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Apps That Rise to the Top
  • Apps for the Writing Process
    • Apps for Organizing Information
      • Apps for Digital Storytelling and Presentations
Technology Tools for Writing
  • Poetry Writing Sites
    • Writing Interactives from NCTE


Apps that Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved by Teachers
from Mind Shift--a blog sponsored by KQED and NPR which tracks the newest trends and research in the world of education. Includes apps for:
  • Digital Storytelling and Presentation Tools
  • Video Tools
  • Photo Editing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Reading Engagement
  • English Language Arts
  • Coding
  • Using Social Media



Japanese poetess and her listeners
Japanese poetess and her listeners


Apps to support the Writing Process


The Top 10 Apps for Writers


Need fresh ideas for your writing? This app takes into consideration current events, words, scenes, phrases, colors and an assortment of other "sparks" so you can turn up the heat in your writing and beat the block!

Story Creator--A story creation tool

Creative book builder ($$) Help your students create and publish their own e-books which can be read with iBook!

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing, Edutopia

Apps for Organizing Information/ Note-taking and Archiving


weKWL--Create collaborative KWL charts that multiple devices can contribute to at once.

Three Ring--A digital notebook for students and a place teachers can check in on the work their students are completing

Subtext insert notes and questions in a text students are reading

weMap-- A collaborative story mapping tool

From Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
From Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

Digital Storytelling and Presentation Apps:


Animoto allows users to create thirty second videos for free using pictures, music, and user-written captions. For videos longer than thirty seconds, a subscription must be purchased (price is cheap and can be done for only one month, if desired). See To Kill a Mockingbird Digital Story example.
Click here to see the free app in the iTunes store.

Sock Puppets--Students can create settings, props, and record voices in this app to put a silly twist on presentation

Story Creator--A story creation tool

Creative book builder ($$)--Help your students create and publish their own books which can be read with iBook!

Animation Desk--Create hand drawn animations on your iPad

weMap--A collaborative story mapping tool

Padlet--A collaborative online bulletin board



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Cube Creator from National Council of Teachers of English offers online outlining for writing
  • Biographies
  • Mystery Stories
  • Fiction or Nonfiction stories
  • Questions and Answers

The Up-Goer Five Text Editor
  • Try explaining a complex idea using only the 1000 most commonly used words in English

Book Creator

Interactive Poetry Writing Sites

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Shelley: Human-AI Collaboration Horror Stories
  • MIT Computer Bot writes its own horror stories
    • Every hour it starts a new story on Twitter and encourages readers to contribute
    • It uses more than 14,000 horror stories posted on Reddit

Shelley was trained on adult stories so parents and teachers will need to review the text carefully.

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More Writing Interactives from National Council of Teachers of English

An excellent article from EdTech Review on the ways teachers can enhance the classroom using Twitter