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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades (Part 2) | MiddleWeb SmartBrief

Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades (Part 2) | MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:30 AM

"Middle-grade educators in classrooms across the country are working to integrate more nonfiction works into the curriculum as part of the transition to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

In Part II of this MiddleWeb Special Report, we highlight some of the ways educators are teaching nonfiction reading and writing in today's classrooms.

In case you missed Part I of this report, published Tuesday, we also covered the relationship between nonfiction and the common core, including some of the specifics and reasoning behind the call to include more informational texts in instruction across the curriculum."

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Writing for Interaction

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By writing for interaction, I mean writing that is meant to be interactive for a reader, not simply in the sense that reading is an experience created by both writer and reader, but rather that the decisions made by the reader change what is read. That is, reading practices that enable responses from the text. It is one thing to write an email expecting a response and react to that response. It is another to write a book or other text for a broad audience that is designed to react to the reading choices made by individual members of that audience.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:57 AM

I really like the idea of having location aware books.

Cheryl Frose's curator insight, March 24, 2013 3:06 PM

Might be an interesting way to engage students at a distance.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 17, 2013 11:17 PM

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE
WRITING OF ADOLESCENTS IN MIDDLE
AND HIGH SCHOOLS

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:41 AM

Interesting look at where to direct the instruction of writing.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:19 PM

I did not read this, but, as a junior high teacher, I thought it would offer something.

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Creative Commons for Educators: A Free Online Course to Help Teach Digital Skills

Creative Commons for Educators: A Free Online Course to Help Teach Digital Skills | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Our friends at Creative Commons teamed up with P2PU to launch the newly minted School of Open, a free service that offers “courses on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond.”

 

"If you’re interested in learning how to find and adapt free, useful resources & activities focused on teaching digital world skills to students, their facilitated course, Creative Commons for K-12 Educators, was created with you in mind."

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Common Core Writing Rubrics

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Turnitin has partnered with the English Professional Learning Council (EPLC) to develop three writing rubrics—argument, informative and narrative—that are aligned with the CCSS. These rubrics help instructors convey their expectations to students, grade submitted work against the CCSS, provide critical feedback, and track student progress.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 28, 2013 12:22 PM

Includes links to webcasts on the topic.

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6-Traits Resources: Outlining: Before or After? - Choice is the answer~

6-Traits Resources: Outlining: Before or After? - Choice is the answer~ | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"One method I use to teach organization is outlining the paper after the first draft. I ask students to write an outline of their paper if it is poorly organized and if they don’t see the lack of organization. "

~ Kathleen Sommers - Teaching and Assessing Writing with the Six Traits, Spring 2013


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Does Zitrr Camera Offer An A to Z Of iPhoneography Tools?

Does Zitrr Camera Offer An A to Z Of iPhoneography Tools? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Are you mad about iPhoneography? If you are, then the newly launched Zitrr Camera may be of particular interest to you.
Released just moments ago, Zitrr Camera is yet another app that seeks to replace your iPhone’s native camera.

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Dr. James "Buster" Brown Centennial Celebration

"On his centennial weekend, we gather to celebrate his soaring spirit of love and generosity and the artful mastery of his chosen means of expression…tap dance. We rejoice in the teaching and re-creation of some of his most famous dance pieces, immerse ourselves in films of his work and discussions of his importance, and bring it home to party at Swing 46, site of one of his most enduring and endearing creations, the Buster Brown Tap Jam. This will be a weekend packed with memories to last a lifetime."x

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 4, 2013 11:33 PM

I know there are some tap dance fans and supporters out there!

 

My daughter, Michela, was a close protege of Buster Brown's, and our whole family were close friends with him.

 

We are so happy and proud that Michela is organizing a centennial celebration for Buster, one of one of the great human beings, and performers, of the 20th century. Joining with her in this effort are Tony Waag and the American Tap Dance Foundation.

 

Please watch this video and consider donating to the Kickstarter campaign in support of this wonderful event. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.

 

And if you can, please share this post with all in your social network.

