Thursday, December 6, 2012

Read, Write, Think Apps
Read, Write, Think part of Thinkfinity has long been one of the best interactive literacy websites on the Internet. They are now matching their excellence in the iPad app world. Recently, they developed Word Mover. Word Mover is a free app where you can create your own found poetry. It works in much the same way as the poetry magnets of old but what makes it extra groovy is the backgrounds you can import and the fact that you can use word banks from famous works. For Example, you can take Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech and create your own poems with his eloquent words. Word Mover also allows students to add their own words to the bank. It can also be used as a story starter and personally speaking, it works well to free up writer's block.
Another admirable app developed by Thinkfinity is Trading Cards. Trading Cards can be an effective teaching tool in every core subject. Students can create trading cards for vocabulary, biographies, fictional characters, objects, concepts, historical events, genres, or really anything they can imagine. Thinkfinity provides students with guiding questions to help them create more dynamic profiles for the cards. Students then can collect and trade cards on a topic. The educational uses of this app are endless and cross many grade levels. 

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