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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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The Book Chook: writing

The Book Chook: writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Lots of articles and tips for young writers from Australian writer and educator, Susan Stephenson, at www.thebookchook.com


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Ten Techniques for Getting Tension on Every Page

Ten Techniques for Getting Tension on Every Page | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I'm not sure about you, but I'd rather not take any chances in losing my readers' attention. There are too many other things clamoring for their time and energy. We don't want to give them any excuse to put our book down and not pick it back up again.

But is it realistic to think we can rivet our readers on Every. Single. Page?


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REVIEW: Footsteps2Brilliance | edSurge

REVIEW: Footsteps2Brilliance | edSurge | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Vicki Windman

 

"As I was browsing through the Tech and Learning magazine in November last year, I came across a review of Footsteps2Brilliance written by Lisa Nielsen, titled “iPad Literacy Program Increases Reading and Writing Ability.” She wrote: “With a tool like this assessing student progress, there should no longer be a need for outdated, standardized bubble tests.” With those words of endorsement, I knew I had to try it.

 

"Footsteps2Brilliance consists of 18 storybooks at the K-3 reading level. The texts can be highlighted to help independent readers focus on the key points, and also be read aloud to a student. The stories are also filled with interactive and animated illustrations."

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How to use QR codes in research and teaching | academiPad

How to use QR codes in research and teaching | academiPad | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jo Scholz

 

"This post is about the basics of why, where and how to use QR codes in your research and teaching. In addition, it will also suggest a few design tweaks that allow you to blend QR codes with the surrounding context (e.g., the keynote slide or a poster). And if you invest some time you can even closely integrate a QR code with your overall self-branding efforts."

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Joachim Scholz, PhD's comment, January 2, 2013 11:06 PM
and soon I will also put up a video on how to do such a nice Designer QR code. Its totally addictive.
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Interactive Fiction for Beginners

Interactive Fiction for Beginners | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Interactive fiction is a kind of text-based adventure game played on the computer.

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Joe Pereira's curator insight, December 27, 2012 7:54 PM

Interactive fiction games are often puzzle-based. Other games focus more on character interaction or exploring a setting. In fact, some games are written specifically as educational tools for students.

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A Creative Curriculum fit for 2013 and Beyond | huntingenglish

A Creative Curriculum fit for 2013 and Beyond | huntingenglish | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.” Horace Mann

 

"Recently I came across a beautifully written ode to creativity written by @RealDavidCameron – see here. Please read it in all of its resplendent glory. The article, appropriate for our austere times, and rather bankrupt political leadership, is not all sweetness and light. Birth weight and poverty are recognized as near intractable factors that inhibit learning, but the driving force of the article resides in the transformative power of education. This was connected to another article by an inspiring school leader, Tom Sherrington – the @headguruteacher – with this article on creativity here: Teaching for Creativity and Innovation. Now, let me admit, when I sometimes hear the term ‘creativity’ used regarding education I wince slightly. ‘Passion’ and ‘creativity’ have become easy labels used across public and private sectors, becoming appropriated by advertisers, regardless of whether those qualities are exhibited or not, like some empty corporate mantra. When people laud Sir Ken Robinson I cannot but agree with his inspired speeches, but without action those words ring hollow. What leaders like Tom Sherrington and people like David Cameron do is put meat onto the bones of the creativity mantra in a real and valuable. They shine a light on creativity in practice and thereby encourage us to bask in the glow and feed the flame,"

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 28, 2012 7:29 PM

The above comment, only one paragraph in quite a lengthy meditation on the necessity for creativity and passion in education, comes from "A Subject Leader of English in a large, successful state school in York" [England], who evidently desires to write anonymously.

 

In any event, huntingenglish has quite a bit to say on his/her own behalf and also peppers the piece with abundant links to additional writings by others as well as schools/programs that s/he considers exemplary.

 

From the opinions expressed, it seems to me that the educational landscape in the UK resembles that of the US in a great many respects...certainly I find much to agree with concerning personal reflections about the current state of educational affairs.

 

Huntingenglish has a lot to say and, IMO, says it very well. This is quite a stimulating read and I will be returning to this blog for more.

 

 

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20 Creative Ways To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic

20 Creative Ways To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The buzz around Instagram might have you thinking about jumping ship. Instead, why not consider a few ways to use the app in your classroom?

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Best education related books and videos of 2012

Best education related books and videos of 2012 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I was motivated by Larry Ferlazzo, who's been doing something like this for about 4 years, to ask readers of this site to recommend what they've liked reading or viewing in the past year. The book or video need not be directly related to education, but hopefully there is some connection. The media does not need to have been published in 2012, just that you read or viewed it this year.

Please make your addition by adding a comment below. Please give the book title and author, as well as a few sentences regarding what you liked about it. If you are recommending a video, please give its title (if there is one) and the name of the main speaker (or speakers), along with what you liked about it. In addition, it would be great to provide the URL so foks can navigate to it easily.

