March 3, 2014
Following the publication of "6 web tools to teach writing through comics" I received a request from one of the readers of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning asking for some app suggestions for generating prompts and story starters to use with students in class. I did some digging and came up with the list below.
1- Write about This
Write About This is a visual writing prompt & 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. Free version provides more than 50 leveled text & voice prompts and the ability to try the custom prompt creation and digital publishing tools!
2- Things to Think about
Kids’ Things to Think About provides 100 prompts to spark thinking for written responses and encourage conversations about ideas and issues for kids. Created by students and teachers in Michigan, it can be used in classrooms or with families by allowing children to explore the prompts and by using them to guide a discussion or lesson.
3- Amazing App Stories
Amazing App Stories is a free story reading and writing App for iPad and iPhone. Write a small paragraph and see how the stories evolve, and get a lot of amazing reading in return. You decide what genres you want to read. Read and write stories in any language.
4- Shake A Phrase
Shake-a-Phrase is a fun language app for creative writing prompts, vocabulary, and parts of speech practice. Perfect for learning and laughing in the classroom or on-the-go, it features over 2,000 words and definitions in 5 engaging themes for ages 8+
5- The Brainstormer
The Brainstormer is kindling for creative minds. A tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer provides a moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any creative mind. Combat creative block, spark new ideas and summon up quick subjects for doodling, sketching or journaling.