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10 Great Writing iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Writing iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"It is amazing how fast the iTunes app store is growing, no sooner does an app appear then it becomes outdated. It seems like app developers outnumber customers and this is a good thing for us because with the growing competition comes enhanced productivity. However, searching for educational apps to use or recommend for your kids and students is not an easy task and the abundance of apps does not mean anything out there does what its developers claim. Prudence is highly warranted in your selections. This is one reason why I share lists of educational apps with you here. I know not everyone of you has got the time to sift through the bundles of apps there. That being said, today Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has curated for you a new and updated list of some awesome writing apps. Check it out below and don't forget to share with us your feedback. Enjoy"

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Teachers Handbook on Creative Commons and Copyright ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Handbook on Creative Commons and Copyright ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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A Novel Idea - App for Plotting Stories

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Get A Novel Idea on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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5 Quick Ways to Assess Kids' Writing Progress

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Is your students' writing all over the map? Here are five quick strategies to assess students' writing that are fair and will save you hours of grading time.

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Persuasive Essay Prompts: Inspire teens to develop clear opinions ~ In Our Write Minds

Persuasive Essay Prompts: Inspire teens to develop clear opinions ~ In Our Write Minds | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kim Kautzer


"PERSUASIVE writing provides high schoolers with opportunities to articulate a main point (thesis statement) and to build supporting arguments. Use these persuasive essay prompts for research paper assignments, timed writing practice, or formal discussions with your teen.


"When choosing examples for their persuasive papers, high school students should draw from their studies, reading, and personal experience. Remember, this is excellent practice for the SAT!"

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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams


"When the subject of the flipped class comes up, many educators see how it applies to academic subjects like math and science education, but don't realize that the methodology has applications in a wide array of other classes. According to a survey of 2358 teachers by the Flipped Learning Network and Sophia Learning (PDF, 1.2MB), 33 percent of those teachers who are flipping their classes are math teachers, 38 percent are science teachers, and 23 percent teach English language arts and social studies. But can you flip the other subjects? Can you flip an elementary classroom? The answer is a resounding yes.

"To flip the non-flippable classes, teachers need to ask this key question: What is the best use of my face-to-face time with students? Since every teacher has a specified amount of time with his or her students per week, we must consider how to maximize that class time. The answer to this question will be vastly different for an elementary teacher compared to a middle school PE teacher compared to a high school English teacher. Though there is no one way to answer this question, there is a "wrong" answer: information dissemination. Lower-level cognitive information should be moved out of the group space and into the individual space where students can consume data at their own pace and interact with the content in a manner that meets their individual needs. And as teachers answer this question, their class will be transformed into a center of learning where students are applying, analyzing, and creating content, rather than simply acquiring information."

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 9, 3:10 PM

This article and video help instructors figure out how to best "flip" their course, regardless of subject matter or grade level. Any flippers out there care to share their experiences?

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4 Ideas For Motivating Adolescent Male Readers ~ teachthought

4 Ideas For Motivating Adolescent Male Readers ~ teachthought | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kenny Mckee


"It’s no secret that state and national assessments continue to indicate that boys lag behind girls in the area of reading.

"The gap tends to grow larger as students enter adolescence. It’s also no secret that many teenage boys dislike reading — in class or at home. Just ask a high school teacher…or a teenage boy. While it’s not true that all teenage boys dislike reading, there is a growing trend of many becoming unmotivated readers. Obviously, students who are resistant to reading are unlikely to get better at it. Here are four ideas for motivating adolescent male readers."

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Creative Writing App Smash - Learn Moore

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Earlier this month I decided to participate in the Thinglink App Smash Challenge, facilitated by Susan Oxnevad. The goal is to use ThingLink as a presentation tool to demonstrate how to combine the functionality of two or more apps to create, publish and share content. It was more difficult than I thought because I had a hard time narrowing down which apps I wanted to use in my submission. I finally decided on Book Creator because of its cross-curricular nature, and its ability to include various types of media. Here is the flow of the lesson:

Students choose a scene maker app to create an original visual writing prompt
Students upload their image to Book Creator
Add original composition using the text feature
Add narration by recording
Publish final project as e Book or movie

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Debbie Rogers's curator insight, November 28, 2:48 PM

Empowering students comprehension through their active creation!( not Consuming the teacher's creation)

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 5, 8:46 AM

Re-scooped from John Evans' page and well worth it! Great ideas that can immediately be used with students!

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Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now

Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Writing partners can be an important source of inspiration and support for your kids. It's the rare kid who truly wants to work alone all the time. Writing requires an audience, someone to give a r...


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 19, 1:38 AM
Some cool writing tips for sharing the joy of writing!
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 19, 7:27 PM

Great ideas for writing lessons together with a partner!

