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13 inexpensive ed-tech tools for writing

With these simple online writing tools and apps, students get to practice writing informally in settings that won’t be too daunting.

Being able to write clearly is an essential skill for all students. With these simple online writing tools and apps, students get to practice writing informally in settings that won’t be too daunting.

This information comes from Common Sense Media and its new Graphite service, a free collection of teacher-written reviews of websites, apps, and digital games for the classroom. To join the Graphite community, got to http://beta.graphite.org.

 

Primary Pad

Grade range: K-3

What is it? Makes peer editing a breeze with adequate teacher modeling.

Pros: Encourages critical thinking and collaboration among young learners.

Cons: Might be challenging as a learning tool for kids who struggle with writing or accessing text.

Bottom line: This valuable tool offers a fun and interactive way for kids to collaborate and practice writing.

Review: http://beta.graphite.org/website/primarypad

 

Toontastic

Grade range: K-5

What is it? Writer, actor, director: Kids play all parts in this riveting storytelling tool.

Pros: Kids can learn the process of effective storytelling and create impressive animated cartoons.

Cons: With no way to lock in the voice-over, kids might need to repeat narratives several times.

Bottom line: A fantastic digital storytelling tool that empowers kids to organize ideas, transforming them into entertaining animated cartoons.

Review: http://beta.graphite.org/app/toontastic

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