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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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A Virtual Backpack of Top Ten Tips for Effective Teaching Online | eCampus News

A Virtual Backpack of Top Ten Tips for Effective Teaching Online | eCampus News | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

FREE WEBINAR OCT. 2

From the website

 

"Online learning is proving to be equal if not superior to the traditional classroom setting when measured in terms of faculty perception, student satisfaction, and evidence-based achievement of desired learning outcomes. In this webinar led by Brenda Watkins and Celeste Fenton of Hillsborough Community College, you will “pack your backpack” with practical strategies to improve student motivation and engagement in your distance learning courses. Administrators of online courses and programs will discover ways to measure effectiveness to determine alignment with program goals and comparability to program courses delivered via other modes as well as professional development models that facilitate stellar online teaching. This session will serve as an introduction or refresher for instructors new to teaching online, or as a means to encourage fresh thinking for experienced online faculty or administrators charged with evaluating online course/program rigor and effectiveness.

Topics to be “packed” are:

 

The AAA of course design: aligning assignments and assessments with objectives

Online course engagement

Time-saving strategies
Measuring effectiveness

Professional Development for Online Instruction"

 

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Enriching literacy with cell phones: 3 ideas to get started

Enriching literacy with cell phones: 3 ideas to get started | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

 

By Lisa Nielsen

Summary by SmartBrief on Education

 

"Cellphones can be used as instructional tools inside and outside of the classroom, educator Lisa Nielsen writes in this blog post. Students can use phones to write first drafts, record oral reports and take videos of learning activities."

 

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Free 30-minute webcasts: Writing in the Digital Age

Free 30-minute webcasts: Writing in the Digital Age | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Don't miss these FREE 30-Minute Webcasts created for busy educators to stay current on how to preserve academic integrity, improve the quality of written work across the curriculum, and promote student success in writing."

 

Sponsored by turnitin

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Education Leadership: Will Richardson at TEDxMelbourne

video published Sept. 2, 2012

 

"Will Richardson has spent the past decade thinking and writing about how emerging web technologies can be best used in classrooms and schools. Called 'a trendsetter in education' by The New York Times, Will is author of the bestselling book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, and has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in more than a dozen countries about the value of online learning networks.

 

":Last month, in the middle of a cold Melbourne winter, we hosted a free event in the State Library of Victoria's Experimedia room -- a distinctive space where 19th-century grandeur meets 21st-century digital technology in a spacious bluestone-walled courtyard. Around 250 educators came together to explore the theme of Education Leadership.

 

"The attendees were encouraged to start thinking about how they can work together rather than in isolation within their own classrooms. The event focused on the changing nature of education and how technology can shape the future of learning which each of the speakers speaking passionately about their areas of expertise."

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Webinar on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Ed” Co-sponsored by Kean U. and 4Humanities | 4Humanities

Webinar on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Ed” Co-sponsored by Kean U. and 4Humanities | 4Humanities | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Kean University Faculty Seminar in partnership with 4Humanities will be running an online faculty and professional webinar series on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Education” with eight video conference meetings September 2012 to May 2013. "

 

FIRST SESSION: MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 3:20-4:20 PM EASTERN TIME

This is a free program

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DEBBIE MORRISON -‐ Session Leader for Sept. 10


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUATION AND HOW EDUCATORS CAN REMAIN RELEVANT
Ms. Morrison is a leading exponent for online learning pedagogy and serves as the head curriculum developer for the Online Learning Department of a four-‐year liberal arts college in southern California

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Register at http://bit.ly/KEANhiedWBNR

 

I am co-chairing this series with Dennis Klein. -JL


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Writing Resources | World Literate

Writing Resources | World Literate | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A list of writing resources for students and teachers of writing complied by Mia Zamora, a professor at Kean University in New Jersey. Most of the references are for high school and older writers.

 

Additional parts of this site relate to Literary Criticism, Multimedia, Primary Texts, and World Culture. Numerous links are provided along with brief description of each. World Literate provides access to an impressive list of aids and supports. -JL

 

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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling | University of Houston

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling | University of Houston | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between. A great way to begin learning about Digital Storytelling is by watching the following video introduction to Digital Storytelling."

