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5 Must-Have iOS Apps For Writers | Edudemic

5 Must-Have iOS Apps For Writers | Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

For students, essays are a necessary evil of the experience of getting an education.

For teachers, helping students write their essays can be time consuming, and once the students go home, they may lack the support they have in your classroom.


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PaperHelper - Easiest Essay Writer

 

Writing essays just got simpler! With PaperHelper, You can have your source and paper right next to each other.

 

PaperHelper uniquely splits your iPad screen in half providing you with a Internet Browser and a Document writer.

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FEATURES INCLUDE:

• Seamlessly surf the web for information and transfer it to your document.
• Keep Track of All your sources with the Sources Button
• Quick Search
• Fonts, Text formats, and more
• Email Your Paper!
• Spell Check!
•AirPrint
•HomePage
•Search Engine Customization
• And so much more!


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Random House Accepting New Fiction | Reporter Connection

Random House Accepting New Fiction | Reporter Connection | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Bill Harrison

 

"Fiction alert: Random House is accepting submissions from new novelists for their new digital-only imprints. Mystery/suspense, science fiction/ fantasy/horror, romance/women’s fiction and new adult are the genres in which novels are sought. If Random House editors like your work, they will publish it in ebook form. Although you’ll still be responsible for the bulk of the marketing, having a legacy publisher’s imprint on your book is a big bonus. More information is here. Good luck!"

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9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class

9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I am pretty sure as you introduce the idea to your students everyone will want to have a say in their next e-magazine. There is nothing much more rewarding to students then to have a proof of their hard work recognized in a publication of some sort.

 

Most of the tools cited here are easy to use and have user friendly interface and they will let you create your own e-magazine or newspaper in few simple steps. Yet I would recommend your discretion as you use them with your students.

 

Read more:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/11/9-tools-to-create-e-magazines-and.html

 


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Response: Helping Boys Become Stronger Writers | Education Week

Response: Helping Boys Become Stronger Writers | Education Week | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Ralph Fletcher

 

"I've spent most of my professional career helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. In the past few years I've become interested in how we might do a better job of engaging our boy writers. Empirical and anecdotal evidence suggests that boy writers are struggling. According to the most recent NAEP test results (2011) 38% of 8th grade girls scored "proficient" or above--only 18% of 8th grade boys scored proficient.

 

[I love the comment in this next paragraph, "Sometimes we may look at boys as defective girls....Try to notice what unique strengths boys bring to the table." -JL]

 

"Try to understand boy writers instead of judging them. Let's face it: elementary teachers, who are overwhelmingly female, may not always "get" boy writers and their quirks, strengths, and struggles. Sometimes we may look at boys as defective girls (I have done this myself) try to notice what unique strengths boys bring to the table.

 

"Boys and girls really are different, and I'm convinced that some of that difference is biological. A mother I know has two girls and two boys. She told me: "The boys made sound effects, almost from the moment when they could vocalize. My daughters never did that."

 

"Boy writing often differs from the writing created by girls. (For instance, in his book Why Gender Matters Leonard Sax points out that in their drawings, little girls draw nouns whereas little boys draw verbs/action.) Try to appreciate the difference."

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Response: Helping Our Students Become Better Writers (Part 2) | Education Week

Response: Helping Our Students Become Better Writers (Part 2) | Education Week | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo

Summary by The Accomplished Teacher

 

"Educators share their advice in Larry Ferlazzo's blog post for helping students become better writers. Aimee Buckner, a consultant and author, suggests starting a writing workshop, giving students time each day to write and showing students how to eliminate unnecessary words in their writing. Writer and teacher Carolyn Coman suggests that teachers focus on their own writing and help students make connections to their writing, while Tanya Baker, director of National Programs for the National Writing Project, agrees that teachers need to write, write, write"

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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Brain Pickings

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A wonderful post quoting 13 great writers on their daily routines. Great research by Maria Popova to pull this all together. Wonderful photos too (as evidenced by a young Maya Angelou, above). Just a warm and rich reading experience. -JL

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Great Homeschooling Links for Writing

Great Homeschooling Links for Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Angie Kaufman

 

"One area that many homeschoolers struggle with teaching is writing/composition. In my house, when some of my kids struggle with writing, it is especially difficult for me as someone who has been writing stories since as long as I could write words. Luckily, the Internet is full of ideas for writing activities and resources to help."

