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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Electronic Books/Writing Tools - Web 2.0 in Education (UK)

Electronic Books/Writing Tools - Web 2.0 in Education (UK) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Darren Walker

 

"The tools on this page make use of traditional book elements (text and photos) to create electronic books. In many cases the books can also be printed if desired but having them published online gives them an immediate audience."


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This is a wonderful collection of writing tools (and multimedia tools for writing) as well as for publishing. Don't be deceived by the seeming elementary-level look of these tools. Many of them are quite sophisticated and can by used by and for writers/readers of all ages. Do spend time going through Walker's entire wiki; this is clearly a labor of love from an accomplished educator.

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Edutech for Teachers | It’s a Mixbook Thing!

Edutech for Teachers | It’s a Mixbook Thing! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jamie Forshey

 

"Yearbooks, storybooks, calendars, cards and stationary… Mixbook, a powerful suite of completely customizable digital storytelling tools, has got all of this and more! Believe it or not, this “cool tool” was originally designed as a scrapbooking site, but as it turns out, Mixbookis a great way to engage students in the classroom as well! So, forget about those traditional written reports and handmade books! Instead inspire students to write interesting and colorful e-books that can be created individually or collaboratively with a real-world tool that will keep them coming back for more!

 

Mixbooks can be shared with others via an online link or by embedding the finished product on a web site, wiki and/or blog. Want to see what your photo book looks like in real life? No problem! Mixbooks can also be printed and purchased so you can show off your keepsake forever! But the educational benefits don’t stop here. That’s right! Apply for an educator’s account and receive a discount on every order!

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What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts?

What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Growing excitement around technology’s potential to transform the classroom has the education community chattering about laptops, tablets and smartphones. Continue reading →

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 4, 2013 6:13 PM

Kidblog and Collaborize Classroom are two tools that work for me in language arts and book clubs.  What works for you?

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 4, 2013 8:09 PM

It was word processing that pulled me into technology.  I recall many English teachers telling me that word processing was going to ruin writing. 


And so it goes....

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HandWriting Mail - new technology for an old practice

If you long for the days of a handwritten letter, then perhaps this app is for you. Send simple handwritten emails. It also acts as a good handwriting practi...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 13, 2013 12:56 PM

Awesome tool for students who struggle with holding a pencil.  

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:38 PM

Interesting idea for teaching handwriting to the digital generation.

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WATCH: Sir Ken Robinson’s New Talk | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization

WATCH: Sir Ken Robinson’s New Talk | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Building a Culture of Innovation Sir Ken Robinson delivers a brand new, insightful and entertaining talk to educators at the 9th Annual AERO Conference, “Finding the Catalyst for the Education Revolution"

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David Hain's comment, January 28, 2013 2:13 AM
As always, entertaining and valuable insights - a true thought leader!
David Hain's curator insight, January 28, 2013 2:14 AM

As always, entertaining and valuable insights - a true thought leader!

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10 Innovative Universities Shaking Up Education

10 Innovative Universities Shaking Up Education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A few innovative universities in particular can be counted on as continuous sources of headline-grabbing material, from new cures to new companies.
The post 10 Innovative Universities Shaking Up Education appeared first on Edudemic.

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BoomWriter | Read, Write, Compete... And Get Published!

BoomWriter | Read, Write, Compete... And Get Published! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"It's easy & it's free.

The teacher selects or produces his or her own story start, and the students let their imagination and writing skills take over.One chapter at a time, the students write, read, and then vote on the submissions they like the most. The winning chapter is then added to the story and the process continues.The teacher determines the total number of chapters to be completed, and when the competition is over a new book is ready to be published."


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creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers

creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Creative Writing Prompts collection of writing prompts and story starters for writers. Come up with creative content for blogs and blog stories with the help of these creative writing ideas.

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Laura Spencer's curator insight, January 16, 2013 1:40 PM

This was recommended to me by one of our 8th grade ELA teachers.

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Three Ways to Create a Digital Classroom Library for Your Students | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

Walk into an English teacher’s classroom, and you might be able to guess how long they’ve been there. Take a look at the classroom library. It takes time to collect hundreds of books for your kids to read, and veteran teachers have worked for years to amass those giant collections.

