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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Teaching with Blogs | Inside Higher Ed

Teaching with Blogs | Inside Higher Ed | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Stephanie Hedge provides quick tips for introducing blogs in a classroom, including a description of blogging platforms and how to incorporate blogging into assignments." 

 
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Jane McGonigal Keynote, "The Game That Changed My Life" | Games For Change 2013 Conference

"After years of making games to change the world — partnering with organizations like the World Bank, the International Olympic Committee, the American Heart Association, and the New York Public Library — keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Jane McGonigal has a new goal: making games to change lives. In this talk, she recounts the personal story of how a game saved her own life — and how it led her to discover the top 5 things that virtually all gamers hope to change about their own lives."

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I have read about 125 pages of McGonigals enthralling book "Reality Is Broken" and am very taken with her ideas, research, and point of view.

This preso, from 2012, amplifies, and in some cases clarifies, the themes and ponts from the book. What the book can never do is provide the clear view of McGonigle's energy, passion, and stunning insights that comes from a live presentation.

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Critiques Make Your Writing Better, So Grin and Bear Them | Writing Forward

Critiques Make Your Writing Better, So Grin and Bear Them | Writing Forward | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Melissa Donovan

 

"Critiques are designed to help writers, not to offend them or make them feel unworthy. But the human ego is a fragile and funny thing. Some folks simply can’t handle the notion that despite all their hard work, the project they’ve written is less than perfect.

 

"As a writer, you have to decide whether you truly want to excel at your craft. If you do, then you need to put your ego aside and learn how to accept critiques graciously. If you can’t do that, there’s a good chance that your writing will never improve and your work will always be mediocre."

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Teacher's Guide to Teaching Writing through Technology

Teacher's Guide to Teaching Writing through Technology | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Jillian Zuber's curator insight, March 5, 2013 9:28 PM

Tutorial on how to create a writer's workshop in your classroom using GoogleDocs!

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The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866 | Brain Pickings

The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866 | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"Manners today are often seen as a quaint subject that belongs in Lord Chesterfield’s outlandish advice on the art of pleasing or Esquire‘s dated guide to dating. But in a culture where we regularly do online what we’d never do in person and behave offline in ways our grandparents wouldn’t have dared dream of even in their most defiant fantasies, there’s something to be said for the lost art of, if not “manners,” politeness and simple respect in communication. Though originally published in 1866, Martine’s Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness(public library; public domain; free Kindle download) by Arthur Martine contains a treasure trove of timeless — and increasingly timely — pointers on the necessary art of living up to our social-animal destiny."

 

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 28, 2013 12:17 PM

This book is a free download from Kindle

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Visualising Story

Visualising Story | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

In many way the written word is the most visual way to tell a story. The images you can create inside a person’s head can be the most arresting and memorable they’ll ever experience. In high definition and fully 3D without the need for glasses. 

 

For many aspiring writers, the use of language to create pictures you can literally see, people whose faces are in your memory even though they don’t exist, places that are real as any place that you’ve actually been, is what being a writer is all about. 

 

That’s why they spend so much time trying to paint a picture with their words. But a lot of the times it doesn’t work. It feels stolid and longwinded, and a chore to read. Why?


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MapStory : Welcome!

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MapStory empowers a global community to organize knowledge about the world spatially and temporally. With MapStory, people of all kinds turn into Storytellers who can create, share, and collaborate on MapStories and ultimately improve our understanding of global dynamics, worldwide, over the course of history.


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Guille Florian's curator insight, April 28, 2013 5:25 AM

Excellent tool

Lois A Bolin, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 28, 2013 10:07 AM

The City of Naples WEB APP used a storyboard which tell the story of naples development via a map--- map story is similiar.  Should make us think how we need to get georgraphy back into schools integrated with history and ecnonmics.

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California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game - The Digital Shift

California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game - The Digital Shift | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Lauren Barack

 

"Most games feature some simplistic narrative, such as rescuing a commando force from enemy fire. But writing narrative code as an English assignment—as opposed to writing code to create a narrative game—not only allows greater creativity in the game design process, but also enhances writing skills and text comprehension in a different genre—an aspect of the new Common Core State Standards.

 

“What Jason is doing is giving them more tools to create games as producers and not just as consumers,” says Paul Oh, senior program associate for the National Writing Project (NWP). “They’re being given the opportunity to understand the narrative of the game and how to construct their own narrative.”


