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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Best Digital Practices for Writers Workshop

"Explore the newest tools to implement best practices in a traditional writers workshop (draft, share, respond, revise, publish). The paperless classroom is within your reach!"


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1-hour video from 2013 ISTE conference

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Google Earth Now Provides Tour builder to Create and Tell Stories

Google Earth Now Provides Tour builder to Create and Tell Stories | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Tour Builder is a cool web tool that allows users to create narrative stories using text, graphics, pictures, videos and Google Maps.Tour Builder lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation. Currently, Tour builder is still in beta version and it requires  the Google Earth plugin which is only available for Windows and Mac OS X 10.6+"


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The New Digital Storytelling Series: Lance Weiler

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MIT Open Documentary Lab:  "[Lance] Weiler is a boundary-pushing transmedia storyteller who has, among many notable achievements, directed and self-distributed innovative movies (The Last Broadcast, Head Trauma), created an ARG for Head Trauma, made the immersive storytelling short Pandemic, and founded the regular creative conference diy days and the transmedia company Reboot Stories."


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MIT Open Documentary Lab:  "[Lance] Weiler is a boundary-pushing transmedia storyteller who has, among many notable achievements, directed and self-distributed innovative movies (The Last Broadcast, Head Trauma), created an ARG for Head Trauma, made the immersive storytelling short Pandemic, and founded the regular creative conference diy days and the transmedia company Reboot Stories."

Claudia Benassini Félix's curator insight, November 27, 2013 3:53 PM

Sara Wolozin, del laboratorio de documentales del MIT; conversa con Lance Weller. Se trata de un importante narrador transmedia que ha dirigido películas muy reconocidas entre los expertos del tema. Muy recomendable porque nos introduce en la trayectoria y experiencia de un realizador del tamaño de Weller.

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Once upon a timeline... [Facebook as a storytelling tool]

Once upon a timeline... [Facebook as a storytelling tool] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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A look at how creative practitioners are using familiar social media tools as either standalone story platforms or as part of a wider story world.


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CIM Academy's curator insight, November 20, 2013 3:21 AM

Great article about using Facebook as a storytelling tool.  Good advice too - use Facebook pages and not profiles.

Carmen Beatriz Fernández's curator insight, November 20, 2013 3:11 PM

FaceBook como herramienta del storytelling....

Jean-François Dubos's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:43 AM

Excellents exemples d'usage des Facebook Pages pour faire du story telling

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The Fearless Classroom: Fearless Writing

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by Joli Barker

"Why SHOULD kids WANT to write anymore?  They text, tweet, Facebook, blog, etc. all day.  Social media is the new chat rooms which were the new forums which were the new face-to-face social clubs.  SO how are we supposed to convince our kids that they can and should write creatively...for school...for their teacher...without fear?

"I found an app that remarkably did exactly what I wanted it to do.  (Yes, there is an app for that too!!) It is called ColAR Mix and it is FREE!  (There is an in-app upgrade if you choose for $2.99).  This app comes with coloring pages that can be turned into 3D Augmented Reality animated images!!!  
"I did not tell the students about the app at first.  I wanted to see what they would produce for me based on their pictures.  I instructed them to write about what the think is happening in the picture.  Who is it?  What do they want?  What's stopping them from getting what they want?  Where are they?  How do they change or do the circumstances change so that either they get what they want or stop wanting what they want?"
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'My Name My Story': Empowering High School Students through Storytelling

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by Erika MacLeod


"Amit Dodani, a 15-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, talks about 'My Name My Story'--his youth-run leadership program to inspire the next generation of leaders."


"I encourage young people like myself to find their passion and run with it! Everyone's talents can be used for the greater good. For an athlete, it may be teaching disabled children how to play their sport. For a musician, it may be holding a charity concert to raise money for cancer. For a scientist, it may be working with corporations on finding new developments in medicine that can cure millions. For a writer, it may be writing inspirational poetry that moves people in healthy directions. For me, it is public speaking. I recently realized my words really can make a difference."

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David Hain's curator insight, November 19, 2013 12:40 PM

You don't need to be old to be wise! Amit Dodani's story and how he is paying it forward.

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:46 AM

Uplifting article!

Patrice McDonough's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:10 PM

My goal is to help my students to make their story part of their Personal Branding message.  This article will be a good example for them. Thanks for sharing!

