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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Free Technology for Teachers: Amazon Storybuilder - Plan Your Stories With Organized Sticky Notes

Free Technology for Teachers: Amazon Storybuilder - Plan Your Stories With Organized Sticky Notes | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"Amazon Storybuilder is a new tool designed to help aspiring screenplay writers organize their stories. Storybuilder uses a virtual corkboard interface that will feel familiar to anyone that has ever used Padlet or Lino. On Storybuilder you can write your stories in a series of virtual sticky notes. Your corkboard can be arranged in columns for each act and scene in your story. Of course, if you're writing a book you could arrange your columns as chapters. Each sticky note can have a tag assigned to it to make it easier to locate when you have more notes than can appear on one page at time. You can arrange notes by dragging and dropping them on your Storybuilder board."

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A massive, open conversation about the future of higher education

A massive, open conversation about the future of higher education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Terry Brown


"Whatever your interest or experience, you are invited to join me and 50,000+ other students in a massive, open, online course (MOOC) on the future of higher education led by Cathy Davidson, Professor of English at Duke University.  Professor Davidson has designed an intriguing course on “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education: Or, How We Can Unlearn Our Old Patterns and Relearn for a Happier, More Productive, Ethical, and Socially-Engaged Future.”  


"Cathy Davidson is co-founder of the Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), “a network of innovators dedicated to new forms of learning for the digital age.”

The six-week long course, which begins on January 27, 2014, will use a variety of methods (lecture, discussion and interview) to deliver the course digitally to participants all over the world.  The learning objectives are stated clearly and reflect the passion that Professor Davidson has for the subject:


  • Understand how and why we inherited the Industrial Age educational systems.
  • Think deeply about the requirements of the world we live in now.
  • Discover new ideas, methods, competencies, and subject matter.
  • Share our pathways to successful innovation with others around the world. Together, we can change schools, classrooms, institutions, learning–and maybe ourselves!"

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Davidson is a great thinker. This MOOC will probably be excellent.
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Open-Access Books on the WAC Clearinghouse ~ Writing Across the Disciplines Clearinghouse, Colorado State Univ.

Open-Access Books on the WAC Clearinghouse ~ Writing Across the Disciplines Clearinghouse, Colorado State Univ. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The WAC Clearinghouse provides access to the following books and books series. To date, 53 books are available on this site and additional books are in production. All books are available for free viewing and/or download. To view books, click on book covers, books series titles, or links in the new releases list."


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A rich collection of books on writing process at both the k-12 and university levels, available for free viewing or download.

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4 Tips To Help Students Start Blogging - Edudemic

4 Tips To Help Students Start Blogging - Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Holly Clark


"Publishing is an important step, but I urge educators to think of blogs as so much more than just a way to publicize student work. A blog empowers students to interact with a global audience. It helps students create their own online identity and authentically learn about the importance of a digital web presence. To help build connections, and become part of a global learning community, students must learn how to blog in a compelling way – a skill that requires more than just an understanding of good writing.

"Teaching blogging requires instructors to take a step back and really set up some of the  initial ground work. Below are some practical strategies to make the blogging experience richer for students and to help them build new connections – to eventually become valued contributors of their learning community."

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A good reminder for the New Year

A good reminder for the New Year | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 12, 2014 1:44 AM

The 'Miniature Earth' project. Great reminder. 

 

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Best Education Infographics - 2013

Best Education Infographics - 2013 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Infographics, when used correctly, appropriately, are powerful tools for conveying a lot of pertinent information plus they support visual learning and thinking.  I curate a Scoopit on Infographics...


Beth Dichter's insight:

Jackie Gerstein shares her top picks for education infographics this year. Some of these have been shared in this Scoop.it but many are new. The list of infographics includes:

* The Internet Access Gap in Education

* The Past, Present and Future of Education

* State of Creativity in Education: An Adobe Survey

* The Gamification of Education

* Tapping into Mobile Learning

* Investing in Girls' Education Pays Off

Many of these would be useful as topics for discussion or to use to teach students why infographics are useful in displaying data.