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Your Guide To Scrivener (free)| makeuseof

Your Guide To Scrivener (free)| makeuseof | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Learn to use the ultimate writing software: Scrivener. Allowing you to combine the various elements that make up your writing project, from outlines to research to note, Scrivener helped author Nicole Dionisio write two novels in a single year.

 

"Our manual outlines how to use Scrivener to make your writing better, and is useful for writers of all stripes – which includes you."

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There is no connection whatsoever between Scrivener the app and Scrivener's Trappings, this Scoop.it site. JL

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For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools | MindShift

For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools | MindShift | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"This blog post offers information on three online software packages, of varying degrees of cost, that can merge video, images, texts and other data into storytelling projects. For instance, Zeega, developed by Harvard University design instructor Jesse Shapins and offered for free, allows users to merge online video and other data into a series of Web pages that the audience can click through."

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Flipboard Magazines make curation for your classes EASY. #ipadchat

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Flipboard Magazines make curation for your classes EASY. #ipadchat | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Take a Minute to Collect Your Thoughts With Evernote - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Take a Minute to Collect Your Thoughts With Evernote - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

During a Q&A after a reading at Duke, Jonathan Safran Foer described his writing process as “more an act of collecting than one of genesis; something created from nothing.” How did I remember that quote? I didn’t, initially, but I did take notes on my iPhone throughout the evening and then emailed them straight to Evernote. When I started writing this post, I ran a search in Evernote for “writing” and “collecting” and bam!—I had my opener!


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:12 PM

Professor using evernote...Good article.

LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, April 18, 2013 2:25 AM

Current overview of Evernote with practical examples

sarspri's curator insight, April 18, 2013 6:20 PM

A very useful tool that syncs notes, images and tags across multiple platforms (phone, tablet, desktop, etc).

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Is it better to say a friend of John's or a friend of John? | LawProse

Is it better to say a friend of John's or a friend of John? | LawProse | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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By Bryan A. Garner

 

"The classic example posits the obvious difference between a photograph of Lord Snowdon and a photograph of Lord Snowdon’s. We know who’s in the first picture, but we can’t be sure about the second. In this example, the meaning turns on whether the possessive or nonpossessive form appears. The writer’s choice is straightforward, depending on the intended meaning.

 

"But which is correct in this construction: a friend of John or a friend of John’s? Although the practice is sometimes erroneously stigmatized, using a possessive with of has long been considered acceptable. You can say either The car belongs to a friend of Brent or The car belongs to a friend of Brent’s. Of course, it’s also possible to avoid the double possessive by rewording the phrase {the car belongs to Brent’s friend}."

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Getting More Out of Student Blogging | Sue Waters Blog

Getting More Out of Student Blogging | Sue Waters Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Sue Waters’ site is rich with resources that provide a comprehensive look into student blogs, including the development of effective commenting skills as well as building an audience"

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Creating Plot Diagrams With Storyboard That

Creating Plot Diagrams With Storyboard That | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Narrative Arc and the prototypical “Plot Diagram” are key learning tools for building literature comprehension and appreciation. Plot diagrams allowsstudents to pick out major themes in the text, track changes to major characters over the course of the narrative, and hone their understanding of literary structure, meeting many Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy). In addition, these concepts give students a fuller understanding of classroom texts as well as stories present in their favorite books and movies. Below is the basic structure of a plot diagram."

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Featured Video Writing Prompts | TeachHUB

Featured Video Writing Prompts | TeachHUB | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, April 30, 2013 4:45 PM

Lots of vids to use as writing prompts with kids. Many are movie trailers. They are accompanied by questions to tease out kids' thoughts on topics. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 2, 2013 2:26 PM

Video prompts sound like an effective idea.  All I'd add is to make a prompt optional.  If a young writer already has a topic in mind, let them run with it. 

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10 Productivity Apps For Your Mac-Based Home Office | makeuseof

10 Productivity Apps For Your Mac-Based Home Office | makeuseof | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Bakari Chavanu

 

"If you work at a home-based office like I do, you no doubt spend a significant amount of time getting things done on your Mac. While I have already written about the advantages of using a standup desk, there are also several important and general productivity apps for Mac, for almost any type of workflow you engage in.

