Lark is a spin-off from the Storybird app. Lark is not intended for just kids to use but anyone that likes magnetic poetry and striking visual images. Lark is a free app found on the iTunes App Store.
When you open the app, it shares with you a tutorial on how to use it. You need to set up an account which requires you to have a username, give your email and set up a password. This is so you can save your work. I don’t know if this is a good thing for kids to sign up for as work is shared but it could be a possibility- I wouldn’t totally rule it out.
Once you open the app and log in, it provides you with a piece of artwork or image and a bunch of words that you can drag up to create your poem. I could see this app being used by many students, especially those who may not feel like they are writers and it will be less intimidating as there are word choices there for students to choose and use. The other part that could be nice is that they can try out different phrases and ideas without the fear of having to produce something the first time- it actually will be fun to revise and try out different ideas because you aren’t having to use paper and erase and cross out.
Some features that I like are being able to choose an image and changing the color of the “magnetic” words. However, I do think it is a little limiting with the word choices and I wish it would allow you to add a word that isn’t available. So, in some ways it is nice to have words there to choose from but in other ways it is difficult if you want to use a word that isn’t there.
There is something about the original magnetic poetry that is a little lacking in this app as with the movable, in-life pieces, people can revise what is there (which can be a pro or con in itself) and I like the ability to physically move the pieces around. However, I don’t have access to the images that could spark these poems. I am very conflicted with this app but definitely see the potential it could have as a station in a classroom or library- I would say the best way to use it could be to create and take a screenshot of the poem instead of posting. If there were a generic account that students used and it was standard protocol to create a screenshot, then they could be printed out and hung up in the poetry section of the library or as a bulletin board idea. I think that is how I would use it.