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Jane Friedman Newsletter Archive

Jane Friedman Newsletter Archive | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Jane Friedman writes an award-winning blog named after herself, located at janefriedman.com. It contains thoughts, advice, and coaching for writers.


This page is the archive of her occasional newsletters, each devoted to 3 writer's resources on a particular topic. Examples include: One-Step Websites, Indispensible Software, Storytelling, and Curation Tools. Very practical sources for writers. -JL

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I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future ~ The Verge

I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future ~ The Verge | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Bryan Bishop


"You’ll have to excuse me. I’m going to sound a little excited now.

"Earlier today Oculus announced Story Studio, its in-house production team dedicated to producing virtual reality movies. We’ve been seeing VR narrative experiences for years at this point, and while they’ve been getting more and more impressive, they’ve still been iterative steps forward. Despite how much we’ve all wanted to it to happen, nothing has stood up, raised its hands, and shouted "I’m the project that proves this crazy thing could actually work."

"I just watched Lost, the first short from Story Studio. That stand up and shout moment? It’s arrived."

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13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing

13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. And while displaying writing and art in the school halls or a teacher-made book can accomplish that feeling to some degree, publication in a more “official” vehicle carries more weight.

"These publications are the real deal — online and print periodicals that showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five. Many are run by a staff that is partly or completely made up of students. Each one is beautifully designed and features high-quality work. Some even pay. If you know a student who aspires to become a serious writer or artist, encourage them to take the next step and start working toward publication."

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, January 26, 4:02 PM

Sounds like a great resource of where to get out your work.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 27, 12:27 PM

The ability to "publish" can have a great impact on the quality of work turned in by students.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 27, 12:28 PM

The ability to publish can have a significant impact on the quality of student work.

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8 Creative Ways to Help Kids Find the Evidence in Nonfiction Text: We Are Teachers

8 Creative Ways to Help Kids Find the Evidence in Nonfiction Text: We Are Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Finding text evidence seems easy enough, right? If your kids are having trouble, here are eight tips to strengthen students' ability to find and use text evidence.


Via Cindy Riley Klages, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Writing Your Way to Happiness ~ NY Times

Writing Your Way to Happiness ~ NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.
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Top 4 Free & Incredibly Useful Writing Apps - Writer's Circle

Top 4 Free & Incredibly Useful Writing Apps - Writer's Circle | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Top 4 Free & Incredibly Useful Writing Apps

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The Ultimate Guide to SMART Board Troubleshooting

The Ultimate Guide to SMART Board Troubleshooting | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

FREE DOWNLOAD from Teq


"The Ultimate SMART Board Troubleshooting Guide
Is stress over your SMART Board getting you down? Read on and find the answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED SMART BOARD TROUBLESHOOTING QUESTIONS from the Teq professional development and support staff.

The eBook includes

How do I setup my SMART Board once it’s been installed?
How do I download SMART Notebook software?
How do I register my SMART Board?
How do I get a SMART Notebook product key?
How do I get my SMART Board to mirror my computer screen?
Why won’t my SMART Board respond to touch?
How do you clean the projector filter?
How do I connect my computer to a SMART Board that is all the way across my classroom?
How do I control my SMART Board from my iPad?"

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Great Tech for Online Writing and Blogging

Great Tech for Online Writing and Blogging | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Being able to write clearly is an essential skill for all students. It can be hard for kids to pen what they mean, though. With simple online writing tools and blogs like these, students get practice writing informally in settings that aren't too daunting. Get them writing with their peers and they may soar even more.
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 20, 11:21 AM

Having an audience beyond just a teacher can be extremely motivating.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 20, 11:22 AM

Having an audience beyond just the teacher can be extremely motivating.

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11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses

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Tactics practiced by big thinkers, artists, and innovators. (Looking for writing inspiration? Check out these 11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses.

Via Laura Brown
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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

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This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

Via Jeff Domansky, Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:15 AM

Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2014 7:17 PM

There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Audrey's curator insight, January 4, 6:05 PM

You activate many areas of your brain when you tell a story.  There are so many areas in education where students can use stories to remember details of information needed for writing  exam answers.  Stories are visual,  can be auditory; you can introduce smells and engage with whatever you are writing about. 

 

The whole brain becomes stimulated with a person's own  record of the information.  How can you forget?


