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Thinking Writing

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This site is a guide to writing-intensive teaching and learning. Developed in Queen Mary, University of London, it is funded and promoted by the LTSN Generic Centre

 

A resource for teachers in Higher Education, exploring connections between thinking and writing.

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A well-organized and practical collection of resources and aids for teachers of writing. Intended for higher education, it will work quite well for high school students too.

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StoryToolz : Resources for Authors

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Jasmin Rez's curator insight, July 4, 2013 11:28 AM

Useful Writing Tools and Resources

tom jackson's curator insight, July 6, 2013 7:48 AM

need assistance with writing prompts and critique?

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:59 AM

Really good tools for writters

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Better Storytelling Part Two

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There are stories where characters are isolated or are in competition with themselves. These kinds of stories are hard to write and can easily come across as self-important and self-indulgent. Everything’s about him, nobody else counts, he has to do it all by himself.

 

That’s usually not the intention, but it’s hard not to come over like that if every sentence starts with the same subject. However, once you bring in a rival to your main character, things not only become more dynamic, they also help the reader see the main character more clearly. 


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Flipping the Language Arts Class is different than the flipped STEM class

Flipping the Language Arts Class is different than the flipped STEM class | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

To me the biggest difference is in how flipping adds context. For instance, working with a particular piece of literature, say, Romeo & Juliet, offers many ways to use the flipped format to add learning experiences beyond what one might have time to share within the restraints of the class hour. Some examples of what could be flipped for students reading Romeo & Juliet:

Google maps of the area of Italy where the play is setHistorical info on Queen Elizabeth I, London, or William Shakespeare3D rendering of the Globe TheaterGoogle Lit Trip, which uses Google Earth to move through the play’s localesVideo clips from West Side Story, Shakespeare in Love, or any available version of the playRenaissance food recipes and photosVideo and image parodies, such as this one.Your own screen casts explaining texts, like this one, using Jing.com.Online texts, including side-by-side modern translations, e.g. No FearBlogging as Romeo or JulietDiscussion boards regarding choices the characters makeVocabulary practice via Spelling and Vocabulary City, for instance.Suggesting students create a quick rap using uJam.com

Of course, the possibilities are nearly endless. While no teacher wants to replace the core discussions and interactions of the language arts class (nor should they), adding a flipped element creates opportunity to craft meaning and connection to the world in ways simply not possible by sending home worksheets or packets with information.

The management of this material requires a strong interactive platform for teachers to easily share these resources. There are several free or inexpensive options for this. Moodle, Edmodo,Schoology, Google Sites, Wikispaces and several others could form that connective tissue to allow for these flipped resources. I prefer Schoology, even though I used Edmodo for years, because the design is very clean, and students always know where to find resources, even if they were from many weeks ago. I think it is a matter of preference.


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BobbiJames's curator insight, July 4, 2013 7:11 AM

Tips for LA teachers on flipping the class.

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5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic

5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There are some big myths about writing with mobile devices. But are they actually true? The EdTechTeacher team weighs in on a controversial topic.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, May 22, 2013 9:28 AM

This article comes by way of @felixjacomino on ScoopIt. I really like this article, because it's main point is that people are trying to adapt old ways of writing to new technology. I believe the author, at some point, even points out that in education, it doesn't matter what software package a child learns as long as they learn technology and the basics of how to use word processing. I started out on WordPerfect years ago, and then had to adapt to Word 1.0 (what version are we up to now?). Same with CMS systems that I've learned in the past. People are always so stuck on knowing specific products in tech comm instead of realizing that if you know one software package, you can probably adapt fairly quickly to a new one if you are just shown the differences. That was definitely the case with my current position. 

 

But back to iPads and writing--I took copious notes on my iPad during the STC Summit, and wrote several long blog posts on my iPad as well. Yes, it was easier to type with a wireless keyboard, but that's only because I type very fast and legibility is important to me. It's a sensory thing for me.  I found that for basic writing tasks, I can use the iPad with ease, and that's the point of this article. No more excuses! Mobile is definitely an option. 

--techcommgeekmom

Richard Seal's curator insight, May 23, 2013 7:31 AM

I have found it quite difficult doing long term typing on my iPad. Very interesting. 

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:52 PM

Review this article and provide your perspective.

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New Technologies and 21st Century Skills

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One can easily become overwhelmed by the variety of Web 2.0 tools that are available online today. In order to effectively choose the appropriate tool, being aware of your intended instructional outcomes is key. To assist you in this search, educationally relevant Web 2.0 tools have been grouped into categories below, which are reflective of 21st century skills.


From the University of Houston College of Education


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:28 AM

Definately some good tools in there.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:28 AM

Definately some good tools in there.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 15, 2013 12:08 PM

We make it sound like we are not 15% of the way through this Century.

