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Google Drive: Quick Reference Guide ~ UNLV

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 10, 2014 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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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Creative Work Suffers When the Measure of Its Success is Solely External — Life Learning — Medium

Creative Work Suffers When the Measure of Its Success is Solely External - Life Learning - Medium
Attempting to control the uncontrollable is what frequently causes a good amount of our suffering. Yet that’s precisely what we do when we measure creative success solely by external measures. We restrict the flow of instinct, intuition and the desire to create what we want to see exist in the world.
It’s only when we’re able to let go of our attachment to outcomes and external measure that the best work we’re capable of producing starts to emerge. When you’re thinking too much about the outcome, you’re not focused on what actually matters, what you actually control, which is the energy you put into the actual work.
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Everything you need to know about curation in 2016: 8 content curation best practices

Everything you need to know about curation in 2016: 8 content curation best practices | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Content curation plays a critical role in building your audience by adding value to other people's content. Here are 8 content curation best practices. 

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Advice on Writing From The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates

Advice on Writing From The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Before he wrote cover stories for The Atlantic, before he won a National Magazine Award, before he taught at MIT, Ta-Nehisi Coates was laid off by Time magazine. “To put it bluntly,” he wrote last spring, “I was — like most freelancers — hurting. My wife had been unerringly supportive. My son was getting older. I was considering driving a cab.”

Of course, it’s now six years later, and Coates has had great success writing for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other publications. But writing doesn’t get easier, he maintains — it’s always a process.

“It’s as though you have a certain music in your head, and trying to get that music out on the page is absolute hell,” he said in an interview for Atlantic Video’s Creative Breakthroughs series. “But what you have to do is give yourself a day, go back, revise, over and over and over again.”
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Atavist - a simple web tool for powerful storytelling

Atavist - a simple web tool for powerful storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"It's easy to see why readers were immediately drawn to Atavist with its sharp aesthetic appeal and integrative approach to graphic storytelling. Its user-friendly interface synthesizes narrative methods developed by predecessors such as Youtube, Instagram, and Wordpress, offering exciting new directions for creative projects like longform essay writing. We think Atavist just may become a staple for anyone looking to create visually appealing and impactful presentations or projects.

 

"Atavist advertises itself as "a simple web tool for powerful storytelling." For those readers who love to write - and write online - it may be just the service they have been searching for, as it allows authors to upload photos, video, and audio to create an immersive experience. The best way to form a sense of what can be done with Atavist is to select the menu on the top right hand side of the screen and then go to Examples to peruse creative articles that integrate a variety of multimedia possibilities. Interested readers will then want to create an account using Facebook or their email address. From there, the instructions walk through the steps of creating a New Project, including writing text and using the convenient drag and drop functions for various media. Many readers will want to take the Tour, which can be located on the top of the screen after selecting New Project."

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Three Useful Resources If You Want To Write A Book

Three Useful Resources If You Want To Write A Book | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I'm adding these three resources to So, You Want To Write A Book? Here's The Best Advice…: To self-publish or not to self-publish? That is the question is by Nik Peachey. A textbook problem: Seven suggestions to improve the quality of published resources is by Jose Picardo. This presentation is from the great Roxanna Elden:…
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Two Good Tools for Summarizing Long Text ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Good Tools for Summarizing Long Text ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Below are two good applications that provide short summaries to long chunks of text. The first one is called Smmry. This  is a web based tool for summarizing text. Students can use it to help them with reading comprehension. The way it works is easy: you  paste your text, customize some of the tool's  settings and click on ’summarize’. Smmry does the rest and provides you with a synopsis of the text containing few topic-focused sentences. The second application is an iPad app called Clipped and is especially ideal for news readers. Clipped summarizes long news articles into bullet points extracting unnecessary information and data leaving you only the gist of the story.
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Nneze Akwiwu: The First Female President Of Nigeria

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A chance conversation gives Nneze Akwiwu a chance to study in the United States.

Nneze Akwiwu is currently a senior Biology major at Spelman College. She thinks of herself as a bubbly, outgoing and very family oriented individual. She has plans of becoming the first female president of Nigeria.
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5 Storytelling Lessons From Superhero Stories

Love reading comics? You're not the only one. What about these stories about super-beings keep our eyes glued to the pages and our minds salivating for more? W…

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Penelope's curator insight, May 24, 11:47 AM
I love slideshares and this one is Pow! Super Awesome!

Study these super hero stories and weave several of the tips into your own work to punch it up!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly" ***
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How to write descriptively - Nalo Hopkinson

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-write-fiction-that-comes-alive-nalo-hopkinson The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentar

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App Ed Review Roundup: 4 Great Movie Making Apps! by KELLY WALSH

App Ed Review Roundup: 4 Great Movie Making Apps! by KELLY WALSH | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
by KELLY WALSH

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10 Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity — Inspired to Write — Medium

10 Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity - Inspired to Write - Medium
Whether you’re writing a novel, maintaining a blog, or keeping a journal, the answers to these problems are mostly the same. Writing is like exercise: adopt a sensible training regimen, apply it consistently, and you’ll grow stronger. But it’s also like meditation: open your inner doors, let go of distractions, and you’ll become more centered. In both cases, the keys are discipline and focus.

With that in mind, here are ten simple techniques you can use to keep yourself in the writing zone.
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Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education?

Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
By exploring stories, learners can acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of STEM.

