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ScribblePress - Imagine Create Publish

ScribblePress - Imagine Create Publish | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Scribble Press is an iPad app that lets you build and illustrate your own e-books. The app offers numerous story templates and drawing tools, guiding you through the story-writing and book layout process. The books that are written with Scribble Press can be shared with others — either via Facebook or Twitter or email. They can also be posted online on the site’s gallery, although books remain private unless shared there

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The Memory of an Elephant: A Most Unusual Children’s Book for Lovers of Mid-Century Modern Design ~ brain pickings

The Memory of an Elephant: A Most Unusual Children’s Book for Lovers of Mid-Century Modern Design ~ brain pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"Psychologists believe that our capacity for creative work hinges on our memory and the ability to draw on our mental catalog of remembered experiences and ideas. More than that, memory is our lifeline to our own selves. Indeed, can there be anything more central to identity than memory?


"The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey (public library) is a most unusual picture-book by writer Sophie Strady and illustrator Jean-François Martin. Unusual not because it measures an impressive 15 inches in height — though that alone makes it a kind of enchanting narrative poster — but because it blends the fascination of encyclopedic curiosity with deep questions about memory, identity, and what makes a life worthwhile."

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Zadie Smith on the Psychology of the Two Types of Writers ~ brain pickings

Zadie Smith on the Psychology of the Two Types of Writers ~ brain pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"On March 24, 2008, two years before she penned her oft-cited ten rules of writing, the immeasurably brilliant Zadie Smith delivered a lecture at Columbia University’s Writing Program under the brief “to speak about some aspect of your craft.” Appropriately titled “That Crafty Feeling” and included in Smith’s altogether enchanting collection Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays (public library), the lecture outlines the ten psychological stages of writing a novel.


"While invariably subjective, as all advice is, and rooted in Smith’s own experience — by that point, “twelve years and three novels” — her insights undoubtedly belong with history’s most enduring wisdom on writing."


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Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30

Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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My fantastic daughter is headlining a terrific jazz-driven tap show at Dizzy's Coca-Cola this coming Monday as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.


Student tickets are only $10. Act now for best seats. To make a reservation, click on the image or headline above.


This is a wonderful show, taking place in one of the greatest jazz nightclubs in NYC.



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Inexpensive making in the classroom ~ ISTE

Inexpensive making in the classroom ~ ISTE | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Grimes


"It seems like everywhere you go, someone is talking about the maker movement, making or people who are makers. You may also be hearing about making in the classroom and, as a teacher, wondering how you might bring making to your school....


"Maker education programs are cropping up in schools across the nation as the maker movement gains momentum. Making relies heavily on skills such as problem solving, innovative and creative thinking, and perseverance — and it promotes positive mindsets and attitudes. What could be better for our classrooms, schools and society than confident, determined, innovative youth? Making empowers youth and amazing things can happen when we get out of their way!"

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6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics

6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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A simpler way to teach writing: the one trait rubric -

A simpler way to teach writing: the one trait rubric - | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I used to spend hours grading students essays and felt extremely frustrated by the subjectiveness of my system. It was very difficult to think about all six traits of effective writing–ideas/content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions–at one time while grading. I’d often get sidetracked by mistakes in one area, such as spelling or …

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, September 1, 7:17 PM

Using a straightforward rubric with only 3 or 4 criteria makes it clear to students and parents why an assignment earned the grade it did. It also prevents the teacher from downgrading a paper by weighting one aspect of good writing too heavily. Concentrating on only one trait makes it easier for the teacher to fairly assess a student’s skills in a particular trait.

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Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today - Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog

Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today - Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

There’s never in the history of the world been a better time to be a writer. You can write what you like. No one will burn you at the stake for your ideas. The biggest benefit of all: you’ve got the Internet. It’s a virtual world.


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Penelope's curator insight, September 2, 1:59 PM

 

You can be a writer and you can making a living from it, but it may take a little savvy on your part. If you're fresh out of ideas of where you could sell your literary wares, this article could give you a jump start.

 

There are several very creative niches I knew nothing about. Find one, and get started on your writing career!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.fabfreelancewriting.com/blog/2013/10/15/be-a-happy-writer-10-ideas-for-writing-businesses-you-can-start-today/

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Three Tips for Classroom Blogging Projects ~ the Tempered Radical

Three Tips for Classroom Blogging Projects ~ the Tempered Radical | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Bill Ferriter


"Just getting back to school with your students?  Interested in trying to pull off a classroom blogging project this year?


"Then these three tips — based on almost ten years of trying to make blogging a part of the work that my students do in the classroom — might be useful to you"


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52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever ~ Distractify

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever ~ Distractify | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
By being strong, brave, and human these women changed the world.


Image: Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her. [1967]


Jim Lerman's insight:  These photos are great for writing prompts

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Roy R. Gomez's curator insight, August 29, 2:02 PM

Thumbs up ladies. 

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How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News)

How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Matt Bowman


"Tracy Fischetti's high school students improved their reading level scores about three times as much as expected last year, according to the state’s 2013 test scores.


