Trading Cards is an interactive app for iPad and Android tablets. It was developed for Read Write Think, a national organization with the mission of providing educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction. This app enables students to author virtual Trading Cards that promote thoughtful discussion and writing. The app features a student profile system to support use in K-12 classrooms. Students see dynamic writing prompts that guide them through the process. They can print, email, and save their trading cards. Trading Cards was released in September 2012.
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ReadWriteThink’s Trading Cards app allows kids and teens a unique way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids for school, or to create their own fictional world of characters.
Create trading cards for any number of categories, including:
• Fictional person
• Real person
• Fictional place
• Real place
• Vocabulary word
Each category has specific guiding questions for creating a dynamic, information-rich trading card. Summarizing skills are critical as they drill down to the most important information to fit on the card. In addition, they become aware of writing for an audience because they can share their cards with others.
Part of the appeal of trading cards is being able to sort them into collections. Have kids and teens build a collection of cards for characters from their favorite book, landmarks in their favorite city, events from a period in history they find interesting, or vocabulary words by school subject.