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Write About This

Fun images and prompts spark creativity, get kids writing.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to express their thoughts and ideas in writing. They'll better understand the writing process, from generating ideas in prewriting to publishing and sharing. Prompts will get kids thinking creatively, and they can practice responding critically using arguments and details. Parents can set their email in the author's profile to receive emails of their kids' writing. Write About This gets kids to start writing, which can often be the hardest part -- and the more they practice, the better they'll become.

Ease of play

The large icons are easy to understand and navigate.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Write About This is filled with images and prompts to inspire kids to write. Prompts and images are appropriate for all ages, with increasing depth and complexity at higher levels. Additionally, kids or parents can create new prompts using their own images and ideas. Write About This can help kids who struggle with written expression as they are given a prompt with a picture to help automaticity. Kids can also record their voices to help with their expressive language. Work is composed and saved within the app; kids can share their compositions via email. Read the app's privacy policy to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

WRITE ABOUT THIS answers the question, "What should I write about?" by giving kids 125 images with 375 topics. Kids can search by keyword or category or simply select a randomly generated image and prompt. Each picture has three prompt levels for early to more advanced writers, and prompts encourage critical thinking, creativity, and description. After composing, kids can share their work by email or save it to the device. There's also a voice-recording feature, and kids can use their own images to create prompts.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This tool 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, and they can access saved pieces for revising and editing. The added voice-recording features are pretty neat, allowing struggling writers to get their ideas out verbally as a prewriting strategy. Younger kids can practice oral storytelling and expressing their ideas. The developer's website is chock-full of other ideas to extend learning, whether at school or at home.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reasons to write. 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.

App details

Device:iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: forming arguments, speaking, storytelling, writing
Arts: photography
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
Creativity: producing new content
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 21, 2015
Category:Education
Size:94.20 MB
Publisher:RSA Group, LLC
Version:3.9
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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