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iWriting Inspiration

These apps support the pre-writing process and are included in the additional resources of the new iTunes U course "Student Created Books in the iClassroom" -
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Writing prompt generator for students by students.
Writing Challenge for Kids - Creative Prompts and Ideas To Spark Children's Inspiration and Creativity

Writing Challenge for Kids is an app to express creativity, have fun with writing, spark inspiration and improve writing skills.

Student Created Books in the iClassroom by Eanes Ind School District

This is amazing! What I usually have issues with in iTunes U courses is following the author's organizational system and trying to make sense of it. Yours is so well organized that I had no trouble with it whatsoever. I think we should use this model for the elementary ed summer PD classes that we are going to develop this sememster.

Name Dice - random names for writers By Thinkamingo

Name Dice is a tool for writers to create interesting fictional character names. There are hundreds of male and female first and last names, resulting in nearly endless name combinations.

Name Box By Amy Nugent

Name box is a name generator for writers, expectant parents, or anyone in need of a pseudonym! This app draws from a variety of languages to create real-world names based on the criteria you choose.

Story Dice By Thinkamingo

Story Dice is a creative tool to prompt ideas for plot, character, and setting. This idea generator can be used effectively for both written and oral storytelling.

The Brainstormer By Tapnik

The Classic Brainstormer is a bit of kindling for creative minds. A tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer can provide that elusive moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any kind of creative endeavor.

Lists for Writers - ideas for creative writing By Thinkamingo

Lists for Writers is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox. Helpful to both novice and expert writers alike, this app delivers list after list of prompts and ideas for your brainstorming sessions: names, character traits, plot lines, occupations, obsessions, action verbs, and much more!

Writer's Hat By Linda Amos

Writer's Hat is an ideas generator to inspire creative writing, oral literacy and imaginative thinking. Whilst aimed at classroom teachers and educators, it could easily be used for family fun, camp activities and party games.Do your students need help generating ideas for creative story writing, storytelling and interesting sentence and paragraph construction? Then use the Magic Writer's Hat to generate ideas.

Rory's Story Cubes By The Creativity Hub Ltd.

WAYS TO PLAY:• Play with family and friends as a party game or ice-breaker.• Play solitaire as a ‘creative Sudoku’ to stretch your imagination.• Use for second language development.• Use with children to help with literacy skills.• Tell stories to encourage speaking and listening.• Use as the starting point for creative writing, art, music, drama• Use to overcome writer’s block• Use as a creative problem solving tool• Tell stories to build confidence in your creative ability.

Story Wheel By EverAge

Story Wheel is an educational game that improves your child’s cognitive abilities. Story Wheel helps develop an understanding of story composition, strengthens imagination, and improves oral language skills. It is a perfect complement to your child’s language arts school curriculum.1-4 players can create a story. Start by spinning the wheel to get a picture. Next, record your voice as you develop a story with that picture. Each player will build upon the story with a new picture. When done, you can listen to your story and share your creations online, or email them to family and friends.With four themes to choose from, the stories are unlimited.

Word Faucet (Free) By Erasmos Inc

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iDeas for Writing - Creative prompts, tips and exercises to beat writer's block and find inspiration By SCVisuais

If you like writing, you don't have to worry about the creative blocks or the fear of the blank page anymore.

Writing Prompts By 21x20 Media, Inc.

Writing.Com presents "Writing Prompts", the iPhone app with an endless supply of creative inspiration!-->> Search iTunes for "A+ Writing Prompts", our an all inclusive, bundled app... perfect for the classroom!

A+ Writing Prompts By 21x20 Media, Inc.

Writing.Com presents "A+ Writing Prompts", the education version of "Writing Prompts", the iPhone app with an endless supply of creative inspiration! The app includes all of our prompt generators and prompts packs, with no in-app purchases, and at a discounted price, making it perfect for teachers and students.Our prompt generators use scene elements, current events, words, sketches, colors, genres and writing types, unleashing endless random bits of fantasy to fuel your muse. Plus, we've included our database of 600 creative writing prompts so you've got them right at your finger tips, online or off! Shake your device or swipe across the screen to change prompts.

Character Prompts By 21x20 Media, Inc.

Writing.Com presents "Character Prompts", an exciting twist on traditional writing prompts... Put billions of unique character profiles in the palm of your hand! Character Prompts gives you 19 different profile characteristics filled with randomly generated information. We take the process of character development to the next level by adding thousands of character twists and 150 thought provoking questions for your character. Shake your device, swipe across the screen or tap a tab to change prompts.

