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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Belt | A magazine for the Rust Belt

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"Belt Publishing is a small publishing company based in Cleveland, Ohio that is dedicated to telling stories about the American Rust Belt, a term used to describe a number of cities in northeastern and midwestern states that have been impacted by industrialization and deindustrialization. Belt Magazine, the company's online magazine, features essays, investigative journalism, creative nonfiction, and more about Rust Belt cities. As of this write-up, recently published articles include an investigation of the impact of oil pipelines on the Great Lakes, an article about recent revitalization efforts and changes in Gary, Indiana, and a personal essay by Detroit-raised writer Amy Kenyon about letters that she penned as a child to Jackie Kennedy and Ray Bradbury. Visitors may also browse archived articles by category under the Belt Magazine tab."

 

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Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality // Brightly

Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality // Brightly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
http://www.readbrightly.com/books-to-help-kids-understand-the-fight-for-racial-equality/ 
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ClassHook | Educational Clips from Popular Media

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Via American Association of School Librarians"

 

"This video based site helps you find clips from popular television shows and movies. Popular TV shows and movies have a myriad of references to valuable educational content, but finding these references can be time consuming and difficult. ClassHook aids in the process of finding these teachable moments. With ClassHook, you can find subject-relevant, age-appropriate, and edited clips in just a few minutes. Appropriate for grades K-12 and beyond, use Classhook to find videos for digital media projects in history class." 


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10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom

10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The main goal of a flipped classroom is to enhance student learning and achievement by reversing the traditional model of a classroom, focusing class time on student understanding rather than on lecture. To accomplish this, teachers post short video lectures online for students to view at home prior to the next class session. This allows class time to be devoted to expanding on and mastering the material through collaborative learning exercises, projects, and discussions.

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This is something that I've been thinking about trying- thoughts?
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Aula Inversa: Necesario analizar las experiencias
Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 5, 5:04 PM

No todo es ventajoso en el flipped classroom, pues al ser resignificado por el uso de la tecnología, este puede generar una inequidad entre los estudiantes que tienen o nó acceso a ella. Por otro lado, representa mucho más trabajo para el docente. Sin embargo, los aspectos positivos de aplicar el flipped classroom son mucho mayores que sus inconvenientes.

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The 8 Fundamentals of Web Writing

The 8 Fundamentals of Web Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Before you start writing content for the web, discover the 8 fundamentals to know for an effective content marketing strategy! Want to start a content marketing strategy? Are you ready to write your…

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How to Be More Creative

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Here is a nice infographic from Visualistan.com You can also find more infographics at Visualistan

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Pro Hoops History

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"Authored by veteran sports writer and basketball historian Curtis Harris, Pro-Hoops History is "dedicated to spreading and creating knowledge related to the history of professional basketball." Harris earned an MA in History from American University, where he wrote his thesis on the early history of basketball between 1891 and 1910 (visitors can download and read his thesis via the April 30, 2014 post on this blog). Here, readers may learn about many aspects of basketball history, from its late nineteenth century origins through the present. Blog posts include profiles of players throughout history, statistical analysis, franchise histories, and more. Harris also discusses Irish basketball; an excerpt from a new biography of Earl Lloyd (the first African-American NBA player); and what the NBA record book looked like in 1964. Those interested in learning more about the history of basketball will want to check out the Historiography and Sources section. Basketball fans will also want to check out Harris's Facebook page, @ProHoopsHistory."

 

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Not exactly literature, but this labor of love might just be the thing to engage some reluctant readers.

 

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How This Entrepreneur Created Hundreds of Social Media Posts From One Piece of Content

How This Entrepreneur Created Hundreds of Social Media Posts From One Piece of Content | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I think we can all agree that creating content is both difficult and time consuming. Spending hour after hour creating blog posts, copy for YouTube videos, and tweets might be okay for a writer or journalist, but you’ve got a business to run too, right?

 

"If you’re in this situation, then you’re in luck. Today, you’ll learn about Chalene Johnson’s genius strategy for repurposing one piece of content across a variety of social media platforms, ultimately saving time, energy and focus."

