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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Motivate Young Writers with These 15 Community-Driven Tools

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No matter which way you slice it, students are more engaged when the "real world" is the focus of their learning. Getting kids to write for an authentic audience is one of the best ways to make this connection.


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Free Instructional Design Storyboard Template - eLearning Brothers

Free Instructional Design Storyboard Template - eLearning Brothers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

We introduce several new templates each week but this template especially awesome. Take a look at this free Instructional Design Storyboard Template.


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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 425+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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Les Howard's curator insight, December 16, 2015 10:21 AM

Engaging resource

Lihi Telem's curator insight, December 31, 2015 9:23 AM

מערכי שעור בשימוש בסרטים לחטיבה והיסודי

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15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad

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15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad

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Action Story

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Action Story is a free interactive app to improve English comprehension. It allows users to choose the path the character takes. They can create small acts in a story based on clues prompted in the app. They would learn how to structure sentences and meaning of words by indulging in an interactive-story

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The Digital Writing Process

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"Now, with nearly 20 years of middle and high school teaching behind me, I still respect the writing process approach and its benefits. I also recognize that the nature of writing has changed tremendously over those two decades due to the significant influence of digital tools and sources. Of course, today’s composers still must meet the commonly accepted conventions of the genre in which they are engaged, but our visual digital culture creates different demands than did the primarily print text-based world."


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Digital Communication Students's curator insight, December 4, 2015 7:00 AM

"The nature of writing has changed tremendously over those two decades due to the significant influence of digital tools and sources". We completely agree with this phrase. Our way of writing is changing more than we notice. I figure that adults notice this more than young people, because this last group were born with the Internet. Nevertheless, its very important to learn how to write properly, this article provides the tools and the practice we need.

Annenkov's curator insight, December 5, 2015 9:14 AM

Algorythm SOARS:
    Survey
Organize
    Address:
Revise:
    Survey Again:

Akili Nzuri's curator insight, July 24, 2016 3:06 PM

I chose this one because it is important for me to understand how the writing process has become digital, considering how my students learn it through the computer. 

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Writing for Visual Thinkers: Narrative Structures

Writing for Visual Thinkers: Narrative Structures | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In this Graphics.com article, Andrea Marks shows how approaching a visual project from a storytelling perspective can bring a unique richness to the final message.

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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies :: Jennifer Gonzalez

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies :: Jennifer Gonzalez | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
So here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging. If you’ve struggled to find effective ways to develop students’ speaking and listening skills, this is your lucky day.

I’ve separated the strategies into three groups. The first batch contains the higher-prep strategies, formats that require teachers to do some planning or gathering of materials ahead of time. Next come the low-prep strategies, which can be used on the fly when you have a few extra minutes or just want your students to get more active. Note that these are not strict categories; it’s certainly possible to simplify or add more meat to any of these structures and still make them work. The last group is the ongoing strategies. These are smaller techniques that can be integrated with other instructional strategies and don’t really stand alone. For each strategy, you’ll find a list of other names it sometimes goes by, a description of its basic structure, and an explanation of variations that exist, if any. To watch each strategy in action, click on its name and a new window will open with a video that demonstrates it.
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15 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year ::NY Times

15 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year ::NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Happy academic year 2015-16! Here’s what we’ve got on our blog and how you can use it, whether you’re a teacher, a student (of any age) or a parent.

Over the summer we added some new things and tweaked some old. Below you’ll find details about our brand-new Film Club, our revamped News Q’s and Word of the Day features, and the new student contests we’ll be offering this year.

Get our weekly email to keep up with what’s new, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

And remember: The Learning Network and everything we publish, as well as all the content from The Times that we link to, is free and accessible without a digital subscription.
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Ralph Herrera's curator insight, October 18, 2015 2:57 PM

This article attracts collaboration thru a worldwide audience.  Participants respond to a visual and discuss how they view the material.  

