As teachers of writing, we recognise the power of visual images as a stimulus for creativity. During the Grade 5 Fantasy writing unit, the students were tasked with composing short powerful writing extracts. They explored strategies for developing compelling leads, and describing characters and setting in detail.
Some classes used the ‘Epic Citadel’ app on iPad which allows users to explore a dynamic fantasy setting, with high resolution graphics.
Keynote was selected as the tool to publish these extracts which enabled the combination of oral and visual language. Using the transition tool, Magic Move, students were able to create simple movies by zooming in or panning out of the image. They then recorded a voiceover of their story to accompany the slideshow.