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Chat In Any Language You Want: TransFire XP iPhone Application

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TransFire XP is the first Instant Messaging App for iPhone with real-time translated chat. 

 

Say for example, your Argentinian cousin, Carlos, speaks only Spanish. With Transfire XP, you can now chat with each other in real-time, without any language barrier. Send a message wishing Carlos a "Happy Birthday!", and he will read "Feliz Cumpleaños!" on his phone. Carlos then responds, "Gracias," and you read, "Thank you."

 

TNT Creations announced today the release of their iPhone application, Transfire XP, free for a limited time. 

 

Transfire XP brings the first chat and instant-messaging app with real-time, translated text. The application features a user-friendly interface, fast message delivery, and supports over 50 languages.

 

Transfire XP finds contacts on your local phone or device, and supports contacts from Gchat and Yahoo Messenger. Upcoming support for chat on Facebook, ICQ, Baidu is coming next.

 

The translation is made possible by integrating Google Translate. 

 

Transfire XP is free for a limited time.

 

Find out more about it: http://www.transfireapp.com/ 

 

Available in the AppStore here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/translation-fire/id413486753?mt=8&ls=1 


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what a great tool!
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5 Tips to Improve Writing in Online Classes

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Online classes typically require more written communication and interaction than oral participation.

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10 Simple Rules of Visual Storytelling — Visual Stories — Medium

10 Simple Rules of Visual Storytelling - Visual Stories - Medium
Learn How To Use Visual Storytelling For Your Brand or Content Marketing Strategy, by Following These 10 Simple Rules
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Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016

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Welcome to the THIRD annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 8, 9:42 PM

Treasure trove time!

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The third annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer... one to keep

Penelope's curator insight, February 9, 8:31 PM

 

Bookmark these best-of-the-best blogs. There are some amazing posts that can give your writing a boost for 2016.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

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A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Argumentative Writing :: Jennifer Gonzalez

A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Argumentative Writing :: Jennifer Gonzalez | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Most of the material on this site is directed at all teachers. I look for and put together resources that would appeal to any teacher who teaches any subject. That practice will continue for as long as I keep this up. But over the next year or so, I plan to also share more of what I know about teaching students to write. Although I know many of the people who visit here are not strictly English language arts teachers, my hope is that these posts will provide tons of value to those who are, and to those who teach all subjects, including writing.

So let’s begin with argumentative writing, or persuasive writing, as many of us used to call it. This overview will be most helpful to those who are new to teaching writing, or teachers who have not gotten good results with the approach you have taken up to now. I don’t claim to have the definitive answer on how to do this, but the method I share here worked pretty well for me, and it might do the same for you. If you are an experienced English language arts teacher, you probably already have a system for teaching this skill that you like. Then again, I’m always interested in how other people do the things I can already do; maybe you’re curious like that, too.
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DRAFT 1 - 2016 ISTE Standards for Students

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First draft of the 2016 ISTE tech standards for students, ready for feedback. At first glance these look very well articulated, comprehensive, and challenging. As of this writing, the feedback period is still open and readers are invited to comment.

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The next wave in storytelling is short-form video :: Anish Patel

The next wave in storytelling is short-form video :: Anish Patel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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This interesting article explains how many companies are using the affordances provided by Meerkat and Periscope on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram in order to win customer attention. The techniques themselves are interesting and creative educators will surely find ways to harness this delivery system in service to their students.

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9 Steps to Making Your Writing Extra Engaging (A Guide for Bloggers)

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You know how sometimes you start reading an article, but you quickly find yourself skimming the rest? Or you start reading and stop at the second sentence? Or you read the whole thing and end up feeling empty and betrayed, like something was missing?

Today we'll learn how to avoid doing that to our readers by becoming more ENGAGING writers (and bloggers). It's not enough to just write something and share it like mad. You need to make it intrinsically engaging, so your readers won't just skim and walk away, but get hooked and read more and more of your writing. I've been getting some great feedback on my own writing, so I've decided it's time for a crash course.

Ready? Let's engage them out of their pants, rebels! 
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Scrivener Writing Software

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Scrivener for Mac OS X and Windows is an Award-winning writing software for novelists, scriptwriters, academics or anyone working on long texts requiring research and structure, or taming the chaotic process of writing. If you are looking for the best Book Writing Software, take us for a free 30 day trial period. Finish your ebooks, short stories, novels and other writing projects today quickly with Scrivener.

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Check out Scrivener! 