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Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education  | #ModernEDU #LEARNing2LEARN

Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education  | #ModernEDU #LEARNing2LEARN | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Article: Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education.

 

In today’s hypermedia landscape, youth and young adults are increasingly using social media platforms, online aggregators and mobile applications for daily information use. Communication educators, armed with a host of free, easy-to-use online tools, have the ability to create dynamic approaches to teaching and learning about information and communication flow online.

 

In this paper we explore the concept of curation as a student- and creation-driven pedagogical tool to enhance digital and media literacy education. We present a theoretical justification for curation and present six key ways that curation can be used to teach about critical thinking, analysis and expression online.

 

We utilize a case study of the digital curation platform Storify to explore how curation works in the classroom, and present a framework that integrates curation pedagogy into core media literacy education learning outcomes.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/learn-every-day-a-bit-with-curation/

 

http://blog.scoop.it/2011/11/30/lord-of-curation-series-gust-mees/

 

https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/pkm-personal-professional-knowledge-management/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Curation

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/andragogy-adult-teaching-how-to-teach-ict/

 


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 25, 6:03 AM
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This concept is new to me, although I have practiced this in different forms. It seems logical to utilize this pedagogical approach to curation for students, parents, and teachers alike. We are all learners in today's rapid pace in technological changes.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 31, 12:59 PM

Thoughtful curation is critical thinking activated.

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Regional Sayings: Say These 9 Words and We'll Tell You Where You Grew Up | Reader's Digest

Regional Sayings: Say These 9 Words and We'll Tell You Where You Grew Up | Reader's Digest | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Some words are like out-of-state license plates—they’re dead giveaways that you’re not from around here. Just try rhyming aunt with can’t in parts of the Northeast or Upper Midwest (you cahn’t) or ordering a sub in Philadelphia, the epicenter of hoagie country. Not convinced? Check out this list of 13 foods that have totally different regional names. In recent years, linguists have pondered whether the homogenizing effects of TV, film, and the Internet have begun to eliminate many so-called regionalisms. To find out, I surveyed Americans about how we talk for my book, Speaking American. The good news, based on the 350,000 responses received: American English shows no sign of disappearing. So slip off your sneakers (more on that later), grab a soft drink (ditto), and let’s take a tour of Americanisms. (Find out if you're like the rest of us and mispronounce these common words, too.)
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Six Types of Writing Hooks to Reel in Readers

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Writing - A hook is the initial sentence (or single word) that grabs the attention of readers and entices them to keep reading. 


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If your businesses uses blogs or other tools, to attract business via content marketing, then you need to make sure that your reader gets past your headline. Writing good content that get the reader in, is far harder to do, than most people realise. The six different types of hooks, outlined in this article, that you can use in your writing to hold the attention of the reader, will help you get a better return from your efforts in content marketing.

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6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers

6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Below are some popular journaling apps we curated specifically for teachers. You can use them to record your ideas and thoughts and capture your daily activities as you live them. You can then share or sync all of your notes across different devices.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 26, 12:30 PM

Apps to help build a journaling habit.  When your kids are writing, you write too.  This kind of modeling shows how important writing really is. 

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hqpbl :: High Quality Project-Based Learning

hqpbl :: High Quality Project-Based Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Project Based Learning (PBL) is increasingly recognized as a powerful instructional practice, both in the United States and around the world. More and more educators are trying to use project-based methods to engage their students toward meaningful, deeper learning. Currently, there is no collectively-developed, widely-accepted PBL Framework to guide aspiring educators. 

The goal of this project is to collaboratively create and share a Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning to provide quality and consistency across classrooms, schools, districts and states. 

 

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A new (summer 2017), international effort to bring "quality and consistency" to the practice of PBL, with guidance from the Buck Institute for Education. HQPBL seeks the active participation of volunteers from around the world.

