered to last?

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Professor's Guide to Creating Video ^ free eBook

Professor's Guide to Creating Video ^ free eBook | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re practicing flipped or blended learning in your classroom, set the occasional video assignment, or have just observed that your students are part of the Netflix generation, you’ve likely seen what a powerful tool video can be for teaching and learning. And, while there’s certainly a wealth of great educational content available online, sometimes you — and your students — will want to create your own.


"Terrific news: It’s never been easier to create great video content! We know that quality matters; viewers rarely find shaky, inaudible and poorly lit video terribly engaging. But, an understanding of commonly available software, tools and basic production techniques is all you (and your students) need to create great quality video content. Best of all, you probably have most of the tools you need sitting on your desk right now. In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know to produce educational and instructional videos using your PC and webcam. Why create your own video content?"


02 What you need to get started

03 Webcam and screen recording software

04 Upgrading your microphone

05 Upgrading your camera

05 Recording video on a smartphone or tablet

06 Production

06 Planning your video

07 Recording crystal–clear sound

08 Getting the most out of your webcam

09 Post–production

10 Adding titles

10 Adjusting volume levels 1

10 Removing background noise and fine–tuning your voiceover

11 Adding closed captions for accessibility


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Free with registration.

Very comprehensive, especially for such a short and user-friendly document.


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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, July 2, 5:09 AM

Le besoin de créer des vidéos augmente de jour en jour. Voici un bon guide simple qui montre l'essentiel.

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Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities ^ User Generated Education ^ by Jackie Gerstein

Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities ^ User Generated Education ^ by Jackie Gerstein | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch.  I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week. Some of the themes I am planning are: Expanding and Showing Your Personal Interests Through Blogging, Photos, and Videos; Coding and Creating Online Games; Tinkering and Making – Simple Robotics; Hacking Your Notebook; and Creating Online Comics, Newspapers, and Magazines.  I have begun the process of planning these classes through reflecting on what the lessons will look like.  Here are some questions I ask myself as I go through this process:"

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Year-End Roundup, 2014-15 | Language Arts, Journalism and the Arts * NY Times Learning Network

Year-End Roundup, 2014-15 | Language Arts, Journalism and the Arts * NY Times Learning Network | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As we do after Memorial Day each year, this week we are looking back and collecting the year’s teaching materials for each subject area, so teachers can find them all in one place.

On Wednesday, we posted a list of all of our social studies, history, geography and civics ideas. Below, all our E.L.A. and arts-related posts. On Friday, you’ll find our science, health, math and technology collection. Finally, on June 11 we’ll publish a list of all of the Student Opinion questions we have asked this year.

And if you’d like to go further, here are five more years’ worth of lesson plan collections for English language arts, from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

To find all our roundup posts in every subject area and going back to 2010, click here.

Happy summer, and if we’re missing topics, skills, authors or ideas you wish we’d covered, please tell us below.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Animated Videos and Presentations at the Same Time on Wideo * by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Animated Videos and Presentations at the Same Time on Wideo * by Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Wideo is a neat service for creating animated, Common Craft style videos in your web browser. I've been using and talking about the service for a couple of years now. Recently, Wideo added a new feature that allows you to generate presentations from your videos.
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Favorite moments from Feral Vector

Favorite moments from Feral Vector | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Feral Vector is “a festival about making games and gamelike things” that ran this Friday and Saturday in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. It was staged in a wonderful building with pew-like benches for watching the talks, and a big open space that was often taken up with beanbags and players of JS Joust.

Some favorite talks:
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Strand and deliver: Amie Mills on the rise of transmedia storytelling

Strand and deliver: Amie Mills on the rise of transmedia storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"People have always loved participating in stories. Charles Dickens was one of the first to serialise his novels and take input from readers before the next chapter was released. But, increasingly, the audience wants to be part of the story and, for the rabid fans, to be given a more detailed back story, not just consume it passively. Accenture recently showed that 87 percent of individuals watch TV with their devices within arm's reach. And Mills says Australian murder mystery Secrets and Lies tapped into this very cleverly by offering those who downloaded a mobile app additional insight into the show, like letting them listen to a phone conversation that couldn't be heard on the live broadcast. Those who didn't have the app didn't miss out on anything, but those who did had their experience enhanced. And she says it's one of the best examples of dual-screen meshing she's ever seen. "


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Amie Mills:  "When we’re talking about transmedia, we’re starting to use terms like story world, where you have many stories told using multiple media forms, across many different channels and platforms … and how that content lives and breathes is uniquely tailored to the platform you’re viewing it on."  via Ben Fahy of StopPress

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Free Technology for Teachers: Analyze My Writing - Way More Than Word Clouds ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Analyze My Writing - Way More Than Word Clouds ~ by Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Paste your text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a ton of information about your writing. Analyze My Writing will give you a break-down of the readability of your writing on five indices. The analysis will include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in your writing. A listing of how frequently you use punctuation and punctuation types is included in the analysis provided by Analyze My Writing. Finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of your writing.
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Charles Newton's curator insight, May 14, 4:02 PM

Tried this - very illuminating!

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How to Write An Article In 7 Minutes | Latest Updates

How to Write An Article In 7 Minutes | Latest Updates | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
If you want to learn how to write an article in seven (7) minutes, you do not need to know how to write well, only how to follow a formula well.


I found the ideas behind this piece interesting. It certainly gives we educators a moment's pause regarding the place of writing in the workplace. - JL

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Video: Appsmart | Spark Creative Thinking ~ New York Times ~ by Kit Eaton and Dallas Jensen

Video: Appsmart | Spark Creative Thinking ~ New York Times ~ by  Kit Eaton and Dallas Jensen | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"A host of new apps are available to jump-start creative thinking and spark new ideas."


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, April 26, 10:31 AM

Some nice apps that can definitely help with creative thinking! In seminars, apps like these could be used in place of a turn-and-talk or other technique to get conversation going again.