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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Reading, Writing, and Rolling At Jefferson Elementary - wnep.com

Reading, Writing, and Rolling At Jefferson Elementary - wnep.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP -- This week was the start of a new school year for many in Lackawanna County and for a group of students at Jefferson Elementary School, there's something new: instead of sittin...
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A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers

A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Everyone tells stories: journalists, politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs. Conveying information in a coherent and compelling way is vital to success in the real world, and it’s our job as educators to prepare our students to share their ideas in effective ways.The emphasis is on empowering st

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 8, 2015 1:31 AM

A useful guide.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 2, 2015 8:36 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

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Teaching 'Mockingbird,' 'Watchman' and Harper Lee With The New York Times

Teaching 'Mockingbird,' 'Watchman' and Harper Lee With The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Whether you plan to teach “Watchman” or not, recent events in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore, South Carolina and elsewhere make Harper Lee’s themes more relevant than ever. And the discovery of the novel, as well as the suggestion that it was an early draft of “Mockingbird,” make it a fascinating study in authorial intent and revision. As Ross Brenneman writes in Education Week, “Everything about this book is a gold mine for English teachers.”

Below are six ideas for teaching “Mockingbird” today, as well as many, many resources, new and old, for connecting Harper Lee and her work to the world around us.
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Home - Scrivener: How To

Home - Scrivener: How To | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
SCRIVENER Learn how to use your writing software quickly and easily Here's some help to get you started See why I highly recommend Scrivener for your writing Watch a 15 minute video showing the basics of how to use Scrivener software, including how to save yourself time and money by creating and publishing your own Read More ...

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5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi

5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The research is clear: knowledge of words is knowledge of the world.

So what does this mean for us as educators? If we want students to access increasingly complex grade level text, we must Increase student vocabulary, knowledge, and capacity. We’ve highlighted five tools below that are a means to that end.


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Outstanding article that highlights 5 excellent digital tools to enhance students' literacy development.

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Announcing Our 2015-16 Student Contest Calendar ^ NY Times ^ by Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten

Announcing Our 2015-16 Student Contest Calendar ^ NY Times ^ by Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This year we’re bringing back our popular annual editorial, vocabulary, poetry, rap and summer reading contests, but we’re also adding two new contests to the roster.

In the first, which we’ll announce in mid-September, students will be invited to create editorial cartoons. In the second, which we’ll run beginning in mid-October, students will be challenged to write reviews — whether of books, video games, concerts, restaurants or anything else The Times covers.
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, August 29, 2015 10:49 AM

These contests provide awesome, challenging, authentic writing opportunities for students.

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Literacy Practice in the Real World: Students Annotating the Web | Educator Innovator

Literacy Practice in the Real World: Students Annotating the Web | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"In this recent webinar, Educator Innovator partner, hypothes.is, convened a group of educators and scholars who focused on the history of social writing and annotation practices more broadly and considered the possibilities for collaborative student annotation on the web and in today’s classroom."

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Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Writing Tools ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli & Natalie Franzi

Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Writing Tools ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli & Natalie Franzi | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Common Core English Language Arts Standards for Writing focus on building college and career readiness by having students demonstrate the ability to write in a variety of formats. As educators, we need to facilitate authentic experiences for students to practice and take risks during the writing process.

With that in mind, we’re going to discuss several valuable digital tools to help teachers create a more engaging and dynamic writing classroom for students to meet the rigorous demands of the Common Core.


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Excellent list of strong digital resources; each with a helpful and informative description.

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Ten Tools for Reading Film ^ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Advisor

Ten Tools for Reading Film ^ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Advisor | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Ten Tools were designed to provide teachers with a ‘route’ into the exploration of film and moving image in the classroom. They were assembled especially with inexperienced or beginner teachers in mind, and there is a deliberate attempt to avoid technical jargon wherever possible. They are not prescriptive, but rather should be used selectively and in combinations to suit the teacher and the learners. Each of the Ten Tools is accompanied by a list of potential discussion questions and typical activities. With practice, the teacher should come to know which of them will work best with any particular film text.


