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Write rhymes.

Write rhymes. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Classic Web 2.0 tool. Type out a few lines. Get stuck for a rhyme? Option click on the word and it will list a slew of rhymes for it, sorted by number of syllables. Now I can finally find words that rhyme with Orange!

"Look up rhyming words as you write. Instead of leaving what you're writing to find rhymes in a rhyming dictionary, just alt-click (or option-click) on the word you need a rhyme for and select from a pop-up list of suggested rhymes."


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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Progressive mastery through deliberate practice: A promising approach for improving writing

Progressive mastery through deliberate practice: A promising approach for improving writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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This study is an analysis of the curriculum used to teach writing at one US high school in which outcomes for students were extremely strong. The study surfaces what was different in the approach used from what is typically understood and promoted as best practice in the teaching of writing. It does so in order to surface what elements of writing instruction are fruitful for further research. Findings identify an approach to teaching writing called progressive mastery through deliberate practice. This article articulates the five elements that constitute this approach (understanding the final product, breaking down its critical elements, creating a hierarchy among the elements, layering and progression of elements, and gradual release of scaffolds), as well as the ways they work in concert to bring about improved student writing and thinking
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Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism

Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Although threats and detection software have some impact, the best way to prevent plagiarism is to teach students how to avoid it in the first place

 

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A 32-minute podcast by the great Jennifer Gonzalez

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QIU NINGYU's comment, Today, 7:38 AM
This article is surely a very helpful one to many of the students. As students, assignments and essays are always around us, and to do these, research is inevitable. Sometimes finding the difference between copying others' work and learning from others' work can be difficult, and easy to be neglected especially when the deadline is pressing on. With the knowledge provided in this article, we will be more aware about plagiarism which then can be very effective on helping us to reduce the percentage where we accidentally copied others' works. Together with all the apps present to reduce the chance of us plagiarize people's work on purpose in times of desperate, it is sure that we can avoid it completely.
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Researching Like Writers: From Read-Aloud to Notebooks - Choice Literacy

Researching Like Writers: From Read-Aloud to Notebooks - Choice Literacy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
It is no secret that in my classroom we try to keep it real. Once the authenticity is gone from the work my students and I do together, my students know it. They can tell when something is done because “we have to,” like state- and districtwide tests. When we read, we do so as real readers. When we write, we do so as real writers. When we research it is no different. To get students thinking about how writers use research in their own writing process, I began with a story that is rife with researchable topics: Verdi, by Janell Cannon. As a quick aside, Verdi is a playful and plucky young python who doesn’t want to grow up to be big, boring, and green.
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8 Methods for Effectively Improving Student Communication Skills by Lee Watanabe Crockett

8 Methods for Effectively Improving Student Communication Skills by Lee Watanabe Crockett | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe Crockett

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Tan Lishan's comment, Today, 3:08 AM
It is important to have communication skills, especially when you are a student and have lots of presentation to do in schools, or if we want to prepare for the future. However, many people lack communication skills due to various reason, one which is that he or she does not know how to improve it. This article is a very good one in terms of teaching people how to communicate better, and is definitely useful like what the tittle have suggested.
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The Art of Storytelling - Pixar in a Box Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne 

The Art of Storytelling - Pixar in a Box Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne  | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Art of Storytelling is a section of Pixar in a Box that teaches students about four elements universal to good storytelling. The Art of Storytelling is comprised of six instructional videos and four lesson activities for students. The videos and activities can be shared through Google Classroom

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El arte de contar historias.
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Teen March writing prompt calendar

Teen March writing prompt calendar | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Teens thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins. The twenty writing prompts in this free printable March writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your high schooler while allowing for plenty of creative expression!
The calendar is not dated, so you can use it year after year whenever you need writing inspiration for your middle school or high school student. Each week features five different categories of prompts so your tween or teen isn’t stuck in a rut of only expository or only persuasive topics.
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#02: Secrets for Teaching Great Writing in the Classroom by Using Peer Review

#02: Secrets for Teaching Great Writing in the Classroom by Using Peer Review | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Jennifer Burgin (@MrsJBurgin) teaches amazing 2nd graders at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. She was named Oakridge Teacher of the Year and Arlington Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Too many teachers are working too hard to teach writing. When the teacher is “queen of the classroom” and has to do everything (review, give feedback, find mistakes) it either burns out the teacher or frustrates the students.