 

Quite a comprehensive website that serves as an excellent guide to teachers and upper grade students for the entire digital storytelling process. It provides sections on Examples, Software, Essentials, Creation, Evaluation, Web 2.0 Resources, and Links to additional resources. Well done. -JL

 

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Marie Phillips: My desktop | The Guardian

Marie Phillips: My desktop | The Guardian | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Marie Phillips interviewed by Ben Johncock

 

"When I'm writing I have Scrivener across the full screen so I can't see anything else aside from the Dock. Even when I have some small window open, like TweetDeck, it slices off a bit of nephew. Scrivener is the black and white "S" on my Dock. My brother recommended it to me, he's always looking out for great Mac software and apps. I completely ignored his recommendation until another writer friend of mine, Robyn Scott, told me that it's brilliant. Apparently it was designed by a writer who was so fed up with standard word processing that he taught himself programming just so that he could create a piece of software that supports the way a writer works. Instead of having one long document, or several in different windows, you create a project area with pages you can view separately, as one document, as index cards you can move around, as a listed summary, as different versions side by side. You can have all your research in there as well, and it's got all kinds of other features that I don't actually use, like tagging sections with character names. It's completely changed the way that I write, as it allows me to see the novel as an organic whole, not just the bit I'm working on at any one time. The downside is that it can be a bit overwhelming to have all that information in one place. Sometimes I do just have to close it and write a bit on Word, so I can kid myself that I'm not writing A NOVEL. "

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Cassette to iPod Converter will digitize your tapes | TUAW

Cassette to iPod Converter will digitize your tapes | TUAW | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Kelly Hodgins

 

"If you have a box of cassette tapes left over from your Walkman days, then you might want to pay a visit to Hammacher Schlemmer. The online retailer is selling a cassette to iPod converter that could help you finally clear those aging tapes from your shelves."

 

This photo is just too much fun. It would make a great writing prompt for kids. Ask them to describe what this device is for and what might have happened just before and just after the picture was taken. what kind of people would pay $80 for this thing? (I remember the first Sony cassette recorder/player I bought. It weighed about 4.5 lbs and cost $110 in 1971.) 

 

Now, if this thing worked two ways, and captured information from the phone and recorded it on the tape, that would be worth 80 bucks, right?

-JL

 

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How to Read Like a Writer | Brain Pickings

How to Read Like a Writer | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"In Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (public library), Francine Prose sets out to explore “how writers learn to do something that cannot be taught” and lays out a roadmap to learning the art of writing not through some prescriptive, didactic methodology but by absorbing, digesting, and appropriating the very qualities that make great literature great — from Flannery O’Connor’s mastery of detail to George Eliot’s exquisite character development to Philip Roth’s magical sentence structure."

 

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Analyzing Texts: 3 Common Core Lessons | Teaching Channel

Analyzing Texts: 3 Common Core Lessons | Teaching Channel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are with us this year as never before; and will assume greater and greater importance in the life of public schools as we move toward the advent of nationwide online testing based on the CCSS next school year (2013-2014).

 

One the organizations that has devoted significant energy to supporting teachers in this effort is The Teaching Channel. I like their approach and materials and will highlight many going forward on my Scoop.it sites.

 

This collection of 3 videos centers on one of the most essential of the CCSS - Analyzing Texts. Taken together, they demonstrate building an bridge between reading analytically in order to write more effectively.

 

The videos are 5-7 minutes long and feature Ms. Stacy Brewer, a 5th grade teacher. Please note the supplemental materials and available discussion area in the window housing each video.

 

Hope you find this useful. -JL

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Writing in the Digital Age | TurnItIn

Writing in the Digital Age | TurnItIn | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

Thursday, September 6: Hurry to Register!

Partners in Education:
Creating Common Core Rubrics

Featuring Dawn Lewis, Co-Chair of the English Professional Learning Council

Learn the process taken by the EPLC when they partnered with secondary and higher ed communities to develop Common Core-aligned rubrics for English Language Arts. Attendees are eligible to receive a free copy of the CCSS-aligned rubrics.

 

Free 30-minute webinar.

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Michele Weldon: Capturing authentic narratives

Michele Weldon: Capturing authentic narratives | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A very good primer or reminder for student reporters

Ken

 

Journalism can be much more than reporting. An authentic, human narrative touches audiences and keeps them reading. Learn how to shape a human-centered news story, and the importance of facts, context and heart.

 


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BYOT and one-to-one initiatives are literacy initiatives | The Accomplished Teacher

BYOT and one-to-one initiatives are literacy initiatives | The Accomplished Teacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Patrick Larkin

 

"As a school leader who recently sold my community on the importance of moving to a one-to-one environment where every student has access to a web-based device, I believe strongly that our students will be more literate than students in other schools who do not have access to web-enabled devices. A look at the world outside of our schools and the technological resources being accessed in so many professions that allow people to work “smarter” is a clear indication of the track that our students need to be on in order to be able to function in the “real world.”