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Literature meets video game: Digital game-based language learning with Interactive Fiction. In English Digital 6

Literature meets video game: Digital game-based language learning with Interactive Fiction. In English Digital 6 - Pages 25-27. By Joe Pereira.


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Joe Pereira's curator insight, May 1, 2013 7:55 PM

My latest article on using IF for language learning published in the awesome-looking In English Digital 6 magazine. And being published alongside Graham Stanley and Nik Peachey is not a bad thing either :)

Download the PDF at http://issuu.com/britishcouncilportugal/docs/ied_6

Fab GOUX-BAUDIMENT's curator insight, July 1, 2013 4:03 AM

Narratives as a 21st century mainstream...

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ThumbScribes:Collaborative writing community. Co+create stories and poetry

ThumbScribes:Collaborative writing community. Co+create stories and poetry | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

ThumbScribes collaborative writing community. Co+create stories and poetry with friends or open your collaborations to the community.

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ThumbScribes is a platform for creating collaborative content. Anyone can participate. Scribes are created and passed between ThumbScribes authors who add a new chapter or section to the work until it's completed. You can create private scribes and invite a handful of friends or open your scribe up to the world and see what happens.

You don't need to install anything to use ThumbScribes. Participate by using our web platform or submit contributions from IM and even Twitter. Sign Up Now and get started.

http://www.thumbscribes.com/login.php

 


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On Plot Resolution and Closure in Creative Writing: When Is Your Novel Supposed to End? | Creative Writing with the Crimson League

On Plot Resolution and Closure in Creative Writing: When Is Your Novel Supposed to End? | Creative Writing with the Crimson League | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Victoria Grefer

 

"The topic of the day: When do you know you’ve reached the end of your novel, story-wise? (That is, when do you know the plot’s wrapped up?)This is a huge consideration for an author, and it’s not as simple as non-writers might think (especially for those of us who don’t use outlines).

 

"Yesterday I talked abouthow you know you’ve finished with the blog post you’re working on. Blogs are much more informal, and the question is less critical there: you can always write another post expanding more on the topic at hand.

 

"Today, though, we’re applying that question to fiction, and fiction is different."

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Create and share electronic books for free with BookType and Booki — freewaregenius.com

Create and share electronic books for free with BookType and Booki — freewaregenius.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

There are tons of free eBooks out on the Internet these days and if you’ve ever wanted to produce your own free eBook there is more than one good way to do so.


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TrustMedia

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From the site. "TrustMedia has a variety of training materials for journalists, from those who are new to the profession to veterans who want to expand or refresh their skills. Our collection of digital training manuals ranges from basic skills like reporting, writing and cultivating sources to new-media training, such as our guide for citizen journalists.These manuals provide information, case studies and tools to learn the basics or advanced skills of journalism."


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Lynnette Van Dyke's comment, June 20, 2013 8:57 AM
Wonderful resource for writers. thank you.
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Future Journalism Project

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from the website

 

About the FJP

"The Future Journalism Project explores disruption, opportunity and innovation across the media landscape. We do this through a mix of original thinking and reporting, curation and the use of various platforms that best fit the type of content that we’re working with.

 

"To date, our most visible effort has been FJP Global, a blog that looks at media and technology issues from around the world, and FJP Latin America, a recently launched edition that focuses on what’s happening from Mexico to Tierra Del Fuego with additional attention paid to the Hispanic media in North America and developments in Spain.

About This Site

"On this site you’ll find interviews with — and articles by — people from the business, editorial, technology and educational sides of the industry. The primary themes we’re exploring are:

Journalism EducationJournalism Business ModelsJournalism Practice and TechnologyJournalism and Society"

- See more at: http://thefjp.org/about/#sthash.33dQgySP.dpuf

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Flowboard: Storytelling And Presentation App For iPad

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Flowboard is a storytelling and presentation app that allows creating side-scrolling publications with the help of photos, videos, text and photo galleries. Whether you are looking to tell your story in the form of your personal photo collection, wish to share ideas or require creating and presenting a presentation right from your iPad, Flowboard can help you get the job done without requiring the use of PowerPoint or Keynote.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 29, 2013 1:56 PM

I have scooped Flowboard before but I thought you may like to read this article about creating presentations on your iPad (iOS 6 or higher) where you will find some great tips for working with Flowboard.

The app is free of charge.

 

Sabina Viezzoli's comment, May 30, 2013 4:27 PM
Thank you Baiba!
Lucia Keijzer's curator insight, June 10, 2013 3:00 AM

This may be a fantastic way to get students into tale-telling.

