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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
Curated by Jim Lerman
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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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Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry for Kids - Free Online Rhyming Dictionary for iPhones, Laptops and More

Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry for Kids - Free Online Rhyming Dictionary for iPhones, Laptops and More | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Free online rhyming dictionary for kids created by children's poet Kenn Nesbitt. Type in the word you want to rhyme and get a list of rhyming words organized by syllable count or word frequency.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 22, 2013 10:16 AM

I find this site a little overwhelming visually--which will bother some students--but the info. is good.

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WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word

WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"The WordTalk plugin works with Microsoft Word to create a audio version of text documents. The plugin speaks the text of the document and highlights it along the way. It also contains a talking dictionary so that users can decide which word spelling is most appropriate. One of the intended audiences for this device is children who might be having trouble with reading and writing. This version is compatible with all computers running Microsoft Word. "

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Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives

Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Elena Aguilar

Summary by Accomplished Teacher

 

"There are alternatives to the book report that allow students to demonstrate what they have learned while encouraging a love of reading, writes Elena Aguilar, a transformational leadership coach in Oakland, Calif. Among her suggestions for students in this blog post are to allow them to create drawings resembling a graphic novel, come up with an alternate ending, help develop a sequel and write letters to the author."

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UtellStory - A Multimedia Storytelling Community To Tell Stories, Share Topics, and Make An Impact

UtellStory - A Multimedia Storytelling Community To Tell Stories, Share Topics, and Make An Impact | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A multimedia storytelling and sharing community that let people from different age and background to easily tell stories and share topics with photo, video, voice, music and words.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 18, 2013 7:25 AM

Free and easy tool for creating multimedia stories and presentations, and sharing them with anyone. Upload your photos, add audio, video or text and publish the story.

You can sign up with your Facebook account or your email.

 

Educators have an option to pay a membership fee ($4.99 /mo. or $50 /yr.) to create 50 student accounts which are protected from the public. Before you decide on this step, there is a 30-day free trial.

This looks like an awesome student storytelling platform.

Shanika Journey's curator insight, February 19, 2013 12:26 AM

Very interesting and a very simple tool for those who just want to tell stories, alone or with a group, by quickly adding pictures, video, and voiceover to narrate through the presentation. Looks like a pretty new site and it has both free and paid accounts.

Jeannette Jackson's curator insight, February 19, 2013 7:02 PM

Has great possibilities: would need to check out the educator costs

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | A Vision for Interactive Writing, Student Publishing, and Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | A Vision for Interactive Writing, Student Publishing, and Digital Portfolios in the Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Wesley Fryer

 

"These are my notes from Matt Hardy‘s WONDERFUL presentation on February 9th on Classroom 2.0 Live about Blogging in the classroom and the platform he co-founded, KidBlog! The official title of his presentation was “Using Kidblog to Document Student Learning.” I listened to the audio-only version of this presentation available via the iTunes-U channel of Classroom 2.0 Live. I titled this post “A Vision for Interactive Writing, Student Publishing, and Digital Portfolios in the Classroom” because that summarizes a lot of the ideas Matt shared in this preso. If you’re not aware of Classroom 2.0 Live, definitely check out their website and try to attend their Saturday morning LIVE sessions! If you miss a session, however, the archives are GREAT to download and enjoy afterwards! For more resources related to interactive writing and student blogging, check out the “Interactive Writing” page of “Mapping Media to the Common Core.”

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Elise Cummins's curator insight, March 10, 2013 7:11 PM

Kidblog is on my to do list to look into...

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Classroom Materials | ReadWriteThink

Classroom Materials | ReadWriteThink | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Lesson plans, interactive student materials, Web resources, and standards for classroom teachers of reading and the English language arts. Readwritethink.Org is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
Jim Lerman's insight:

ReadWriteThink is a well-known techer support site for reading and langauge arts, jointly sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association; it is also associated with the wonderful educational resource site thinkfinity, sponsored by Verizon.

