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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad - TeachThought

50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad - TeachThought | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The best writing apps for iPad, like any concept of ‘best,’ is subjective and further based on need and circumstance.

Are you a poet drafting when inspiration strikes? A student taking notes and writing essays? A novelist that usually uses a desktop, but needs their new iPad Pro to do work on the go?

While the idea of writing more than a few hundred words on an iPad may seem crazy, using the iPad as a powerful portable writing tool allows you to take advantage of inspiration whenever and wherever it strikes. And with iPad screens now approaching 13″ and capable of supporting USB connections to enable standalone keyboards, it’s easier and more comfortable than ever to draft a masterpiece while away from your desk with the help of an app, an iPad, and a good idea.

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9 Ways Teachers Can Continue to Support Youth Voice While Building Civic Skills

9 Ways Teachers Can Continue to Support Youth Voice While Building Civic Skills | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Our friends with 22x20 have put together recommendations and resources to support youth engagement in the democratic process for the upcoming (and future) elections.

 

Y"oung people believing their voices matter is important to building engagement. The marches across the country on March 24th were an opportunity for some youth to use their voices. How can educators use non-partisan frames to support more youth to use their voices while building media literacy skills? We’ve got you! And, we are building a running list of resources and materials that you can add to.

 

"Below is a list of ideas for how teachers can continue to support youth voice that was developed with the 22×20 education working group (which you can join!)."

 

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Teachers, Park Rangers, #WriteOut for Learning

Teachers, Park Rangers, #WriteOut for Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Being outside the classroom, in nature, is for [Rich] Novack a key part of his job as a high-school English teacher. He says leaving the classroom to explore nature helps teach students to “become curious,” a skill they will continue to rely on as critical readers and thinkers throughout their lives.

 

"To be aware as we read, he said, “helps us find those odd, interesting, or observant passages. When we’re out here [in nature], we’re on the lookout for interesting, curious things as well.”

#Writeout was a two-week professional development program, sponsored by the National Writing Project through a partnership with the National Park Service

 

"The program connected educators and park rangers with place-based learning opportunities in July 2018. A team of educators from both organizations—educators who have themselves been working on collaborations in their local communities between Writing Project sites and national park sites—designed #WriteOut. Their goal was to help educators make connections between learning, writing/making, and local outdoor and historic public spaces."

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CommonLit ELA free resources for lesson planning

CommonLit ELA free resources for lesson planning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Commonlit.org is a free resource full of text sets organized by theme, book title, unit, Lexile level, grade level. etc.  

Anyone can set up a classroom and add someone as a student.  Then the “teacher” can assign any text set they wish. Or a student can just go onto the website and create their own text set informally.

Commonlit also allows the teacher to monitor student progress and it pairs nicely with Google Classroom."

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Writing Sparks

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If you are looking for sparks and a writing challenge for your students, here is a cool website that will give us and our students an instant writing challenge.

With Writing Sparks, as a teacher, choose your age group and decide what sort of spark you are looking for. A story, a news article, an opinion or a poem? Then, you choose the time that you want your students to work. And the website gives you a spark. For example: “Imagine that a Spying Giraffe comes to visit you at school. What would happen?” Then the students have two minutes to take notes and discuss about it. Here, you can choose your students to work in pairs, in groups or you can do that activity as a whole class.
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KQED Learn (free)

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It all starts with a question.

"KQED Learn puts media literacy front and center. Whether discussing classroom-ready topics using KQED's video series "Above the Noise," or engaging in collaborative inquiry leading to original, media based responses, students are developing the skills they need to be successful communicators in today's world."

 

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Outstanding collection of resources for development of student media literacy as producers and consumers. Definitely check this out for educators in grades 4-12.

 


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5 Steps to Individualize Writing Instruction :: David Campos and Kathleen McConnell Fad

5 Steps to Individualize Writing Instruction :: David Campos and Kathleen McConnell Fad | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Although it may seem like good practice to teach all students the same writing skill simultaneously, young writers are at different levels of mastery. Instruction tailored to students' individual needs teaches them the voice, story plot, and grammar skills they haven't mastered."

