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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
Curated by Jim Lerman
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LATE NIGHT SESSION: Michela Marino Lerman :: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Michela Marino Lerman :: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
With tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman, vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, vibraphonist Joel Ross, guitarist Gabe Schnider, bassists Russell Hall (6/7-6/10) and Chris Smith (6/11), saxphonist and clarinetist Patrick Bartley (6/9-6/11), and drummer Kyle Poole

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15pm for Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented emerging artists in jazz. There are no reservations for Late Night Sessions - just swing by!

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Shameless plug...That's my baby! She's no baby any more. If you like jazz you will love this!

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8 Ways Digital Storytelling Transforms Learning in 21st Century Education: The Research Evidence

8 Ways Digital Storytelling Transforms Learning in 21st Century Education: The Research Evidence | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling is a trending educational tool. Know the 8 ways research indicate it transforms learning.

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18 New York Times Articles You Should Read Before You Turn 18

18 New York Times Articles You Should Read Before You Turn 18 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Four members on the spring Student Council for our partner The New York Times Learning Network curated a list of the best 18 articles on education, happiness, and social awareness that provide advice to youth entering adulthood.

“We chose these 18 articles from The Times by first individually sifting through the paper and its archives and picking pieces that resonated. Then we shared our finds in a Google doc and noticed that we had all chosen things that could be categorized in one of three ways: Education, Happiness or Social Awareness.”

By Jamie Gleklen, Jonathan Looi, Alex Schwartz, and Cooper Veit

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Creative Work Suffers When the Measure of Its Success is Solely External — Life Learning — Medium

Creative Work Suffers When the Measure of Its Success is Solely External - Life Learning - Medium
Attempting to control the uncontrollable is what frequently causes a good amount of our suffering. Yet that’s precisely what we do when we measure creative success solely by external measures. We restrict the flow of instinct, intuition and the desire to create what we want to see exist in the world.
It’s only when we’re able to let go of our attachment to outcomes and external measure that the best work we’re capable of producing starts to emerge. When you’re thinking too much about the outcome, you’re not focused on what actually matters, what you actually control, which is the energy you put into the actual work.
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Everything you need to know about curation in 2016: 8 content curation best practices

Everything you need to know about curation in 2016: 8 content curation best practices | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Content curation plays a critical role in building your audience by adding value to other people's content. Here are 8 content curation best practices. 

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Advice on Writing From The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates

Advice on Writing From The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Before he wrote cover stories for The Atlantic, before he won a National Magazine Award, before he taught at MIT, Ta-Nehisi Coates was laid off by Time magazine. “To put it bluntly,” he wrote last spring, “I was — like most freelancers — hurting. My wife had been unerringly supportive. My son was getting older. I was considering driving a cab.”

Of course, it’s now six years later, and Coates has had great success writing for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other publications. But writing doesn’t get easier, he maintains — it’s always a process.

“It’s as though you have a certain music in your head, and trying to get that music out on the page is absolute hell,” he said in an interview for Atlantic Video’s Creative Breakthroughs series. “But what you have to do is give yourself a day, go back, revise, over and over and over again.”
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Atavist - a simple web tool for powerful storytelling

Atavist - a simple web tool for powerful storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

from the Scout Report

 

"It's easy to see why readers were immediately drawn to Atavist with its sharp aesthetic appeal and integrative approach to graphic storytelling. Its user-friendly interface synthesizes narrative methods developed by predecessors such as Youtube, Instagram, and Wordpress, offering exciting new directions for creative projects like longform essay writing. We think Atavist just may become a staple for anyone looking to create visually appealing and impactful presentations or projects.

 

"Atavist advertises itself as "a simple web tool for powerful storytelling." For those readers who love to write - and write online - it may be just the service they have been searching for, as it allows authors to upload photos, video, and audio to create an immersive experience. The best way to form a sense of what can be done with Atavist is to select the menu on the top right hand side of the screen and then go to Examples to peruse creative articles that integrate a variety of multimedia possibilities. Interested readers will then want to create an account using Facebook or their email address. From there, the instructions walk through the steps of creating a New Project, including writing text and using the convenient drag and drop functions for various media. Many readers will want to take the Tour, which can be located on the top of the screen after selecting New Project."