 

The biggest stumbling block in schools even if we can get the devices is the proficiency level of the adults in the building in utilizing the technology resources effectively. This is not meant to be an indictment of educators, but it is a critical question that we all have to look at, assess, and then move forward. Technological tools/resources can assist educators in some of our biggest undertakings (i.e. common core standards integration, teacher evaluation, providing relevant professional development, etc.). However, because so many educators in schools are not comfortable with the most modern literacy skills we are not able to make better progress."

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6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have (Even If You’re Not a Geek) | makeuseof

6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have (Even If You’re Not a Geek) | makeuseof | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Let’s face it: in today’s world, technology is no longer just for geeks. While some people may take pleasure in hacking into their Android device or using a rare Linux build, most of us are just normal users, who simply want to get along. If merely using a computer used to be “only for geeks” in the 70s, it’s nothing like that today, and even my 90-year-old grandmother has her own PC and writes emails on a daily basis.

 

"If you consider yourself a geek, and have good control over your computer and other devices, this post might not be for you. If, however, you’re still finding your way in the computer world, or know someone who is, these basic skills are absolute must-haves. While computers and phones will work for you even without these basic tech skills, having them will ensure your privacy, your security, and will make your day-to-day experience as smooth as it can be."

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Google Docs for Writing Instructors - Kevin Brookhouser's GAFE California Summit

Google Docs for Writing Instructors - Kevin Brookhouser's GAFE California Summit | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Kevin Brookhouser is a Google Apps for EDU Certified Trainer. This site contains his notes and resources for a workshop he gave at the Google Apps for Educators California Summit in July 2012.

 

"Google Docs can transform the entire process of teaching writing and eliminate stacks of papers and unmanageable email attachments. The process changes from a teacher commenting on a student paper to a conversation between two writers about writing. Teachers will also learn to create templates and forms that streamline and demystify the writing process."

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Small Demons: Welcome to the Storyverse

Small Demons: Welcome to the Storyverse | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Description by Jose R. Mejia on Cool Hunting

 

"Taking an ambitious approach to filtering information online, Small Demons is a new site dedicated to opening up the worlds inside of books. Not just another search engine for what's inside your favorite novel, Small Demons collects and catalogs the millions of references to real-world and fictional music, movies, people, and objects that are found in literature. Your new favorite restaurant could be on the next page of the book you're reading, and Small Demons hopes to provide a place where you can draw meaningful connections between stories and everyday life.

 

"The site uses both algorithms and human touch to make these links and open up what Small Demons calls a "Storyverse," or the expanse of details that support a good story. "A computer can tell us how many times a song appears in a book. But it can't tell us that it is the song that the couple dances to at the wedding reception or the song the jilted lover plays after being dumped. It can't tell you the emotional resonance of it. So we are going to be relying on librarians and authors and gifted amateurs to come in and help us fix and add and weight and evaluate all the data we are generating," says Richard Nash, the start-up's VP of Community and Content."

 

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Google+ hangout on writing, with Paul Allison | Teachers Teaching Teachers

Google+ hangout on writing, with Paul Allison | Teachers Teaching Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Paul Allison, an English teacher in a NYC high school, facilitates an in-depth conversation among 8 other English teachers and writing project leaders. The topic is a new matrix of language arts learning activities designed around the CCSS, which incorporate high-level tech competencies as well.

 

Here is Allison's intro to the conversation (posted on 9/2/12, before the video conversation took place on 9/5/12):

 

"I'm excited to invite teachers and their students into youthvoices.net/play -- our new game, a set of Challenges and Tasks that have this as the Object:

 

The object of the game is to become a social media power user through commenting on other players’ posts, responding to literary and informational texts, doing long-term research projects, composing, revising, and publishing with text and media, and becoming a self-directed learner.

 

Join us and help us build this new approach to curriculum in ELA, history and social studies, arts and media, and science.

 

Level One badges -- issued through P2PU -- are ready now. Level Two and Capstone Level badges will be ready later this week."

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6 Rules for a Great Story from Barnaby Conrad and Snoopy | Brain Pickings

6 Rules for a Great Story from Barnaby Conrad and Snoopy | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"You might recall Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life (public library), from whence Ray Bradbury’s wise words on rejection came. To recap: Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schulz, son of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, asked 30 famous authors and entertainers to each respond to a favorite Snoopy comic strip with a 500-word essay on the triumphs and tribulations of the writing life. The all-star roster includes William F. Buckley, Jr., Julia Child, Ed McBain, and Elizabeth George. Among them is also one by Barnaby Conrad himself, offering the following six tips to writing a great story, in response to this 1997 comic strip:"

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Structure + Choice | Two Writing Teachers

Structure + Choice | Two Writing Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Ruth Ayers

 

"Here’s what I’ve been thinking about lately: How do we provide both structure and choice in writing workshop?

