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Sonya Summey
Re: pen and pencil or computer?
Sat Jun 20, 2015 17:59

Many students have a preference, and like you mentioned, now a days children typically choose computer. Whether or not computers could be funded for all students with ASD, what about all the other children? Not to mention, pen and pencil will still be used for years to come so they should still get practice with that.

  • Pen and pencil or computer? - Sarah Baier, Thu Jun 18 23:48
    I read the Pennington article and learned a lot about teaching writing for students with an ASD. While reading I got the idea that most of these students prefer to use the computer over traditional... more
    • RE: pen and pencil or computer - tatem1, Sat Jun 20 22:29
      Although technology is great, I believe manual writing will always be a vital part of society. Technology is expensive and can fail or malfunction; therefore, we still need the skill of writing with... more
    • Reply to Sarah - parsonkl, Sat Jun 20 19:25
      Sarah, I also noticed that the students prefer using technology versus actually writing. In the module from this week, I don't even remember seeing a student actually writing. I think this is... more
    • Re: pen and pencil or computer? - Sonya Summey, Sat Jun 20 17:59
    • Pen and Paper Response - carsleymm, Sat Jun 20 12:15
      I believe that pen and paper is just not a feasible way for some students to write/communicate. Students struggle with pen and paper for a variety of reason, both cognitive and physical; not just... more
      • Re: Pen and Paper Response - Sarah Baier, Sat Jun 20 13:05
        I completely agree with you, I think some students cannot physically master holding a pencil which can make them do poorly in school and lower their self worth. I had a hard time using a pencil when... more
    • Re: Pen and pencil or computer? - hinesjd, Sat Jun 20 12:08
      Great thought provoking question. In my opinion, no. I will not use the "tradtionalist" argument, but I will say that pencil and paper should always have a place in school as long as we still use... more
      • Re: Pen and pencil or computer? - Sarah Baier, Sat Jun 20 22:20
        Our students would definitely be behind in the world without any form of technology in the classroom. I have been thinking lately about smart boards. I wonder if those would be easier than a regular... more
    • Paper vs. computer - Lauren Livingston, Sat Jun 20 11:22
      Sarah- I too have struggled with this concept as technology is more prevalent in our society and often times our students are not receptive to paper and pencil. Ultimately I think it is important for ... more
    • I don't think so - Britt Hatcher, Fri Jun 19 22:54
      I don't think that we need to ditch the pencil and paper techniques and I don't think that we should fully rely on them either. We live in such an evolving society that we need to keep up with all of ... more
      • Re: I don't think so - Sarah Baier, Fri Jun 19 23:29
        Britt, would you suggest allowing students to use the computer on some assignments and having them use pencil on others? What would you do if a student wants to use a computer but doesn't have one at ... more
        • I suggest - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 20 09:35
          I think that is a good start. As we have read there are some ASD students who have done better by using technology, but I think that encouraging them to use paper and pencil and working with them on... more
    • Re: Pen and pencil or computer? - brownrf, Fri Jun 19 22:45
      I think you're right about students now days being more interested in computers but I think it is really important to have our students write with pen and paper. I think it would be good to split up... more
      • Re: Pen and pencil or computer? - Sarah Baier, Fri Jun 19 23:31
        Thats a really good idea, I like that they have a choice to start or end on the computer. I would assume most students would prefer to end their assignment on the computer, I haven't had any... more
    • The Struggle With Pen and Paper - Allison Powers, Fri Jun 19 22:20
      I am currently working with a seven year old boy who has autism. Today, we started writing books and he was super excited to write about Minecraft. After he wrote the first page he said he didn't... more
      • Re: The Struggle with Pen and Paper - wigginsmr, Sat Jun 20 23:47
        I think that practice with fine motor skills and writing are important, but they do not have to be taught at the same time. Students can work on their hand writing and letter formation skills at... more
      • Not being able to communicate - Cassidy Milosh, Sat Jun 20 08:56
        I agree with Allison. It's not so much that they 'prefer' computers or other methods of writing sometimes but that they really need that alternative 'pen and paper'. It's about giving the student... more
      • Re: The Struggle With Pen and Paper - Sarah Baier, Fri Jun 19 23:39
        That software sounds like it would really help students write with confidence. I wonder how much those programs cost to have in your classroom?
    • Writing Instruction - Amanda Wallace, Fri Jun 19 22:06
      I believe that pen and pencil should be used as well as computers for writing. I think that students will be more motivated when using computers, since they all seem to love it, but I don't think pen ... more
      • Re: Writing Instruction - brawleyeo, Sat Jun 20 16:43
        I agree. I think using pencil and paper is an important aspect of learning to write. However, if it's a hindrance to their writing process and discourages them from wanting to write, I think it's... more
      • Reply to Amanda - Haley Brigman, Fri Jun 19 22:14
        Amanda, I agree! Some might consider me "old school." While I do think technology is great and allows some pretty cool things take place in the classroom, I do believe there are some things that... more
    • Reply to Sarah - andersenal, Fri Jun 19 14:48
      I think that alot of these students do prefer using the computer. A boy with ASD in one of my internships liked using his AplhaSmart much better than writing with a pencil. I think that schools are... more
      • Re: Reply to Sarah - Sarah Baier, Fri Jun 19 23:21
        I think t should be mandatory to have working computers or even tablets in a classroom. Sadly in the area I live in, the schools are in definite need of funding. I wonder if a teacher could do some... more
        • Fundraising - andersenal, Sat Jun 20 11:11
          I definitely think that fundraising could be a possibility. Teachers pay for things out of pocket all the time so I don't see why fundraising couldn't be an option. Maybe it could be held at the... more
    • pencil use - catheyt, Fri Jun 19 08:34
      Using pen or pencil takes motor skill. It seems like for many of these students they don't have the motor control to use pencils. But I don't think that they should be ignored completely. Think of... more
      • Re: pencil use - Sarah Baier, Fri Jun 19 20:33
        It's funny that you mentioned motor skills because that was something I lacked when I was a kid growing up. I feel like if I would have had a computer and was able to type up my homework I would have ... more
      • Pencil Use in Everyday Life - Rachel Caldwell, Fri Jun 19 14:55
        I agree with your point about the needed motor skills it takes for writing that we often take for granted. If a child wants to write (especially longer stories and paragraphs) on a computer, I would... more
        • Re: Pencil Use in Everyday Life - Sarah Baier, Fri Jun 19 20:37
          I'm glad that you would let them use a computer, I was thinking the same thing. But I also agree that it is important to learn penmanship skills. I believe it is important to teach students how to... more
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