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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 29, 2013 9:33 PM

Jackie Gerstein shares her top picks for education infographics this year. Some of these have been shared in this Scoop.it but many are new. The list of infographics includes:

* The Internet Access Gap in Education

* The Past, Present and Future of Education

* State of Creativity in Education: An Adobe Survey

* The Gamification of Education

* Tapping into Mobile Learning

* Investing in Girls' Education Pays Off

Many of these would be useful as topics for discussion or to use to teach students why infographics are useful in displaying data.

eclat's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:15 AM

Подтверждение того, что инфографика - должна быть важной составной частью обучения, в том числе в системе последипломного образования

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 31, 2013 1:36 PM

These are interesting and insightful infographics.

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Top 15 Times Higher Education stories of 2013

Top 15 Times Higher Education stories of 2013 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
From the advice you need (but rarely get) to pick the right PhD supervisor, to an extraordinary rant about the idiocy of the research excellence framework, we can now reveal our most-read stories of 2013...


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Times Higher Education is the leading higher education news publication in the UK.

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I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate ~ Spoken Word ~ YouTube

The Latest Spoken Word Video From Suli Breaks.


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Every once in a while we come across a young person who sees with spectacular clarity and expresses with uncommon creativity and finesse that which many young people sense yet struggle to reveal. Suli Breaks falls into the former category and speaks for many in the latter one. Would that many more of our schools, their leaders, and policy makers come to the realization that, in today's world, successfully educating only a fraction of our young is not acceptable. What is required are new ways of conceptualizing what constitutes the ways of learning and the means of their delivery.

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Gav Morris's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:58 PM

Yes, we were young a long time ago but not much has really changed. So we should be more experienced and share knowledge so you make more right moves, and quicker too.

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The Benefits of Blogging as a Learning Tool, Part 2 ~ edcetera

The Benefits of Blogging as a Learning Tool, Part 2 ~ edcetera | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kristen Hicks


"In part one, we looked at many of the ways blogging enables greater communication between classmates and educators. Beyond that, it also helps students develop crucial skills and share ideas and resources throughout the week.


"Here are a few other key benefits of student blogging as a tool for learning in higher ed."

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How A 5-Year-Old Used An iPad To Become A Published Author - Edudemic

How A 5-Year-Old Used An iPad To Become A Published Author - Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Dan Kemp


"In 2012 John Tambunan became one of the youngest ever publishers on Apple’s iBookstore. His book ‘Little Fish’ has since been downloaded across the world over 7,800 times.


"It all began when John started telling his mum, Jane Ross, about the lake near their house where he loves to go and catch fish.


"Such was John’s enthusiasm, Jane decided to make a book about his experience. Taking John down to the lake, she took photos on her iPhone along the way and when they returned, they sat down together and made an ebook using Book Creator for iPad."

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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, December 26, 2013 10:30 AM

Awesome story about the power of iOS, and good mentors/teachers, to foster improved writing.

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Digitizing the Writing Workshop - SAACTE

Digitizing the Writing Workshop - SAACTE | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Miguel Guhlin


Compete resources from Guhlin's workshop at the recent San Antonio Area Council of Teachers of English conference. A goldmine of resources and ideas.


Topics include:

1. Flipping the writer's workshop

2. Creating an online writing space

3. Digital storytelling with the ipad

4. Providing media-rich feedback to student writing

5. Making your own comics

6. Collaborative peer editing

7. Getting connected with authors using blogs


Also includes a list of great ipad apps.



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Visual Literacy: a primer

Refrenced by Steven M. Baule Tech & Learning News


Jim Lerman's insight:

This chapter is from the book Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom, published by ISTE. It is a good introduction to the field and contains numerous useful resources and examples.

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APE + Nanowrimo

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We want you to succeed as an author, so here is a free copy of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch.'

"Essential reading (and reference) for modern authors, regardless of experience."
Kirkus Reviews

"It's a no-nonsense book that is filled with straightforward, actionable and most current information and advice available." 
Dr. Bojan Tunguz

"Authors will find APE an indispensable resource." 
Chanticleer Book Reviews

524 of 646 reviewers gave it a five-star rating! Don't delay because quantities are limited.

