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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning

10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Not only do we need skills for expository, creative, persuasive and technical writing, but we often write about topics for which we know very little at first. Furthermore, our writing is expected to be motivating while clearly delivering concepts, procedures and facts.
Here you’ll find some brief guidelines that focus on each type of writing. Much of this writing is done in storyboards, so I didn’t include writing for storyboards as a separate type. What other types of writing for eLearning can you think of?


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Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, August 17, 2012 8:42 AM
Thanks Ken, I'm glad you find it useful. Please feel free to recommend good sites.
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Thank you for the rescoop!
I see great resources on your site.
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Thank you for the rescoop. I like what I see on your topic!
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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists | Edutopia

The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists | Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Laura Bradley

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Middle-school English teacher Laura Bradley in this blog post offers five tips for helping students succeed in the upcoming National Novel Writing Month -- or NaNoWriMo -- Young Writers' Program. Facilitate lots of planning and brainstorming before the writing begins, Bradley writes. Learn the technology, schedule time for students to write and write along with them, she suggests, to turn the activity into a community of writers working toward a common goal, rather than just a writing assignment."

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Significant Objects: How Stories Confer Value Upon the Vacant | Brain Pickings

Significant Objects: How Stories Confer Value Upon the Vacant | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova.

 

 “The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” poet Muriel Rukeyser famously remarked. Hardly anyone can back this bombastic proclamation with more empirical conviction than Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn. In 2009, the duo embarked upon a curious experiment: They would purchase cheap trinkets, ask some of today’s most exciting creative writers to invent stories about them, then post the stories and the objects on eBay to see whether the invented story enhanced the value of the object. Which it did: The tchotchkes, originally purchased for a total of $128.74, sold for a whopping total of $3,612.51 — a 2,700% markup. (The most highly valued pairing in the entire project, bought for $1.49 and sold for $197.50, was a globe paperweight with a moving handwritten story by the magnificent Debbie Millman, with proceeds benefiting 826 National.)"

 

I think this is actually a great way to get young people writing, perhaps minus the Ebay part. But giving them objects to write about can be remarkably liberating and the purposes of the writing can be varied while the objects don't have to change. -JL

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21st Century Skills Must Include Ability to Ask Written Questions | You Can Teach Writing

21st Century Skills Must Include Ability to Ask Written Questions | You Can Teach Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Writing teachers must teach questioning to develop communication and collaboration, two 21st century skills students all must have.


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NewLits.org

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"NewLits.org is a wiki space created to collaboratively develop a rich range of specialist resources for middle school language arts/literacy educators (typically Grades 5 to 8). These resources focus variously and broadly on new literacies and digital technologies.

“'New literacies' in the sense used here are literacy practices mediated by digital technologies (e.g., blogging, gaming, social networking), or that are newly recognized as literacies due to their increased ubiquity as a practice (e.g., fanfiction writing, live action role-plays)" More...


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Chippewa River Writing Project - 2012_Open_Institute

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In this course, consultants from CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project will lead participants through a one-week open institute focused on the integration of a genre-based, technology-rich approach to [[#|teaching writing]] in an era of the Common Core Standards. During the week of June 25-29, 2012 -- with additional interactions online both before and after the institute -- participants will [[#|work]] with CRWP [[#|teacher]] consultants to better understand the expectations in the CCSS, explore useful digital writing tools, and engage in their own personal writing.

 

~Great stuff! [klbz]

-A lot of excellent resources -JL


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Free Technology for Teachers: Story Map - An Interactive Story Planner

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By Richard Byrne

 

"Story Map is a free interactive story planning tool from Read Write Think. Story Maps provides four templates for outlining stories. To use the templates students title their stories then choose one of four templates to outline their stories. The four template choices are conflict, setting, character, and resolution. Students can print their completed templates."

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Teaching with Games: Video Case Studies | AvatarGeneration

Teaching with Games: Video Case Studies | AvatarGeneration | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"We came across four excellent case studies produced by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent research laboratory that supports research and development in educational digital media technologies."

 

"It is always great to see how teachers are using different technologies in the classroom in unique and inspirational ways. We came across four excellent case studies produced by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent research laboratory that supports research and development in educational digital media technologies.

 

"The first case study shows Joel Levin, a school technology integrator, using MinecraftEDU with second graders at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City. Joel leads his class through structured game-based scenarios that emphases self-directed learning, collaboration between students, and positive social interactions.

 

"The second case study shows how Ginger Stevens, a 6th grade special-education teacher at Quest2Learn in New York City, utilizes the intentionally game-like environment of her school to maximize learning for students with special needs."