"Of all the English teachers in Florida, she scored the highest on the state's Value Added Measure (VAM). Interestingly, Fischetti had no idea of her distinction until I emailed her in early March. "I am not sure how you would have gotten wind of my classroom chaos in California," she wrote. The metric isn't viewed positively in her district.


"I'm sure many readers' jaws clench at the mention of VAM Scores. I'm going to sidestep that controversy for this post except to note that, inadequate as test scores are for assessing educational quality, they're not a bad starting point to discover promising practices. No matter what you think of VAM, Fischetti and her students have accomplished something impressive, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time she took to share her approach with me.


"There are three practices that Fischetti employs consistently that seem to account for a lot of her success".

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M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, August 29, 1:08 PM

Thanks to Jim Lerman; "READING" The Hope of Youthkind.

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How many words is this picture worth?

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 24, 10:37 AM

Wish I knew the context of this photo or where it came from. Is it digitally altered? The photo was shared, but no original source given. Yes, the picture is worth more than a thousand words, and as a teacher I can see the possibilities of using this in the classroom after a study or refresher about the life of MLK. As a librarian, not knowing the source bothers me tremendously. I hope someone who reads this will add the missing information.

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@ MayraLovesBooks. I've only been able to find this url as a source for the picture. I tried using Google Reverse Image Search and with TinEye. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvqlwD3CcAAYW00.jpg
Mayra.Loves.Books's comment, August 25, 9:35 PM
That is what I did Jim Lerman , and it bugged me that I could not find a source for it! I will let you know if I find the source.
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Goodreads

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"Goodreads is not only a fine place to find your next "good read," but also a great way to keep track of books you've enjoyed. Visitors can log in to create their own lists of books, along with annotations, comments, and ratings. Additionally, visitors can search and browse other readers' profiles, take literary quizzes, and look over hundreds of book lists. Author pages collect writers' bibliographies for an easy way to find more books based on those already read. Finally, the Recommendations area suggests more books individual users might enjoy, drawing from their ratings, tags, and virtual "shelves."

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Getting Smart: Posting, Publishing, Presenting, and Portfolios

Getting Smart: Posting, Publishing, Presenting, and Portfolios | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Students do their best work when the audience is real, live or online. When their work will be seen and viewed by many people, the student knows the work matters, the work is of value, and that they should do their best. In the student’s mind, there is a distinction between turning something in for the teacher versus turning something in for the greater public. Schools engage students and promote deeper learning use the 4 P’s of next gen learning: posting, publishing, presenting, and portfolio.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 7:23 AM

Some good advice for teachers who are trying to develop their students' writing skills.

Sandra Elizabet Assunção Figueiredo's curator insight, September 21, 1:39 PM

Thanks s lot, Cyntia for having shared!

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Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay ~ brain pickings

Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay ~ brain pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborating with animator Drew Christie — the talent behind that wonderful short film about Mark Twain and the myth of originality — on an animated essay that I wrote and narrated, exploring a subject close to my heart and mind: the question of how we can cultivate true wisdom in the age of information and why great storytellers matter more than ever in helping us make sense of an increasingly complex world. It comes as an organic extension of the seven most important life-learnings from the first seven years of Brain Pickings. Full essay text below — please enjoy."

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, September 16, 8:13 PM

excelente animacao sobre a era da informacao que nao garante conehcimento e sabedoria...

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What's Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 8, 2014 ~ NY Times

What's Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 8, 2014 ~ NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.


"Welcome back, students and teachers.


"We’re excited to begin our third year of “What’s Going On in This Picture?”, and we’re thrilled it continues to be one of the most popular features we offer. Teachers tell us they use it for everything from helping students strengthen their skills in evidence-finding to encouraging E.L.L. students to practice speaking aloud.


"We hope students will continue to join our moderators at Visual Thinking Strategies in responding to other students, making the feature truly an inter-school conversation. Below, we explain all the directions that we post on Mondays with each new photo.


"Thank you for participating."

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Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch

Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Steve O'Hear


"I didn’t think I’d ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann, designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it’s a thing of beauty, with an incredibly simple but clever — why didn’t I think of that — design. It’s also highly functional, in terms of viewing angles and positions. And it’s European-made.


"Two versions are currently being crowd funded on Kickstarter. One manufactured with a glassfiber-reinforcedpolymer body covered with a high-end “piano” lacquer finish, and a second handcrafted wooden version, made in Germany and Italy, respectively.


"However, the most impressive thing is the way Frenzel has managed to take something so simple and make it so functional, allowing the one piece stand to house an iPad in three discrete viewing angles — from upright to a much more lean-back angle — in both landscape and portrait mode, as well as enabling it to be used resting on soft surfaces, such as your lap or bed."


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Do watch the video; Yohan is a thing of beauty.

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10 Things You Can Do When Someone Hates You ~ CoolCatTeacher

10 Things You Can Do When Someone Hates You ~ CoolCatTeacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Vicki Davis


"There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred?"


