Writing , writing and writing

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Devices offer a diverse array for writing practice in all its varied forms. You can painfully type your way on a mini touch screen and embarrass yourself publicly in quite a spectacular way like I do if you wish or you can nimbly glide across a touch screen and insert images and sound as quick as lightning. Writing doesn’t have to just stare back at you. You can make it move, talk, connect to a website, a clip. You can add animation and annotations. One of the great experiences I discovered on my iPad was iPad magazines. I still read paper ones from time to time but an iPad magazine might include video clips, text reading, QR codes to go elsewhere on the Net, interviews. The whole thing just jumps into life. It means there are also a variety of tool where students can practise the art of writing, planning writing, publishing, multifaceted writing and a number of literacy skills. When there is a smorgasbord of how you can write and develop your writing then the chances of your writing well and being creative are probably quite high. Some of the “cooler” apps are paid for. It is important to research them well to see if they meet your needs or the needs of your classroom. Any app I plan to use in class I research first and then test it out with a couple of students if I plan to use it. They value participating in reviews. TeachThought has 15 e-book writing apps which seem to be paid but which do come tested, so to speak, and so you can look at them to see the sorts of things the e-book writing apps can do. I can see my students using some of these and loving it. There are also 10 best writing apps recommended on NextWeb. Some of these are free and some of them practise and utilise hand writing skills. My favourite writing app is Notability but I also like Documents Free. Now that I have seen all these other apps I want to try them out because each app creates a different impact. Bottom line? Don’t go anywhere without Evernote! Cross platform, cross device , always there and pretty comprehensive.

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BeFunky photo editing app

befunky app There’s now an app for my favourite online image editor BeFunky. The reason I like it so much is because it is so easy to use and then there are so many options for editing images so they look more artistic and way cooler than the original! It’s just a very good image editing site. To get the apps you click on the GO MOBILE button top right of the screen and download the android or iOS version for Apple devices… or both.

Phone apps for teachers

acara appThe obvious app for Australian teachers is the ACARA app for our new national curriculum. Smart phones and tablets mean it is possible to carry a lot of information and useful resources in your pocket or bag. No more lugging heavy piles of books around. TeachThought has categorised 50 really good smartphone apps. TeachThought is also a site worth bookmarking because it comes up with so much useful and relevant information for teachers. Educational Apps also has some apps worth looking at too and has the focus towards younger children.

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