Write About This

 

Learning(i)

Fun images and prompts spark creativity, get kids writing.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The large icons are easy to understand and navigate. Kids can write and publish within the app. Audio prompts are available, so kids can record themselves reading and talking.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The privacy policy clearly states that the app doesn't track any information; it doesn't communicate or transfer any info outside the device. Kids can share their writing and images through email.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Write About This is filled with images and prompts to inspire kids to write. Every aspect is designed with kids in mind, from the easy-to-navigate icons to the kid-friendly privacy policy. Prompts and images are appropriate for all ages, with increasing depth and complexity at higher level. 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.

What kids can learn

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

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

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

Kids can learn to express their thoughts and ideas in writing. They'll better understand the writing process, from generating ideas in pre-writing to publishing and sharing. Prompts will get kids thinking creatively, and they can practice responding critically using arguments and details. 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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:July 22, 2013
Category:Education
Size:89.70 MB
Version:2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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