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How to Write a Better How-To Article In 10 Easy Steps ^ BlogHer ^ by Elan Morgan

How to Write a Better How-To Article In 10 Easy Steps ^ BlogHer ^ by Elan Morgan | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Trying to follow the instructions in how-tos is not only a test of one's patience but also of one's faith in objective reality, because how-to authors' instructions and examples often miss several steps or seem to bear little relation to the goal you thought the article was supposed to address.

There are a number of reasons that so many how-to articles end up being relatively useless. Sometimes the person writing the how-to is so familiar with the process that they neglect to include the smaller steps in between larger ones. Sometimes the writer assumes her audience knows more than it actually does. And sometimes an author is not actually the expert she claims to be and has just cobbled together a shoddy collage of other how-tos to fulfill the needs of a writing assignment.

No matter what the reasons are for a bad how-to article, though, the pain and suffering caused are real.


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Quite a helpful piece; especially for those who have to do this often. A great writing assignment and it also leads directly to how to make flow charts.

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25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process

25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process ISTE Presentation

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10 Tech Tools for Writers - Publishers Weekly

10 Tech Tools for Writers - Publishers Weekly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Amy Stewart's tricks of the trade: Google Ngram Viewer, Evernote, Ancestry, and more.
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What's Going On in This Picture? :: NY Times Learning Network & Visual Thinking Strategies

What's Going On in This Picture? :: NY Times Learning Network & Visual Thinking Strategies | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about its origins? What can constructing meaning from an image teach you?

That’s what we hope students will figure out together through our new feature, one that focuses on Times photojournalism, visual literacy and critical thinking by asking viewers to think about one interesting photograph a week.

We’ll be working with a program used in schools across the country called Visual Thinking Strategies, choosing the images and experimenting with running a virtual discussion about them on the blog together. Typically, V.T.S. centers on live classroom discussion of works of visual art, so attempting to do something similar online, and with photojournalism instead, will be an experiment for us both.
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Participate learning

Search thousands of expert-vetted educational apps, videos, and websites.

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Language Arts - Lessons to integrate technology

Language Arts - Lessons to integrate technology | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Lessons to integrate technology into your language arts curriculum.

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Mrs. Reinagel's curator insight, December 19, 2015 11:41 AM

Language Arts and Pixie, Wixie, and Share 

Great ideas! #vbanchor

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 28, 2016 9:26 AM

These are great links for planning multi-curriculum education and encouraging creativity and original thought.

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Skills and Strategies | Annotating to Engage, Analyze, Connect and Create :: NY Times Learning Network :: Jeremy Dean & Katherine Schulten

Skills and Strategies | Annotating to Engage, Analyze, Connect and Create :: NY Times Learning Network :: Jeremy Dean & Katherine Schulten | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

“Digital annotation is close reading 2.0. Through the visualization of the process of highlighting and noting words, phrases and sentences, students are forced to keep their thinking and writing “close” to the text and its evidence. And, when done with others, students can create what feels like a social network for close reading — a way of working many find much more engaging than individual analog annotation.”

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“A third option is the free web annotation tool developed by the nonprofit Hypothesis. It shares much of the same functionality as Genius and Diigo — it’s predominantly a browser extension, and it too offers private groups — but unlike the other two, it is both open source and, like the web itself, based on open standards. It also has an education department focused on supporting teachers and students using the service.”

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Start Writing Fiction - The Open University

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Start Writing Fiction focuses on a skill which is central to the writing of all stories and novels – creating characters.

You will listen to established writers, such as Louis de Bernières, Patricia Duncker, Alex Garland, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tim Pears, Michèle Roberts and Monique Roffey, talk about how they started writing. You’ll consider the rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal.

You’ll learn how to develop your ideas and the importance of reflecting on writing and editing, and you’ll hear other writers talking about their approaches to research and consider ways of turning events into a plot.