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8 Ways You Can Use Pictures to Speak Better English | English Tonight

8 Ways You Can Use Pictures to Speak Better English | English Tonight | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

8 Different Ways ESL Students Can Use Pictures When Learning English
1. Say what you see. (I see…)
2. List things that are in the picture (There is… There are…)
3. Make up a story about what is happening in the picture
4. Make up questions about the picture
5. Make a caption or headline for the picture
6. Describe what the person feels like and guess why they feel that way
7. Compare and contrast two pictures (similarities and differences)
8. Give your opinion / react to the picture

 

- See more at: http://english-tonight.com/8-ways-you-can-use-pictures-to-speak-better-english/?buffer_share=5ebd3#sthash.mqTRSAZG.dpuf

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These 8 strategies are excellent for teaching writing as well as developing creative thinking. They apply to far more than ESL education.

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HJackson's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:45 PM

Appears to be great inofmraiton for teaching ESL students.

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CristinaSkyBox: Summer Stories with New Storytelling Tools

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Three excellent sites for building stories, selected by Ana Cristina Pratas, who possesses unerring judgment in curation. - JL

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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, July 3, 2013 1:53 AM
Thank you Jim for such kind words! :-)
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Story colored glasses: Finally sensemaking

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"I am proud to announce that I have finally released the pre-publication version of the rewritten Narrative Sensemaking chapter for the third edition of my monster book. You can find it on the Working with Stories web site (look where it says "NEW!")."


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Gregg Morris's curator insight, July 1, 2013 5:10 PM

If you don't know Cynthia and her work, you'll want to. This is a terrific read.

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Reading, Writing, and Wikis | ISTE 2013

How do wikis support and enhance the development of literacy? Explore how wikis can be used in the classroom to build digital literacy skills.
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Your Guide To Scrivener

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Learn to use the ultimate writing software: Scrivener. Allowing you to combine the various elements that make up your writing project, from outlines to research to note, Scrivener helped author Nicole Dionisio write two novels in a single year.

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No connection between this website and the Scrivener product. -JL

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, June 30, 2013 9:03 PM

more tools to learn.... but if they help the kids, it's worth our time..  or have the kids learn and show you...

David Allen Wizardgold's comment, July 5, 2013 3:51 AM
Brilliant app. If you are a writer then it is the best tool for novel writing. I also use it for other writing tasks.
David Allen Wizardgold's curator insight, July 5, 2013 3:51 AM

Brilliant App for writers

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TWO WRITING TEACHERS

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Teaching Kids. Catching Minds. 565 Miles Apart.

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If Dennis O'Connor recommends this, it IS good.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 30, 2013 2:30 PM

Another great writing teacher blog.  Don't miss it. 

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Get Me Writing » 5 Interactive Fiction Authoring Tools

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Five applications for writing IF, or text adventures. Each one takes a unique approach, so which one is best for you?

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Joe Pereira's curator insight, June 2, 2013 5:40 PM

A nice a article giving info on the 4 main parser-based IF authoring tools: Inform 7, Quest 5, TADS and ADRIFT. It also mentions the very popular Twine software, used to create 'choose your own adventure'-type stories.

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Developing Writing Skills With Edmodo

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To help students develop their writing skills I’ve created two additional groups for my classes which we call “iBlog” and “What Do You Think?”

In iBlog, one student is chosen weekly and they are given the opportunity to blog about their personal interests. Besides having to use complete sentences and demonstrate the correct use of punctuation and spelling, they are required to include pictures and links to websites, articles and/or videos related to their specified interest.In “What Do You Think?”, students are required to respond to high interest articles with their opinions, and provide additional digital resources that piggy back upon previous responses. All posts are reviewed and critiqued on our interactive white board.

Advice for Teachers New to Edmodo

I would suggest that any new teacher interested in giving Edmodo a try should go straight to Edmodo.com and watch the introductory video as well any available tutorial videos in the Edmodo Help Center or at YouTube.

Also, seek out fellow Edmodo users at your school for a more hands on approach and join Edmodo Communities to learn about the creative ways in which tech savvy teachers are integrating this amazing educational tool! It’s easy, fun and safe to use for students and teachers alike.


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VEJ June 2013

This June 2013 issue of the Virtual Education Journal features articles on Digital Storytelling and announces the 2013 VEJ Reader's Choice Awards. Prepare to devour every morsel and VEJ - Out Of This World!

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The Wall - breaking news and conversations

The Wall - breaking news and conversations | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Featuring the stories most discussed via social media. Another way of checking out what resonates with the audience and, by checking the comments, finding out why.  Currently offering US, UK and AU options.

 

From the site: "The Wall covers the latest breaking news with links to the best articles, pictures and videos as they are published."

 


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Tom George's comment, January 11, 2012 9:27 AM
Hi helpingmedia,

Thanks for this one today. I appreciate a great find.
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Booktype - free open source publishing

Booktype - free open source publishing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the site: "Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes. Create books on your own or with others via an easy-to-use web interface. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences."


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Scaffolding Student Research & Writing in Higher Education

Scaffolding student research and writing: A win-win solution. Workshop prepared for the Writing Across the Curriculum Institute.

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