CONCEPT: Create a poem inside an image shape of the subject matter.
DELIVERY: Read Write Think's free line of apps to support literacy has a range of poetry themed offerings. I came across this one last week when a colleague asked me about apps for shape poems.
The idea is simple: you select a category and a subject image from within it, for example a tree in the nature section. The next step is to brainstorm and the following page shows the image and provides a series of boxes for budding poets to collate ideas. These are then carried over to the next screen where you can type the poem itself into a text box and see it fill the shape of the actual image.
As with the other RWT apps, the export process is simple and the fact that you can save the finished work as a jpg into the camera roll means that it can be inserted into other apps with ease for multimedia presentation.
LIMITATIONS: These are not true Shape (concrete) poems in that they don't take the actual form of the object. Prompts for the brainstorming would be nice and it'd be great if you could import your own images too. The final image also only exports in black and white.
CONCLUSION: Free, well presented and quite effective, just a little limited compared to some of the other offerings from RWT. 2/5
Poetry planning and writing
Cross curricular maths using the geometric shapes