Thanks to all...and best wishes for the holidays.

Jim

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Barbara Pazey's comment, December 27, 2012 3:46 PM
Jim, I tried to click to link to this on all 3 of your scoopits but it did not take me to the link! Barbara Pazey
Jim Lerman's comment, December 27, 2012 4:39 PM
Hi Barbara, There is no link to anything for this post. I'm sorry if I was not clear. The idea is for readers to post their responses in the Comments section, as you did with your question. So...what have you read or seen this year that you thought was really good; and why?
Barbara Pazey's comment, December 27, 2012 5:02 PM
OMG! I will definitely get back to this with vim and vigor!
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Making + Playing + Understanding = Learning | DMLcentral

Making + Playing + Understanding = Learning | DMLcentral | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jeff Brazil

 

"We commissioned filmmaker Nic Askew to make a series of short films that explores the underlying thinking of our six principles of connected learning: interests, peers, youth as producers, networks, shared purpose and academics. Together, the six offer a framework for learning anchored in research and a deep understanding of how people learn, but they also tap the new possibilities of the internet, social media and the information age. This particular film (below) examines a fundamental human experience and key component of connected learning, 'play,' and explores whether it has been underestimated and whether, as a state of being, it holds answers for the reimagining of education."

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Upon a quick overview, this film series appears quite important and the weekly webinars devoted to exploration of the films and connected learning look to be quite interesting.

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Writing Tips from Young Winston Churchill | Thinkfinity

Writing Tips from Young Winston Churchill | Thinkfinity | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"...he was not only Prime Minister of Great Britian during World War II, he was also the author of more than forty books of biography, history, essays and speeches, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

"So when we found out that as a young man he wrote an essay about the elements of an effective speech, we were excited. Then we discovered that an AP English teacher had developed a series of lessons in which students not only read the essay but also apply Churchill's principles to his own great speeches during WWII.

 

"So here's the essay and the lesson plans. Do tell us what you think of them"


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:38 PM

We may as well learn from the best. Here the young Winston Churchill teaches us about rhetoric and structure.

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A Simple Way to Create Suspense | NY Times

A Simple Way to Create Suspense | NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
By Lee Child

"How do you create suspense? I’m asked that question often, and it seems that every writers’ symposium has a class with that title. It’s an important technical issue, and not just for so-called suspense novels. Every novel needs a narrative engine, a reason for people to keep reading to the end, whatever the subject, style, genre or approach.

"But it’s a bad question. Its very form misleads writers and pushes them onto an unhelpful and overcomplicated track."
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Gone Google Story Builder - Use Docs and multiple authors to have fun "Writing"

Gone Google Story Builder - Use Docs and multiple authors to have fun "Writing" | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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Transliteracy and transmedia in the middle grades classroom | MiddleWeb

Transliteracy and transmedia in the middle grades classroom | MiddleWeb | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
By Susan Curtis

"Essentially, according to Professor Sue Thomas of the UK’s De Montfort University’s Institute of Creative Technologies, transliteracy is “the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.”

"K-12 teacher librarians have adapted the concept for their students. Joyce Valenza, writing in her School Library Journal blog Neverending Search, is concerned that students understand and can use literacies that take them beyond reading and writing and provides links to several resources. She illustrates the potential of multiple platforms with librarian Brian Hulsey’s video, “Everyday Transliteracy,” from his blog, Strange Dichotomy. His catalog of possible media resources (“avenues for communication”) for sharing a blueberry smoothie recipe is easy for students to understand."
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10 Best Writing Workbooks

10 Best Writing Workbooks | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

You can get great books on the craft of writing and learn to write a novel at home, but there's so many, how do you pick? My favourites are the workbooks providing exercises to try yourself. Here are the top ten workbooks for writing that I couldn't do without:


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Unblocking — Lessons From One Medium to Another | WorldWalkings

Unblocking — Lessons From One Medium to Another | WorldWalkings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Clever and insightful tips for overcoming writer's block, interestingly drawn from Sarah McErath's experience as a painter.


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41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills

41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com  


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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 3, 2013 4:57 PM

A very nice collection of tech tools to help writing teachers

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 3, 2013 5:53 PM

Who says using computers is not good for kids writing skills? These apps will certainly help get rid of that myth.

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Scribbler's Folly: Start Me Up

Scribbler's Folly: Start Me Up | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Amy Beth Arkawy

 

:"Start with the smell of burnt toast. Or look for a pair of missing earrings. Try falling out of love. Or waiting for an interview for a job you desperately want ( or one you never thought you'd have to get). Start with a line from a song or a classic movie. Look at a snapshot from a family album. Or a photo from the newspaper.

"These are all prompts I have used in creative writing workshops to help writers tap into the creative well that is available to every artist. We typically use the first twenty to thirty minutes of each session to just write, write, write. The prompt is merely a suggestion- a jumping off point- which can be used or eschewed in favor of an image or idea rumbling around in a writer's head. The premise: uncensored, uninhabited writing can open the creative passageway often blocked by the raging self-doubt of that pesky inner critic who always seems to tag along for the ride."

