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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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A Teacher on Teaching: NFL Adopts Common Core Playbook--Copying Education Reforms

A Teacher on Teaching: NFL Adopts Common Core Playbook--Copying Education Reforms | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by John J. Viall

 

"Washington, D. C.) In a surprise news conference today U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced plans to improve NFL performance in coming seasons.

"Unlike news conferences on education, which draw sparse crowds, representatives from hundreds of newspapers, television and radio networks, and ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN for Kids and ESPN Tales from the Crypt were in attendance.

"Mr. Duncan spoke first. “We are pleased to announce a partnership involving the U. S. Department of Education and the NFL,” he explained. “We will call this new effort to improve pro football ‘Race to the End Zone.’ All the leading school reform experts insist this approach will dramatically improve the quality of football play.”

“Frankly,” Commissioner Goodell admitted, “this joint effort developed out of a concern for failing NFL franchises. We have watched the brilliant successes wrought by Mr. Duncan and others like him in recent years and believe it is time to adopt a variety of sports reforms, similar to school reforms, and introduce them in our league. We believe with such changes in place the Cleveland Browns can finally reach the Super Bowl and win.”"

 

 

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Published July 4, 2013

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50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story | wiki

50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story | wiki | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Alan Levine

 

"It was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and deep levels of technical expertise. We are at the point now where anyone can create and publish very compelling content with nothing more complex than a web browser.

"The point is not that these are professional level production tools, but that the barrier of entry to content creation can be drastically low. And you should find a new mode of creativity when the tool have some limits as to what they can do-- and find that the core of the story is much more important than a widget.

"What makes for a "story" here consists of more than one type of media (images + text, audio + images, etc) that are assembled on the web, and can be presented on the web or embedded into other web sites.

"And I am using the word "story" in a most general sense; it may be a deeply personal one of the digital storytelling variety, it may be a tale of a travel trip, a report on a project, or just a silly cartoon-- it is what you make. It's your story.

"This is a new version of the original 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story that was created in 2007. As of May 20, 2013 9:11 pm 34 are in the new site and some 30 are waiting in the wings!"

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If you could only visit one resource about storytelling via the web, this is the one I'd suggest. It's an enormously rich and expansive collection of resources and how-tos...virtually indispensible to the digital story using/telling/teaching educator.

 

Site producer Levine has been around for a long, long time in web time. Viewers might know him from his long-running blog - CogDogBlog.

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Why Data Needs Stories from Economist Steven Levitt

Why Data Needs Stories from Economist Steven Levitt | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Steven Levitt, an economist hailed as one of the finest minds of his generation, says he’s never been good at math and finds much of his life’s work “embarrassing.” The University of Chicago professor is not just being...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:06 PM

I really like this article because it showcases Freakonomics author Steven Levitt who is a master storyteller when it comes to data.


What I love about Levitt is his ability to take data and tell compelling stories about it -- generating not only sense-making but even bettr -- meaning! Meaningful stories that make an impact.


Learn more about Levitt and some of the great stories he tells interpreting data. He's a terrific example for us all. Enjoy!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, June 19, 2013 9:54 AM

Putting data into a story makes it much more people oriented.   Brings out the need to know.    

Karen Dietz's comment, June 24, 2013 2:57 PM
Good point Kaylin!
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Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue

Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Penelope's curator insight, May 21, 2013 12:15 AM

 

Yackety Yak. Blah Blah Blah. We talk every day and in every way. Is it always effective talking? Not really. But when it comes to our writing of dialogue inside of our stories, it better be.

 

When a writer goes on for a page or two or three describing what kind of coffee a character is going to order at the cafe, my eyes start to roll back in my head, and I am more than likely to slam the door on that story.

 

Dialogue is war! If you write dialogue--make it tight--and make it right! Make sure it is going to advance your story. I am still basking in the "afterglow" of all of the wonderful dialogue and storytelling from the remake of the "Great Gatsby" movie. Ah, but that is a post for another day.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2010/08/tips-for-writing-effective-dialogue.html

 

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

very instructive advice. De bons conseils pour écrire des dialogues réalistes.

Penelope's comment, May 21, 2013 3:17 PM
Merci'!
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Resume Designer Now Lets You Create, Edit And Share Resumes On An iPad

Resume Designer Now Lets You Create, Edit And Share Resumes On An iPad | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Resume Designer, the useful app which allows users to create, edit, and share resumes while on the go, has received an important update.

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5 Online Resources for Better Writing | Proof Positive

5 Online Resources for Better Writing | Proof Positive | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing is a detailed process which requires a lot of practice to perfect. Writing requires streamlined skills, experience and expertise in the different writing styles. This is because no writing styles or audience demand the same things.

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Film English

Film English | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The site promotes the innovative and creative use of film in language learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English. The site promotes cineliteracy, the ability to analyse moving images, and considers cineliteracy as a 21st century skill which our students need to learn.


