Thursday, January 2, 2014

Using the StickAround App with Emergent Writers

One day I was reading Tony Vincent's website and I noticed that he was creating an app with the makers of Explain Everything. Well I immediately signed up for the email to learn when this great app would be available. I waited and waited and finally the email arrived. I stopped what I was doing and purchased the app. The only problem was it was time for Christmas break and I couldn't try it out with my students. So I have been playing with the app for a few days and have created several puzzles. I thought I'd share a few of my ideas.

When working with young writers during Writers' Workshop one of the first lessons I teach is for students to draw pictures and add labels to the picture. What better way to help students practice this skill than to use this app. Students can take pictures of activities they do around the school, bring pictures in from home, or even draw pictures and import the picture into the app. Students can then label the picture with the stickers from the app. 

Another idea is to use nursery rhymes, poems, or a nonfiction topics to create puzzles. The great thing about the app is you can differentiate for students by adding audio, web links, or having students create their own puzzle.

What do you think? Have you tried this app? How would you use it with your students?

If you would like to learn more ways to use this app along with other technology tools during writers' workshop in the primary grades click {here} to read my post.

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