 

Finally, of course, please consider attending what will be a wonderful weekend.

 

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UtellStory - Tell a Story With Pictures and Voice

UtellStory - Tell a Story With Pictures and Voice | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

UtellStory is a new service for creating and sharing audio slideshows. To create and share your story through UtellStory you can upload pictures, add text captions, add audio narration to each slide, and upload a soundtrack to support your entire story. Completed projects can be embedded into your blog, emailed to your friends, or shared through your favorite social networking sites.

 


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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 20, 2013 8:54 PM
I think students would find this tool very engaging and it is a great way to differentiate assessments allowing students a choice of presentation tools.
Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 30, 2013 12:59 AM
I think this has the potential to be an excellent tool for the lassroom. Not only would it allow for differentiation as Jenni had stated, but would allow ESL students an avenue to express themselves through various means other than just writing.
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The Free Online Timeline Maker Is Here: Instant Timeline

The Free Online Timeline Maker Is Here: Instant Timeline | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Office Timeline is a free timeline maker PowerPoint add-in that allows you to easily create and share beautiful simple timelines, gantt charts, and project schedules.


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John's curator insight, August 22, 2013 9:47 AM

That is just very handy. Thanks for sharing this excellent tool! 

Alfredo Corell's comment, May 1, 2014 1:08 PM
thanks, but the link is not working now
Margarita Parra's curator insight, December 14, 2014 12:20 PM

Hay que probar esta nueva herramienta. La liga directa:https://www.officetimeline.com/download
 

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Editorially: Write Better

Editorially: Write Better | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the Editorially blog:

 

"It’s with all this in mind that we came together to make Editorially, a new collaborative writing and editing platform. We believe that the web is not merely another distribution pipeline, but a unique and deserving space for both reading and writing. Our goal is to support and encourage that writing process — from the first flash of inspiration all the way through to publication, and at every point in between.

 

"Editorially achieves this goal in many ways: a Markdown-based writing environment lets you focus on the words and create clean markup easily; collaboration tools let you invite friends and trusted colleagues to review or edit your work; a document version system lets you mark points in a document’s history and compare versions to see what changed; notes and activity feeds encourage you to reflect on your work, for yourself and for others; and discussion threads recognize that the conversation around a text is just as important as the text itself.

 

"And we’re only getting started. This is not just another text editor: it’s an ecosystem for the writing process. We’ve designed a space that brings you closer to both the words and the people — the only things that matter."

 

 

Jim Lerman's insight:

This could be a really big deal.

 

Right now, Editorially is still in closed beta, but you can sign up for an invitation. They say they will open up very soon.

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Sarah McElrath's comment, February 27, 2013 11:52 AM
Very interesting. With the way education is going, this could have a hugh impact in that sector--but only if it isn't priced too high.
Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 27, 2013 11:53 AM

Could be very useful. Still in closed beta, but you can sign up for a trial or follow on Twitter.

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5 Excellent Web Tools for Creative Writing Prompts

5 Excellent Web Tools for Creative Writing Prompts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Express Yourself: 7 Tips to Get the Creativity Flowing | Beth Buelow ...

Express Yourself: 7 Tips to Get the Creativity Flowing | Beth Buelow ... | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Being an introvert can be a double-edged sword when it comes to creativity and self-expression. On the one hand, we have the gift of introspection; being able to reflect and attend to our inner world is a wonderful foundation ...

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:18 AM

This is a very thoughtful post. I love that the author acknowledges the good of being an introvert, and then gives helpful steps toward stepping out into the world to communicate.

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Collect, Curate and Remix Any Web Content Into a Video with SooMeta

Collect, Curate and Remix Any Web Content Into a Video with SooMeta | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Javi T's curator insight, March 26, 2013 4:06 AM

Una herramienta que permite crear historias muy visuales para difundir

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 24, 2013 6:00 AM

Really catchy, rich and useful. Excellent tool to foster creativity and communication!

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:15 AM

add your insight...

 
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Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson

Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"I’m really excited to announce a new undertaking that my good friend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne, Australia and I are launching today: Raising Modern Learners (RML). 

