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Blogging as an Academic Activity

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Reflections on blogging by Rachael Cayley, a Lecturer on writing and speaking at the University of Toronto. This piece was written 5 months into her blogging career and offers 4 interesting lenses through which to view the academic blogging experience. -JL

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Digital Portfolios and Blogs: Use Authentic Technology, Not Technology Made for School - Cooper on Curriculum

Digital Portfolios and Blogs: Use Authentic Technology, Not Technology Made for School - Cooper on Curriculum | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Student publishing is a topic Erin Murphy and I explore in-depth in Hack 10 of our upcoming book, Hacking Project Based Learning! (Update – The book is now available here!) Currently in my district we’ve had some preliminary talks regarding if/how digital portfolios could be implemented on a wide-scale. Of course, while the focus shouldn’t necessarily …

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Give your students an authentic voice! 
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Formative Assessment and Writing:  A Meta-Analysis: The Elementary School Journal: Vol 115, No 4

Formative Assessment and Writing:  A Meta-Analysis: The Elementary School Journal: Vol 115, No 4 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
To determine whether formative writing assessments that are directly tied to everyday classroom teaching and learning enhance students’ writing performance, we conducted a meta-analysis of true and quasi-experiments conducted with students in grades 1 to 8. We found that feedback to students about writing from adults, peers, self, and computers statistically enhanced writing quality, yielding average weighted effect sizes of 0.87, 0.58, 0.62, and 0.38, respectively. We did not find, however, that teachers’ monitoring of students’ writing progress or implementation of the 6 + 1 Trait Writing model meaningfully enhanced students’ writing. The findings from this meta-analysis provide support for the use of formative writing assessments that provide feedback directly to students as part of everyday teaching and learning. We argue that such assessments should be used more frequently by teachers, and that they should play a stronger role in the Next-Generation Assessment Systems being developed by Smarter Balanced and PARCC.
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Give Young Learners Structured Writing Practice with WritingSparks

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This is a great site for giving structure and adding an element of fun to writing activities, especially if you have a data projector so that students can see the prompts on the screen.
The site has been created by the makers of NightZookeeper and can be used in conjunction with that site or without any login.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 14, 3:54 AM

A blog post about WritingSpark.

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Your Brain on Story - YouTube

From the mediaX Seminar, Science Storytelling & the Power of Participation; Kendall Haven explains four major concepts from his “Story Influence Theory” that can be applied to actual corporate communication challenges: engagement, attention, transportation, relevance and influence. From repositioning a big corporate brand, to crafting a persuasive narrative that explains groundbreaking science research, Haven contends that if a story does not engage the audience quickly, it is unlikely to exert influence in the long run. To achieve influence and relevance, communication professionals, researchers and storytellers alike need to take into account the mechanisms of a story, including what Haven calls the ‘Neural Story Net,’ the Curse of Knowledge, and a Story’s Influence Potential.
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OmmWriter

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OmmWriter is a tool which makes it easier for you to concentrate. Based on a natural setting, it effectively insulates your mind from distractions and sets up a direct line between your thoughts and your words.

As if you were alone, you'll hear your inner voice clearer than ever and you'll be able to delve deeper into your creative process.
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How to Write From Third Person Omniscient and Third Person Limited Viewpoints

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Learn all about Third Person Omniscient and Third Person Limited: how to write for both, and why one of them is much more suited to contemporary authors. And all of it is illustrated by a nice graphic murder story!


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#3 Useful Apps for your Writing #Toolbox

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Writing Apps, Blasty, Dropbox, Evernote, cloud filing, book piracy, Free Apps, Google, D.G. Kaye


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My Personal Experience with the Equifax Debacle 

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Probably like many of you, my family and I have been freaked out by the Equifax hack and have worked really hard to find out how to protect ourselves, and then do it.

 

The consensus view on basic protection is to:

 

1. Contact all 3 credit services and place a "Credit Freeze" on your account with them. Experian say, "a credit freeze makes it more difficult for an identity thief to open accounts in your name and also prevents new lenders from accessing your information unless you lift it."  The credit freeze remains in place until you notify them to "thaw" (or remove) it.

 

TransUnion calls the "Credit Freeze" a "Security Freeze." Both Experian and Equifax call it a "Credit Freeze."

 

You have to contact each service individually. This freeze is free (as of 9/15/17)

 

2. Contact 1 of the credit services and file a "Fraud Alert." There are 3 types of Fraud Alerts, but the simplest to get is a Temporary Alert that lasts for 90 days. These alerts are renewable after the first 90 days. With such a Temporary Fraud Alert, the credit service (and/or creditor) has to contact you for permission before they can access your credit information.

 

You only have to notify 1 of the 3 credit services for this; the one you contact is required by law to notify the other 2. This service is free (as of 9/15/17).

