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Get Organized Around Assets ~ Educational Leadership

Get Organized Around Assets ~ Educational Leadership | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo

 

"Before I became a high school English as a second language teacher 9 years ago, I spent 19 years as a community organizer, primarily in immigrant neighborhoods and with institutions focused on immigrants. Organizing is a process of helping people—many of whom might be reluctant to change—learn new skills and engage in the world in a way that improves their situation. Organizing means helping people use their assets—their experiences, traditions, and stories—to reimagine themselves and their dreams. It's about helping them tap into their intrinsic motivation and embark on a journey of action, discovery, and learning. I call the process that successful organizers use the organizing cycle. As a teacher, I've adapted this cycle to help English language learners become accomplished readers and learners.

 

"The organizing cycle includes five actions: Build strong relationships with students; access prior knowledge through stories; help students learn by doing; identify and mentor students' leadership potential; and promote the habit of reflection."

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Ferlazzo takes his background as a community organizer and applies it to teaching language skills. He focuses on ELLs, but the strategies are applicable in virtually any setting. This article synthesizes so much excellent pedagogy.

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Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students.

Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

description by EdSurge

 

"Want to get students blogging and connecting to a global audience? Kidblog, developed by teachers for teachers (and of course their students) provides a free blogging platform where students can write and interact with readers in a moderated environment. Available on the web and as a free iOS app."

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6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process via @soxnevad @Getting_Smart #DigLN #EdTech, #IOLchat

6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process via @soxnevad @Getting_Smart  #DigLN #EdTech, #IOLchat | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a great tool for helping teachers thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum.

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9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again -- THE Journal

9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again -- THE Journal | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
T.H.E. Journal asked educators for the most creative storytelling apps available, and we did a little digging on our own, too. The tools and apps we found turn students into novelists, artists, and moviemakers.

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36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf

36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Websites & mobile apps for digital storytelling, such as Toontastic, VoiceThread, StoryKit, Xtranormal, Puppet Pals, Pixton, Storybird, Comic Master, etc.

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Patricia Stitson's comment, June 11, 2013 1:52 AM
Just for kids? Maybe not. We all have a story to share. Who is building the platform where we can upload stories from all these apps?
Patricia Stitson's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:53 AM

Just for kids? Maybe not. We all have a story to share. Who is building the platform where we can upload stories from all these apps?

Cindy Rudy's curator insight, July 4, 2013 10:05 PM

Another great collection of tools and ideas for storytelling digitally.

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Hope is Required For Writing

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Writing sounds easy, but it is not. Hope is required for writing, for it is an act of faith. Famous writers struggled, and so do we. We need hope to write.

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, December 24, 2013 3:19 PM

An interesting and useful examination of the importance of hope for all writers.

KindredReaders's curator insight, December 28, 2013 1:13 PM

For those days when the words just won't come.

Kali Cordes's curator insight, February 20, 2014 5:17 PM

This article describes the necessity of hope when a writer of any level sits down to write out their thoughts. The article mentions several famous authors' descriptions of what it takes to be a writer, and how even they required some inspiration to keep at it.

I loved this  article because it describes my exact dilemma that I wrote about in my first semester portfolio. Inspiration is a hard thing to find within yourself, but it is also the most important part of writing. The hope described in the article is really the key to finding that inspiration.

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Legal Issues in Transmedia Projects – Part 2

Legal Issues in Transmedia Projects – Part 2 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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David McLaughlin:  "Following on from last week’s post where we discussed some of the issues around using intellectual property and other associated rights in Transmedia projects, this week we’ll be looking at some of the issues that arise in Transmedia projects when it comes to collaborating with others and licensing talent" ...

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AOL Reader Hands-on: New Solid Google Reader Replacement To Rival Feedly

AOL Reader Hands-on: New Solid Google Reader Replacement To Rival Feedly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Excerpted from review article by The Next Web:
"Pitching with the slogan “all your favorite websites, in one place,” AOL’s Reader came as a surprise to us at first, but when you consider AOL’s history, much of it involved surfacing, creating and managing content. In fact, AOL’s content play, like Yahoo, is one of its strongest efforts, which is why this release isn’t that much of a stretch after all.

