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Date: 15–16 June 2013
Venue: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, USA
Preliminary Congress Program
The second international Global Future 2045 congress will take place on 15-16 June 2013 at the Lincoln Center in New York, and will be focused on discussion of a new evolutionary strategy for humanity aimed at overcoming the 21st century’s civilization challenges. The strategy is based on carrying out two revolutions: spiritual and sci-tech. We believe this is the only way to overcome existing crises.
At the congress, a vision will be presented for the spiritual transformation of humanity, and new technologies will be demonstrated which are likely to form the basis of the sci-tech revolution. The congress will also showcase our Avatar science mega-project, aimed at accelerating the creation of technologies enabling a gradual transition from our biological bodies to an increasingly advanced artificial carrier of the human self.
This is shaping up to be a great event for future-oriented thinkers. Ray Kurzweil is one of the featured speakers. I'll be there!
by Neil Perkin
"Multi-chapter, multimedia, highly immersive digital features from publishers seem to be becoming quite the thing. The latest is the rather lovely ESPNGrantland story of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which follows on from their similar feature on The Long, Strange Trip of Dock Ellis. Then there was the beautiful Pitchfork cover story on Natasha Khan which wonderfully integrated text, imagery and audio."
Very interesting piece on multi-media publishing.
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Student blogging is a wonderful way to get into the world of online writing and learning. These iPhone apps for student bloggers will enhance their skills.
"Twila Berkley describes five apps which give students “on the go” access to a variety of blogging tools including: Pinterest, Evernote, WordPress, Analytics, and Hootsuite."
10 great student blogs to inspire students and schools to start blogging. Use blogging to build ongoing writing, design and technology skills!
"Laura Bates shares ten exemplary student blogs to guide and inspire new student bloggers."
"Sue Waters’ site is rich with resources that provide a comprehensive look into student blogs, including the development of effective commenting skills as well as building an audience"
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"Narrative Arc and the prototypical “Plot Diagram” are key learning tools for building literature comprehension and appreciation. Plot diagrams allowsstudents to pick out major themes in the text, track changes to major characters over the course of the narrative, and hone their understanding of literary structure, meeting many Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy). In addition, these concepts give students a fuller understanding of classroom texts as well as stories present in their favorite books and movies. Below is the basic structure of a plot diagram."
Lots of vids to use as writing prompts with kids. Many are movie trailers. They are accompanied by questions to tease out kids' thoughts on topics.
Video prompts sound like an effective idea. All I'd add is to make a prompt optional. If a young writer already has a topic in mind, let them run with it.
By Bakari Chavanu
"If you work at a home-based office like I do, you no doubt spend a significant amount of time getting things done on your Mac. While I have already written about the advantages of using a standup desk, there are also several important and general productivity apps for Mac, for almost any type of workflow you engage in.
"Though there is no robot application (yet!) that can do all the work for me, the following are 10 of the most useful free or low-cost productivity apps that I use on a daily or regular basis. These applications not only save me time but in many cases help me work more efficiently.
Podcasting is a deeply intimate medium, perhaps the most intimate of the myriad creative outlets currently available to writers and performers. Often the podcast host is speaking right into your earbuds.
Slick Write is a free tool that checks your writing for potential stylistic mistakes and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? Try a quick demo, or enter your own text in the editor tab. After submitting, four more tabs will appear at the top of the screen:
Critique - This tab contains the body of text with stylistic features highlighted.Structure - Here you will find the sentences color coded by type and length.Flow - Hold your readers' interest by maintaining good flow.Stats - This is where you will find important statistics on a variety of subjects including readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases.
Lots of feedback! Goes way beyond the traditional spell/grammar check. A great revision tool.
Today's top video game designers explore the past, present and future of interactive fiction and adventure gaming. Watch as storytelling's biggest names char...
Popular social media websites can be used as legitimate research tools, complimenting the traditional methods, and they can help students prepare when writing their essays and assignments.
Here are some of the best social networks and ways they can help improve your writing and research
Randy Astle: "Transmedia by definition requires producers to work in more than one medium; the fun, most of the time, is in devising ways to carry a narrative (or narrative world) across different platforms" ...
