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How to Size Images on Social Media: A Cheat Sheet (Infographic)

How to Size Images on Social Media: A Cheat Sheet (Infographic) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

You no longer have to grapple with sizing issues for social networks such as Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Now you can create Facebook Timeline images, LinkedIn cover photos, and more without worrying whether your pictures will fit the dimensions required by each platform.


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Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90 :: NY Times

Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90 :: NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday at his home near Wentzville, Mo. He was 90.

"While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.

"His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment."

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Chuck Berry, Fiery and Flinty Rock ’n’ Roll Innovator :: NY Times

Chuck Berry, Fiery and Flinty Rock ’n’ Roll Innovator :: NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Mr. Berry, who died on Saturday at his home near St. Louis, was the first true rock ’n’ roll superstar. When in his late 20s he emerged from St. Louis onto the national scene, the genre wasn’t yet codified. In its infancy, rock was hybrid music, and Mr. Berry was its most vivid and imaginative alchemist.

From the mid-1950s through the end of that decade, he concocted a yowling blend of hopped-up blues, country and then-emergent rhythm & blues that ended up as the template for what became widely accepted as rock ’n’ roll (though the term predated his rise).

He gave it virtuoso playing via guitar work that drew on country and the blues. He made it a songwriting genre with wry, detailed lyrics that helped shape the idea of American freedom via stories of teenage abandon or open-road adventure. He embodied the music by giving it physical language, from his signature duck walk to his coiffure, which was equal parts structure and flair. (He also was a beautician, having studied hairdressing and cosmetology when he was still playing in small bands in St. Louis in the early 1950s.) And in performance, he sold the music hard, with eyes bulging, hips swaying and a sly smile that indicated he knew just how much he was pushing the envelope.
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Literary Hub

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"Lit Hub is a central place for writers, publishers, books, bookstores, librarians, and readers to congregate and celebrate books and literary culture."

 

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"Literary Hub is an online magazine that strives to be "a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life." To do so, Literary Hub partners with a wide variety of sources for literary news and reviews, including publishers, bookstores, and literary journals. Readers will find book reviews, author profiles, interviews, essays, book excerpts, and more. Those looking for a new read may want to start with Bookmarks, a feature that helpfully compiles critical reviews of new books from major publications. Readers can then see how these reviewers assessed the book (reviews are categorized as Rave, Positive, Mixed or Pan) and read these reviews in full. Meanwhile, readers can explore a number of original pieces in Features. As of this write up, recent pieces in Features include an essay by novelist and short story writer Jhumpa Lahiri and a profile of author Jami Attenberg. Those who want to stay informed about literary news may want to sign up for Lit Hub Daily, a regular round-up of literary news from Literary Hub and other publications and organizations."

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Lee Ann Potter - Primary Source Documents and Media Across the Curriculum - November Learning

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"Podcast with Lee Ann Potter, Director of Education Outreach for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Here is your passport to tap the “largest collection of human knowledge and creativity ever assembled on the planet (470 languages).” Introduce your students, colleagues, family and friends TODAY."


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4 Web Tools To Create Newspapers and Flyers for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Web Tools To Create Newspapers and Flyers for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some very good web tools you can use with your students to create educational posters,flyers, brochures, and newspapers.The tools are simple and easy to use and do not require any advanced technology knowledge. They provide a variety of pre-made templates that you can appropriate according to your teaching purposes. Check them out below and as always share with us your feedback. Enjoy

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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Story Maps 

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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 14, 4:27 AM
Créer des cartes interactives en langues, en lettres et en histoire-géographie par exemple. Un scénario en EPI pourrait être construit. 
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As a veterans academic adviser I thought having a map to show where our veterans had served would be very interesting.
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WritingFix: Writing Across the Curriculum...RAFT Writing Assignments

WritingFix: Writing Across the Curriculum...RAFT Writing Assignments | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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How to Organize and Automate Your Writing Workflow

How to Organize and Automate Your Writing Workflow | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Blog schedules are relentless—they don't care if you're feeling motivated, tired, or completely burnt out. If you can't keep up the pace, you miss deadlines. Or, in my case, you pull 12-16 hour days to pick up the slack, leaving you exhausted and unproductive come the next day, and thus the cycle repeats.

Thankfully, there's a better way to write.

