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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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The Other Side of the Story: Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now

The Other Side of the Story: Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Janice Hardy

 

"Today, I'd like to share a few of those weak area words that often pull me out of a story. Some words, phrases and sentence structures that I've seen (and commented on) in many a critique. If you have these things in your manuscript, please remember that there's nothing inherently wrong with these words and phrases, they're just commonly seen hanging around weak prose. So if something feels off in your work or you're looking for that next step to improve your craft, these are some options to try. "

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 13, 2013 9:51 PM

Good list of editing tips. 

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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10 Resources For Getting Elementary Students Interested In Reading | Edudemic

10 Resources For Getting Elementary Students Interested In Reading | Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Posted by Dawn Casey-Rowe

 

"This week’s Learnist Top 10 is dedicated to material and experiences that develop or enrich elementary students in reading, writing, and research. It features several boards from elementary blended learning expert Carrie Sorenson, material from homeschooling mom Kimberly Charron, and boards that reinforce reading and writing through art, cooking, and other experiences. Integrating experiences into student’s worlds makes them more interested in reading and literacy."

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Mockflow AnnotatePro: Easily Annotate & Share Images Online

Mockflow AnnotatePro: Easily Annotate & Share Images Online | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Whenever you need to quickly annotate and share an image, usually you have to go through multiple steps – download the image, open image editing software, edit the image and then share it.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 6, 2013 9:21 AM

A convenient tool for annotating images uploaded from your computer or from other sites including Google Drive, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram or Dropbox.

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add your insight...

Kenny's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:04 AM

Il faut un compte Gmail ou Google Apps pour devenir membre.

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EdCamp - The Complete Guide: How to Start and Run Your Very Own EdCamp

EdCamp - The Complete Guide: How to Start and Run Your Very Own EdCamp | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
EdCamps are free events organized by groups of educators, specifically designed to create a participant-driven, fun-filled day of professional development.

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Thanks to a couple of my great Twitter resource @ipadsammy and good friend @rmom352 for sharing this resource on developing your own edcamp professional development via scoop.it.

Rob Watson's curator insight, February 7, 2013 5:00 PM

For participants of #DLDay

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9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof

9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Aaron Couch

 

"Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price. Sure, it’s a relatively good investment, but for one reason or another you choose to not pay for it. What do you do?

 

"Thankfully, there are other options – and good ones. These range from web-based apps and local software to free and paid. Although some do cost, all have free options and the price you pay for the paid software is a fraction of what you would pay for Microsoft Office. Through this article I will touch upon any unique features such as mobile capability, cost, user interface and compatibility with Microsoft Office files."

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Donna Browne's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:28 AM

I have been using Open Office for many years with good results.  Also try

the Ipad app OnLive Desktop which provides access to Office programs free of charge.  It is available free at the App Store. 

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Science, Storytelling, and “Gut Churn”: Jad Abumrad on the Secrets of Creative Success | Brain Pickings

Science, Storytelling, and “Gut Churn”: Jad Abumrad on the Secrets of Creative Success | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"On diving head-first into the unknown."

"Since 2004, Radiolab has been sparking a singular kind of magic at the intersection of science and storytelling, redefining not only public radio but also the “role of scientific culture in modern society,”to borrow Richard Feynman’s words.

 

"In this fantastic talk from The 99% Conference, Radiolab mastermind and MacArthur genius Jad Abumrad takes us behind the scenes to explore the tribulations and triumphs of building a novel paradigm from the ground up."

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how do kids REALLY learn to write, 2.0

how do kids REALLY learn to write, 2.0 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
photo of T by Mary McHenry Back in January, I wrote a rambling, terribly earnest post titled How Does a Child REALLY Learn to Write? That post generated a slew of thoughtful and heartfelt comments.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:20 PM

Excellent thoughts on the process of writing, and what not to stress as your students progress.  

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How to tell a great business story

Every business has a story.

 

When I went to Stanford last week to interview Tory Burch about her amazing story (Young woman with no formal education in design and no MBA builds a $2.5 billion business from scratch in less than a decade!), the University folks asked me if I would let them interview me about, yes, the art of storytelling.

 

Over 29 years of writing for Fortune, I've learned a lot about storytelling. And today, with social media driving every business, telling a compelling story is more essential for businesses than ever.

 

Do you want to know how to tell a great story? I explain on this short video clip:


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Showcase Yourself Online by Bringing Together Your Key Links in One Page with Enthuse


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Didier Daglinckx's comment, June 12, 2013 3:19 AM
What makes it better than the other similar sites ?
Robin Good's comment, June 12, 2013 4:22 AM
I think it offers an alternative way of presenting info, and it gives you a lot of options to actually showcase data about who you are. Pressfolios is another good one in this direction.
Robin Martin's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:42 PM

Robin, now I've got tons of work to do but these tools will make it much easier! Thank you!!

