Typing vs. Writing
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:21

I believe that using technology to write can become the new way to teach students with ASD how to write. I learned this week that the worksheets that trace letters and words are not helpful and do not work. It is good that professionals are creating programs tailored to students who cannot successfully communicate through pen and paper. I would even ask if writing in this form will become obsolete? If we think about it our college classrooms are filled with students typing their notes in their laptops. Online classes, typing papers,e-mail, online student services,and taking exams online are just a few examples of how technology has been replacing conventional pen and paper, why not use it as much as necessary with students who benefit from it?

  • AT and Writing Instruction - Nicholas Flippen, Fri Jun 19 20:06
    One thing I really pulled from the materials this week is what an important role assistive technology can play for a student with ASD learning to write. In so many of the articles and videos it seem... more
    • Conventional writing - luckadooso, Sat Jun 20 16:06
      I absolutely agree with you. Conventional writing is not for everyone and should not be forced onto students. I think our main goal is an interest in writing and maintaining a form of communication.... more
    • Reply to Nicholas Flippen - carsleymm, Sat Jun 20 12:08
      I was really interested in the assistive technology, too. It seems like there are so many ways we can now help our students with ASD that it is shameful to not embrace them. You're right in that we... more
    • Typing vs. Writing - Navila Castro, Sat Jun 20 10:21
    • Re: AT and Writing Instruction - brownrf, Fri Jun 19 23:30
      I really liked the CO:Writer software too! I thought it was a really cool way for Ashley (and any student using it) to write a whole story and use complete sentences. It was so great how it guessed... more
    • Nick Reply - Rebecca McVey, Fri Jun 19 22:23
      Nick, I really found myself thinking about the same concepts throughout the week. I completely agree that being able to meet the needs of students with Assistive Technology (AT). Is a great and... more
    • Reply to Nicholas - Haley Brigman, Fri Jun 19 22:00
      Nicholas, I didn't realize that AT played such a heavy role in instruction for students with ASD. I have some experience in the schools and with students with ASD, and I've never seen AT being used.... more
      • AT - Allison Powers, Fri Jun 19 23:10
        I agree with Becca, some skills that involve pen and paper for everyday life and independence are important. I think we are all hesitant when it comes to incorporating technology into our students'... more
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