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Amy Gallagher Critchett | Learnist

Amy Gallagher Critchett | Learnist | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Amy Gallagher Critchett is on Learnist. Join Learnist share learnings with Amy Gallagher Critchett and others. - Lori Johnson

 

Critchett maintains a very rich and growing collection of resources for high school ELA teachers, keyed to the CCSS. This should be of considerable use to teachers now and going forward. -JL


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Report Spotlights Revolutionary Use of Technology in Teaching Writing - National Writing Project

Report Spotlights Revolutionary Use of Technology in Teaching Writing - National Writing Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website (download report for free)

 

"Sharon J. Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project, said, "The experience of these nine teachers reminds us of the central role they play in true education reform. It's teachers who are the technology drivers, seeking out digital tools, learning them, testing them and finally implementing them successfully in their classrooms. With the benefit of professional development from organizations like the National Writing Project, these pioneers are preparing their students for the digital world."

 

"The teachers featured in the report found that the use of such Web 2.0 tools as blogs, podcasts, wikis, and comics-creating software has heightened students' engagement and enhanced their writing and thinking skills—in all grade levels and across all subjects. Even as these teachers' students gain the skills to live and work in the 21st-century setting, too many times, the report found, their classrooms look like 20th-century models."

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Write in the Middle | Annenberg Learner

Write in the Middle | Annenberg Learner | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A free, 8-part online workshoop series from Annenberg Learner.

Topics include:

Creating a Community of WRiter

Making Writing Meaningful

Teaching Poetry

Teaching Persuasive Writing

Teaching Multigenre Writing

Responding to Writing: Teacher to Student

Responding to Writing: Peer to peer

Teaching the Power of Revision

 

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6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration In The Writing Process

6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration In The Writing Process | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration In The Writing Process (6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration in the Writing Process http://t.co/Jl60W8sG @TeachThought #edchat #edtech #writing #engedu...)...


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Edutech for Teachers » Visualize Text with Doodle Splash

Edutech for Teachers » Visualize Text with Doodle Splash | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Check out Doodle Splash, a cool interactive from ReadWriteThink, that combines the process of drawing with analytical thinking about a text by pairing an online drawing space with writing prompts that encourage students to make connections between their visual designs and the text.


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Siri, Take This Down: Will Voice Control Shape Our Writing? | The Atlantic

Siri, Take This Down: Will Voice Control Shape Our Writing? | The Atlantic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A thoughtful rumination on how voice to text dictation may shape both written and oral communication. - JL

 

By Robert Rosenberger

 

"In the case of voice-to-text technologies, however, all writing becomes a kind of rehearsal for verbal interaction. In this light, an important effect of computerized dictation technologies is that they could lead people to become more skillful speakers, and thus more thoughtful participants in meaningful discussions. If writers of the future are composing text almost exclusively through computerized dictation, then they may become more thoughtful and nuanced speakers in the process. That is, the effect of dictation technologies may not be just on our writing, but that they may train us to be better verbal communicators, not just with our machines but with our fellow humans too."

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Take one sheet of paper and really get to know your pupils | Guardian Teacher Network

Take one sheet of paper and really get to know your pupils | Guardian Teacher Network | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Tabitha Smith

 

"A one-page profile is exactly what it says on the tin. It's one page of information which has three questions. What do others like and admire about you? What is important to you? And what support do you need? We started using one-page profiles at our school four years ago because we had a year 3 class that wasn't gelling well and I wanted to find a way for the children to get to know one another, and to learn more about themselves, too. The children gather information for the answer to the first question on the profile from their friends and families. It's fun and very good for self-esteem. The other two questions are completed by children and parents, working as a team.

 

"The pilot worked so well that we soon found ourselves introducing one page profiles across whole year groups and then across the whole school. Then we introduced them for staff, too, as an aid to career development. The idea for one-page profiles actually came from one of our parents here in Stockport. Helen Sanderson is a former government advisor and expert on person-centred thinking. Helen had been developing detailed personal profiles for use in health and social care. She recognised that these profiles would help teachers get to know children, too, but they would need to be much simpler to work in schools – hence they became one-page profiles."

 

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Visual Literacy in the Classroom

"Created by students for teachers, this movie shows students frustrated with the lack of visuals in the classroom. Teachers need to educate..." The power of the visual image and convincing argument for visual as well as verbal essays.