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365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources

365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
365 things to make you go

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netquester's curator insight, February 3, 2013 12:32 PM

Excellent  way to start the day

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:22 PM

writing prompts? discussion starters? debates or research?

Tui Needham, Career Development Specialist's comment, April 20, 2013 9:01 PM
Like this a lot, some goodies when running workshops and you want get people thinking.
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Sympathetic Characters Part 6: Unfairness

Sympathetic Characters Part 6: Unfairness | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Unfairness can come from a person, an institution or the universe. There’s no real logic behind why we expect good things to happen to good people and bad people to be punished (experience certainly doesn’t suggest either will happen very often), but we do. And this means a character who is treated unfairly is one who is probably going to win the sympathy of the reader.


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Weaving Debate into the Writing Process

Weaving Debate into the Writing Process | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Ashley Prophet

 

"Organized debates are an engaging way to help students discover, explore and organize ideas during the writing process. However, neither my teacher colleagues nor students share my enthusiasm. To find out why, I asked how they felt about using debate in the classroom. Here were their responses:

Teachers' answers:

Students are too aggressive and rowdy to debate.There is no time for preparation.I don’t know how to incorporate debates into the curriculum.

Students' answers:

Debates are tedious and repetitive.My opinions are never appreciated.Debates are pointless.

"Rethinking classroom debating might help both the aforementioned groups view this strategy as valuable.

 

"Debate activities do not have to mirror the traditional debate protocol, where students stand on opposite sides of the classroom and formally argue about a particular point -- an exercise that students and teachers may find to be tedious. A more casual format can be far more engaging, like the ones below that are specifically tailored to support students during each stage of the writing process. The procedures are simple to explain and allow for students' opinions to be valued."

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New Social News Reader For Enterprise: Delve

New Social News Reader For Enterprise: Delve | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Excerpted from Official Website:

"Delve is a smart, social news reader for professionals and organizations. We cut through the noise to get you the news that matters to your industry. You share and archive articles and insights on a private, secure network."

 

Here is an excerpt from review article on BetaKit:

"Social newsreaders like Flipboard, Zite, and Pulse have traditionally been aimed at the average reader, and while they have topics like business and technology, they don’t focus specifically on professionals and enterprises looking to stay informed on industry news.

Delve, a New York City-based startup that combines an editorial team with news aggregation, is trying to solve this problem with its social newsreader for professionals.

 

After signing up and choosing their topics of interests, Delve users receive a curated list of articles based on their sector, and what leading commentators are saying about these topics. From there they can participate in discussions with their colleagues using the forum feature, and recommend content to others on their team. Users get a daily roundup of the news and the discussions surrounding it via email.

 

Individuals and teams with up to nine users can use Delve for free, and the company is working with 15 pilot enterprise clients, and will charge companies on a per-seat basis after the test run.

 

The company plans on releasing a mobile app in about a month, which should help it compete with mobile-first newsreaders like iPhone apps Circa and Summly, tablet readers like Flipboard, and others like Prismatic that have a strong mobile presence. Delve doesn’t just compete with social readers though, it competes with the traditional ways employees share articles and discuss news, namely email, social networks, and industry newsletters. In terms of other newsreaders directed at teams, its strongest competition is Flud.it...."

 

Read full review article on BetaKit:

http://betakit.com/2013/02/07/with-a-focus-on-teams-delves-social-newsreader-launching-paid-enterprise-accounts

 

Check out it: http://delvenews.com

 


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Martin Gysler's comment, February 8, 2013 3:15 PM
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Cathryn Brimhall's curator insight, February 10, 2013 3:09 AM

Need to curate a topic with colleagues ?

Trader|OS's curator insight, February 11, 2013 1:06 PM

looks really interesting, has any had a chance to try it

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6 Easy Pieces v1

By Darren Kuropatwa

 

"Slides to support an active learning workshop for student teachers at Brandon University. 16 January 2013.

"6 different lightweight ideas/activities you can implement in your classes tomorrow to leverage mobile (and stationary) technology to document student learning and foster reflective ways for students to share what they're learning. We don't just talk about them, we do them. Then we talk about them and how each of us might practically adapt these ideas in our own classrooms.

"Basically, we have fun, play with practical ideas that allow teachers to easily incorporate technology in their classroom daily, and leverage some of the mobile technologies that are increasingly found in students' pockets. Six Easy Pieces is an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of using technology in the classroom."

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Not only is the content of this slide deck excellent, but the presentation itself is organized most effectively as well. People who fill their powerpoints with words should take note of this.

