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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents | Alliance for Excellent Education

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents | Alliance for Excellent Education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy. Yet every year in the United States, large numbers of adolescents graduate from high school unable to write at the basic levels required by colleges and employers. Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools, commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York and published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, discusses eleven specific teaching techniques that research suggests will help improve the writing abilities of the country’s 4th- to 12th-grade students."

 

Scroll down on page below the large textbox to find link to this pdf. -JL

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Storybricks

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This new 3D game experience allows players to create extensive, story-driven MMO experiences by simply putting bricks together on one screen.  Still in the development stages it is worthwhile watching.

 

This is an alpha release. I signed up for an invitation today (5/20/12). Will comment further when invite arrives. This appears as though it will be quite a useful tool. -JL


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A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows

A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Creating presentations and slideshows is one of the needed skills for both teachers and students. Unfortunately many teachers still find it hard to arrange data into a catchy slideshow to share with students.

 

"Below is a list of some of the best free tools teachers and students can use to create awesome slideshow and presentations. I have already reviewed all of these tools and therefore attest to their usability."

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Why the iPad Works for Writing | ReadWriteWeb

Why the iPad Works for Writing | ReadWriteWeb | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

 By John Paul Titlow

 

"Unlike a desktop computer, the device is designed to allow the user to focus on only one thing at a time. When one needs to focus on stringing together words without the distractions that so easily flood a desktop computer, the one-task-at-a-time nature of the iPad is a blessing.

 

"When you unbox an iPad, it's not necessarily ready for an optimal experience of sustained writing. It's pretty close, though. The native Notes app is fine enough, and the touchscreen keyboard gets the job done, but to really make the most of the device's potential, third-party accessories and writing-specific apps are required."

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MIT TechTV – No One Writes Alone: Peer Review in the Classroom, A Guide For Students

MIT TechTV – No One Writes Alone: Peer Review in the Classroom, A Guide For Students | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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A 280-Character Daily Dairy | Netted by the Webbys

A 280-Character Daily Dairy | Netted by the Webbys | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

This could be a nice way for your students to keep a brief diary...only 280 characters a day. -JL

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6 Apps Every Aspiring Poet Should Have On Their Device [iOS]

6 Apps Every Aspiring Poet Should Have On Their Device [iOS] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Dave LeClair

 

"It seems like there is no hobby or topic a person could be interested in that does not “have an app for that.” For poetry, I was shocked in regards to just how many iPhone apps are available and how many different things they can do. There are apps for writing poems, finding words that rhyme, reading other’s poems for inspiration, finding writing prompts and even watching videos of people performing their poetry live. If there is something you want your iPhone to do that is related to poetry, an app can handle it."

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Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week - Blog - Roni Loren, Romance Author

Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week - Blog - Roni Loren, Romance Author | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

30 links to advice for writers in these categories:

 

On Writing

On Publishing

On Social Media & Promotion

Becuase It Was Interesting

What You May Have Missed Here

 

Author Roni Loren posts a new list of links (almost) every Friday. -JL

 

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6 Steps for Writing Content Your Audience Wants to Read

6 Steps for Writing Content Your Audience Wants to Read | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Matthew Branson

 

"The differences in sharability and engagement between normal content and the kind that explodes virally are huge, but the differences in how the content is created can be subtle. Is your content not receiving enough engagement or retaining an audience, despite brilliant ideas and promotions?

 

"Maybe your writing is to blame.

 

"How can you tailor your writing to improve engagement and keep your audience coming back? Below we’ll examine the elements that comprise the foundation of remarkable content."

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- Google Drive is here! Free online file storage and syncing.

- Google Drive is here! Free online file storage and syncing. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Google Drive, Google's online file storage system, is now live. With it you can upload and access all of your files including videos, photos, PDFs, Google Docs and more, just like with Dropbox or Sugarsync.

 

"Google Docs is integrated with Google Drive so you can work on all your documents, presentations and spreadsheets, as well as share content and then add and reply to comments on any file (PDF, image, video, and so on) and receive notifications when some one else comments on a shared item. It has added some social networking features to cloud file storage. Drive will also recognize text in scanned documents. (similar to what Evernote does)."

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EssayOrganizer.pdf

Terrific essay writing guide that walks students step-by-step through the process. I love the 5 links to sites that help writers select topics and that students may fill in the many blanks via their computer.

 

Because it is so user friendly, student eventually need to be weaned from the organizer so that they can handle the process themselves.

 

Focus of the guide on the 5 paragraph essay is one limitation. I would have preferred that it offer students some choices in this area. Otherwise, I think this is a top-notch piece of work. -JL

 

(Sorry for the way this displays. I couldn't get a visual to work for this one site.)

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Script Frenzy Young Writers Program | Your ticket to creative adventure

Script Frenzy Young Writers Program | Your ticket to creative adventure | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Don't miss the Resources section that contains 3, free, extensive workbooks for elementary, middle, and high school scriptwriters to use in enhancing their work. Home of an annual contest for adult and student scriptwriters. -JL

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11 Great Sites To Create Your Own Comics Online For Free

11 Great Sites To Create Your Own Comics Online For Free | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Yogesh Mankani

 

"Gone are the days when only newspapers were where people with drawing ability could make comics. In today’s world, everyone and anyone can create comics with the help of online comic creating tools that require no special drawing skills. You just have to drag and drop the characters, backgrounds, dialogue boxes and much more to create your own comics."

