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Megan Rembert
Ashley's topic
Thu Jun 18, 2015 06:24
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I loved the idea of co-writer! It seems like it really instilled a lot of confidence in Ashley. Something I brought up with my group this week however was her topic of Freddy Krueger. In schools I've worked in, you can't talk about killing or guns or violence. I never want to stifle a child's creativity but what do you do when their topic is typically off limits?

  • Ashley Video - Molly Smith, Wed Jun 17 17:16
    I thought the video about Ashley and her work with Co:Writer was so interesting! Ashley had problems with spelling, so she used a program called Co:Writer which guessed which word she wanted to say... more
    • Re: Ashley Video - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 20 12:54
      I also watched this video, and I loved her reactions as she was making her sentences. As I was watching this video I did make some notes and one of them was, if Ashley would have been writing the... more
    • reply to molly smith - rognstadgr, Thu Jun 18 19:36
      I also really liked this video. I have never worked with Co:Writer before, I think that it is a great program to implement into a students life. I agree with you, it really cut out the frustration... more
    • you've got it! - koppenhaverd, Thu Jun 18 16:54
      Co:Writer eliminated particular struggle with one aspect of writing (spelling, which is within translation-mechanics) that was impairing all of her writing. The little research done with this... more
    • Co:Writer - Angie Helton, Thu Jun 18 07:47
      Isn't technology wonderful!! Co:Writer was such a great tool for Ashley to use for her writing. It sort of reminds me of the 'text predictor' that pops up when I'm sending a text from my phone. I... more
    • Ashley's topic - Megan Rembert, Thu Jun 18 06:24
      • what's reasonable - koppenhaverd, Thu Jun 18 16:42
        I'd defend Ashley on this one. She wasn't advocating violence or killing. She was writing about a movie engrained in popular culture from a personal perspective and with humor. Forbidding children to ... more
        • Re: what's reasonable - Megan Rembert, Fri Jun 19 10:09
          I definitely agree. I think that especially when topics are limited (or at least topics that will get the student to write about), you should allow the child to write about anything they are... more
    • Re: Ashley Video - lavertyse, Wed Jun 17 18:25
      I really enjoyed this video as well. I thought that it was cool that she was able to use the program to create a story. I agree that she seems to have the ability to compose a story. While the... more
      • Dependency? - brawleyeo, Sat Jun 20 16:58
        I loved that this program made writing a more enjoyable experience for Ashley but I was wondering if this program creates any kind of dependency or if it more often fosters growth in spelling and... more
    • Re: Ashley Video - bennettmc, Wed Jun 17 18:25
      Co:Writer seems like a really neat way of helping students learn. I was wondering if there are different levels of Co:Writer? For example, if Ashley's spelling begins to improve it would be neat if... more
      • reply to bennettmc:CoWriter - macdonaldke, Wed Jun 17 20:32
        I am not familiar with Co:Writer so I'm not sure if they could be programmed to "offer less help" if Ashley improves, but I'm not sure if that is what they are aiming for. It seems that Ashley was... more
        • Re: Macdonaldke - bennettmc, Thu Jun 18 11:19
          Thanks for the clarification. I haven't had time to watch the video yet, but maybe once I do, I will have a better understanding.
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