While completing my reading from this week’s session, I read a really useful blog post by Mr G Online about using ICT to improve writing. The post talks about how, for too long, computers have been used solely as a publishing tool but, with the right pedagogy, are able to improve writing from the planning stage upwards. It was the planning part of this post that interested me most. For years, children have been taught that they must hand-write their plans and drafts by teachers not confident enough to experiment with technology. But, with most schools now having access to iPads for children, there is so much available to assist with these steps that it cannot, and must not, be ignored.
When i was at school, the planning stage of my writing was a boring necessity to me. I just couldn’t wait to get into writing the finished article. With engaging tools like this, children will be just as excited and motivated by planning their writing as they are by writing and publishing it!