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Free English/Language Arts Apps

Word Mover

ReadWriteThink's Word Mover mobile app is used to supplement classroom instruction, reinforce concepts taught in class, and offer increased student engagement through the use of tablet devices and their associated functionality.

Word Mover allows children and teens to create "found poetry" by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

FEATURES:

  • Multi-user poem storage
  • User management with the ability to delete or restore within 2 weeks
  • 6 poem categories, each with the ability to personalize
  • 12 backgrounds for stylizing poems
  • Helpful how-to information available throughout app
  • Auto-saving of poems as they are created
  • Viewing of finished poem for proofreading
  • Ability to save poem to photos
  • Ability to print poem on a wireless printer
  • Ability to send poem by e-mail

Word Mover is an educational app for all ages that adds creativity and fun to the learning process. If you have ideas for educational uses for this app in school or at home, please share with us in the customer reviews.

Privacy: Your poems are private unless you decide to share them by e-mail. ReadWriteThink.org does not store any personal information from this app.

RWT Hero's Journey

The hero's journey is an ancient story pattern that can be found in texts from thousands of years ago or in newly released Hollywood blockbusters. This interactive tool will provide students with background on the hero's journey and give them a chance to explore several of the journey's key elements. Students can use the tool to record examples from a hero's journey they have read or viewed or to plan out a hero's journey of their own.

RWT Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets. Students can choose from numerous layouts for the pages of their books.

RWT Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy, included in an extended research skills unit which also employs the Hints about Print interactive, aids students in learning the importance of finding the words in sentences and paragraphs that contain the facts they need for compiling their research. They practice by pulling important words from a text over to a virtual notebook. The students then move to putting those notes into their own words, avoiding plagiarism. Having elementary students participate in the fact-finding process early in their school experience promises to enrich further study and enjoyment of nonfiction texts.

RWT Postcard Creator

The Postcard Creator helps students learn to identify all the typical parts of a postcard, and then generate their own postcard messages by typing information into templates. Students fill in the address, illustrate the front and stamp, enter details on the postcard's artwork, and craft the postcard message. The finished postcard can then be previewed, edited, printed, and shared.

RWT Cover Creator

The Cover Creator is designed to allow users to type and illustrate covers for a variety of media: front book covers, front and back covers, full dust jackets, CD and DVD covers and related booklets for liner notes and other information. Students can use the tool to create new covers for things they have read or viewed or they can create covers for media they compose individually or as a class.

RWT Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book is designed to allow users to create with ease an eight-page book simply by folding and cutting. No tape or staples are required. Students and teachers alike can use the Stapleless Book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets. Students can choose from seven different layouts for the pages of their books.

RWT Word Matrix

The Word Matrix is a tool designed to assist teachers in vocabulary instruction, but it has flexible applications in literary analysis and writing instruction as well. The interactive tool can be used to teach students the concepts of connotation and register; to help clarify differences between seemingly similar words; to explore the concept of diction in literary analysis; or to encourage more precision in word choice in student writing.

Using preconfigured word lists (or a list of synonyms they populate themselves), students organize words by their connotative charge on one axis, placing words with more negative connotations to the left and more positive connotations to the right. On another axis, students organize that same list based on their levels of relative register, from informal to formal. Students also have the option of providing a brief statement that justifies their placement of a word at a specific point on the matrix.

RWT Profile Publisher

Students can use the Profile Publisher to mock up or draft online social networking profiles, yearbook profiles, and newspaper or magazine profiles for themselves, other real people (including historical figures), or fictional characters. The tool could also be used for profiles of nonhuman living creatures, inanimate objects or abstract concepts (e.g., profile of an amoeba, an historical monument, or friendship).

RWT Timeline

Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing.

Add, drag, and rearrange items as needed. Saving capability allows students to return to their work and make revisions, and they can share their final work via e-mail.

Users can send their finished timeline to their device’s camera roll or email it as a .pdf file to friends and family.

Created with classroom use in mind, this tool allows users to create their own profile to store their work, making device sharing easier for students in classes which do not have 1-to-1 tablet availability.

This app mirrors our popular timeline web-based interactive, so users familiar with one can easily adapt to the other. In fact, the two are so similar that users can send their editable .rwt files to an email address and then open their timeline right in the online tool!

Trading Cards

ReadWriteThink’s Trading Cards app allows kids and teens a unique way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids for school, or to create their own fictional world of characters.

Create trading cards for any number of categories, including:
• Fictional person
• Real person
• Fictional place
• Real place
• Object
• Event
• Vocabulary word

Each category has specific guiding questions for creating a dynamic, information-rich trading card. Summarizing skills are critical as they drill down to the most important information to fit on the card. In addition, they become aware of writing for an audience because they can share their cards with others.

Part of the appeal of trading cards is being able to sort them into collections. Have kids and teens build a collection of cards for characters from their favorite book, landmarks in their favorite city, events from a period in history they find interesting, or vocabulary words by school subject.