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Marvelous piece. Do take the time to read it.

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology | ETC Press

Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology | ETC Press | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Free download from this site


T"echnology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology. Chapters explore teachers personal experiences with writing and writing instruction, effective pedagogical practices in methods writing courses, and professional development opportunities that effectively integrate technology into the writing classroom and contribute to students’ growth as writers and users of technology. While the chapters in this collection are written to inform practice, they are written from a theoretical and empirical base by research-oriented educators in our field. Each chapter provides a research base for a particular instructional approach, a description of their strategy, and examples from instructional settings that highlight how the pedagogical practice advanced the knowledge of the teachers in the areas of writing instruction and technology.  This collected volume provides as up-to-date understanding of how teachers are prepared to teach writing using technology."

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10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing > Eye On Education

10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing > Eye On Education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The Common Core’s Anchor Standard 6 for writing in grades K–12 requires students to “use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others”. Here are some ideas for meeting this standard (besides the obvious use of technology—word processing).


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 7, 2013 9:35 AM

What tools are there to help students PRODUCE writing online? Lauren Davis identifies five areas that for producing writing:

* Collaborative tools

* Grammar and language resources

* Fun prompts to get their juices flowing

* Brainstorming and drafting graphic organizers.

* Research tools

What tools are there to help students PUBLISH writing online?
* Magazines

* Online contests

* Class e-newsletter or newspaper

* Book review website

* Class blog or website

There are links to many resources thoughout this post and in many cases specific suggestions are provided for grade levels. If you are not using online tools with your students this post provides great resources to help you begin the process.

mshudson's curator insight, April 7, 2013 12:04 PM

Very interesting! I use some of the tools highlighted but must expand my application to include consistent student usage.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 9, 2013 4:20 PM

So much more fun than just word processing.

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The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

quotation from Ronald T. Kellogg


"[There is] evidence that environments, schedules, and rituals restructure the writing process and amplify performance… The principles of memory retrieval suggest that certain practices should amplify performance. These practices encourage a state of flow rather than one of anxiety or boredom. Like strategies, these other aspects of a writer’s method may alleviate the difficulty of attentional overload. The room, time of day, or ritual selected for working may enable or even induce intense concentration or a favorable motivational or emotional state. Moreover, in accordance with encoding specificity, each of these aspects of method may trigger retrieval of ideas, facts, plans, and other relevant knowledge associated with the place, time, or frame of mind selected by the writer for work." 

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The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience ~ Distractify

The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience ~ Distractify | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maia McCann


"This incredible collection of moments represents the joy, innocence, despair, curiosity, and undying perseverance within all of us. No matter where we’re from, these are the emotions that unite us – it’s what makes us human. We set out to capture this spirit in 60 incredible photographs, and I truly hope you enjoy."


Jim Lerman's insight: Perhaps the title of this article is a little over the top in terms of these being the top 60 photos ever taken, but many of them are great. Great to use as story prompts.

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Tips for Submitting a Guest Post to a Blog

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Tips for Submitting a Guest Post to a Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Lisa Nielsen


"A fantastic way for educators, students, or companies to get attention to ideas or product is to contribute a post to a popular blog in your area of interest. However if you do, make sure you do your homework by keeping these tips in mind."

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30+ Ultimate Headline Formulas for Tweets, Posts, Articles and Emails ~ buffersocial

30+ Ultimate Headline Formulas for Tweets, Posts, Articles and Emails ~ buffersocial | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kevan Lee


"I collected a trove of interesting and actionable headline formulas from some of the best sources for headline writing, and I’ve tossed in a few of our favorite Buffer headline formulas, too. Is there a tried-and-true headline routine that you always come back to? See if it’s listed here among these sure bets, or leave it in the comments."

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In Search of Shakespeare . Language Arts: Shakespeare's Sonnets | PBS

In Search of Shakespeare . Language Arts: Shakespeare's Sonnets | PBS | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"PBS has created a wonderful lesson plan on Shakespeare's sonnets that addresses students' most common complaint about the Bard: the inaccessible language. This website for educators has videos and other technology for students, as well as academic articles for educators that are meant to help them better understand how to teach Shakespeare. Visitors should not miss the updated "translation" of Sonnet 18, the classic that starts out "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Another gem of a lesson plan that visitors should check out is the "Soliloquies Buster" under "Professional Development" on the right hand menu of the website. It includes a handout that gives the step-by-step process on making the dreaded soliloquy not just accessible, but engaging and fun."

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How one school is encouraging middle-grades students to read, share books reading ~ Edutopia

How one school is encouraging middle-grades students to read, share books reading ~ Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Andrea Hernandez and Karin Schreir Hallett

description by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Educators at a school in Florida are helping to create a community of readers by challenging students in grades 4 to 8 -- and teachers -- to read a book from every letter of the alphabet and share their thoughts about it. In this blog post, educators Andrea Hernandez and Karin Schreier Hallett share details of the program and describe the badges that can be earned."

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