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The New and Improved iMovie for iPad [TUTORIAL] -Teachingwithipad.org

The New and Improved iMovie for iPad [TUTORIAL] -Teachingwithipad.org | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"With the recent release of the new version of iMovie, my colleague Matt Przybylski (tech coordinator at our school) created this presentation for part two of our iPad workshop series. (Check out part one, iPad filming tips here http://bit.ly/1j6AMGN )"

 


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Jody Barr Oliver's curator insight, November 16, 2013 3:50 PM

Awesomeness

Mike Dilger's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:49 PM

You need to have some basic understanding of iMovie and here's some info that might help.  Remember though, the students will often know more and can work it out for themselves, you don't have to be the expert.  You need to plan for and allow them to use video as an alternative way of expressing their understanding.

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64 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information

64 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
"Julie Greller's blog A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet features some great content for teachers. Posts are sorted by subject and grade level, and there's also a link to some free ebooks. ...

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, November 28, 2013 12:47 AM

Here is a great little resource of tools students can use to tell stories or to explain ideas.

[original link is on the main Prendi eLearning page]

Ness Crouch's curator insight, December 23, 2013 3:07 AM

Useful tools for storytelling.

Asmaa Lahlou's curator insight, April 24, 2014 10:15 PM

Prezi, Animoto, Slideshare and many more tools for Digital Marketing and Storytellling

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[Infographic] Transmedia storytelling in 5 steps

[Infographic] Transmedia storytelling in 5 steps | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by  Craig Wilson


"Its not easy being a brand storyteller in a transmedia world. Between constantly changing technology, tight budgets, and interaction from consumers in new and unprecedented ways; brand storytellers are being forced to create new transmedia experiences by integrating dynamic content, often co-created through audience participation.


"According to Getty Image’s latest infographic, effective transmedia storytelling offers consumers: more new experiences; longer extendable campaign lives; stronger emotional connections to brands; and, the ability for businesses to engage with new or jaded audiences to send brand loyalty soaring via this new media experience. For this reason, becoming effective storytellers in the transmedia marketplace is something that should be top of mind for marketers, advertisers and business decision makers.


"The good news is you don’t need to analyse the science behind effective brand storytelling as this new transmedia storytelling infographic has done it for you in five easy steps."

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Text Adventure Games and Interactive History: Educational Questing ~ Text Adventures Blog

Text Adventure Games and Interactive History: Educational Questing ~ Text Adventures Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Tara Fickle


"That’s why I don’t think of Inside as just an educational game – what Tom Cole aptly dubbed “a game with an educational skin” – but more like an interactive museum. It’s based almost exclusively in historical fact; I’ve changed most of the names, but the vast majority of the situations that players encounter – from cosmetic surgery to the Rescue of the Lost Battalion to the Tule Lake Uprising - are documented in historical accounts and court cases. Much of the game’s content is also adapted from novels written by internees like John Okadaand Hiroshi Nakamura; in those cases, it’s not about whether the events really happened or not, but about understanding what and why those authors would choose to fictionalize – and about exposing their novel literary styles to the larger audience that they so greatly deserve.


"But ultimately, I have a more wide-ranging goal: that Quest (the software which I used to design Inside, generously made available by the folks at textadventures.co.uk) will be integrated into all sorts of classrooms, especially in Literature and History courses. Because interactive text games have an incredible amount of potential as educational resources, a potential which has gone largely untapped. As an instructor of English at UCLA, one of the biggest difficulties I and my fellow teachers face is getting undergraduates to think about literature as something to be engaged with, not just passively read. When you are trying to get a group of 18 year olds to read Shakespeare or Chaucer, and especially when you’re asking them to write an essay about these canonical authors, you often immediately sense the trepidation and anxiety: “What do I, a lowly undergrad, have to say about a famous text that’s been written about five million times before? Everything’s already been said!”

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Try the Must-Have Resource for Literature Reference: The New Bloom's Literature

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Immersive Storytelling and Presentation Tools for Journalists

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Here is a good collection of nine web tools that allow you to create multimedia-rich, visual story-telling, immersive stories and reports alongside some impressive examples.


My comments: Great tools list showcasing a nice array of visual presentation tools that can be effectively for journalistic reporting.


Useful. Resourceful. Great examples. 8/10


Original article: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/9-tools-for-journalists-to-produce-immersive-stories/s2/a554425/ 


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Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:21 PM

Watch this video to help the special needs in Africa this thanks giving holiday http://www.africatube.net/video/932/Neglected-people-of-Africa-need-your-help ;

Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:21 PM

Da http://www.journalism.co.uk 9 strumenti web based per lo storytelling. Si tratta di strumenti che consentono di realizzare storie visuali con elementi multimediali e interattivi.

