Write Ideas is a pre-writing tool that uses structured prompts and exercises to guide students through their writing assignments. Essentially, it seeks to aid students in overcoming the so-called tyranny of the blank page when getting started on such assignments as book reports, essays, articles, stories, and letters.
What is it about?
Write Ideas works by first asking you what you want to start writing. The app supports a number of assignment types, including book review, descriptive essay, informative essay, personal letter, newspaper article, short story, lab report, and more. For each assignment type, the app provides predefined sections and questions as prompts to guide you in your writing. For example, if you’re going to write a book review, Write Ideas will ask you who the main character is, or if you’re working on a newspaper article, it will ask you the key components for a headline.
For those who...
- are students having trouble with writing assignments.
- are looking for something to help capture and organize ideas.
Not for those who...
- prefer free form for writing assignments.
- don’t have a Microsoft school account.
Why we love it
Write Ideas is a useful tool for students as it helps them bring their ideas to the page with guided prompts tailored to the specific writing assignments they need to work on. It also helps them express themselves more easily through text entry, voice dictation, or doodling. It’s just a shame that it’s not to open to all users, given that it works only with Microsoft school accounts.
App Store Description
In Write Ideas, students get a pre-writing tool for their book reports, short stories, essays, and more. The app provides the structure and space for students to speak, type, and draw their ideas. Students can then export their work to email, OneNote or Word and use it as a foundation for their writing assignments.
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