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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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The Updated Classroom – Developing Student Writing Skills with Tablet and Smartphone Apps | Emerging Education Technology

The Updated Classroom – Developing Student Writing Skills with Tablet and Smartphone Apps | Emerging Education Technology | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This collaboratively written article provides some great ideas for leveraging today's mobile technologies to help students enhance those vital writing

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Susan Golab
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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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.

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Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:24 PM

Massage your brain....

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 1, 5:39 AM

The power of putting pen to paper helps to make sense of a world increasingly filled with noise.

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Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps ~ Socialbrite

Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps ~ Socialbrite | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Social media consulting for nonprofits
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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:

Someone important

An event in your life

An accomplishment

A place in your life

What I do

Recovery

Love

Discovery

 

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, June 15, 2013 8:19 AM

This article looks at digital storytelling as a means to tell one's life stories. Makes for an interesting read

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Social Media Websites can be a Powerful Aid in Writing Assignment (with 5 Examples) | Emerging Education Technology

Social Media Websites can be a Powerful Aid in Writing Assignment (with 5 Examples) | Emerging Education Technology | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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


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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/xrDuDaJm

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Susan's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:03 AM

Tell a story using the tool that works for you!

Jeeyoung Min's curator insight, September 23, 2013 2:02 AM

Powerful digital multimedia tools make a classroom much more dynamic.

Annika Hultén's curator insight, May 17, 2014 2:57 PM
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A Creative Curriculum fit for 2013 and Beyond | huntingenglish

A Creative Curriculum fit for 2013 and Beyond | huntingenglish | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“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,"

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 28, 2012 7:29 PM

The above comment, only one paragraph in quite a lengthy meditation on the necessity for creativity and passion in education, comes from "A Subject Leader of English in a large, successful state school in York" [England], who evidently desires to write anonymously.

 

In any event, huntingenglish has quite a bit to say on his/her own behalf and also peppers the piece with abundant links to additional writings by others as well as schools/programs that s/he considers exemplary.

 

From the opinions expressed, it seems to me that the educational landscape in the UK resembles that of the US in a great many respects...certainly I find much to agree with concerning personal reflections about the current state of educational affairs.

 

Huntingenglish has a lot to say and, IMO, says it very well. This is quite a stimulating read and I will be returning to this blog for more.

 

 

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Student Blogs: Learning to Write in Digital Spaces | Langwitches Blog

Student Blogs: Learning to Write in Digital Spaces | Langwitches Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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


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Plinky - for writing

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Writing is one of the key literacy learning skills.


For many learners it can also be one of the most challenging.


The way learning Providers teach 'writing' has alot to do with their learners attitude; if they can find engaging and collaborative ways to teach writing then, their learners writing performance will be enhanced.


One strategy is to use technology.


For learners, generating ideas is often the most difficult phase of their writing process.


This is where Plinky can help.


Every day Plinky provides a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer.


Users can...
- add photos, maps, playlists and more.
- easily share their Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and most major blogging services.

 

In their words...
"We know you've got something interesting to say. Plinky is here to help you say it in a fun and compelling way."


Via John Dalziel, Lynnette Van Dyke
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10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning

10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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.
Here you’ll find some brief guidelines that focus on each type of writing. Much of this writing is done in storyboards, so I didn’t include writing for storyboards as a separate type. What other types of writing for eLearning can you think of?


Via Alfredo Calderon, Luciana Viter, Ken Morrison
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Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, August 17, 2012 8:42 AM
Thanks Ken, I'm glad you find it useful. Please feel free to recommend good sites.
Ken Morrison's comment, August 26, 2012 10:01 AM
Thank you for the rescoop!
I see great resources on your site.
Ken
Ken Morrison's comment, August 27, 2012 12:21 PM
Thank you for the rescoop. I like what I see on your topic!
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What are you doing to make writing real in your classroom?

What are you doing to make writing real in your classroom? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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.


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Writing To Think: When a Student Can't Write It, Can She Think It?

Writing To Think: When a Student Can't Write It, Can She Think It? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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.”


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:49 PM

This in-depth post explores the issue of language impacts our ability to think. After an introduction the post is split into three sections.

The first section explores "the psycholingusitic case for writing education." It is noted that the Common Core states that students in grades 6-12 "should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.” 
And following this raised a different question:
"If a student can’t write it, however, why should we assume that she can think it?"

What follows is a look at language, where we see that the language we learn impacts us in many ways, that some cultures have many words for a word like snow while others do not, that cultures whom have language that have "gendered objects" impacts how people view the objects. 

The second section explores "Can you teach better math and science be teaching writing?" Information is provided about New Dorp High School (in New York). The school implemented a program that included "writing-to-learn" across the curriculum (except for math) and discovered that major gains in writing were apparent by the second year. 

The third section "highlights ten features of writing education that can be used to enhance student learning across all subject areas, ultimately resulting in higher academic performance."

The first two suggestions are below (all are quoted from the post).

1. Vocabulary Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that the concept of a word may change depending on the context in which it is used.
2. Syntax Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that every math problem and essay prompt has a hierarchical structure. 
Click through to the post to learn more about these two features of writing and about eight additional features.

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:23 PM

This article gives compelling evidence that the ability to write effectively is closely linked to the ability to think coherently. The author writes, "Students’ inability to write was contributing to their inability to think, severely impeding intellectual growth across many subjects."



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Teacher's Guide to Teaching Writing through Technology

Teacher's Guide to Teaching Writing through Technology | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Jillian Zuber's curator insight, March 5, 2013 9:28 PM

Tutorial on how to create a writer's workshop in your classroom using GoogleDocs!

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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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12 Essential Steps of a Phenomenal Story


Via Jess McCulloch, The Digital Rocking Chair, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, January 7, 2013 8:49 PM
Strange to tell Joseph Campbell's Hero With A Thousand Faces with Lego characters but it flies by faster chan Campbell.
Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, January 7, 2013 8:55 PM

Could this 65 slide deck have saved me plowing through Joseph Campbell's Hero With A Thosand Faces? Not really, but its fun and flies by providing ADD insight into the basis of all stories. 

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Gone Google Story Builder - Use Docs and multiple authors to have fun "Writing"

Gone Google Story Builder - Use Docs and multiple authors to have fun "Writing" | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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5 Excellent Web Tools for Creative Writing Prompts

5 Excellent Web Tools for Creative Writing Prompts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Lori Johnson
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Transmedia Writing

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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."


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