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David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization | Video on TED.com

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.


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Project Common Voice by Mozilla

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Voice is natural, voice is human. That’s why we’re fascinated with creating usable voice technology for our machines. But most of that technology is locked up in a few big corporations and isn’t available to the majority of developers. We think that stifles innovation so we’re launching Project Common Voice, a project to help make voice recognition open to everyone. Now you can donate your voice to help us build an open-source voice recognition engine that anyone can use to make innovative apps for devices and the web.

Read a sentence to help our machine learn how real people speak. Check its work to help it improve. It’s that simple.
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7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol

7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Audiences are tired of traditional marketing. Facts, figures and bold claims bore us. We switch off at aggressive adverts.

"But stories? We’re hardwired to see stories as a gift. Stories strike a chord with the listener. Stories get shared. Stories mean business.

"Any company that wants to reach and connect meaningfully with an audience needs to stop shouting and start telling their story.

"The Seven Pillars of Storytelling shows you how.

I"n these easy-to-follow chapters, explore the expert strategies that brand giants use to rise above the competition. Discover classic storytelling techniques, universal plots and archetypes that will amplify your message and appeal to your customers.

"Quickly learn to produce business stories that get to the heart of who you are. Show your team how to find and put together useful narratives that will influence, convince and inspire your audience.

"It’s time to tell your story."

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. 

 

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Excellent article on 8 story types; very specific, with examples of each. A must see!

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Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts

Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Education is at a crossroads, and it’s becoming more and more clear that a full reimagination of school is now needed to best prepare our children for a fast-changing, globally-networked world of learning, work, and life. We discuss how these principles can provide a framework for educational change in your school.

 

This is an archive of all of Will Richardson's podcasts (currently approximately 200, on 7-19-17. You will surely find something here to challenge your thinking and help you to move ahead. -JL


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Top 5 Grammarly Alternatives

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"One of the finest tools available on the Internet is Grammarly. It helps you with fixing the grammatical and spelling errors. Moreover, it helps you with the plagiarism checker to ensure the content is all original.

You can get Grammarly at discounted price now Other than Grammarly, there are many more tools available on the Internet. Here we list the top 5 Grammarly alternatives."

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Kids control the story in Netflix’s new interactive shows

Kids control the story in Netflix’s new interactive shows | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
After months of rumors and speculation, Netflix is officially taking the wraps off of its new interactive shows for kids. The company is calling its new type of programming "branching narratives," since viewers can control certain aspects of the story, including the ending. The first series, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, was created in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and features 13 different storyline choices and two endings. It will debut today on the streaming service, followed by another interactive show, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, on July 14th. But that's not all: Netflix says a third one called Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout is already in the works and scheduled to arrive later in 2017.
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One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction

One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A talented storyteller going by the name Nas Maraj is using Twitter to narrate riveting interactive tales where you choose what happens next.

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Random Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets

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One method to help inspire our students’ imaginations is to provide them with writing prompts. It can help them think of new ideas, jog their memories, make a connection, or simply inspire them to try out a topic. But where can they get writing prompts?

Certainly there are loads of helpful websites providing multitudes of prompts. However another option is to use a Google Sheet. Yes that’s right. A Google Sheet (often thought of as just a math tool) can help inspire writing!

To prove this I have used Google Sheets to create a “Random Writing Prompt Generator” that randomly pulls from a list of about 2,000 adjectives and 1,000 nouns to create over 2 million unique prompts. See below to get your own copy of the Sheet, learn how it works, and get more ideas on how to help your students write poems, stories, or other creations.

 

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I think this is a pretty cool idea!