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Writing Fix: Taking the Un out of Unwritten | Tech Learning ~ Tech & Learning

Writing Fix: Taking the Un out of Unwritten | Tech Learning ~ Tech & Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Northern Nevada Writing Project offers dozens of lesson plans and activities to help teach writing. This is a lesson on prefixes, suffixes, and roots using, among other resources, the lyrics of the song, Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield.  The extremely detailed lesson plan includes a rap song about prefixes, suffixes, and roots, notes about root words, and add-ons, and a work sheet of commonly used prefixes. There is also a graphic organizer tied to the song, Unwritten.This is a great lesson for middle school students.
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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar


"To help jump-start your brainstorming, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts from our daily Student Opinion feature that invite you to take a stand.

"Though you won’t be limited to these topics for the contest, you’ll see that our list touches on every aspect of modern life, from politics to sports, culture, education and technology. We hope the range inspires you, and we hope the fact that each question links to at least one related Times article gives you a starting point for finding evidence."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 7:24 PM

To use argumentative writing, teachers and students need to know how to use the Theory of Argumentation. That is not common.

 

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 17, 3:14 AM

Chapbook Essays galore -- with applicable background info

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Merriam-Webster Online

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"Every writer needs a dictionary. The Merriam-Webster app provides "America's most useful and respected dictionary," plus synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, and many other bonus functions. It's free, it's easy, and it's available for iPhone and iPad (iOS 7.0+) as well as Android (2.3.3+)."

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Anita Rissler's curator insight, November 8, 4:44 AM

Utmärkt synonymlexikon nu gratis på nätet!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 9, 8:44 AM

This one is my favorite online dictionary. Easy to use.  Definitions understandable even for kids.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 16, 7:50 PM

The M-W app should be part of the chromebooks we have at mps. I wonder if it can't be installed because it's Android not chrome... Some chromebooks take android apps, but would this one? If you read this and know the answer please drop me a line. I would like to make a suggestion to have the MW app added if it's compatible.

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The Official SCBWI Blog

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"There are many great resources for those who want to write stories for adults. But what if your market is more in the seven to twelve range? Well, then this site, the official blog of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), is for you. Continually updated, blog entries offer a variety of topics ranging from interviews with award winning children's book authors, editors, and publishers to advice on innovative marketing techniques, writing, and networking in children's literature. It is a must for anyone looking to engage in the wide world of writing and publishing for kids"

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Writing and Publishing Solutions | Novel Writing Help

Writing and Publishing Solutions | Novel Writing Help | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Anyone who has ever tried to write a novel will agree on at least one basic fact: it's deceptively difficult. This site, from novelist Harvey Chapman, provides beginners with helpful step-by-step advice. He lays it all out in simple, digestible categories including, The Writing Process, Becoming a Writer, Elements of Fiction, and How to Write. Each category includes helpful, targeted articles designed to take some of the sting out of putting words on screen or paper. For instance, How to Write a Novel Step-by-Step breaks down the novel writing process into eleven linear stages. Prose Writing 101, found under How to Write, is another great feature of the site that details the importance of writing with a clear, concise, and uncluttered style."

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The Digital Learning Wheel

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Ring of Technologies is a beautiful visual wheel that displays a host of learning goals together with some examples of web tools to achieve them. To me this work (created and shared by UAF eLearning Faculty Resources) represents the core of digitally-based learning. It also chimes in with what we have said about purposeful use of technology in instruction. Having clear goals about what you want to target in your teaching using technology will definitely help your learners make the best of that technology.

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The Close Reading of Poetry | A Practical Introduction and Guide to Explication

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"This handy guide from University of Victoria English professors G. Kim Blank and Magdalena Kay, provides a well-composed and insightful rubric for reading poetry. While the introduction points out that there is no single way to read a poem, the rest of the entry provides some important tips. For instance, when interpreting, it's important to continually reference the poem as it stands. The authors expound on ten themes: Title, Key Words & Tone, Word Order, Figurative Language: Imagery, Sound: Rhythm & Rhyme, Speaker & Voice, Time & Setting, Symbol, Form, and Ideas & Theme. The site is especially suited for late high school and early college students, but it can also help clarify the interpretation of poetry for anyone who loves to read."

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Expository essay topics for high school ~ In Our Write Minds

Expository essay topics for high school ~ In Our Write Minds | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kim Kautzer


"INFORMATIVE essays give teens a chance to thoroughly research, understand, and communicate a topic of interest. Let your high schooler choose one of these expository essay prompts, and encourage them to use their best writing organization skills!"

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6 compare and contrast essay topics - In Our Write Minds

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by Kim Kautzer


"COMPARE AND CONTRAST essays don’t have to be dull and tedious! Your high school students will be sure to enjoy a few of this week’s lighthearted topics.