 

"Both are essential to empowering young writers. Structure is necessary to lift the level of every writer in the classroom. Choice is crucial for writers to learn to write with energy and strength.

 

"Yet they sometimes seem to work against each other instead of with one another.

 

"Sometimes, in the name of structure, choice is sacrificed. Other times, in the name of choice, structure is forgotten.

 

"I believe it is possible for structure and choice to live together in symbiosis. I’ve been pushing myself to notice how I allow for both as I lead writing workshops in kindergarten, third grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade. Here is a small list of my initial reflections."

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Webinar on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Ed” Co-sponsored by Kean U. and 4Humanities | 4Humanities

Webinar on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Ed” Co-sponsored by Kean U. and 4Humanities | 4Humanities | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Kean University Faculty Seminar in partnership with 4Humanities will be running an online faculty and professional webinar series on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Education” with eight video conference meetings September 2012 to May 2013. See announcement flyer."

 

FIRST SESSION: MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 3:20-4:20 PM EASTERN TIME

This is a free program

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DEBBIE MORRISON -‐ Session Leader for Sept. 10


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUATION AND HOW EDUCATORS CAN REMAIN RELEVANT
Ms. Morrison is a leading exponent for online learning pedagogy and serves as the head curriculum developer for the Online Learning Department of a four-‐year liberal arts college in southern California

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Register at http://bit.ly/KEANhiedWBNR

 

I am co-chairing this series with Dennis Klean. -JL


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Reading List: 9 Books on Reading and Writing | Brain Pickings

Reading List: 9 Books on Reading and Writing | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"...hardly anything does one’s mental, spiritual, and creative health more good than resolving to read more and write better. Today’s reading list addresses these parallel aspirations. And since the number of books written about reading and writing likely far exceeds the reading capacity of a single human lifetime, this omnibus couldn’t be — shouldn’t be — an exhaustive list. It is, instead, a collection of timeless texts bound to radically improve your relationship with the written word, from whichever side of the equation you approach it."

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Creative Writing: The Fundamentals of Great Writing | UBC Continuing Studies

Creative Writing: The Fundamentals of Great Writing | UBC Continuing Studies | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the University of British Columbia

 

"In all of writing’s different genres, there are certain fundamental principles that must be present and must be in balance for the work to sing. This eight-week experiential course develops skills that you can apply now, to any form, and that can guide your writing for decades to come. You surprise yourself, connect with others, and care more about what you do. Through giving and receiving structured non-judgmental feedback, you develop and improve your ability to read and edit your own work."

 

This page leads to registration for this 100% online course, which runs from Sep 24 to Nov 30. Cost is $450. Course was mentioned online by Howard Rheingold, a noted ed tech thought leader, so there is probably something pretty special about it. -JL

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Tap Dance Jams at Smalls, Led by Michela Marino Lerman | NY Times

Tap Dance Jams at Smalls, Led by Michela Marino Lerman | NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In the tradition of Buster Brown, Michela Marino Lerman hosts a tap jam session every Wednesday evening at Smalls jazz club in the West Village.

 

By Brian Seibert

 

“Who’s got their shoes on?”

 

"It’s a question I still hear in the high, amiable voice of Buster Brown, a beloved tap dancer who spoke it often during the weekly tap dance jam sessions he hosted from 1997 until his death, at 88, in 2002. The supple bounce of Brown’s expert tapping was an extension of his easygoing personality, and the question was indicative of the loose structure and open format he preferred. Anyone who wanted to dance could have a turn. The shoes didn’t even need to be tied...

 

"Back when Brown was hosting, you could count on his question’s being answered, week after week, by a prodigy in her early teens named Michela Marino Lerman. These days it’s Ms. Lerman, now 26, who is doing the asking, as the host of her own session every Wednesday evening at Smalls in the West Village, the only weekly jam in town. She’s been at it for three years, but it wasn’t until August — a slow month for dance critics — that I dropped by a few times."

 

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That's my pride and joy--and daughter! -JL

 

Article is online now (Aug. 31). Will appear in printed issue of paper on Sept. 1. Jam is every Wed. 5:30-8:30 pm at Smalls, 183 West 10th Street (at 7th Ave.) New York, NY

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Grandview Offers Multiple Methods of Distraction-Free Writing | LifeHacker

Grandview Offers Multiple Methods of Distraction-Free Writing | LifeHacker | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Adam Dachis

 

"OS X: There are numerous distractions on your computer and none of them make it easy to write. Like many distraction-free writing apps, Grandview takes over the entire screen to block them all out. The difference is that in addition to being able to see all the text you write, it can also show you one word at a time so you're simply writing in free-form and not worrying about anything you said before."

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