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Excellent guide to help teachers.

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A New Literacy: Making Connections in Electronic Environments - YouTube

"This introduction video is an overview of a discussion about communication through electronic media. It explores and discusses internet communication, text messaging, social networks, and other electronic media: some of their uses, some myths created around them, and some ideas about how they can be used. Some of the video is based on the works of Dr. David Crystal, professor of linguistics and author. "


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A succinct summation of the changed communication/information environment in which we live. Nicely done, although a bit Ango-centric.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 12, 2015 9:01 AM

An interesting little video to spark discussion at a faculty meeting at the beginning of the year. Maybe we assauge the fears of those we are still reluctant because of their own discomfort with the medium.

 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Benefits of Using a Hashtag for Events

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Benefits of Using a Hashtag for Events | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"At our recent NYC Schools Technology Summit, many participants were using our hashtag #NYCSchoolsTech in Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites for the first time. Doing so enabled them to discover the following benefits of placing a simple "#" before a carefully chosen descriptor of "NYCSchoolsTech." 
-Being in touch with the buzz that was being generated via the attendees.
-Enabling attendees to have conversation with a network of people who shared interests about what they were seeing and hearing.
-Providing participants with an additional level of excitement both at the actual event and in the online community.  
-Serving as a tool to capture and memorize the day right from those in attendance. 
-Bringing a community together and strengthening relationships."

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Writing Competitions | Poetry Competition | Flash Fiction | Short Story | Bare Fiction Prize

Writing Competitions | Poetry Competition | Flash Fiction | Short Story | Bare Fiction Prize | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Bare Fiction Prize 2015 for Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story. 1st prize of £500 in each category. Judges Jo Bell (poetry), Richard Skinner (flash fiction), Paul McVeigh (short story).
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Writing Through Protest: 12 Influential Black Writers Share Why Their Work Is ... - Mic

Writing Through Protest: 12 Influential Black Writers Share Why Their Work Is ... - Mic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
It's not easy, but necessary.
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The Everything Guide to 3-D Printing Your Life ^ New York Magazine

The Everything Guide to 3-D Printing Your Life ^ New York Magazine | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Emma Whitford, Jason Feifer, & Lauren Schwartzberg


"One of the perks of three-dimensional printing is objects custom-produced just for you: insoles tailored to your bunions, earbuds that manage to stay in your ears, necklaces that replicate an heirloom lost on the Titanic. The appeal of such personalized — yet affordable and speedily available — products is one reason the 3-D-print market is projected to be worth $16.2 billion by 2018. The Brooklyn-based 3-D brand MakerBot just opened a 17,000-square-foot manufacturing center at Industry City. And New York is suddenly hopping with stores and makers that specialize in 3-D-printed fashion, objets, and items that are actually useful, along with classes to teach you how to operate a 3-D printer of your own and spit out a pair of bespoke bike pedals or one-of-a-kind lipstick from your living room."

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Mediabreaker: remix tool to foster the next generation of Jon Stewarts

Mediabreaker: remix tool to foster the next generation of Jon Stewarts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The question of who makes the media matters, in part because all of us are limited by our own experiences. I have only ever experienced the world as a white woman, and that is a different experience than if I were African-American or male, which barely scratches the surface when it comes to all the things I am not and will never be. So when the controls of a mass media corporation roll up to a group of people who all look the same, can we be surprised by a lack of variety in media narratives? How can mainstream media be expected to innovate in an atmosphere of sameness?