Luckily, modern technology gives us an alternative: extend your classroom library with free eBooks. There are literally thousands of free eBooks available for your students to read, and with free apps your students can turn their smartphones or tablets into eReaders.

The biggest logistical problem is turning that vast digital catalog into something more personal. You need to use a tool to collect a small number of books that you think your students will be interested in, and then put those books in front of them.

Today, we’ll look at three methods for creating and sharing a digital classroom library with your students. In all three cases, I’m going to assume that you have a source of free eBooks (Amazon’s Free Popular Classics, Google’s Play Store Top Free Books, or Project Gutenberg) and an app to read those books (Amazon’s Kindle app, Google’s Play Books app, Aldiko for Android, or iBooks for iOS).


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Maiers is almost always right on the money!

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10 Predictions for Personalized Learning for 2013

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What will Personalized Learning look like in 2013? The main change that will happen in teaching and learning in 2013 will be about empowerment. Teachers and learners will be more empowered to take charge of their learning. We will see this through the evidence they share as they learn.


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Serge Renard's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:18 AM

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Serge Renard's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:20 AM

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Thomas Salmon's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:34 PM

Interesting, in other ways this could also be seen as framing learning as a constant performance of assessment. Where do you draw the line ?

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How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all part of a larger goal to help students connect to social and cultural spaces."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:19 PM

A look at Henry Jenkins work on participatory learning and PLAY (Participatory Learning and You). So what is PLAY? "...'a mode of experimentation, of testing materials, trying out new solutions, exploring new horizons,' Jenkins said. It’s how kids interact with games – throwing themselves in without reading the rules, testing the limits and feeling free to try and fail."

This post provides a number of examples, discusses assesement and play, and provides links to additional articles on the subject.

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Dictionary, Thesaurus | term.ly

Dictionary, Thesaurus | term.ly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

term.ly provides concise definitions and goes beyond standard thesauri by providing related words that scale the hierarchy of language, allowing you to browse to more and less specific terms, and through relationships


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Marqueed Collect and Discuss Images

Marqueed Collect and Discuss Images | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Simple Image collaboration and markup tool - Take screenshots and discuss feedback

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 18, 2012 7:10 AM

This is a great tool for adding interactivity to images. Really useful for projects on visual literacy or building up vocabulary or just for online discussion of images.

Christine Bushong's curator insight, December 18, 2012 10:52 AM

Easy to learn on your own, too.

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Evidence & Arguments: Lesson Planning

Evidence & Arguments: Lesson Planning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
An in-depth conversation on lesson planning for a High School ELA class. Using a popular text, watch as Mr. Hanify discusses his lesson planning for reading and writing, identifying main ideas and developing arguments.

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Storytelling 101: What Makes a Good Story?

Storytelling 101: What Makes a Good Story? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

This was originally published on the Limelight Networks Blog as part of my day-to-day responsibilities as the Sr. Director of Marketing Strategy.

 

Storytelling is the future of digital marketing, plain and simple. If you aren’t on board yet, you are living in the past and each day you are “advertising” your products instead of “storytelling” about your business is another day your competitors are getting ahead of you. But before we jump into some ideas about what makes a good story, let’s look at the evolving digital marketer.


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Can Texting Develop Other Writing Skills?

Can Texting Develop Other Writing Skills? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

As more schools begin allowing students to bring their own devices and actually use them in class, the debate around the value of “digital writing” — texting, taking notes on mobile devices, tweeting, etc. — is heating up.

Some educators (and even a linguistic expert) believe kids who text are exercising a different, additional muscle when texting, writing, and note-taking — and that skill is actually adding to a student’s growing and changing repertoire.  Mindshft.


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Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 8: Options for Reactions in a Sequel

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 8: Options for Reactions in a Sequel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

At the heart of every sequel is the narrating character’s reaction to the preceding scene’s disaster. This is where the author gets the opportunity to dig around inside his character’s emotional and mental processes and find out what he’s really made of. The scene is about external action; the sequel is about internal reaction. The sequel will sometimes be entirely confined to the POV character’s mind; other times, it will be dramatized through action or dialogue.