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Three Useful Resources If You Want To Write A Book

Three Useful Resources If You Want To Write A Book | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I'm adding these three resources to So, You Want To Write A Book? Here's The Best Advice…: To self-publish or not to self-publish? That is the question is by Nik Peachey. A textbook problem: Seven suggestions to improve the quality of published resources is by Jose Picardo. This presentation is from the great Roxanna Elden:…
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Two Good Tools for Summarizing Long Text ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Good Tools for Summarizing Long Text ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Below are two good applications that provide short summaries to long chunks of text. The first one is called Smmry. This  is a web based tool for summarizing text. Students can use it to help them with reading comprehension. The way it works is easy: you  paste your text, customize some of the tool's  settings and click on ’summarize’. Smmry does the rest and provides you with a synopsis of the text containing few topic-focused sentences. The second application is an iPad app called Clipped and is especially ideal for news readers. Clipped summarizes long news articles into bullet points extracting unnecessary information and data leaving you only the gist of the story.
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Nneze Akwiwu: The First Female President Of Nigeria

Nneze Akwiwu: The First Female President Of Nigeria | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A chance conversation gives Nneze Akwiwu a chance to study in the United States.

Nneze Akwiwu is currently a senior Biology major at Spelman College. She thinks of herself as a bubbly, outgoing and very family oriented individual. She has plans of becoming the first female president of Nigeria.
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5 Storytelling Lessons From Superhero Stories

Love reading comics? You're not the only one. What about these stories about super-beings keep our eyes glued to the pages and our minds salivating for more? W…

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Penelope's curator insight, May 24, 2016 11:47 AM
I love slideshares and this one is Pow! Super Awesome!

Study these super hero stories and weave several of the tips into your own work to punch it up!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly" ***
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How to write descriptively - Nalo Hopkinson

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-write-fiction-that-comes-alive-nalo-hopkinson The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentar

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App Ed Review Roundup: 4 Great Movie Making Apps! by KELLY WALSH

App Ed Review Roundup: 4 Great Movie Making Apps! by KELLY WALSH | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
by KELLY WALSH

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Storytelling in VR & Mixed Reality with SPACES - Road to VR

Storytelling in VR & Mixed Reality with SPACES - Road to VR | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Brad Herman & Shiraz Akmal recently left DreamWorks Animation to raise $3 million to start SPACES Inc., which is a virtual reality and mixed reality company focusing on storytelling for different brands including Microsoft, NBCUniversal, and The Hettema Group. Brad founded the DreamLab at DreamWorks in order to focus on developing content for mobile and cutting edge immersive technologies like VR, and so he’s been intimately involved with exploring storytelling in VR for the past couple of years. I had a chance to catch up with him at SVVR 2016, where he shared his thoughts about storytelling in VR and mixed reality, how to deal with non-compliant users, how he thinks that VR differs from film & broadway, and one of their first mixed reality projects of Big Blue Bubble’s My Singing Monsters.
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Young Writer Chronicles: Students Around the World Discover a Love for Writing

Young Writer Chronicles: Students Around the World Discover a Love for Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

An educator shares how our partner NaNoWriMo has affected the writing of youth in international schools.

“My eyes were opened as I saw students who had previously struggled to write a paragraph effortlessly filling pages and pages of a first draft. It also unlocked writing in other classes across the curriculum, and writing was coming easier for these students in history, science, and literature classes.”

By Nate Fleming

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Top 10 Movies for Teaching Media Literacy: Part 1 - The LAMP

Top 10 Movies for Teaching Media Literacy: Part 1 - The LAMP | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As a media literacy educator, and someone who learned most of what I know from cinema, I love movies that pull back the curtain and show us the hidden side of media. Looking to movies to critique the media industry is a paradox, for sure, but it’s fun to revisit movies I love and examine just how much I learned about media from watching movies. The ten movies I selected challenge the way we see our news, television and advertising media, question the way men and women and race are represented, or underrepresented, in media, and the way we, the audience, are influenced and often exploited by media. The ten movies I selected are also entertaining. And I threw in a couple movies that critique the film industry, for good measure.

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Igniting Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols with Nancy Duarte

Igniting Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols with Nancy Duarte | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic]

Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Content curation is an economical way to increase content production - & it's easy when you have an informative infographic to guide you.

