Tablets boost young writing skills
An innovative way of improving writing skills has proved a winner for children at Ponsonby Primary School.
The school is using Samsung Galaxy Note tablets as a writing tool for children who are good at reading but making less progress in their writing.
Deputy principal Susan Robins says the school was approached by Samsung and had an opportunity to buy 12 tablets. They decided to run a pilot for six year 2 children whose writing did not reflect their reading ability.
Those children then took their experience back to their classmates and showed them how to use the tablets.
Using writing software, the children could either type or use the tablet’s pen to write up their work.
Robins says all the children showed a marked improvement with their handwriting.
‘‘The beauty of it is that children put their ideas directly on the tablet instead of drafting it up and it was very successful. I didn’t expect that,’’ she says.
Robins says that though the children now write in both exercise books and tablets they particularly enjoy writing on the tablets.
‘‘There is a difference. They are self-motivated, talk to each other and ask each other about spelling.’’
Oscar Hoare, 7, says he likes the tablets. ‘‘Instead of using a pen which gets squiggly, it can make your writing very neat.’’
Classmate Tiella ChanVili, also prefers the tablet because of its predictive text capability. ‘‘When we write our words, it can help us,’’ she says.
Robins sees the tablets as one of many tools that can be effective in children’s learning. ‘‘There’s whiteboards and books and jigsaw puzzles. If something doesn’t work we use another tool that does.’’
Writing better: Ponsonby Primary School year 2 and 3 pupils improve their writing skills with their notepads. Tiella Chan-Vili, Oscar Hoare, Louis Hardy, Edward Irvine, Hugo Eady and Alex Vuletich.