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Grammar Girl : The Rules of Story :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 23, 2013 1:01 PM

The seven things our brains look for in a story--and it isn't all about the writing.

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Don't Blame Boo Radley ~ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Adviser

Don't Blame Boo Radley ~ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Adviser | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Bill Boyd


"To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book. It is one of many great books, and it happens to be written by an American. It is one of many great books written in the English language, and it happens to be written by an American, and it happens to be written by a woman. You see, great books are written in many languages, by writers male and female, of many nationalities. One of the key roles of teachers is to introduce young people to great books, at the appropriate times, and in accordance with their developing love of reading and awareness of the world. By now, I hope, you are all nodding in agreement.


"So when an English Education Secretary says that young people are not reading enough, that they are not reading difficult enough books, and that he wants to make sure that they are reading ‘a wide range of texts’, what is there to disagree with? Well quite a lot , actually. Michael Gove’s announced changes to the literature requirement for GCSE English caused more than a little anger this week, with media channels, writers, bloggers and commentators rushing to proclaim that he had ‘banned’ American literature from English schools, including one or two which had become classroom staples for recent generations. (see To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men axed as Gove Orders More Brit Lit)."

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The Global Teacher Prize » The Global Teacher Prize

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$1 MILLION PRIZE TO THE WINNER


The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime. If you’re a teacher, you can apply today. If you know a teacher who deserves to win the Global Teacher Prize, you can nominate a teacher.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Chatterpix and YakIt: Great Apps to End the School Year

Free Technology for Teachers: Chatterpix and YakIt: Great Apps to End the School Year | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Samantha Morra


"Creating talking pictures or animations offer amazing possibilities in the classroom. These two apps are so easy to use, students can complete a simple project in a short amount of time or make more complex projects that can lead to collaborative videos, ebooks, or websites. Not only are these apps fun for students, but they also allow them to think, create and demonstrate understanding. "

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HEADLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups ~ Edukwest

HEADLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups ~ Edukwest | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kay Alexander


"Google Education announced another service targeting teachers across the globe. Google Educator Groups (GEG) is a program that wants to support communities of educators, online as well as offline and aiming to help teachers to learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.


Key Takeaway

"Google Educator Groups are essentially personal learning networks (PLN) that use Google+ as its backbone. The local GEGs are organized by volunteers and entirely independent from Google.


"At launch there are 51 GEGs across the world with USA, Romania and the Czech Republic having the most local groups established. GEGs offer different activities to learn and share with like minded educators. Teachers connect online via discussions and Hangouts or in the real world through meetups, workshops and other events."

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After 12 Years of Teaching Writing...an Epiphany! ~ Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

After 12 Years of Teaching Writing...an Epiphany! ~ Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Catlin Tucker


"My big realization is that writing shouldn’t be used as simply an assessment tool. Assigning an essay to be completed at home and collected to grade is a missed opportunity for everyone. The student misses out on valuable feedback and support as they write, and teachers collect enormous stacks of paper that must be graded outside of the school day. This old model can be a frustrating and exhausting experience for everyone involved."


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30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever ~ boredpanda

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever ~ boredpanda | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
We should warn our readers that some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy. But that's precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events – our suffering and our triumphs, our perseverance and our failures, our compassion and our hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity.


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Great story starters or writing prompts.

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Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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4 Steps to Becoming a Learner-Centered eLearning Professional

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A shift to a learner-centered eLearning design model allows you to meet the needs of all learners while maintaining expectations and quality content.

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4 passos para tornar-se um profissional de e learning com foco no aprendiz e nao no conteudo

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Longform books—the next chapter of Storybird. — The Storybird blog

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"Global writing communityStorybird has added long-form books to its platform. Students can write narrative chapters and series--or stick to the short-form writing Storybird has so successfully supported. Teachers can beta test the long-form addition--sign up here."

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A Nice Graphic on The Evolution of Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Nice Graphic on The Evolution of Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Storytelling has been around since the start of Mankind. Storytelling was the basic communicational strategy through which culture, traditions, mores, ways of life and early literature was transmitted from one generation to the other. With the advent of internet and web technologies, storytelling has got some new and wider dimensions. The journey of storytelling from its early beginnings to its actual state is the subject of this wonderful graphic below. It documents the major periods and forms  of storytelling that was pervasive during each era. It is really amazing to take a pause and take a look back into history to see how storytelling has evolved to be what it is now. Enjoy"


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Marshall Van Fleet's curator insight, May 14, 8:47 AM

Story-telling is also very useful in the  business and professional arenas as well..Tell your story to your target audience and people are more likely to listen and related to it...

