ERIC Number: ED311888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Write Now for the Apple IIc, IIe, and IIgs.
Hermann, Ruth; Singer, Vivian Hermann
Intended for use by teachers, this guide suggests classroom techniques for using "Write Now," an Apple II program with music, motion, and pictures, to facilitate the teaching of manuscript handwriting skills to elementary school students. "Write Now" shows the student how to form curves and lines when writing letters of the alphabet, where the strokes start, the direction of the strokes, and the proper proportion. The program also has enrichment text on the screen that a parent or teacher can read aloud. In addition, all of the letters that the computer writes are large enough for an entire class to see, allowing the teacher to use the software in classroom presentations. Eight clusters of progressive lessons develop all of the upper and lower case letters according to the strokes required to form them. Starting with body geometry, students learn to write by listening to "key" music, following direction signals, and watching each illustrated letter as it is correctly written on the screen. The student may also choose to go in alphabetical order, starting at any letter, to learn pairs of upper and lower case letters or practice either upper case or lower case with sample words corresponding to the illustrations. "Write Now" also allows the student or the teacher to type in original words or groups of letters for the computer to demonstrate on the screen. This program has been used with special education classes, normal kindergarten through second grade classes, and in a literacy program for dyslexic inmates at the Nassau County Correction Center. (GL)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Handwriting, Home Study, Instructional Materials, Learning Disabilities, Letters (Alphabet), Primary Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
Singer Consultants, 832 Brent Dr., Wantagh, NY ($40.00 for the 5.25-inch program diskette and teacher's guide).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Singer Consultants Custom Software, Wantagh, NY.