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Write the World

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Tags

ELA: Writing ELA: Reading ^Music, Art and Makerspaces ^21st Century Skills Middle/High School Website

Skills

Flexible Thinking Verbal Reasoning

Mindprint Expert Review

Pros

  • The writing prompts go beyond the question or topic, but include examples and guiding questions to support the writer.
  • The community aspect of this site might appeal to students who enjoy connecting with others on social media platforms with the specific focus on writing.
  • Site provides students an opportunity to receive feedback beyond their in-person network.

Considerations

  • Students who enter the competitions will receive adult feedback on their writing, but the site does not have any built-in instruction on writing.
  • The writing prompts go into depth to inspire deeper thought, but for students who struggle with structure or organization of content, this will not serve as the tool to support that.

Mindprint Expert Review

Write the World is an online writing community for high school students, providing an engaging platform that can effectively motivate students to develop and cultivate a love for writing and expression. Write the World is set up like other social media platforms where students have a profile and follow and connect with peers to share work. The writing prompt section enables students to choose topics to inspire their writing. The prompts include not only a topic question, but also examples, guiding ideas and other supports to inspire thoughtful response and critical thinking. The prompts are also paired with attractive photographs for additional inspiration. Students can join groups of students with similar interests. They also can receive peer feedback on their writing and review the work of their peers. The site guides students on how to write and give good feedback to peers. Students can enter competitions and receive feedback from authors, writing teachers and other experts. These competitions give students an extra motivation and the chance to strengthen their writing and editing skills, however, beyond that, the site does not monitor student progress. Write the World offers a positive, online community that emphasizes the value of developing a voice through writing. The site will appeal to students who enjoy the community aspect of social media platforms and who are interested in writing. It is a great platform for students who might be more reluctant to share and gain feedback on their writing from their in-person friends or family members.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)

Fun

Engaging for the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Appropriate for a broad age range to use and enjoy
  • Subject matter and problems are relevant, interesting and authentic to students
  • Visually appealing to children in the target age range
  • Provides virtual rewards or incentives after meeting specified goals or objectives
  • Provides a "break activity" between academic problem sets
  • Offers ongoing, progressive challenge
  • Overall - Enjoyable. Given the option, students would choose this option

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Has a free or trial version
  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Provides an age-appropriate tutorial/first time users can work independently
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Has a multi-player option to foster in-person collaboration or cooperation
  • Multiple users can save a profile
  • Student graduates to the next level or topic only after meeting a benchmark
  • Can play without sound and not distract others
  • Students can save work between sessions
  • Can effectively understand and monitor student's progress (email report or in product)
  • Requires registration before using the first time
  • Provides options to play in languages other than English/Good for ELL
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Cognitive Concerns

May not be advisable for students with the following cognitive needs

  • Organization
    • Includes long written questions or text that students must be able to read on their own
  • Reading Basics
    • Includes long written questions or text that students must be able to read on their own
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Includes long written questions or text that students must be able to read on their own
  • Reading Fluency
    • Includes long written questions or text that students must be able to read on their own
  • Vocabulary
    • Assumes specific knowledge or vocabulary without "look-up" options
  • Working Memory
    • Requires scanning in multiple places for words, objects or numbers
    • Requires recall of text information without audio or visual reinforcement
    • Includes long written questions or text that students must be able to read on their own