The design of AOL Reader won’t sweep you off your feet. The service features much of what you’d expect, and little more.

The service is entirely Web-based, but offers an optimized, touch-friendly design for mobile users. To sign up, use your AOL account (if you still have one); but you can also join via Twitter, Facebook or Google accounts, which is handy.

On first login, AOL Reader prompts you to add new subscriptions, and you have three ways to do so: import your feeds from another service (including Google Reader), add them manually, or browse through categories of sites suggested by AOL.

A number of different layouts are available, making AOL’s Reader a rather flexible solution.Additional features in AOL’s Reader include sharing to social networks, “simple tagging and organization capabilities,” read it later-style article saving, and an API which lets developers build third-party apps atop the service. Clearly, AOL is looking to rebuild the sort of ecosystem that Google decided to demolish..."

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http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/06/24/aol-reader/

Try out it: http://reader.aol.com

 


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Raising Readers and Writers ~ fixed versus dynamic mindsets ~ nice post by @Jreaderwriter

Raising Readers and Writers ~ fixed versus dynamic mindsets ~ nice post by @Jreaderwriter | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Julie Johnson writes: "It breaks my heart at the beginning of the school year when I hear students say, “I am not good at math.” or “I am a bad reader.”  Just as bad is watching students sit in front of a blank sheet of paper, eyes brimming with fear (or sometime tears) telling me that they don’t have anything to write about and they are defeated before they even start.  I know that I have my work cut out for me, but it’s a challenge I relish.  I know that what I say and how I say it makes all the difference in the world.  I know that my first goal with these students is to help them see that yes, those things might be hard right now, but we are going to work together and we are going to learn strategies that will help us tackle problems and make progress.  My goal is for my students to see themselves as people who are ever changing, can reflect and learn from their mistakes, and can move forward no matter what."

 


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15 Most Admired Quotes on Creativity - WDF

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"Some really inspirational quotes have power to introduce major change in our life. Quotes from famous people can significantly change our mind about a particular thing. However it depends on you that which types of quotes you like the most to get inspiration. But whatever you like, it’s acknowledged that without creativity life seems boring. So today we comes with a collection of some really inspiring and most admired quotes on creativity that will surely help you to get inspired. Enjoy!"

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I love great quotations.

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33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity

33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Here are the main apps I suggest for storytelling. Some of them are actual bookmaking apps, some are apps for creating stories in various ways and others are apps I would use to help kids plan out a story. I have listed them in the order of importance for my classroom. I think the first 10 on the list are a must have for all elementary classrooms."


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:06 PM

Nice resources, most are not free...

Iras Laval's curator insight, August 11, 2013 4:32 PM

Want to check this out

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33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity
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This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Linked In

This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Linked In | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Shane Snow

 

"Every few minutes, a new buzzword rips through the business world, skids, gets a few quick books written on it, and ends up in a pile of tired terms next to "synergy." Today, one of the biggest corporate buzzwords is "storytelling." Marketers are obsessed with storytelling, and conference panels on the subject lately have fewer empty seats than a Bieber concert.

 

"Funny thing is, storytelling has been the buzzword off and on since advertising became a thing. It's always coming out of the buzzword pile because, at the end of the day, it's a timeless skill. Stories have been an essential driver of change throughout human history. For good and for ill.

 

"And now more than ever, businesses, workers, and leaders have opportunities to stand out, spread messages, and make change through storytelling.

 

"Good stories surprise us. They have compelling characters. They make us think, make us feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that numbers and text on a slide with a bar graph don't."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:35 AM

#1 skill not just in business, but just about every form of communication.

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The Motivation Equation - Designing Lessons that Set Kids' Minds on Fire

The Motivation Equation - Designing Lessons that Set Kids' Minds on Fire | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Fascinating example of a very rich way to publish material. Great idea for student work as an alternative to powerpoints and prezis.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:24 AM

From the author of "Fires in the Mind", Kathleen Cushman presents "The Motivation Equation" in an ebook format that illustrates the eight conditions related to motivation. This ebook is packed with ideas on how to bring motivation to daily practice.

 

Set your learners minds on fire this year! 

Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:26 PM

A wonderful ebook. A FREE ebook. A very cleverly designed ebook. A great ebook.