 

Utili per la content curation e per realizzare presentazioni.

 

Possono essere utilizzati senza problemi nelal didattica per realizzare raccolte e/o narrazioni di eventi e/o problemi di carattere disciplinare e interdisciplinare.

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, March 28, 11:35 PM



Here is a good collection of nine web tools that allow you to create multimedia-rich, visual story-telling, immersive stories and reports alongside some impressive examples.


My comments: Great tools list showcasing a nice array of visual presentation tools that can be effectively for journalistic reporting.


Useful. Resourceful. Great examples. 8/10


Original article: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/9-tools-for-journalists-to-produce-immersive-stories/s2/a554425/ ;







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You Can’t Teach the Writing Process: How to Make Writers by Showing Not Telling

You Can’t Teach the Writing Process: How to Make Writers by Showing Not Telling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Dean Namascle


"The students of NWP teachers write a lot. They write often and they write in a variety of forms and for many reasons. They write in short sprints and lengthy marathons. They write creative and pragmatic prose. They write poetry about math and arguments about literature. They use writing to inquire and to investigate and to think. They write. They write because we are helping them become writers and they become writers because our only formula for making writers is to make them write. That is why so many of the sessions at our conference were about writing in a variety of forms and finding inspiration for writing in a variety of ways from games to television to drawing to music. We make writing fun and challenging and exciting so our students protest only when we tell them it is time to put their writing journals away."


- See more at: http://metawriting.deannamascle.com/you-cant-teach-the-writing-process-how-to-make-writers-by-showing-not-telling/#sthash.MeECAoDH.dpuf


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Where Film Marries Video Game ~ NY Times

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by Harold Goldberg


"While filming a documentary about divisive oil refinery ventures in the subzero cold of Fort McMurray, Alberta, the director David Dufresne said he wasn’t considering only pollution in that Canadian boomtown or the vast tar sands beneath its frozen ground. He was also thinking deeply about technology, about making a new kind of hybrid media, a docugame.


"Interactive documentaries have been widely available since the CD-ROM boom of the 1990s. Yet while they have become a genre unto themselves, few have included a game component. With “Fort McMoney,” a free program released online this week, Mr. Dufresne has tried to change that."

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Organizing Resources and Maintaining Them Over Time: That's What A Curator Does - The Discipline of Organizing


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Robin Good's curator insight, November 24, 2013 12:50 PM


The Discipline of Organizing is a book, published by the MIT Press that offers a framework for the theory and practice of organizing anything. 
 

A short, 7-page PDF synthesizing and introducing the book main ideas has just been published as part of the latest Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology (Vol.40- N.1).


The PDF, as well as the book, have been authored by Robert G. Glushko (who teaches in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley) and, as I mentioned, are devoted to introduce the relevance of the TDO (The Discipline of Organizing) to anyone involved in organizing and maintaining content archives or in curating any type of digital content online. 

 From the PDF:

"A set of resources is transformed by an organizing system when the resources are described or arranged to enable interactions with them.


Explicitly or by default, this transformation requires many interdependent decisions about the identities of resources; their names, descriptions and other properties; the classes, relations, structures and collections in which they participate; and the people or technologies that interact with them.


These decisions and the analysis needed to make them have been systematized in The Discipline of Organizing, recently published by MIT Press in both print and eBook formats." 


The PDF provides a good starting point to start asking the right questions needed to develop an organizing framework and to understand why they are so relevant.


"A very practical implication of teaching organizing using more generic concepts and vocabulary is that it enables students to obtain jobs with firms that might not otherwise hire them.

For example, a student who says she knows about curation can’t as easily sell her skillsto a business looking for someone to develop a business continuity plan as one who recognizes that “organizing resources and maintaining them overtime” is the skill the company wants and the one she has.
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My comment: Useful for defining an organizing framework for anyone new to doing it. Could be more pragmatic and example-rich.  6/10



Original PDF: http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-13/OctNov13_Glushko.pdf 


Book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Discipline-Organizing-Robert-Glushko/dp/0262518503 







Gilbert C FAURE's comment, November 24, 2013 2:01 PM
more than only rescooping, I would like to say that it is the challenge of every scientist, researcher, MD, and particularly university teacher who has to surf on waves of information. Curation, and especially scoop.it helps to keep abreast and more importantly to organize or at least to save and find again what has been collected in the cloud!
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:51 PM

Love the name information architecture for what we do in libraries!

