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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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First Days Project

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"Launched in 2013, the First Days Project is a community-based digital archive that collects and shares "stories of immigrants' first experiences in the United States." Here, readers will find over four hundred personal accounts of immigrants, refugees, and tourists from all over the world sharing memories of the beginnings of their experiences in the US as written stories, oral histories, and videos. Visitors can browse these stories via a map based on where people came from and where they initially arrived, and they can also browse a gallery of stories which can be filtered by country of origin, US state of arrival, and by year, with stories going as far back as 1939. Examples include an audio and transcribed interview with Isabel Loomis, who arrived in Washington, D.C. from Costa Rica in 1951 at the age of 17 and now lives in Seattle, and a written account by Ulrika Haglund, who traveled from Sweden to New York in 2014 at the age of 21 and now lives in Massachusetts. The First Days Project is presented by the South Asian American Digital Archive, a nonprofit organization led by Samip Mallick, who is the former director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information at the University of Chicago Library." 

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Edward | Writing Narrative

Edward | Writing Narrative | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Edward is an app designed for first-time authors. If you're discouraged by blank pages or stumped by writer's block, Edward can help. Sign up for a free account and write your first chapter today.
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Connecting Higher Ed and Wikipedia

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"Instructors and scholars in a variety of disciplines may be interested in Wiki Education, a nonprofit organization that "connects higher education to Wikipedia, ensuring that the world's most read source of information is more representative, accurate, and complete." Wiki Education offers multiple programs and initiatives to suit a range of needs and audiences. For example, their classroom program, Teach with Wikipedia, provides university instructors with tools and resources for assigning students to write a Wikipedia article (rather than, say, a research paper), thus enabling students to learn valuable research, critical thinking, and communication skills while also "contributing cited, well-founded information" to the internet. Educators may also want to check out the initiative's Future of Facts and Communicating Science. At institutional and organizational levels, Wiki Education offers the Visiting Scholars Program and Educational Partnerships, both of which provide opportunities for academic associations and university libraries and departments to share "reliable, vetted information about their discipline with the world."

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In an "Age of Division," Teach Students to Argue Well :: ASCD

In an "Age of Division," Teach Students to Argue Well :: ASCD | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"If students have the skills to engage in productive dialogue with others, communicate their ideas, and listen to others with differing opinions, they will be well positioned to serve as a new generation of leaders and thinkers."


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5 Ideas for Making Multimedia eBooks With Students :: Richard Byrne

5 Ideas for Making Multimedia eBooks With Students :: Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Making an ebook can give students the opportunity to include audio and video in the reports that they write and the fiction stories that they create. Including that content can help students further explain complex concepts or simply add their personal voices to a story. Here are five ideas for multimedia ebook projects for students."

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Beyond Words: The Winners of the 2018 Vocabulary Video Contest - The New York Times

Beyond Words: The Winners of the 2018 Vocabulary Video Contest - The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Thank you to the 900-plus students who participated. Enjoy these wonderful videos.

 

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"Kim Butterfield, who teaches English at Central High School in La Crosse, Wisc., wrote to us early this week to say she loves our contests and was eager to know when the details for this one would be published. She told us how she uses our annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video contest (which will be back again this January):

 

"Last year, my AP Language and Composition students participated in the vocabulary video contest, and several of them won or earned honorable mentions. I showed all the videos in class, two per day, and had students fill out a graphic organizer for each word, and I did weekly challenges with them, such as: use two words in a conversation, find a word in an article, incorporate a word into your in-class writing, etc. By the time their packets were full, they had 50 new words in their lexicons, and everybody aced the quiz. The whole school was abuzz about this assignment."

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A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Narrative Writing

A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Narrative Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Getting our students to tell stories should be easy. They hear and tell stories all the time. But when they actually have to put words on paper, they forget their storytelling abilities: They can’t think of a topic. They omit relevant details, but go on and on about irrelevant ones. Their dialogue is bland. They can’t figure out how to start. They can’t figure out how to end.

So the first step in getting good narrative writing from students is to help them see that they are already telling stories every day. They gather at lockers to talk about that thing that happened over the weekend. They sit at lunch and describe an argument they had with a sibling. Without even thinking about it, they begin sentences with “This one time…” and launch into stories about their earlier childhood experiences. Students are natural storytellers; learning how to do it well on paper is simply a matter of studying good models, then imitating what those writers do.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Ideas for Classroom Podcasts

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Ideas for Classroom Podcasts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
On Sunday I published a video that shows how quickly and easily you can create a podcast on Anchor.fm. If you watched the video and you're ready to get started, your next step is probably to generate ideas for your classroom podcast. Here are ten ideas that I brainstormed to help you and your students get your classroom podcast rolling.

