Writing Tools

5 Good Story Starters for Students

On Tuesday morning I shared the idea of using the Story Dice apps (available for iOS and Android) as writing prompts or story starters for students. A few of you wrote to me and asked about similar options that will work on Chromebooks. Her...

When Page Meets Stage: 10 Tips for Taking Public Readings of Your Work to the Next Level

I was 19 years old the first time I stormed a stage with a poem in my hand—stormed being the keyword. I had studied writing in high school, and was majoring in it at NYU, so I had had experience reading my work in front of my classmates, ...

Horror Short Story: “The Hole”

“The Hole” by John Bowie is the First Prize-winning story in the Horror category in the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of the awards, see the May/June 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest. To ...

5 Online Collaborative Whiteboard Services

An online, collaborative, whiteboard can be a great tool for hosting a quick review session for your students. Your students can also use these tools to conduct online study sessions with each other. Yes,  this could be done with somet...

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Insomnia! How do you switch your brain off?

Hi all I’m the only breadwinner in my family (my spouse has health problems) and I work long hours (get up at 4.30am before a 2 hour commute, work from 07:00 to 16:00, get home just after 18:30). My main writing time is therefor...

Why Independent Bookstores Matter Now More Than Ever

by Julie Rosenberg This past year and a half has been one of turmoil, noise and political chaos, rising to a level that most of us have never experienced. In our world of uncertainty and change, self-care is perhaps more important than eve...

Science, Wikispaces, and Timelines – The Week in Review

Good morning from the almost completely renovated Free Technology for Teachers World Headquarters in Paris, Maine. If you have followed my week-in-review posts since last fall you know that I have been converting some space in a barn into o...

The Built-in Google Docs Features Starter Pack

I test and write about a lot of Google Docs Add-ons and built-in features. But you certainly don’t need to use all of them. In fact, I’m often asked for a list of the “must-know” features instead of all of the “...

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Scrivener [Paid]

I tried to use the discount code as well- but didn’t work. Anyways- I’m on the trial now and reading the tutorial and how it works.I’m definitely buying it though- I need it! xD Let me tell you- it’s really awesome. ...

5 Ways to Record Notes With OneNote for Android

Back in December I decided that I needed to spend some time giving some of Microsoft’s products a good, honest try. I did this to be able to give a more balanced comparison to rival Google products. Some of the Microsoft products I do...

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