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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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1a Easy Writer on the iPad makes writing easy… and quick, now with cloud sync | iGo With My iPad

1a Easy Writer on the iPad makes writing easy… and quick, now with cloud sync | iGo With My iPad | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"We keep playing with different options to get text into our iPads to take notes, keep track of tasks and share our creative work. Earlier this week we covered a new solution to better manage our meeting notes with, MeetingMaker. Today we learned that the folks that brought us TextKraft now has released 1a Easy Writer. While TextKraft is an advanced tool with word suggestions and look ups as you type, 1a Easy Writer is more for the quick note taker and editing smaller documents on the go. 1a Easy Writer is showing in the iTunes store for no charge right now, not sure how long that deal will last.

 

"1a Easy Writer has a quick access bar above the iPad’s keyboard to cut down on the need to drill through one keyboard to another for features and often used typographical characters:"

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‘Podcasting’ on the iPad

‘Podcasting’ on the iPad | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Kelda Richards

 

"Attached to the end of this post is a PDF of a Keynote presentation to accompany a hands-on workshop I have run twice now on using the iPad to create learning content for pupils along the ‘flipped classroom’ model."


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Student Publishing Using the iPad

Student Publishing Using the iPad | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Full recording of  90-minute Webinar presented by Lea Anne Daughrity. Numerous links added by participants at bottom of homepage. LiveBinder of reading and viewing selections provided by the presenter, also on the homepage.

 

This is a comprehensive presentation of ideas and techniques by a skilled practitioner. -JL

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Create, Capture, Upload: New Site Features Kids’ Digital Projects

Create, Capture, Upload: New Site Features Kids’ Digital Projects | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz 

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A new website allows students to store and share photos of school projects online. The site, DIY.org, allows students -- who are identified only by an animal character and nickname -- to upload a digital portfolio, which can be viewed by friends and relatives, who can comment on the work by giving it one of four stickers: Awesome, Beautiful, Favorite and Genius."

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Bio Cube - ReadWriteThink

Bio Cube - ReadWriteThink | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The Bio Cube asks children to summarize information about a person for a biography or autobiography. The activity helps them learn how to identify and shorten key ideas.


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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"The National Writing Project's 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing offers successful strategies contributed by experienced writing project teachers. Since NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques.

 
"Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice-based help—which is one reason why 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials.

 

"These ideas originated as full-length articles in NWP publications (a link to the full article accompanies each idea below)."

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why teach digital writing? > introduction | WIDE Center @ Michigan State Univ

why teach digital writing? > introduction | WIDE Center @ Michigan State Univ | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Extensive explanation and support for Writing in a Digital Environment. Mostly for secondary and college levels. _JL

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Storyboarding - click and drag items onto the screen

Storyboarding - click and drag items onto the screen | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A superb storyboading site where users click and drag items onto the screen. A great tool for a class just being introduced to storyboarding.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English


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GoogleWebSearchEducation

GoogleWebSearchEducation | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Google understands the importance of finding the right information at the right time. We create tools to let you find the information you need, of the kind you need, when you need it. In most cases, a simple search works really well. But for more specialized questions, a bit of instruction in how to search improves all searcher--from middle school students to trained professionals--and lets you discover and use more, higher quality sources than ever before.


"Check out our 9 lesson plans for teaching search, and bring Google to your classroom!


"We also have master lesson presentations for each of the classes offered by our team."

 

This is Google's main website for search education. -JL

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How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | Mind/Shift

How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | Mind/Shift | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Tasha Bergson-Michelson

 

"Based on how Google ranks search results, typing in a question will be more likely to bring back pages with a question for a title. In many of our everyday searches this is an easy way to find question and answer sites when we want them, but Q&A sites are not necessarily authoritativesources for school work. So I have students write down their questions and teach them how to mark them up to create queries, the first step being to identify the significant words.

 

"Explaining how to distinguish the important words has sometimes proven challenging with younger students. Recently, however, fellow Googler AJ Kimbembe observed that the mark-up process reminded him of rebuses. You might remember these puzzles from childhood, where select words in a narrative are replaced with pictures. We started playing with the idea, and realized this could be a great lesson for students in identifying the best search terms."

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Search EBSCOhost : Minitex

Search EBSCOhost : Minitex | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A 45-minute video tutorial on how to search EBSCOhost, perhaps the largest and most frequently used online subscription database. The website includes a link to handouts that accompany the video.

 

EBSCO is recommended by my university library as one of the best sources to search for education resources.

 

Material has been prepared y the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota Libraries. -JL

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Eleven Habits of Highly Effective Interviewers

Eleven Habits of Highly Effective Interviewers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Joe Bunting

 

"This week, we’ve heard from some great interviewers—bloggers and jour­nal­ists who have inter­viewed pres­i­dents (like G.H.W. Bush), celebri­ties (like Sting and Kevin Bacon), and niche celebri­ties (like Seth Godin and Steven Pressfield).

If you’ve been fol­low­ing along, you now know:

Interviews are a pow­er­ful pro­mo­tional toolYou should never stake some­one out for an interviewHowever, chas­ing busy inter­vie­wees into ele­va­tors and cabs is coolDumb ques­tions make for great inter­viewsWhen inter­view­ing liars, meet them in per­son (polar bears, too)"

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How to Start Your Novel

How to Start Your Novel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Joe Bunting

 

"How to Start Your Novel

 

"I used to think you should start a novel on page one with a bang, that you should throw the reader straight into con­flict. I heard agents and pub­lish­ers want nov­els full of con­flict, nov­els that imme­di­ately hook them, and I thought, I can do that. So I cut out all my world build­ing and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and focused on the cen­tral plot from the very beginning...

