Writing is an essential mode of communication, which plays a vital role not only in academics but also in children’s futures. With the advancements in technology that cause distraction, children don’t get enough experience to enhance their talents in writing. This becomes a daunting situation for parents to find new ways to tackle this.
Improving writing for early-age children is a time-consuming procedure and may become difficult if the right methods are not approached. Every parent wants to teach kids how to unleash their creative writing genius.
TYPES OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR WRITING TECHNIQUES
Modern technology has innovative new ways that have transformed our lives and industries. The old methods of education are no longer followed, and educational institutions are adopting creative ideas and taking advanced measures to teach children. “Transformed technologies have a remarkable influence on methods that can be very beneficial for enhancing writing techniques for early age children,” says Jack Lowden, associate consultant for career counseling at KingEssay.
Here is a list of such transformed technologies:
1. WORD PREDICTION
Word prediction is an advanced technology for writing that recommends words while children are writing it. When a child writes, this technology helps him by suggesting better words to express his idea. As English is a vast language and has multiple words for the same thing, this technology assists children to use a word which can be more appealing to the reader.
Word prediction also helps them to learn new words and increase their vocabulary. It often utilizes the same words (from word bank) which are used more in the essay by children so that they are interlinked to make a better sense of their writing.
2. GRAPHICS ORGANIZERS
This is a fascinating technology which guides children’s thinking as they complete and construct a visual sketch. Graphic organizers play an essential part in adequate visual learning methods to teach early-age children writing techniques. These organizers are used throughout the academics to augment their learning and in better consideration of curriculum.
These graphic organizers have numerous patterns as per the need of the child’s project. It expedites a child’s learning by assisting and recognizing different aspects to enhance their writing techniques. They can help a child in simplifying vast and complex topics for them into an easy layout. These organizers work by connecting different modes of questions and structured reasoning, which allows children to write their project convincingly.
This is a complete revolution in terms of writing, as there is no writing involved in it. Children can use their voice to write. The words and sentences they say are recognized by a computer program/application and appear on the screen. Thus, ideas of children can be transformed into words without writing.
Another significant aspect of this technology is that it motivates children to speak clearly as many a time children can write easily but are unable to speak properly. Children have to learn other parts of speech also, like punctuation, so that they can command to speaking software in writing properly.
4. GRAMMAR CHECK
When a child writes something, it’s not only the idea which impacts but also the way it is written. Grammar mistakes can be dreadful to any writing. Being clear and concise about what a child writes is essential, but at the same time, it has to be grammatically correct. Teachers and parents can play the role of proofreader, but with advance technologies, these can be done systematically.
Grammar mistakes can lead to miscommunication and misunderstanding what a child has written. It can also change the meaning of the message entirely, which can result in missing the central point of the writing.
5. SPELL CHECK
This is another transformative technology for early-age children which makes their writing flawless. “A writing which has beautiful content will be getting low grades if it has multiple typos and misspellings,” says Linda Martin, early childhood education expert at Crowd Writer.
In general, children are not great in spelling during their early ages and find it hard to remember correct spellings of words. Here, spell check can play its part by correcting all the typing errors and misspelled words. Nowadays, all programs have this feature by default and recognize any inaccuracy and fault in writing. Also, it helps a child to learn the correct spelling of words which can be helpful for future reference.
WHERE TO ACCESS TECHNOLOGY FOR WRITING
The transformative technologies discussed above need a platform so that child can get hands-on to these technologies. Below are some of these platforms.
1. MOBILE DEVICES (TABLETS & SMARTPHONES):
Mobile devices, whether smartphones or tablets, have a remarkable influence on the modern world. Almost every person in all the leading cities has an android phone in their hand. Children are also exposed to their usage and it can benefit them to use writing technologies to enhance their writing techniques.
2. DESKTOP & LAPTOP COMPUTERS
Keeping a desktop or laptop computer at home has become a norm these days. Children can use this device to develop their writing techniques by using transformed technologies. Visuals and other tools on desktops and laptops are more user-friendly; thus, it becomes easier for children to use them proactively.
Stella Lincoln is currently working as an Art Teacher & Career Counselor at Academist Help. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education. She writes a weekly article about childhood psychology in a renowned newspaper. She has two daughters and a son and likes to spend the weekend at home with them.