A full house at today’s WIRED Hack, with input from Alex, Sarah, Taher, Sam C., Jenny, Dan, and Georgina. We chose to hack our writing app mash-ups, targeting our whole school writing focus. Alex shared his student’s use of Seesaw as a self-assessment and collaborative sharing tool used digitally to engage speaking and writing. We then delved in to our hack!
The Bookemon APP can be used to mix different formats (word, pdf, ppt, jpegs, etc.), as well a variety of documents, to create an e-book. You can also create one, use templates, or purchase one that other people have made. Our first look at using it to check for understanding in Year 5 today, didn’t turn in our favour, after the app crashing during photo upload and also asking for payment to proceed. In comparison, the Puppet Pals app serves little use concerning actual writing, but more rather an oral and visual story boarding. After investigating MyStoryBook app, which is also an excellent app set up to take students through all of the writing steps creatively and digitally. Easy to use for teachers and students, with guides and videos as support. StoryBoardThat APP, is another option for writing motivation. Excellent quality of stories brought to life. The Pixton app is a comic board interactive mash-up tool, taking each story element from a book, and bringing it to digital life for interactive play. It’s a 15-day trial for 50 students, easy to use across a variety of topics. Some secondary English titles already available for immediate use, well done for the spot Jenny!
Storybird APP is another free APP for picture books, poems, etc., and even though it’s not available for whole book creation, teachers could absolutely use it for simple comic strip fun or even mashing it up with Google slides to teach Digital Story telling. Georgina’s going to give the BookPress app a go, comparative to the Book Creator app, including a variety of adaptive page features. Looking to extend the creativity of her HA students, and encourage higher-level vocabulary through digital inspiration. Taher will give the Pixton app a go in his digital animation and multimedia classes, and Sarah down in FS. Dan’s continuing with his Minecraft adventures, embarking on platform inspirations for creative writing setting banks.
On the structural side of our writing focus, Alex shared some awesome grammar apps for investigation: http://www.harcourtschool.com/menus/preview/harcourt_language/goforgold.html, https://www.noredink.com/teach/quiz/135340861, http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/sensort/index_pre.html, http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/12/07/the-best-sites-for-grammar-practic
Looking forward to reading everyone’s posts about their mash-up writing investigations throughout the next few weeks! Comment, post, and share away!