 

Many insights on motivation and learning, compellingly presented in a media-enriched format. Definitely worth spending time on this one!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM

We have great  motiavions that impact oiur behavior,

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The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo

 

"My personal favorite is using photos using the Picture Word Inductive Model. As I described briefly in my recent New York Times guest post, and in my book, it’s an “inductive learning process where students first brainstorm twenty words related to a picture, then put those words into categories and add new ones that fit those categories. Next they complete a “cloze” (or fill-in-the-blank) activity with sentences about the picture which are then put into categories of their own. They convert those sentence categories into paragraphs, and, finally, arrange the paragraphs into essays.” You can see sample pictures and read more about it here.

 

"A related lesson is using Picture Data Sets. For example, students can identifying images that fit a specific criteria (one week my ninth graders compiled images of Jamaican music, Jamaican history, and Jamaican nature attractions and then wrote about each one). These can also include students putting images into different categories and then having other students try to identify which ones they had in mind. Sites on The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”) list work very well for these kinds of activities."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:18 PM

Ferlazzo is a great curator and this site shows him at his best. Photos are a terrific way to engage learners and this post is a treasure trove of ideas and resources. Don't miss it!

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How to tell a story | TED Playlists | TED

How to tell a story | TED Playlists | TED | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Why do we love our favorite stories? Do they need a beginning, middle and end, and a character who changes by the conclusion? Masters of storytelling explore new answers to age-old questions of the craft.
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6 TED talks given by masters of storytelling:

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

Scott McCloud: The visual magic of comics

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Building Interactive Stories Miniworkshop

A mini workshop I did about interactive storytelling in september 2011 as part of the Photostories event at Noorderlicht photo festival in the Netherlands.

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10 Digital Storytelling Tools with Teacher Support

10 Digital Storytelling Tools with Teacher Support | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Here are 10 Digital Story telling tools that provide additional support and resources for teachers.

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Annemarie Krarup's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:47 AM

Fortælleredskaber..

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For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools ~ Mind/Shift

For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools ~ Mind/Shift | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Katrina Schwartz

 

"Writing will always be important, but weaving text, images, sound, and presentation together can give students more and different ways to express themselves. Easy-to-use online tools allow students the opportunity to create multimedia projects that demonstrate knowledge and develop useful skills. Check out these new three tools on the scene."

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The future of storytelling: People want to befriend characters and influence their decisions

The future of storytelling: People want to befriend characters and influence their decisions | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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malek's curator insight, August 9, 2013 8:22 AM

Technology can make the ultimate fantasy come true: we live in the stories we watch on the screen. That will re-invent the way we think about brands.

Lindsay Wilson's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:10 PM

How would you feel to listen to stories that interact with the GPS of your smartphone/tablet/computer to include appropriate sound cues and character introductions?

Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, August 17, 2013 2:00 AM

Bonjour,

 

L'article montre ici comment aller plus loin dans l'interaction et c'est sans doute un modèle inspirant pour l'engagement de followers sur les réseaux sociaux.

Tous les ingrédients sont présents : des personnages et une histoire qui nous accrochent et qui nous rappellent l'enfance qui n'est pas si loin, un dispositif d'interaction simple par le mobile, une prise en compte rapide du retour des utilisateurs.

Recette qui semble gagnante mais qui demande un contenu de valeur, une stratégie sans faille de l'organisation qui accompagne l'opération. Pas si simple !

 

Bonne semaine,

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Interactive Fiction: Text Adventures | Gamedevtuts+

Interactive Fiction: Text Adventures | Gamedevtuts+ | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Interactive fiction, also known as the text adventure game genre, has seen a major revival in the last few years. Between nostalgia for the past reborn on

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Joe Pereira's curator insight, August 13, 2013 9:40 AM

A very nice article detailing various aspects of IF: its history, a broader definition including Choose Your Own Adventure and Visual Novels, IF creation tools (Inform, Quest) and Twine and Ren'Py for creating CYOA and Viual Novels, tips on writing IF, the IF competitions and where to get IF. It's all here. 

> read article

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Curate, Review, Find and Discover The Best Educational Apps with EdShelf

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"EdShelf is a free web service which allows you to curate, review, rate and organize your favorite educational apps as well as to find and discover the ideal ones for your kids or for the next class you need to teach.