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:52 PM

This is more and more important. Increasingly students are viewing stories and need to develop the skills to analyze what they see. A useful resource.

Marta Braylan's curator insight, August 15, 2013 10:12 AM

Good lesson plans with films!

Maite Gonzalez's curator insight, February 14, 5:58 AM

Baliabide ikaragarria!!

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10 apps for distraction-free, productive writing - AGBeat

10 apps for distraction-free, productive writing - AGBeat | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A brief look at ten of the best distraction-free programs for writers and non-writers alike.

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Teresa Gibbons's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:26 AM

No one is immune to distractions. These apps look great.

Tricia Penner's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:27 AM

Love the idea recording app.

Sharon Bakar's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:30 AM

This could be very useful for my writing students ... and for me!

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How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain?

How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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David M. Daniel's curator insight, June 19, 2013 6:13 PM

I knew writer's were smarter than everyone else!  =P

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Corbett Harrison's 7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson

Corbett Harrison's 7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
These are links to the lessons and materials I use when I perform my "Seven Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson" teacher workshops.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 3, 2013 2:53 PM

Corbett Harrison is the webmaster for the WritingFix. His knowledge about writing instruction makes him a great resource for any teacher looking for inspiration.

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Why Visuals Matter In Storytelling: Presentation Using the App 'Haiku Deck'

Why Visuals Matter In Storytelling: Presentation Using the App 'Haiku Deck' | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Ken Shelton shared a slidedeck that he made about the use of visuals in storytelling. He made the presentation on Haiku Deck. 


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Interactive Fiction Resources | Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling

Interactive Fiction Resources | Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

 

 

by Emily Short

 

"Interactive fiction tells you the beginning of a story. Then it puts you in charge and lets you decide what your character should do. You type commands for the main character to carry out, and the story replies by telling you what happens next. Think of the rooms as your setting, and the objects you find as the props.

 

"Part of your role is to help the main character overcome obstacles to his progress: solving problems, working out what is going on in the story, discovering ways to reach new locations and tools. That aspect of interactive fiction is like a game.

 

"And part of your role is to help him make decisions. Interactive fiction may have multiple endings, subject to your choices. That aspect is like a story — but an open-ended one.

 

"If you enjoy interactive fiction, you’ll find a wide variety of free works available to you. These come in many styles, some more like games, some more like stories; some are challenging, some very easy; some are serious, emotionally demanding pieces, while others explore the lighter side of life. And, like books, works of interactive fiction come in assortment of genres: fantasy, mystery, horror, and science-fiction, romance and historical, surreal and slice-of-life.

 

"To try a few well-known, novice-friendly interactive fiction works now, check out this site."

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Many consider Short to be the Queen of Interactive Fiction (a title which no doubt causes her discomfort). Her website befits one held in such high esteem by her peers; it is extraordinarily rich. The page linked to here opens to her Resources section: recourses to read, write, teach, IF and access the IF community. 

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GET LAMP: The Text Adventure Documentary

"Google Tech Talk (more below) March 7, 2011 Presented by Jason Scott. ABSTRACT Jason Scott will talk about making the documentary and we'll be screening some portion of the film."

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Digital Storytelling Resources | pdf.

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Compiled by Karen Dietz from numerous sources

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Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9) | Getting Attention

Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9) | Getting Attention | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Show rather than tell to motivate supporters to care, then act.

 

If you take away just one thing from this post, make it this—You want your listener to take action because they want to—not because they’ve been told to. When you craft your stories to ensure listeners to connect your info with what they already know (test it), you’re far more likely to build trust and rapport with them. In turn, this group relationship is most likely to be transformative, motivating their desire to take action, now and in the future, and to spread your stories/messages to friends and family." Read the full article to see a before and after example.


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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, June 5, 2013 2:19 AM

Be sure to scroll down the page to find the links to 8 other articles in this series (which work for anyone, not just non-profits), including a series on how to tell these 6 types of stories:

- founding

- focus

- success

- people

- future

- strength

Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:23 PM

Beautiful!

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27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors

27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Celebrated authors, editors and illustrators write advice to young writers on their hands for " Shared Worlds ," a two-week creative writing summer camp at Wofford College.

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:41 PM

Very good advice from bestselling authors.

Jacques Goyette's comment, April 26, 2013 7:56 PM
A lot of people seem to appreciate this article. Keep up the good work Penelope.
Penelope's comment, April 26, 2013 9:48 PM
Thanks, Jacques! These articles are fun to seek out and read! :)
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Using Dragon Naturally Speaking to Increase Productivity | Writing Tools

Using Dragon Naturally Speaking to Increase Productivity | Writing Tools | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Authors are pressed for time. What if we could "dictate" our novels instead of typing them?"


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Penelope's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:31 AM

 

This post is very timely, as I have been considering making the switch from Word to Scrivener, and from typing to dictating.