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The book business need this kind of thinking
The future is now
By Rex Brynen
"A few months back we mentioned Inklewriter here on the blog, a “ free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories.” This term I had a chance to try it out for class assignments, specifically as an alternative option for the group research paper assignment in my POLI 450 (Peacebuilding) course at McGill University. Usually this paper takes the form of a “best practices” analysis of a common peacebuilding challenges, such as dealing with the demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, the return of refugees and internally displaced persons, or donor coordination. For those who decided to go the Inklewriter route, they were told to develop an interactive story or adventure that would serve to illustrate best practices, explore particular sets of operational challenges, or otherwise illuminate the material we had covered in class in an educational way. Because of the experimental nature of the assignment, they were asked to submit both a development diary documenting the design process, as well as the Inklewriter project itself. They were also given a two-week extension."
A fascinating case study on the use of a new tool (to me!) for writing interactive stories...in this case for a course in Peacebuilding. What a tremendously rich resource this is.
"Tech Tip: Cool Tools for Enhancing Your Blog PostsSue Waters shares a variety of tools for embedding polls, presentations, quizzes, and videos into blog posts. Included are step-by-step instructions for adding embed codes. "
A useful and practical rubric for evaluating student blog entries and comments. Created by Karen Fraker
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"Stephanie Hedge provides quick tips for introducing blogs in a classroom, including a description of blogging platforms and how to incorporate blogging into assignments."
"After years of making games to change the world — partnering with organizations like the World Bank, the International Olympic Committee, the American Heart Association, and the New York Public Library — keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Jane McGonigal has a new goal: making games to change lives. In this talk, she recounts the personal story of how a game saved her own life — and how it led her to discover the top 5 things that virtually all gamers hope to change about their own lives."
I have read about 125 pages of McGonigals enthralling book "Reality Is Broken" and am very taken with her ideas, research, and point of view.
This preso, from 2012, amplifies, and in some cases clarifies, the themes and ponts from the book. What the book can never do is provide the clear view of McGonigle's energy, passion, and stunning insights that comes from a live presentation.
By Melissa Donovan
"Critiques are designed to help writers, not to offend them or make them feel unworthy. But the human ego is a fragile and funny thing. Some folks simply can’t handle the notion that despite all their hard work, the project they’ve written is less than perfect.
"As a writer, you have to decide whether you truly want to excel at your craft. If you do, then you need to put your ego aside and learn how to accept critiques graciously. If you can’t do that, there’s a good chance that your writing will never improve and your work will always be mediocre."
Tutorial on how to create a writer's workshop in your classroom using GoogleDocs!
By Maria Popova
"Manners today are often seen as a quaint subject that belongs in Lord Chesterfield’s outlandish advice on the art of pleasing or Esquire‘s dated guide to dating. But in a culture where we regularly do online what we’d never do in person and behave offline in ways our grandparents wouldn’t have dared dream of even in their most defiant fantasies, there’s something to be said for the lost art of, if not “manners,” politeness and simple respect in communication. Though originally published in 1866, Martine’s Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness(public library; public domain; free Kindle download) by Arthur Martine contains a treasure trove of timeless — and increasingly timely — pointers on the necessary art of living up to our social-animal destiny."
This book is a free download from Kindle
In many way the written word is the most visual way to tell a story. The images you can create inside a person’s head can be the most arresting and memorable they’ll ever experience. In high definition and fully 3D without the need for glasses.
For many aspiring writers, the use of language to create pictures you can literally see, people whose faces are in your memory even though they don’t exist, places that are real as any place that you’ve actually been, is what being a writer is all about.
That’s why they spend so much time trying to paint a picture with their words. But a lot of the times it doesn’t work. It feels stolid and longwinded, and a chore to read. Why?
MapStory empowers a global community to organize knowledge about the world spatially and temporally. With MapStory, people of all kinds turn into Storytellers who can create, share, and collaborate on MapStories and ultimately improve our understanding of global dynamics, worldwide, over the course of history.
The City of Naples WEB APP used a storyboard which tell the story of naples development via a map--- map story is similiar. Should make us think how we need to get georgraphy back into schools integrated with history and ecnonmics.
By Lauren Barack
"Most games feature some simplistic narrative, such as rescuing a commando force from enemy fire. But writing narrative code as an English assignment—as opposed to writing code to create a narrative game—not only allows greater creativity in the game design process, but also enhances writing skills and text comprehension in a different genre—an aspect of the new Common Core State Standards.
“What Jason is doing is giving them more tools to create games as producers and not just as consumers,” says Paul Oh, senior program associate for the National Writing Project (NWP). “They’re being given the opportunity to understand the narrative of the game and how to construct their own narrative.”