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Jump-Starting Content-Area Writing in Secondary Classrooms :: ASCD

Jump-Starting Content-Area Writing in Secondary Classrooms :: ASCD | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Writing is essential to thinking about content, whether you're in an ELA class or a science class. But for teachers without an ELA background, designing engaging and relevant writing assignments can be intimidating. Here are some ideas to get students composing across content areas"

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35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom: Putting the Arts in STEM :: Michael Gorman - Tech & Learning magazine

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom: Putting the Arts in STEM :: Michael Gorman - Tech & Learning magazine | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Proper infusion of the Arts will create a STEAM culture that engages and promotes intrinsic learning. In the space below I have included some sites that may just allow educators to integrate the Arts, allowing STEM to become STEAM! While there is a lot of talk on STEAM Education, it can be difficult to find a lot of material. I hope you enjoy what I have gathered and please let me know what I should include in an update post. Time to go full STEAM ahead!"

 

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Solid collection of resources...for beginners and more advanced practitioners alike.

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Digital transformation, With Empathy via Storytelling 

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A change management expert tells me why success in digital transformation projects depends on a keen sense of empathy for the people affected

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If you plan to go digital, show empathy to the person affected through storytelling ;)

Marta Torán's curator insight, September 30, 6:14 AM

Muy interesante este artículo de Phil Wainewright (@philww).

 

La transformación digital no es dotar de herramientas y tecnología para mejorar el trabajo. Es transformación y adaptación al cambio.

 

Necesita de la empatía de las personas.

Necesita de conversaciones.

Pez en Berlin's curator insight, October 14, 12:55 PM
Empathy tells a story

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Evaluating a Collection for Bias and Stereotypes with Primary Students: A Case Study, Tools, and Tips :: School Library Journal

Evaluating a Collection for Bias and Stereotypes with Primary Students: A Case Study, Tools, and Tips :: School Library Journal | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A classroom teacher and a librarian engaged early elementary student in discussions about identity and stereotypes—and asked them to evaluate a book collection.

 

"In the fall of 2017, I attended a professional development course led by the district social studies coach in the Cambridge (MA) Public Schools titled “Culturally Responsive Instruction in the Elementary Social Studies Classroom.” During one of the sessions, participants discussed teaching for social justice. We were directed to the Using Their Words website for information on the six elements of teaching about social justice, and examples of projects that others have conducted with their classes.

 

"I was curious about how to engage in these deep conversations with primary students in the Cambridgeport School, so I took a look and discovered a project in which a first grade class explored the question: “Does our library represent a diverse group of people?” I was intrigued. I had just received word from our principal that we had additional funds, specifically allocated to make our classroom libraries more inclusive. I wanted to try to recreate this project with my second graders. I reached out to my school librarian, Liz, for help. With support from and classroom coverage arranged by school administrators, we were able to meet. We discussed our goals and desired student outcomes, along with how this project would be implemented in the classroom and library. We talked about laying the groundwork, developing guiding questions, and selecting texts. Here are some guidelines we came up with and outcomes we observed, and a few suggestions for others who would like to implement similar studies in their schools."

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Top Tools for Learning 2018 – Top Tools for Learning 2018

Top Tools for Learning 2018 – Top Tools for Learning 2018 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Top Tools for Learning 2018 list was compiled by Jane Hart at the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies from the results of the 12th Annual Digital Learning Tools Survey, and released on 24 September 2018. [Find out more about the survey and read Jane’s analysis of this year’s list.]

Below you will find an interactive table of the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018. This table also shows their presence on 3 sub-lists, how they fit into 30 defined categories of tools as well as their change in position since 2017. (You can sort each column using the up/down arrows to the right of each column, and filter using Search. Click a tool name to find out more it.)

 

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Jane Hart has steadfastly compiled and reported a survey of the top learning tools each year, for the past 12 years. What dedicated work! The results are always fascinating and informative -- and no matter how much you know, there's always something new to learn about. Congratulations to Jane for another job well done!


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7 Reasons to Try Using Backchannels in Your Classroom :: Richard Byrne

7 Reasons to Try Using Backchannels in Your Classroom :: Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"A couple of the most popular posts that I have published lately were about creating backchannel chats to use in your classroom. In response to those posts some readers have sent questions asking for more explanation of why they should try tools like Backchannel Chat or Yo Teach. Here are some reasons to try using a backchannel chat in your classroom."

 

"Yo Teach! is the closest thing to TodaysMeet that I have found. It's easy to use and packed with features that teachers want. In fact, I think it might be better than TodaysMeet was. Not only can you and your students type messages in Yo Teach, you can also can use image notes in a Yo Teach! room. Students can also give a "thumbs up" to their favorite image and text notes in the discussion. Watch my video for a complete overview of Yo Teach!

