Thursday, 18 April 2013

30 Days of Writing #3: A prompt a day from Plinky.com

If you have access to 1:1 computers, or if your students have computers and Internet access at home, you could introduce them to daily writing exercise using a website called Plinky (http://www.plinky.com/)


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How does Plinky work?
This is what the website says:
“Every day we provide a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer. It's simple to add photos, maps, playlists and more. You can easily share your Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and most major blogging services. We know you've got something interesting to say. Plinky is here to help you say it in a fun and compelling way. Sign up below to get started!”


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What happens when you sign up?
There is a fairly lengthy form to fill in


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Whew! At last. This is quite a mission and it makes me wonder about involving younger primary school students. The daily prompt is shown as in my first illustration above, but there are a number of prompts to choose from if you don’t like the one displayed.


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My conclusion
This could be a site for an older student. If one could get past the sign up process the site could be quite useful just for spontaneous writing.


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