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Grammarly - world's most accurate grammar checker and automated proofreader

Grammarly - world's most accurate grammar checker and automated proofreader | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Check your writing for grammar, punctuation, style and much more.


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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Write the World

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"If you're stumped about how to inspire your high school students to write, check out Write the World. The site offers prompts for writing from nonfiction opinion to flash fiction to poetry. Aspiring authors in your classroom can earn badges, join a topic-specific group, and become part of a writing community. Note:Write the World is only appropriate for students age 13 and older."

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The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings ~ by Maria Popova

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings ~ by Maria Popova | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"How to sculpt an environment that optimizes creative flow and summons relevant knowledge from your long-term memory through the right retrieval cues."



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The Art of the Start - how to promote interest-grabbing beginnings in students' writing ~ by Steve Peha

The Art of the Start - how to promote interest-grabbing beginnings in students' writing ~ by Steve Peha | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Over the years, I’ve placed special emphasis on helping kids create good beginnings. The results have exceeded my wildest dreams. A few years ago, I figured out why: every part of a piece is really a “beginning” relative to what is about to come next. Once kids have a large repertoire of good beginning strategies, they naturally start using those strategies all through their writing.

 

"In the past, however, I’ve concentrated only on the traditional single sentence lead. That’s the best place to start but it is by no means where this kind of instruction should end. More than ever, kids need to learn to create strong opening paragraphs.


"And that’s what I’ve done in my newest unit on leads called: The Art of the Start."


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Free download. Peha produces a tremendous amount of resources of consistently high quality and then makes many of them available without cost. What an outstanding and generous role model!

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Digilent Inc. Blog » Digilent Makerspace

Digilent Inc. Blog » Digilent Makerspace | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A very visual archive of projects from the Digilent MakerSpace, based in Pullman, Washington USA."Digilent designs, manufactures, and distributes its electronic design tools on a worldwide basis."

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9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again

9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

T.H.E. Journal asked educators for the most creative storytelling apps available, and we did a little digging on our own, too. The tools and apps we found turn students into novelists, artists, and moviemakers with each tool bringing its own powerful mechanism for transforming the traditional narrative--both inside and outside the classroom...


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Laura Kamis Wrang's curator insight, September 4, 2014 5:48 AM

TIME is of the essence opportunies to create and recreate are all over the place!!!

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 7:19 PM

Lots of new tools to play with!

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, March 2, 11:24 AM

while I haven't tried these apps, it's a great selection of giving your novel am visual summary.  Anything to breathe some life into that synopsis eh? I'll def. Be checking the, out

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McKinley Writing Club - Statesman Journal

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Teacher Denise Majeski works with fourth-graders Manny Temkin (left) Eli Mignano, Jack Henry Majeski and Charles Ricci during Writing Club on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at McKinley Elementary in Salem.
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How Writing Fiction Masters Fear - The Atlantic

How Writing Fiction Masters Fear - The Atlantic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
When novelist Harriet Lane received a serious diagnosis, she started telling stories that let her meet anxiety on her own terms.
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24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo

24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This list of 24 quotes on writing will prepare you for NaNoWriMo and help you find the inner strength to write more and finish that novel in 30 days.
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Write About ~ digital writing for classrooms

Write About ~ digital writing for classrooms | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

description by Larry Ferlazzo:


"Write About provides many (and I mean many) images with writing prompts. Students can write their response and do an audio recording of it. Teachers can create virtual classrooms and provide individual written feedback to student writing. Student creations can be shared publicly or just with their classmates. Teachers can change prompts or upload their own photos.


"I think Write About is going to be an exceptional site, in particular for English Language Learners. It combines visual imagery, writing, speaking and listening – not to mention an authentic audience."

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With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments ~ The Atlantic ~ by Joe Fassler

With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments ~ The Atlantic ~ by Joe Fassler | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Author Katherine Heiny describes how the best details in fiction can be ripped from small talk and eavesdropped conversations on the bus.
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Call for online Makerspace resources

Call for online Makerspace resources | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I'm happy to announce that I have just been appointed Director of the brand new Possibility Zone Makerspace at Kean University. This is part of a long-term grant and will have a focus on STEM students and professors and the preparation of pre-service K-12 STEM teachers.


