Although there appear to be a plethora of apps for literacy, I had difficulty finding suitable age appropriate ones for low level literacy learners in high school. Most of the apps I came across were aimed towards much younger learners. I was hoping that as more apps came on the market, someone, somewhere would develop something which would excite me.
Well it has happened! On one one of my favourite literacy blogs, Mr P’s ICT, (thanks Mr P, I’ve used lots of your ideas), I came across mention of Alan Peat’s literacy resources. On further investigation of references to Alan Peat’s resources, I discovered Alan Peat pocket app of exciting sentences (great teacher resource) as well as an app for interactive student use Exciting Sentences Pupil Edition. These apps are well worth the few dollars they cost.
To find out all about Alan Peat’s Exciting Sentences, google it and you’ll get a pdf of what they are about.
Other great apps from Alan Peat include:
The Alan Peat Pocket Punctuation App, a great teacher resources which has very clear teaching strategies and resources including tasks can be viewed on an interactive whiteboard for student participation. Again, cost is only a few dollars. Amazing value for the content it provides.
Alan also has a series of story machine apps for story planning, including, The Science Fiction Story Machine, Writing Gruesome Ghost Stories and The Fairytales Story Machine. You can read more about them here.
Digital learning is so much fun!