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57 Free Digital Interactives For All Teachers... Plus 8 Free Mobile Apps

57 Free Digital  Interactives For All Teachers... Plus 8 Free Mobile Apps | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

posted by Michael Gorman

from National Council of Teachers of English


"Language Arts Teachers have often been aware of the website Read Write Think, but often are note aware of these amazing interactives. Teachers outside of Language Arts see the name of the site and never explore these interactives. They miss out on some of the best tools on the internet. After all, every subject has a need for students to read, write, and think. These interactives can be used in all areas! lets take a look at some of these tools that promote literacy and high order thinking. You will find they will connect with needs of CCSS, Next Generation Science, and any subjects literacy needs. I spent sometime investigating those that I feel could be used in just about any classroom (not just language arts). While these are the ones I highlighted I am sure you can find more that work for you and your students."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Chart - A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms

Free Technology for Teachers: Chart - A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"I'm often asked for advice about picking the best blogging service for classroom use. Every school's and classroom's situation is a little different so it's not easy to make a blanket statement like, "blog service X is best for all teachers." To help teachers decide which blogging platform could be best for them, I created the following chart. The chart compares eight key elements of five common blogging platforms."

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Syllabus and Assignment Design | Institute for Writing and Rhetoric ~ Dartmouth Univ.

Syllabus and Assignment Design | Institute for Writing and Rhetoric ~ Dartmouth Univ. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"When you design a syllabus for any course, you begin with the outcomes that you intend for your students to achieve, and you work backwards from these to particular readings and writing assignments. This method, formalized, is called the method of backward design. Backward design is a useful method for any professor in that it ensures that all assignments, readings, and activities will connect students with the outcomes that the professor deems essential to the course."


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Part of a much larger website dealing with first-year writing at the university level: pedagogies, methods, and design

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Storytelling That Moves People ~ Harvard Business Review

Storytelling That Moves People ~ Harvard Business Review | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Bronwyn Fryer interviews Screenwriting Coach Robert McKee


"Essentially, a story expresses how and why life changes. It begins with a situation in which life is relatively in balance: You come to work day after day, week after week, and everything’s fine. You expect it will go on that way. But then there’s an event—in screenwriting, we call it the “inciting incident”—that throws life out of balance. You get a new job, or the boss dies of a heart attack, or a big customer threatens to leave. The story goes on to describe how, in an effort to restore balance, the protagonist’s subjective expectations crash into an uncooperative objective reality. A good storyteller describes what it’s like to deal with these opposing forces, calling on the protagonist to dig deeper, work with scarce resources, make difficult decisions, take action despite risks, and ultimately discover the truth. All great storytellers since the dawn of time—from the ancient Greeks through Shakespeare and up to the present day—have dealt with this fundamental conflict between subjective expectation and cruel reality."


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McKee is one of the best in the world at what he does; he travels world-wide giving workshops and seminars on storytelling and screenwriting. This article summarizes his ideas quite well, even though HBR doesn't give you the whole thing.


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20+ Tips and Resources to Engage Learners with Comics : Teacher Reboot Camp

20+ Tips and Resources to Engage Learners with Comics : Teacher Reboot Camp | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Shelly Terrell


"Comics can be powerful learning tools. The mix of art, dialogue, character expressions, and frames engages learners and is brain-friendly. Moreover, comics break down a story’s plot and text into bite-sized chunks that are supported with visuals. This is much easier for our brain to process than reading a large amount of text on a page. Additionally, comics are an effective way to introduce your learners to digital storytelling. Many of the comic creation tools are easy to use allowing the learners to fill in their frames by clicking on a choice of characters, props, scenes, and more presented to them. Your learners will be able to quickly create a story, view it, and share it with their friends and family. Comics come in many formats and types to support and engage struggling readers as well as advanced readers. Creating comics engages students and encourages them to explore vocabulary, summarize information, and contextualize what they learn in a creative way. Creating comics is also being accepted as an effective way to teach complicated writing. Nick Sousanis, a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, wrote his PhD dissertation entirely in comic book form. View examples of his work on his blog, Spin, Weave and Cut. The following tips and free resources will help you engage learners with comics."

