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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Brain Pickings

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A wonderful post quoting 13 great writers on their daily routines. Great research by Maria Popova to pull this all together. Wonderful photos too (as evidenced by a young Maya Angelou, above). Just a warm and rich reading experience. -JL

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Great Homeschooling Links for Writing

Great Homeschooling Links for Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Angie Kaufman

 

"One area that many homeschoolers struggle with teaching is writing/composition. In my house, when some of my kids struggle with writing, it is especially difficult for me as someone who has been writing stories since as long as I could write words. Luckily, the Internet is full of ideas for writing activities and resources to help."

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Amy Gallagher Critchett | Learnist

Amy Gallagher Critchett | Learnist | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Amy Gallagher Critchett is on Learnist. Join Learnist share learnings with Amy Gallagher Critchett and others. - Lori Johnson

 

Critchett maintains a very rich and growing collection of resources for high school ELA teachers, keyed to the CCSS. This should be of considerable use to teachers now and going forward. -JL


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Report Spotlights Revolutionary Use of Technology in Teaching Writing - National Writing Project

Report Spotlights Revolutionary Use of Technology in Teaching Writing - National Writing Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website (download report for free)

 

"Sharon J. Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project, said, "The experience of these nine teachers reminds us of the central role they play in true education reform. It's teachers who are the technology drivers, seeking out digital tools, learning them, testing them and finally implementing them successfully in their classrooms. With the benefit of professional development from organizations like the National Writing Project, these pioneers are preparing their students for the digital world."

 

"The teachers featured in the report found that the use of such Web 2.0 tools as blogs, podcasts, wikis, and comics-creating software has heightened students' engagement and enhanced their writing and thinking skills—in all grade levels and across all subjects. Even as these teachers' students gain the skills to live and work in the 21st-century setting, too many times, the report found, their classrooms look like 20th-century models."

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Write in the Middle | Annenberg Learner

Write in the Middle | Annenberg Learner | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A free, 8-part online workshoop series from Annenberg Learner.

Topics include:

Creating a Community of WRiter

Making Writing Meaningful

Teaching Poetry

Teaching Persuasive Writing

Teaching Multigenre Writing

Responding to Writing: Teacher to Student

Responding to Writing: Peer to peer

Teaching the Power of Revision

 

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6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration In The Writing Process

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6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration In The Writing Process (6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration in the Writing Process http://t.co/Jl60W8sG @TeachThought #edchat #edtech #writing #engedu...)...


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Edutech for Teachers » Visualize Text with Doodle Splash

Edutech for Teachers » Visualize Text with Doodle Splash | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Check out Doodle Splash, a cool interactive from ReadWriteThink, that combines the process of drawing with analytical thinking about a text by pairing an online drawing space with writing prompts that encourage students to make connections between their visual designs and the text.


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The Interactive Fiction Database - IF and Text Adventures

The Interactive Fiction Database - IF and Text Adventures | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Gerald Aungst

 

"This site is the most comprehensive library of IF games. Some IF interpreter programs have the ability to connect directly to this database to find and download new games, much like the Apple App Store.

 

"For other interpreters, you may need to download the game files separately and load them into your interpreter program.

A warning for teachers looking for games to use with your students: IF content spans all the genres of literature you would find in a major bookstore, including adult titles. Best to pre-select the games you want your students to play instead of sending them to the archives themselves."

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Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool

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Learn more about a powerful new integrated research tool available in Google Docs


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5 Elements of Powerful Stories

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Stories can create change, both in ourselves and in our organizations. In this guest post, Matt Ragland shares five elements of powerful stories.

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The Teacher's Guide To Writing In The Cloud | Teach Thought

The Teacher's Guide To Writing In The Cloud | Teach Thought | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Posted by Terry Heick

 

"In part 1 of this post we took a look at the writing process itself–the relative awkwardness of the process for many developing writers, and how live modeling can help support writer growth. In this part, we are focusing on using cloud-based word processing and general productivity suites like Adobe Buzzword and Google Docs. We also recently looked at 10 Ideas for Using Technology to Teach Writing.)"

