Mobile Apps for Secondary English Language Arts

Journal Jar

What is it?

Journal Jar is an app that creates randomized writing prompts.

How can it be used in a Language Arts class?

Journal Jar can be used to begin a class with free writing. For example, using Journal Jar students can be given 5 to 15 minutes to free write based on the prompt before beginning the class. This will allow them to get ideas on the page and to stimulate their creative and critical thoughts.


Storykit App

What is it?

StoryKit is an app that allows students to create books. Students can create their own books or rework class books.

How can it be used in a Language Arts class?

StoryKit is a great tool for encouraging students to think creatively. For example, the app could be used to have students, in groups or alone, re-write a class tale from a different perspective. This lesson would allow students to think more deeply about the text and characters in a critical way that encourages engaged thinking.

Wordpress

What is it?

WordPress is a blog-style app that allows students to post writing and links to other resources/material. Wordpress can serve as a hub site for other projects, similar to the ePortfolio we are developing in EDU 210. The app also allows for commenting and sharing.

How can it be used in a Language Arts class?

Wordpress could be used for students to create a personal and public reflection on a class or class assignment. For example, students could be asked to keep a blog-style journal on a text read in class such as Life of Pi. They would continually post their thoughts as they make their way through the book. Students would be aware that this text is public to their classmates encouraging discussion, collaboration, and reflection.

Google Docs

What is it?

Google Docs is an app that allows people to share and collaborate in formats similar to Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.

How can it be used in a Language Arts class?

Google Docs is a great way to have students do collaborative writing. I would encourage the use of Google Docs for group projects. For example, I would assign that students use Google Docs to keep track of progress, notes, and reflections during a group assignment and would access the Google Doc during assessment.

Evernote

What is it?

Evernote is an app that allows students to take notes.

How can it be used in a Language Arts class?

I would encourage students to use Evernote in place of traditional pen and paper writing if it better suited their learning style. This would not be for a specific class assignment, but as a means of substitution for students that prefer this method of note-taking. This method also allows for easy sharing and reference.

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