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons :: Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons :: Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Creating flipped video lessons is one of the topics that I frequently receive questions about in my email inbox. I've started putting together some videos about how to use various tools for creating and sharing flipped video lessons. In the videos embedded below I demonstrate how use EduCanon, VideoNotes, EDpuzzle, Versal, and Otus to create and distribute flipped video lessons.
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10 online tools for better student research :: Antonio Tooley

10 online tools for better student research :: Antonio Tooley | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The biggest responsibility of any teacher is to equip students with the tools that they can use in everyday life.

The content is of course important, but with information so easily accessible, it is more helpful to them in the end if they have critical thinking, analytic ability, and research skills. You can best serve your students by engaging them in active debate, fun and absorbing problem-solving activities, and relevant research assignments. As philosopher Maimonides pointed out, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

High-school students are among the hardest to engage, so you have to approach them in a way they understand. Traditional is out, online is in. Giving them the opportunity to use the tools they are most comfortable with can help them in ways that no amount of lecturing can accomplish.

You can make your students better researchers, and thinkers, with these 10 online tools.


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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"No matter what you want to accomplish in 2016, we’re sure you’ll find quality inspiration and resources.


"We’ve broken this year’s list into seven categories: Blogging, entrepreneurship, creativity and craft, freelancing, marketing, publishing, and writing communities. All sites are listed in alphabetical order within their categories, and the numbers are for easy tracking (not ranking)."


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Anything to help get your career rolling in writing. 

Penelope's curator insight, January 27, 1:56 PM

 

Great resource for writers--beginners and pros alike!

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/

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The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else

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"In the first of a three-part series, author Jonathan Gottschall discusses the science of storytelling—not just escapism, stories have real power to hold human attention and shape our thinking."


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Coke gets it! They are master storytellers as well as syrupy drink makers. Take a peek at a Coke commercial and ask yourself, "What makes this work so well?" Then take the lessons and transfer them to your own stories.

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3020044/the-science-of-storytelling-how-narrative-cuts-through-distraction

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The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story

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"The great writer's gift to a reader is to make him a better writer."

 

“Stories,” Neil Gaiman asserted in his wonderful lecture on what makes stories last, “are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.” But what is the natural selection of these organisms — what makes the ones that endure fit for survival? What, in other words, makes a great story?


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Mike Donahue's curator insight, January 24, 11:21 AM

This contains some great insights from Bruner and others that can help anyone approach their storytelling challenges in more effective ways.

Chris Carter's curator insight, January 25, 7:51 PM

The monomyth lives!

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#Storytelling

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The 31 Best Tools for Improving Your Writing Skills

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Whether you're a published author or just getting started with blogging, it's not always easy to string words together in a way that makes sense, sounds good, and makes the reader feel something.
But every marketer should be able to write -- and, more importantly, every marketer can write. It's just a matter of finding the writing environment that works best for you, expanding your vocabulary, asking for feedback (and listening to it), and practicing.

Luckily, there are a slew of great tools you can use to help improve your writing. Check out the list below, and feel free to add the most helpful ones you use in the comment section....


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Scripts need writing before costs of production can be estimated for shooting and hiring talent, locations and extras~Some tools that may be helpful in the process ~

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TRÈS UTILE 

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Thirty one different ways to improve our writing should give us at least one or two new options that we can pull out to get started, get moving, and get finished!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/improving-writing-skills-tools

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10 Universities Offering Free Writing Courses Online

10 Universities Offering Free Writing Courses Online | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
See our list of universities that offer free online writing courses. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that's right for you.
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Using Fluency Tutor for Google with NewsELA :: Alice Keeler

Using Fluency Tutor for Google with NewsELA :: Alice Keeler | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Fluency Tutor for Google by Texthelp allows you to hear your students read. Newsela allows students to read current news articles at different Lexile levels. Using them together allows students to record and share their reading of news articles with you.
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Using Artifacts and Photos to Inspire Writing: Discovering the Writer's Life :: Betsy Hubbard

Using Artifacts and Photos to Inspire Writing: Discovering the Writer's Life :: Betsy Hubbard | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"There are unlimited ways to use artifacts and photos to encourage writing. You can start by providing the item yourself or allowing students to bring in their own. Here’s a list of ideas to get you going:

1. Collect photos and images of people from magazines or a free use site. Have students create a character map, detailing behaviors, likes and dislikes, and traits for character development.


2. Have students make an initial list of descriptive words connected to their artifact. Then ask students to go item by item on their list to create a more descriptive word or phrase. For instance, a student who brings in a fuzzy brown teddy bear might start with a list similar to the one on the left, but progress to a list similar to the one on the right:
brown                         chocolate
fuzzy                         matted fuzz flattened from snuggles
red bow                      crimson tied ribbon


3. Get out the magnifiers and allow children to examine their object looking for small details that might go unnoticed. Jot down these tiny details and talk about the parallels between little details in their writing.