 

Ed apps can be organized into collections which can be further filtered thanks to tags and categories.

You can search for tools as well as browse curated categories, most recent additions and popular ones..."

 

Read full Robin Good's insight below.

 

More info: https://edshelf.com

 

FAQ: https://edshelf.com/faq

 


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Rick Bessey's curator insight, August 15, 2013 8:46 AM

More a place holder for now.  Haven't read the article, but looks promising.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's comment, August 15, 2013 8:56 PM
herramientas para aprender a curar información aplicadas al ámbito escolar, bastante recomendable esta práctica.
MeeMetICT's curator insight, October 6, 2013 5:34 AM

Heel veel apps voor het onderwijs zijn hier te vinden. Duidelijk gerangschikt en met commentaar.

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Storytelling That Moves People -- Harvard Business Review

Storytelling That Moves People -- Harvard Business Review | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A Conversation with Screenwriting Coach Robert McKee by Bronwyn Fryer

 

"Why is persuasion so difficult, and what can you do to set people on fire? In search of answers to those questions, HBR senior editor Bronwyn Fryer paid a visit to Robert McKee, the world’s best-known and most respected screenwriting lecturer, at his home in Los Angeles. An award-winning writer and director, McKee moved to California after studying for his Ph.D. in cinema arts at the University of Michigan. He then taught at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television before forming his own company, Two-Arts, to take his lectures on the art of storytelling worldwide to an audience of writers, directors, producers, actors, and entertainment executives.

 

"McKee believes that executives can engage listeners on a whole new level if they toss their PowerPoint slides and learn to tell good stories instead. In his best-selling book Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, published in 1997 by Harper-Collins, McKee argues that stories “fulfill a profound human need to grasp the patterns of living—not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience.” What follows is an edited and abridged transcript of McKee’s conversation with HBR."

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Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany -- Manchester Guardian

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by Victoria Sussens-Messerer

 

A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years. The tales are part of a collection of myths, legends and fairytales, gathered by the local historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810–1886) in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz at about the same time as the Grimm brothers were collecting the fairytales that have since charmed adults and children around the world.

 

Last year, the Oberpfalz cultural curator Erika Eichenseer published a selection of fairytales from Von Schönwerth's collection, calling the book Prinz Roßzwifl. This is local dialect for "scarab beetle". The scarab, also known as the "dung beetle", buries its most valuable possession, its eggs, in dung, which it then rolls into a ball using its back legs. Eichenseer sees this as symbolic for fairytales, which she says hold the most valuable treasure known to man: ancient knowledge and wisdom to do with human development, testing our limits and salvation.

 

Von Schönwerth spent decades asking country folk, labourers and servants about local habits, traditions, customs and history, and putting down on paper what had only been passed on by word of mouth. In 1885, Jacob Grimm said this about him: "Nowhere in the whole of Germany is anyone collecting [folklore] so accurately, thoroughly and with such a sensitive ear." Grimm went so far as to tell King Maximilian II of Bavaria that the only person who could replace him in his and his brother's work was Von Schönwerth.

 

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Using iBooks Author to Write Your First Digital Book - Best iPad Apps | iPad apps

Using iBooks Author to Write Your First Digital Book - Best iPad Apps | iPad apps | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by E. Wharton

 

"For those of you who love to write and dream of publishing a printed book or a digital ebook then we’ve got some advice for you.  When do you plan to write your book? I ask you, what’s wrong with starting today?

 

"Writing an eBook has never been easier, in fact Apple makes it easy by giving you free iBooks Author software to make publishing and creation much easier to sale your digital book for the iPad. Face it, most bloggers love to write and dream of having a wider readership. We also found an iPad app called Book Creator for iPad that you can download here.

 

"So no more excuses from any of us about writing and getting published. Here’s extra motivation to get started on writing your ebook or starting a blog:"



Read more: http://www.myipadapps.com/ibooks-to-write-your-first-digital-book/#ixzz2asqDYYXQ

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The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.

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A remarkable, but accurate, observation. The function of copyright to protect creators' rights has been hijacked by publishers and turned to their benefit, resulting in a reduction of available materials.

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