Re: Writers w/learning disabilities
Sat Oct 10, 2015 22:54

I also read that the article Technology for for Struggling Writers and found much of the findings to be true for what I've experienced both as a mother of a child with dyslexia, as well as a teacher, when I taught 4th grade. The spell check feature alone is such a powerful tool to support students with learning differences. So many times students who cannot spell are afraid to take a risk and try, for fear they will be looked down upon by their peers if they are asked to work in group situations, or share their writing piece with a partner. With new technologies now available, and more on the horizon, I feel it will help these students succeed by motivating them to at least try writing. So often it's these very kids who have so much to say, yet keep it all inside, due to their lack of confidence as writers. I am interested in finding out about more apps that would be helpful for students with learning disabilities.

  • Re: Writing Discussion - byrdaw, Sat Oct 10 19:42
    In the article "Writing Instruction for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities:Programs of Intervention Research", the authors spoke of the use of various strategies.These strategies implement the... more
    • Re: Writers w/learning disabilities - Joanneabrams, Sat Oct 10 22:54
      • Re: Writers w/learning disabilities - byrdaw, Sun Nov 1 06:50
        You are completely accurate about the the fear students face when attempting to create a composition. Students so want to share their stories with us, but often are unable to begin when they are... more
      • Re: Writers w/learning disabilities - byrdaw, Sun Oct 11 06:36
        i agree with your statement about the use of spell checker. This tool has aided in the revision process for students with learning differences. After some research, I wanted to share this website... more
        • LD writers - haleyferrell, Tue Oct 13 15:21
          I just visited this site and Dragon would be perfect for some of my students in upper elementary and those that just moved into 6th grade. When I was working with the 6th grade students I noticed how ... more
          • Dragon Dictation - Melanie McLeod, Wed Oct 14 06:15
            I looked up Dragon Dictation after you mentioned it, and it seems to be a wonderful app for struggling writers to get their thoughts and content down on paper where it is legible. Not all students... more
            • Dragon Dictation - abramsjm, Tue Oct 27 14:06
              During my son's years in high school he tried using dragon dictation to take notes because he had trouble writing quickly. He liked it somewhat, but it did cause heads to turn as it is voice... more
              • Dragon dictation - Amanda grindstaff, Wed Oct 28 06:10
                When we first got iPads I tried this with my class on some things and they loved it. I was teaching second grade at the time. I can see though where older students might be self conscious with it,... more
                • RE: Dragon Dictation - joanneabrams, Fri Oct 30 17:14
                  I have never tried this app with my own students because we didn't have the 1:1 initiative when I taught students old enough to use it. The only experience I do have, was when my own child used it.... more
              • Dragon Dictation - Melanie McLeod, Tue Oct 27 14:33
                As you mentioned, I don't think it would be as distracting for lower elementary students to use this app within a group setting if needed. However, I understand what you are saying about drawing... more
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