Have you ever had the feeling that many of our students do not know or remember what the correction symbols we add to their written work are? I have been playing around with the use of IPads in writing lessons, and here go some of the insights I have had so far.
To brainstormIPads really help us in the pre-writing phase. Students can show pictures, brainstorm ideas on
popplet or infinote, and by doing so, we add color and movement to a stage many students tend to skip.
To writeI do not like writing longer texts on the IPads, and I have noticed that some students also do not like it. When I bring the IPads to class, I always give them the option. Last writing workshop I gave, I put some IPads and sheets of paper on my desk, and students stood up and got whichever they prefered.
I do not want to rely on internet connection, and surely enough, I do not want to work more than I already do, so the choice I make regarding apps has to be one that will not require me to print students` work before I write my comments and codes on it, and will not require setting accounts or logging in. There are many options, but the simplest for me is:
Notes - simply ask students to email their writing to you. When you get it, reply and add comments, codes, and everything else you need to send them.