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Langston Hughes Presents the History of Jazz in an Illustrated Children’s Book (1955)

Langston Hughes Presents the History of Jazz in an Illustrated Children’s Book (1955) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I can imagine no better guide through the history and variety of jazz than Langston Hughes, voice of the Harlem Renaissance and poetic interpreter of 20th century black American culture. Hughes’ 1955 First Book of Jazz is just that, a short primer with a surprisingly high degree of sophistication for a children’s book. I would, in fact, recommend it as an introduction to jazz for any reader. Hughes thoroughly covers the musical context of jazz in brief chapters like “African Drums,” “Old New Orleans,” “Work Songs,” “The Blues,” and “Ragtime.” He then “discusses the mechanics of jazz,” writes author and blogger Ariel S. Winter, including “improvisation, syncopation, percussion, rhythm, blue notes, tone color, harmony, break, riff….” Through it all runs the life and career of Louis Armstrong, whose story, Hughes states “is almost the whole story of orchestral jazz in America.”
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Home Movie Registry | A LISTING OF AMATEUR FILM HOLDINGS

Home Movie Registry | A LISTING OF AMATEUR FILM HOLDINGS | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the Scout Report

 

"When it comes to archival material, most people think of documents, photographs, or the occasional news clip. Rarely, however, do home videos come to mind. We love that the Home Movie Registry not only directs its attention toward the preservation and collection of amateur films, but that through the collaborative efforts of archives and museums across the country, material in the HMR may be easily accessed by anyone. We encourage readers to explore the intimate family moments captured here, and the many ways that home movies can be used to shed light on important components of American culture and history.

 

"Since the 1920s, home movies have been produced by everyday people, documenting daily activities and offering a wealth of information about twentieth century American life. The Home Movie Registry, a curated search engine from the Center for Home Movies (CHM), is an innovative project designed to bring together the swarth of amateur films digitized and collected by participating archives. The About section of the site details the portal's extensive efforts and provides useful context. From there, readers may like to explore the two Exhibits currently featured on the site, one of which highlights Home Movies and the African American Community, while the other provides a look at Home Movies and Television. Readers may also simply scroll down the fascinating list of amateur-made films on the home page, which illuminate such ephemera as a 1950s Chicago picnic and a 1975 homemade travel documentary. For more targeted research, historians, artists, documentarians, students, and others will find an excellent search bar for easy filtering through the Registry's video troves."

 

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95 - Dennis Mortensen, Saves Time with Artificial Intelligence

95 - Dennis Mortensen, Saves Time with Artificial Intelligence | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Dennis is the CEO and Founder of x.ai, whose artificial intelligence driven personal assistant lets people schedule meetings using plain English and nothing more than a CC to amy@x.ai. Founded in 2014, x.ai is backed by blue chip investors, including IA Ventures, Firstmark, and Two Sigma Ventures, and located in New York City.

Dennis is a pioneer and expert in the analytics, optimization and big data space and has been since its inception – he is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur and successfully delivered a number of company exits. He’s an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of Data Driven Insights from Wiley and a frequent speaker on the subject of Analytics and Data. A native of Denmark, Mortensen currently calls New York City his home.
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Story Collider - Stories about Science

Story Collider - Stories about Science | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The Story Collider was founded in 2010 by Ben Lillie and Brian Wecht, two physicists who met at a storytelling show in Queens and quickly realized that they could do that too. Since then, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through our many live shows as well as our weekly podcast, and we've used what we've learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in our university and corporate workshop program.

 

"We believe that, now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone's life. At The Story Collider, you'll hear from scientists about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, but you'll also hear from people who haven't had a formal connection to science since high school. We have physicists, comedians, neuroscientists, writers, actors, doctors, and many, many more telling their story. Some are heartbreaking; some are hilarious. They're all true, and all, in one way or another, are about science."

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Reimagining School Writing

Reimagining School Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Move beyond the five-paragraph essay. Bring school writing to life through freewriting, peer reviews, and allowing students to include relevant memories and vivid descriptions.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 17, 2016 1:22 AM

Some useful ideas here.

Emma McPherson's curator insight, May 19, 2016 8:30 AM
Some interesting suggestions for ways to assist students to develop writing skills while still encouraging creativity. Undoubtedly our education system does value academic writing styles and skills, often to the detriment of students' creative lives.
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The Best Posts On Writing Instruction  :: Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Posts On Writing Instruction  :: Larry Ferlazzo | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I’ve published a number of posts on writing instruction, and thought I’d bring them all together into one “The Best” list. I’ve previously posted tons of lists sharing…
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Ferlazzo is one of the best list-makers around; never fails to offer sound suggestions.

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The 5-Step Process that Solves Three Painful Writing Problems

The 5-Step Process that Solves Three Painful Writing Problems | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Use this five-step writing process to get started, cut the fluff, and finish writing a compelling piece of content that has a specific objective.

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