Do you have a reluctant writer in your life?
I think this is an area where digital technology tools can really shine, helping kids to engage with the writing process in a way that removes a lot of the fear and makes it fun!
I was in situation only 3 short years ago, where even the suggestion of writing would provoke misery and tears. I struggled and stressed... how were we going to get over this major stumbling block to self expression?
Adobe Spark Post (Adobe Post back then) caught my eye while browsing the Apple App Store and it turned out to be the best choice as it helped deliver what I needed at that time and got us started.
Adobe Spark Post : Adobe Spark Post is the fun, fast and easy way to create stunning graphics for all occasions. Get started in seconds with professionally designed, eye-catching templates you can easily tweak with just a few taps. Choose your photos, add some text and apply Design Filters to instantly create beautiful graphics. Each tap gives you completely new layouts, color palettes, typography styles and filters — no design experience required.
We started by taking a screenshot from a favourite video game and writing a few descriptive words to describe the scene using the design tools in Adobe Spark Post to make it "awesome"!
I made a video that illustrates this process and you can follow along with it below.
We then used these descriptive words as a foundation to create a Diamante Poem.
We used a fabulous interactive template we found on Read Write Think to create it.
Another successful activity was to create a story with the Scribble Press App.
Scribble Press App : Designed for the classroom and at home, Scribble Press is a creativity platform for children to imagine, write, illustrate, and share their own stories. NEW, Powerhouse features include video export, audio recording, music, 300 new drawing tools, backgrounds, and stickers to inspire creativity and 30 fill-in-the-blank story starters ranging from the silly to the sublime.
The e-book Master 8 created with that was proudly distributed to everyone he knew, and his confidence leapt. I created a video preview of the app here.
The current project is creating A4 posters with images and brief descriptions of favourite Pokemon cards using Comic Life 3. Eventually we hope to make original trading cards, with a full back story for each character. You can find an online interactive template for that on Read, Write, Think.
I know how scary and frustrating all this can be, and I'm not implying that it was all smooth sailing, however using these iPad apps managed to turn writing from a dreaded activity into something that was tolerated and even loved.
Good luck and be sure to share with me how you go!