 

This Pinterest site appears to have been started just today. No doubt it will expand rapidly and become a great go-to spot for teaching resources K-12.

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7 Tips to Beautiful PowerPoint -- Or how to tell compelling biz stories with PPT

Short talk about presentations given at Startup Dynamo, a workshop held by Startup@Singapore NUS using the Learn Startup Methodology. My segment was on Present

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:14 AM

Have started showing students during Google presentation tutorials how to outline their presentations like they always do with those bulleted lines on the slides.  Then take those sentences, change them into titles, and put one title on each slide. Select one image per slide. If needed, add URL links. Add the works cited for the image in tiny print at the bottom of the slide. Move those outlined bulleted points to the note section or toss into a document to print out for a group presenetation.

 

No more slides crowded with text and 4 images! No more students sleeping in the classroom while their classmates read from the Smartboard.

Susan Daniels's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:30 AM

This is a PowerPoint presentation that would have sent my former employers into shock. They had no imagination whatsoever. However, Eugene Cheng clearly has wonderful artistic skills and knows how to present them. In addition, he clearly has a nice budget to work with. These kind of beautiful graphics don't come at low price. I thoroughly enjoyed glancing through this presentation and plan to use it as inspiration for future projects.

 

Warmly,

Susan Daniels

http://goldenstarsocial.com

 

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:28 AM

While beautiful Powerpoint may seem like an oxymoron  this slideshow proves it is possible.

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Stories Out Loud: Bill Harley at TEDxMosesBrownSchool

From the website:

 

"Bill Harley, a Friend, storyteller, author, songwriter, teaching artist; two-time Grammy winning artist in the spoken word category; Lifetime Achievement awards from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, Children's Music Network and the National Storytelling Network."

Jim Lerman's insight:

Comment by Karen Dietz:

 

"Bill Harley is one of my storytelling heros. A professional storyteller, Bill is extremely eloquent and inspiring as he talks about the power of  telling a story live, in person.

 

Even my software engineering husband Tim stopped his work to listen to Bill's video as I was reviewing it."

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Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Once Upon a Tool

Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Once Upon a Tool | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Ozge Karaoglu

 

"[The]Internet has been a great source for storytelling activities. Here are some of the web tools that you can use as story starters with your learners.


Read more: http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org/2013/02/09/once-upon-a-tool-2/#ixzz2KjVuLiHq
Jim Lerman's insight:

12 strong digitl tools for storytelling, described by one the web's best collectors of resources for teachers.

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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

The NVWP Talks Writing Centers on National Writing Project Radio | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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

10 Storytelling Elements That Work | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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.

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Starting from zero to get ideas. Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog

Starting from zero to get ideas. Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Starting from zero to get ideas. Some years ago Sir Ken Robinson, the author and creative advocate, once told a story of a six year-old girl in school. The girl was sitting in the back of the...

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:41 AM

Ah, taking the risk of failure. So hard for adults--and maybe getting harder for kids as well with all the testing that goes on in schools.

stan stewart's comment, February 12, 2013 7:45 AM
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Narrable - bring your photos to life

Narrable - bring your photos to life | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Narrable is an online storytelling site that combines your most important photos with the voices that bring them to life.


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Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, February 18, 2013 12:50 AM

Un servizio gratuito che consente di realizzare in modo molto semplice una presentazione costituita da immagini e registrazione vocale a commento delle immagini. Si tratta di un webware semplice da utilizzare in ambito didattico e che può essere utilizzato dal docente e/o dagli studenti per creare storie (storytelling) o presentazioni

Laura Conley's curator insight, February 18, 2013 9:20 AM

This is great!

Alex Alves De Paula's curator insight, November 18, 2014 7:35 PM

Narrable enables users to create short narrated slideshows. Start by uploading the pictures that you want to talk about. You can then record a narration for each picture via your computer's microphone or by uploading an audio recording that is stored on your computer. Narrable projects can be shared via email, Facebook, or by embedding them into a blog or wiki.

