Many of us have recently read about the popularity of mobile novels (read on a cell phone) in Japan and other countries. In addition, some of us may have also read about a Japanese young woman who wrote a best selling novel entirely through text message on her cell phone. With the aid of Textnovel, your students can now do the same thing! Textnovel is a free and easy way for students to create their own private or public novel through text message. In addition students can also participate with others in creating a collaborative novel on Textnovel. Additonally the novel can be read on cell phones. Anyone can subscribe (as long as your students make it public) to the novel and get updates on a cell phone as it is being written or once it is finished. This could be great for parents! You can use any basic cell phone with textnovel, no need for a smartphone. Since students are using text messaging, they do have to write their entries in 140 characters at a time. As a result, students can write their novels on-the-go. When a thought stirs them, they do not have to have computer or Internet access.
Learning about Genre's
Textnovel allows students to select the genre of novel such as thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, autobiography...etc), then they can text their novel to ADD@TEXTNOVEL.COM. In the message they first type their special code and then the chapter number they would like to add on to such as 197:2, then they are free to type away. It will show up on their private or public (they decide or the teacher can set up the account and decide) account within a minute or less!
A Few Project Ideas
Collaborative class textbooks (where groups of students are in charge of different chapters). Students in the class could subscribe to the novel and get updates to use for review.
Research Notebooks students who are doing long-term research projects such as a history term paper, could send their "notes" and "ideas" to a personal Textnovel. Which could be the starting point for their research study. It also documents their thought process.
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