4 iPad Apps to Inspire Budding (or Struggling) Writers
For some children, a love of writing comes naturally. For others, getting them to write is like pulling teeth (in fact, they’d prefer a visit to the dentist than having to write). But one thing all kids love is using the iPad. Whether your children fall into the “passionate writer” or the “I’d rather go to the dentist than write” category, we’ve got four writing apps for the iPad to inspire them to channel their inner Mark Twain or Jane Austen.
This graphic organizer app for the iPad and web helps students brainstorm and organize their ideas. This is an especially great tool for visual learners. Students can use it to plan their writing or to take notes on a topic. Reviewers love this app for its simplicity and ease of use. Key features include creating unlimited local Popplet boards; taking notes with text, images, or a drawing tool; and sharing your Popplet board as a PDF or JPEG.
Write About This ($3.99)
This app is easy to navigate and will kick-start your child’s writing with interesting image, text, and voice prompts. For example, students are shown a picture of a guy surfing while standing on his head and are asked to write a headline for the image. Students can also use their own photos and ideas to create custom prompts. Stories can easily be published digitally or shared.
Writing Prompts for Kids ($1.99)
This is a great app to use for creative writing practice. With the click of a button, your student can choose a situation, a character, a setting, and an object to get a story started. And, as every writer knows, getting started can be the hardest part. Stories can be shared using the built-in e-mail function. Bonus features include Better Word, which offers alternatives to overused words; Hard to Spell Words, which gives the correct spelling for 100+ commonly misspelled words; and Favorites, which students can use to save their stories.
Book Creator (Free)
Students can create their own e-book in minutes with this free app. A tutorial book with straightforward instructions is included. In addition to text, students can add music, narration, and video to their book. Their creations can be viewed in a variety of apps, including iBooks.
Anne Vogel is a senior writer for K12. With a degree in communications from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree in linguistics and TESOL Certification from George Mason University, her passion for language and writing is clear. Her varied career includes six years teaching English as a Second Language at California State University–Long Beach, after which Anne returned to her native Virginia and taught at her alma mater, Fairfax High School. For the past ten years, she’s worked as a writer and editor for nonprofit and corporate organizations in the education and government contracting sectors. With friends across the globe—thanks to her teaching days—she loves to travel. But the destination she enjoys most is Marietta, Georgia, where her favorite nephew lives.