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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools | Will Richardson | TEDxWestVancouverED

We know how to help kids develop into powerful learners. Now, we just need to make that happen in schools.

"A parent of two teen-agers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education.

Will has authored four books (with two more on the way), including ""Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere"" (September, 2012) published by TED books and based on his 2013 TEDx talk in Melbourne, Australia. ""Why School?"" is now the #1 best-selling TED book ever.

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will is also co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of ModernLearners.com which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policy makers develop new contexts for new conversations around education.

Will lives in rural New Jersey with his wife Wendy and his kids Tess and Tucker."

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 15, 12:23 PM

Richardson has lived on the cutting edge of what I'll call "authentic" education for a long time and his books and presentations never fail to challenge, agitate...and offer a view toward successful outcomes. This presentation, from Nov. 2015, is one of a long line that will likely stimulate, engage, and hopefully, motivate you.

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3 Interesting Story Mapping Apps to Use with Students in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Interesting Story Mapping Apps to Use with Students in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In today’s post we are sharing with you three very good iPad apps you can use with students in class to help them in their writing projects. The apps are especially helpful for creating outlines, structuring plots, capturing ideas and organizing thoughts. All of these apps provide you with export features that allow you to export your data in formats compatible with the major text editors. students can use them to brainstorm ideas and create outlines and then export their work to the editor of their choice where they can bring their writing projects to fruition.
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Critical Thinking Explained for Students

Critical Thinking Explained for Students | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The purpose of today’s post is to share with you this wonderful TED Ed video on critical thinking that you may want to use with your students in class. Besides  explaining what critical thinking is all, the video also provides 5 main tips on how to improve one’s critical thinking abilities namely:  Formulate your questions, Gather your information, Apply the information, Consider the implications, Explore other points of view. This video  is also available as a TED Ed lesson with comprehension and discussion questions to use with your students in class. Enjoy

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Storytelling in VR: Ambiguity and Implication in 1st Person Narratives - Road to VR

Storytelling in VR: Ambiguity and Implication in 1st Person Narratives - Road to VR | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Rob Morgan is the writer of The Assembly, and he spoke last year at GDC about narrative design in VR and the

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The Other Pair

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This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Sarah Zorik titled The Other Pair and the themes of altruism and empathy. Students watch a short film, write a story, and speak about a story.
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Writing lesson for ELA, world language, or ESL educators. Nicely designed integration of a number of language skills.

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

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Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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Mirna Yonis's curator insight, April 23, 12:34 AM
#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
Chris Carter's curator insight, May 3, 9:18 PM
Reflective practice at its best!
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 4, 11:26 AM
Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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Lessons from the 2016 Mudpie Writing Challenge - Marcy McKay

Lessons from the 2016 Mudpie Writing Challenge - Marcy McKay | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Last week, 97 writers from all over the world came together for the Challenge I hosted right here. We had so many insightful and powerful conversations about the struggle to create, but here was the overall conclusion…

Fear sucks time, energy and joy from your life (and your writing).

There’s got to be a better way.

Fortunately, there is. Read on…

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Elegy for a Dead World -- A Game About Writing: travel to distant planets and create stories about the people who once lived there

In Elegy for a Dead World, you travel to distant planets and create stories about the people who once lived there. Elegy's a game for PC, Mac, and Linux, available on Steam. Learn more at dejobaan.com/elegy.


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How to Make an Explainer Video: Step-by-Step Instructions [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Make an Explainer Video: Step-by-Step Instructions [INFOGRAPHIC] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Whether you’re having your marketing videos made by an explainer video production company, an independent designer or simply by yourself, this neat infographic crafted by Yum Yum Videos will help you learn how the work is done, what to expect in each step, and how to check the video making process before it’s complete. Check it out:
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How Young People Are Changing Civics, by Any Media Necessary | Educator Innovator

How Young People Are Changing Civics, by Any Media Necessary | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"...Mohammad’s video, along with stories of other young people “coming out” online as undocumented, are highlighted in an upcoming book, “By Any Media Necessary.” Co-authors and media scholars Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, and Arely M. Zimmerman explore how young people like Mohammad use media to participate in the political sphere and speak out about issues that matter to them.

"Political participation is changing, and the authors present multiple examples of young people who aren’t adhering to old definitions. In the past, participation meant volunteering for a campaign, collecting signatures, joining a protest movement, or donating to a candidate. But young people today are harnessing digital and social media tools to get their stories out to the world.


“By Any Media Necessary” will be published this summer [2016].

"The book, according to co-author Gamber-Thompson, is a compilation of several years of writing and research that included talking with hundreds of young people across the country. The project was supported by the MacArthur Foundation and was carried out through the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. The authors have created free, online, easy-to-implement workshops and curriculums for educators across disciplines who want to understand how young people are reshaping civic activism."

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Writing Through the Year Unit 3 {Aligned with Common Core}

Writing Through the Year Unit 3  {Aligned with Common Core} | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writer's Workshop is a wonderful way to incorporate all of the ELA standards while introducing your students to the love of writing. This best practice unit
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8 Ways Teachers Kill A Love of Writing���...And How To Fix It With Amanda Write Now ���

Recorded on 03/17/2016 11:17 PM UTC by iteachtvnetwork Live viewers: 49 Heart count: 812 https://www.periscope.tv/iteachtvnetwork
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5 Tips to Capture a Moment in Writing

5 Tips to Capture a Moment in Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
And each day there have been moments I’ve desperately wanted to capture. These are moments you know you’ll never forget. It’s walking into a refugee camp in Greece, knowing your life will never be the same. It’s holding hands for the first time in a foreign city, wondering what it all means. It’s hugging someone goodbye at the airport, not knowing the next time you will see them.