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Getting Out of the Essay Rut

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ALTERNATIVES TO THE TRADITIONAL ESSAY
Craft a convincing letter (argumentative writing): After discussing and researching a hot button issue or a problem of concern in their school or community, students write a letter to an editor, to the principal of the school, or to a community member. They should utilize ethos, pathos, logos, counterclaim, and a call to action—just as they would in an argumentative essay.

Design a pamphlet (informational writing): This alternative gives students a break from writing a research essay while still requiring them to engage in research. The format allows for some creativity in the layout and the messaging. Students should be required to include important information and facts, with sources.

Change the ending of a book or short story (narrative writing): Narrative writing techniques will need to be deployed—dialogue, figurative language, and use of imagery. If a student’s book or story ended on a tragic note, they might choose to create a happier ending, or have a character make a different choice that pivots the ending. Whatever they decide to change, they should stay true to the characters, the setting—all aspects of the story, including the author’s tone and style.

Rewrite an article (informational writing): Using the facts and information presented in an article, students write a new article on the same topic. By rearranging how facts are presented, using a different title, and even bringing in additional facts and quotations from further research, they’ll see how this reworking can significantly change the tone and give readers a different perspective on the same topic.

Script a TV or radio commercial (informational and argumentative writing): I’ve seen this assignment awaken the most dormant of young writers in a classroom as they try to sell a product to each other. First, watch and listen to a few highly effective commercials or ad campaigns together as a class and then discuss what makes them good. This works best if you provide students with some writing guidelines and requirements (length of text and use of rhetorical devices they’ve learned, for example).
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Writing Sparks

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Writing Sparks was created by the award winning developers of nightzookeeper.com. Watch this short video to find out how Night Zookeeper can automatically assess your student’s writing and raise attainment in your classroom.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 2017 12:43 AM

A great tool to prompt and help students structure writing. Ideal for younger learners.

mindocr's curator insight, August 11, 2017 10:21 AM

A great tool to prompt and help students structure writing. Ideal for younger learners.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 16, 2017 4:10 AM
for younger and older students - writing 
 
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Teachers’ Assessment Literacy Enhancement: Handbook (free download)

Teachers’ Assessment Literacy Enhancement: Handbook (free download) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Along with the Needs Analysis and the Training Course, a Handbook containing the training materials (among others) is one of the major products of the TALE Project.

This Handbook is addressed both to language teachers who wish to develop their assessment skills and teacher educators and trainers who focus on language assessment.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 24, 5:12 AM

This could be useful.

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How To Get The Most Out Of The First Days Of The School Year

How To Get The Most Out Of The First Days Of The School Year | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"First days of school are always so idyllic in my mind. Full of hope and promise and potential. I can’t wait to meet the people who will make their way to our classroom. I’m anxious to discover who they are, what makes them laugh, and how they learn.

"I look forward to the days in the semester when we've built enough trust to have compelling discussions about what we’re reading and honest discussions about what we’re writing. I can’t wait for the days when their personalities emerge and we see each other clearly.

"But I always forget (and rightly so) how much work it is in the beginning. I forget how awkward the silences are, how emotionless their faces are on those first days. I forget and then I remember that every year starts with the hard work of building trust and shared purpose. It starts with a hesitation to think independently and all kinds of being uncomfortable with authentic learning experiences.

"This is the part of teaching we don’t always see (because you can palpably feel how non-magical it is). And that’s exactly why we wanted to bring it to you: The First Days Series. We wanted to remind all you hardworking teachers out there that the good stuff is born from the tough stuff. We wanted to reassure you that everyone starts over every year, and it’s not easy for any of us. We wanted to open the door on these earliest days of learning in recognition of all the imperfection we often feel and rarely talk about."

 

Jim Lerman's insight:

 

Great series of videos for the first weeks of school, for newbies and experienced teachers alike, from The Teaching Channel.

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Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts - ReadWriteThink

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"Educators in many disciplines may be interested in Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts, a strategy guide from ReadWriteThink. Constructing a logical and well-supported argument is one of the fundamental skills needed to write a successful paper and it is something that many students struggle with when learning how to write. This strategy guide is intended for use with students in grades 6-12, but instructors and teaching assistants at the undergraduate level may also find helpful teaching tips here. It includes multiple suggestions for explaining the difference between argument and persuasion, as well as downloadable handouts, links to sample essays for illustration, and links to related ReadWriteThink resources. This strategy guide was published by the National Council of Teachers of English and authored by Scott Filkins, a high school English and math teacher in Champaign, Illinois."

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Learn how to Study Using... Retrieval Practice —

Learn how to Study Using... Retrieval Practice — | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The purpose of today’s post is to give students a resource to help them take charge of their own learning. We’re going to do a series of these over the next few weeks; today’s post is about retrieval practice – a useful method for studying any material."