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Ed Startup 101 - An Open Online Course

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Via EdSurge

 

"This should be fun: a massively open online course (MOOC) on edtech startups, brought to you by David Wiley (Brigham Young), one of the guys who started the idea, Richard Culatta (Dept of Ed), and Todd Manwaring (also BYU). The "course"--if you could call it that--also features a cool lineup of contributors including Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures), Mark Surman (Mozilla), Jose Ferreira (Knewton), and even EdSurge's Betsy Corcoran. C'mon, climb in!"

 

From the course website

 

"Entrepreneurship in Education ("Ed Startup" for short) is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) after the old style - one that focuses more on building community and learning together socially than on watching video clips and answering multiple choice questions. Ed Startup is designed to acquaint educators, educational researchers, and others to the world of entrepreneurship and intrapeneurship, help you decide which one is right for you, and support you in the first steps of your journey. During the course you’ll learn directly with an incredible group of experts (people who have done it before and succeeded) as well as with peers (people who are passionate about making a change for the first time), and work toward transforming your own innovative idea – or another innovative idea established in the research – into a well-designed product or service that can improve the lives of teachers and learners. Ed Startup is completely free and is open to anyone. The course meets weekly from August 27 to December 14th."

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What’s the big deal about Blogging?

What’s the big deal about Blogging? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Tom Whitby

 

"I was a reluctant blogger. I needed to be pushed into doing it. I saw no need to put myself at the mercy of the public scrutinizing: my every idea, my every word, my every mistake. I also did not believe that, even if I managed to start a Blog, I could sustain it with any substantial ideas over a period of time. That was 136 blog posts and two years ago. That number does not include guest posts done for other Blogs. What I learned and appreciate more than any other thing that I get from blogging is that I write for me. It is a reflective, personal endeavor. I made the choice to open my blog to public scrutiny. I encourage comments to my ideas, to affirm, or further reflect on those ideas based on the reader comments. Testing my ideas in public is testing I can believe in. Of course I can take that position because pretty much most of what I have written has been fairly well received in over 2,000 comments."

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Totally agree. I resumed blogging after a couple of years playing around with social plateforms like Facebook or twitter and realizing they couldn't give me what blogging did. Thanks for sharing.
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Writing Prompts - Creative Copy Challenge — Curing Writer's Block One Fun Challenge at a Time

Writing Prompts - Creative Copy Challenge — Curing Writer's Block One Fun Challenge at a Time | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Edited by Shane Arthur, Sean Platt, and David Wright

 

This is a nifty site that aims to help writers hone their craft. Every Monday and Thursday, the editors "create blog posts that contain 10 random words or phrases.In the comment section, you create and submit a cohesive, creative short story tying all the words together."

 

All the submitted writings, including comments from readers, are posted for the world to see.

 

This could yield a good deal of stimulation for young writers, middle school and up. They can submit their writings (with real or psuedonyms) for comment, comment on already submittied writing, practice offline,  and develop their own online versions of this exercise. Teachers can use the already submitted stories as examples of good, bad, and in-between writing for students to analyze and critique.

 

All in all, Creative Copy Challenge seems like a refreshing change of pace for practicing/learning how to write better. -JL

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Wildomar Elementary School - Mr. Bedley's Class Group Pages

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Tim Bedley offers practical videos and other matierials for teaching writing to 4th and 5th graders. Topics for videos include:

-Writing a multi-paragraph essay

-Critiquing and essay

-How to take notes from informational text

-Writing a theme multiparagraph essay

-Summarizing from a source (parts 1, 2, 3, and 4)

 

And the ever popular...Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes (previously scooped). -JL

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7 Excellent Tools to Publish Students Work.

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There is nothing much rewarding for students than to see their accomplished work being published and celebrated with others. This is very much motivating and is a strong impetus for them to achieve more and work harder. Can you imagine how happy a student would be to share his classroom work with his parents in  a neat and clean online platform  that they access anywhere and anytime ?

There are several online tools that you as a teacher can use to host your students work and share them with the whole class and as well as parents .Below are some tools that can help you do that. Check them out :


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YES! National Student Writing Competition

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From the website

 

"This fall, students will read and respond to the YES! article, “Living Large in a Tiny House,” by Dee Williams. Dee’s story is about why she chose to move from her 3-bedroom bungalow to an 84-square-foot house—a place where she keeps no more than 300 items and has never been happier.

 

"Your students should write an essay of up to 700 words answering the question, “If you had the choice, what size house would you live in? What are important features your house would have, and what would you intentionally avoid?”

 

"The deadline for registration is October 19, 2012. Essays must be submitted no later than November 21, 2012"

 

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10 iPad apps for the writer - ZDNet

10 iPad apps for the writer - ZDNet | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Contrary to popular belief tablets can be quite capable tools for writers. Whether used with an external keyboard or by tapping on the onscreen keys, with the right apps the writer can work when the muse dictates with the iPad using these 10 apps."


