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Using Schoology and Collaboration to create student voice. | Where the Classroom Ends

Using Schoology and Collaboration to create student voice. | Where the Classroom Ends | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Discuss as a class what this means about them, their writing style, etc.  Sort students into groups of three based upon varying style characteristics.  You will want to make sure that your small groups have three different types of student “voices.”

Now, the next step depends on what applications you already use in the classroom. You could use Edmodo or Wallwisher and modify the assignment for use in those programs.  I personally like Schoology the best.  Its resemblance to Facebook is a selling point for students and it’s so neat and tidy in organization that it makes it easy to construct separate discussion threads within the program.  This will take some outside of classroom time to set up this exercise.

Create a schoology account for yourself and have your students sign up for their own, as well.  For each class you create the program will create a code.  When students are creating their accounts they will need that “code” in order to sign up for our class.  When you’ve done all of the grunt work you/your students should see this:
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You’ll want to click the discussion thread and create a discussion thread group for each group of three.  This means in each class you’ll probably have 10-15 discussion groups.  You will be given the choice for each group to upload directions as well.

The sky’s the limit.  If you teach AP students, use this exercise for voice in their AP analysis.  If you’re teaching the personal essay, give them a topic and then have them construct the response reply by reply by reply.  Of course, you won’t want to do this for the entirety of any essay, so choose an intro paragraph, a body paragraph, a conclusion, anything.

Since Schoology’s format is similar to the Facebook “wall” function, you can students in small groups reply to each other’s writing.   Have them consider that they can’t alter the line coming before theirs, they simply have to “add” to the previous line using their own writing style to inform the creation of this assignment.  When finished, have students type their replies into a new post for that discussion thread.  See the “dummy” example below.


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 23, 2013 8:50 AM

Voice being one of the hardest things to teach--this would be worth a try.

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Argument Writing Across the Content Areas ~ Educational Leadership ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Argument Writing Across the Content Areas ~ Educational Leadership ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Argument is inescapable. It's at the heart of all career-based writing. I'm talking about the professional debate, the cover letter pitch, the interview, the grant application, the executive summary. Because argument appears in so many situations in life beyond school, students need to experience it not just as a separate skill in writing class but as a skill that's crucial to all content areas.
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Four Audiences That Add Meaning to Writing Assignments ~ ASCD ~ by Pooja Patel

Four Audiences That Add Meaning to Writing Assignments ~ ASCD ~ by Pooja Patel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How do we help students connect writing to their lives outside of school? How do we motivate students to write and share their thoughts? How do we bolster their perception of writing while helping them continue to strengthen their skills so that they can communicate their ideas and visions to make the world a better place? Graham and Perin (2007) believe that students' motivation, affect, and effort in writing will increase when students engage in assignments with an authentic or meaningful purpose.


In my middle school classroom, a slight shift in how I plan activities within a unit helps me create purposeful assignments that students complete enthusiastically. Although the skills and concepts are the same, the assignment expands the audience for students' work. My students are more motivated and more readily connect to the true purpose of writing—to communicate—when they have a larger audience than just their teacher. Here are four ways I've reframed activities to help students write for a purpose."

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The top 50 apps for creative minds ~ The Guardian ~ by Stuart Dredge

The top 50 apps for creative minds ~ The Guardian ~ by Stuart Dredge | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There’s an ongoing argument in the technology world about whether tablets and smartphones are more focused on consumption than creativity. As time has gone on, though, the number of apps helping us do more than passively read, watch and listen has grown. Many also fall into a longer heritage of technology that democratises activities like film-making, photography and music-making. Video and photography apps now contain editing features based on those used in professional software, but made accessible enough for anyone to use in a couple of taps, and music-making apps are reducing the barrier to making listenable sounds. In all cases, this isn’t about you suddenly becoming a professional just because an app is holding your hand – instead, it’s about opening up the experience of artistic creation to a wider audience.
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Play is the Work of Writers--Gaming the Process ~ by Angela Stockman

Play is the Work of Writers--Gaming the Process ~ by Angela Stockman | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I contend that play is also the work of many writers. Much has been written about the traits or craft of writing, best instructional practices, and specific methodologies that serve so many important purposes. Paying serious attention to serious play taught me something more, though: these traditional approaches, while powerful in their own right, often alienate those who need to move, make, and game in order to write well. We’re losing these writers in schools and in our communities. They have important things to say and critical contributions to make.
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How to Themeefy? – Customer Feedback and Support for Themeefy

How to Themeefy? – Customer Feedback and Support for Themeefy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Create your own learning theme in minutes by using open content."