Last year, I reorganized my workflow and started automating what I could, which led to a 375% increase in output in my writing and the ability to consistently produce content I'm proud of.
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Writing Process: A 5-Step Formula for Creating Winning Content [Podcast]

Writing Process: A 5-Step Formula for Creating Winning Content [Podcast] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In this episode, I’m going to share my writing process that has evolved over the years by borrowing secrets from great writers, including novelists, non-fiction authors, editors, screenwriters, copywriters, bloggers and more.
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Practutor Blog15 Great Tools to Publish Student Writing - Practutor Blog

Practutor Blog15 Great Tools to Publish Student Writing - Practutor Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Publishing student writing does not mean posting their assignment on a blog. Learn how to publish student writing and showcase it to the world to read.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 9, 2016 3:19 PM
Some great links here.
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The 120 Most Helpful Websites For Writers in 2016 - Global English Editing

We’ve created a comprehensive list of 120 of the best websites for writers in 2016. No more searching aimlessly around the internet.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 26, 2016 11:50 AM
14 categories for helpful writing websites--including grammar tips, literary agents, protect yourself, writers as business owners, and more. 
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401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - NY Times

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"Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times.

"This list of 401 prompts (available here in PDF) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest. (In 2017, the dates for entering are March 2 to April 4.)"

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Keynote for Digital Story Telling

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"In terms of digital story telling, I have created a page to house all of the videos I recently created as a YouTube playlist and as the basis for an online course. The videos introduce vector graphic creation, digital story telling, the tools necessary to take it deeper, animations and the use of multiple slides to take the process further than Apple ever intended!

 

"It also contains a classroom resource and a link to a workshop session on the same subject along with more session pages (many still under construction) covering an entire conference with Mac/iOS, Google for Edu, Coding and MakerSpace/Design Thinking strands."

 

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Peter Guralnick on Why Chuck Berry Is Even Greater Than You Think :: Rolling Stone

Peter Guralnick on Why Chuck Berry Is Even Greater Than You Think :: Rolling Stone | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"...there is no end to my admiration for Chuck Berry's work, even if his commitment to performance has at times proved wanting. As much as Percy Mayfield remains the Poet Laureate of the Blues, Chuck Berry will always be the Poet Laureate of – what? Of Our Time. Has there ever been a more perfect pop song than "Nadine," a catchier encapsulation of story line and wit in four verses and a chorus, in which the protagonist (like all of Chuck's characters, a not-too-distant stand-in for its author but never precisely himself) is introduced "pushing through the crowd trying to get to where she's at/I was campaign shouting like a Southern diplomat." I mean, come on – and the song only gets better from there. When he was recognized in 2012 by PEN New England (a division of the international writers' organization) for its first "Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence" award, his co-honoree, Leonard Cohen, graciously declared that "all of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry," while Bob Dylan called him "the Shakespeare of rock & roll."

"Which is all very generically well. But perhaps the most persuasive tribute I ever encountered was delivered by the highly cerebral New Orleans singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist extraordinaire, Allen Toussaint. I was trying to get at some of the reasons for the dramatic expansion of his own songwriting aspirations (musically, poetically, politically) in the Seventies, when he graduated from brilliant pop cameos like "Ride Your Pony" and "Mother in Law" to more ambitious, post-Beatles, post-Miles, post–Civil Rights Era work. Was it the influence of Bob Dylan, say, that allowed him to contemplate a wider range of subjects, a greater length of songs? Oh, not at all, Allen replied in his cool, elegant manner; he wished he could agree with me, but his single greatest influence in terms of lyrics and storytelling from first to last was Chuck Berry. And with that he started quoting Chuck Berry lyrics, just as you or I might, just as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis do on the fabled "Million Dollar Quartet" session. "What a wonderful little story that is," he said of "You Never Can Tell," Chuck's fairy-tale picture of young love in Creole-speaking Louisiana, "how he lived that life with that couple, you know. Oh, the man's a mountain," said Allen unhesitatingly, and then went on to quote some more."


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The Productivity Browser for Technology Professionals

The Productivity Browser for Technology Professionals | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Log in to any web site with multiple accounts in one browser window. Productivity gains will be amazing as you increase focus and get stuff done."

