What can this app do for you?

April 6, 2013 at 9:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

While attending the recent CEESA Conference here in Prague, I was inspired by several presentations and during discussions about using iPads as book logs and for reading reflections. My class has access to 12 iPads once or twice a week with use of my own iPad throughout the day. I decided to introduce 3 iPad apps to my readers that they can use to reflect on books read and for a prewriting activity.

Morfo was used to take a photo of a character and then record your voice speaking as that character telling others about him/herself. When using books without a useful illustration, the reader can draw their own portrait of the character to use. Other applications would be for the reader to share that character’s point of view regarding an event or another character.

We used PicCollage to insert book images and text telling about the book. Like with Morfo, if illustrations are not available original drawings or images could be used. Here is a sample by Philip: PicCollage

Finally, my writers used Popplet to create a story web before beginning their original realistic fiction stories. These web files were emailed to me when completed and I saved and dropped them into their Google folders so they could refer to them when writing their first drafts. Below is one example:

Disaster Strikes Denis

Next:

  • Ongoing sharing and reflecting on the quality of book and character reflections to improve communication and thoughtful reflection
  • Where to post reflections so the readers and writers have an audience for sharing their ideas and original work?
  • Create a class  list of ideas to apply these apps to other areas of learning and sharing
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