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Sir Ken Robinson, March 2011, Learning Without Frontiers - Technology Integration in Education

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Edited highlights from Sir Ken Robinson's talk at Learning Without Frontiers recorded March 16th, 2011, London. Title: Creativity, Learning, and the Curriculum

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Free and Easy Storytelling Tools for Educators to Leverage

Free and Easy Storytelling Tools for Educators to Leverage | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"As a journalism student who loved to code, I found my home at Northwestern University’s Knight Lab. Knight Lab brings together a community of folks invested in using technology to enhance storytelling, and over the past few years has produced a number of simple and open-source tools to aid reporters in crafting digital stories.

"...the tools, which give any user the ability to design a timeline, compare two images, or build a geographic-based story, are free, easy-to-use, fast, and adaptable for the classroom.

"Check out the examples below for ideas on how to explain school lessons with Knight Lab’s interactive tools, or start building a project at knightlab.northwestern.edu. Each tool has straightforward instructions on how to get started."

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writing prompts

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Wonderful collection of writing prompts by Luke Neff. I'd say most of them would be appropriate for secondary level students.

 

Here's part of something Neff has written that describes how he uses the prompts in his classes:

 

"I use them this way: I do some sort of five or ten minute writing lesson with my students. They learn some style activities and grammar tricks and things like that. Then we do a writing prompt, in which they attempt to implement the writing lesson. They have a little less than ten minutes, and their goal is to write at least half of a page, depending on the handwriting (mine are freshmen and most have no problem with this). After they’re done writing, they go immediately into a time of reading for twenty minutes. During this reading time, I collect their writing work (both the lesson activity and the prompt are on the sheet), and I read it. When they are done with reading time, I then give feedback to the whole class about what they wrote about, and I read a few of them out loud that I really liked and then explain what I liked about them. I try to connect this to the Six Traits or to our standards. Sometimes if I notice a mistake that is being made by a few them, I’ll do a quick bit of instruction on that. But these are not graded for grammar at all. These are a chance to practice the process of moving thoughts from their heads to the paper. They do get a grade in the gradebook on these, but the grade has to do with the standards that are about matching audience to purpose and writing routinely over time. Basically, if they are in the ballpark and gave it a good attempt, then they get a proficient score on their writing prompts."

 

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Annotate, Collaborate, and Learn with Marginal Syllabus and Educator Innovator | Educator Innovator

Annotate, Collaborate, and Learn with Marginal Syllabus and Educator Innovator | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Educator Innovator is very excited to announce a new partnership with Marginal Syllabus. Starting in April, Educator Innovator will host a dynamic opportunity for open learning via author partnerships, annotathons (more on these below!), and webinars—all in conjunction with Marginal Syllabus, a multi-stakeholder collaboration between Hypothesis, a non-profit organization building an open platform for discussion on the web, Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, CO, and Researchers and teacher educators from the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development in Denver, CO. The founders of Marginal Syllabus aim to advance educator professional development about education in/equity through the use of participatory learning technologies. You can learn more at the Marginal Syllabus website.

By partnering with Marginal Syllabus, Educator Innovator seeks to facilitate open learning for educators in all kinds of spaces (in schools, libraries, and afterschool programs to name a few). We are enthusiastic about the potential for collaborative learning, exploration, and dialogue brought about by “social reading” and the online tools like Hypothesis that make it possible. We already know there is tremendous power in reading, writing and discussing together, and this collaboration makes it even easier, extending the conversation across space and time.
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In East L.A., Teenagers Tell New Stories About Their Neighborhood and Make Plans for Change | Educator Innovator

In East L.A., Teenagers Tell New Stories About Their Neighborhood and Make Plans for Change | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing is just one tool the ELARA students use throughout the project.

In addition to the journalism and urban planning exercises, students complete photography and public speaking assignments. That interdisciplinary approach suits the subject matter, Blockstein said, and embraces students’ varied interests and strengths.

“To me it’s really important, as we look at neighborhoods and place,” Blockstein said, “to recognize that they’re all rich and complex, so there’s no single best way to describe or examine a place.”

The educators are conscious of leaving the students with real-world skills and a portfolio of work—publication in the LA Times can’t hurt—that will help them when they apply to college or jobs. A younger cohort of ELARA students will take part in a short urban planning program at USC this summer, and the hope is that some will end up attending that school themselves later on.

