Get ‘Appy’ with Talk for Writing
When Apple first introduced the iPad, it was as a consumer tablet for the masses – not as an educational tool. However, its versatility, functionality and ease of use has meant that it has very quickly developed into a essential tool for the classroom practitioner.
Served with a multitude of apps, the iPad supports learning in every curriculum area and Talk for Writing is no exception. There is, indeed, an app for everything. At the last count there were over a million apps available in the App Store, with around half of those specifically designed for the iPad. There are over 65,000 apps directly marketed as educational, with countless others being used for educational purposes, even though they are non-educational apps.
And herein lies an issue. For every app you discover, you can bet that there are at least 10 more out there that do the same, or a similar thing. It is very hard to keep up with the constantly increasing number of apps available and so the whole process can become overwhelming.Therefore, you need to find your favourites, use them well and then slowly add to your armoury.
So with that in mind, this article will explore a number of apps that lend themselves to the Talk-for-Writing process and ethos. Focusing on the Top 5 (as decided by me) in a number of categories, these apps will hopefully get you started on your iPad and Talk-forWriting journey!
Top 5 apps for inventing stories
Create your own unique stories with animation and audio. Pick your actors and backdrops and make a story!
Let your imagination run wild – create your own unique story with Story Wheel!
A creative tool to prompt ideas for plot, character and setting. This idea generator can be used effectively for both written and oral storytelling.
Toontastic is a creative storytelling app that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons.
Fill in the blanks to make a silly story!
Top 5 apps for writing inspiration
Introducing the first Pie Corbett app, designed as a toolkit for developing writing, interactive skeletons and mind maps to help plan writing exercises.
Lists for Writers
Helpful to both novice and expert writers alike, this app delivers list after list of prompts and ideas for your brainstorming sessions: names, character traits, plot lines, occupations, obsessions, action verbs, and much more!
Story Starters – Ideas for Writing
Featuring an ever-updating list of thought-provoking and interesting pictures from around the world, to provide you the spark you need to write that next story.
Ideas for Writing
With “iDeas for Writing”, you will always carry with you a whole writing workshop with creative triggers and exercises to get your imagination flowing.
Shake-a-Phrase is a fun language app for creative writing prompts, vocabulary and parts of speech practice.
Top 5 apps for publishing writing
The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.
Everything you need at your fingertips to create brilliant comic strips – for any genre.
Create and share your very own illustrated stories in a few simple steps!
PixnTell adds your voice to your pictures and creates a personalised video.
Doodle tales allows you to be creative by making your own pictures (Doodles) and stories (Tales).
Top 5 apps for character work
Name Dice is a tool for writers to create interesting fictional character names.
Create a character from any photograph.
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated message called a Gami. A Gami can be a fun way to tell a story or design a new character and show what they are like.
Let your imagination go wild and create over 1 million different character combinations.
Create a Monster
Create your very own monster character!
Top 5 Apps for Non Fiction (planning, publishing, organising content
With Popplet lite you can capture your ideas and sort them visually – quickly and easily.
An easy-to-use design, screencasting and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.
Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos. This is great for planning and presenting discussion texts.
PicCollage allows you to create amazing collages using your photos – great for presenting information or telling stories.
Capturing and sharing your inner most creative genius – a great app for sorting and gathering information and facts.
Top 5 Apps for Poetry
Poems By Heart
Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics celebrates classic poetry and challenges you to memorise perennial favourites by master wordsmiths.
iF Poems is an acclaimed poetry app with 270 classic poems and audio readings.
Have fun creating your own beautiful, passionate and romantic poetry, with your own pictures as backgrounds!
This app puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry.
Make beautiful text collages with Visual Poetry. Type your text or phrase and watch it instantly arranged as a mosaic in a variety of shapes and styles
Finally, inspire your KS2 children to write amazing quest stories using Pie Corbett’s first iBook: Igniting Writing: How to Write a Quest. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/igniting-writing-how-to-write/id756931182?mt=13&affId=2281932&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
This interactive pupil book is designed to inspire young writers, modelled on Pie’s very own story Journey to Garfang Castle. Packed with interactive activities, writing tips and audio clips this is the perfect companion for KS2 pupils and teachers. Each chapter is designed to help pupils understand more about quests, from selecting characters, creating a setting, developing the plot and increasing the drama.
Hopefully this list has whet your ‘app’etite and now you can get truly ‘appy’ with Talk for Writing!
Maria Richards – Talk for Writing Primary Expert