Teacher Review For Writing Prompts for Kids

Easy to use, but is not a complete writing tool.

Adina S.
Technology coordinator
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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, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 1
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with General
How I Use It
As part of writing, this app would be for to practice story development. It provides a situation, character, setting, and object to be included. It could be for choice topics and for those where a student "can't think of anything". The Better Words section will also be used as a thesaurus reference and vocabulary inspiration.
My Take
I really like the option for students to choose a new situation, character, setting, and/or object to start. For certain students, this ability to choose would easily turn into an issue where a student is really just procrastinating or just spends too much time deciding. This can easily be remedied by setting a time limit (not a part of the app). The Better Words area is a nice first stop as a thesaurus, and could inspire students to try new vocabulary. The Hard to Spell area fells limiting because it appears to be aimed at too high a grade level and wouldn't be as helpful for many students in lower grades. It is labeled as a 1st-8th grade app, but I can see it most effective in a 2nd-5th. For higher grades it could still be useful for struggling students.