 

There are other things you can do to protect yourself. For example, each of the 3 credit services offers Identity Theft Protection, for a price. There are also other companies that do this. The most well known of these is probably LifeLock. All these services can be helpful, but they are expensive. Each member of your family over 18 is charged individually for this service. At anywhere from $15-$30 per month per person, or more, this mounts up fast. Whether you decide to do this is up to you.

 

AAA also has a form of Identity Theft Protection built into membership at no extra cost.

 

SOME TIPS

 

1. The 3 credit services are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. You may contact them by phone, internet, mail, or fax (not all of them may accept faxes all the time).

 

Based on my experience over this past week, phone is by all means the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to communicate with the 3 credit services. I was able to take care of all my business using my phone's touch keys -- did not have to talk to a human being at all! Each transaction only took a few minutes.

 

I found trying to do it online impossible. The lines are overloaded and the systems break down. I must have entered my information 50 times, to no avail. As time goes by, this will probably get easier as demand decreases, but right now, it's terrible. I actually spent several hours trying to get through this way.

 

Doing it by mail or fax requires you to supply more information than by phone and also copies of certain documents. This seems crazy to do unless there's a specific reason.

 

2. The credit services have a zillion phone numbers; which one should I call? Today, I received a mass email from one of my U.S. Senators which had the right numbers to use. Each one worked like a charm. These are the numbers that worked for me:

 

Equifax          800-685-1111

Experian        888-397-3742

TransUnion   800-680-7289

 

3. Even with taking all these steps, the "experts" say there is no way to be fully, 100% protected. That's really great. My wife heard on the news today that, 2 months ago, Equifax was considering a software defense package that was designed to head off this kind of first-world catastrophe. They declined to acquire it. :-(  I wonder how much CEO Smith's bonus will be this Xmas?

 

On the other hand, what about our sisters and brothers in Texas and Florida?

 


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Resources for teachers - Book Creator app

Resources for teachers - Book Creator app | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Browse through the most extensive library of Book Creator resources on the web. Ideal for teachers using the app in their classroom.

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Editing and Editors: A Writer's Guide - Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris

Editing and Editors: A Writer's Guide - Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
9 Ways Editors Can Make You Look Good…and 7 Ways They Can Make You Miserable by Ruth Harris   As a former editor, I’m biased but, as a writer, I’ve learned that for me (and for just about every writer I know), editing is the most productive and transformative part of writing a book. Whether …

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, November 23, 2016 2:03 AM
Excellent article on editing
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EdVisto - Create Stories. Learn Together.

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Finnish teaching method through online video storytelling, for active learning, creativity, co-creation and international collaboration

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Leena's comment, July 26, 12:43 AM
Amazing
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Storytelling with a sound structure to implement in class
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EdVisto - Create Stories. Learn Together.
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Design a “Breaking News!” Screenshot

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In order to get students thinking about the essence of a topic, ask them to produce a “Breaking News!” screenshot using the ClassTools Breaking News Generator. Students will have to ref…

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Rosa Maria's curator insight, September 4, 10:14 PM
Looks as a really interesting tool for language learners and for teachers as well. I must try it.
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11 Ways To Beat Procrastination

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Procrastination strikes everyone, but it doesn't have to. Dr. Travis Bradberry explains why we procrastinate and how to stop it.

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Kenia Gonzalez's curator insight, April 11, 3:49 AM
Like I’ve said before, procrastination is something I really hate. I something I hate about myself and is something I hate just in general. “Procrastination strikes everyone.” This is true but I believe it has strike me the most. It has been happening to me the most the second semester of my freshman year. It annoys me so much because I want to success and feel accomplished at the end of the day. I usually start my homework late because I procrastinate half of the day on my phone and get distracted with every little thing I see. After reading this article I learned three steps that I know are going to be helpful to me in the long run. “Putting this off. Not in the right mood.” This would my phone and my music because I cannot focus on my writing while listening to music. “Too much time has passed. I rather start.” Realizing it on time is the best way to improve. “Can’t focus. Feeling guilty/cruddy about wasting time.” This should be another reason why I should start on my assignment so I can feel great and just finish everything on time and feel good that I accomplished my goal.
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Thanks Dan!