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TIME’s 100 Most Influential Images of All Time

TIME’s 100 Most Influential Images of All Time | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"What are the 100 most influential photographs? To answer this question, Time magazine reached out to historians, curators, and photo editors and conducted interviews with photographers, subjects of famous photographs, and others to assemble this collection of photographs taken between 1826 (when the first known photograph was taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce) and 2015. Each selected photograph is accompanied by a short essay. These photographs, which can be browsed chronologically, vary widely. Some are poignant, while others are whimsical. Visitors, especially educators and parents, should be aware that some of these photographs depict violence and human suffering and may be disturbing. There is also a series of short documentary films, Behind the Photographs, that provide additional context to some of these famous images."

 

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Writing prompts and visual literacy exercises!


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Tap by Wattpad - Addictive Chat Stories

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Read addictive chat stories for free with Tap by Wattpad. Dive into interactive, heart-pounding stories that drop you right into the action, as if you're reading someone else's texts or create your own. Download the app for iOS and Android!


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 31, 1:30 AM

This is a great way to get students reading or doing creative writing.

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Study: Snapchat and Instagram are the worst for young people

Study: Snapchat and Instagram are the worst for young people | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A new study lends credence to what you’ve probably always suspected: social media is having a pretty negative effect on teenagers — Instagram and Snapchat being the worst culprits. The study, published today and called “Status of Mind,” was conducted by researchers for the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. The researchers surveyed 1,479 British youths ages 14-24, asking them how they felt the different social media networks effected their mental health. They took in several factors such as body image, sleep deprivation, bullying, and self-identity.

 

The results suggest the two worst social media networks for kids are Instagram and Snapchat, as they had terrible scores for body image, bullying, and anxiety. Twitter and Facebook weren’t much better, though. YouTube was the only one that apparently inspired more positive feelings than negative ones.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 19, 3:45 PM

A new study lends credence to what you’ve probably always suspected: social media is having a pretty negative effect on teenagers — Instagram and Snapchat being the worst culprits. The study, published today and called “Status of Mind,” was conducted by researchers for the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. The researchers surveyed 1,479 British youths ages 14-24, asking them how they felt the different social media networks effected their mental health. They took in several factors such as body image, sleep deprivation, bullying, and self-identity.

 

The results suggest the two worst social media networks for kids are Instagram and Snapchat, as they had terrible scores for body image, bullying, and anxiety. Twitter and Facebook weren’t much better, though. YouTube was the only one that apparently inspired more positive feelings than negative ones.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 

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5 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing

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Whether you are working on an academic paper like an essay, a dissertation or any other form of writing, editing is a sure way to polish your work. Mistakes in writing are inevitable. Professional writers usually edit their work as many times as possible. It goes without saying that editing is beyond checking for grammar or punctuation errors in writing. It involves rewriting and restructuring a written piece. Many people assume that editing is a daunting task which is untrue. Here are 5 effective steps for editing your own writing.


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Planning to Make Writing: Distinguishing Form from Medium - Angela Stockman @angelastockman

Planning to Make Writing: Distinguishing Form from Medium - Angela Stockman @angelastockman | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I’ve spent much of the summer working with teachers who are eager to integrate making and writing but uncertain where to begin.

This is what I tell them: 

I tell them that making must elevate writing, otherwise it will merely replace it. And writing matters.

I tell them that we need frameworks that help us see how making and writing can connect inside of our classrooms and workshops. Making writing looks like play, but it’s purposeful. Intentional.

I tell them that we need tools and strategies and protocols that inspire complex, creative, and high quality work.

I tell them that for all of these reasons, planning matters.

Planning really matters. So, this is where my return to blogging will begin.

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Me – The User Manual

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Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant), other of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, tweeted a link this LinkedIn article by Abby Falik today, “Leaders Need User Manuals – and What I Learned By Writing Mine.”

"In the article, Falik includes her own User Manual, which includes these headings:

My Style
What I Value
What I Don’t Have Patience For
How Best to Communicate with Me
How to Help Me
What People Misunderstand About Me


"As soon as I read the article, I immediately saw applications for education.  Not only would it be valuable to have this information about the administrators we work with, but also our colleagues and students.  Because many of us are about to begin a new school year, I challenge you to create your own User Manual to share with your students and/or colleagues." 