Today’s show will help teachers solve this problem by learning the fundamentals of facilitating peer review that works. Starting at the beginning with simple steps and moving towards a full peer review classroom, Jennifer talks with Vicki Davis on 10MT today about how her classroom changed when she started using peer review.

She also shares her biggest mistakes and frustrations and how teachers can avoid them. Finally, she talks about how every teacher can start using peer review today.
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How to Turn Wikipedia Into a Bottomless Pit of Story Ideas

How to Turn Wikipedia Into a Bottomless Pit of Story Ideas | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Did you know that a website you probably use every single day could be the key overcoming your writer’s block and unleashing an endless supply of juicy story ideas?
Well, you probably had an inkling I’d say something like that based on the title of this post, but it’s true: Wikipedia is a powerhouse of writing inspiration … if you use it the right way.
One of the benefits of working in IT is that I spend all day poking around the deep dark recesses of various technologies, including common websites. This may sound boring or even scary to non-techies, but it has a huge carryover to other parts of life.
In the case of Wikipedia, that means taking full advantage of the supersite’s features to rouse your creativity.
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50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students :: Terry Heick

50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students :: Terry Heick | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
below are 50 ways teachers across content areas–and homeschooled learners too–can promote digital media literacy.
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.

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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills
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incredible provocative images to work on visual analysis
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Keynote for Digital Story Telling

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This post could as easily be titled, The Best Tool on Your Mac.

There is so much about Keynote that can be used in innovative ways for not only communicating but introducing virtually ALL of the fundamentals of computing to younger students it needs to re-imagined. More on that here but…

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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5 Story Arguments that Compel Learners to Pay Attention - Tip #117

5 Story Arguments that Compel Learners to Pay Attention - Tip #117 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
e-Learning Strategy, eLearning, instructional design, micro-scenarios, micro-learning, microlearning, ray jimenez, story-based, smallbites, small bites learning, storytelling, stories, social learning
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A Glimpse Into the Future of Storytelling

A Glimpse Into the Future of Storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
For storytellers, digital is the biggest candy shop ever created. It enables stories to be told in fantastic new ways that combine a variety of media including written word, images, video, and even games…all at the same time. Of course, it took a while for the technology to get to a point where that was(...)

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What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia via NPR

What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia via NPR | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Replacing "alternative facts" with a footnoted, neutral point of view. Some professors say students work harder knowing their research will have a broad audience.

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5 of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Kids

5 of The Best Digital Storytelling  Apps for Kids | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In today’s collection we are sharing with you some very good digital storytelling apps to use with kids and young learners. These are particularly ideal for enhancing kids literacy skills. You can have kids work either in pairs or alone on creative  projects that involve composing personal stories (imaginary or real). The apps provide them with a number of interesting features to help them make their stories engaging and informative. They can record their own voice for narration, use pictures, characters and images  and backgrounds to bring life to their stories. And when they are done they can easily share it with the whole class and get feedback from their peers.
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WEB-BASED COLLABORATIVE WRITING IN L2 CONTEXTS: METHODOLOGICAL INSIGHTS FROM TEXT MINING

The increasingly widespread use of social software (e.g., Wikis, Google Docs) in second language (L2) settings has brought a renewed attention to collaborative writing. Although the current methodological approaches to examining collaborative writing are valuable to understand L2 students’ interactional patterns or perceived experiences, they can be insufficient to capture the quantity and quality of writing in networked online environments. Recently, the evolution of techniques for analyzing big data has transformed many areas of life, from information search to marketing. However, the use of data and text mining for understanding writing processes in language learning contexts is largely underexplored. In this article, we synthesize the current methodological approaches to researching collaborative writing and discuss how new text mining tools can enhance research capacity. These advanced methods can help researchers to elucidate collaboration processes by analyzing user behaviors (e.g., amount of editing, participation equality) and their link to writing outcomes across large numbers of exemplars. We introduce key research examples to illustrate this potential and discuss the implications of integrating the tools for L2 collaborative writing research and pedagogy.


