|Provides conventional word processing functions
with a graphical user interface which encourage exploration by children
and makes navigation simpler.|
|Incorporates word processing with a graphics
editor, so children can express themselves by writing and illustrating.|
|Makes spacing, punctuation, left to right
progression, and other writing conventions easy to manage.|
|Includes visual and audio feedback so students
can be successful on their own.|
|Lets children produce their own finished piece
that looks like the print they see in real books - something they can be
|Helps children write naturally, using their
own creative expression.|
|Gives teachers the option of providing a spell
|Encourages integration with other popular
IBM early elementary products.|
|Includes graphics from other IBM
programs including Writing to Read 2000, Stories and More, Stories and
More II, Nature of Science Visit Series, Exploring Math Concepts, Math
and More 1 and Math and More 2.|
Research in writing development shows much
about young writers as they begin putting together an understanding of
written language. Early writing by young children combines drawing, invented
spelling, copying, and repetition of familiar patterns. Writing tools are
the building blocks of literacy. When given opportunities, young children
actively construct meaning using written symbols.
Computers are now an integral part
of many classrooms. Word processors are additional writing tools students
can use to compose stories and write messages. Word processors free young
children from concern over letter formation and enable them to focus on
expression of their written thoughts.
The Draw Editor was included in Write Along
since young, emergent writers do not typically make marked differentiation
between what they draw and what they write to communicate their messages.
Both are intended to convey intended meanings.
Text-to-speech feedback, one of the features
of Write Along, seems especially beneficial for young writers. Children
tend to become very excited when they hear the computer read back what
they have written.
The design of Write Along was based on
research in writing development, with and without computers, and a review
of functions that tend to offer children the most support. The specific
features built into Write Along reflect an understanding of the developmental
needs of young writers.
Write Along can be implemented in a classroom
and supports Teaching and Learning with Computers (TLC) .
Write Along naturally lends itself to support
writing activities across the curriculum. The Graphics Library includes
clip-art from key IBM educational software programs for grades K-2, including
Writing to Read 2000, Stories and More, Stories and More II, TLC
Mathematics, and Nature of Science
Write Along training is a component piece
of any beginning writing and reading program. Participants should understand the
concepts and practices of Write Along and the role it plays with early writing.