Collaborative Writing

One of the big ideas in the WWP is the belief that writing is social and collaborative.  Students generate creative pieces when they have an opportunity to share their ideas and build on other’s thoughts.  When students collaborate with writing, they have opportunity to expose themselves to different styles.  They get to see examples of “good” writing techniques.  There are a variety of ways to say “Mary ran into the classroom”.  As teachers we can introduce more complex language and sentences, but then sometimes, they just don’t get.  When they see their peers using a variety of words and sentences, it is almost learning by osmosis.  Try using this online site to create collaborative works.

Instructions to students

  1. One student goes to
  2. Give your Pad an unique “easy” name (madeupname)
  3. Have partner(s) type in URL
  4. Begin the writing
  5. One student exports the work at the end of the writing session.


Creating and Sharing a Talking Storybook

iBooks have some amazing and creative stories which can include audio.  Using the IPad , students have the ability to create their own talking stories using a variety of different apps.  They can add their own voices, audio sounds, own pictures, clipart, electronic drawings, and of course their own writing. Lastly, they can share their audio story, so others can open in iBooks.

Here is a outline of the apps you could use

  1. Open “Character Prompts”  Create a profile of your main character, saving to notes basic, physical , info, twists and questions.  Copy and paste your notes into “Pages“.  Begin to write your story.  You may use a graphic organizer app to ensure your story follows a plot profile (beginning, problem, attempts to solve, resolution and conclusion.
  2. Use “Portrait” to create an avatar of your character.
  3. Use a drawing app such as “DrawCast” or “Drawing Box” to create settings, etc.  Capture the screen in Photos.
  4. Open “Book Creator”.  Create pages, adding text (copy and paste), audio recordings, sound effects, avatar, pictures and drawings.
  5. Share to Evernote and email to your teacher, friends, parents etc.
  6. Your Audience will be able to open in iBooks.

Creating a Podcast on your iPad

Try the free app “I Tell A Story”

A lot of students have enjoyed creating audio stories in Garageband, but with the iPad version it was not a priority to include the podcasts.  The free app “I Tell A Story” allows the students to create a simple story.  It has some built in sound effects and access to the itunes library.  I would recommend adding your apple audio files to your itunes library.

  1. Listen to samples of audio stories online
  2. Brainstorm genres of audio stories
  3. Give an example of a written script (may give students a template for)
  4. Students write a script.
  5. Record script in sequential order in “I Tell A Story”
  6. Save, play and enjoy
  7. In the editing there is email choice, send to teacher

Below is a sample

Halloween Story

Teaching Critical Thinking skills.

It is really important that students know how to search for information on the web.  As adults, we have often wasted time looking for information.  Being more concise on our searches have improved our time spent, but students do not always follow this advice. So many sites out there offer information which is too dense or invalid.  Students must be able to create their own filters to validate and process this information.


Welcome New iPad Teachers

Congratulations to our three new iPad teachers in the WWP.  Joining the project are at Bert Ambrose Charlene Barr and Paula London and at RO Melissa DeGroot.