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NBC Learn launches ‘Writers Speak to Kids’ video series | eSchool News

NBC Learn launches ‘Writers Speak to Kids’ video series | eSchool News | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"NBC Learn, the education arm of NBC News, has launched an original video series called “Writers Speak to Kids,” featuring interviews with popular and award-winning children’s book authors. Answering questions from NBC News correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, the authors share their writing process and experiences, helping students learn more about the craft and techniques of creative writing."

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Response: Celebrating our Students' Good Writing ( Part 1) | Education Week

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By Larry Ferlazzo

 

Three leading writing educators respond to the question: What advice can you give to help teachers be more effective in helping students become better writers? Respondees include Mary Tedrow, Doug Fisher, and Nancy Frey. -JL

 

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Get Visual: A Technique for Improving Student Writing | Faculty Focus

Get Visual: A Technique for Improving Student Writing | Faculty Focus | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Deborah Miller Fox

 

"One of the ongoing challenges for my composition students is the task of narrowing a broad, generalized topic into a more particular, focused topic for a short research essay. To help them develop this skill, I now prescribe a broad topic for everyone to use in the first research essay. Over several class sessions, we work collaboratively to explore the general topic, identify more particular subtopics, and develop research strategies to investigate these subtopics as possible subject matter.

 

"This semester I required all of the students to write about our city, Anderson, Indiana. In addition to all of the other “process” assignments I use to teach my students inquiry, research strategies and drafting techniques, I recently added an art project to the mix. The assignment was simple: create a poster that gives a “face” to the city of Anderson. I told the students to be creative in their design and to represent visually the key discoveries they’ve made about their specialized topics. I also encouraged them to suggest the focus and purpose for their essay through the content or design of the poster. I promised to give each student 30 seconds to offer comments about his or her poster to the class...."

 

"The posters students created in response to the assignment were impressive—not in their artistic design but in their clarity. Nearly every student was able to articulate an appropriately narrow focus AND a specific purpose for the essay project. Making the poster seemed to help them identify the key ideas or categories of information they would include in the paper."

 

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9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing | Educational Technology & Mobile Learning

9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing | Educational Technology & Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

" Thanks to the digital boom we are living in now , there are several apps that teachers can use to promote and enhance creative writing for their students. We have collected a great list of such apps and we want you to try some and see how they work with your students. These apps you can have access to a wide range of writing prompts, fun games, and activities to help your students write out of the box."

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The Surprising Effect of Clickers in the Writing Class | edcetera

The Surprising Effect of Clickers in the Writing Class | edcetera | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Funk

 

"Jan Worth-Nelson has specific and detailed workshop guidelines for her creative writing class: “begin by responding to what you think the essay is about;” “see if you can find a way to describe the ‘voice’ of the essay;” “when you say you like something, try to continue your commentary with something that suggests why you like it.”

 

"For years, though, despite telling her students exactly what to do, Nelson often felt the workshops fell short of her expectations.

 

"So when she and a few colleagues at the University of Michigan-Flint began researching the effect of clickers on student learning, she took the opportunity to reinforce workshop procedures.

 

"If their hypothesis proved true — that students would better retain information they learned using clickers — the quality of the writing workshops would improve."

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iBook Author Video Tutorials

25 tutorial videos to help learn how to use iBooks.


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Plinky - for writing

Plinky - for writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Writing is one of the key literacy learning skills.


For many learners it can also be one of the most challenging.


The way learning Providers teach 'writing' has alot to do with their learners attitude; if they can find engaging and collaborative ways to teach writing then, their learners writing performance will be enhanced.


One strategy is to use technology.


For learners, generating ideas is often the most difficult phase of their writing process.


This is where Plinky can help.


Every day Plinky provides a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer.


Users can...
- add photos, maps, playlists and more.
- easily share their Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and most major blogging services.

 

In their words...
"We know you've got something interesting to say. Plinky is here to help you say it in a fun and compelling way."


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Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers

Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A free, 8-part online workshop from Annenberg Learner. Topics include:

First Steps

A Shared Path

Different Audiences

Different Purposes

Usage and Mechanics

Providing Feedback on Student Writing

Learning from Professional Writers

Writing in the 21st Century

 

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Lessons from the Future of StoryTelling summit

Lessons from the Future of StoryTelling summit | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

David Rowan: 'Delegates at the event, on 5 October, came from ad agencies and design shops, from the Punchdrunk theatre company and the Library of Congress -- all drawn by a shared curiosity about "reinventing the way stories are told"' ...


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