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WriteRoom — Distraction free writing software for Mac & iOS

WriteRoom — Distraction free writing software for Mac & iOS | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
For Mac & iPhone users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing.

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Kay Cam's comment, December 27, 2012 1:10 PM
I love this tool. I've been using it for years
Josh Dupree's curator insight, May 2, 2013 8:00 PM

This software is for those who have ADD moments and get distracted easily while writing. 

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10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing

10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website'

 

"Both high-tech innovations for learning and the inability of many American schoolchildren to write well have been major talking points in educational circles for quite some time, but oddly enough, one may offer a solution to helping remedy the other. There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone. Here, we offer just a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar, essay-writing, and, most importantly, why good writing is so important to their futures."


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Ivo Nový's curator insight, December 11, 2012 10:10 AM

There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, December 28, 2012 8:18 PM

...And see Digital Writing Matters, a National Writing Project publication by

Dr. Troy Hicks, Co-Director of Central Michigan University-based Chippewa Writing Project, Mt. Pleasant, MI....

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Working with Images-Shelly Terrell

Working with Images-Shelly Terrell | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Shelly Terrell

 

"Learn how images can be powerful tools for teaching. Working with images allows students to visualize learning material. Some ideas for working with images in the classroom are book scavenger hunts, visual dictionaries, and class debates. Have students contribute and write about their own photos to a classroom photo-sharing account."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 28, 2012 1:39 AM

Use of images has always been a great facilitator of language learning...whether in one's native language, or another. Terrell's half-hour webinar offers numerous ideas for using images as well as sources for ideas.

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, December 28, 2012 8:13 PM

Great appeal for today's students...

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10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work | Psychology Today

10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work | Psychology Today | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Susan K. Perry

 

"There are at least 90 such tips, tools, and techniques in Breakthrough! 90 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block & Spark Your Imagination, edited by Alex Cornell, with a foreword by Erik Spiekermann.

 

"Breakthrough! is a fresh compilation of practical, real world solutions offered by a range of creative individuals, including graphic designers, artists, writers, and photographers. These are people who are employed in jobs where they are required to be creative, regularly (brief bios are in the back of the book).

 

The insights in this perkily designed, light-hearted, and useful little volume are sometimes amusing, often unexpected. It's worthy of being read straight through and marked and stickied and personalized by any reader who has ever felt not lazy but gooey in the brain in regards to a particular project."

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Welcome to Digital Storyteller

Welcome to Digital Storyteller | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Digital Storyteller is a Web-based tool that offers teachers and students frictionless access to digital images and materials that enable them to construct compelling personal narratives.

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موقع يمكنك من بناء قصص الكترونية

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 23, 2012 4:10 AM

a great way to make stories become a bit more immersive

lymari's curator insight, January 3, 2013 11:28 AM

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Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY] - The Tempered Radical

Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY] - The Tempered Radical | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
By Bill Ferriter
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"Sixth-grade language arts teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post about his students' experiment with Scoop.it -- a resource to help users curate collections of resources. Using the tool, students entered search terms related to New York City's ban on large, sugary drinks, then selected sources on the topic they thought should be shared. Scoop.it allows students to evaluate sources, build collections and publish content, Ferriter writes."
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A SCOOP ABOUT SCOOP.IT!

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, December 19, 2012 9:47 AM

I love this idea!

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Why American Students Can't Write | the Atlantic

Why American Students Can't Write | the Atlantic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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"In "The Writing Revolution," Peg Tyre traces the problems at one troubled New York high school to a simple fact: The students couldn't write coherent sentences. In 2009 New Dorp High made a radical change. Instead of trying to engage students through memoir exercises and creative assignments, the school required them to write expository essays and learn the fundamentals of grammar. Within two years, the school's pass rates for the English Regents test and the global-history exam were soaring. The school's drop-out rate — 40 percent in 2006 — has fallen to 20 percent.

"The experiment suggests that the trend toward teaching creative writing was hurting American students. In a debate about Tyre's story, we asked a range of experts, from policymakers to Freedom Writers founder Erin Gruwell, to share their thoughts on Tyre's story."
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 17, 2012 6:17 PM

I imagine this headline got your attention, but the fact is, most of these 20 articles are positive affirmations of how to teach writing, not documentation of horror stories, as the title implies.

 

In any event, these is a wealth of good material here; all motivated by the considerable suceess of the writing program at New Dorp HS, on Staten Island, NYC.

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Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method

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"This post is by Dr Katherine Firth who works in Academic Skills at the University of Melbourne, with a particular interest in research student literacies. Basically, Katherine is a Thesis Whisperer, like me. Unlike me, Katherine is still an active researcher in her field of 20th-century poetry. Over coffee Katherine told me about the ‘Cornell Method’ and kindly agreed to write a post. I found it enlightening, I hope you do too."
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