4. Artifacts are fun to use as inspiration for writing mask poems. It forces students to really think about words that describe the item and opens the door for similes and metaphors.

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5. Once students are comfortable writing personal narrative stories, allow them to write a true story inspired by their artifact or photo. Then, in a twist, have them re-create the story using the same item as inspiration but creating a fictional story."

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6 storytelling techniques for great interaction design :: Jerry Cao

6 storytelling techniques for great interaction design :: Jerry Cao | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Let’s start by stating this: Not every visual story has to be interactive! Say it again: Your visual story does not have to be interactive to be effective!


"Your story, however, must be engaging. If your users barely look at it, or get bored with it, then what was the point of creating a visual story in the first place? You might as well have left it out entirely.


"An engaging story doesn’t have to be complex or elaborate. In some cases, you can tell a cohesive story with just one image."

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Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once | Open Culture

Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once | Open Culture | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

One of the things I miss about living in a city with a subway system is the myriad thoughtful design elements that go into managing a perpetual flow of tourists and commuters. New York’s subway map presents us with an iconic tangle of interlocking tributaries resembling diagrams of a circulatory system. The NYC system’s ingeniously simple graphic presentation of lettered and numbered trains, encircled in their corresponding colors, can be read by most anyone with a rudimentary grasp on the English alphabet—from a new language learner to a small child. The Washington, DC subway system, though a much more prosaic affair overall, whisks riders through impressively cavernous, catacomb-like stations, with brutalist tile and concrete honeycombs that seem to go on forever. The squiggly lines of its color-coded map likewise promise ease of use and legibility.

 

And then there are the hours of reading time granted by a subway commute, a leisure I’ve relinquished now that I rely on car and bike. So you can imagine my envious delight in learning about Brazil’s Ticket Books, which are exactly what they sound like—books that work as subway tickets, designed with the minimalist care that major transit systems do so well. And what’s more, they’re free: “To celebrate World Book Day last April 23rd,” writes “future-forward online resource” PSFK, “[Brazillian publisher] L&PM gave away 10,000 books for free at subway stations across São Paulo. Each book came with ten free trips.” Riders could then recharge them and use the books again or pass them on to others to encourage more reading, an important public service given that Brazilians only read two books per year on average.

 

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Sara Rosett's curator insight, February 5, 9:49 AM

Sara's thoughts: Love this idea! #Multi-tasking. It's a book and a ticket! 

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365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten

365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Here are 365 Creative Writing Prompts to help inspire you to write every single day! Use them for journaling, story starters, poetry, and more!


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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - The Atlantic

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - The Atlantic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work.


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Chris Simon's curator insight, February 4, 4:01 AM

Non, vous n'êtes pas le seul à procrastiner ! ;-)

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Sara's thoughts:  really interesting article on mindset and how it impacts work.

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"Forced into a challenge we're not prepared for, we often engage 'self-handicapping': deliberately doing things that set us up for failure." By

Megan McArdle

 

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Classroom Blog on Weebly for Education :: Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Classroom Blog on Weebly for Education :: Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Weebly for Education offers a good platform for creating a classroom blog. One of the perks of Weebly for Education is that you can create and manage your students' accounts from one central dashboard. Weebly for Education also offers all of the great templates and content management tools that has made Weebly one of the most popular tools on the web for creating blogs and websites.

In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to create student accounts in Weebly for Education and how to create a blog in your Weebly for Education account.
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9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
If you’re a freelance writer, the task of finding quality, well-paying gigs can be a daunting one. Where do you even start? How you can guarantee the jobs you’re looking at are legit instead of scams?

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: the Internet is chock full of people who are willing to pay pennies on the dollar for hours of your highly skilled time. (Keep reading for some words of warning about these people.)

The good news is that we’re here to help you weed out the dreck and find the sites that are actually worth your time and effort. (Click to tweet this list.) Whether you’re a copywriter, editor, creative writer or anything in between, these sites offer the well-paying, reputable freelance writing jobs you really want.

Better yet? While some sites charge a monthly fee to access their job listings, all of the resources below are free.
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Tell Better Stories In 2014: Storytelling Insight From Margaret Atwood, Ricky Gervais, And Eight More :: Fast Company

Tell Better Stories In 2014: Storytelling Insight From Margaret Atwood, Ricky Gervais, And Eight More :: Fast Company | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Take a look back at the stories about stories published on Co.Create in 2013, including pearls of wisdom from Ricky Gervais, Margaret Atwood, a former Pixar artist, and" 7 more.


Jim Lerman's insight: A very good collection of thoughts and advice from 10 successful writers.

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How Images Can Fire Up Your Writing Brain

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"Stimulation prepping via images lights up the specific neuronal network focused on your particular writing project and fuels imagination and creativity."


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