 

This author is finding her voice with the software, "Dragon Naturally Speaking", and she gives us some very compelling reasons to try it out. Number 1? INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY.

 

She started out small with dictating e-mails and blog posts, and then gave it a shot for dictating the first draft of a novel. Her article gives us a peek into her process. Fascinating.

 

You can find this software on Amazon, and can get started with the home version to try it out.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://writing4success.com/blog/using-dragon-naturally-speaking-to-increase-productivity/

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: App Smashing - Digital Poetry #ec3ta13 #ipaded #edtechchat

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: App Smashing - Digital Poetry #ec3ta13 #ipaded #edtechchat | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
useful RT @carlaleeB: @langwitches: Good description by @mghulin - Digital Poetry - ipad workflow, SAMR... http://t.co/fPlxpY5HpD via @zite

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Tools for Capturing Your Ideas in Writing

Tools for Capturing Your Ideas in Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Here's a selection of tools that you can use online and off to capture your best ideas in writing and save them for future use! (RT @melissadonovan: Thanks for tweeting!

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BobbiJames's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:43 AM

Good tools for writers on the go!  Never let that great idea get away.

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Social Media Content Ideation: Think – Know – Do | Brainzooming

Social Media Content Ideation: Think – Know – Do | Brainzooming | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Mike Brown

 

"Whether creating social media content for yourself or for an organization you support, here’s an easy-to-use strategic thinking exercise for generating relevant topic ideas. Consider three vital areas:

 

-What do you Think?

-What do you Know?

-What do you Do?

 

"Consider your target audience’s needs and interests as a backdrop. Then use Think, Know, and Do as starters for three mind maps to help explore a range of social media content ideas."

 

- See more at: http://brainzooming.com/social-media-content-ideation-think-know-do/5705/#sthash.qBp3YO7N.dpuf

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:51 PM

Great way to develop ideas for projects, writing assignments, interviews, etc. Best done in groups, but will work ok for individuals too.

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37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Editor's note: The excerpt below comes from a book published in 1875: A Gentleman's Guide to Etiquette by Cecil B. Hartley. Hartley's rules may be over 100 ye

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David M. Daniel's curator insight, June 21, 2013 1:01 AM

Resource articles like this are great for writing convincing characters from different time periods or social strata.  Also, it isn't bad advice for life in general either... :)

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Writing Rules! Advice from the Times on Writing Well

Writing Rules! Advice from the Times on Writing Well | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By AMANDA CHRISTY BROWN and KATHERINE SCHULTEN

 

"The Times has recently published a few features that we consider gifts to English teachers everywhere, including a summer “How To” section of the Sunday Book Review, and a new series, called “Draft,” on the art of writing, which features essays by grammarians, historians, linguists, journalists, novelists and others.

 

"Below, we collect some “rules” we’ve derived from these features and from other pieces on the Times site, along with links and related activities we hope writers at any stage will find fun or useful — or both."

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Cool Comic Creators - LiveBinder

Cool Comic Creators - LiveBinder | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
30+ Comic Creators for the Classroom...

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Joan Cay Vey's curator insight, January 4, 2013 3:55 PM

add your insight...

 
KB...Konnected's curator insight, April 27, 2013 3:24 PM

Excellent resource for teachers. Jam packed!

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Sheryl Sandberg Soundbites and Interviews

"There is work. There is life.  There is no balance" --Sheryl Sandberg


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Ken Morrison's curator insight, July 3, 2013 9:13 PM

This is a very nice collection of interviews with Sheryl Sandberg.  She discusses everything from issues surrounding her "Lean In" book, as well as her life at Google and Facebook, her childhood, and many great soundbites about life.  

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ugh. Of course I meant "soundbites" and not 'sandbites'. Either way, thank you for the rescoop!
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Teaching and Learning With Interactive Fiction

Teaching and Learning With Interactive Fiction | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Brendan Desilets

 

Text adventure games in the language arts classroom

 

Computer-based interactive fiction gives teachers and students fresh and exciting ways to improve their thinking and reading, and to have lots of fun along the way. I hope that this site will encourage teachers and kids to use this remarkable, but largely ignored, resource. Please feel free to contact me (bdesilet@yahoo.com), if I can be of any further help.

On this site, you’ll find two big sections.  The first section is called Fun and Learning With Interactive Fiction.  It’s mainly for kids aged ten to fifteen, but everyone is welcome.

The second section, Teaching With Interactive Fiction, is mostly for educators, but everyone is welcome here, too.

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A well-recommended site for those interested in teaching about or reading Interactive Fiction

 

 

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Joe Pereira's comment, July 3, 2013 7:56 PM
Brendan Desliet was the first educator to promote IF for learning and teaching via the Web. If that doesn't give him the IF for learning crown, he is even in the 'Get Lamp' documentary, which makes it official.