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, December 31, 2013 3:46 PM

Here is a link to my "Cool Comic Creators" binder. It includes online creators as well as printable ones.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=41475

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 1, 2014 8:35 AM

teacher professional development should get the same support that coding did. How can one teach what they don't know , content, and use tools proficiently without some support ?

Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 2, 2014 4:21 PM

Comics or graphic novels ... whatever you call them, stories told in "panels" are a great way to not only encourage reading, but keep kids reading. 

 

Just as we choose magazines over novels sometimes, kids want different things at different times!

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14 Instagram Photojournalists Who Will Open Your Eyes to the World

14 Instagram Photojournalists Who Will Open Your Eyes to the World | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
These 14 photojournalists are using Instagram to capture stunning visuals around the globe.


Ken Morrison's insight:

I am not a big user of Instagram, but I have seen the work of some of these photographers who use the platform to help us care more about the world.


Jim Lerman's insight:


These photo sites are great sources for writing prompts, both fiction and non-fiction. 


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Ken Morrison's curator insight, December 29, 2013 10:31 PM

I am not a big user of Instagram, but I have seen the work of some of these photographers who use the platform to help us care more about the world.

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The Science Behind Storytelling — and Why It Matters

The Science Behind Storytelling — and Why It Matters | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Gavin McMahon


"As presenters we want people to pay attention, be engaged and remember the message. The key to doing that? Science now says it involves storytelling: Stories stimulate emotions, which may be the key to better learning, attention, memory and decision making.


"When we listen to stories, more of the brain lights up, according to Annie Murphy Paul, author of “Brilliant: The New Science of Smart.” Stories cause your neurons to fire the same way they would if you were doing the actual action talked about. For example, if you were listening to someone talk about kicking a ball, the motor part of the brain that would help you kick a ball in real life lights up."

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:28 AM

You really can gain experience through reading.

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The Benefits of Blogging as a Learning Tool, Part 1 ~ edcetera

The Benefits of Blogging as a Learning Tool, Part 1 ~ edcetera | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Kristen Hicks


"As technological tools like blogs and social media take on increasing importance in the business world, students have more reason than ever to learn some of the basics in using them before finishing college.


"Helping students with their future professional prospects should be a pretty strong argument in favor of bringing blogging into the classroom, but blogging offers a number of added benefits to the learning process."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Good Sources of Writing Prompts

Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Good Sources of Writing Prompts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"On Sunday I shared my ideas for using picture collages as writing prompts. I realize that creating a collage isn't always feasible or appropriate for every situation. Therefore, I went through my archives to create an updated list of sources of creative writing prompts."

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3 Tips to Facilitating Author Chats Using a Blog ~ Around the Corner

3 Tips to Facilitating Author Chats Using a Blog ~ Around the Corner | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Miguel Guhlin

Three great tips for creating engaging sessions in writing class, with an eye toward seamless integration of tech.


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I so glad to see Guhlin turn his attention to writing. He is a true tech visionary, knows so much about it, and appears to be an excellent coach of writing teachers as well. A great person to follow.

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5+ Fun Photo Slideshow Tools for your iPad ~ Around the Corner

5+ Fun Photo Slideshow Tools for your iPad ~ Around the Corner | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Miguel Guhlin


"This past weekend, I spent half a day sharing a variety of content and ideas with English teachers, as well as encouraging them to create. Here are fun photo tools you can use to enhance teaching and learning:"

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Journal of Digital Humanities

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description by The Scout Project


"The Journal of Digital Humanities is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed, open access journal that features "the best scholarship, tools, and conversations produced by the digital humanities community." This endeavor was started by the Press Forward Project and its rigorous evaluation process ensures that interested parties will be exposed to a wide range of talent and subject matter. Arranged by trimester, recent issues of the journal have focused in on the ways digital humanities projects can be used to teach undergraduates about the world around them, while also highlighting the pedagogy involved with such endeavors. Visitors can search through the entire collection of back issues or they may also look through the list of contributors to get a sense of those involved with the project."

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