Sunday, April 26, 2015

DigiLit Sunday - Trying Out Apps and a Tanka

      I love that Margaret Simon has started a Sunday Link Up for posts about digital literacy at her blog to challenge us to share our technology journeys.
Thank you Margaret Simon for encouraging us to link up poetry this month using the hashtag #digipoetry.  Also, thank you Leigh Anne Eck for creating a button for us to use.
     Michelle Haseltine has been posting pictures using the app, Waterlogue, and I've wanted to try it.  I'm also reading The Crossover aloud to my fifth graders, continuing to marvel at the amazing poems throughout the story.  I came to a Tanka yesterday, and wanted to try writing one.  I put the two together using another app I found, After Photo.
Tanka from The Crossover:
Tanka for Language Arts Class
This Christmas was not
Merry, and I have not found
joy in the new year
with Dad in the hospital
for nineteen days and counting.
Mine (I think its a little hard to read - wish I could get the text in black, but I couldn't figure that out.):


  1. The magnolia in our neighbor's yard is blooming. Your poem expresses this beauty. I kinda like the white text because the flower is white. Isn't it fun (and frustrating) to play with these apps?

  2. Holly, this app makes your photo look like a watercolor painting. How wonderful! I like the title in white but agree that another color print may have been eye-popping. I like the connection of the seasons illustrated in your poem. I am going to play around with this new app. Thank you.

  3. Holly, did you pay for Waterlogue or were you able to get it free?

    1. I paid $2.99. I hardly ever pay for apps, but I really like this one!

  4. Beautiful poem Holly! Waterlogue is on my list to play with. It seems to offer something really unique. Love the Crossover for so many reasons. There isn't enough time to read it aloud with my current group so I'm loaning it to as many kiddos as I can before year end.

  5. PS I like the white font. I know it's a little frustrating blending the picture's color with words and line breaks, yet white sets a delicate tone that matches your words.

  6. Our magnolia has already all its white glory! I really need to try this watercolor app because I love what people are doing with it. I have not tried a tanka yet either. We are testing this week so hopefully I will get a change to do more writing. It has been a few weeks since I have written a spiritual journey post too. This time of year is just too crazy!

  7. I am so impressed with Waterlogue-looks for pretty when one uses it. Glad you shared this picture poem with us Holly.