Sunday, April 9, 2017

Digital Poetry ~ #DigiLitSunday

Today I am participating in Digital Literacy Sunday with Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Techewhere we are talking about digital poetry.

Summer is almost upon us.  Time for summer activities.  Time for summer camps, with many of those being sports camps.  We have camps for football, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, and golf.  If a child plays a sport, then we can connect him or her with a sports camp.

For the past several years, my school district has thought outside the box and has offered an academic camp, SPARK (Super Powered Activities to Recharge Kids) for our high ability students.  Students have the opportunity to feed their curiosity, their creativity, and their innovativeness with the use of technology.  

I always teach sessions on writing poetry, and yes, sometimes it is hard to compete with drones, spheros, ollies, 3D printers, and 3Doodlers.  But I need to provide an outlet for creative writing because we live in a world of writing-for-the-test.  

I have used Google slides in the past to incorporate technology into my sessions.  Students write their poems and collaborate on Google slides, but I am looking for new ideas.  

I work with 2nd and 3rd graders in one session, and 4th and 5th graders in the other.  Do you have any apps or ideas on digital poetry to share that I could try this summer?  I have many students who come every year and we need something new.  I welcome your suggestions. 

Also, if any of you are still in school the week after Memorial Day and would like to collaborate, Skype, and share poetry across the miles, please leave a note in the comments.  

In the meantime, please enjoy our work from summer's collections.  


  1. Your students' poems are great, Leigh Anne! I think the slide show is an fine way to share them, but I know what you mean about changing things up. I made an iMovie today, which was quite a challenge for me. Kids, especially the 4th & 5th graders, could probably manage it. Good luck!

  2. Leigh Anne, would you and your students like to capture summer in a poetry slide show for my summer gallery. I already coined a title, Sun-Kissed Summer. If they try out the new apps I shared with you, it would make a great addition to the summer gallery. Student voices at summer camp speaks to me.

  3. I enjoyed your slide shows. I don't think I can embed them into Wordpress, but I've never tried. We use Animoto, and I loved how Holly used it for the I am From poems. I think you should consider that project for your creative writing kids. To get the longer video time, there is a cost. Another way to do this that would be free would be to use MovieMaker or Imovie.
    Thanks for sharing this week. Have a Happy Easter!