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Share Your Science: Blogging for Magazines, Newspapers and More

Share Your Science: Blogging for Magazines, Newspapers and More | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Scientific American and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University have launched a free, 5-episode, online series aimed at helping scientists and engineers write blogs and op-eds for magazines, newspapers and other news outlets.

Presented in partnership with The Kavli Foundation, this live-streamed series was launched on October 13, 2017 by actor and science communication advocate Alan Alda and Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina. Alda shared his personal successes using improvisational theater exercises to build empathy and connection, while DiChristina shed light on the kind of stories Scientific American readers are craving."


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30 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling

30 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Digital Storytelling is the process of telling a story through digital means. Also, it happens to be one the easiest ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Educators can use digital storytelling with almost any subject and can even "flip" their classroom by using mobile apps. Below is my comprehensive list of sites/apps that can be used for digital storytelling.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Twine - Write Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stories :: Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Twine - Write Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stories :: Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Twine is an open-source program for writing choose your own adventure stories. You can use Twine online or you can download the software for Mac or Windows. I used Twine online to create a short story.
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What Teachers Are Doing to Pay Their Bills - The New York Times

What Teachers Are Doing to Pay Their Bills - The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Some teachers devote 60 hours a week to the classroom, then go to work elsewhere. The hours can be long, the labor physical, the pay close to minimum wage. Teachers across the country are now baristas, Amazon warehouse employees, movie-theater managers and fast-food grill cooks. They’re entering the gig economy in off hours and struggling to stay awake during school days. Here are some of the things they do, the 16 percent of American teachers who have second jobs, to make ends meet.
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Show Us Your Generation: A Photo Contest for Teenagers - The New York Times

Show Us Your Generation: A Photo Contest for Teenagers - The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
"Our first contest of the year invites students to take photographs that depict some aspect of teenage life that they think adults may misunderstand, ignore or simply not know about, and, in a short artist’s statement, tell us why. We hope to be able to use some of the winning work in the print Learning section out in November.

 

"Do we have a lesson plan to help? Of course! It focuses on media literacy, asking students to study representations of their generation in the news, in advertising and on social media. 

 

"We have a media-literacy-focused lesson plan that can help, and which is full of links to inspiring photographs and photo essays by and about teenagers that can serve as models. (See Part IV.) The lesson plan also has a whole list of questions that might help you hone your subject. (See Part III.) And for even more inspiration, you can watch the video at the top of this post, about how three talented young photographers document their worlds."

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10 ways to get the writing juices flowing

10 ways to get the writing juices flowing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Writing projects can be like children.You love them dearly, but sometimes they irritate you and you need a break.

Working on something fresh can invigorate your mind and give you a new approach to your work. These exercises can work for fiction and nonfiction alike:"

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TCEA Responds: Beginner's Guide to Classroom iPads

TCEA Responds: Beginner's Guide to Classroom iPads | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Before the school year ended, I found out the district’s foundation had awarded a grant to my classroom. Our proposal included a set of twelve iPads. No training or apps were approved. Since I’ve never used iPads before or attended any training, what ideas do you have for how I might better use iPads in my second grade classroom? The grant proposal said iPads would be used to support testing. I know iPads can do much more. iPads will arrive in September. What could I do to get ready for their arrival? Any help would be welcome.

-Irma

"Dear Irma:
What a wonderful opportunity you have for enhancing your classroom’s teaching and learning environment. iPads are powerful enablers. While you can use them for testing, they can also amplify student voices and their creativity. As you look forward, I urge you to consider your iPads as more than diagnostic tools. In this response, I’ll share what steps I would take were I in your situation. My perspective is informed from overseeing a one-to-one iPad deployment in elementary and middle school classrooms as a district technology director."   -more-

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5 Types of Stories Students Can Tell With Digital Maps

5 Types of Stories Students Can Tell With Digital Maps | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
When most teachers hear or read about Google Maps, Google Earth, ESRI, and other digital mapping tools they tend to think about socia

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12 Great Digital Storytelling Apps for Young Learners

12 Great Digital Storytelling Apps for Young Learners | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Cal Fussman: The Art of Emotionally Resonant Storytelling »

Cal Fussman: The Art of Emotionally Resonant Storytelling » | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Life can be a long, complicated series of events for everyone, and that’s been especially true for Cal Fussman. His journey has taken him to exotic places, seen him talk to extraordinary people, and helped him understand humanity a little better. He shares his adventures and insights about how we view and share information, storytelling, and much more."


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How To Build Community In The Classroom: Sharing Stories

How To Build Community In The Classroom: Sharing Stories | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How can students get more out of group work throughout the course of the year? By getting to know their group members better. Here's a great community builder to use at the start of the school year.
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