If they do, they will arrive on campus aware that they have the power to shape their communities.
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How to Get Engagement, Growth and Stickiness When Teaching Kids to Write (EdSurge News)

How to Get Engagement, Growth and Stickiness When Teaching Kids to Write (EdSurge News) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As an English teacher with 24 years of experience, I often feel I’ve explored every possible avenue to help my students grow as writers. That is truer today than ever as new technology has increased the instructional possibilities, and evidence-based, on-demand testing has forced me to get creative. But while the educational landscape has shifted, my core values as a teacher have remained the same: to ensure engagement, growth and the retention of learning— “stickiness”—for each student. 

In order to meet these goals while also responding to testing demands, I needed a new resource: one that would provide my students with a strong framework for writing and use technology as the primary composing tool. Fortunately, I found everything I was looking for (and more) in the online reading and writing program ThinkCERCA.

The letters in ThinkCERCA represent the building blocks of an essay: claim, evidence, reasoning, counter argument, and audience. But ThinkCERCA is more than just a traditional framework; the online program provides a lesson library with texts related to literature, math, science, and social studies. Once teachers choose a lesson, the program provides a six-step process to help students analyze the readings and produce a cohesive essay. Best of all, it assists me in meeting my own criteria for effective writing instruction, ensuring all students are engaged, growing, and that the learning sticks.
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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad -

50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad - | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad by Ashley McCann The best writing apps for iPad, like any concept of ‘best,’ is subjective and further based on need and circumstance. Are you a poet drafting when inspiration strikes? A student taking notes and writing essays?

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14 Digital Tools for Authors and Illustrators

14 Digital Tools for Authors and Illustrators | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, more realistically) is the traditional starting point for writing a short story, memoir, essay, comic or novel — but in today's digital world, there are a slew of unique tools that can make your illustrations and stories come to life in ways that go far beyond the paperback.
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How to Add Spoken Audio to Google Slides

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The  Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week  that I published yesterday was about adding music to Google Slides. In the twelve hours since tha

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Use Mind Mapping to Plan Your Next Writing Project | WritersDigest.com

Use Mind Mapping to Plan Your Next Writing Project | WritersDigest.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Learn how to mind map any idea or project with this free download from Creative Visualization for Writers by Nina Amir.

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JotterPad — Writer for Android

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JotterPad Writer for Android — Turn your thoughts into text. Go about your creative writing without distractions, write to your heart

 

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"Many writers are on the hunt for a writing tool that will help spur creativity. Luckily, Jotterpad, a text editor for Android devices, was designed with the creative writer in mind. Like other options out there, this writing tool aims to reduce distraction and promote writing through a crisp, clean typing interface. What sets it apart, are the details. Typeface options have been selected with ease of use in mind; fonts are easy on the eye and readable on multiple devices. Tech-savvy users may even import custom typeface, should the desire arise. Additionally, Jotterpad includes a Night mode to facilitate working in the evenings. Other highlights include a built-in dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary for those poets among us. Finished products may be exported in PDF, RTF, HTML, DOCX, or plain text file formats."

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Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90 :: NY Times

Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90 :: NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday at his home near Wentzville, Mo. He was 90.

"While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.

"His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment."

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Chuck Berry, Fiery and Flinty Rock ’n’ Roll Innovator :: NY Times

Chuck Berry, Fiery and Flinty Rock ’n’ Roll Innovator :: NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Mr. Berry, who died on Saturday at his home near St. Louis, was the first true rock ’n’ roll superstar. When in his late 20s he emerged from St. Louis onto the national scene, the genre wasn’t yet codified. In its infancy, rock was hybrid music, and Mr. Berry was its most vivid and imaginative alchemist.

From the mid-1950s through the end of that decade, he concocted a yowling blend of hopped-up blues, country and then-emergent rhythm & blues that ended up as the template for what became widely accepted as rock ’n’ roll (though the term predated his rise).

He gave it virtuoso playing via guitar work that drew on country and the blues. He made it a songwriting genre with wry, detailed lyrics that helped shape the idea of American freedom via stories of teenage abandon or open-road adventure. He embodied the music by giving it physical language, from his signature duck walk to his coiffure, which was equal parts structure and flair. (He also was a beautician, having studied hairdressing and cosmetology when he was still playing in small bands in St. Louis in the early 1950s.) And in performance, he sold the music hard, with eyes bulging, hips swaying and a sly smile that indicated he knew just how much he was pushing the envelope.
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Literary Hub

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"Lit Hub is a central place for writers, publishers, books, bookstores, librarians, and readers to congregate and celebrate books and literary culture."