You’ll also have the opportunity to review and comment on the work of fellow writers, and receive peer feedback on your own story, learning the importance of reading as a writer and how to receive and respond to feedback.
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17 apps and web tools to help you write a better research paper - Daily Genius

17 apps and web tools to help you write a better research paper - Daily Genius | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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Any college student eventually comes up against that academic kryptonite: the dreaded research paper. Most students consider it a necessary evil, but research papers are actually a very effective way to hone research and writing skills. These are important things to have in any profession, especially if you are into science, and it does help your personal development.

Editor’s note: Antonio helps you walk through each step of the research paper process – links to the 17 apps and web tools are highlighted within each step.

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AustenyWoolf's curator insight, December 4, 2015 1:58 PM

#Escribir #Herramientas #Tecnología

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How To Add Rigor To Anything :: Teach Thought :: Terry Heick

How To Add Rigor To Anything :: Teach Thought :: Terry Heick | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Several common classroom tasks are inherently rigorous, including reading idea-dense literature, taking notes, and using the writing process itself, but these are rarely engaging, and don’t always fit with a given academic standard or task. But the following 10 strategies can be used to add rigor to almost anything.
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Meet the Class of 2015 National Student Poets | Educator Innovator

Meet the Class of 2015 National Student Poets | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
On behalf of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, we are pleased to announce Chasity Hale, De’John Hardges, Eileen Huang, Anna Lance, and David Xiang as the Class of 2015 National Student Poets. The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for young poets who represent some of the best young writers today.
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The 2015 Global Cardboard Challenge ::Educator Innovator

The 2015 Global Cardboard Challenge ::Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
ANNOUNCING THE 2015 GLOBAL CARDBOARD CHALLENGE!


"The Imagination Foundation’s 4th Annual Global Cardboard Challenge, inspired by ‘Caine’s Arcade,’ has officially launched! Invite kids in your community to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination. And mark your calendars for October 10, 2015 to celebrate a day of play with participants all over the world.

The Global Cardboard Challenge was recently named Champion in the LEGO and Ashoka challenge to “Re-imagine Learning.” It’s a simple yet powerful way to foster 21st-century skills in children using basic materials and Creative Play. See the LEGO video and get inspired!

Last year, over 125,000 participants in 46 countries joined the challenge including Chile, Hungary, Kenya, Indonesia, and Pakistan. You can help engage kids all over the world in Creative Play by registering your Cardboard Challenge at cardboardchallenge.com and receive helpful resources and updates. And please share this opportunity with other outstanding parents, teachers, makers, and dreamers."

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How to Tell Stories with Numbers

How to Tell Stories with Numbers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
A guide to using the techniques of data mining and data journalism to create compelling, original content in the form of data visualizations


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Quite a valuable primer for how to locate, manage, display, and understand data. Lots of excellent links. Do not miss this.


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Carlos Silva's curator insight, September 16, 2015 10:40 AM

añada su visión ...

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 16, 2015 1:20 PM

#BigData #Numbers #Analytics #ContentMarketing

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, September 16, 2015 2:04 PM

Unless the data tells a story, no one cares.

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Teaching literature with Raspberry Pi - Raspberry Pi

Teaching literature with Raspberry Pi - Raspberry Pi | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Last week, checking out posts people had made on our Facebook page and the projects they were telling us about, one in particular caught my attention. Sarah Roman, a high school English teacher from New Jersey, had written:

Our English class is going to be using the Raspberry Pi in order to build book-based video games, incorporating Scratch, Sonic Pi, and Python. The students are incredibly excited […]

There was a link to an Indiegogo campaign; we love to see Raspberry Pi used creatively outside of computing lessons, so I clicked on it. A minute of video opened with the title “English Classroom”, but it didn’t look like my high school English lessons. Students work around computers, ignoring the camera as they concentrate intently on… wait, is that Minecraft?
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Story Starters for Kids

According to The Story Starter, Jr., "The movie star was crying on the mountain top." #edtech #writing #teachers
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