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Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

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How do we help novice learners become more expert? Peter Skillen uses collaborative journal writing environments to move kids beyond social talk into deeper thinking.
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Top 30 QR code uses | SmartBlogs

Top 30 QR code uses | SmartBlogs | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
QR codes have really taken off recently as marketers find creative ways to integrate them into campaigns. Below is a roundup of some of the best campaigns

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 4, 2013 12:37 PM

This blog post provides some very interesting and though provoking ways to use QR codes. 

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Presentation Zen: Lucas, Scorsese: On the need for visual literacy

Presentation Zen: Lucas, Scorsese: On the need for visual literacy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Garr Reynolds

 

"A professional or student in the 21st century needs to have a good degree of multimedia literacy. The term multimedia literacy and visual literacy encompass many things and borrow from many disciplines. However, for at least a generation or more when people speak of the need for multimedia literacy (they may call it different things) they very often focus on the high-tech tools of the day. This is especially true in education. But the tools of the day are for the most part ephemeral. But an understanding of the principles and techniques and "rules" found in the broad field of visual communication are the thing of real and lasting value. Hardware and software are important, of course, but what's of much greater value is the software between one's ears....

"Below, in separate interviews, two legendary American filmmakers — George Lucas and Martin Scorsese — are very direct in their assertions that visual literacy is crucial for people in today's world and that it should be both more highly valued by educators and taught in schools."

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How to Write Yourself Into Existence | NY Times

How to Write Yourself Into Existence | NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By David Shields

 

"The individual has now risen to the level of a mini-government or mini-corporation. Via YouTube and Twitter, each of us is our own mini-network. The trajectory of nearly all technology follows this downward and widening path: by the time a regular person is able to create his own TV network, it doesn’t matter anymore that I have or am on a network. The power of the technology cancels itself via its own ubiquity. Nothing really changes: the individual’s ability to project his message or throw his weight around remains minuscule. In the case of the Web, each of us has slightly more access to a mass audience — a few more people slide through the door — but Facebook is finally a crude personal multimedia conglomerate machine, a ham-fisted personal nation-state machine, a reality-show machine. "

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How To Make Great Radio: An Illustrated Guide Starring Ira Glass | Brain Pickings

How To Make Great Radio: An Illustrated Guide Starring Ira Glass | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"When correctly harnessed, radio can be as emotional, as funny and as satisfying as the best motion pictures."

 

"In 1999, the staff of This American Life invited cartoonist Jessica Abel to spend several weeks with them. The result was Radio: An Illustrated Guide (public library), in which Abel peeks inside the hood of the beloved radio show to reveal what makes it hum and teach us how “to lift Radio to its true potential” — a fine addition to other echelons of comics as nonfiction, most similar in ethos and sensibility to fellow public radio maven Brooke Gladstone’s The Influencing Machine."

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:41 PM

We all have the power of the podcast.  Make a podcast and you get just a taste of what it takes to make a radio show.  I admire Ira Glass and his work on this American Life.( I subscribe to the podcast.)

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WRITING COMPETITIONS 2013 | writingclassesforkids.com

WRITING COMPETITIONS 2013 | writingclassesforkids.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:00 AM

A way to encourage creativity and to support creative students.

Sharrock's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:01 AM

A way to encourage creativity and to support creative students.

Sanna Tyrvainen's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:26 AM

This is a tough audience ;)

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27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking

27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Publishing student thinking can be among the most powerful ways to improve learning.

 

There are a variety of reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that the “threat” of publishing moves the lodestone from the classroom to the “real world.” This, of course, changes everything.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 2, 2013 2:38 PM

As a writing teacher any chance to enlarge the audience for student writing is important.  Young writers, when they write for someone other than the teacher, tend to be much more motivated. 


These days, publishing has never been easier. Consider the great 'What to publish' list in this article to open your mind to the powers of a true blended classroom. 

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, February 9, 2013 9:34 PM

add your insight...

 

Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, February 10, 2013 10:11 AM

Great resources!

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8 Resume Tips For The Tech-Savvy Teacher - Edudemic

8 Resume Tips For The Tech-Savvy Teacher - Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Today’s classrooms may look similar in form to the classrooms of yesterday, but what’s happening in function is often a completely different story. Flipped learning, social media, iPads, educational technology, and collaborative learning are just a few of the ways our classrooms have changed in recent years, and teachers today will need to catch up to the new trends or risk being left behind. Teachers, we recommend that you add these important 21st century educator skills to your resume today."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 1, 2013 6:31 PM

This strikes me as very important and useful advice for educators all levels, pre-K-20.

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Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

EDUCAUSE Review Online


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A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment Tools - Richard Byrne

Ideas and directions for using TodaysMeet, Wallwisher, and Socrative in the classroom.

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Lori Johnson's curator insight, February 2, 2013 11:55 AM

Love this for collaborative options in our 1:1 environment.

Dr. Doris Molero's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:43 PM

Back channels in the face to face class? how's that possible?...

Pauline Wilson's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:19 PM

Three great teaching tools