While the iPad is excellent as an e-reader, it has much more to offer to English Language Arts teachers. As an excellent tool for grammar review, word references, and writing, the iPad makes reading and writing more ...
The Snapshot Writing Tool is designed to put students in a specific moment in time using a visual prompt such as a photo or video and then write about what you see? What you hear? What you smell? What you taste? and what you feel? Drawing upon all 5 senses.
The snapshot writing tool will really encourage your students create visual imagery within their writing, and they have a great deal of fun putting themselves in the perspective of the picture.
Students can either use a photo of their own anlongside the tool or alternately you can access my collection of 150 Amazing writing prompts here.
Similar to Socratic... A clicker- like tool for all devices that is free. Naiku's Quick Question allows you to get immediate feedback from your students; simply ask a question, and students respond using any web enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet, netbook, or laptop. Similar to a student response system, without the need for proprietary hardware!
How it works is that you ask kids a question that is either true false, multiple choice, or open, and the site records the answers. you DON"T enter in the info into the software.
"English is one of the major components of the curriculum. For any 1:1 iPad program to be really successful appropriate apps need to be sourced that will not only meet curriculum outcomes but also address the learning needs of your students. The following is a list of apps that have been researched and evaluated specifically for use in the Middle School English course. This extensive list was compiled by @ShireenRichards."
Simple rules for becoming a better writer, from the author of “Zone One.”...
The art of writing can be reduced to a few simple rules. I share them with you now. Enlarge This Image
Illustration by Joon Mo Kang Rule No. 1: Show and Tell. Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do. “And what do you have for us today, Marcy?” “A penetrating psychological study of a young med student who receives disturbing news from a former lover.” “How marvelous! Timmy, what are you holding there?” “It’s a Calvinoesque romp through an unnamed metropolis much like New York, narrated by an armadillo.” “Such imagination!” Show and Tell, followed by a good nap.
On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she’s received working for the animation studio over the years. It’s some sage stuff, although there’s nothing...
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