 

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"Do you have multiple social media accounts - perhaps a Facebook account for work as well as a personal one? Or do you manage multiple Twitter accounts as part of your job? If so, Ghost Browser may be for you. This free web browser allows users to be logged into multiple social media accounts simultaneously. Available for Mac and Windows computers, Ghost Browser allows users to open and save different accounts through a color-coded tab system. Users can also save these accounts as a project (e.g. "Twitter accounts") in order to open a series of accounts quickly and easily in the future. Ghost Browser also allows users to import bookmarks from existing web browsers and to import Google Chrome extensions."

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Our Fourth Annual Student Editorial Contest: Write About an Issue That Matters to You :: NY Times

Our Fourth Annual Student Editorial Contest: Write About an Issue That Matters to You :: NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"• Is Social Media Making Us More Narcissistic?
• Do Teachers Assign Too Much Homework?
• Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?

"Every day during the school year we invite teenagers to share their opinions about questions like these — on topics from reality TV to the justice system — and hundreds do, posting arguments, reflections and anecdotes to our Student Opinion feature.

"Now, for the fourth year in a row, we’re inviting you to channel that enthusiasm into something a little more formal: short, evidence-based persuasive essays like the editorials The New York Times publishes every day.

T"he challenge is pretty straightforward. Choose a topic you care about, gather evidence from sources both within and outside of The New York Times, and write a concise editorial (450 words or less) to convince readers of your point of view."

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This Article Organization Tool Will Change How You Research

This Article Organization Tool Will Change How You Research | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Mendeley is a must-have tool for anyone invested in research. Although it would most benefit doctoral students writing dissertations, its collaborative capacities make it useful for anyone in a research community interested in sharing articles and connecting with others.
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5 Creative Digital Tools That Bring Visuals and Writing Together

5 Creative Digital Tools That Bring Visuals and Writing Together | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Experiment with this list of creative digital tools that unite art and writing in amazing visual storytelling projects. Your students will love them!

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The Latest Version of Storyboard Pro is Here

The Latest Version of Storyboard Pro is Here | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Toon Boom's industry standard Storyboard Pro software has gotten even better with version 5.5. Check out the new features for animating and storyboarding.

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Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic

Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Any story we tell of our species, any science of human nature, that ignores how important stories are in shaping what and how we think and feel is false. We evolved to be ultra-social (and self-deficient), so we care deeply about character and plot.  

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 7, 5:25 AM

Absolutely.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 8, 7:40 AM
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 12, 1:22 PM

A short article with so many links, you'll be spiraling down the rabbit hole of storytelling for quite a while! This completely supports my bias toward story, so it was a delight to read!

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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
From some of the experts in our midst comes a host of powerful and effective writing exercises that will get students thinking critically and creatively.

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Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel

Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A story arc is the chain on which the pearls, or scenes, of your novel are strung. The story arc--or narrative arc--is the same thing as "plot."

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Penelope's curator insight, August 2, 2016 7:15 PM
Simply explained, this article is a great keeper to explain story arc. What it is, why it's important, and how to use it to make your novels pop with tension.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly" ***


Sarah McElrath's curator insight, August 4, 2016 10:21 PM
Helpful way to understand and organize plot.
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6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly

6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Rather than bombard teens with fancy pens and motivational reading, direct them to a comfort zone: the Internet. These sites are great resources for future storytellers.

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The Art of Storytelling | Pixar in a Box | Partner content | Khan Academy

The Art of Storytelling | Pixar in a Box | Partner content | Khan Academy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Khan Academy has teamed up with Pixar to create this interactive lesson about the Art of Storytelling. In this Pixar in a Box lesson, young writers get to hear the perspectives of numerous Pixar storyboard artists as they explain their creative processes and their personal favorite stories. These videos are accompanied by four activities designed to get youth to reflect on and discuss different aspects of storytelling, including memory. In the opening video, film director Pete Docter provides an especially helpful reflection on what it really means to "write what you know." Other clips urge students to consider their favorite films or the different storytelling elements that appear in their favorite films. Youth are also encouraged to ask their own What if? questions in regards to their favorite films, fostering creativity. This Khan Academy collection could make a strong addition to an elementary school language arts class or an enrichment class. As of this write up, this series includes one complete tutorial; additional tutorials on storytelling are coming soon."

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