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iPads are becoming a common sight in the classroom, in the hands of both teachers and students, and the number of educational apps is growing everyday. Learn how to get the most from the iPad as a classroom teaching tool in this course with author and educator Aaron Quigley—and enhance student achievement, save time, and be more productive. Aaron shares his favorite apps for students of all levels, from categories like science, math, English, and others designed specifically to help teachers. Use this course to decide if these apps are right for you before you purchase them for the classroom.
Write it Versus, is an application that will allow students to increase their writing skills, as well as the vocabulary skills. The premise of the game is that students will be given a title and three words that they need to use inside of a sentence. Successful completion of the sentence will award them points as well as badges. Students can play independently or against other people. Lets go ahead and start a new game, and take a look at how this works for students. I'm going to Click on the plus sign next to New Game. And here I have three choices. Students can just go ahead and do unlimited game, where they have unlimited time, unlimited pages, and they can write as much as they would like.
They can do a challenge game, where they play against an opponent, to see who can reach ten pages first. Or they can do what's called a Pass and Play game. Pass and Play games are great if you have only one device, and two students are trying to work at the same time. Let's go ahead and Click on Pass and Play to take a look at the format of Write it Versus. The first step is to select a language. Write it is in a variety of languages which means it's going to also be used in foreign language classroom. It's also a great tool for English language learners. Let's go ahead and click on the English icon in the upper left-hand corner.
The first step to a Write it challenge is you have to have a title that you're both writing about. Let's go and Click the Choose Title button to start the game. Now there's titles that are automatically scrolling on the screen. I can either choose to shuffle the titles, I can use my own title, or I can use a trending title. I'm going to go ahead and choose to shuffle the titles again by Clicking on the Shuffle button. When I'm ready, I can go ahead and Click Continue. I still don't really like the title, so let's go and see if we can find a new one. After I Met You is our title. To start the game, let's click Continue.
So at this point, it's going to ask me to use three different words. If I want to reveal the words, I can do so by clicking the left-hand arrow and sliding it all the way across. My easy word is Ugly. My normal word is Discriminate. And my hard word is Puerile. Let's go ahead and click Write It and start the game. So the rules are, you have a maximum of three lives per challenge. If you use all of them, you lose the game. I'm going to Click the start button and player one would start. There's a countdown: three, two, one. And now I have 90 seconds to type on the sentence that uses the title and all three words.
Now the great thing about this is that I can actually click the title and it will automatically enter it.
Okay, so there I've created my sentence. I can now go ahead, and click the Send button. It says congratulations I've unlocked the 60 second clock which just means that I've completed that challenge within 60 seconds. I also received my 90 second badge, because I did it within 90 seconds. It will continue to go through and award badges for everything that I've completed in this individual challenge. At this point what I would do is Click the next button, and I would pass this off to my next opponent. My opponent then would be able to choose a title, choose the words, and go ahead and start their competition. As you can see, I have seven points from this competition and my partner has zero.
Even if we didn't lose lives by running out of time, we could always go through at the end and figure out who has the most points. This application's a great way to keep students engaged with writing, get them familiar with typing, as well as expand their vocabulary.
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