How many apps does it take to write a poem?
At the Worle Community school in Western- Super-Mare, I was challenged to use 20 iPad 1s to support a poetry lesson, with a year seven class (students aged 11+12)
The iPad one had no camera! As a practitioner using video and animation to; engage, motivate, bring a creative approach to problem solving and presenting, I panicked.
What no camera?
I realised I had to create any video content with an app on the iPad. Explain Everything is a great video creation app, one of my favourite. A must use for every teacher, teaching any subject to all abilities and ages. Explain Everything was used to create the video content.
What about the words?
There are lots of poetry/word magnet apps. A great way to encourage students to play with words, mix them about and change them. We used Poetry Magnets to compose the short single verse poems.
More word art?
TypeDrawing added a little extra to the finished results. Type in a word or sentence then draw with it. Simple and effective.
How to present the outcomes?
Video allows students the opportunity to present and perform their poems. So we used Explain Everything as a method of recording the poems, allowing the students to play the poems, reflect and assess their work. Present and celebrate them on the Whiteboard and share via a cloud based service.
With three different apps, the students in just forty-five minutes created their poems, working in pairs. This was a few years ago and the students loved the lesson. Boys who traditionally are reluctant to engage with the idea of poetry and writing poems, dived right in. They really enjoyed the process of; choosing words, moving them about, changing and playing with their physical shapes. Not one student protested to recording their poems, playing with sounds, emphasising particular words and performing. Several really got into it, as you can see from the video outcomes below.
Maybe creating video content without a camera, made it easier for students to perform their poems. Even the generation of photo selfie obsessed children, not all feel total comfortable recording themselves, performing.
The apps used in this poetry App smash were; Poetry Magnets, Explain Everything and TypeDrawing.