I love the Write About This app and the students really enjoy using the iPads in writing. Here’s what I really like about using this app:
1. You can customize the levels (Levels 1-3) for the writing prompt (great for differentiation among students).
2. You can add a custom writing prompt (only one per device for the free version).
3. Students can directly email their finished writing prompt to their teacher.
4. Students can practice their oral reading fluency by recording their voice as they read the story and can make changes as needed.
5. Students can save their writing with audio to the iPad camera roll and export that video to YouTube, website, student blog, etc.
What I LOVE to do is to have my students use this amazing website, which has a TON of awesome writing prompts. Students may choose their own writing prompt that interests them, or I can provide them with the prompt for them to use. Another feature I love about these writing prompts is they have the CCSS listed on most of the writing prompts. These prompts are geared for older elementary students (4th & 5th) and up. Click here to see these amazing writing prompts. Here is a list of 28 tried and true writing prompts from this site.
Below are some other fabulous sites that either has video writing prompts, picture writing prompts, or written writing prompts that you can use in conjunction with the Write About This app, for student typing practice with laptops or in computer lab, or journal writing. You could easily just project one of these prompts onto your Promethean Board and have students write from there. My favorite is using the Write About This app because it is real data with their recorded voice and it would be a great artifact to have when speaking to parents at conferences as well as a wonderful component to digital portfolios.
Here’s a few samples that two of my students created using the writing prompts that they selected.