Thoughtful Article on the Writing Process and the iPad

via Indiana Jen

Just read this article on the Ipad and the writing process from brainstorming, organizing ideas, to actually writing and revising:

Most educators can say that what they do works for most students, but definitely not all. As educators, we generally need explicit writing strategy instruction – planning, revising, editing. These techniques are especially effective for low achieving students.

Word processing alone has had only a moderate effect on improving student writing (about 10%). While not insignificant, it’s not enough for students that truly struggle with their writing.

Karen recommends using various applications, like Videolicious, to help students tell their story. This way, students can first tell their stories visually and orally before they take the next step of writing.

What we need to do to help our students is to: provide strategies, allow our students to make choices, and select tools that are “mistake tolerant.” Going paperless is not only an ecological goal, but it also helps struggling writers because paper is often ‘the enemy’ for struggling writers.

-Indiana Jen

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Man. I really have to try Popplet…It keeps , ahem, popping up.

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