 

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"Literary Hub is an online magazine that strives to be "a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life." To do so, Literary Hub partners with a wide variety of sources for literary news and reviews, including publishers, bookstores, and literary journals. Readers will find book reviews, author profiles, interviews, essays, book excerpts, and more. Those looking for a new read may want to start with Bookmarks, a feature that helpfully compiles critical reviews of new books from major publications. Readers can then see how these reviewers assessed the book (reviews are categorized as Rave, Positive, Mixed or Pan) and read these reviews in full. Meanwhile, readers can explore a number of original pieces in Features. As of this write up, recent pieces in Features include an essay by novelist and short story writer Jhumpa Lahiri and a profile of author Jami Attenberg. Those who want to stay informed about literary news may want to sign up for Lit Hub Daily, a regular round-up of literary news from Literary Hub and other publications and organizations."

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ALL WRITING CAN BE BETTER THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

ALL WRITING CAN BE BETTER THROUGH TECHNOLOGY | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Picture this: you assign student writing, provide time for work and revision, and dedicate hours to feedback for growth. Yet students are still making the same mistakes. Sound familiar?
With collaborative, real-time, and cloud-based technology tools, teachers can go beyond traditional teaching methods with new ways to help students improve their writing.
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Editing Tips That Will Improve The Quality Of Your Writing

Editing Tips That Will Improve The Quality Of Your Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Careful editing can make such a difference to your writing, as there is so much more to think about than just spelling, grammar and sentence construction.

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This is the last of a series, but there are links to the others so you can read those too. 
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From curator~ " Elliott explains the process of how to edit your articles and improve your writing at the same time. Here's what caught my attention: It's important to first do planning and research before the writing begins. Use an outline of the structure with a beginning, middle, and end. After writing a post give yourself some time to process it. Save the editing process after you have completed your article. Read your completed work out loud to yourself. Notice the flow of the piece, and whether there were any mistakes you may have missed.
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Behind the Camera, Students Document Life and Learning | Educator Innovator

Behind the Camera, Students Document Life and Learning | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Workshop School received a 2015 LRNG Innovation Challenge grant to train students to create multimedia stories about their own lives, including their experience at the Workshop school in support of future incoming students. The LRNG Innovation Challenge grants stem from a partnership between the National Writing Project and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign to help educators extend time and space for connected learning.

This year with LRNG support, students at the workshop school participated in summer internships through partnerships with local media production organizations. Students attended workshops at Scribe Video Center, a nonprofit in West Philadelphia that supports local media artists in making documentaries, and at PhillyCAM, the city’s Public access media group. Students worked with experts at both organizations to create multimedia projects to tell their own stories, some of which even ended up being shared online and broadcast locally.

Then, in the fall, students took what they’d learned back to their school community—leading workshops for students and staff on how to incorporate digital media into their coursework.
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22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times

22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
We go hard for National Poetry Month here on The Learning Network, so you may already be familiar with an earlier version of this piece we started way back in 2010.

But, as The Times kept publishing news and features about poetry and poets, we kept adding more and more ways to teach it, until that old piece started to look downright overstuffed.

Below is a fresh version for 2017, with over 20 ideas for helping even the most verse averse find something to enjoy.
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Poetry!

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Brilliant way of learning literature. Education that brings the beauty to theeducational process.
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Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand Plot

Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand Plot | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
What I’m going to share are some simple concepts about story arc. Although I am pretty much a seat-of-the-pants writer, I’ve discovered a simple way to weave plot into the disorganized mess that is always my first draft. I begin by asking myself this question: Because of what happens in the novel, what is my character capable of becoming?

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Five tips for becoming a better public storyteller

Five tips for becoming a better public storyteller | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The STAGE System is a method of speech craft I created that puts your personal stamp on every presentation you give. It’s an acronym for style, truth, art, group, and energy and it serves as a checklist for every speech you give, whether it’s your first or your 500th. The STAGE System gives you a chance to pause and ask yourself who you want to be on stage. If you are naturally funny, how can you incorporate some humor into your talk? If you went through a life-changing experience, how can you tie that into your subject? If you love interacting with the audience, how can you make that a big part of your speech? By using the STAGE System as your guide, you build your talk so you are in your element and really shining on stage.

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9 Creative Storytelling Methods

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When an author set out to tell a story in years past, he or she typically did so on paper, a typewriter or by typing at a computer.

But today, storytellers find imaginative ways to share their ideas with interactive and visual elements. On modern mediums like Twitter, Vine, YouTube and other mobile applications, storytellers are crafting tales in ways that would have been unfathomable a decade ago.

