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Five Tools for Creating Animations on Chromebooks

Yesterday’s post about the PuppetMaster app prompted a couple of people to ask me if there is anything similar available for Chromebook use. While I can’t think of anything that is free and exactly like PuppetMaster, here are so...

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Respectable Native Accents

I agree with @Homer Potvin and @Sclavus . I’ve mentioned this before in a previous thread on this topic, but for an example of what not to do, check out the autobiography Dancing On My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland. The Russian accents are...

Presentation Paranoia? How To Ace Your Next Presentation

December 8, 2017, by Shweta Presentation Paranoia? How To Ace Your Next Presentation Around this time last year, I gave my first oral presentation at university. Now, almost a year later, I’m planning – or at least, planning to start pl...

How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America

[Register for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference today!] Thanks to the way we consume news today—largely through social media—weeding out what info is real and what’s fake is more difficult than ever. While social media has creat...

Encouraging a Love of Poetry

A poem is a lightweight thing, a beautiful construction that can, despite its lightness, carry remarkable burdens. Poet Mahmoud Darwish imagined this paradox as “the butterfly’s burden.” When you consider that meditation works similar...

Race and the Literary Canon

“OK,” I say to my students, “this is a book written 57 years ago about events that would have happened 84 years ago. Are the things being discussed here still relevant today? Why or why not?” My students pause. We’ve just finished...

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Sal Boxford wins the November contest!

@Wreybies could you do the honours?Banana, Rosa [3,468] It’s not right for an animal to be caged. You can’t keep a creature in captivity just so a bunch of kids can be disappointed to find it isn’t the anthropomorphic best bud Disney/...

Create Great Video Lessons on iSL Collective

iSL Collective offers a huge gallery of video-based lessons designed to help students learn English. It also offers a fantastic tool for teachers to use to create their own video-based lessons. iSL Collective’s video lesson creator le...

A Community of Passionate Readers

Most teachers are hopeful that their students will be more than just competent readers—we want them to be passionate readers. But schools can’t foster this passion alone. If we want to help our students become lifelong lovers of text, w...

A Three-Step Preliminary Acid Test of Whether You Might Be a Good Fiction Writer

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. By Joel Gordonson, Author of The Atwelle Confession Anyone who has contemplated the time and effort needed to become a serious writer of fiction undoubtedly...

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