Teacher Review For Alphabet Organizer

Brainstorm Away!

Kary J.
Reading Specialist, Professor
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
My reading intervention clients (grade 2+) use this app as a way to brainstorm writing topics and generate ideas for writing. Sometimes we brainstorm within a specific category they are interested in (marine mammals or soccer) and sometimes we just brainstorm anything we can think of that would be fun to write about! What works - it gives children who have a hard time initiating tasks a simple format without compromising on creativity. What doesn't work - this isn't really a tool a child can use without previous instruction and the child may lose interest if working individually with the organizer.
My Take
Alphabet Organizer and Readwritethink apps are functional and are meant to be used with direction from an educator. Again as I've mentioned on my review of the website, these apps are not "fancy" and so children who are used to gaming may feel like this is "boring". Nevertheless, brainstorming ideas is a necessary component to writing and I think that this is one of the most efficient and versatile tools out there (plus its free!). I really wish there was a way to directly save products from this and other RWT apps to cloud storage such as dropbox. Right now, saving only saves to the device or you can email to yourself as a pdf and then upload to cloud storage. As my students often share devices (we aren't quite 1:1), these apps would be more functional if a direct save to cloud storage was available.