What is it about the iPad that makes them engaging and powerful for learning. One of the most significant must be the potential for gaming.The challenge of competing against friends, classmates or even people on the other side of the planet. The excitement of facing challenges, the feeling of success as you level up or even win badges or points. Or even that feeling of “YES – I did it!”. The same kids who don’t persist at other tasks will fail, fail and fail again but keep going until they pass that level. I always amazes me how long kids will persist in a game.
Write It Versus. uses the element of gaming and leveling up very well. The app costs 2.99 and it’s motto is “the pen is mightier than the sword”.
Students select an avatar and race against each other and time to write a story in less than 140 characters per page. Check it out on this YouTube video. I think this would be as engaging for writing as Words With Friends is for spelling. As they say “You just have to lose the fear of being wrong and you’ll get creative dear!”