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Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future :: John Spencer

Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future :: John Spencer | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

"When people talk about the future of learning, they often mention technology and engineering. Things like Sphero balls and Arduino sets and coding projects. While I love the emphasis on STEM and STEAM, I can’t help but wonder if maybe we miss out on the power of journalism because it isn’t shiny and new.

"However, if you ask people what type of technology skills students will need in the future, you’ll hear things like digital citizenship, media literacy, and creative thinking. Unfortunately, schools tend to teach these topics in isolation, as if they exist in separate little buckets.


"But journalism takes the buckets and mixes them all together. Here, these ideas overlap constantly."


Via Jim Lerman
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

In today's political climate one might underestimate the power and the importance of the media, but every day we are influenced by one journalistic voice or another. Journalism is changing for many reasons. It's import isn't likely to decrease though what it offers the world may continue to evolve.

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7 hacks to improve your essay writing

7 hacks to improve your essay writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
7 hacks to improve your essay writing. consider making an elevator pitch style of what you want to write and why your readers should read it.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I love the suggestion of reviewing past work: see what you did well, see what you needed to work on. Have you improved on those elements? Do you still need to do some fine tuning? Have you gotten sufficient feedforward perspective so you really know how to continue to refine and improve your writing? If not, get some help from a writing service, tutor, or individual you trust (which might not be the university writing center). BTW, there are no true "hacks" to improving your writing. It's practice and having a thoughtful approach to your work and your purpose for writing.

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Visualising Process Writing | TEFL Matters

Visualising Process Writing | TEFL Matters | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
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I appreciate that the process doesn't suggest a simple straight line from start to finish. This is valuable for native speakers as well as non-native speakers.

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Some of The Best Writing Guides to Help Students Improve Their Writing Style

Some of The Best Writing Guides to Help Students Improve Their Writing Style | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Because good writing matters, as does knowing the difference between words like "shear" and "sheer," an error recently found in a prominent newspaper.

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7 Great Ways to Encourage Your Grade-Schooler’s Writing

7 Great Ways to Encourage Your Grade-Schooler’s Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Does your child struggle with writing? From Journal Jars to scrapbooks, here are creative and fun ways to encourage her to write!
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LOVE these ideas!!

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Blogging as a form of Digital Scholarship

Blogging as a form of Digital Scholarship | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Blogging as a scholarly pursuit still seems to be suspect. I readily acknowledge that many blogs are not scholarly but means for many of us to share our thoughts as well as our learning and research with others. I think we prefer blogging to the rigor of a submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Even so, if scholars have reasonable parameters and expectations similar to a journal publication (citations, professionalism, etc.), I see no reason that writing a blog could not be a scholarly publication and resource.

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If you communicate largely through the written word, then please practice your writing skills

If you communicate largely through the written word, then please practice your writing skills | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

To be a functional adult in any society, you need to communicate. To function like a normal person, you need to communicate your thoughts effectively.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Writing practice. Yes. Absolutely. Also become more familiar with grammar rules. Don't depend on Grammarly or any online resource to give you the best advice or most accurate corrections. When one of the tools suggests an error, look it up to make sure you understand the root of the error and can clarify the situation(s) in which that error tends to occur. You will find Grammarly or any other online grammar checker is not always correct.

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4 Ways To Hone Your Writing Skills

4 Ways To Hone Your Writing Skills | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
You know who your audience is, you’ve been writing for them for a few years now, and yet your writing feels off.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

These are good recommendations whether you're certain you know your audience or just finding one.

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, November 7, 2017 11:30 PM
The aspect of knowing your audience is better than taking a scatter gun approach to your writing~
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Improve Your Writing Skills with these Five Tips - TechSling Weblog

Improve Your Writing Skills with these Five Tips - TechSling Weblog | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Read the article to improve your writing skills with a proper planning, spending less time on tasks, developing your personal …
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Some pretty good advice here if you're struggling to find your writing mojo.

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On Living, and Thinking, in Two Languages at Once

On Living, and Thinking, in Two Languages at Once | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
People ask me whether I think in French or in English now that I've lived in the US a while. I lie when I answer this. I say it depends on what I'm thinking
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Beautiful insight into how we think--or think we think--about language and how it works in our heads and the processes by which we write. Bien!

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How to Deal with Student Grammar Errors

How to Deal with Student Grammar Errors | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Teaching grammar in isolation is not only ineffective, it can actually make student writing worse. So when students make mistakes, what should teachers do?
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Read this carefully. Pay close attention. Do this, even if you are not an English or ELA teacher. Those first two suggestions can work very easily for any content teacher, especially when you have students read texts within the discipline. It's important for students to observe and then practice the different ways of writing. Note that handling the grammar errors of educators and other professionals is a very different thing.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 31, 2017 1:05 AM
The first suggestion is to give students time to read and write. Have quick lessons at hand when necessary. This is where digital tools can be effective i.e. Youtube, a handout folder, etc. Teach students one-on-one as is necesary.
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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
From some of the experts in our midst comes a host of powerful and effective writing exercises that will get students thinking critically and creatively.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for different grade levels. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.

