What about spelling?
Keyboarding is easier than writing with a pen. Keyboarding removes the interference of fine motor problems for most children--and for many adults.
This leaves the mind free to concentrate on spelling when necessary.
Not being hampered by slow or messy handwriting allows writers to write more.
The more they write the more they analyse the spelling of words, integrate the results...and remember.
Writers who don't spell well automatically don't have to worry about correcting their spelling till later. So they are not inhibited by spelling anxiety as they write.
Publishing is easy--both electronically and on paper. An emphasis on publishing makes correct spelling relevant to the writer.
The use of an appropriate font, size and style can enhance the student's visual analysis of spelling (as well as syntax and grammar).
Spellchecking is available with almost all word processing applications. It can also be obtained for LogiCard .
Computer spell checking is effective because
- it deals with most words the writer needs to be able to spell
- it consistently presents the writer with correct spelling models
- negative emotions are removed from the correction of spelling
- inhibitions are removed from the correction of spelling
- it provides an element of choice and decision-making
- it demonstrates that spelling is just one element (albeit an important one) in the on-going process of editing and 'drafting'
If it is necessary, it is easy to develop databases of individual, topical or communal spelling lists or customised spelling dictionaries.
Word search actions present correct models to children--or if they don't, they provide appropriate feedback. In either case there is a positive focus on the necessity for correct spelling.
There is a heap of software available for spelling, although it is probably a more effective strategy for children to write their own software. This would be an ideal collaboration between students with spelling talent and students with programming talent (not necessarily mutually exclusive).
Whilst using LogiCard it is easy to include visual, auditory and associative clues in a customised spelling dictionary or similar. Animation and humour can be used as well.
Improved spelling in this context is just one more benefit of living in a learning community.