 

"Novels should begin with character and world building. You need to introduce the reader and let them explore your world a little before you can introduce the conflict of the main plot."

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Rocking iPad Ideas for the Classroom

Rocking iPad Ideas for the Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Aiden Levy

 

"Some people have asked me “how do I integrate the iPad into my English classes?” I respond by providing some iPad related tasks that link and work well with the text types taught in Australian primary schools."

 

Levy speaks about these ideas being useful for primary grades. Of course they are, but many of the apps and ideas are equally at home in upper grades as well. Some very clever thoughts here. -JL


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Free Technology for Teachers: All of My Blogging Advice in One Place

Free Technology for Teachers: All of My Blogging Advice in One Place | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Earlier this morning on Twitter William Blackledge asked me for some advice about starting a blog. It's hard to make all my advice fit into 140 characters so I compiled this list of blog posts about blogging that I've written in the past. Hence the title All of My Blogging Advice in One Place.

 

"What I've Learned from 5,000 Blog Posts
11 Things You Should Know About Blogging
So You Want to Reuse a Blog Post?
So Your Content Got Stolen, Now What?
How Do You Keep Up With All of This?
About Accepting Advertising as an Ed Tech Blogger (or as a blogger in general)

 

"From Sue Waters, What You Want to Know About Blogging."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Nine Shel Silverstein Stories Animated

Free Technology for Teachers: Nine Shel Silverstein Stories Animated | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Last year I shared an animated video of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. Yesterday, through an Open Culture post, I discovered eight more short animated versions of Shel Silverstein's works. The videos can be found on the Shel Silverstein Books channel on YouTube. I've embedded Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too! below."

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Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses | NY Times

Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses | NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Tamar Lewin

 

"In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans — one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world — Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities.

 

"But Harvard and M.I.T. are not the only elite universities planning to offer a wide array of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, as they are known. This month, Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan announced their partnership with a new for-profit company, Coursera, with $16 million in venture capital.

 

"Meanwhile, Sebastian Thrun, the Stanford professor who made headlines last fall when 160,000 students signed up for his Artificial Intelligence course, has attracted more than 200,000 students to the six courses offered at his new company, Udacity."


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Five-Minute Film Festival: Poetry Month | Edutopia

Five-Minute Film Festival: Poetry Month | Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Amy Erin Borovoy

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"The power of poetry to excite some students about reading, writing and literacy is highlighted in this collection of videos compiled by digital media curator Amy Erin Borovoy. The videos include the story of one elementary-school teacher who holds weekly open mic sessions in the classroom as well as a step-by-step guide from a writing teacher on establishing a poetry slam at school."

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9 Websites to Teach Writing to 3rd graders

9 Websites to Teach Writing to 3rd graders | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jacqui Murray

 

"Here’s a quick list of websites I use to teach 3rd graders how to write:"

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9 Handy Online Tools for Writers, educators, researchers, learners | PC Mag

9 Handy Online Tools for Writers, educators, researchers, learners | PC Mag | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Bergen

 

Check out these highly recommended sites:

NaNoWriMo

750 Words

Penzu

Scivener

Unstuck

Contently

OmmWriter

FocusWriter

MIT Open CourseWare


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Tip of the Week – Six Great Ways to Publish Student Work

Tip of the Week – Six Great Ways to Publish Student Work | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Author identified only as Glenn W.

 

"Publishing student projects online in visually stimulating formats is now easier than ever. There are tons of tools available that you and your kids can use to get stuff out there.

 

"The following web 2.0 tools are some of my favorites for showcasing student projects. The list includes two different kinds of sites. The first type requires that kids create work using a desktop tool such as Word, Keynote or Pages and then the site converts that work into online content. The second lets kids doing the actual creating online."


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Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading

Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Studying and researching online is becoming an ever more important element of our digital skill set. I spend a lot of time reading online and skimming through numerous articles from journals and blogs, so I'm always keen to find useful tools which can assist me or my students in this and make the process more efficient. One tool which I have just discovered and which I hope will help with this process is Cruxbot.


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How to Search JSTOR | JSTOR

How to Search JSTOR | JSTOR | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

JSTOR is one of the larger online databases for academics. This 6-minute video provides several ways to search for articles and other items in JSTOR, including Advanced Search. -JL

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Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City

Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet.

 

"The city's Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database.

 

"Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight -- from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings."

 

 

GREAT SOURCE OF WRITING PROMPTS -JL

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How to Write a Memoir Short Story

How to Write a Memoir Short Story | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Clint Archer

 

"As a child I was intrigued by how excit­ing my friend Josh’s life was. At every recess, he regaled his hud­dled audi­ence with a riv­et­ing nar­ra­tive of how he missed the bus and had to hitch­hike with­out his mom find­ing out, or how his bicy­cle light failed him on a dark street at night and almost led to his early death.

 

"Then, I real­ized that his sto­ries were all every­day events that could have hap­pened to any­one. The dif­fer­ence was that he crafted the story well. He set up the scene, intro­duced con­flict, and brought the res­o­lu­tion with remark­able flare, and usu­ally a twist of humor to boot."

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