 


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This is a very informative post from a wonderful blog about writing. If you are looking for assistance in how to improve, especially one's fiction writing, this is a very good resource.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:04 PM

This post makes a good point. Have to admit, it took me a minute to realize that Sequel was used to mean the chapter or scene after a big event/action scene. Being a librarian, sequel is a second book. 

Katie Frank's curator insight, January 28, 2013 2:19 PM

Take on having fun with words anytime you can!

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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/xrDuDaJm

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Susan's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:03 AM

Tell a story using the tool that works for you!

Jeeyoung Min's curator insight, September 23, 2013 2:02 AM

Powerful digital multimedia tools make a classroom much more dynamic.

Annika Hultén's curator insight, May 17, 2014 2:57 PM
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100 images for visual brainstorming

100 images that can inspire you when you are brainstorming about new products or services.

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Sandra Mason's curator insight, January 10, 2013 4:09 AM

Great images, thought provoking.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 10, 2013 6:49 PM

A handy visual resource.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:51 PM

Love the rainbow of colored post-its.

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Free Online Grammar Check, Spelling, and More | PaperRater

Free Online Grammar Check, Spelling, and More | PaperRater | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Grammar & Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

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Presentation Rules using Visual Storytelling to sell Big Ideas

Presentation Rules using Visual Storytelling to sell Big Ideas | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Article discussing ideas from the book Brain Rules on the impact of our visual perception on sales presentations (Presentation Rules using Visual Storytelling to sell Big Ideas http://t.co/Pn8Vpw7g)...

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Karen Dietz's comment, January 4, 2013 12:19 PM
LOL Billy! In that case it becomes a story trigger -- a word or image that triggers a known story in the mind of the listener.
Karen Dietz's comment, January 4, 2013 12:19 PM
Yes, I loved that point too Outi!
Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:50 PM

Some interesting ideas on how to tell a visual story and make your presentations more memorable.

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StoryWeaver

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Andrei is a passionate collector & broadcaster of old and new tales - sharing them for the purpose...

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 14, 2013 7:02 PM

This guy does a great job of using Facebook to share powerful stories.  He is worth liking so that you can get some good stories in your newsfeed.  I don't read them all, but I like the ones that I have read over the past few months.

Ken

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VoiceNote: Another Excellent Voice-to-Text App for Google Chrome

VoiceNote: Another Excellent Voice-to-Text App for Google Chrome | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Once again Paul Hamilton brings us another great tool to use with Chrome, VoiceNote. He states that it "offers excellent voice-to-text...VoiceNote opens as a dictation window." Therefore it may "sit on top of a document being written" (or occupy your entire screen). A few of the features he mentions are:

* dictating directly into a text box facilitates creating paragraphs or longer selections of text

* on-screen buttons for adding punctuation

* suport for multiple languages

For more information click through to the post.


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13 News Ways To Learn In 2013

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 9, 2013 10:32 PM

Are you looking for ways to learn online this year? Check out this post which provides 13 possibilities for you to explore. A few of them are:

* Get inspired by great speeches - listen to speeches from turning points in history, movies and more!

* Directory of open access journals - do you need to research a topic? Check out journals that provide free access.

* Publish your own graphic novel - Use Comic Master to write a graphic novel (or perhaps, have students in your class use it).

* Explore maps - new and old. With GPS we may neglect maps, yet maps are an amazing tool. Learn about geograpgy, culture, history and more as you explore old maps (and new) at a variety of websites. 

Nine additional links await you when you click through to this post!

Pradeep Kumar's curator insight, January 9, 2013 11:24 PM

Check this out

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Voicee : Voicee - talk whenever!

Voicee : Voicee - talk whenever! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

SMS for voice.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 24, 2012 12:08 PM

Voicee is a form of instant messaging that uses voice instead of text. This is a really nice simple tool for asynchronous voice communications. Great for recording and sending audio drills to students or building up narrative line by line.

carldowse's curator insight, December 25, 2012 5:04 AM

A nice simple app for asynchronous speaking practice in the classroom and between lessons. Could be used for practising telephone call or meetings