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5 Tips for Better Storytelling: A Jeff Gomez Recap by Ian Klein

5 Tips for Better Storytelling: A Jeff Gomez Recap by Ian Klein | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Ian Klein: "At a recent conference on transmedia, or multiplatform storytelling, Starlight Runner Entertainment CEO Jeff Gomez said that stories help us commune with things greater than ourselves."


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Meacham Writer's Workshop Mini Lessons

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A great collection of minlessons - Greg McVerry

 

"My beliefs about writing, stem from the books that I have read about emergent writers. Visit the F.A.Q. section of my web site for answers to common questions that I have received about my approach to Writer's Workshop. The lessons on this page reflect the lessons that I've used with Kindergarteners and First Graders. They are presented in no particular order. If you wish to see the progression of minilessons from last year (2008-2009), check out my Planning Guides page. Each year is different, and I change things up based on student needs. Therefore, the order of lessons is not what counts, but rather if I am I delivering lessons my students need, prompting them to grow as writers." - Mrs. Meacham

 

Excellent collection of resources and lessons for K-1 writing. -JL


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Teaching the Core: Blogging through the Common Core State Standards and Beyond..

Teaching the Core: Blogging through the Common Core State Standards and Beyond.. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

 The intentions of this website are:

To motivate me to learn and apply the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), particularly in my teaching of high school English and World History.
To serve as a useful online resource for me and anyone else interested in the CCSS and how to apply them to teaching.
To force me to explain the CCSS standards in practical, understandable terms, rather than vaguely referring to them (e.g., “Well, I’m teaching the way the Common Core says to teach! I just can’t prove why! But I am!”)
To practice commitment. It is going to take a lot of work to discuss and learn all of these standards.
To face my twin demons of standards and curriculum-writing.
To provide reliable, informative, and organized information about the CCSS.

 

The goals of this website are:
Study the CCSS to the extent that I can help my peers with understanding them.
Do my best to answer every comment and question that is asked of me as soon as I can.
Find out the best resources for implementing the CCSS and share them with you,.
Be a place where teachers can go to find support, encouragement, and equipment.

 

This website is NOT:
An official Common Core State Standards, National Governor’s Association, or Council of Chief State School Officers website or an affiliate thereof. I am in no way endorsed by any of these groups or organizations. I’m just a teacher trying to learn and teach.


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Writing Now: An NCTE Policy Research Brief

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Free download from National Council of Teachers of English.

 

"This NCTE Policy Research Brief offers updates on research with implications for policy decisions that affect the teaching and learning of writing."

 

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Spotflux - A more secure, private, and open internet experience.

Spotflux - A more secure, private, and open internet experience. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Description from Internet Scout Project

 

"Spotflux uses the power of the cloud "to conduct millions of real-time checks for invasive tracking, advertisements, malware, and other bugs that pose a threat to your identity or your data." The application helps scan and protect users' connections from malware and other viruses, along with concealing the identity and location of users' devices. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

 

After last week's epically disastrous hack of Mat Honan, a senior staffer at Wired, I became a lot more security conscious. It seemed like a wise step to install Spotflux, and I consider the Internet Scout Project quite a reliable source, so I installed it today. -JL

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Storyplanet - a toolbox for creating expressive interactive content

Storyplanet - a toolbox for creating expressive interactive content | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Create your interactive story by adding multimedia, apps, graphics, text boxes. Organise and structure your storyboard in the way you want.


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12 Most Well-Versed Opinions on Creative Flow from Brilliant Writers

12 Most Well-Versed Opinions on Creative Flow from Brilliant Writers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Susan Silver

 

"There is no shortage of creativity at 12 Most. Every week writers from around the web come together to offer their best to the community. Heck, most of our readers are amazing writers in their own right. You should totally think about guest posting here with us.

 

"Influenced by Kim Phillips’ and Peggy Fitzpatrick’s thoughts on the topic, I began to think more about my own creative process. I realized that I had access to a brilliant group of writers in the 12 Most tribe and posed this question to them, “How do you sustain your creative side?” Below are their answers."

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4 Ways to Improve Plot/Climax in Your Writing | WritersDigest.com

4 Ways to Improve Plot/Climax in Your Writing | WritersDigest.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jeff Gerke

 

"Many beginning novelists think of the climax of their story as one single, explosive event. While that’s true to a degree, the climax of a novel actually has four components:

 

-The run-up to the climactic moment (last-minute maneuvering to put the pieces in their final positions)

-The main character’s moment of truth (the inner journey point toward which the whole story has been moving)

-The climactic moment itself (in which the hero directly affects the outcome)

-The immediate results of the climactic moment (the villain might be vanquished, but the roof is still collapsing)."

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inklewriter

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[This looks very promising.]


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Essay Grader

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Point and click to create a feedback comment sheet. Provide your students with exceptional feedback, and reduce your grading time with Essay Grader.


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