Science Writer Welcome to CAST Science Writer, the tool that supports students in writing lab and class reports. This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students. Check out the supports and help available in Science Writer described below. Or click the "Take a Tour" button above to see how Science Writer works. A Report Structure All parts of a science or lab report are broken into small steps so the author can concentrate on one part of the report at a time. A Process for Writing Science Writer helps you through the process of draft, revise, and edit when writing a science report. Sentence Starters The "Help Me Get Started" button has two functions (1) it divides the writing into smaller sections and (2) provides sentence starters when on the draft screens in the writing process. Checklists Checklists are available when you revise and edit your science report. Journal This is a place in Science Writer where you may write notes, reflect, make comments or questions, or keep track of data.
Never Stare At A Blank Page Again With Scrivener and iThoughts The Techie Scheky series offers tips and tactics for being more productive and creative through technology (especially with a Mac). While what I am about to say is not true for everyone, it is sure has hell true for me: A blank page is the most terrifying part of writing. I don’t care if you are writing in a notebook, a Word document or a text file; it is just intimidating to looking at a whole lot of nothing. More often than not, the stress of staring down at a blank page and trying to decide out where to go next often leads to the same place… nowhere. Now, there are two ways that I tend to write, the first is to quickly capture an idea in Simplenote and then allow myself to get lost in creating the post. What on earth are you talking about? Ok let me try to boil this down a little bit by explaining what each application is and what it does: So why the hell is this any better? I don’t know about you, but I hate outlining. 1) I suck at it. 2) See #1. Still lost? I know… I know…
OWL Coming Soon: A new look for our same great content! We're working hard this summer on a redesign of the Purdue OWL. Worry not! Our navigation menu and content will remain largely the same. If you are having trouble locating a specific resource, please visit the search page or the Site Map. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. For more information about services for the Purdue University community, including one-to-one consultations, ESL conversation groups and workshops, please visit the Writing Lab site. Mission The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement.
Going Bi for Byword The Techie Scheky series offers tips and tactics for being more productive and creative through technology (especially with a Mac). I’m a big believer in finding the right tool for the right job. That rather than seeking out one mythical “swiss army knife” app, you are better off finding several apps and tools that string together in order to create a better, more personalized workflow. For those who have been following along with this series, you know that I’ve been using two apps on my Mac to handle most of my writing. Lately, I’ve been hearing several of my own personal web swamis, including Patrick Rhone and Merlin Mann, raving about Byword and decided to check it out. Better yet, Byword and nvALT play really nicely together. Byword also has the best built-in Markdown support that I’ve seen on a TextEditor. This: Becomes this: Is Byword a necessity? This should dramatically speed up your formatting while keeping your focus on what really matters, the words on the screen.
The Historical Thinking Project | Historical Thinking Project The Productivityist Workbook The Productivityist Workbook is an e-book designed to teach you valuable strategies and explore tools that will allow you to attack your work and life with a more balanced, efficient, and effective approach. The Productivityist Workbook is ideal for those who are just starting to work on improving their productivity, but it presents ideas for the seasoned productivityist, as well. The Productivityist Workbook is accessible both in content and in price. I’ve been working in the realm of personal productivity for several years, having served as the Managing Editor of one of the top productivity sites on the web (Lifehack.org) and written work for several premier technology and business publications, both online and off (The Next Web, SUCCESS Magazine, The Huffington Post). The workbook is priced at $5, is digitally shipped in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI (for Amazon Kindle) formats, and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Saylor.org – Free Online Courses Built by Professors How A Lazy Person Writes In Markdown There are parts of me that want to tell you how busy I am. To explain how my hectic schedule forces me to think long and hard about how I write. To share how this struggle set me on a path to figure out how to format my writing as quickly as possible for this site. In truth, I’m lazy and that laziness has led me to figure out all of the shortcuts that let me to format my work for the web as quickly as humanly possible. Since I’m assuming that some among you are fairly lazy yourselves, it only seems fair that I spare you the work of figuring this out for yourself and share my tips and tricks. Why Markdown? Why would a lazy person write in Markdown? Now in theory, once you’ve learned the basics, you’re good to go. Making Markdown Even Faster I currently use a mix of TextExpander (when formatting as I write) and Keyboard Maestro (when formatting something that’s already been written). Wrapping Text When creating links, bolding and italicizing text, you need to “wrap” your text. Links Four Ways
The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading I’m sure there are plenty of fun videos out there about books and reading, and I hope readers will point me in the direction of others besides the ones on this list. You might also be interested in A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos about teaching. I’ve used the videos on this list both as “discussion starters” and as fun ways to end a class when I have a few minutes of “extra” time left: Here’s the famous “Gotta Keep Reading” video from Ocoee Middle School: Here’s what books do at night when we’re not looking: Here’s a fun combination of library scenes from movies and TV shows: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. …place in a world where books are living creatures. Here it is: Here’s a Rube Goldberg machine that turns the pages of your newspaper: Here’s one on organizing a bookcase: Book Dominoes: A maze grows in London is a Washington Post slideshow and Artists create maze using 250,000 books is a CBS News slideshow — both about the same event.
Geeky Quick Tips I love visuals… they often help me see obvious things I’m missing. And whenever I’m working on a particularly meaty project, mind maps tend to be my tool of choice for expanding and structuring my ideas. Many of my writing projects start as mind maps in iThoughts HD and eventually work their way into Scrivener (using the OPML dance that David Sparks was kind enough to share with us). If I’m working on a freeform piece, I’ll often break my text up in Scrivener and then do a reverse dance to flesh my thoughts out back in iThoughts HD. Wasn’t this supposed to be about OmniFocus? Now, at this point you’re probably wondering what this has to do with OmniFocus… Fair question. I’ve had a pretty good feeling that OPML was going to be the best way possible, but I lack the skills to actually make it happen. An Ugly Solution For those of you who are excited by the prospect, I have to warn you, the process is clunky (stay tuned for a plea for help to make it better). Still with me? Calling All Nerds
Revision Tips Byword Must Have Life-long Learning Tools and Strategies for Teachers A teacher is a life long learner, in fact, everyone should be a lifelong learner, but the difference between us ( teachers and educators ) and others is that we have no choice but to be life long learners. We can not stop learning for fear that we might be outrun by our students. Thanks to technology and digital literacy , there are now a variety of ways for us to improve and work on our learning plans. Here are some posts to help you use popular social media for life long learning purposes : As avid readers of this blog ( I am happy many of you are), you have had the chance to discover several of the ways we use to leverage technology to serve our professional development growth and I have many more to share with you over the next coming weeks.Today, however, I want to share with you one strategy I personally use to keep my ' intellectual ' knowledge as a teacher fresh and up to date: Reading recent researches in the educational field. 1- Harvard Education 2- Scientific American
Byword • Simple and efficient text editor for Mac, iPhone and iPad.