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The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature

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"Edited by a team of literature scholars from across the United States, The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children's Literature is an online journal that includes analysis of both classic and contemporary children's and youth literature. Founded in 1997, the journal releases a new issue once or twice a year and is aimed at "academics, librarians, teachers, parents and anyone else fascinated by the world of children's literature." The journal is divided up into several sections and includes peer-reviewed academic papers alongside "more general commentary" and "light and quirky pieces." On this website, visitors may read the current issue of The Looking Glass and all previously published issues in HTML format. In the Vol 19, No 1 (2016) issue, readers will find an analysis of hunger in youth novels by Sarah Hardstaff; a consideration of literacy education by Kevin K. Thomas and April M. Burke, both of Central Michigan University; and a consideration of three recently published books about the Harry Potter series.The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children's Books is an electronic journal about children's literature."

 

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Trint Beyond Transcription

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"As machine learning and automation technologies continue to transform the 21st century (and especially journalism), voice transcription remains a pesky speed bump. Transcription in particular is a technology that some have spent decades pursuing and others deemed outright impossible in our lifetimes. While news organizations and social media outlets alike have invested heavily in video content, the ability to optimize those clips for search engines remains elusive. And with younger readers still preferring print to video anyway, the value of transcribed text remains high.

"Based in London and launched in autumn 2016, Trint is a web app built on two separate but entwined elements. The company’s transcription algorithm feeds text into a browser interface for editing, which links the words in a transcript directly to the corresponding points in the recording. While the accuracy is hardly perfect (as Trint’s founders are the first to admit), the system almost always produces a transcript that’s clean enough for searching and editing. At roughly 25 cents per minute (or $15 per hour), Trint’s software-as-service costs a quarter of the $1 per minute rate offered by competitors. There’s a reason Trint is so cheap: Those other services, like Casting Words and 3Play, use humans to clean up automated transcripts or to do the actual transcribing. Trint is all machines."


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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A century of research shows that traditional grammar lessons—those hours spent diagramming sentences and memorizing parts of speech—don’t help and may even hinder students’ efforts to become better writers. Yes, they need to learn grammar, but the old-fashioned way does not work.

This finding—confirmed in 1984, 2007, and 2012 through reviews of over 250 studies—is consistent among students of all ages, from elementary school through college. For example, one well-regarded study followed three groups of students from 9th to 11th grade where one group had traditional rule-bound lessons, a second received an alternative approach to grammar instruction, and a third received no grammar lessons at all, just more literature and creative writing. The result: No significant differences among the three groups—except that both grammar groups emerged with a strong antipathy to English. 

There is a real cost to ignoring such findings. In my work with adults who dropped out of school before earning a college degree, I have found over and over again that they over-edit themselves from the moment they sit down to write. They report thoughts like “Is this right? Is that right?” and “Oh my god, if I write a contraction, I’m going to flunk.” Focused on being correct, they never give themselves a chance to explore their ideas or ways of expressing those ideas. Significantly, this sometimes-debilitating focus on “the rules” can be found in students who attended elite private institutions as well as those from resource-strapped public schools.
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Teaching grammar in a highly structured manner does not improve grammar skills over using good literature and creative writing. What the groups with structured grammar lesson acquired was an antipathy towards grammar.

I did not use structured grammar in my teaching. What this does is gives a teacher time to read and write with students.

The findings are borne out by research.
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Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions. By Cynthia J. Brame, CFT Assistant Director Print Version Cite this guide: Brame, C., (2013) Writing good multiple choice test questions. Retrieved [todaysdate] from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/writing-good-multiple-choice-test-questions/. Constructing an Effective Stem Constructing Effective Alternatives Additional Guidelines for Multiple Choice Questions Considerations for Writing Multiple Choice Items that Test Higher-order Thinking Additional Resources Multiple choice test questions

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Growing Writers in Science

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Growing Writers in Science by Christine Schepeler The Challenge of Writing in Science I spend a lot of time as a science teacher thinking about how to effectively integrate writing standards while ...

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50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, July 12, 11:27 AM
Writing skills are one of the hardest skills for English language learners to grasp and achieve.  In past posts, I have discussed and shared links to writing journal activities.  Here is a list of great prompts at all grade levels.  Many are dealing with current events and topics which help build background knowledge.