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A Nice Graphic on The Evolution of Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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From www.educatorstechnology.com - May 14, 5:46 AM

"Storytelling has been around since the start of Mankind. Storytelling was the basic communicational strategy through which culture, traditions, mores, ways of life and early literature was transmitted from one generation to the other. With the advent of internet and web technologies, storytelling has got some new and wider dimensions. The journey of storytelling from its early beginnings to its actual state is the subject of this wonderful graphic below. It documents the major periods and forms  of storytelling that was pervasive during each era. It is really amazing to take a pause and take a look back into history to see how storytelling has evolved to be what it is now. Enjoy"

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How Stories Change the Brain

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Paul Zak's research is uncovering how stories shape our brains, tie strangers together, and move us to be more empathic and generous.

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cynthia jabar's curator insight, December 22, 2013 5:11 PM

We learn through stories: "evidence supports the view of some narrative theorists that there is a universal story structure. These scholars claim every engaging story has this structure, called the dramatic arc. It starts with something new and surprising, and increases tension with difficulties that the characters must overcome, often because of some failure or crisis in their past, and then leads to a climax where the characters must look deep inside themselves to overcome the looming crisis, and once this transformation occurs, the story resolves itself. " -Paul Zak

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Thinking beyond screens

When Latitude released their ”Future of Storytelling II” research report last year, some things stood out as pretty exceptional to me. One of them was that of all the people they’d talked to – most...

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Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, April 26, 8:19 PM

The psychological experience of story doesn't recognize artificial boundaries.  Simon Staffans' remarks underscore the fading distinction between 'online' and 'offline' in terms of how we experience life.  

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For those interested in the future of storytelling for Young Adults have a look at: http://www.slideshare.net/jenimawter/the-future-of-story-telling-transmedia-toe-dipping-2013
Jeni Mawter's curator insight, April 29, 5:15 AM

For those interested in the future of Storytelling for Young Adults you may want to have a look  at:

 

http://www.slideshare.net/jenimawter/the-future-of-story-telling-transmedia-toe-dipping-2013

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5 Tips for Storytelling in E-learning – An Infographic

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Here is an infographic that shares insights on tips for storytelling in elearning.Read more ›

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The Wordcanvas's curator insight, May 7, 8:39 AM

Five story-refining tips for developing learning objects. Read, absorb, and move on...

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Summer PD Reading Book Club ~ HuffEnglish

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by Dana Huff


"Some of you may remember that I have hosted summer PD reading in the past. I hope to get another summer PD reading book club off the ground this summer. I have narrowed the selections down to three..


- Falling in Love with Close Reading

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading

- Fearless Writing: Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire"


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Looks like a worthwhile activity for the summer. Vote your choice and sign up on this site (FREE).

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your Classroom

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by Vicki Davis


"As hall of fame baseball player, Babe Ruth said, “Yesterday’s home runs won’t win tomorrow’s games.” To level up writing, we need to take advantage of the out-of-the park features and capabilities that social media inspired concepts give writing instruction.


"Most of us know how it feels to write an exciting Facebook status update or a powerful tweet. Without delay, we know the impact of our words as they are retweeted, commented on, and liked (or ignored.) With this in mind, it stands to reason that students want a response too. Paper essays that are only seen by the teacher with a wastebasket as their final destiny are a needless waste of time and potential. Writing can be so much more exciting and it isn’t that hard to do.


"Notably, social media is impacting writing in the classroom in ten powerful ways. You don’t have to be on social media (or even like it)  to feel the lift social media concepts can give writing in your classroom, as I share in my new book  Reinventing Writing released just this month."
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Annotation: A Year of Lessons Learned ~ MiddleWeb

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Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.
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Google Drive: Quick Reference Guide ~ UNLV

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 10, 10:25 AM

Nice basic guide to Google Drive and the toolbars of Docs, Sheets, Slides. I don't know how old it is. It mentions needing to download documents in order to edit them offline. If you have the Google Drive Chrome Web App installed and have enabled offline use on your personal computer, you can edit your documents offline without downloading, exept for sheets which is view only right now.

