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According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.
Via Dennis T OConnor
Jim Lerman's insight:
This site gives a brief and very helpful sequence of steps in planning and producing a digital story from the point of view of a non-profit organization. The list of the main varieties of stories, credited to the Center for Digital Storytelling is particularly helpful.
The story about:
An event in your life
A place in your life
What I do
Popular social media websites can be used as legitimate research tools, complimenting the traditional methods, and they can help students prepare when writing their essays and assignments.
Here are some of the best social networks and ways they can help improve your writing and research
Via Ariana Amorim
“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.” Horace Mann
"Recently I came across a beautifully written ode to creativity written by @RealDavidCameron – see here. Please read it in all of its resplendent glory. The article, appropriate for our austere times, and rather bankrupt political leadership, is not all sweetness and light. Birth weight and poverty are recognized as near intractable factors that inhibit learning, but the driving force of the article resides in the transformative power of education. This was connected to another article by an inspiring school leader, Tom Sherrington – the @headguruteacher – with this article on creativity here: Teaching for Creativity and Innovation. Now, let me admit, when I sometimes hear the term ‘creativity’ used regarding education I wince slightly. ‘Passion’ and ‘creativity’ have become easy labels used across public and private sectors, becoming appropriated by advertisers, regardless of whether those qualities are exhibited or not, like some empty corporate mantra. When people laud Sir Ken Robinson I cannot but agree with his inspired speeches, but without action those words ring hollow. What leaders like Tom Sherrington and people like David Cameron do is put meat onto the bones of the creativity mantra in a real and valuable. They shine a light on creativity in practice and thereby encourage us to bask in the glow and feed the flame,"
Tweet Student blogging is not a project, but a process. We are continuously striving to refine, improve and re-evaluate. One of my favorite writes, Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, explores how to help kids write in digital spaces. Features a checklist of factors that contribute to quality of writing.
Design Drivers: Learning
Via GBS Digital Learning Pilot
Writing is one of the key literacy learning skills.
In their words...
Via John Dalziel, Lynnette Van Dyke
Not only do we need skills for expository, creative, persuasive and technical writing, but we often write about topics for which we know very little at first. Furthermore, our writing is expected to be motivating while clearly delivering concepts, procedures and facts.
Via Alfredo Calderon, Luciana Viter, Ken Morrison
An interesting discussion on ways to make writing an authentic experience for your students. Ideas include writing for the school newsletter, publishing ebooks, writing ne ws reports, creating textbooks for ohter grades levels and much more. Check it out for ideas and add your thoughts to the comment section.
Via Beth Dichter, Susan Golab
In 2008, Fran Simmons, an English teacher at NewDorpHigh School in New York—at that time one of the lowest-performing secondary institutions in the nation— devised a simple test for her students in an effort to keep district officials from pulling the plug. First, she asked her freshman class to read Of Mice and Men. Then, using information from the novel, she asked them to answer the following prompt in a single sentence:
“Although George …”
She was looking for a sentence like: Although George worked very hard, he could not attain the American Dream.
What Simmons received was alarming in the truest sense of the word. Some students wrote passable sentences, but many could not manage to finish the line. More than a few wrote the following:
“Although George and Lenny were friends.”
Via Beth Dichter, Dennis T OConnor
"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).
Via Beth Dichter
Geoff Livingston: "Stories told across multi-platform media environments — or transmedia stories as they are commonly called on the edge — require more complex writing. A story unfolds across diverse media with readers/viewers opting in to each layer."
Via The Digital Rocking Chair