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The death of the letter for digitally-savvy teenagers? - The Media Octopus

The death of the letter for digitally-savvy teenagers? - The Media Octopus | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Is the letter dying out as a result of our technology-immersed lives, living in a culture where digital drives everything? This survey suggests so. (Is the letter dying out in today's #digital #technology immersed world?
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Do our students know or even want to write informal letters? #writingchanges

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Marisol Espinoza's curator insight, February 21, 8:45 PM

The title of this article sparked my interest right away. The death of the letter for digitally-savvy teenagers was so interesting to read about. I actually have written a couple of personal letters for my friends birthdays and family Christmas cards, but truly the last time I sent a letter out was probably my freshman year of high school. It's so crazy how no one writes letters anymore all we do is send a text or email in seconds. I actually get very excited when I get a letter. Being so into technology makes you forget all the things people had to do before it all, including sending letters in order to communicate. But for this article I wouldn't consider "the death of letters are a result of technology", I believe people just don't have the patience or even how to write a letter to others. I for sure now will start writing letters more just for fun and see what happens.

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An iPad app designed to encourage creative writing as well as prompting narrative and opinion pieces. The app includes 125 interesting images and 375 text + voice prompts.
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This app looks awesome for early writers!  

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Citelighter | The fully automated bibliography, research, citation, and internet highlighting tool.

Citelighter | The fully automated bibliography, research, citation, and internet highlighting tool. | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
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Citelighter looks like a well structured writing app for helping students in grade 3-12 learn about research writing.  Check out the review here

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The poetry Shelf | edshelf

The poetry Shelf | edshelf | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
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Enjoy some poetry apps from this teacher curated Edshelf site.

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Comic Life

Comic Life | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it

Comic Life is perfect for engaging reluctant readers and teaching visual literacy, perfect for integrating STEAM and Common Core Standards into your lessons. Easy to learn and fun to use, Comic Life is a great tool for any student.

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Comics are great intermediate step to more complex concepts, and creating comics in Comic Life is so easy it feels like a game! Students can use templates to get started and are free to create using their own images. Play is important to education, and Comic Life is a flexible tool that can fit into nearly any lesson plan.

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Turnitin launches new formative writing tool

Turnitin launches new formative writing tool | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Turnitin introduced Revision Assistant, a formative writing tool giving students immediate feedback on all aspects of student writing.
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Formative assessment and writing tools with Turnitin and revision assistant.

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Study flashcards online or mobile. CoboCards

Study flashcards online or mobile. CoboCards | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Study flashcards online or mobile on iPhone/Android with CoboCards. Pass exams. Pro features include unlimited flashcards, Leitner, folders and many more.
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Study flashcards and remember for exams.

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Imagine Easy Scholar

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Annotation and editing, synthesizing tool with Imagine Easy Scholar.  Works with Google docs.

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Teaching handwriting more effectively using technology | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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Handwriting ideas for students in elementary school using technology.

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BoomWriter Just Released WordWriter for Teaching Vocabulary ...

BoomWriter Just Released WordWriter for Teaching Vocabulary ... | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning · Home · All categories · Ed Tech ... WordWriter makes vocabulary fun, easy, and engaging and gives it a 21st century technology-twist! It's sure to be a great tool for teachers and ...
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Vocabulary help for teachers wanting to teach new and interesting words.

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The Most Effective Way to Take Notes in Class | Edudemic

The Most Effective Way to Take Notes in Class | Edudemic | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it

“ Notetaking is a skill that students will take with them into their careers. Whether they are in meetings, participating in brainstorming sessions, or making annotations during reading, notes are an effective way of learning, retaining, and recalling ideas and concepts. This article talks about the three best techniques for taking notes in the classroom and how your students can benefit from them.”


Via Miloš Bajčetić, Rosidah Awang, Scott Threlfall
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Note taking tips for the high school classroom.

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Useful techniques on note-taking.

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I decided to read this article due to my lack of note taking and how terribly bad I am at it. Usually when I take notes I write everything down that's on the board and I rush to copy it all down and I never listen to what the Professor says and then honestly I never truly go back to my notes after class and if I do I don't even understand half of it because I wasn't even listening. It says in the article that note taking is 75% listening and 25% writing. They gave us 3 different main methods to use in order to note take, the first was the Dynamic Outline where you use color and different symbols. The second method was the Page Split where you split your paper into two and the left side you write the topic and the right you write notes but not into too much detail. And the last method was the Mind Map, it was made up of circles all connecting to each other. It's easier to take notes on topics and subtopics and have them in order. I really enjoyed reading this article because I have such bad note taking I took a lot from this. One thing I believe they tried to much of you to do is short hand, honestly yes shorthand is great, but I can never remember what things are when I go back and look at my notes from shorthand, wish they could have had another method or example for the people that truly don't like using short hand.

