Tablets boost young writ­ing skills

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By RACHEL STURGES

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.

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