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Considering Mentor Texts: Teachers as Explorers and Creators

Considering Mentor Texts: Teachers as Explorers and Creators | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Kevin Hodgson's thoughts on development and sharing of mentor texts by teachers for students, particularly in the English classroom. Kevin focuses here on mentor texts in stop-motion animation and video game design, reflecting on their purposes and uses.


Don't miss his links at the bottom of the entry that take readers to other bloggers who write about mentor texts and digital compostion -JL

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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

Writing Fiction? 22 Tips That Every Young Writer Should Do – Create Make Write | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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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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?"

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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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6 Writing Projects for Students in the Internet Era | Getting Smart

As the most common jobs shift in nature from the performance of repetitive tasks to the fulfillment of more discrete, unique projects (the project-based, gig economy), employees everywhere will be responsible for developing projects that deliver results. To do this, they will need to be able to communicate recommendations that tie a set of actions to specific business goals in a clear, convincing manner. This does not come naturally to most, but it is a skill that will become more and more crucial.

Additionally, many employers need great scientific or social media writers, but these writers also need to be able to layout the plan and goals that they will follow in a business or communication plan. Project reports, or any form of document that summarizes work, also are a key part of many employees’ jobs.

Next time you read a blog or a tweet, consider how you could incorporate that style of writing into your instructional day as a writing project for your students. Also explore LDC.org, which has professional development for teachers on how to facilitate writing across the curriculum, a band of quality writing prompts and a collaborative lesson authoring environment.
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How to Tell a Story Using Google Tools - Simplek12

How to Tell a Story Using Google Tools - Simplek12 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Learn how to bring conversations to life with Google's unique storytelling tool. Tell a story with this fun, free digital storytelling tool.

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Formative Assessment with 30hands Digital Storytelling Tool - Class Tech Tips

Formative Assessment with 30hands Digital Storytelling Tool - Class Tech Tips | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How does the 30hands digital storytelling tool connect to formative assessment?The team at 30hands Storytelling believes in the power of creativity.

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Benieuwd wie hier mee aan de slag gaat (of er al mee bezig is). De beschrijving laat alvast vermoeden dat er veel evaluatieve kansen ontstaan. 
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On the use and misuse of 1984 in the reign of Trump

On the use and misuse of 1984 in the reign of Trump | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Events have taken such a dark turn in the United States with the election of Trump that many have felt the need to go back to the dystopian classics to get their bearings. These were novels written in the first half of the prior century when totalitarianism wasn’t just something relegated to gray photos in our history books while we lived our days in the bright neo-liberal sunlight of the post- Cold War era, but actually roamed alive and deadly in the real world.

Among the most well know of these novels, along with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is, of course, George Orwell’s 1984. Many of us had thought the bleak dystopia Orwell depicted had, by  the early 21st century, been relegated to isolated hermit kingdoms such as North Korea. Huxley, we all knew, with his mind altering drugs, free love, and mind-numbing consumerism had been more prescient regarding how authoritarian power would operate-  strangling our freedom not with an iron but with a velvet glove. Yet Trump seems to be proving the majority of us eggheads wrong. As Adam Gopnik so bluntly puts it in reference to what we’ve see of the Trump presidency so far:

Because the single most striking thing about his matchlessly strange first week is how primitive, atavistic, and uncomplicatedly brutal Trump’s brand of authoritarianism is turning out to be. We have to go back to “1984” because, in effect, we have to go back to 1948 to get the flavor.

Of course, Gopnik isn’t alone in suggesting 1984 has something especially important to tell regarding 2017. Since Trump’s election sales of the novel have soared by 9,500 percent.  And still, trying to use 1984 as a map through the Trump presidency might pose just as many distortions as insights, and not just because other dystopian novels might offer better depictions of the actual type of dystopia we are in danger of falling into, but because our efforts and attention might be drawn into an ineffectual resistance against an enemy unlikely to arrive, while the real villain slips in unnoticed in his place.   What’s required, then, is a close reading of 1984 to see where it fits and diverges from what’s happened so far, so here it goes:
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Powerful Storytelling Secrets from National Geographic Travel

Powerful Storytelling Secrets from National Geographic Travel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The strategic approach National Geographic Travel takes to storytelling and how that positively impacts the amazing results that they see on social media.

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National Geographic Travel is a poster child for the power of storytelling in marketing.

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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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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 9, 11:35 PM

Marvelous materials.

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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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"Storyboard That" for digital storytelling

Check out how you can learn about this web based tool so that your students can make comic strips that will demonstrate their understanding.

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10 Powerful Visual Storytelling Techniques to Remember

10 Powerful Visual Storytelling Techniques to Remember | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Samantha Lile provides us with 10 effective visual storytelling techniques in this useful article featured on the Visme blog.

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Thats astonishing..
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Create Immersive Virtual Reality with Storyspheres - EdTechTeacher

Create Immersive Virtual Reality with Storyspheres - EdTechTeacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Though impressive, the first Virtual Reality offerings in education primarily consisted of pre-created experiences where students could explore famous landmarks, geographic regions and unique locations.  For instance, thoughtfully developed tools such as Google Expeditions and Nearpod VR allow teachers to guide their students through … Read more

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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 14, 5:11 AM
je vais tester très bientôt dans mes cours :-) 
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La réalité virtuelle au service d'une pédagogie active. De belles choses à faire...

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A tester avec les nouvelles facilités qui se mettent en place à l'ULg
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Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US | Alex Hern

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US | Alex Hern | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller charts. The book’s chilling account of a couple’s struggle against a dystopian society has many elements that will strike a contemporary reader as disturbingly prescient. Orwell’s description of “doublespeak” – the ability, and requirement, to utterly believe two contradictory thoughts at the same time – feels tailor-made for a president who simultaneously believes that three to five million “illegals” voted in the election, and that his victory in that election was completely fair and valid.

"But Nineteen Eighty-Four is also a book about a particular kind of dystopian state: an authoritarian Stalinist future-Britain, based on the fears Orwell felt most pressing in 1948. Maybe it’s time to find better dystopias?"

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