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55 Interesting Ways to Support Writing in the Classroom

55 Interesting Ways to Support Writing in the Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Google Docs Slide Share.

 

A compendium of clever ideas and techniques to stimulate quality, engaging writing...many with web 2.0 enablers. -JL


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NY Writers Coalition Offers an Opportunity on a Subway Car

NY Writers Coalition Offers an Opportunity on a Subway Car | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Corey Kilgannon (May 18, 2012)

 

"On Friday afternoon, about two dozen people met on a platform in the Times Square subway station, corralled by a man wearing a green T-shirt with the words “the system is whack.”

 

"The man, Aaron Zimmerman, is the executive director of the NY Writers Coalition, and he and several volunteers were leading one of several free writing workshops that the coalition was holding throughout the city on Friday, including one in Coney Island and another aboard the Staten Island Ferry.

 

"But this session was being held on a No. 7 train on a round trip to Flushing, Queens. The group boarded the first car of the train and Mr. Zimmerman’s first instruction to the writers was to “ride this to the end.”

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Having Undergraduates Write for Wikipedia - Association for Psychological Science

Having Undergraduates Write for Wikipedia - Association for Psychological Science | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Greta Munger

 

"When I read about the APS Wikipedia Initiative (APS WI) challenge to have students help correct Wikipedia, I thought it sounded like a really neat idea. To write a good Wikipedia article, the students need the same reading and research skills that my old assignment required with the advantage of contributing to the public good. Davidson College’s mission statement declares our intent “to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service,” a sentiment shared by many colleges. I believe that careful and rigorous study of any discipline can support this, but there can be quite a distance between the classroom and the service for some of us. The APSWI changes that because part of civic engagement is providing accurate information to forums that are accessible to a larger community."

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English Companion Ning - Where English teachers go to help each other

English Companion Ning - Where English teachers go to help each other | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A gold mine for sharing, learning, discussing (you get the idea). Tons of resources in curriculum, multimedia, applications, and events. The Teaching Writing group has 2764 members as of May 18, 2012. Sign up! -JL

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Research tool - Google Docs Help

Research tool - Google Docs Help | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From Google

 

How to use the new Research Tool in Google Docs. -JL

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Writer Unboxed » Write Like a Comparative Mythologist

Writer Unboxed » Write Like a Comparative Mythologist | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By L. B. Gale

 

"All stories can be boiled down to a core. An essence. A theme. The Odyssey is the story of one man’s journey home. So is Joyce’s Ulysses. Same thing for Frazier’s Cold Mountain. Depending on how you frame this ‘core,’ you can find multiple stories that share commonalities with other stories. For instance, I could instead boil The Odyssey down to the story of a son seeking out his father. Once I do that, I’ve got a number of other stories and myths to which I can connect The Odyssey.

 

"As a writer, it’s worth examining what’s at the core of your story. The stories that share your theme are all part of the mythology that your story is joining (here the word myth has a different sense from the familiar ‘a type of story that only ancient cultures told). These stories aren’t your enemies. They are not your competition. They are resources."

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Write Less, Say More: The Power of Brevity | lifehacker

Write Less, Say More: The Power of Brevity | lifehacker | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Danny Rubin

 

"When it comes to great writing, less is more. But even if you're familiar with the mantra to "omit needless words," tightening your writing is harder than it looks. Which words should you omit? How can you write more clearly? Danny Rubin, a national news consultant and former television news reporter, demonstrates—with examples—the power of brevity."

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24 Educational iPad Apps for Kids in Reading & Writing « Imagination Soup

24 Educational iPad Apps for Kids in Reading & Writing « Imagination Soup | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Melissa Taylor

 

"As I started a go-to list of the best educational iPad apps for kids, the list got so long, I split up my posts into categories. So, today we’ll start with my favorite iPad apps for literacy — reading and writing for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age kids. Also, I’ve included special needs iPad app resources at the end of this post."

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How writers can learn to accept criticism

How writers can learn to accept criticism | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
These tips are intended help novice writers learn to take criticism from instructors, peer reviewers and editors.

 

Start with the assumption that your work can be improved


The biggest mistake writers make is assuming that once they have submitted a piece of writing, that is finished… and perfect. This assumption sets the writer up for a frustration and anger when it is returned with a request for revisions. It can be helpful to approach your writing from the point of view there is always room for improvement.

 

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Clintondale High School - Changing Education, One Class, One Student at a Time

Clintondale High School - Changing Education, One Class, One Student at a Time | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Clintondale HS in Clinton, Michigan has established a strong reputation for having successfully implemented the flipped instructional model building-wide, under the leadership of principal Greg Green. This has led to substantial improvements in student achievement in a short period of time.

 

Educators will be interested to view some of the over 300 (and counting) videos now posted on the school's website. Covering the areas of English, Math, Science, Social Studies, ACT Prep, and Learning Strategies, most videos are from3 to 8 minutes long and are available in web, iPad, or iPod/mobile formats.

 

This is really inspiring to me!-JL

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How To Cite A Tweet In Academic Papers | Edudemic

How To Cite A Tweet In Academic Papers | Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms

WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Fabulous site from the Northern Nevada Writing Project that has been growing and flourishing since 2001. Brimming with resources and ideas for teachers of writing and teachers of other subjects who also need to teach about writing. Casreful! You get get lost in this site for quite awhile. -JL

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