Offline, too, authors have begun rethinking the traditional concept of the book in ways both innovative and unorthodox. Might a story be better understood as a set of machine parts? How might destroying a book actually bring its messages to life?

Here are nine ways authors are revolutionizing the way stories are told.

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The Reedsy Book Editor: A Powerful Writing Tool

The Reedsy Book Editor: A Powerful Writing Tool | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Reedsy Book Editor is a free online writing tool allowing any author to format and create professional ePub and print-ready files in seconds.

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How to Successfully Launch a Podcast in Four Steps

How to Successfully Launch a Podcast in Four Steps | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
While podcasting is more accessible than ever, the journey to launch a podcast successfully is a challenging one. Read this article to find out how.

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The Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois

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"The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign promotes graduate study in the areas of written composition, language, literacy, and rhetoric. Comprised of faculty and graduate students from several departments within the university, the Center is a helpful resource for UIUC students and staff as well as the anyone interested in perfecting and honing their writing skills. As an informational resource, the site offers a platform to discuss teaching, share research, and build networks. One substantial section, The Writers Workshop, may be especially useful for budding writers. For instance, within the Writer Resources area, there are several Writer Tips on topics ranging from General Tips (such as Audience, Quotations, Transitions, etc.) to Genre-specific Tips (including Abstracts, Cover Letters, and Personal Statements). There are even tips and strategies for overcoming writer's block. Spoiler: take notes, practice freewriting, and remember - it's OK to work on a middle section first."

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Peter Guralnick on Why Chuck Berry Is Even Greater Than You Think :: Rolling Stone

Peter Guralnick on Why Chuck Berry Is Even Greater Than You Think :: Rolling Stone | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"...there is no end to my admiration for Chuck Berry's work, even if his commitment to performance has at times proved wanting. As much as Percy Mayfield remains the Poet Laureate of the Blues, Chuck Berry will always be the Poet Laureate of – what? Of Our Time. Has there ever been a more perfect pop song than "Nadine," a catchier encapsulation of story line and wit in four verses and a chorus, in which the protagonist (like all of Chuck's characters, a not-too-distant stand-in for its author but never precisely himself) is introduced "pushing through the crowd trying to get to where she's at/I was campaign shouting like a Southern diplomat." I mean, come on – and the song only gets better from there. When he was recognized in 2012 by PEN New England (a division of the international writers' organization) for its first "Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence" award, his co-honoree, Leonard Cohen, graciously declared that "all of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry," while Bob Dylan called him "the Shakespeare of rock & roll."

"Which is all very generically well. But perhaps the most persuasive tribute I ever encountered was delivered by the highly cerebral New Orleans singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist extraordinaire, Allen Toussaint. I was trying to get at some of the reasons for the dramatic expansion of his own songwriting aspirations (musically, poetically, politically) in the Seventies, when he graduated from brilliant pop cameos like "Ride Your Pony" and "Mother in Law" to more ambitious, post-Beatles, post-Miles, post–Civil Rights Era work. Was it the influence of Bob Dylan, say, that allowed him to contemplate a wider range of subjects, a greater length of songs? Oh, not at all, Allen replied in his cool, elegant manner; he wished he could agree with me, but his single greatest influence in terms of lyrics and storytelling from first to last was Chuck Berry. And with that he started quoting Chuck Berry lyrics, just as you or I might, just as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis do on the fabled "Million Dollar Quartet" session. "What a wonderful little story that is," he said of "You Never Can Tell," Chuck's fairy-tale picture of young love in Creole-speaking Louisiana, "how he lived that life with that couple, you know. Oh, the man's a mountain," said Allen unhesitatingly, and then went on to quote some more."


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The Productivity Browser for Technology Professionals

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"Log in to any web site with multiple accounts in one browser window. Productivity gains will be amazing as you increase focus and get stuff done."

 

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"Do you have multiple social media accounts - perhaps a Facebook account for work as well as a personal one? Or do you manage multiple Twitter accounts as part of your job? If so, Ghost Browser may be for you. This free web browser allows users to be logged into multiple social media accounts simultaneously. Available for Mac and Windows computers, Ghost Browser allows users to open and save different accounts through a color-coded tab system. Users can also save these accounts as a project (e.g. "Twitter accounts") in order to open a series of accounts quickly and easily in the future. Ghost Browser also allows users to import bookmarks from existing web browsers and to import Google Chrome extensions."

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