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Martin Burrett

Writing Sparks - 4 views

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    "A superb creative writing site to stimulate ideas for opinion pieces, news articles, stories or poems. There is a teachers area with whole class whiteboard resources, and a pupil area where your pupils can write their pieces and print."
Vicki Davis

Classroom Authors - 10 views

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    "Students from all over the world can collaborate in their classrooms and at home to create and publish books using Classroom Authors web based publishing application." Very cool website -- this from the publisher "Our software was developed working with Colombia University Teacher's College and over 40 classrooms with the purpose of engaging students in the writing process through collaborative book publishing." This looks to be a very cool website and another way to have students publish books and have an authentic audience.
Vicki Davis

The Fearless Classroom: Fearless Writing - 10 views

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    Wow, I love Joli Barker 's "Fearless writing and the 3D augmented reality worlds that students are using along with their writing. This is completely AWESOME! If you're teaching elementary kids to write, you've got to read what Joli is doing with these third graders
Vicki Davis

#Education Tackkboard - Tackk - 8 views

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    Tackk is a quick, simple way to create a page (without really having a website.) This page links to all of the tackk's relating to education. This is a cool, unique idea and I haven't seen anything quite like it. Sort of pinterest/ glogster mixed together. Cool. Writing teachers or anyone who has students do quick projects might be interested in this.
Vicki Davis

Booktrack - Halloween Short Story Contest - 4 views

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    Booktrack also has a Halloween writing contest for booktrack as well. This would be a fun creative activity with your students.
Vicki Davis

Writing-Wksp-General - 5 views

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    This is an awesome sliderocket about how to use Google Docs to facilitate a Writing Workshop created by Susan Oxnevad. Look for links to examples within the presentation so you can use everything she shares. This slide show shares not only best practices in running a writing workshop but also is a best practice itself in creating a stand alone presentation that instructions in a powerful way. Writing teachers everywhere should take 10 minutes to work through this slide show this week.
Vicki Davis

Peer Editing Jobs - Google Docs Templates - 14 views

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    An awesome way to have jobs for various students that they tweak and design. This template will get you started with an attractive Google Doc Template. Adapt it for you.
Vicki Davis

Home - TextDrop - Online text editor for Dropbox - 0 views

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    You can now edit files in your dropbox from a web browser. If you 're at work and need to edit the files, Textdrop might be for you. It does cost 20.99 per year to sign up for this but for some of you who don't have access to dropbox at work, this might help you. This is also a model for what we may see Dropbox do itself, as cloud syncing and cloud editing move closer together in all apps that want to compete in the space.
Vicki Davis

6 Steps to Add Voice Comments to Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - 1 views

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    Want to add voice comments to your Google Doc. Here's how from the educator's technology blog. Many students say that this helps them feel more connected to teachers. Think about it, if they struggle with writing, they might struggle with reading and this is the kind of differentiation that can really help some kids.
Vicki Davis

Docs Voice Comments - YouTube - 9 views

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    Jen Roberts gives tips on how to add voice comments to Google Docs. If you're writing in Google Docs, this is a great technique as voice always gives you a closer connection, particularly for struggling readers. They can also hear your voice and know the intent of your words.
Vicki Davis

How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors | Jane Friedman - 12 views

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    An excellent compendium of information about writing and publishing ebooks that is continually updated by the author. Great work.
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    Retired and would happily sell the e-book rights to my out of paper book for one dollar. http://www.textbooksfree.org/Test-Prep%20Mathematics.htm
Vicki Davis

Book Creator for iPad for iPad on the iTunes App Store - 6 views

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    I"ve been hearing a lot of great things from teachers about Book creator as a new way they have students create reports. Called, Book Creator, children can create pages, send them to their teachers and then the teacher can put them together further. 
Vicki Davis

Dictionary, Thesaurus | term.ly - 6 views

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    term.ly is the companion website for the terminology app for the ipad/ iphone. You can also shorten and share definitions. The main problem I had is if you use a diigo box, the search box tries to take over the words. Nice clean dictionary.
Vicki Davis

Let's kill technology journalism | Jamie Kelly - 3 views

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    Jamie Kelly does a nice job of dissecting much of what is wrong with technology journalism - going for the trending topic instead of saying "this topic is trending because of misinformation" (i.e. Instagram terms of service changes). I think these points are excellent and can also apply to much of what happens in the education circles as well -- if everybody is talking about ___, then everyone is searching about ____, then everyone is writing about ____ so they will be found. Sometimes it is good not to be everybody but to be somebody who is different and more importantly, who goes through the hype to be as accurate as possible.
Vicki Davis

The Middle School Mouth: Interactive Notebooks - Yet Again - 9 views

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    A middle school teacher known only as "Seldy" shares his interactive language arts notebook in this blog post. The notebook is truly something special but even more astounding, he acknowledges that many of the pages he found on Pinterest. Pinterest is ideal for teachers and makes it super easy to share. (I have a Pinterest for beginners post for those who want an invite.) if you teach upper elementary into high school language arts, take time to peruse this notebook. Nice work!
Vicki Davis

Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice - 9 views

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    Excellent overview of the term community of practice. The origin of the term and the use of it in education is important as many of us are working through the social aspects of learning. I have seen that when established community habits and expectations occur, that learning is facilitated and the group as a whole becomes more engaged and focused. I'm citing this research in my new book about collaborative writing from Eye on education.
Vicki Davis

Comic Master - 13 views

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    A free site to let you create graphic novels with your students.
Ruth Howard

Teacher Guides: Can You Trust the News? - NewsTrust.net - 8 views

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    teacher guides 'Can you trust the news?'
Vicki Davis

Judgepedia - 0 views

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    Judgepedia is an encyclopedia about judges and courts.
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    An interactive encyclopedia of courts and judges editing in a wikipedia-like format but with a commitment to be  unbiased - it will be interesting to see how this works, but the traffic is very respectable and the aim is a great one, if they can pull it off.
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