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Turning the Pages™ - British Library

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"Turning the Pages is a software program developed by Armadillo Studios that enables libraries and museums to digitize books, manuscripts, and other documents in an engaging 3D format. Here, readers will find the British Library's spectacular collection of items digitized with this software. The collection may be of special interest to literary scholars, religious studies scholars, historians, and book lovers of all stripes. This ample collection, which spans centuries and genres, includes highlights from Leonardo da Vinci's notebook; a handwritten and illustrated history of England authored by a thirteen-year-old Jane Austen; and diaries kept by Robert Falcon Scott during his final journey to Antarctica in 1911 and 1912 (an expedition that tragically ended in his death). In addition, this collection features a number of religious texts, Mozart's musical diary, and much more. Items are accompanied by detailed annotations that provide additional context for each page. Turning the Pages™ - British Library"

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30 little ways to motivate yourself to write, RIGHT NOW

30 little ways to motivate yourself to write, RIGHT NOW | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Writing is gratifying when our thoughts gush out of our heads like cream from a cake. When we pump out a good piece by the end of the day.


Those are our BEST moments.


But every so often, we fall into a pit. Our minds blank out. We burn out. And no matter how hard we force ourselves to jump back into writing, we can’t.


There’s just no way to control a mind that’s unwilling. After all…

That’s why I’ve challenged myself to try out simple ways to get my writing groove back. Here’re the ones that got me to write at LEAST one sentence."

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Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks - Book Creator app

Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks - Book Creator app | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Book Creator is a simple EdTech tool to create ebooks on iPad, Android and Windows tablets. Create a book and publish it to Apple's iBooks Store.

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Flash Fiction Center: Notes for Educators

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Flash Fiction Center is a project developed as an Open Educational Resource (OER) for educators interested in teaching creative writing online using virtual worlds.


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Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press

Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writer's block is something that has always plagued the writing profession. It can drive you mad, and sometimes gets worse and worse.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 19, 12:14 PM
Every writer's nightmare―dreaded writer's block. If you haven't experienced it yet, you will. Life ebbs and flows, and that includes our writing.

The best way to deal and get writing again? Perhaps your body, mind, and soul need a break. Maybe take a short trip. I'm going to take day trips once a week that require only one tank of gas. First destination on the list? Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's old homestead in Cross Creek. Perhaps my inspiration will be hiding amongst old oaks where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, "The Yearling."
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How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol

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"Public speaking is hard. Presenting is synonymous with fear and anxiety for most. Yet kick-ass presentation skills are essential for grabbing your audience’s attention and creating a lasting impression of your business.

"Download How to Nail Your Next Presentation and start building skills that will transform the way you deliver your message in-person.

 

"Containing advice from leading public speaking professionals, each chapter is crammed full of advice that’s guaranteed to help you conquer fear, build confidence, and ultimately help you to nail your next presentation, speech or pitch.

"Learn practical skills on how to engage and captivate your audience on-stage: Advice on using body language, props, how to deal with stage fright, and other fundamental skills are all covered in our practical guide to stage performance. Find out how you can structure your material and prepare yourself behind the scenes: Full-proof models and techniques to enhance persuasion, excitement and message, all backed up with inspiring interviews with public-speaking heavyweights.

"Dip in, get what you need, then go out there and nail it."


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The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol

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Plotting the story – a common stumbling block for even the most seasoned storyteller. The options seem endless. But what if there were just 7 universal plots underpinning all stories? What if finding the right one could bring your message alive and captivate your audience every time?

"In The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains how our best-loved stories throughout history fall into only 7 distinct story types. He follows in a long line of theorists who have tried to explain why storytelling is such a universally powerful means of communication.

"Here I’ll outline those 7 basic plots for you. This isn’t a foolproof list by any means – but just try to think of a book, film or play that doesn’t fit one of these plot types."

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Dunkirk survivors’ terror didn’t end when they were rescued

Dunkirk survivors’ terror didn’t end when they were rescued | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Documenting the reality of those shell-shocked survivors is what London’s Imperial War Museum had in mind when it recorded interviews of scores of veterans in the 1990s and early 2000s. Those interviews show that the horror stayed with many of them long after they were freed from a deathtrap between the German Army, the Luftwaffe and the sea.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 20, 12:26 PM
Wonderful history lesson for the day. The horror of war doesn't end when it's over. These men's stories need to be told.
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6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers

6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Storytelling 101: What Makes a Good Story?

