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Management Board

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Stage One: Drafting

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Motivation Ideas

Reluctant Writers and ICT


Some children just have nothing to write about, their imagination is stifled and they think they have nothing to write about. There are many reasons for this but one I would presume to say is that a lot of students are visual learners, not necessarily visual thinkers (their imagination has been stifled or ideas have been imposed on them).This is where computers can help...at any age level. I am not particularly advocating that they type (or draft) their story using the computer but instead use the visual aids available to


BUILD A STORY

external image space2.jpgexternal image build+a+story.pngUse Programmes like KidPix, Kidspiration, Inspiration, Pages, PowerPoint or Word, anything that allows access to a graphic library and get the students to build a story using the graphics available to them. They can then then move them around and create a visual story from the pictures they have found. This visual story can be printed out and used for the motivation for writing which could then be drafted in their writing books.

Another idea would be for children to record themselves on an iPod, PDA or a tape recorder talking about their visual story and this can then be played back to them as they are writing.



Kerpoof as a way to motivate writing

external image kerpoof.png Kerpoof is a great piece of software that you can use to motivate external image make+a+picture.png

children's writing. It is free, colourful and interactive. Make a Picture - choose a background and make a picture using the graphics provided, use the text button to add text to the page. Print the page out as full A4 or as a card. You can also choose to print it out in full colour or as a colouring book pageexternal image print.png.

Make a Movie option allows you to create a movie with moving objects. external image littlepig.jpgThere are 7 different story lines to pick from, several scene pages and a limited amount of graphics for each page. Choose from the animation list to animate the objects. Text can be added to the scene as well. It can be saved to an account at Kerpoof or printed.

Make a drawing has drawing tools where you can create a picture and print it out.external image super+doodle.jpg

Make a card has 8 preset cards including Birthday, Thank you etc. with a limited set of graphics to add.

The Make a Story is my favourite option with 19 different scenes, external image story.pngsome graphics, text boxes and text speech bubbles. You can also add more scenes to the story.

This would be a great site for those children who don't have anything to write about as it provides the scenes and graphics, but they get to add the words. They can manipulate the graphics and can add their own drawings to it by using the pen tool. It prints out beautifully as well.



Kidpix as a way to motivate writing

A great way to introduce KidPix to young children is to use it when you are modelling your writing. If you have a projector in your classroom...great! But otherwise you could use your class computer and work with a small group.

Tell them what you are doing as you are clicking on each option, that way you are showing them how to use KidPix, don't assume that they might know it!

Click on the ABC toolexternal image abc.jpg. Click on the page and your text box will appearexternal image text+box.jpg Now we are going to type our sentence 'We went for a walk in the park'

"What do we start our sentence with? "

"A capital letter!"

"How do we do a capital letter on the keyboard?"

"We hold down the shift key on the opposite side of the keyboard to the letter we want to use."

The teacher demonstrates and gets children to have a go as well. The lesson can continue in this way.

Over time and different sessions introduce new buttons and tools such as the drawing tools.

Limit drawing tools to pencil, colour and paint can.

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A great story starter is to click on the Background buttonexternal image background.jpg and insert a backgroundexternal image picture.jpg

Use the Stamp tool, add stamps to the background to build up a story. Use the text tool to type the story.




Stage Two:Proofreading


Stage 1: Drafting

Stage 2: Proofreading

Stage 3: Conferencing

Stage 4: Publishing



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