 

"Backchannel Chat is a service through which you can create an online discussion space for your students. In your Backchannel Chat discussion rooms you can post comments and questions for your students to respond to. Your students can respond in real-time. Students can ask you and their classmates questions within the confines of your Backchannel Chat room. The free version of Backchannel Chat limits you to 30 participants at a time. Watch my video to learn how to use Backchannel Chat."

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TeachersFirst's Digital Storytelling Resources

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This collection features the editors' choices of best digital storytelling resources. Engage and excite students to get writing. Many of the tools shared are device agnostic and will work on all devices in both web browsers and apps. Find tools ideal for all grades. Use digital storytelling in all subject areas to assess, collaborate, share results, and more. Find options in the resources for student projects. View and learn from the professional resources shared.

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LEARN with Colleagues Committed to Equity in Learning and Literacy: The 2018-19 Marginal Syllabus

LEARN with Colleagues Committed to Equity in Learning and Literacy: The 2018-19 Marginal Syllabus | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This third iteration is an opportunity for social reading, writing, and discussion about the intersection of literacy and equity.

 

"Read the full LEARN 2018-19 Marginal Syllabus

 

"The 2018-19 Marginal Syllabus, titled Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN, is kicking off this year on October 29, 2018. LEARN has been co-developed in partnership with the National Writing Project (NWP) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This third iteration of the Marginal Syllabus welcomes our partnership with NCTE as a leading publisher who has made openly accessible a curated set of texts to anchor our social reading, writing, and discussion about the intersection of literacy and equity.

 

"The Marginal Syllabus invites connected learners interested in equity—including educators from K-12 and higher education, formal and informal settings, and in and out of school contexts—to read and annotate online texts, collaborate in the margins of texts with other readers and partner authors, and engage throughout 2018-19 in eight public conversations about equity in learning and literacy."

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Cooperative Critical Writing :: Meredith Akers

Cooperative Critical Writing :: Meredith Akers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Then it hit me – peer to peer tutoring is when I often see lightbulbs go off because students hear it in their peer’s language. Those peer to peer explanations can seem nonsensical, incomplete, and jumbled to us adults but bring such light and clarity to classmates.

So here’s what I came up with to facilitate students helping each other without really even knowing it – Collaborative Critical Writing – short prompts (my example requires at least 3 complete sentences per question) that can be used in any class, at any level, with any subject area – using a shared Google Doc. Here’s the process:
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Journal of Writing Research - JoWR

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"The multi-disciplinary Journal of Writing Research is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed journal that "primarily publishes papers that describe scientific studies of the processes by which writing is produced or the means by which writing can be effectively taught." Launched in 2008 and currently in its tenth volume, this open access journal publishes original research, as well as literature reviews and boasts an editorial board from around the world. Examples of articles from recent issues include "The co-regulation of writing activities in the classroom" and "Rarely say never: Essentialist rhetorical choices in college students' perceptions of persuasive writing." Other subject areas covered by this journal include "Developmental aspects of writing ability," "Social and cultural aspects of writing," "Cognitive processes in writing," and more. The editors note that while this journal's articles "are primarily intended for use in the scientific community," its "interdisciplinary nature also makes it accessible to teacher educators, curriculum developers, communication consultants, and other interested practitioners." 

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KQED Teach (free)

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EXPAND YOUR MEDIA LITERACY SKILLS TODAY WITH KQED TEACH

 

"KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow teachers to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communications and technology skills, and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking."

 

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A superior collection of short, online, skills-based courses for professional development along with ideas for projects and discussions. Don't miss this!

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How to Demystify the Writing Process :: Jodi Rath

How to Demystify the Writing Process :: Jodi Rath | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
With my own students, it took me the bulk of my teaching career (so far) to figure out how to get every student motivated to take on the writing process. I've found that frontloading these five steps sets all students up for engagement and success with writing assignments.
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Makerspace Activities Mold Fearless Writers :: Angela Mullennex

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"Why limit the power of playful discovery to STEM classrooms? Making is a tool for practicing and improving writing in any subject, and especially with reluctant writers."

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National Day on Writing - Oct. 20

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The National Day on Writing® (October 20), an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English, is built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration.

