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12 Tech Tools That Will Transform The Way You Teach! | Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

12 Tech Tools That Will Transform The Way You Teach! | Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Although many teachers are interested in and excited about technology integration, they are too busy to explore all the new technology tools available online. This blog post is dedicated to all of the overworked teachers who just don’t have the time to seek out this information. I have provided brief explanations, links to and pictures of the tools mentioned by Simple K12 (and a couple of my favorites). I hope this makes it more manageable for teachers to pick and choose which tools they want to use.

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Student Challenge | Connect What You’re Studying in School With the World Today :: New York Times

Student Challenge | Connect What You’re Studying in School With the World Today :: New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
1. Choose some piece of academic content: something you’ve been reading, discussing or learning about in school. It may be a work of literature, an event in history, a concept in civics, a phenomenon in science or something else entirely. It can be as small as a single haiku or as large as a world-changing event like the Industrial Revolution.

2. Find something published in The New York Times anytime in 2017 or 2018 that you think connects to your chosen subject in some interesting, meaningful way, and explain how.

You might think about the questions we raised above: What relevance does your academic content have to our world today? What does it have to do with your life and the lives of those around you? What parallels do you see between it and something happening in our culture or the news? What lessons does it offer for us today?
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New Professional Communication Skills Curriculum

New Professional Communication Skills Curriculum | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
If you are working with higher level learners who are looking to develop professional speaking skills, the new LMI PCSL curriculum published by the US State Department is an excellent place to start. The curriculum has a variety of lessons and materials that cover seven different units: Professional Introductions, Conferences as Professional Development, Conference Abstracts, PowerPoint™ for Conferences, Public Speaking and Oral Presentations, Communication for Conferences, and Pronunciation.
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The Art of Being Alone: May Sarton’s Stunning 1938 Ode to Solitude

The Art of Being Alone: May Sarton’s Stunning 1938 Ode to Solitude | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“The best things in life happen to you when you’re alone,” artist Agnes Martin reflected in her final years. “Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought!” wrote the founding father of neuroscience in his advice to young scientists. The poet Elizabeth Bishop believed that everyone should experience at least one prolonged period of solitude in life. For in true solitude, as Wendell Berry so memorably observed, “one’s inner voices become audible [and] in consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives” — an intuitive understanding of what psychologists have since found: that “fertile solitude” is the basic unit of a full and contented life.

But in the neutral state of aloneness, the psychoemotional line between solitude and loneliness can be as thin as a razor’s edge and as lacerating to the soul. How to draw it skillfully in orienting ourselves to the world, exterior and interior, is what poet, novelist, and memoirist May Sarton (May 3, 1912–July 16, 1995) explores in a beautiful poem she penned ten days after her twenty-sixth birthday, decades before she came to contemplate solitude in stunning prose. Originally titled “Considerations,” the poem was slightly revised and published the following year as “Canticle 6” in Sarton’s second poetry collection, the altogether sublime Inner Landscape (public library).
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 4, 2:03 PM

I find this so true. I also have read there should be an equal balance between the time spen with others and the time spent alone. Aloneness is not the same thing as lonely.

nukem777's curator insight, December 7, 10:17 AM
Most definitely a lost art in a connected Age
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Data Storytelling -- Clarifying What It Is, What It's Not + How To Do It

Data Storytelling -- Clarifying What It Is, What It's Not + How To Do It | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"First, data visualization is not data storytelling. On that we agree. Data visualization, whether simple or complex, helps us make sense of data, but rarely generates insights that stimulate action."


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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 30, 7:46 PM

Here's a piece from Gartner that makes some good points about data storytelling. 

 

But a lot of the author's points need a bit more clarification. I began to write a review, and it turned into a blog post. The link to the Gartner article is at the top of the post.

 

Here are the pieces I clarify:

  1. What data storytelling is and is not
  2. The role of data visualization
  3. The biggest mistake technology leaders make when attempting a data story
  4. How to craft a data story
  5. The second biggest mistake you'll make
  6. And the distinction between data biases and a storyteller's point of view

 

Read my blog and then the article so you get the whole picture. Let's whip those data stories into shape to maximize your influence and impact.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 1, 12:53 PM

Here's a piece from Gartner that makes some good points about data storytelling. 

 

But a lot of the author's points need a bit more clarification. I began to write a review, and it turned into a blog post. The link to the Gartner article is at the top of the post.

 

Here are the pieces I clarify:

  1. What data storytelling is and is not
  2. The role of data visualization
  3. The biggest mistake technology leaders make when attempting a data story
  4. How to craft a data story
  5. The second biggest mistake you'll make
  6. And the distinction between data biases and a storyteller's point of view

 

Read my blog and then the article so you get the whole picture. Let's whip those data stories into shape to maximize your influence and impact.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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The Future of Storytelling and the Influence Of Data

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The Future of StoryTelling Summit presented the perfect opportunity to showcase Power BI’s storytelling prowess. Of course, our team also learned some valuable lessons related to data-driven storytelling, and we’re excited to share these insights to strengthen your storytelling skills.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 1, 7:25 PM

Whenever someone talks to me about the future of storytelling, I'm always expecting innovations in crafting or telling business stories.