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Penelope's curator insight, March 10, 2017 2:35 AM
I love these suggestions for writing exercises! These are super for students, but will work equally well for writers of all ages.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 28, 2017 11:51 AM
Scripts have to be written~ There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for your production project in mind. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 2017 8:45 PM
I wish I had known about these when I taught. I used some of them i.e. visual prompts and describing something in a 100 words.

Morning writing would have been a great idea. Students could have walked in and written about was happening in their lives.
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401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Scroll through this list of questions that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand.
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We need to inspire ALL students (K through post-grad) to think critically about why they believe what they believe rather than simply parrot what they hear from others. To think critically to figure out why they believe what they believe, they need to learn how to research and they need to learn how to read objectively. Then they need to learn how to write objectively, coherently, and yet with a clear position or opinion or with an intent to persuade. None of that is easy, but all of that is important.

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Brain Waves Instruction

Brain Waves Instruction | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
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Some great strategies and activities for teaching persuasive writing. These are geared towards elementary school, but easily adapted for other grades.

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Things Not to Include in an Interview Thank You Letter

Things Not to Include in an Interview Thank You Letter | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
10 things not to include when you are writing a thank you letter or email message for a job interview, plus writing tip.
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Great suggestions for all interviewees at all levels.

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Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Journalism—the first rough draft of history—reinforces information gathering, effective writing skills, and audience engagement.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Good journalism is an increasing imperative. Good *objective* journalism is even more imperative in this era of fake news and truth decay.

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Classroom Management: Reasons to Peer Edit

Classroom Management: Reasons to Peer Edit | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
5 classroom management reasons why it’s crucial that students learn how to peer edit.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I like the idea of peer editing, but I also know that students are often terrible at it. My recommendation is that you start slowly and make sure you have a strong rubric so students know expectations and that writing "Good job!" is not sufficient. If students are not confident or good at spelling or mechanics themselves, they should have guidelines for marking what they think could be wrong or need revision. I have more substantial thoughts on this, but will explore those in a blog post. More to come.

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Writing Skills: Getting Your Written Message Across Clearly

Writing Skills: Getting Your Written Message Across Clearly | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Learn about composition, style, common errors, and proofreading, so that you can become a better writer.
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Think. About. Your. Audience. I've written those rambling emails that make perfect sense to me but leave my readers scratching their heads. Sometimes my brain works too fast so I have to get ideas written down. THEN, I review the email to try to make sense of it for my readers--I try to read it from their perspectives, editing for clarity and purpose.

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4 Types of Business Writing [And When to Use Them]

4 Types of Business Writing [And When to Use Them] | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Learn to master the four types of business writing. Understanding when to use each will help you when making decisions about your document choice and goal.
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In writing it is imperative the writer understand the intended audience and write accordingly. The writing product is for the audience, not the writer.

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Writing in the Cracks of Life – The Writing Cooperative

Writing in the Cracks of Life – The Writing Cooperative | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Everyone gets 24 hours, 1440, minutes, and 86,400 seconds per day. No amount of hustle, worry, experimentation, or time travel can change these numbers. 


Via Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Love the phrase and the imagery "cracks of life." Write on.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 7, 2017 7:10 PM
Leonard Cohen wrote that light comes in through cracks.
Penelope's curator insight, November 8, 2017 12:54 AM
Love the metaphor "cracks of life." Once you read this, you'll be searching for those unplugged cracks all over the place! Find them and write on!

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

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How to Integrate Writing Into Your Engineering Lessons

How to Integrate Writing Into Your Engineering Lessons | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Writing and engineering make a great pair! Learn how we make it easy to integrate creative and formal writing into your STEM lessons.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Good written communication skills are important for most work. I remember engineers tell me they were good with numbers, but not good with words. And yet they could explain complex ideas to me so I could put them in writing. It wasn't that they weren't good with words, they just weren't patient enough to do the writing.

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Why You Should Start Classroom Blogging (and How to Do It)

Why You Should Start Classroom Blogging (and How to Do It) | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
You want some reasons to begin blogging in the classroom? No problem, we've got a ton in this article. Here's all you need to start classroom blogging.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Lots of good resources for starting a classroom blog. If you need help, check with your library media specialist, instructional coach, or technology coach. If you don't have one of those, contact me. Seriously.

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Two Good Sources of Online Grammar Games

Two Good Sources of Online Grammar Games | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Road to Grammar  is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners. 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Gamification can be a good way for students to learn, even grammar. ;) The repetition of certain tasks to complete the game reinforces the learning and in ways students don't realize. As long as they don't guess or try to game the game.

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'Grammar vigilante' secretly roams streets correcting bad punctuation

'Grammar vigilante' secretly roams streets correcting bad punctuation | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
A self-styled “grammar vigilante” has been secretly roaming the streets correcting bad punctuation on signs and shop fronts. For more than a decade, the anonymous crusader - dubbed grammar's answer to Banksy - has been tidying up the punctuation in the dead of night. He uses the "Apostrophiser" - a long-handled tool he created to reach the highest signs.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Because grammar and punctuation matter.

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What Employers Look For In Your Social Media

What Employers Look For In Your Social Media | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
What Employers Look For In Your Social Media
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

It may never be so important to think about what you say and how you say it than in social media.

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