"Help teens stay focused with a four-paragraph outline: introduction, similarities, differences, and conclusion. Motivated writers may need two paragraphs for the comparisons or two paragraphs for the contrasts, and that’s fine, too!"

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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies

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by John McCarthy


"A teacher taught a lesson on telling a Six-Word Story. There are websites that provide examples of this writing style. On the surface, the task appears simple, but it's quite challenging when you dig into it. The students seemed intrigued by the idea of composing these stories, until the teacher said with enthusiasm, "Let's get writing."

"One student immediately asked questions that the teacher grappled to answer. Two boys stared at their blank page. Presuming positive intent, I asked the boys if they were thinking about ideas to write. They shrugged as if to say, "I have no idea what to write." I gave them a pep talk followed by doing a Fastwrite/Freewrite protocol (see below), which helps writers find their focus and explore ideas. Once written, the boys found it easier to uncover their six-word story's first draft."


Jim Lerman's insight: Excellent post with numerous specific strategies and links.

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A Wonderful Note Taking App from Google ~ Google Keep - EdTech & MLearning

A Wonderful Note Taking App from Google ~ Google Keep - EdTech & MLearning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Google Keep is an excellent tool to use for creating digital sticky notes. You can use both text and images to capture and share your notes.  You can also use it   to create to-do lists and bookmark content from the web.It has an intuitive and user friendly interface that makes it way simpler to navigate and control than is the case with several other note-taking apps out there.

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Writing suggestions for visual learners with need for writing output adaptations.PDF


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 2, 2013 5:44 PM

Useful and practical ideas for students who struggle with writing output.  

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Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue ~ NY Magazine

Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue ~ NY Magazine | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Adam Sternbergh


'And now we’re getting to the heart of what emoji do well—what perhaps they do better even than language itself, at least in the rough-and-tumble world online. Aside from the widespread difficulty of expressing yourself in real time with your clumsy thumbs, while hunched over a lit screen, and probably distracted by 50 other things, there’s the fact that the internet is mean. The widespread anonymity of the web has marked its nascent years with a kind of insidious incivility that we all now accept with resignation. Comment sections are a write-off. “Troll” is a new and unwelcome ­subspecies of person. Twitter’s a hashtag-strewn battlefield.

"But emoji are not, it turns out, well designed to convey meanness. They are cartoons, first of all. And the emoji that ­exist—while very useful for conveying excitement, happiness, bemusement, befuddlement, and even love—are not very good at conveying anger, derision, or hate. If we can take as a given that millennials, as a generation, were raised in a digital environment—navigating, for the first time, digital relationships as an equally legitimate and in some ways dominant form of interpersonal ­interaction—it stands to reason they might be drawn to a communicative tool that serves as an antidote to ambient incivility. They might be especially receptive to, and even excited about, a tool that counteracts the harshness of life in the online world. They might be taken with emoji.

"The word that came up multiple times, in many conversations, with many people about emoji was soften."


Jim Lerman's insight: Wonderful article...full of insight. Just the thing to read over a leisurely Thanksgiving weekend. Great things to thing about, terrific illustrations, fascinating links.

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The Best Children’s Books of 2014

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by Marie Popova


"This is certainly the case with the most intelligent and imaginative “children’s” and picture-books published this year. (Because the best children’s books provide, as Tolkien believed, perennial delight, step into the time machine and revisit previous selections for 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.)"


Jim Lerman's insight: Popova's post is lavishly illustrated with images from the 15 books she selected for this year's list. Fans may wish to visit her list of winners for the previous 4 years as well.

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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar


"Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year.

"The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older."

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Bruno Koffi's curator insight, November 15, 10:01 AM

An article worth sharing. Offers a wide variety of topics of discussion and composition

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SelfControl

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"Whether you're writing the Great American Novel or just trying to finish a term paper by tomorrow morning, the biggest threat to productivity is distraction. And the biggest progenitor of distraction is the very machine you are working on to write that novel or term paper. This open source app blocks access to distracting websites, as well as mail servers and everything else on the internet. Just set the timer, and write."


Macs only.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 9, 8:46 AM

Ah, something to help block all distractions while I write. Now if only it would do laundry and make meals...

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How Writers Write Fiction | Open Courses @ the Writing University

How Writers Write Fiction | Open Courses @ the Writing University | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa is often considered the best fiction writing program in the United States. Not everyone can dedicate the blood, sweat, and two years it takes to complete the program, but this new MOOC series allows fiction writers to engages with the material over a few short weeks. The course is free and the teachers are extremely well known literary novelists. After signing up, access to videos, transcripts, assignments, and tools will be at your fingertips. Through video lectures and various writing assignments, the series is a great way to learn about the writing process and interact with other students/writers working on their craft."

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