 

I'm usually disappointed, because what they are really talking about are innovations in tools, applications, processes, or access. The same is true for this post -- and maybe this conference.

 

Basic storytelling skills that haven't changed in millennia are discussed here. The innovation that is good to know about is a tool from Microsoft -- Power BI. This is a data visualization tool that will help certain business storytellers.

 

But let's be clear -- data visualization is not data storytelling. A tool like Power BI can help you find the story. It still requires solid storytelling crafting skills to make it mean something, and to build influence.

 

So enjoy learning about the tool. Follow the advice for story crafting that's included -- just don't think it's anything new :)

 

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

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New Platform Helps Students Make Structured Arguments

New Platform Helps Students Make Structured Arguments | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In spite of the discouraging aesthetics the platform, ThinkCERCA is full of substance. The potential for it to help students of various reading and writing levels cannot be denied. However, using the platform daily is sure to reduce the novelty and creativity needed to foster great writing.
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Writing Flashbacks: How To Make Them Work In Fiction

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Writing flashbacks badly can stunt the flow of your story, lose a reader’s interest, create confusion and ruin your book. Here's how to write them well.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 30, 12:53 PM
If you write stories and use flashbacks to explain things, this article is a must read for you. The explanation and examples given are excellent, and will give you a clear picture of why and how flashbacks can be used correctly.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
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Theme in Language Arts

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When my students do a Hexagonal Learning activity, one of the groups of hexagons I usually use includes the themes of the story we are discussing.  However, I have always struggled with how to help students identify the themes.  It is difficult for them to discern the difference between theme and main idea.  Yesterday, I found this great free video from BrainPop (no subscription needed to watch this one) that explains “Theme” using Star Wars.  My 4th graders really enjoyed it.  When we finished watching it, they were immediately ready to call out the many themes they observe in Tuck Everlasting.  It was surprisingly easy, resulting in my lesson time being half what I had planned.  Later, I found this great free printable from Minds in Bloom to help reinforce what they have learned about themes for next week’s class. 

 

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Click on headline or image above to go to actual webpage that has several links to valuable resources on this topic of Themes in students' understanding of literature.

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12 Smart Ideas To Grade Essays Faster :: TeachThought

12 Smart Ideas To Grade Essays Faster :: TeachThought | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Does grading a stack of papers feel like shoveling smoke for a weekend? Like the payoff does not equal your effort?

Over the years, I’ve learned strategies to reduce my essay grading time and mental hangover without sacrificing student accountability and the benefits of feedback.

Some of the following strategies will save you days of time every semester. But even if they only save you minutes, that extra time can be used to plan better lessons and remember what your family looks like.

All the recommended tips involve essays submitted on paper. I realize that this is the 21st century, but responding to paper is faster than negotiating digital essays in the cloud."

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Creating Six-Word Memoirs - TechNotes Blog - TCEA

Creating Six-Word Memoirs - TechNotes Blog - TCEA | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Student creation of six-word memoirs can help form powerful connections to learning. Discover some technology resources to help them.

“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn” wrote Ernest Hemingway. This six word memoir‘s brevity hints at a deeper tale. In my fifth grade Writers’ Workshop, helping students focus on one aspect of their lives could be challenging. Memoirs can be powerful when reduced to their essence. Let’s take a look at some ways six-word memoirs might find a place in teaching, learning, and leading.

 

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, November 21, 9:17 AM
Six-word memoirs involve lots of  critical thinking
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Persuasive Writing Lesson – OREO – Opinion Reason Explanation OpinionAustralian Curriculum Lessons

Persuasive Writing Lesson – OREO – Opinion Reason Explanation OpinionAustralian Curriculum Lessons | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Summary: Using an OREO Planner (Yes, like the biscuit), children learn how to create a persuasive writing text. Children have to brainstorm their own OPINION, REASON, EXPLANATION and then revisit their OPINION to persuade their audience.

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The 5 Best Free Digital Magazine Creation Tools for Teachers - eLearning Industry

The 5 Best Free Digital Magazine Creation Tools for Teachers - eLearning Industry | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Check The 5 Best Free Digital Magazine Creation Tools for Teachers and How To Use The 5 Best Free Digital Magazine Creation Tools for Teachers.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 1, 8:06 AM
From simple (Fodey Newspaper Clipping Generator) to more sophisticated (Joomag), these digital magazine creation tools will add an excited twist to writing a report/essay.
Karen Mejia's curator insight, November 29, 2:56 PM
This article mentions the importance of challenging students and to use technology in the classroom encouraging students to create digital magazine and according to their interest and using the L2.   
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Become A Story Genius | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Become A Story Genius | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How I'm using Lisa Cron's book Story Genius to harness brain science when revising my novel to increase the tension.