 

"Though there is no robot application (yet!) that can do all the work for me, the following are 10 of the most useful free or low-cost productivity apps that I use on a daily or regular basis. These applications not only save me time but in many cases help me work more efficiently.

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Marc Maron on How to Write When You Are Your Own Subject

Marc Maron on How to Write When You Are Your Own Subject | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Podcasting is a deeply intimate medium, perhaps the most intimate of the myriad creative outlets currently available to writers and performers. Often the podcast host is speaking right into your earbuds.

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Slick Write

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Slick Write is a free tool that checks your writing for potential stylistic mistakes and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? Try a quick demo, or enter your own text in the editor tab. After submitting, four more tabs will appear at the top of the screen:

Critique - This tab contains the body of text with stylistic features highlighted.Structure - Here you will find the sentences color coded by type and length.Flow - Hold your readers' interest by maintaining good flow.Stats - This is where you will find important statistics on a variety of subjects including readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 26, 2013 1:45 PM

Lots of feedback!  Goes way beyond the traditional spell/grammar check.  A great revision tool. 

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Interactive Fiction: The Art of Video Game Storytelling

Today's top video game designers explore the past, present and future of interactive fiction and adventure gaming. Watch as storytelling's biggest names char...

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Social Media Websites can be a Powerful Aid in Writing Assignment (with 5 Examples) | Emerging Education Technology

Social Media Websites can be a Powerful Aid in Writing Assignment (with 5 Examples) | Emerging Education Technology | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Popular social media websites can be used as legitimate research tools, complimenting the traditional methods, and they can help students prepare when writing their essays and assignments.

 

Here are some of the best social networks and ways they can help improve your writing and research


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5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic

5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Beth Holland

 

"A few months ago, shortly after the first EdTechTeacher iPad Summit, I spent the day with a college friend out on Cape Cod. In telling me about her daughter’s class iPad pilot, my friend seemed both excited and hesitant. At one point in the conversation, she turned to me and said, “The one thing I hate, though, is that writing just stinks on iPad.”

 

"Initially, I took a bit of a defensive position and prepared to launch into my iPad is NOT a computer schtick. However, the more I listened – and have since listened – to not only my friend but also educators in workshops, webinars, and conversations, the more I realize that parents, administrators, and even teachers fall victim to 5 Myths of Mobile Writing which lead them to believe that this critical facet of education cannot seemingly occur on a mobile device."

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Maria Popova Has Some Big Ideas | NY Times

Maria Popova Has Some Big Ideas | NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Maria Popova is the mastermind of Brain Pickings, one of the faster growing literary empires on the Internet, yet she is virtually unknown.
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One of my favorite online people!!

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Creative Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This page contains a list of prompts for writing classes/activities for when you need a bit of inspiration for a writing idea. I will try to update it regularly with new ideas, so keep checking bac...

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shanmughapriya's curator insight, April 18, 2013 8:08 AM

A list of effective writing prompts.

Emma Bradley's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:29 PM

Great ideas to combat writers' block and motivate yourself to start writing instead of daydreaming about it!

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Mobile Media Maker Camp for Educators - Summer 2013

Mobile Media Maker Camp for Educators - Summer 2013 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Organized by my good friend Lucie deLaBruere

 

BECOME A MAKER OF MOBILE MEDIA

CREATE MEDIA ON YOUR IPAD OR FOR YOUR IPAD

JULY 15-19, 2013

 

 

Become a Maker of Mobile Media Create Media on Your iPad or for Your iPadJuly 15 - 19, 2013 Mobile devices are changing the way we consume interactive media providing us with increasingly rich resources for teaching and learning. This summer, why not learn to create your own rich and interactive mobile media for teaching and learning while enjoying beautiful Burlington, Vermont.  Making mobile media will not only enhance your own teacher created resources, but it will also provide you with the skills and confidence to guide your students through the process of learning by making movies, music, podcast, ebooks, and mobile games. 

At Mobile Media Maker Camp, you won't just walk away with an APP List  -  you will roll up your sleeve and  use your iPad to  

 

MAKE Books - not just read them

 

MAKE Music - not just listen to it

 

MAKE Videoes - not just watch them

 

MAKE Games - not just play them

 

MAKE Art - not just appreciate it

 

Mobke Media Maker Camp ;will also feature sessions that use a combination of tablets and computers to

 

MAKE an eBook using iBooks Author

MAKE an iTunesU Course

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