Thinking Thingamabob is an idea generating app from developer Thinking Thingamabob Pty Ltd. With multiple story characteristics and locking and unlocking capabilities, this app is an easy to use writing tool for even the youngest of authors.
Thinking Thingamabob is a really simple app with few bells and whistles. The app does just what it says it will: it helps create new ideas. The app opens to a modules page where your various modules, or idea generators are stored. The free edition of the app comes with Fabulas Lite, a module for creative storytellers and children's authors. Purchase the full version or the Ideator module in this menu.
The Fabulas Lite module has six interchangeable components, or ideasparks. They seem to revolve around good and bad characters, settings, story starters, props, and other ideas. Shake the iPad to randomly change all of the ideasparks, or lock those you like and swipe to change those you don't. Once you've got ideas that get the creative thoughts flowing, record your thoughts with the My Thoughts button and the microphone component of the device. If you find a great ideaspark or combination of ideasparks, make sure to favorite it with the heart button.
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This app is a nice educational tool for beginning writers. I can see it being an easy tool for teachers to put into the hands of students. With many different ideasparks and a simple interface, the app lends itself to an elementary writing lesson. Many young writers struggle with idea generation, this app provides an outlet to get those thoughts flowing. I particularly like the recording component of the app. Students can find ideasparks that appeal to them and instead of focusing solely on the writing process, they can talk their way through the story, spinning a tale without the effort that the writing process takes at a young age.
Overall, this app stands out as a solid educational tool for teachers or parents looking to develop creative writing skills in their students and children. The ease of use and the simple layout make this app a tool that students can use independently as they begin their own journeys as authors.
Thinking Thingamabob is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad App - Free to try with additional modules via in-app purchase
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady
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