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Get Your Video Captions Professionally Translated With The New YouTube Translation Partners

Get Your Video Captions Professionally Translated With The New YouTube Translation Partners | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, February 21, 2013 6:21 PM

Ken' Key Takeaway:

By connecting content producers with professional translators, Google is going to add a lot of value to Youtube.  I'm excited to see how ths work

Caitlin Heller's curator insight, February 22, 2013 11:52 AM

Interesting for those who are in different countries than the US or want a wider global presense!

Tagmotion's curator insight, February 22, 2013 6:53 PM

Another sign of the growth in video captioning & translation.

And more evidence that video content is increasingly valuable enough to justify manual processes being applied to it.

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How to Size Images on Social Media: A Cheat Sheet (Infographic)

How to Size Images on Social Media: A Cheat Sheet (Infographic) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

You no longer have to grapple with sizing issues for social networks such as Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Now you can create Facebook Timeline images, LinkedIn cover photos, and more without worrying whether your pictures will fit the dimensions required by each platform.


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Write It Versus - A New Game To Help You Become A Better Storyteller

Write It Versus - A New Game To Help You Become A Better Storyteller | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Power up your writing skills! Team with your friends and exchange turns in writing 140 character pages to write an innovative plot sure to make Mr. Sharks choke on his words.

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Shanika Journey's curator insight, February 19, 2013 12:34 AM

I'm a little peeved this isn't on the Android. Apple users, this is great game to help you become a better writer and storyteller. The concept sounds awesome. Highly suggest you download it and give it a go.

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CBL Solution Video Examples

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Examples of CBL solution videos
Jim Lerman's insight:

Katie Morrow started this Scoop.it site apparently today. She collects videos produced by students engaged in Challenge Based Learning projects. I think CBL is an excellent approach to 21st century learning. In a nutshell, it goes a step beyond Project or Problem Based Learning by having students be responsible for defining the problems that their research and problem-solving will address - rather than having techers provide the problems for them.

 

As many have said recently, even more than being effective problem-solvers, our students must become effective problem-seekers.

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Exploring Empathy

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What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel - and to hurt for them or be happy for them?  Host Frank Stasio is joined by a panel of experts to discuss empathy, the trait that makes us uniquely human.

 

Lasana Harris is an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University; Jesse Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Pate Skene is an associate professor of neurobiology at Duke University and a second year law student; and Ralph Savarese is an associate professor of English at Grinnell College, a Duke Humanities Writ Large Fellow, and the author of “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption”


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 27, 2013 1:45 PM

Want to get better at empathy in order to connect with customers/prospects and create better stories?


Then you might want to listen to this discussion by a panel of experts.


Empathy, like listening, is one of the essential storytelling skills to master. Enjoy this audio file!


And thank you to fellow curator Don Hornsby for originally finding and sharing this piece.

donhornsby's comment, January 27, 2013 5:44 PM
You are welcome.
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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

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My take on visually presenting Kurt Vonnegut's theories about archetypal stories, designed after researching the subject. 11"x17" (click for larger version)

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Tribe Pictures's curator insight, February 8, 2013 10:31 AM

Great infographic on Kurt Vonnegut's theories on story shapes 

Mary Daniels Brown's curator insight, February 8, 2013 10:52 AM

A graphic designer's visual representation of story structure. Nice!

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A Brief History of Information Design and Visual Storytelling

Humankind has been telling complex stories through simple visuals long before you saw your first infographic at Mashable. History is humbling, let's go back in

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 6, 2013 4:24 PM

If you are into data and storytelling, then this brief overview is for you. The slideshare program quickly explains data visualization through time.


Of course, how data is displayed -- if done well -- can tell its own story.  The next step is to give a presentation as a story, and tell the story of the data as you are doing so. 


Until then, enjoy this quick historical review of visual storytelling.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it