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Prewriting: Why Should Students Go It Alone? ~ Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

Prewriting: Why Should Students Go It Alone? ~ Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Catlin Tucker


"When asked, “What is the most challenging part of writing an essay?” Most of my students agree, “It’s just getting started that’s hard.” I remember feeling this same way as a student. The blank page was daunting. So, I decided to try a new strategy.


"The first stage of our formal essay on Shakespeare’s play, Othello, was a prewriting activity designed to tap into the collective potential of the class. I wanted students working together to generate ideas and collect textual evidence."


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Excellent, and succinct, presentation of a powerful, yet simple, prewriting strategy.

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Maya Angelou on Identity and the Meaning of Life ~ brain pickings

Maya Angelou on Identity and the Meaning of Life ~ brain pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Life loves the liver of it. You must live and life will be good to you."

by Maria Popova


"The light of the world has grown a little dimmer with the loss of the phenomenal Maya Angelou, but her legacy endures as a luminous beacon of strength, courage, and spiritual beauty. Angelou’s timeless wisdom shines with unparalleled light in a 1977 interview by journalist Judith Rich, found in Conversations with Maya Angelou (public library) — the same magnificent tome that gave us the beloved author’s conversation with Bill Moyers on freedom — in which Angelou explores issues of identity and the meaning of life."

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Margaret Bradley's curator insight, June 2, 6:56 PM

A great teacher

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, June 2, 11:51 PM

The light of the world has definitely grown a little dimmer with the loss of this great woman.

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Shufflecomp: More, Cryptophasia ~ Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling

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by Emily Short


REVIEWS OF 2 NEW GAMES


"More is a Shufflecomp game, based on a whole big batch of different songs. Structurally it reminded me quite a bit of Tea and Toast: both pieces give the player a task to perform in the foreground while simultaneously providing a slow drip of memories about a lover. It’s a way to get memory and emotion and interpersonal relationships into a parser game where all the main verbs are about picking up and moving objects. Not a trick that would work across the duration of a long game, but for both of these it works fine, I think.


"Cryptophasia is about a baker in a voiceless future space-faring society which dedicates a lot of its time to ASMR (short for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) videos — a whole genre of videos in which people tap things, rustle things, and whisper or speak softly to the viewer in order to trigger a physiological response. Even for people who don’t get the tingling head ASMR response (not everyone does), they’re often very relaxing — which is why it’s possible for a 20-minute video of someone folding towels or tapping fake nails on a wooden box to have hundreds of thousands of views. A few ASMR videos have a plot, but that’s not really the point."

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Providing Feedback on Student Writing and Video - Edudemic

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by Greg Kulowiec


"Providing timely and effective feedback on student work is a critical component to any classroom. As students increasingly operate and create in a digital environment, emerging tools provide unique new opportunities for teachers to provide feedback on both written work and video projects."


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How to convert your learning into story, step-by-step ~ DANSTEER

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Following a sweet true-story-based and lovely introduction from Aaron Stroud, his wife Katie takes the stage to tell us about story for learning during session W202 of ASTD2014. She said that when ...
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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing ~ Edutopia

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by Monica Burns


"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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Engaging Youth: 7 'Epic' Tips | DMLcentral

Engaging Youth: 7 'Epic' Tips | DMLcentral | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“The irony is the more personal your story is, the more universal it is. And, the more you keep that nuance that makes your story personal, the more it will spread,” Nirvan Mullick, the founder of Imagination Foundation noted during a webinar podcast earlier this year.

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cynthia jabar's curator insight, April 30, 3:00 PM

Getting teens engaged in being makers and not just consumers of digital media is an important way to get kids involved in creating positive change in the world.

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8 Smart Things Things Said at Tribeca Innovation Week About The Future of Film, Technology and Storytelling

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With the ongoing goal of narrowing the gap between the creative and tech worlds, The Tribeca Film Festival introduced Tribeca Innovation Week this year.

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Simon Staffans's curator insight, April 29, 5:54 AM

Interesting things indeed.

Justin Nalepa's curator insight, April 29, 11:24 AM

I hadn't heard the analogy of Inception being a metaphor for Cinema. I also love the quote from Jason Silva:

 

"We already have dream sharing technology. It's called cinema."