Storytelling 101: What Makes a Good Story? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling isn’t reading Dr. Seuss to your customers. And although it may be, it’s not necessarily about characters and plots. But it is about a situation in which someone uses the product to cause some result. That’s a narrative arc:

Exposition/Set-up. Where the action is going to take place.
Rising Action. Characters in the story finding the product and putting it to use to solve a problem.
Climax. Solving the problem with the product.
Falling Action. Mopping up the action. Everything calming down.
Denouement. The result of the climax. What happened to the characters now that they solved the problem using the product?
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9 Good Writing Apps for Middle Schoolers

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100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog

100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Writing flash fiction is a terribly satisfying way to spend an hour or two. For your fleet-fingered effusions, I’ve collated all my Twitter flash fiction prompts into a handy ebook.


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Penelope's curator insight, June 27, 8:52 PM
This lady, as in "The Lady Writer," is very generous with her plot outlines and templates. She's graciously provided us with creative writing prompts which can be downloaded as an ebook. I love 'em, as they're the oil that greases the wheels of the 'ole brain, and gets it chugging again. Lady has shared 100 days of flash fiction prompts, and if the idea makes your hand cramp, then try 30. Ready, set, go!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
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Who Am I?: Self-Portraits

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"This lesson series from the National Gallery of Art (NGA) addresses self-portraiture and issues of identity. Each lesson centers on one self-portrait in the NGA's collections. Students are invited to reflect on and analyze each portrait, then create an art project (such as a collage, a painting, or poetry) of their own. Designed as a unit, each lesson could also be incorporated into an art classroom (and possibly in social studies and language arts classrooms) individually. Paintings in this lesson series include one of Vincent Van Gogh's 1887 self-portraits; Andy Warhol's 1986 photographic self-portrait; and Judith Leyster's 1630 self-portrait. Each lesson is accompanied by biographical information, providing instructors with the context to help adolescent [middle school] learners explore the themes and messages portrayed in each portrait. These lessons align with National Common Core Art Standards."

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Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community

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"The Academy of American Poets and EDSITEment have teamed up to create Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community, an online initiative and set of lesson plans designed to engage youth with contemporary poetry. The title of the initiative comes from Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who, during a 2015 interview at the Library of Congress, discussed the civic responsibility of poets: "Let's create incredible bridges." Aimed at middle school and high school learners, each lesson incorporates a famous poet reading her or his own work, along with multimedia resources and interactive activities. For example, in a lesson centered on Joy Harjo's poem "Remember," students listen to "The Water Song" by Corbin Harney alongside Harjo's poem. In another lesson centered on Claudine Rankine's "From Citizen IV [On the train the woman standing,]" students act out the premise of Rankine's poem before exploring it together. Other poets featured here include Adrienne Su, Edward Hirsch, and Naomi Shihab Nye. Each lesson plan meets Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 14, 2:44 PM
I would have loved to have this when I was teaching.
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How to Teach Media Literacy in a Virtual Classroom - MediaShift

How to Teach Media Literacy in a Virtual Classroom - MediaShift | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
News literacy is such a vital 21st-century skill for students, the information landscape is changing so quickly and it’s a real challenge for educators to teach this stuff because it’s changing all the time.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 2, 1:04 AM

Lots of useful links in the text too.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, July 2, 5:41 PM

Lots of useful links in the text too.

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Why Case Studies Are Great Marketing Tools [and Teaching Tools Too!]

Why Case Studies Are Great Marketing Tools [and Teaching Tools Too!] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Unlike more sales-oriented strategies, content marketing is a great way to educate existing and future customers about your industry in relevant ways. While eBooks and guides are useful long-form content marketing types, case studies are unique in the way they combine storytelling with providing information relevant to your business.

 

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Not just for marketing! Case studies are also excellent writing exercises for students. Writing them incorporates so many skills: planning, interviewing, organizing, writing for an audience, creating a headline (main idea), persuasion. Students can write them in teams or individually.


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nullskirt's comment, July 9, 9:33 AM

Its sweet :)