As part of the project, I plan to start a new Scoop.it topic on Makerspaces very soon. I'm looking for blogs, websites, wikis, videos, ezines, ebooks, paper.li feeds, etc. that deal with Makerspaces and things related to them. Basically, I want to set up an information flow to curate. 


If you have an idea or resource for me to check out, could you please send it? I think a helpful way would be to use the "Reactions" link that appears on the bottom left of this Scoop.it window when you mouse over it. (If you're reading this, it's likely that you can see it now.) Please be sure to include URLs in your suggestions.


Thank you so much for your help. I'm really looking forward to this new opportunity and hope to be of assistance to others through the new topic here on Scoop.it.


Sincerely,

Jim Lerman


PS - The photo is not of our Makerspace at Kean, but one at the Cincinnati Public Library. We have just started to create /design our space. What fun!



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Authentic Youth/Adult Connection on the Subway

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An I  Love NYC Story


As I waited on the platform for the subway, a large fieldtrip group entered the station. Maybe 100 kids. They and I got on the train.

I sat next to a lady with many students in front of us.

The lady struck up a conversation with a student.

What grade are you in?

6th he said.

Wow, you're reaching your stride as a student. 
Adults start to reach their stride in their 30s which is part way into their career. 
You are about that far into being a student. 
These years are really important. 
Learn what you can. 
Your history is important and resulted in where you are today.

She asked him questions about school, what he liked, etc.

She told him she could tell he would be successful because he was so well poised and respectful.

He smiled. Well not smiled, exactly. He just looked happy.

She shared her career. She operates the air train to JFK.

She said to be successful, use tech or fix tech.

She asked: Which will you do?

He said he loved robotics.

She told him to thank his teachers because it is really hard to take so many students on a trip and his teachers must really care a lot about them.

He said he understood and he would.

I watched his face. Hanging on her words. He was soaking them up.

I wondered if he had adults at home to share such advice. Maybe not.

She thanked him for being in her life today. She told him how impressed she was to encounter a young man who knew how to engage with a stranger in such a mature way. She said she would say a prayer at church this weekend for putting a fine young man to speak with in front of her.

I sat amazed with her rapport with a young person and ability to connect. She took the time to hear his voice.

She got off the train.

The student's friends came over and laughed. They said it was weird for a stranger to strike up a conversation.

He told them to stop. Don't be a hater. There are good people in the world...even when they are strangers and we need to be ready to hear them. He told them she had words of wisdom and he respected her.

Adults, how are you inspiring the youth standing in front of you and how you preparing them to listen?

Subway stories: Harlem 116th - Fulton Street on the 2/3 train.

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Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’ ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Thom Markham

Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’ ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Thom Markham | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Tapping the deepest energies of teachers, or any employees, requires a connection with big, meaningful themes that promise a significant, positive effect on the world. The themes contain simple, truthful, future-oriented plot lines—the elements of a story—that provide context for the daily work and help one refocus on larger goals. The more whole hearted the embrace of the goals, the more the hidden resources of the inner self are activated.

At a time of great transformation in the world, there are no shortages of themes to pick from. But teachers have special opportunities to tell a magnificent story about themselves and their profession:
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 12, 6:27 PM

School continues to be caught in a backwash of endless reform/deform. Much of what is passed off as reform is rhetoric and the use of language in deceptive ways. Teaching is a vocation which should give voice to those who engage in it. Is that actually happening?

 

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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens' research habits are changing in the digital age

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 5, 10:03 AM

Crunchy and ever so important to read.

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HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT ~ Interactive Knit Book

HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT ~ Interactive Knit Book | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Interactive Knit Book demonstrates examples of knited electronic elements such as switches, sensors, speakers, and heaters that cause colour change. This book was compiled as the result of the EIT ICT Connected Textiles research done at the Design Research Lab at the UdK Berlin.