This video shows how. -JL

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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking ~ Psychological Science

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking ~ Psychological Science | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Pam Mueller & Daniel Oppenheimer


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"Taking notes on laptops rather than in longhand is increasingly common. Many researchers have suggested that laptop note taking is less effective than longhand note taking for learning. Prior studies have primarily focused on students’ capacity for multitasking and distraction when using laptops. The present research suggests that even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may still be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing. In three studies, we found that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand. We show that whereas taking more notes can be beneficial, laptop note takers’ tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words is detrimental to learning."


The full article may be downloaded from this website without cost. -JL

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 12, 8:53 PM

Writing engages the brain differently and avoids distractions. This must be disappointing for those who promote eliminating cursive from School.

 

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Celebrating CNG Elementary: Journey in Podcasting-Student Created Screencasts

Celebrating CNG Elementary: Journey in Podcasting-Student Created Screencasts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Our second podcast discusses strategies in student created screencasts using Explain Everything. We discuss Math tutorials, procedural tech tutorials, and possible applications in a project based planning framework. For extension, we interview Reshan Richards, creator of Explain Everything."


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Great page demonstrating the use of podcasts as the organizing center of language arts projects. Note particularly the video titled "Part III Synchronous and Asynchronous Collaboration. In it you will see the podcast recording "studios" the students constructed out of cardboard boxes and packaging material. Terrific idea! 


Lots of great ideas and links are contained in this post.

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Inspirational Stories for Teachers Who Long to Write - Brilliant or Insane

Inspirational Stories for Teachers Who Long to Write - Brilliant or Insane | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I believe that every writer needs a dedicated space for creative work, especially teachers who write. Here’s what I know: teachers put in more time for less pay than many professionals from other fields. Many also spend all day giving themselves to the children they teach only to come home and give themselves to the children they are raising. After they tuck everyone into bed, they often crack open their lesson plans or dive into student work that requires their immediate feedback.

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Infographic: Useful phrases for expressing argumentation | EAP Infographics

Infographic: Useful phrases for expressing argumentation | EAP Infographics | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Today's post offers five of the most common sentence structures that we see in argumentative writing.

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For Writers on the Verge of Writing Spectacularly Complex Characters

For Writers on the Verge of Writing Spectacularly Complex Characters | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The most ironic thing about complex characters in fiction is that the essence of what makes them so wonderfully complicated is actually incredibly simple. Complex characters are complex for one reason: dichotomy. That one word is the solution to all your character problems. Cliched stereotypes? Fixed. Dysfunctional character arcs? Done. Boring personalities? No more!

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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens' research habits are changing in the digital age

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 5, 10:03 AM

Crunchy and ever so important to read.

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HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT ~ Interactive Knit Book

HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT ~ Interactive Knit Book | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Interactive Knit Book demonstrates examples of knited electronic elements such as switches, sensors, speakers, and heaters that cause colour change. This book was compiled as the result of the EIT ICT Connected Textiles research done at the Design Research Lab at the UdK Berlin.

The samples in the book were knit by Sara Diaz Rodriguez, the demo circuits designed by Hannah Perner-Wilson and the research supported by Katharina Bredies.

The samples in the book were knit by Sara Diaz Rodriguez, the demo circuits designed by Hannah Perner-Wilson and the research supported by Katharina Bredies.


I love the project that enables the knitting of a speaker and playing it with a paper piano...yes, really.-JL

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20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius

20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Here’s a terrific list of the best apps for writing on your iPad that is going to be of some great use for students of just about any age. Whether you’re in primary school or attending a university, you need to have a better way to take notes and jot down ideas than your standard notebook.
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Assignments Matter ~ video by Eleanor Dougherty

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"Eleanor Dougherty, author of the ASCD book Assignments Matter (2012), explains how students become better writers when given opportunities to write frequently, investigate structure, write from a prompt, deconstruct models of good writing, and read to build academic vocabulary and learn narrative technique."

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Purpose and Control Gets Young Writers "Running to the Table" ~ ASCD ~ by Marlene Kimble

Purpose and Control Gets Young Writers "Running to the Table" ~ ASCD ~ by Marlene Kimble | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I needed to find a way to reach every writer in the room. It wasn't enough to simply deliver instruction like a bag of take-out dropped at their feet. I needed to make them part of the production from the ground up. To do this, I enlisted the help of a colleague who was willing to take on a project neither of us had tried before. We would combine our classrooms to create a "publishing house" that would publish magazines for a real audience. What better way to motivate our students than to actually create a product for real consumers
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15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators - Social Learning ~ by David James

15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators - Social Learning ~ by David James | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Engaging, multimedia-rich digital stories can capture the attention of students and increase their interest in exploring new ideas. Combining storytelling with powerful digital creates a truly authentic learning experience that helps students develop a wide range of intellectual skills."


