What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- forming arguments
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- producing new content
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids are highly engaged with a lot of image and topic choices, and it's exciting for them to share work. Writing into a tablet is quite engaging; it can bring a sense of fun and challenge to everyday writing activities.
Prompts include fiction and non-fiction narratives and how-to, persuasive, and compare/contrast exercises. Three levels of prompts for each image engage varying degrees of writing ability.
Navigation is clear and easy. Work saved to the camera roll, or to the in-app gallery, can be edited. Voice-recording options help meet the needs of learners with differing abilities.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Write About This is versatile and easy to use for kids of many ages. The pictures are engaging and show diversity; the prompts get kids thinking critically and creatively. Kids will enjoy writing and sharing within the app, but for more polished pieces, parents may want to encourage pre-writing and revising, which would happen outside the app.
The added voice-recording features are pretty neat, allowing struggling writers to get their ideas out verbally as a pre-writing strategy. Younger kids can practice oral storytelling and expressing their ideas. The developer's website is chockful of other ideas to extend learning, whether at school or at home. This is a must-have app for homeschoolers.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Encourage kids to write regularly for a variety of purposes: to explain, to describe, to argue, or to create.
Not every written work has to be perfect and publishable. Praise thoughts and ideas over conventions and correctness. Work together to polish select pieces of writing rather than all.
Have kids take pictures of different events to help them with their spontaneity.