It is a gray kind of marine-layer day here in California. The kind of day that makes me want to hunker down in my jammies, grab my ubiquitous cup of coffee and read a book. Except now that I am an iPad owner, it makes me want to cuddle that sleek, little rectangle and find something new and different to do.
So reluctantly, I put my NY Times crossword puzzle aside and I continued my quest for great Education related apps.
I found one.
Those of you who are regulars here at the EEC blog, know that I love me some post-it notes. They are great little flexible tools for planning and categorizing, whether it be for a writing activity or a science classification exercise.
Well, now you can have the same fun with post-it notes on your iPad using the iBrainstorm app by The Universal Mind.
When I first took a look at the stock photos on the iTunes store I was intrigued. This cool little app seemed to sum up all of the things I liked to have students do with post-it notes. I started playing around with the tool and came up with a sample writing graphic organizer:
Let’s say a student was assigned to write on types of transportation. The student could:
- Choose a color for topic and thesis and place it at the middle of the screen.
- Draw connecting lines out in three directions.
- Choose three different colors to represent the supporting paragraphs. In this example, red = cars, green = trains and blue = boats.
- Use other colored post-it notes to add supporting details around each paragraph topic.
- Use the “sharpie” tool to add notes/drawings/connections.
- Add a title and their name.
- Email it to their instructor for feedback!
What I especially love about this app is that it is fairly easy to use. It uses the standard finger-sweep zoom in/zoom out technology and you simply “finger paint” the sharpie tool. You are able to type on the post-its making the words neat. There is also a spelling tool incorporated into the keyboard, eliminating some of the spelling errors that occur as part of compositional risk.
Can you imagine if you had a group of young writers using this to plan! A very exciting option!
The best, folks, is that it is FREE. Yes. FREE. Quick download it now, before that changes! What a great little resource for teachers!
What do you think? Is this a tool you could use in your classroom? How would you use the iBrainstorm app?
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