Fortunately, there are more efforts now to bring traditionally marginalized communities into the fields of media and technology. Nonprofits abound which focus in getting girls, low-income youth or people of color into coding, robotics and various STEM fields. Diversifying voices in media is a step in diversifying media content, but it is only that – one step. As Sonia Livingstone, professor at the London School of Economics, said in a 2014 report, “Coding is a great idea but it’s not enough. Decoding today’s media - to recognise misleading and exploitative content, to appreciate what is available and to grasp the emerging opportunities - doesn’t come automatically or naturally. This is a time to strengthen media education.” If we can’t teach people to identify misinformation or stereotypes and demand better from media, then the same forces that have contributed to our current lack of diversity will keep their stranglehold on power and popular narrative. Harmful media messaging must be called out for it to end, and the producers behind that content need to understand that it’s no longer acceptable.
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Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Writing Tools ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli & Natalie Franzi

Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Writing Tools ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli & Natalie Franzi | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Franzi and Figurelli detail ways to use five digital tools that promote authentic writing experiences for students."


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Franzi and Figurelli describe the 5 tools in another outstanding piece of work. Well worth investigating.

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Introducing Film Club: A New Teaching and Discussion Forum About Short Times Documentaries ^ NY Times ^ by Katherine Schulten and Michael Gonchar

Introducing Film Club: A New Teaching and Discussion Forum About Short Times Documentaries ^ NY Times ^ by Katherine Schulten and Michael Gonchar | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
At least two Fridays a month this school year, we’ll be posting films we think will inspire powerful conversations — and then inviting teenagers and teachers from around the world to have those conversations here, on the blog.
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What digital storytelling is and is not ^ Langwitches ^ by Sylvia Tolisano

What digital storytelling is and is not ^ Langwitches ^ by Sylvia Tolisano | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation

16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring websites and apps for making videos and animations. Teachers know that video making is a tried and true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These apps and sites feature user-friendly tools and features...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Maite Goñi, juandoming, Timo Ilomäki, Maria Margarida Correia, ANTINO
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Marc Morrell's curator insight, September 10, 2015 2:15 PM

Good list!

Lisa Murray's curator insight, October 4, 2015 6:48 PM

Get creative with your videos and animations. Is the world asking for what you know? #nurtureyourideasintolife #creativitylab

César's curator insight, November 20, 2015 7:07 AM

16 Herramientas para hacer vídeos y animaciones

#flippedclassroom #video #animacion #animation #app #website 

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Tech Ed Resources--Organize Your Class ^ Ask a Tech Teacher ^ by Jacqui Murray

Tech Ed Resources--Organize Your Class ^ Ask a Tech Teacher ^ by Jacqui Murray | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Do you wonder how to set up an effective, exciting, motivating classroom to teach tech? It’s not difficult–but there are steps you must take that are different from a grade-level or subject-specific classroom. Watch these videos at the start of school and often throughout the year to understand how to integrate tech into your classes and how to help students use tech to get the most from their education adventure. Webinars included:

Set up your tech class
How to create a class internet start page–and why
How to teach a tech lesson
6 topics to teach in every lesson     
How to talk to stakeholders about tech
Keyboarding in 45 minutes a week
Problem solving (that’s tech problems)
Presentation Boards (tech problem solving, tech vocabulary, and Google Earth)
Digital note taking in the classroom
Digital citizenship
Blogging in the classroom
Differentiation with tech
Grading technology
Class exit tickets
Class warm-ups
Flipped classroom
Backchannels
Digital portfolios
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Seven Basic Plots ^ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Advisor

Seven Basic Plots ^ Bill Boyd - The Literacy Advisor | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Seven Basic Plots come from Christopher Booker’s book of that title, in which he argues that every successful narrative ever written is based on a version of one or more of these seven plots. I have summarised them here for ease of reference and converted the summary to PDF format to allow for easy download. The two pages can easily be enlarged or made into a poster for display on your classroom wall.The Seven Plots
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7 Storytelling Techniques Used by the Most Inspiring TED Presenters

7 Storytelling Techniques Used by the Most Inspiring TED Presenters | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A guide to giving inspirational presentations and talks, based on tried-and-true effective storytelling techniques used by the most influential speakers in the
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Ian Berry's curator insight, August 12, 2015 6:56 PM

Great insights and examples. Story-sharing a key to success in the new world of work

Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 31, 2015 3:06 AM

Some useful tips on giving a memorable presentation.