The samples in the book were knit by Sara Diaz Rodriguez, the demo circuits designed by Hannah Perner-Wilson and the research supported by Katharina Bredies.

The samples in the book were knit by Sara Diaz Rodriguez, the demo circuits designed by Hannah Perner-Wilson and the research supported by Katharina Bredies.


I love the project that enables the knitting of a speaker and playing it with a paper piano...yes, really.-JL

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20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius

20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Here’s a terrific list of the best apps for writing on your iPad that is going to be of some great use for students of just about any age. Whether you’re in primary school or attending a university, you need to have a better way to take notes and jot down ideas than your standard notebook.
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Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design

Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Learn how to design a space where people can make writing by approaching it one layer at a time.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 4, 2:10 PM

How does this fit within a school library?

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* Writing A-Z

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Writing A-Z has come of age in an decade of changing strategies and expectations for teaching writing.  One of seven sister sites under the Learning A-Z umbrella, it is a well-organized, terrific r...
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The Ocean Is . . . Metaphor Writing | Scholastic.com

The Ocean Is . . . Metaphor Writing | Scholastic.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Use The Ocean Is by Kathleen Kranking as a mentor text and as an introduction to metaphors for students.
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How to Get Flawless Speech & Voice to Text Transcription? - 6 Golden Rules

How to Get Flawless Speech & Voice to Text Transcription? - 6 Golden Rules | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
We all are aware effective speech & voice to text transcription depends how well the audio file is recorded. Here are some tips that will help you get a high quality audio for flawless transcription.
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Can writing be taught? And what do writing teachers teach?

Can writing be taught? And what do writing teachers teach? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The other night I was watching The Rewrite, in which a Hollywood scriptwriter reluctantly becomes a writing teacher. In the early part of the film he asserts that writing can’t be taught. In some w...
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Using the 'Explain Everything' App in the classroom - YouTube ~ by Stephanie Castle

In this video tutorial I aim to introduce you practically with examples to how the iPad app 'Explain everything' which can be used to assess student understa...
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4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing

4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Fluency Snapshot

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"This tool is designed to help you evaluate the level of proficiency that you or your students have with the 21st Century Fluencies, which are outlined extensively in the Literacy is Not Enough, (Crockett, Lee et. al.; 2011). The Fluency Snapshot Tool can be incorporated either with individual students or with groups.


"There are 10 statements for each Fluency for you to consider. As you move through the statements, chose a value you feel represents how well the individual or group has demonstrated the characteristic. Better still, have your students assess themselves and discuss the outcome. You now have a baseline and can compare your results in each Fluency to determine where focus and improvement may be needed.


"Revisit this again in the future and compare to the baseline to see evidence of growth!"


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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Know students who are struggling in school? Catalyst Learning Network can help.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Know students who are struggling in school? Catalyst Learning Network can help. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
While it’s not uncommon to hear students say “I hate school,” some are really suffering and desperately want out.

I can relate. 

I became an educator not because I loved school, but because I was bored and miserable in school. I wanted to figure out how to change that for others. I started this blog to share ideas about how to do  that.  

Like my own experience, many students today are bored and disengaged for many hours each day, despite the best efforts of their teachers and parents to try to help them make the most of school. Many are depressed. They feel a complete lack of control over their lives, and have a bleak view of the future.


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This seems like a good idea to me. Please read on and contribute if the concept resonates with you. Also, please pass along to your network, if you can.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 6:26 PM

I don't know if the right word is innovative. I think it is compassionate, caring, thoughtful, mindful, etc. Perhaps the approaches we take when we approach the student are innovative.

 

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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, February 15, 3:26 PM

The solution for education is that schools disappear? Well no longer an option, but what I see most viable and relevant is that the school (Students, Teachers and Parents) are processed. Some may say, that is not possible need help from outside, I replied already hit bottom and from inside the school is feasible to begin the transformation.