Writing in Response to Reading: Tech Tools for Opinion Pieces

By Monica Burns 10.20.2015 blog

Opinion pieces are an important genre of argumentative writing, and crucial for students to demonstrate a deep understanding of what they have read. Students should be able to state their opinions clearly and use evidence from the text to support their responses.

As students get ready to write opinion pieces, they can use a variety of technology tools to gather ideas, record their thoughts, edit their work and share their opinions. Here are a few to check out:


This PDF annotation tool for iPads allows students to mark up a digital text. As students read web articles, they can underline and highlight information that informs their opinion. Students can add notes in the margin and place virtual sticky notes on the page. iAnnotate even lets students share their marked up document through email or cloud-based sharing services.

Google Slides

Google Slides allows for collaboration with peers, as students add images and text to each slide. It’s a great choice for presentations, during which students are sharing their opinion about a text.

Voice Recorder

Most smartphones and tablets with a microphone can access voice recording apps. As students read a text they can use a voice recorder app to keep track of their thoughts and opinions.


Movie making technology tools provide an opportunity to bring written reading responses to life. Through short point of view videos or public service announcements, students can respond to a piece of writing with audio and visuals, and hone their speaking and listening skills as well, as they create their own or view and comment on other students’ videos.

Google Forms

As students craft written responses to reading, they may want to solicit the opinions of their peers to build statistical support for their opinion. Google Forms are a data collection tool that lets users create their own surveys.


Tellagami is an Android and iOS app that lets students create an avatar. Users then record their own voice and the avatar moves around the screen as it “speaks” their words. Students could record a 30-second teaser clip that expresses their opinion, or use this as an exit slip reading response.

In the comments section below, share the ways that you can use technology to support opinion writing in response to reading!


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  1. My baby love

    no not worth it wouldnt trust it no even a little bit

  2. Baby hey

    That is so cool. Make sure your mom doesn’t get it though then if she asks you are you mad and you say nothing she can use the app.But yeah it would be so cool

  3. abbi

    i like it

    lets do it

  4. ghorridge

    I think the next big thing is robo wunderkind it is a cool toy to make robots out of legos.

  5. Savannah

    This is the next big thing. This technology can help people disabled and many busy parents on the run.

    • donny

      it cool

  6. 200728

    Yes, because I think we should share our opinions with each other to better understand what we are learning

  7. Kassidy Davis

    I think that it would be interesting and different at the same time but it would be interesting to see how it would work.

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