You see, people tend to think of writing in terms of pencil-and-paper assignments, but no matter who you are, writing is part of your life. It’s part of how you work, how you learn, how you remember, and how you communicate. It gives voice to who you are and enables you to give voice to the things that matter to you.

For the past ten years, we’ve seen thousands of people share their responses and engage in activities around the theme of #WhyIWrite. Their collective voices are raising the volume on this issue. Now in our 10th year of the celebration, we look forward to our best National Day on Writing yet! Get a peek at what we’ve got in store for 2018.
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Anaïs Nin on why emotional excess is essential for writing and creativity :: Maria Popova

Anaïs Nin on why emotional excess is essential for writing and creativity :: Maria Popova | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947 (public library) is an equally rich treasure trove of wisdom on everything from life to love to the art of writing. In fact, Nin’s gift shines most powerfully when she addresses all of these subjects and more in just a few ripe sentences.

"Such is the case with the following exquisite letter of advice she sent to a seventeen-year-old aspiring author by the name of Leonard W., whom she had taken under her wing as creative mentor. Nin writes:

"I like to live always at the beginnings of life, not at their end. We all lose some of our faith under the oppression of mad leaders, insane history, pathologic cruelties of daily life. I am by nature always beginning and believing and so I find your company more fruitful than that of, say, Edmund Wilson, who asserts his opinions, beliefs, and knowledge as the ultimate verity. Older people fall into rigid patterns. Curiosity, risk, exploration are forgotten by them. You have not yet discovered that you have a lot to give, and that the more you give the more riches you will find in yourself. It amazed me that you felt that each time you write a story you gave away one of your dreams and you felt the poorer for it. But then you have not thought that this dream is planted in others, others begin to live it too, it is shared, it is the beginning of friendship and love.

"[…]You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the great privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries. But both must be ruled by faith.

"The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4 is brimming with such poetic yet practical sagacity on the creative life and is a beautiful addition to other famous advice on writing like Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for a great story, David Ogilvy’s 10 no-nonsense tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, Jack Kerouac’s 30 beliefs and techniques, John Steinbeck’s 6 pointers, and Susan Sontag’s synthesized learnings."

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Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism

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Plagiarism can be a real pain. Most teachers have had to deal with it in some form or another, and a whole lot of you still haven’t quite figured out the best way to combat it. Many of us issue stern warnings and threaten serious, soul-crushing consequences. Others also use software to detect plagiarism.

While these methods can deter students from plagiarizing and catch them if they do, they operate on the assumption that all plagiarism is devious, that all students who plagiarize know exactly what they’re doing, and our mission is to catch and punish. Now because I don’t believe that assumption is true, I think we could be handling the problem with a lot more finesse.
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Plagiarism is a topic that university students would almost always avoid talking about. There is never too much information out there for students to access. This article is just great!
 
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Action research: Physical activity and student writing - Teacher

Action research: Physical activity and student writing - Teacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Early results from pilot interventions
During Term 1 and 2 of this year we piloted a range of interventions with students in Years 7-12. We have tested the impact that walking classrooms, dance, team sport, high and low intensity gross motor movements and accuracy based fine motor movements have on student writing.

"The results have been encouraging. Moderate to high intensity exercise, when undertaken directly before writing, has appeared to positively affect student divergent thinking and ideation and has led to greater student compliance and confidence in the initial stages of the writing process. Quantitative data, collected via the Alternate Uses Test, shows a boost to the fluency and originality of student thinking. Qualitative data, collected by way of surveys, focus groups and teacher observation, suggests that students feel that they are able to achieve ‘flow’ more easily and that their stamina while completing extended responses is improved.

"Next steps in our research
Over the next 24 months, we will test a range of interventions within the English classroom and investigate the impact that this has on student writing. Using a cohort of Year 11 English advanced students, we will test the effect of dance, yoga, walking classrooms, movable classroom furniture and physical ‘energisers’ (running, star jumps, skipping, throwing) upon students’ ability to interpret questions, construct thesis statements and plan responses, as well as their stamina and effectiveness in the ‘pen to paper moment’. We will also investigate whether physical activity affects their attitudes towards and self-efficacy about writing."

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The 30 Best Digital Storytelling Resources for Imaginative Writing Projects

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Here are 12 of the very best digital storytelling resources from all over the Web—tools for engaging learners in the digital art of storytelling.

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