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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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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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Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I've been to something like one hundred conferences and corporate events in the past several years as I travel the world delivering keynotes and running seminars. I've seen a few great speeches. Sadly, most speeches I see are not very...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 19, 2013 10:48 AM

Very brief but good list to remember if you present information or inspiration.

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This may be the last watch you ever buy

This may be the last watch you ever buy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Thanks to a $10 million+ Kickstarter campaign, Pebble's e-paper smartwatch is coming soon


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7 Ways to Use Brain Science to Hook Readers

7 Ways to Use Brain Science to Hook Readers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
If you want to hook readers and reel them in, use brain science. Successful writers know how to use stories to trigger an emotional response.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics

Free Technology for Teachers: 26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"One of the most popular posts that I've published on Free Technology for Teachers is a list of ten free tools for creating comics online. I wrote that post three years ago. Since then some of the tools have gone offline or started charging users. So I think it's time to share a new list. Here are five free tools for creating comics online."

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Weaving Debate into the Writing Process | Edutopia

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

By Ashley Prophet

Summary by the Accomplished Teacher

 

"While teachers and students can be hesitant to integrate debate into the writing process, Ashley Prophet, a graduate student, suggests a nontraditional approach that could alleviate fears over tedious debates and rowdy students. Prophet suggests a five-step process in which students seek critical reviews from their friends, adopt an approach in which students prosecute and defend their sentences, and finally use technology to publish their work."

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 21, 2013 11:50 PM

If you want to make the writing connection to Common Core, think debate!  Great resources from Edutopia. 

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phrase.it - Online Image Editor For Cartoon Style Speech Bubbles

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phrase.it is a free online image editor which lets you add cartoon style speech and thought bubbles to your images. It's extremely easy to use and you will have great looking results within minutes.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 19, 2013 10:09 AM

This would be enthusiastically received by students, know doubt, who could then extend their visual literacy as well.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 19, 2013 3:34 PM

Here's a simple way to create some eye catching graphics.  Taks a bit to get the size of the photo and the size of the bubble to actually work. 

Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 19, 2013 8:41 PM

Oh, how fun this is!

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The Shapes of Stories

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kenekaplan's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:26 PM

And video of Kurt Vonnegut at the chalkboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ

Angela Antle's comment, January 30, 2013 8:15 AM
Fun graphic of most effective story shapes
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Idaho - English Language Arts Tool Box

Idaho - English Language Arts Tool Box | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Idaho developed Common Core toolboxes for English langauge arts and mathematics.

 

Each toolbox provides an overview of the standards, instructional materials and resources, and information on the new assessments.

 

Embedded are links to videos and reports to assist educators and the public in better understanding the standards.


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Demystifying "the Process of Meaning Making" and Close Reading | Burkins & Yaris

Demystifying "the Process of Meaning Making" and Close Reading | Burkins & Yaris | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

In this post, we present Vicky Vinton and Dorothy Barnhouse's book What Readers Really Do as one of our highly recommended text for learning what it means to read closely.


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Twitter Storytelling: See Tweets Transformed Into Haunting Works Of Art | Fast Company

Twitter Storytelling: See Tweets Transformed Into Haunting Works Of Art | Fast Company | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Paula Bernstein

 

Every tweet may contain a story. But in 140 characters or less, tweets can only hint at drama, romance, tragedy, and intrigue.Artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman take the story one step further into the real world, adding a visual component to.tweets in their "Geolocation" project.

 

"Using publicly available GPS metadata in Twitter posts, the duo track the location of tweets and take photographs, creating a real-world context for the virtual information. They then pair the photograph with the tweet, often to powerful effect."

 

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 23, 2013 8:36 AM

Shows lack of privacy in this digital age.

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Two Views of Writing: Woody Allen and John McPhee

Two Views of Writing: Woody Allen and John McPhee | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"...As I was watching it, I was reminded of an article I had just read in The New Yorker by John McPhee, who writes about how he writes in a piece called “Structure.” (I think it is part of the paid archive now, so may want to go to your local library — you still have one, right? — to check it out). McPhee brings us right into his whole planning and writing of longer non-fiction pieces, showing off visual structures of his content. You can see charts, and maps, and visual puzzles that form the backbone of his pieces. His larger message is try to move away from chronological sequencing, and instead, find new ways to structure content in a piece of writing. But that requires considerable thinking, planning … and an understanding of structure...."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 15, 2013 4:12 PM

If you're looking for good examples of voice,  read this article! 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:23 AM

Interesting use of technology to help structure your writing. Also points out that everyone's writing process is different.