Via Darlene Clapham K12, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Stephania Savva, Jim Lerman
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Why I write 1000 Words Every Day — Life Learning — Medium

Why I write 1000 Words Every Day - Life Learning - Medium
Recently, I was listening to a seminar given by Brian Tracy, the same one that inspired the idea for my post about why nobody ever changed the world by checking email. One of the things he said was success comes from task completion.
By completing a task, instead of the dopamine shot we get from checking email or the number of likes, we actually experience an increase in endorphins. We experience visible progress, which is a precursor to flow. And we feel compelled to complete more tasks.
By writing 1000 words each morning, I not only end up creating flow. I carry that into everything else that I throughout the day. I end up in a peak state of mind, which is a priceless asset. As a result, I crave flow and deep work more than I crave the temporary dopamine hit that I get from checking email or Facebook. This leads to a much more productive day.
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Igniting Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols with Nancy Duarte

Igniting Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols with Nancy Duarte | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic]

Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Content curation is an economical way to increase content production - & it's easy when you have an informative infographic to guide you.

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Langston Hughes Presents the History of Jazz in an Illustrated Children’s Book (1955)

Langston Hughes Presents the History of Jazz in an Illustrated Children’s Book (1955) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I can imagine no better guide through the history and variety of jazz than Langston Hughes, voice of the Harlem Renaissance and poetic interpreter of 20th century black American culture. Hughes’ 1955 First Book of Jazz is just that, a short primer with a surprisingly high degree of sophistication for a children’s book. I would, in fact, recommend it as an introduction to jazz for any reader. Hughes thoroughly covers the musical context of jazz in brief chapters like “African Drums,” “Old New Orleans,” “Work Songs,” “The Blues,” and “Ragtime.” He then “discusses the mechanics of jazz,” writes author and blogger Ariel S. Winter, including “improvisation, syncopation, percussion, rhythm, blue notes, tone color, harmony, break, riff….” Through it all runs the life and career of Louis Armstrong, whose story, Hughes states “is almost the whole story of orchestral jazz in America.”
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Home Movie Registry | A LISTING OF AMATEUR FILM HOLDINGS

Home Movie Registry | A LISTING OF AMATEUR FILM HOLDINGS | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"When it comes to archival material, most people think of documents, photographs, or the occasional news clip. Rarely, however, do home videos come to mind. We love that the Home Movie Registry not only directs its attention toward the preservation and collection of amateur films, but that through the collaborative efforts of archives and museums across the country, material in the HMR may be easily accessed by anyone. We encourage readers to explore the intimate family moments captured here, and the many ways that home movies can be used to shed light on important components of American culture and history.

 

"Since the 1920s, home movies have been produced by everyday people, documenting daily activities and offering a wealth of information about twentieth century American life. The Home Movie Registry, a curated search engine from the Center for Home Movies (CHM), is an innovative project designed to bring together the swarth of amateur films digitized and collected by participating archives. The About section of the site details the portal's extensive efforts and provides useful context. From there, readers may like to explore the two Exhibits currently featured on the site, one of which highlights Home Movies and the African American Community, while the other provides a look at Home Movies and Television. Readers may also simply scroll down the fascinating list of amateur-made films on the home page, which illuminate such ephemera as a 1950s Chicago picnic and a 1975 homemade travel documentary. For more targeted research, historians, artists, documentarians, students, and others will find an excellent search bar for easy filtering through the Registry's video troves."

 

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95 - Dennis Mortensen, Saves Time with Artificial Intelligence

95 - Dennis Mortensen, Saves Time with Artificial Intelligence | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Dennis is the CEO and Founder of x.ai, whose artificial intelligence driven personal assistant lets people schedule meetings using plain English and nothing more than a CC to amy@x.ai. Founded in 2014, x.ai is backed by blue chip investors, including IA Ventures, Firstmark, and Two Sigma Ventures, and located in New York City.

Dennis is a pioneer and expert in the analytics, optimization and big data space and has been since its inception – he is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur and successfully delivered a number of company exits. He’s an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of Data Driven Insights from Wiley and a frequent speaker on the subject of Analytics and Data. A native of Denmark, Mortensen currently calls New York City his home.
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Story Collider - Stories about Science

Story Collider - Stories about Science | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The Story Collider was founded in 2010 by Ben Lillie and Brian Wecht, two physicists who met at a storytelling show in Queens and quickly realized that they could do that too. Since then, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through our many live shows as well as our weekly podcast, and we've used what we've learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in our university and corporate workshop program.

 

"We believe that, now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone's life. At The Story Collider, you'll hear from scientists about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, but you'll also hear from people who haven't had a formal connection to science since high school. We have physicists, comedians, neuroscientists, writers, actors, doctors, and many, many more telling their story. Some are heartbreaking; some are hilarious. They're all true, and all, in one way or another, are about science."

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Reimagining School Writing

Reimagining School Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Move beyond the five-paragraph essay. Bring school writing to life through freewriting, peer reviews, and allowing students to include relevant memories and vivid descriptions.

Via Nik Peachey, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 17, 1:22 AM

Some useful ideas here.

Emma McPherson's curator insight, May 19, 8:30 AM
Some interesting suggestions for ways to assist students to develop writing skills while still encouraging creativity. Undoubtedly our education system does value academic writing styles and skills, often to the detriment of students' creative lives.
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The Best Posts On Writing Instruction  :: Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Posts On Writing Instruction  :: Larry Ferlazzo | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I’ve published a number of posts on writing instruction, and thought I’d bring them all together into one “The Best” list. I’ve previously posted tons of lists sharing…
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Ferlazzo is one of the best list-makers around; never fails to offer sound suggestions.

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The 5-Step Process that Solves Three Painful Writing Problems

The 5-Step Process that Solves Three Painful Writing Problems | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Use this five-step writing process to get started, cut the fluff, and finish writing a compelling piece of content that has a specific objective.

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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!

Via Maria Margarida Correia, Liz Bujaki
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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers

Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 9, 2015 12:06 PM

This community of writers page from Corbett Harrison has great ideas and charts.  Check it out!