 

"As the proud owner of two teenagers (where’s the handbook?), I’ve been more and more drawn to the question of how we begin to educate parents around the very big learning and schooling shifts that are occurring because of the Web and the technologies that support it. Specifically, how can we develop and nurture in parents a new context for learning that will allow them to understand the changes many of us are fighting for in our classrooms. Neither Bruce nor I have seen any co-ordinated attempts to offer parents a truly different concept of schooling that synthesizes technological change with progressive ideas around learning and a new vision for the role of schools in our communities.  

 

"We’re hoping our free, weekly newsletter and accompanying site will begin that work."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:10 PM

This is a great concept, but should we not have been doing this all along?

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A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life | Brain Pickings

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"Tolstoy spent the next seventeen years collecting those pieces of wisdom. In 1902, in his late seventies, seriously ill and confronting mortality, he finally sat down to write the book under the working title A Wise Thought for Every Day. Once he sent the manuscript to his publisher, he returned to the diary and exhaled:

 

"I felt that I have been elevated to great spiritual and moral heights by communication with the best and wisest people whose books I read and whose thoughts I selected for my Circle of Reading.

 

"Retitled to Thoughts of Wise Men, the book was first published in 1904, followed closely by an expanded and reorganized edition titled A Calendar of Wisdom, in which the quotes were organized around specific daily themes and which included several hundred of Tolstoy’s own thoughts. It wasn’t until 1997 that the compendium received its first English translation, by Peter Sekirin, titled A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Selected from the World’s Sacred Texts (public library).

 

"Tolstoy writes in the introduction:

 

"I hope that the readers of this book may experience the same benevolent and elevating feeling which I have experienced when I was working on its creation, and which I experience again and again, when I reread it every day, working on the enlargement and improvement of the previous edition.

Running through the book are several big-picture threads that string together the different quotations. One of them is Tolstoy’s intense preoccupation with the acquisition and architecture of knowledge, ignorance, and the meaning of life. Here are several of the insights he culls from other thinkers, along with the respective days of the year to which Tolstoy assigned them:"

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Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers

Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I recently stumbled upon a delightful little book calledAdvice to Writers, “a compendium of quotes, anecdotes, and writerly wisdom from a dazzling array of literary lights,” originally published in 1999. From how to find a good agent to what makes characters compelling, it spans the entire spectrum of the aspirational and the utilitarian, covering grammar, genres, material, money, plot, plagiarism, and, of course, encouragement.


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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:59 AM
Conseils de rédaction de plus grands écrivains de la modernité.

"Je suis récemment tombé sur un livre charmant petit personnage appeléAvis aux écrivains », un recueil de citations, d'anecdotes, d'écrivain et de la sagesse d'un éventail éblouissant de lumières littéraires», publié à l'origine en 1999. De la façon de trouver un bon agent pour ce qui le rend personnages convaincants, il couvre tout le spectre de l'aspiration et de l'utilitaire, couvrant la grammaire, les genres, le matériel, l'argent, l'intrigue, le plagiat, et, bien sûr, de l'encouragement".


Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers via @21cif http://sco.lt/...


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3 Prewriting Strategies for Any Writing Project

3 Prewriting Strategies for Any Writing Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

One step that student writers frequently overlook is the first one — prewriting. They launch into composing before taking the time to plan and organize their thoughts. This kind of impatience often turns out to be costly. Papers written without wise preparation are not only poorer in quality, but frequently more time-consuming than papers written with attention to the prewriting phase. That’s right — skipping this step can actually cost you time.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 28, 2013 1:27 PM

The writing process works.  I wish I'd learned it in school when I was a kid. I certainly taught it when I was in the classroom with kids! 

Inspire the Muse's curator insight, March 3, 2013 12:39 PM

Outlining has always been my prewriting strategy of choice. Really cuts down on my "what now" time.

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Hero's Journey - ReadWriteThink

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Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 2, 2013 2:08 PM

I've found that Joe Campell's work really appeals to young writers, especially once they learn of the StarWars connection. 