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5 Things About Google Slides You Did Not Know - Teacher Tech

5 Things About Google Slides You Did Not Know - Teacher Tech | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This is a little cheating as some of these features are new so you could not have known!! Google Slides is one of my favorites. I use it to have students GIVE ME information rather than get information. Truly transformative for teaching.

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March Writing Prompts Calendar gr. 3-8

March Writing Prompts Calendar gr. 3-8 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Kids thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins. The twenty writing prompts in this free printable March writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your young writer while allowing for plenty of imagination!

Example writing prompts from the March calendar

If you fell from the sky with a parachute, where would you hope to land? Why?
If you could lift and bring home one heavy object, what would it be? What would you do with it?
Who was your favorite coach, teacher, scout leader, or Sunday school teacher? Why?
Describe something you would do if you knew you couldn’t possibly fail.
Many kids have a special blanket or stuffed animal they can’t sleep without. Did/Do you?
The calendar is not dated, so you can use it year after year whenever you need writing inspiration for your elementary students in grades 3-8.
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A Simple Guide to Podcasting in the Classroom

A Simple Guide to Podcasting in the Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Teachers want their students to create, but don’t want to fight with clunky technology. Listening skills and learning can be improved with podcasting. Today’s show will help you understand one of the simplest technologies to use in the classroom: podcasting. Podcasting sparks imagination, creativity, and builds listening skills. Just about any teacher with a smartphone and an internet connection can have their students podcasting quickly!


In this episode, Tom Daccord and I discuss how to using podcasting in the classroom.  Welcome to episode 298 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

How is podcasting being used in the classroom?

How can students publish podcasts for the world?

What kind of impact can podcasting have on learning?

How can you use podcasts to improve listening skills?
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5 Ideas for Improving Student Writing :: Vicki Davis

5 Ideas for Improving Student Writing :: Vicki Davis | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Thank you PowerSchool Learning for sponsoring this episode. To learn more about how I use PowerSchool Learning in my blended learning classroom, see my blog post on 5 Effective Blended Learning Strategies.
In today’s episode, Jennifer and I discuss:

The importance of focusing on one goal when teaching writing
Pitfalls of a lack of focus when teaching writing
The most common mistake teachers make when using writing partners
Tips on why you should wait to correct grammar and punctuation
A super idea for sticky note outlining that works for fiction and nonfiction writing
A common mistake that causes students to not want to write
A secret for motivating writers
I hope you enjoy this episode with Jennifer Serravallo! Thanks, Jennifer, for giving away your new book, The Writing Strategies Book, for one lucky iTunes reviewer.
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Writing Fiction? 22 Tips That Every Young Writer Should Do – Create Make Write

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When I was 21, I wanted to be a writer. But I only wanted to be a certain type of writer–like a journalist. I wanted to write a book one day, but not then. I remember reading Less Than Zero for a…
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WriteWell for Google Docs: Classroom Tips & Strategies - EdTechTeacher

WriteWell for Google Docs: Classroom Tips & Strategies - EdTechTeacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"WriteWell for Google Docs is a Google Docs Add-on that includes a series of templates for elementary school, middle school, and high school classrooms. These templates can be incorporated into a wide range of student writing activities and are well suited to Common Core writing tasks."

 

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Virtual reality can – and will – be used for storytelling

Virtual reality can – and will – be used for storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, April 8, 2016 7:25 AM

 

Charlotte Cullen:  "How will viewers follow a story if they are able to look wherever they want? How will a director make scene cuts without making the user sick?"

Fabiana Garcia Marulanda's curator insight, February 22, 11:08 PM

First of all, lets imagine that in the classroom the students will be able to handle this resource in order to increase their speaking and reading skills in one tool. I know that this is something utopian in our context not only because of the price of the product and  the scarce technological resources that some schools face. However, this does not imply that the product can not be used.

 

Maybe, one day this kind of resources will be implemented here in Colombia.

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5 weak words to whack from your writing – 100 Naked Words – Medium

5 weak words to whack from your writing – 100 Naked Words – Medium | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There are 5 words that weaken your writing. Whack them when you see them and increase the power of your prose. In random order… Very and really are often used for emphasis. Funny thing is, they’re so…
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Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories

Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I've been experimenting with #interactve #storytelling as part of my #learning #designs using https://t.co/s2vetcpVbY as a #tool #edtech

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