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Augmented Reality Just Beginning to Change How We Interact With the Real World

Augmented Reality Just Beginning to Change How We Interact With the Real World | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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Daniel Burrus:  "Augmented reality (AR) provides a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose are augmented by computer-generated input such as information, sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. AR has been in existence for quite a while


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Jonathan Troper's curator insight, November 24, 2013 4:42 PM

Depending how much effort is involved,  augmented reality (AR) could be used for training delivery. What are some examples where AR makes some kinds of learning possible that were not so straightforward before? 

CIM Academy's curator insight, November 28, 2013 6:02 AM

Augmented reality is just starting to impact on the way we market and communicate with customers.

Fabienne Cocheteau's curator insight, January 23, 2014 6:28 AM

And it is just the beginning...

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Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."

Anne Lamott'

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 23, 2013 7:44 PM

One of the classic books on creativity and creative writing.  The quote above is one I always pass on to my creative writing students.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 24, 2013 4:06 PM

Writers on Writing

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Happy Charting: 'Smarter Charts' Authors Marjorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz Share Some Tips for Your Classroom

Happy Charting: 'Smarter Charts' Authors Marjorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz Share Some Tips for Your Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by ElizabethMoore


Kristi Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli are the talented authors of the popular book Smarter Charts: Optimizing an Instructional Staple to Create Independent Readers and WritersIf you haven’t seen it already, this book provides inspiration for using charts and other tools to help your students remember your teaching, and to create resources that kids can refer back to again and again across time, allowing them to work with a greater sense of independence. Instead of relying on a grown-up to tell them what to do, they can use the charts and resources in the room to work independently. When kids can look back at a chart to remember a strategy, or find a resource in the room to help them solve a problem, they develop a sense of agency and ownership over their own learning. Learning becomes less about teacher action, and more about student and teacher interaction.

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What's in My Bag? Intro to Writing a Descriptive Narrative ~ In Our Write Minds

What's in My Bag? Intro to Writing a Descriptive Narrative ~ In Our Write Minds | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Play a fun game to introduce writing a descriptive narrative to kids age 9-13. This game helps them develop 5 paragraphs with intro, body, and closing.
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The iPad finally gets a great productivity suite — and it's not from Microsoft - VB/Mobile

The iPad finally gets a great productivity suite — and it's not from Microsoft - VB/Mobile | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"A new, free productivity app for iPad enables you to create and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents with a gorgeous user interface rebuilt for the iPad. It’s the app Microsoft wishes it built — but it’s actually from a small, publicly traded company called HopTo. http://hopto.com/ "

 


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Redefining Story for Transmedia in the Gamification Era - GCo

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Tim Kring, the creator of Heroes, comes to GSummit SF 2013 and tells us how gamification is redefining storytelling in ways never seen before in transmedia
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App of the week: 'Device 6'

App of the week: 'Device 6' | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Christopher T. Fong


"In a nutshell: "Device 6" is an intriguing twist on interactive fiction, filled with mystery and puzzles.


"Cool factor: "Device 6" is a story about a woman waking up in a mysterious castle. You, the player/reader, follow her as she explores her surroundings. The game delivers an audio, visual and tactile experience with a haunting atmosphere, created by its creepy, ethereal soundtrack, flickering images and bold typographic presentation. "Device 6" engages the player to read, tap and spin their device to find clues to the game's puzzles.


"Note: Created by Swedish developer Simogo (which also made "Beat Sneak Bandit" and "Year Walk"), "Device 6" is for iOS devices only and costs $3.99 in the App Store."

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“Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in an Information Age” Discovery Educators Network Fall 2013 Virtual Conference

“Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in an Information Age” Discovery Educators Network Fall 2013 Virtual Conference | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Troy Hicks


"As the inputs continue to multiply, how can we help students find, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources? More importantly, how can we help them craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found to develop multimedia texts? Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive keynote we will explore a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications to help students mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital voices."

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7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing ~ In Our Write Minds

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by Kim Kautzer


Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. Most of those ideas were directed at elementary grades, so today I’d like to point you toward some terrific Pinterest ideas for high school writing.

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:30 PM

Love these ideas--and their links

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The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know

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 A good story does have to abide by certain rules and these rules are learned through practice. Andrew Stanton, the Pixar writer and director behind both Toy Story and WALL-E, talks some of these rules  in his popular TED Talk, The clues to a great story.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:30 PM

Story telling is a key to helping students remember facts and engage the imagination.