rAPPido Review: Inklewriter – Don’t just choose your own adventure; Write it!

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 2.31.35 PMEducational Gaming has been on my mind lately. But my brain had been thinking of it mainly in the context of an innovative, interactive way of teaching digital citizenship skills. But then I cam across the BBC’s heart-wrenchingly effective Syria Journey: Choose Your Own Escape Route, where you must make the devastating choices Syrians must face due to the civil war in their country. I know, I know. I have already sent the link to the staff at our school twice now. But it had so much impact on me that I’ve decided to hit you over the head with it.

But it isn’t just the fact that the game gave me a terrifying glimpse into what it must be like to be a Syrian refugee. It was because for the first time since I had been thinking of gasification, I realized how simple it could be to have a maximum impact.

Then I thought about how much I loved the Choose your own adventure books when I was a kid.

And then I thought about the Introduction to WWII project I was revamping for the Grade 9 English class to compliment their reading of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

Gaming. Education. Story-telling. There must be an easy digital storytelling tool I could use, right?


I was super excited to try Inklewriter. It is super easy to use – you don’t even need to sign in if you don’t want, though you will need to provide your email and a password in order to save your story.

I won’t bore you with a bunch of screenshots – instead just direct you to the following video tutorial:

I am going to use it for the group who will be researching resistance and collaboration in Nazi-Occupied Europe. We are going to ask the students to write a choose your own adventure story from the point of view of a young girl who is living in a small town in a Nazi occupied town. Her family is out of work, out of money and out of food. What are the choices available for her?

Here are a couple of screenshots at my attempt. I did it very quickly in order to see if the app was easy to use and whether it made sense, so don’t judge the writing too harshly:

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Well, you see where it could lead. The above literally took me about 20 minutes to make.It struck me as I was writing, that it isn’t just a good tool to highlight the greyness of hard, ethical decisions, but it is also a great, fun technical tool to teach students about plot and voice.

As a writer, it reminded me that stories are really a chain of decisions your characters make. It made me look at my own creative process in a new light and I am eager to use this kind of tool for my next project!

How could you use it in your class?

9 Mobile Apps for Poetry Month

I know we are already half way through the month, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to celebrate poetry with the following apps!

Poetry comes from the soul, but apps can help students embrace the form, whether it’s shape and theme generators or videos of actors reading Shakespeare.

Source: www.edutopia.org

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Répertoire des usages pédagogiques pour iPad – Documentation — RIRE

I found this article below via a tweet yesterday. They have grouped the apps by subject- though many of them we already know, there were a few intriguing apps I had not heard of in every discipline. What makes this list even better is that it is created by Quebecers for Quebecers and with our school curriculum in mind.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Le Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative (RIRE) diffuse de l’information susceptible de répondre aux besoins des acteurs de la réussite éducative.

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Shakespeare: Blending the Bard with 21st Century Technology

I know the Shakespeare unit for the junior classes is coming up which makes this article below very timely.

TechChef4U offers up a whole bunch of ideas on how to enhance Shakespeare in the classroom with technology. From exploring Shakespeare, some amazing Shaksepeare apps to even a Globe Theatre built in Minecraft, there are some very cool ideas here.

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Innovative Grammar Mind Map Is Perfect For Teaching English – Edudemic

As someone who went to a francophone school well into my high school years,  I did not have an English Grammar lesson until about grade eleven. And even then it was extremely basic. In fact, I remember being in a University English class on the history of the English language and our professor being extremely appalled at how little we (it wasn’t just me- it was the whole class) about English grammar.

My grasp of the underlying structure of the language is (cough, cough) intuitive at best. Perusing the grammar mind map below, I have just now realized the depth of my ignorance.

Sigh. What a humbling way to start the day…


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This grammar mind map breaks down basic English grammar into eight branches, and then breaks down each branch a bit further.

Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

This one’s for you Mr. D!

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Literature Circle Discussion: Part II- Another Layer

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In Part 1 of Literature Circle Discussions, I shared 6th Grade Humanities teacher, Emily Vallillo’s well structured and organized Literature Circle lesson. Literature circles are a way to support s…

Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

I learned a new word: Annotexting!I love the idea of having the students analyse their discussion afterward- I thought it was the teacher who had put together the annotation, but after re-reading the post, I am pretty sure it was the kids! This is a way to take our grade 7 reading circles to the next level with the iPad, which would allow the students to do all of theses steps on one device. Check out the video which gives a step by step of the process.

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