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8 Apps for Aspiring Novelists | Mac|Life

8 Apps for Aspiring Novelists | Mac|Life | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"There's no perfect formula for crafting a novel. In fact, some of the best tales that withstand the tests of time are the ones that break the rules and invent a new narrative. The simplest of ideas can blow up into 100,000 words of masterfully crafted storytelling with proper development. While the words are the most important part of any novel, what is a craftsperson without his or her tools? We've collected eight apps that will help you turn aspirations into novelizations. These come just in time to join the scribbling scribes participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so grab them and embrace your craving to compose some prose."


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Everyone, without exception, requires a tool to complete the task that they were employed to do. Often, when writing, people may not know where to begin. They may not have any idea as to how to organize their thoughts. The applications suggested by AJ Dellinger on Mac Life seem like an excellent way to structure not only the key points within your story, but also helps you structure your time in order to incorporate those key points. The application "Novel in 30" allows the user to set a word count target, and a deadline goal. It also allows you to sync the document between itunes and allows the use of Dropbox for easy access. "Writers App" helps structure all ideas dealing with plot, character, and setting. "MindNode"allows the user to create a literal map of their thoughts, and therefore allowing the user to re-create or continue their previous thought process at a later time. Other applications discussed in this article assist with research, brainstorming, timing, and even publication! I think these applications will prove to be powerful tools not only for aspiring novelists, but also authors who are veterans of the writing and publication processes. Each story that a person decides to tell is individual, so each journey to bring that story to an audience is just as individual.

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Why American Students Can't Write | The Atlantic

Why American Students Can't Write | The Atlantic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"In "The Writing Revolution," Peg Tyre traces the problems at one troubled New York high school to a simple fact: The students couldn't write coherent sentences. In 2009 New Dorp High made a radical change. Instead of trying to engage students through memoir exercises and creative assignments, the school required them to write expository essays and learn the fundamentals of grammar. Within two years, the school's pass rates for the English Regents test and the global-history exam were soaring. The school's drop-out rate — 40 percent in 2006 — has fallen to 20 percent.

 

"The experiment suggests that the trend toward teaching creative writing was hurting American students. In a debate about Tyre's story, we asked a range of experts, from policymakers to Freedom Writers founder Erin Gruwell, to share their thoughts on Tyre's story. This page will be updated with new entries each day through mid-October."

 

Great collection of articles. -JL

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9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing | Educational Technology & Mobile Learning

9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing | Educational Technology & Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

" Thanks to the digital boom we are living in now , there are several apps that teachers can use to promote and enhance creative writing for their students. We have collected a great list of such apps and we want you to try some and see how they work with your students. These apps you can have access to a wide range of writing prompts, fun games, and activities to help your students write out of the box."

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The Surprising Effect of Clickers in the Writing Class | edcetera

The Surprising Effect of Clickers in the Writing Class | edcetera | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Funk

 

"Jan Worth-Nelson has specific and detailed workshop guidelines for her creative writing class: “begin by responding to what you think the essay is about;” “see if you can find a way to describe the ‘voice’ of the essay;” “when you say you like something, try to continue your commentary with something that suggests why you like it.”

 

"For years, though, despite telling her students exactly what to do, Nelson often felt the workshops fell short of her expectations.

 

"So when she and a few colleagues at the University of Michigan-Flint began researching the effect of clickers on student learning, she took the opportunity to reinforce workshop procedures.

 

"If their hypothesis proved true — that students would better retain information they learned using clickers — the quality of the writing workshops would improve."

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iBook Author Video Tutorials

25 tutorial videos to help learn how to use iBooks.


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Plinky - for writing

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Writing is one of the key literacy learning skills.


For many learners it can also be one of the most challenging.


The way learning Providers teach 'writing' has alot to do with their learners attitude; if they can find engaging and collaborative ways to teach writing then, their learners writing performance will be enhanced.


One strategy is to use technology.


For learners, generating ideas is often the most difficult phase of their writing process.


This is where Plinky can help.


Every day Plinky provides a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer.


Users can...
- add photos, maps, playlists and more.
- easily share their Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and most major blogging services.

 

In their words...
"We know you've got something interesting to say. Plinky is here to help you say it in a fun and compelling way."