Pierre Mongin 's curator insight, September 3, 8:35 AM
voir aussi ce mini cours sur la procrastination  lisible sur votre téléphone portable ou votre ordinateur 
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Research-Based Writing Practices and the Common Core: Meta-analysis and Meta-synthesis: The Elementary School Journal: Vol 115, No 4

Research-Based Writing Practices and the Common Core: Meta-analysis and Meta-synthesis: The Elementary School Journal: Vol 115, No 4 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In order to meet writing objectives specified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many teachers need to make significant changes in how writing is taught. While CCSS identified what students need to master, it did not provide guidance on how teachers are to meet these writing benchmarks. The current article presents research-supported practices that can be used to meet CCSS writing objectives in kindergarten to grade 8. We identified these practices by conducting a new meta-analysis of writing intervention studies, which included true and quasi-experiments, as well as single-subject design studies. In addition, we conducted a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies examining the practices of exceptional literacy teachers. Studies in 20 previous reviews served as the data source for these analyses. The recommended practices derived from these analyses are presented within a framework that takes into account both the social contextual and cognitive/motivational nature of writing.
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Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain by Srinivas Rao

Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain by Srinivas Rao | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I’ve said before the first 3 hours of your day can dictate how your life turns out. And this often begins with the very first thing that you decide to put in your brain. You can either start you day with junk food for the brain (the internet, distracting apps, etc) or you can start the day with healthy food for the brain (reading, meditation, journaling, exercising, etc). When you start the day with junk food for the brain, you put yourself at a self imposed handicap that inhibits your ability to get into flow and prevents you from doing deep work. When you start the day with health food for your brain, the exact opposite happens.

 

"Anytime I start my day with junk food for the brain, the quality of the day goes down. I’m less happy, focused, and productive. I spend a ton of time on the internet and don’t get any real work done. But if I start my day with health food for the brain, I find that my mood is better, I’m happier, more focused and productive."

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, September 21, 7:28 AM
I really need to read this entire post and think about making some changes... Jim Lerman, thank you for the wake-up call (literally),
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6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

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Blogger Andrew Miller offers six simple, effective approaches to differentiated instruction in project-based learning.

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iA Writer

"iA Writer “gives you the experience of disappearing into the text and forgetting everything around you.” It makes you feel like Jack Kerouac banging away on his Underwood. By choosing fewer features, they’ve created a poetics of simplicity and focus."

 

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The Shape of Story

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"I’ve spent the last two years studying story architecture, reading everything I can get my hands on. I’ve read books by genre authors who write sci-fi, romance and horror. I’ve read literary greats, journalists, movie scriptwriters and comic book authors. Campbell? Freytag? Check and check. Three acts, seven points, circle, diamond and arc, I’ve got them. But for me, the biggest OMG was when I watched Kendall Haven’s video on the science behind story. You see he’s a scientist and storyteller who got a DARPA grant to study the body’s reaction to story. He did it all: MRI’s, electrodes, dopamine swabs. And his eight elements that create engagement mapped to the wisdom of the best-selling authors.

"This is how I boil it down."

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15 writing tips from great 20th-century authors

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Hemingway, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Orwell—even a couple of guys named Strunk & White—offer insights about keeping text lively and informative.


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 1, 2016 10:45 PM

Success can speak for itself.

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Success can speak for itself.
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Classic Appreciation: Why Orwell's ‘1984’ Is a 2017 Must-Read

Classic Appreciation: Why Orwell's ‘1984’ Is a 2017 Must-Read | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The George Orwell dystopian novel is a best seller because so much of what it describes can be seen in the early statements and actions of the Trump administration.

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Simple Tip #1 to Instantly Improve Your Writing – The Mission – Medium

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Simple Tip #1: Read your draft out loud while you are editing. By engaging your voice — and not just your eyes — in the editing task, your brain must employ different abilities.
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A Tool for Creating Interactive Fiction with Students

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Inklewriter is a tool for creating interactive narrative or what I used to call reading mazes. These are stories that present the reader with various options through the story and allow the reader to choose how the plot progresses as they read through.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 11, 7:51 AM

A really useful tool to develop writing skills.

Oskar Almazan's curator insight, September 11, 9:13 AM
Inklewriter is a tool for creating interactive narrative or what I used to call reading mazes. These are stories that present the reader with various options through the story and allow the reader to choose how the plot progresses as they read through.
 
Ines Bieler's curator insight, September 11, 11:38 AM

A really useful tool to develop writing skills.

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Taleship - Collaborative story writing app

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Taleship is writing modernized and made fun. It gives you and your friends a blank canvas to write together. You take turns writing with another player, and eventually a story forms. It's that simple.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 5, 12:55 AM

This is a great free app that enables students to build up stories buy adding a sentence each.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, September 8, 2:57 AM
A good webtool to foster individual  and collaborative storytelling
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Story Maps

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Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 12, 2016 1:20 AM

Story Maps is a great alternative to PowerPoint.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 12, 2016 1:36 PM
Interesting tool. 
Justin Hurd's curator insight, May 21, 10:28 AM
An interesting alternative to Powerpoint.
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Amazon’s TenMarks releases a new curriculum for educators - writing using digital assistants, text messaging and more

Amazon’s TenMarks releases a new curriculum for educators - writing using digital assistants, text messaging and more | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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