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Updated 6-7-16


  1. Buncee–drag and drop multimedia onto a canvas to tell a story or presentation
  2. Character Trading Cards
  3. Context Clues Millionaire
  4. Create Reading Excitement with Book Trailers
  5. Main Idea Battleship
  6. Monster Project
  7. Newspapers, posters, comics—learn to create
  8. Using a table of contents
  9. Writing games


  1. Blogger
  2. Edublog
  3. Kidblog–not available for iPads
  4. SeeSaw–simple, teachers can manage student accounts, for iPads also
  5. WordPress


  1. Bubblus–simple to use, no log-in, free–but a bit quirky (IMHO)
  2. Inspiration–as an online tool or an app
  3. Mind42–online, free
  4. MindMaple—free or fee
  5. MindMeister–free trial for education
  6. Popplet—for iPads and the web
  7. Spicy Nodes
  8. SpiderScribe–add text, pictures, files; free sign-up,


  1. Arthur
  2. Bitstrips for Schools
  3. Boy’s Life
  4. Comic creator–Bubblr
  5. Comics, newspapers, posters—learn to create
  6. Garfield
  8. Make Believe Comix
  9. Pixton–comic creator created specifically for schools
  10. PlayComic–English or Spanish
  11. PowToon–try free, then fee
  12. ReadWriteThink
  13. Storyboard That!
  14. Storytop–no log-in required, drag-drop,
  15. Toondoo–for olders, professional look, but intuitive for students
  16. WittyComics–political comics; no registration
  17. Zimmertwins


  1. My diary
  2. Penzu

Letter Writing

  1. Friendly Letter Maker
  2. Letter Generator


  1. Adobe Spark–a suite of tools for publishing; see newsletter directions here; see example here
  2. Newspaper template–in PowerPoint


  1. Newspaper template–in PowerPoint


  1. AudioNotes–fee–notepad and voice-recorder; Windows, Mac, iOs, Android
  2. Evernote
  3. Google Keep
  4. NoodleTool–3-step note-taking process that helps students takes notes while they learn the process


  1. OneNote
  2. Oak — a plain text outliner on the web; completed online but stored on your local drive
  3. OmniOutliner –for iPads and online
  4. Workflowy – an online list maker that is shared and collaborative

Publish Writing

  1. Boomwriter–register
  2. Storybird
  3. StoryJumper–build a book
  4. TikaTok–publish stories students write
  5. Turn pictures into Videos–Easily


  1. Garfield teaches Writing Skills
  2. Identify the Main Idea
  3. Hemingway App--paste your writing in; it highlights areas of improvement
  4. My Storybook — take writing lessons, write your story, share
  5. Quill–writing skills practice
  6.–grades student writing online


  1. Adobe Spark Video–digital stories that blend images and audio into a movie
  2. Bookr—create stories from photos
  3. Create a story
  4. Google Storybuilder (see how-to video here)
  5. Little Bird Tales–upload drawings, add student voice to them–K, 1 best
  6. Make Your Story
  7. Make your story a newspaper clipping
  8. StoryBird—-storytelling with art–beautiful
  9. Storybook Maker
  10. StoryJumper–build a book
  11. Web-based Madlibs
  12. Zooburst—pop up stories

Social Media

  1. Fake headline
  2. Fakebook–fake FB
  3. IFakeText–fake SMS text


  1. Spelling practice—use with spelling words
  2. TagCrowd
  3. Visuwords
  4. Vocabulary Fun
  5. Word Central—from Merriam
  6. Words in Context

Word Processing Programs

  1. Open Office
  2. Scrivener–aimed at writers and film-makers; small fee; desktops and iOS
  3. WPS–full productivity suite, free, for computers, iOS

Writing review sites

  1. Analyze My Writing
  2. Autocrit
  3. Grammarly–drop writing in for writing help and plagiarism check
  4. Hemmingway App–web-based, despite the name.
  5. ProWritingAid
  6. Quill–Quill review, proofreader, and grammar
  7. SpellCheckPlus
  8. WhiteSmoke–software download; checks grammar and writing conventions; may be best suited for a writing class rather than teaching skills
  9. WPPOnline–writing review program for students

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