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my StoryMaker® at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

my StoryMaker® at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it

my Storymaker® was named one of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association.

People worldwide enjoy my StoryMaker®.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 26, 2015 10:54 PM

Wonderful story making tool for younger elementary students.  It teaches character, theme and plot in a fun techie approach.

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The Most Important Skills You Need to Start a Writing Career - Lifehacker

The Most Important Skills You Need to Start a Writing Career - Lifehacker | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
So you want to get paid for your writing, but you've never been published. You have no formal experience, and no one's ever hired you for a writing-related job. The professional legwork that comes with getting paid to write can be intimidating.
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Tips on improving your career as a writer.

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Even in our digital age, early parental writing support is key to children's literacy

Even in our digital age, early parental writing support is key to children's literacy | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Children of the Information Age are inundated with written words streaming across smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens.
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Distance learning enhances writing on a daily basis!

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Marisol Espinoza's curator insight, February 21, 8:17 PM

I choose this topic to read about since I use to be a preschool teacher in high school it really is great to see articles that still want children to be good at writing and since I'm very passionate about children this article fit perfectly for me. I believe since our generation is filled with technology many kids aren't getting the tools they truly need before either entering school or during their learning in school. More parents are getting away from preparing their children for school by not teaching them any sort of writing skills or even reading, but for this article focused more on writing for children. I agreed highly on the topic of scaffolding meaning in short you help your children with the learning process. For example in the article a parent said "Scaffolding their children's writing, helping their children relate sounds to letters on the page even though the letters are nor transparent. The downfall is a lot of parent believe early writing actually is unimportant, but actually it helps your child's brain to wrap around the concept once they go to school and fully learn it because they have already started at home, it all ties into practice makes perfect. But I wish this article didn't focus so much on the Grapho-Phonemic Method and rather stretched out the different methods of learning for children.

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Rewordify.com | Understand what you read

Rewordify.com | Understand what you read | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.
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Awesome writing tool to help students understand more complex vocabulary.  #ELL students.

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, recognizing that written storytelling doesn't come easily to every child, has hunted down six iPad apps that will bring fun and creative challenge to learning this essential real-world skill.
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Writing ipad apps for students who need creative writing encouragement.

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Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class

Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Grappling with the way books make students feel—not just analytical skills—should be part of the high-school English curriculum.
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Why stories and emotions are used for higher level thinking skills.  Literature is used to purport emtional connection.

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Plot Generator

Automatically generate a story plot for film or paperback and using key words of your choice. Select from a variety of styles and either publish them online or destroy them forever.
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Explore how to generate a story plot for film or book using your own words

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Ninjawords - a really fast dictionary

A really fast online dictionary
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Online dictionary for your high school students.

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Visual Poetry - Word Collage

Get Visual Poetry - Word Collage on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Make text collages with Visual Poetry app.  For the visual student this will make poetry come alive!

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Art of Persuasion and Craft of Argument

Art of Persuasion and Craft of Argument | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Watch how teachers can review rhetorical devices with students in preparation for a writing assignment. Video delves into the art of persuasion and crafting an argument.
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Persuasive writing skills high school using Shakespeare and literary devices.  Teaching Channel video.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 16, 2015 7:01 PM

Persuasive writing tutorial high school.  Teaching Channel video.

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How to Fight Plagiarism in Your Classroom | Edudemic

How to Fight Plagiarism in Your Classroom | Edudemic | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
In 2011, Edutopia published an article discussing how to prevent & combat plagiarism. Four years later, we are still looking for ways to fix this problem.
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Ideas for removing the issue of plagiarism in the classroom!

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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4 songs for dealing with tricky conditional structures

4 songs for dealing with tricky conditional structures | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Ever had problems teaching the 2nd and 3rd conditionals? Here are four songs that take the pain out of teaching these grammar structures.

Via Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat
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Beatles songs to teach grammatical structure!

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Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat's curator insight, February 19, 2015 2:09 PM

Adam Simpson's latest post.

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100+ Attention-Grabbing Blog Post Title Templates That Work

100+ Attention-Grabbing Blog Post Title Templates That Work | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Here is a post that enumerates over a hundred templates to write clever blog post title.
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Bloggers here are your introductions to the next great article!

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