Go to www.hotmoodle.com  for story writing information.

 

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Self-Refinement via the Wisdom of the Ages: 15 Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds ~ brain pickings

Self-Refinement via the Wisdom of the Ages: 15 Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds ~ brain pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"Enduring ideas for personal refinement from Seneca, Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Carl Sagan, Alan Watts, Emerson, Bruce Lee, Maya Angelou, and more.

"At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the refinement of our mental, spiritual, and emotional habits — which often dictate our physical ones. In a testament to young Susan Sontag’s belief that rereading is an act of rebirth, I have revisited the timelessly rewarding ideas of great thinkers from the past two millennia to cull fifteen such higher-order resolutions for personal refinement."


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This is why I love Popova's blog; she's a curator's curator.  She does so much heavy intellectual lifting and is so willing to share her knowledge and reflections. A wonderful collection of thoughts, ideas, and observations from a pantheon of brilliant people...extremely worth the time to stop and ponder."

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Write About

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At Write About, we believe that writing should be fun and sharing should be easy, so we built a social publishing platform for classrooms.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 16, 2014 8:26 PM

This writing and sharing tool has a stack of writing prompts, visuals and ideas for writing. Students can publish their work and interact with the works of other students. 

Alexandra Koukoumialou's curator insight, December 17, 2014 4:48 AM

Great resource for authentic writing - thanks, Nik :-)

Daizy Lina's curator insight, December 24, 2014 12:29 AM

English as a second language can be taught via literature.

 

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Google Keep - Note taking app

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Google Keep lets you quickly capture what's on your mind.


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Rhonda White's curator insight, December 3, 2014 2:32 PM

Great for making "to do" lists, setting up reminders for appointments; you can also upload your own photos to make your notes visually appealing. 

Ramon Pavia's curator insight, December 4, 2014 2:06 AM

Great app that helps anti-calendar guys! I think I am going to use often...

Olga Boldina's curator insight, January 11, 1:37 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

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Improving Writing with Google Docs ~ Eric Curts

Improving Writing with Google Docs ~ Eric Curts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Improving Writing with Docs by Eric Curts www.ericcurts.com Last updated 4/25/2014 Eric Curts Authorized Google Education Trainer (GET) Google Certified Teacher (GCT) www.ericcurts.com ericcurts@gmail.com Twitter @ericcurts Google+ gplus.to/ericcurts www.AppsUserGroup.org www.WebAppReviews...


A 15-page ebook with excellent guidance. -JL

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Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things - Helping Writers Become Authors

Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things - Helping Writers Become Authors | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In order to resonate deeply with your very human audience, your character's goal needs to be one of five specific things.

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Voice Dream Writer App - It's a Wow!

Voice Dream Writer App - It's a Wow! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Make Fewer Mistakes

"Professional proofreaders recommend reading out loud as the best way to catch mistakes. Like a personal proofreader, Voice Dream Writer reads out loud using text-to-speech, so that awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos can be easily spotted. Also, it can read words and sentences as they’re typed or voice dictated so that errors can be corrected right away."

Via Kathleen McClaskey, Suvi Salo, Jim Lerman
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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 24, 3:35 PM

Voice Dream Writer app is truly an app that can level the playing field for a broad range of learners that struggle with writing. Check out the video on this site to discover why it is such a WOW! Here are the features of this new app:


Voice Dream Writer reads out loud using text-to-speech, so that awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos can be easily spotted.


Writer helps finding the right words through phonetic search and meaning search.


Writer automatically keeps an outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. The Outline helps writers better structure their writing with an always-on overview.

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Making Connections Using Text

Making Connections Using Text | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Eveyn Wassell


"I found this site (http://bit.ly/101tagxedo)from Hardy Leung, creator of Tagxedo, about 101 ways to use Tagxedo, and thought about the myriad of ways it can be used in the classroom.  The images created by Tagxedo and their derivatives are free for personal, non-commercial use, subject to the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike License.  And what teacher doesn't love the word free???

"One of my favorite ways to use Tagxedo is to compare two groups of text to look for connections.  Yes, they are pretty to look at but the real use of word clouds comes from analysis of the cloud itself.  Imagine a lesson where students are asked to compare and contrast two speeches from historical figures.  Students are given the two speeches and asked to give the comparison on their own.  What might happen if they were asked to list two items the speeches have in common?  Many students may have a problem completing this assignment depending on the complexity or length of the text."