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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

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20 effective ways to use digital comics in the classroom

Digital comics are a great way to practise language learning in the classroom. Presentation given at AGIS 2013 in Hanover. (@wmjackson RT @slideshare: '20 effective ways to use digital comics in the classroom' is featured on our homepage.

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Sympathetic Characters Part 4: Outcasts

Sympathetic Characters Part 4: Outcasts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

There’s something very attractive about the outsider character. Being rejected and having to strike out alone feels quite romantic.

The main things to remember when developing this sort of character is to show how happy everyone inside the group is (even if they’re just kidding themselves), and to demonstrate clearly that the character is not welcome.


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The Creator Of Scratch on Technical Literacy, Coding, & Smarter Kids

The Creator Of Scratch on Technical Literacy, Coding, & Smarter Kids | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Mitch Resnik, the creator of the super-simple Scratch programming language and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, gave a TEDx talk about the value of coding and computer literacy in early education.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 24, 2013 9:51 PM

If you have not checked out Scratch, a free programming language from the MIT Media Lab, take the time to listen to this talk by the creator, and then check out the program at the Scratch site, http://scratch.mit.edu/. You may download the program, join an educator's community, check out projects, watch tutorials and much more. One question that is being discussed more and more is if we should teach students programming. We are also told we need to have our students be creators of materials. Scratch may be a program that will help us meet both these goals.

davidconover's curator insight, January 26, 2013 10:35 AM

MIT's Scratch is a great program for high school students to learn.

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Grammar Girl : The Rules of Story :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Grammar Girl : The Rules of Story :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™ | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 23, 2013 1:01 PM

The seven things our brains look for in a story--and it isn't all about the writing.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Writing and Common Core

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By Mike Shanahan

 

"This fine book on writing instruction will soon have a second edition. If you are looking for a good guide for supporting teachers on writing, this is the book I would turn to now. In this new edition there is a lot more common core relevant information, including a chapter that I wrote about "writing about text." For some reason I struggled to write this chapter, but yesterday I read the page proofs and I was happy with it. It provides guidance on all the ways that common core connects reading and writing: summarizing, modeling, analysis/critical response, and synthesis. It should be out soon and for those who have been looking for common core writing help this text should do it."

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TEDx Talks Roundup: 4 fascinating talks on education

TEDx Talks Roundup: 4 fascinating talks on education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In case you didn’t catch it, this week on the TEDx blog, we featured four talks examining advancements in education.
It’s a topic we talk a lot about here at TED and it’s a conversation TEDx events...

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Connected Learning Study Group - National Writing Project

Connected Learning Study Group - National Writing Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

In March 2012, the MacArthur Foundation shared a set of design and learning principles that emerged from their Digital Media and Learning Initiative of which the NWP is a member. These design and learning principles, called "Connected Learning"  are meant to support a proposal for a new approach to learning anchored in a rich history of teaching and learning research and theory. They are also being designed to mine the learning potential of the new social and digital media domains.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 18, 2013 10:33 PM

Limited to 25 dedicated teachers, this is a free online learning experience. 

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Creating a Classroom eBook with BookCreator

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Tweet It is no secret that I am a fan of the iPad app BookCreator since its release in 2011. Our students have created several eBooks with the app. You can read about the creation, its process and ...

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Christine Berthilier's curator insight, January 19, 2013 4:58 AM

Bookcreator je découvre cette application et je vais la tester

Marie Schoeman's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:33 PM

An excellent tool for creating differentiated texts

 

Amber Ramshaw Wakefield's curator insight, February 26, 2013 1:34 PM

No more leaving a classroom to use the computer-take this with you and use your headphones!

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Junot Diaz on Creative Thinking: The Critical Self and Play - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Junot Diaz on Creative Thinking: The Critical Self and Play - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Novelist Junot Díazis a Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is “a writer whose finely crafted works of fiction offer powerful insight into the realities of the Caribbean diaspora, American assimilation, and lives lived between cultures.”

 

"New York Times writer Sam Anderson recently interviewed him, and Diaz provides a number of helpful perspectives on creative expression, for any kind of artist."


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 23, 2013 9:06 AM

The difficulty lies in separating the editor from the creator.

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Grammarly Lite — Spellchecker Designed For The Web

Grammarly Lite — Spellchecker Designed For The Web | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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From product to process — The Storybird blog

From product to process — The Storybird blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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