Storyteller HD By Muon Van

Blocked again?Or do your creative juices just need a boost?Whatever the reason, Storyteller HD is there to help you write that next story, that next page, or that next sentence. All you need to do is rub your iPad and your muse will appear!Storyteller HD comes packed with thousands of character ideas, plot suggestions, location ideas and themes. Whether the hero is an insecure bodyguard obsessed with his own mortality or the suspect a vigilante father avenging his daughter's kidnapping, Storyteller is sure to surprise you with intriguing and original ideas for your stories. There's no need to ever fear writer's block again!

Writing Prompts for Kids By Teacher Created Resources

Boost students' creative writing skills with writing prompts that will spark their imaginations. This writing prompt generator is quick and easy to use; your students will have an inspiring writing topic in seconds. Just tap the screen to pick a situation, a character, a setting, and an object. ★ Differentiate lessons by using one or more prompt categories. ★ Generate millions of unique combinations. ★ Use for whole class, small group, or individual writing assignments.Bonus features: ★ Better Word - Enhances writing and vocabulary skills by offering dynamic alternatives to overused words. ★ Hard to Spell Words - Provides the proper spelling of over 100 commonly misspelled words. ★ Favorites - Save and name your favorites for an easy way to keep track of assigned prompts.

Silly Story Starters - Creative Writing for Kids By daCapo Software

★ Great for helping kids hone valuable writing skills to expand their creativity both at school and at home!! ★★ Generates millions of creative writing ideas for kids in grade school ages.✔ Provides the ability for kids to type and save their writings. ✔ Remembers the student name/school/grade information for 'publishing' by email.✔ Stores the creative writing projects as a collection✔ Offers editing capabilities for existing writing projects. ✔ Export finished writing projects by email as published html files.✔

Kids Write Text Types By Linda Amos

Kids Write Text Types is a tool to help teachers and students with writing. Each text type includes the structure/format, features, and examples. The many ideas/writing prompts are provided to help get students started. Students and teachers may use the planners included to plan for their own writing. They may annotate over them, save them and email them. Kids Write Text Types also includes online texts such as blogging, commenting, and tweeting. The following text types are explored in this comprehensive app:- Procedural- Persuasive- Recount- Narrative- Explanation- Information reports- Transactional- Description- Narrative- Discussion- OnlineIncluded with each text type:- Structure- Examples- Ideas or prompts- Planner

Story Spark - spark creativity in your writing By Thinkamingo

Story Spark is a creativity tool to generate ideas for plot, character, and setting. With a simple tap on the screen, get a fresh new spark of inspiration instantly!Great for the reluctant writer, young and old. Are you worried about what people may say or think about your original story idea? Story Spark can help. Express your creativity by expanding on the Story Spark prompt. Build your creative writing skills by elaborating and embellishing on the trillions of prompts contained in Story Spark.★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Features: ✔ 25+ Scenarios, with unlimited word combinations✔ 37 Beautiful background images✔ Navigate back through your history of prompts✔ Mark prompts as favorites ✔ Regular content updates✔

Create-O-Mat By Gagarin

Are you having trouble coming up with ideas? Let the Create-O-Mat do it for you. The Create-O-Mat application will generate three words, forming a compound word that is supposed to be used in order to change the creative process. This will create a new discourse that can be applied to your design problem or can be a leverage towards improving your already thought-of idea.The purpose of these kinds of exercises is to broaden the thinking space by limiting it. If one thinks of actual cases and actual circumstances for one’s design, it opens up a wider thought horizon at the same time as one realizes more details of the design.

Spark! By Spark Your Imagination Ventures Inc.

Spark Story Starters have been given rave reviews by Parents Canada and Today's Parent. These 52 scenarios created kick-start imagination, encourage problem-solving and get families talking. The questions (in English or French) are fun for people of all ages (3+) and are being used by families - and in classrooms - worldwide!Open-ended questions beg for more than one-word answers. And the best part? There are no wrong answers.*****"

If ... Then ... Fun Deck By Super Duper Publications

This colorful, educational problem-solving App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod Touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card text) from the If… Then… Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications. Select the cards you want students to see, and have them complete statements to enhance their critical thinking, inferencing, and reasoning skills. Prompts include open-ended statements like, “If it looks like it’s going to rain, then …” and “If you spill your drink, then …”

CompareNContrast By Mobile Learning Services

NEW FROM THE DEVELOPERS OF TOOLS 4 STUDENTS. The skill of compare and contrast is part of the Common Core Standards and is included in standardized testing. Students are often required to write compare and contrast passages as part of standardized assessments.This app presents 35 sets of photos connected to a graphic organizer where students list traits that are the same and different about the two photos. Completed organizers can be projected and discussed, emailed, or posted to a dropbox. If emailed, we encourage teachers to have students write an essay in the email below the image using the traits they collected in the organizer. Organizers can be assigned by number or left to student choice. The 35 organizers make it possible to do one a week in the school year giving students lots of practice before taking the tests.