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Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers

Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A free, 8-part online workshop from Annenberg Learner. Topics include:

First Steps

A Shared Path

Different Audiences

Different Purposes

Usage and Mechanics

Providing Feedback on Student Writing

Learning from Professional Writers

Writing in the 21st Century

 

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Lessons from the Future of StoryTelling summit

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David Rowan: 'Delegates at the event, on 5 October, came from ad agencies and design shops, from the Punchdrunk theatre company and the Library of Congress -- all drawn by a shared curiosity about "reinventing the way stories are told"' ...


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10 Ways To Use Technology To Teach Writing

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Both high-tech innovations for learning and the inability of many American schoolchildren to write well have been major talking points in educational circles for quite some time, but oddly enough, one may offer a solution to helping remedy the other.

 

There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone.

 

Here, we offer just a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar, essay-writing, and, most importantly, why good writing is so important to their futures.


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paula ugalde's comment, December 15, 2012 12:35 AM
Adorei essa curadoria!!
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Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Cool Tools #4 iFakeText

Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Cool Tools #4 iFakeText | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Ozge Karaoglu

 

"Here are some ideas on how we can use this tool with our students:

Children can make two characters from a book to text each other.

Two famous people can text each other.

Children can create short poetry using this tool.

We can provide some part of the text and ask children to write their guesses of the other person’s answers.

Children can practice a dialogue, or questions and answers.

We can provide children the conversation and ask what has happened before and after.

We can use this tool to explain the meaning of a vocabulary.

It can also be a good idea to use this tool to practice advices or suggestions."

Read more: http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org/2012/10/01/cool-tools-4-ifaketext/#ixzz2CeAbSdsF

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Incorporating an Audio Assignment into your Classroom: The PSA

So let’s say you don’t have a ton of experience incorporating audiovisual elements into your writing classroom assignments. Let’s also say that may...

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Welcome to Star Scholar U. - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Welcome to Star Scholar U. - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jeffrey R. Young,

 

"A new kind of university has begun to emerge: Call it Star Scholar U.

 

"Professors with large followings and technical prowess are breaking off to start their own online institutions, delivering courses with little or no backing from traditional campuses.

 

"Founding a university may sound dramatic, but in an era of easy-to-use online tools it can be done as a side project—akin to blogging or writing a textbook. Soon there could be hundreds of Star Scholar U's.

 

"Two recent examples are Marginal Revolution University, started by two economics professors at George Mason University, and Rheingold U, run by the author and Internet pioneer Howard Rheingold. To be clear, these professors are using the word "university" loosely—they award no credit and claim no spot on any college ranking. And they probably won't become rich through their teaching. But the gambit gives them full control over the content and delivery methods. And it offers their personal brands as a kind of credential."

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What the Best Writing Teachers Know | The Atlantic

What the Best Writing Teachers Know | The Atlantic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Haley Lee (HS student)

 

"As a high school student myself, I was intrigued by Peg Tyre's article about a Staten Island school's turnaround. Tyre shows the importance of writing skills to academic and professional success. She looks specifically at the new and improved curriculum at New Dorp High School, which emphasizes analysis over self-expression...

 

"I like to think about writing as a two-dimensional process. The first dimension, which Tyre hits upon, is the act of putting ideas onto paper. Mechanics are important in this regard: If a student grasps for a word and comes up empty-handed, it becomes impossible to move forward.

 

"But, in my experience, the best teachers don't just show their kids how to use nouns, verbs, and adjectives. They make their students aware of writing's second dimension: the dialogue between author and reader. It is the unearthly chill of witnessing a character die, the cementing (or dissolving) of a set of beliefs, or the thoughtful pause before flipping the page of a magazine, that epitomize the type of connection writing can ignite."

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The 6 Best Online Bibliography Tools | Edudemic

The 6 Best Online Bibliography Tools | Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lepi

 

 

"If helping your students write papers is a part of your school day, you probably already know that there are enough issues to focus on without having to spend a lot of time teaching your students how to build a bibliography and correctly cite their sources. Your time is likely better spent helping create a focused, concise piece of work that uses excellent grammar and sentence structure.

 

"There are a lot of online bibliography tools out there that can help students learn to build bibliographies and ensure that their citations are correct, without them (and you) spending hours pouring over MLA, APA, or Chicago handbooks. The options include browser extensions, templates, and online citation builders (where you plug in your resource and the citation is generated for you."


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