FEATURES:

• Multi-user card storage
• Management of users by deleting and restoring within 2 weeks
• 7 card categories, each with a targeted set of guiding questions that cover key information
• Ability to add and edit an image from your device’s camera or photo library
• 12 card designs for styling cards
• Helpful how-to information on each screen
• Ability to create collections of completed cards
• Auto-saving of cards as they are created
• Viewing of finished card for proofreading
• Ability to save card to photos
• Ability to print card on a wireless printer
• Ability to send card by e-mail

Trading Cards is an educational app for all ages that adds creativity and fun to the learning process. If you have ideas for educational uses for this app in school or at home, please Contact Us.

Privacy: Your trading cards are private unless you decide to share them by e-mail. ReadWriteThink.org does not store any personal information from this app.

Venn Diagram

This app allows users to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles. Users identify and record concepts that can be placed in one of the circles or in the overlapping areas, allowing them to organize their information logically. The finished Venn diagram can be emailed out or saved to the device's photo album.

Users can pick from several circle colors, and both the circles and item font size can be altered to better align with the users' needs for each project.

Designed for use in the school environment, this app features a simple profile system so that multiple users can create their own Venn diagrams on the same device without confusion.

Acrostic Poem

This app allows users to learn about and write acrostic poems, a poetry form that uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word.

This educational tool allows users to first brainstorm words to help write their poem. Work can be saved in progress to revise and edit, which reinforces elements of the writing process.

Users can send their finished poem to their device’s camera roll or email it as a .pdf file to friends and family.

Created with classroom use in mind, this tool allows users to create their own profile to store their work, making device sharing easier for students in classes which do not have 1-to-1 tablet availability.

This app mirrors our popular acrostic poem web-based interactive, so users familiar with one can easily adapt to the other. In fact, the two are so similar that users can send their editable .rwt files to an email address and then open their acrostic poem right in the online tool!

Haiku Poem

With this app, students can learn about and write haiku, a popular Japanese poem that traditionally has three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. They begin by brainstorming words for their poem, and then they compose their poem with attention to how many syllables they’ve written for each line. The final step allows students to customize the design of their poem with one of the provided artistic backgrounds or by uploading their own image.

Saving capability allows students to return to their work and make revisions. Final work can be shared via e-mail or saved to the device's camera roll.

Designed for use in the school environment, this app features a simple profile system so that multiple users can create and store their own haiku poems on the same device without confusion.

This app mirrors our web-based student interactive Haiku Poems, so users familiar with one can easily adapt to the other. In fact, the two are so similar that users can send their editable .rwt files to an email address and then open their haiku poem right in the online tool!

Theme Poem

This app allows users to learn about and write theme poems. A theme poem is a poem written within the shape of subject of the poem, such as writing about a birthday cake in the shape of a cake.

This educational tool allows users to save their work-in-progress to revise and edit, reinforcing elements of the writing process.

Users can send their finished poem to the camera roll or email a .pdf file to friends and family.

Created with classroom use in mind, this tool allows users to create their own profile to store their work, making device sharing easier for students.

This app mirrors our popular web-based interactive: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/diamante-poems-30053.html

In fact, users can export their .rwt to an email address and then open their acrostic poem on right in the online tool!

Diamante Poem

In this app, users can learn about and write diamante poems, which are diamond-shaped poems that use nouns, adjectives, and gerunds to describe either one central topic or two opposing topics (for example, night/day or winter/spring). Examples of both kinds of diamante poems can be viewed online or printed out.

Because diamante poems follow a specific format that uses nouns on the first and last lines, adjectives on the second and fourth lines, and gerunds in the third and fifth lines, this tool has numerous word-study applications. The tool provides definitions of the different parts of speech students use in composing the poems, reinforcing the connection between word study and writing. It also includes prompts to write and revise poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process.

Users can send their finished poem to their device’s camera roll or email it as a .pdf file to friends and family.

Created with classroom use in mind, this tool allows users to create their own profile to store their work, making device sharing easier for students in classes which do not have 1-to-1 tablet availability.

This app mirrors our popular diamante poem web-based interactive, so users familiar with one can easily adapt to the other. In fact, the two are so similar that users can send their editable .rwt files to an email address and then open their diamante poem right in the online tool!

Alphabet Organizer

The Alphabet Organizer enables children to create a calendar-style alphabet chart or letter pages for an alphabet book. Younger children can print the letter pages and draw pictures of things that start with each letter. They can also use the chart to learn the order of the alphabet and which words start with which letters—an important building block for reading.

Older children can take the tool a step further, using the option that allows room for words and notes. It’s ideal for studying vocabulary words or organizing thoughts about a topic.

Images can be add into each letter categories, greatly expanding users' ability to make a vibrant alphabet book.

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