How to Capture a Moment in Writing

These moments are what make up your life. They are the moments that make up stories.

The ability to capture these moments will change your writing. So in today’s post, I want to explore just how to do that. Here are five tips to consider while trying to capture a moment.
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Technically a Librarian: Make Writing - @LibrarianLister @AngelaStockman

Technically a Librarian: Make Writing - @LibrarianLister @AngelaStockman | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I know I'm a little biased, but I think we have a pretty amazing makerspace. It's getting bigger - and messier - every day and the kids are creating some incredible stuff. Until recently, the makerspace was pretty contained to the library. This certainly wasn't to exclude maker activities from occurring elsewhere - it just happened. 

While at one of our ELA planning meetings, we were discussing the lack of enthusiasm kids have for writer's workshop. What was once a time for kids to express themselves creatively, was now a time that kids dreaded. How sad? I loved Writer's Workshop as a kid. We had to fix this. They had tried creative prompts, incorporating movies and music, but they were still "bleh".

As we were brainstorming, an 8th grade English teacher brought up the book "Make Writing" by Angela Stockman. Oddly enough, I had just finished reading my advanced readers copy since I'm a member of the Hack Learning VIP program. All of a sudden we both were sitting at the edge of our seats ready to do it!

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Rising Above the Poverty Line — Medium

Rising Above the Poverty Line — Medium | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How scholarships saved my life and landed me in Silicon Valley

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Wonderful and inspiring piece. Share this with someone.

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Critical Thinking Explained for Students

Critical Thinking Explained for Students | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The purpose of today’s post is to share with you this wonderful TED Ed video on critical thinking that you may want to use with your students in class. Besides  explaining what critical thinking is all, the video also provides 5 main tips on how to improve one’s critical thinking abilities namely:  Formulate your questions, Gather your information, Apply the information, Consider the implications, Explore other points of view. This video  is also available as a TED Ed lesson with comprehension and discussion questions to use with your students in class. Enjoy

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 Links for Teaching Language with Films

 Links for Teaching Language with Films | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Until quite recently it was difficult to find pedagogically sound film material to help students improve their language through watching film, and teachers had to spend many hours creating their own materials. However, with the advent of the Internet there are now a wealth of online resources for both language teachers and their students. With so many resources it’s sometimes difficult for teachers to see the wood for the trees. Here I’m going to recommend the sites and resources that from my own experience I have found most useful and engaging.
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Excellent collection of resources for educators who wish to use film for teaching language skills

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Free Technology for Teachers: Scribeasy Offers Great Visual Prompts for Creating Short Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: Scribeasy Offers Great Visual Prompts for Creating Short Stories | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Scribeasy is a free iPad app that offers a fun environment in which students can write short stories. Students create stories on Scribeasy by first selecting a background image then dragging and dropping additional pictures onto their chosen background images. When students select objects to add to their backgrounds, a narrator reads the name of the object aloud. Students can move and resize all images to create a visual story in Scribeasy.
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Innovation Excellence | 30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators

Innovation Excellence | 30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Many of us read blogs about learning and discuss the learning process with our colleagues, but few of us actually bother keeping up with the latest science. Maybe it’s because, if we do manage to identify a source or two, we are immediately turned off by all the dense scientific jargon. Or maybe it’s not always clear which resources provide information specifically on learning and not just education in general.
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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

Infographic: How writing affects your brain | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:15 AM

Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

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There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

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Audrey's curator insight, January 4, 2015 6:05 PM

You activate many areas of your brain when you tell a story.  There are so many areas in education where students can use stories to remember details of information needed for writing  exam answers.  Stories are visual,  can be auditory; you can introduce smells and engage with whatever you are writing about. 

 

The whole brain becomes stimulated with a person's own  record of the information.  How can you forget?


Go to www.hotmoodle.com  for story writing information.

 

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Instructional Technology at ESU 8: "Stepping" through Story Arcs with Shoe Stories

Instructional Technology at ESU 8: "Stepping" through Story Arcs with Shoe Stories | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Learning about story arc and then applying each story element to our own writing.   
This was the goal for a recent technology-infused creative writing lesson with 4th graders.  This lesson is simple to replicate and adapt to a variety of educational purposes.  Here is how we worked through the process:
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10 Steps to Writing an Explainer Video [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Steps to Writing an Explainer Video [INFOGRAPHIC] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Sometimes you just need someone to explain to you how to write an explainer video. It's not circular logic, it's a great new infographic. Starting with the planning and detailing the writing process, this infographic will have you ready with a script in no time. Clarify your objects and identify your audience and start writing!
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 3, 9:14 AM

Obviously, this infographic is for a business setting. But, as they say, a little thought will enable the process to be transposed to education.

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Review: When the Digital World Is Judging Your Every Thought

Review: When the Digital World Is Judging Your Every Thought | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This is a shaggy and quite entertaining novel of ideas. The two most prominent of these are: Why are humans so eager, on sites like Twitter and Facebook, to give away their intellectual property to wealthy white men? And: What has happened to political activism? Do people think typing 140-character morality lectures is pushing society forward?
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 3, 8:51 AM

A fictionalized, blistering indictment of the thumb-driven "activism" of contemporary political discourse.

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07 - Talk #4 Teaching Writing to Think and Learn

A Digital Creative Writing Project • Presenters: Amalia Zavacopoulou and Stavi Dimas • Coach: Steve Medeiros.
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