Very nice selection of tools. -JL

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, March 26, 5:12 AM

Näitä ohjelmia ja appseja on jo ihan hirveästi, mutta tässä on jokaisesta kerrottuu vähän pääkohtia.

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EduTechie Teacher: Makerspace Activities: Stop Motion Animation ~ EduTechie Teacher ~ by Lisa Mele

EduTechie Teacher: Makerspace Activities: Stop Motion Animation ~ EduTechie Teacher ~ by Lisa Mele | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I was really impressed with how quickly everyone picked up how to make a stop motion video and the creativity involved. All of the students who experimented with stop motion animation were able to create a finished product, and most did it in 30 minutes or less. This is a great, engaging, creative activity for our Makerspace!
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Turn Your Handwriting into a Font for Free - Make: ~ by Agnes Niewiadomski

Turn Your Handwriting into a Font for Free - Make: ~ by Agnes Niewiadomski | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Think your handwriting is pretty neat? Well here’s your chance to share it with the world by turning it into a font, and it gets better, it’s free to do thanks to the good people at MyScriptFont.com The process is quite simple, though you will need access to a printer and flatbed scanner."

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, March 14, 12:40 PM

Not sure my handwriting deserves a font , but I love the concept.

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Shutterfly Photo Story for the Classroom | Shutterfly

Shutterfly Photo Story for the Classroom | Shutterfly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Our award-winning iPad app motivates and empowers students to create self-published books that demonstrate their knowledge. The program leverages your school's technology investment, supports project-based learning and provides lesson plans that align with Common Core or State Standards for each grade level.
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Fun App for Kids Turns Writing Into Interactive Game | Edudemic

Fun App for Kids Turns Writing Into Interactive Game | Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Do your students suffer from writer’s block? I’ve found a cure for what ails them: Writing Challenge for Kids, an app by Literautas. After reading several positive online reviews, I tried this app with my students and got results that surpassed my wildest expectations.

With this app, the task of brainstorming a story introduction, scenes, and characters becomes a game. Working against the clock, students respond to specific prompts that guide them through the story-writing process. It’s fun, it’s fast, and, as the name suggests, it’s challenging. Read on to discover if this challenge is right for your students.

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10 Best Websites for English Teachers - South to Southwest

10 Best Websites for English Teachers - South to Southwest | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The 10 sites I go back to again and again for fun, easy-to-use resources. Bookmark these for your own class, or send 'em to your favorite English teacher!

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 8, 11:04 PM
As a substitute teacher, I'm always looking for ways to make my temporary classes more interesting and exciting for my students. These ten sites provide a wealth of usable, simple ideas that will revitalize your teaching and energize your students. Great stuff--and its not only for English teachers. Aloha, Russ.
Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 9, 3:30 AM

Always useful!!!!!

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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 8, 5:10 PM

There are too many outstanding easy-to-use and informative resources for formative assessment that it's nearly criminal that more teachers don't use them.

Kim Hutchinson's curator insight, March 16, 10:04 PM

This is a great way to get information on student learning in a way that doesn't take a lot of time for the teacher individually.  It would also help the teacher to make an individualized plan to help each student from where they are at.

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Write the World

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"If you're stumped about how to inspire your high school students to write, check out Write the World. The site offers prompts for writing from nonfiction opinion to flash fiction to poetry. Aspiring authors in your classroom can earn badges, join a topic-specific group, and become part of a writing community. Note:Write the World is only appropriate for students age 13 and older."

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The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings ~ by Maria Popova

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings ~ by Maria Popova | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"How to sculpt an environment that optimizes creative flow and summons relevant knowledge from your long-term memory through the right retrieval cues."



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The Art of the Start - how to promote interest-grabbing beginnings in students' writing ~ by Steve Peha

The Art of the Start - how to promote interest-grabbing beginnings in students' writing ~ by Steve Peha | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Over the years, I’ve placed special emphasis on helping kids create good beginnings. The results have exceeded my wildest dreams. A few years ago, I figured out why: every part of a piece is really a “beginning” relative to what is about to come next. Once kids have a large repertoire of good beginning strategies, they naturally start using those strategies all through their writing.

 

"In the past, however, I’ve concentrated only on the traditional single sentence lead. That’s the best place to start but it is by no means where this kind of instruction should end. More than ever, kids need to learn to create strong opening paragraphs.


"And that’s what I’ve done in my newest unit on leads called: The Art of the Start."


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Free download. Peha produces a tremendous amount of resources of consistently high quality and then makes many of them available without cost. What an outstanding and generous role model!

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