What: “Oh, they’re ‘not ready’ for writing” . . . WRONG! This workshop will cover emergent writing for students who use symbols, words, or developmental spelling approaches. This includes students who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and students who need to use alternative pencils. Participants will learn to use templates to help students with structured writing activities (e.g., journaling, notes to friends) and generative writing activities (e.g., scribbling, making lists, creating books, poetry, and captioning photos). The emphasis will be on adapting big idea goals from the general education curriculum, adding ease of access and fun to the events. Throughout the workshop, participants will learn how to integrate apps to scaffold writing instruction and celebrate completed projects. This workshop supports very beginning writers of all ages.
Who: This workshop is for those working with students who are beginning to explore the alphabet or to use the alphabet to create meaning. Participants include general education teachers, special education teachers, parents, paraeducators, therapists, AT specialists, literacy coaches, and anyone else who is struggling to support students with significant disabilities who love the iPad and want to improve skills in creating text!
- Identify at least two assessment tools for use with beginning writers
- Identify at least three activities to support alphabet learning, then describe an app you would select to scaffold that activity, and how you would apply that app with a target student
- Describe the before / during / after steps of scaffolding scribbling, and suggest apps that could be used for each step.
- Review three activities to support students in creating text to share, and identify an app for each activity.
TSHA CEUs pending approval!
Please check the listing of apps you'll need for this session here: http://www5.esc13.net/thescoop/special/files/2014/10/iWrite-Apps.docx
(We will have ~ 15 iPads with these apps installed for those who need to borrow one.)