I discovered Storybird, a tool for writing digital stories, thanks to Richard Byrne’s excellent ‘Free Technology for Teachers’. It is great fun and easy to use. Set up an account (free) – choose your art work and get writing! I showed my Year 7 class (11 to 12 year olds) and some of them decided they would try it. (Under 13s can sign up with parental permission). One student wrote a ’story’ about sequences – a little editing still needed but it’s great and she was delighted that the illustrator commented.
This could provide a fun way to write a Mathematics journal where students reflect on their learning.
Several students have written more ‘stories’ both about Maths and just for fun. Obviously the limitation is that only ordinary text is available but students still seem to have found topics to write about. Look at this one on vocabulary associated with shapes.