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How Writing and the Printed Word Rewired Our Brains | tech graffiti

How Writing and the Printed Word Rewired Our Brains | tech graffiti | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Yvonne McArthur

 

"The written word can seem a little old hat compared to the wonders of the digital world, but it was truly revolutionary. In fact, access to writing and books not only completely altered the world we live in, but changed the way we think and perceive. In his book The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture, pastor and former adman Shane Hipps mentions four ways in which writing rewired our brains. Print and access to books made us more individualistic, more capable of abstract thought, more objective, and more linear in our thinking. Read on to find out how.?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 12, 2013 7:16 PM

This is important in the digital world. Print and written materials have a role in the development of our brains. Nicholas Carr described how a typewriter changed the sound of Nietszche's writing.

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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers

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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers.

 

Here some of the pluses of digital storytelling in education :


- It develops creativity and critical thinking Students who are shy or afraid to talk in class get a chance to speak out their minds 

 

- It empowers students voice to deliver rich, deep message that is capable of conveying a powerful message. 

 

- It helps students explore  the meaning of their own experience, give value to it, and communicate that experience with others.

 

- It promotes the notions of life long learning and independent learning 

 

- It develops students communicative skills It is a reflective process that helps students reflect upon their learning and find deep connections with the subject matter of a course or with an out-of-class experience. 

 

- It fosters students sense of individuality It also gives students an opportunity to experiment with self-representation and establish their identityStudents creating digital stories develop proficiency with multimedia applications

 

 


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Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 3, 2013 2:51 AM

Do I need to add more?

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:02 PM

Και "storyjumper" επίσης.

Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, February 10, 2013 10:45 AM

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers.

 

Here some of the pluses of digital storytelling in education :


- It develops creativity and critical thinking Students who are shy or afraid to talk in class get a chance to speak out their minds 

 

- It empowers students voice to deliver rich, deep message that is capable of conveying a powerful message. 

 

- It helps students explore  the meaning of their own experience, give value to it, and communicate that experience with others.

 

- It promotes the notions of life long learning and independent learning 

 

- It develops students communicative skills It is a reflective process that helps students reflect upon their learning and find deep connections with the subject matter of a course or with an out-of-class experience. 

 

- It fosters students sense of individuality It also gives students an opportunity to experiment with self-representation and establish their identityStudents creating digital stories develop proficiency with multimedia applications

 

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Piktochart - Infographic App & Presentation Tool

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Piktochart makes information beautiful.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:25 PM

Piktochart has recently been upgraded, and now it makes infographics and presentations more interactive. You can now insert hyperlinks in your content and make your charts and tabs interactive. Also it is easier to save and share your infographics.

Unfortunately, free account is very limited, it gives you only 4 basic themes to choose from. Paid accounts for students start at $3.33 per month.

Check out Piktochart for education http://piktochart.com/education/

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Glossi - Free digital magazine creation platform

Glossi - Free digital magazine creation platform | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Free digital magazine creation platform. Add images, photos, videos, animations and audio. Customize and publish for desktop and mobile devices.

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The NVWP Talks Writing Centers on National Writing Project Radio

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On February 28, 2013, site leaders and writing center conference coordinators from the NVWP will discuss the power of student-run writing centers with the National Writing Project onNWP Radio. The one-hour radio show, titled “Investing in Leadership: Student-Run Writing Centers

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10 Storytelling Elements That Work

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There’s a reason for why certain storytelling elements just keeps coming back, again and again.

 

Well, it’s because they work.

 

I’ve done some research and collected the different storytelling elements in one place.

 

Here we go:


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:38 AM

I have heard Donna Napoli describe #3 as "the extraordinary on an ordinary day."

BookChook's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:36 PM

Good to use as a scaffold with older kids who want to write fiction. Maybe change some of the language? 

Sanna Tyrvainen's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:55 AM

I think we should all do this every now and again; reflect the above list to your life or to one day of our life. I'm sure it would make our lives feel much more eventful and exciting.