Friday, April 18, 2014

Children’s iPad App, Write About This



Children’s iPad App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com




Write About This intrigued me as soon as I read about it. I love to find and share any tools that encourage children to write, so I was excited to discover Write About This not only prompted kids to write, but also to create their own prompts. Double delight!

From the developer:

Write About This is a visual writing prompt and creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. 125 categorized images and 375 text+voice prompts included!

Full version Includes:

**COMMON CORE ALIGNMENT
An easy way for students to compose and share Opinion and Narrative digital writing!

**AMAZING COMBINATION OF IMAGES AND PROMPTS
Carefully selected and written by teachers, all 125 pages and 375 prompts are interesting and appropriate!

**SIMPLE DIGITAL PUBLISHING
Multiple authors can write and save to the gallery. Save to the Camera Roll and share a polished .pdf by email!

**CELEBRATE STUDENT WRITING
Authors can now add a voice recording with their work to create a personalized movie on the Camera Roll!

**ANYONE CAN CREATE THEIR OWN
Use your photos, ideas and voice to capture unique Write Abouts!

**FLEXIBILITY TO FIT EVERY LEARNER
Voice and Level options based on learning theory and real classroom experience!

**WORKS WITH ANY NUMBER OF DEVICES
From single teacher iPads, to carts, to 1:1...educators are using the app to meet their unique needs!

**EASY AND ACCESSIBLE
Search content based on interest, curriculum, season or theme.

What I liked:

There’s a free version of the app that gives you a taste of the full version so you can try before you buy. One of its creators is teacher, Brad Wilson, who saw a need in the app market for picture-related prompts for primary (elementary) school kids. I love its versatility and that it celebrates kids not only as writers but as prompt creators themselves. Having children create prompts for each other introduces a collaborative and game-like element that I applaud. Let’s have fun with writing!

Navigation and layout is simple and obvious. The built in prompts consist of pictures and some text to further tease out ideas. I like the thoughtful range of prompts - some that require kids to look inside themselves for a response, some that provoke fun and mirth, others more serious that would make excellent topics for children’s speeches or essays. The prompts are also categorized.

There’s a notice under Parent/Teacher information that explains there is zero data collected from within the app.

Kids can save their work to the camera roll, and best of all, they can create prompts from their own saved pictures, or snap pics intentionally. You can see the format of a created prompt in my sample below.



iTunes US: $3.99

You can check out the iPad apps I reviewed in 2013. Or browse my Pinterest board of Book Chook reviews.

*****The Book Chook will be taking a break over Easter. Look for the next post, Creating Digital Stories with iPad, on 28/4/14.*****

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