How I Use It
I used BoomWriter in a computer lab setting. This is ideal if all students have access to a computer and are able to all write at the same time. I discovered that it was important to limit the number of chapters that students wrote because if you select more that 3 chapters, it takes a long time to complete. I also limited the number of words that students needed to write as this encouraged them to increase their productivity and output and helped to completed the chapter quicker.
The set up is not difficult but does take time as you need to set up an account for each students. Save the students log in information as many students forgot their passwords and time is saved if you can access these quickly.
I was looking for a tool that would quickly engage students in the writing process and add a little competition to the mix. BoomWriter offers both. You are able to select a pre-written prompts for students and then select the number of chapters that students will write. Students found it very engaging and loved the voting process because it allowed then to read what other students had written. It also encouraged them to become more flexible because when a chapter was declared a winner, students needed to shift gears and write the next chapter off of the winning one. This created some surprising results and increased the creative process and helped students to think more about their writing because other students were reading what they wrote.