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10 Common Fiction Problems and How to Fix Them

10 Common Fiction Problems and How to Fix Them | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
When you write and revise your fiction, you deal with a host of problems. With some novels, it’s hard to decide on the right point of view. With others, it’s a struggle to work out the plot. Sometimes it’s a matter of getting the language down just right. Of course it’s one thing to spot a problem, another to fix it. Consider the following ten rather typical problems most fiction writers face—and some possible fixes.

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The Secret to Teaching Great Writing: Use the News! | Edudemic

The Secret to Teaching Great Writing: Use the News! | Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As a professional writer and a writing specialist, I know that not everyone is as hepped up about words as I am. (What, you mean you don’t want to spend the next five hours chatting about the relationship between a character’s syntax and their familial history? Say it ain’t so!). I know that if I have any hope of maintaining student (and teacher) attention spans, I have to keep it relevant to the here and now.

My secret: use the news! With all of its of-the-moment relevancy and juicy tidbits, the news is the perfect lens through which to teach the ins and outs of craft – or, probably more accurately, the perfect mask to distract students as I sneak in the real lessons. Let’s take a look at some of the most creative and effective techniques out there today.
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 20, 11:00 AM

Great ideas to teach thesis, structure and more.

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Elementary Writing Apps and Websites

Elementary Writing Apps and Websites | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
By getting kids writing early and often, we prepare them to succeed across all subjects. Give students a leg up with these picks well-suited to elementary-aged kids that'll get them writing, sharing, and critiquing.
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Writing Matters: National Writing Project 2013 Annual Report

Writing Matters: National Writing Project 2013 Annual Report | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The ability to write with clarity and coherence is fundamental to student success in both school and the workplace. We are excited to have the opportunity for teachers in Union County to partner with teachers throughout the state and nation on a project to improve student writing.

— Cindy Langley, Director of Secondary Education for Union County Schools, Union, South Carolina

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 29, 2014 10:23 AM

The National Writing Project has been doing fundamental work to promote the teaching of writing for 40 years. This is the gateway to their Annual Report. 


If you feel alone as a writing teacher. If you are looking for a mature, deep and sustaining community of practice to help you hone your craft... you've found it. 

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Organizing writing projects by year - Unclutterer

Organizing writing projects by year - Unclutterer | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
When looking to organize your writing projects, whatever they may be, Scrivener for Mac and Evernote for all platforms can easily make this possible.

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What is Good Writing?: A Meditation on Breaking Rules and Grammar Pedagogy

What is Good Writing?: A Meditation on Breaking Rules and Grammar Pedagogy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From all the jails the Boys and Girls Ecstatically leap— Beloved only Afternoon That Prison doesn’t keep They storm the Earth and stun the Air, A Mob of solid Bliss— Alas—that Frowns should lie in wait For such a Foe …"


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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, January 10, 7:24 PM

A meditation worth reading, thinking about, even discussing, perhaps with your students. Especially if you're a high school English teacher.

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Create video sentences

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Crumbles are kinda like reaction GIFs with a way bigger vocabulary... and all you have to do to make one is type


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This is an interesting tool for creating composite video sentences made up from a collection of clips. You can type in a sentence or select words from the dictionary.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 6, 3:49 PM

Diseñando frases párr La vídeos ...Create video sentences | @scoopit via @NikPeachey http://sco.lt/...

elvira duran's curator insight, January 7, 6:29 AM

Divertida proposta per crear frases a partir d'escenes de pel·lícules..

Antoinette La Rose's curator insight, January 27, 9:20 PM

Quasimodo Esmeralda Phoebus Frollo

Gargouille    Bella.          Zak.          Shérif

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Preso.tv

Preso.tv | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The hassle-free way to broadcast retina-quality presentations on smartphones, tablets, and computers in real-time, anywhere in the world

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Judy Doctoroff's curator insight, December 2, 2014 10:31 AM

This is an amazing way to share files.  I hope they will expand the format to include other file types.  No registration and no account sign up is necessary.  It accepts Word, PDF and Powerpoint files.

Marie Arndt's curator insight, December 3, 2014 6:56 AM

A useful mobile tool for taking your presentations anywhere.

Jimun Gimm's curator insight, December 16, 2014 8:21 AM

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