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Tutor Tips

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"For teachers and tutors of English Language Learners (ELLs) or Adult Basic Education (ABE), the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) offers suggestions for resources and activities through their regularly-updated Tutor Tips blog. While designed specifically for adult learners, many of these activities could also be adapted for certain K-12 classrooms. Each tutor tip includes a purpose, information about preparation time, materials needed, and detailed procedures. Some tips also include suggestions of how to adapt each activity for students with different language levels. Educators can browse past tutor tips by category including beginning ESL, GED, speaking and listening, and vocabulary. In addition, teachers can also sign up to receive tutor tips via email or by an RSS Feed."

 

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Some really excellent resources here, some rare finds. Definitely worth a look!

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Creative Thinking :: Michael Michalko

Creative Thinking :: Michael Michalko | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Michael Michalko unveils the secrets of creative genius and brings life-changing creative techniques within everyone’s reach. His arsenal of powerful creative thinking tools can be used to tackle virtually any type of technical problem and to create new ideas. Without a doubt, his tools are the closest thing there is to a tactical instruction manual for thinking like a genius. His tools will help you approach problems with new vision, and you will discover a world of innovative solutions to everyday, and some not-so-everyday, challenges.

 

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Michalko is indeed one of the leading lights in promotion of creativity. This site offers a tremendous amount of free resources, including a newsletter subscription. I use his books and materials and value them highly. I have no connection with him or his company.


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GradeProof Helps Students Improve Their Papers

GradeProof Helps Students Improve Their Papers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Description by Richard Byrne

 

"GradeProof is a service designed to help students improve their writing. GradeProof lets students either import documents or write documents within the GradeProof editor. Either way that the students use, the next step is the same. GradeProof identifies spelling, grammar, and phrasing errors within a student's writing. GradeProof highlights and color codes the errors that it identifies for students. Students can then click on each highlighted error to see a suggested change. Students can click on each suggested change to immediately implement the change."

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24 of the Best Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

24 of the Best Writing Prompts for Middle School Students | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Looking for a dose of inspiration for your middle school writing workshop? Look no further than our list of best writing prompts for middle school students.

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Amazon’s Online Learning System Adds a Writing Platform

Amazon’s Online Learning System Adds a Writing Platform | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"TenMarks has proven itself as an effective online learning platform for math, and its recent writing addition is sure to be a success as well. Students will have fun with the creative writing exercises it provides, and teachers will be able to keep track of individual students’ writing and classroom trends with ease."

-These two learning platforms are not free.

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Visual Storytelling: Portraits of Learning - TechNotes Blog - TCEA

Visual Storytelling: Portraits of Learning - TechNotes Blog - TCEA | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"While publishing student writing online fundamentally hooks students as writers, as teachers we can take advantage of available tools to make our jobs easier. Just as our students have new digital tools, so do we as their teachers.

"A visual narrative (also visual storytelling) is a story told primarily through the use of visual media. The story may be told using still photography, illustration, or video, and can be enhanced with graphics, music, and voice and other audio. (Source)

 

"While publishing student writing online fundamentally hooks students as writers, as teachers we can take advantage of available tools to make our jobs easier. Just as our students have new digital tools, so do we as their teachers.

 

"Here are some tips for creating short content:

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An Academic Use for Social Media

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You can leverage micro-writing—tweets, Instagram posts, and the like—to help students improve their communication and writing skills.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, September 5, 12:57 AM
Social media in the classroom is a bold step forward.. Teachers need to learn how to use it themselves before it can become a useful tool within the classroom.
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Write About This App

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Write About This is a visual writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. 125 categorized images & 375 text+voice prompts included!

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Want To Be An Extraordinary Writer? Stop Doing Ordinary Things.

Want To Be An Extraordinary Writer? Stop Doing Ordinary Things. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
If you want to be an extraordinary writer you need to do extraordinary things.
You can’t just keep on doing ordinary things and expect yourself to live a remarkable life just like that. If life were like that everybody would be living an amazing fulfilling life, and many of us are not.
Forget fear, forget escaping your comfort zone, forget the right skills and strategies and just do. Jump into the fray and start swinging. Write something, anything, and figure out the rest later.
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Digital Storytelling Wheel for Teachers curated by Educators' Technology

Digital Storytelling Wheel for Teachers curated by Educators' Technology | 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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Kristi Ivan's curator insight, November 21, 10:36 AM
Always good to see new tools for digital storytelling!

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Cambridge English Write & Improve

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Write & Improve is a free service for learners of English to practise their written English. Submit your written work and receive feedback in seconds, covering spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.

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The Neuroscience of Storytelling | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

The Neuroscience of Storytelling | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The best place to find tips, tricks, and hacks about presentations.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, June 13, 4:31 PM
What is it about stories that attracts our attention - and stays in our memories? It's all about survival.