Teachers' Tales

If Shakespeare had an iPad: 7 ways Pobble is creating a generation of young writers

by Adam Ormrod
on July 27, 2016


As teachers we know that the key to good writing is to make it exciting. With technology finding its way into the classroom left and right, it was a matter of time before writing would be addressed. At Pobble, our goal is to find ways to excite pupils about their own potential to write. Here’s how…


1. Exploration; a new style of learning, and teaching

A sheer infinite amount of work written by peers is a great place for pupils to start their research. Suppose you are writing a report about Romans. There’s no need to turn to generations-old text books, Google or Wikipedia. You can find your peers’ perspectives on Pobble and draw from them.
For the teacher, the same pieces of writing are amazing exemplars. Discuss a piece with your class: what’s good, what could be improved? No need for textbook examples.

2. Guided reading; it’s as simple as A B C

Reading no longer requires lugging around huge textbooks. Assign your pupils the task of finding and analysing a piece of writing to their liking on Pobble. It’s not all Hemingway or Twain, but there’s a lot to learn from the work of writers of similar age.

3. Supportive feedback; a compliment sandwich from a friend

Peer assessment is such a crucial part of the learning journey nowadays. Pobble makes it easy. With their individual accounts, pupils comment on the work of their classmates, and peers from around the world. A specifically designed framework supports the formulation of targeted, supportive and constructive feedback.

4. Excitement; a whole-school approach to writing

Never has writing been such an exciting endeavour. Just imagine the impact of knowing that your work will be read by people from all over the world! Nonetheless, our experience is that a local audience is just as important. Our most successful schools use the Pobble platform to involve pupils across all classes, and their families.

5. Inclusivity; support one and all

One of the pillars underlying Pobble’s philosophy is inclusiveness. All children deserve to be published authors. Teachers select published authors every week, based on the performance of each individual child. Not the best writers in the class get published, but the ones that made an incredible effort.
It comes as no surprise that Pobble has shown amazing potential to inspire the most reluctant writers. Whereas it wasn’t specifically designed for it, Pobble turns out to be an amazing tool in the world of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability).

6. Assessment; make progress visible

With your pupil’s work available in one place, making their progress visible becomes manageable. Teachers use this track record for traditional assessment and moderation purposes. For pupils, importantly, it also provides a view on their progress over the months and years. What can be more inspiring to keep on learning, than to see how much you’ve progressed already?

7. Looking forward; inspire them to write!

Which of your pupils will be the next Shakespeare, or write for Buzzfeed? It all starts with excitement, and their experience as published authors on Pobble sets them off on the right path.