ERIC Number: ED463125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Using Writing Strategies and Visual Thinking Software To Enhance the Written Performance of Students with Mild Disabilities.
Blair, Regina B.; Ormsbee, Christine; Brandes, Joyce
Students with mild disabilities often have difficulties with organization and written performance. These students can be helped by a combination of effective instructional strategies, compensatory strategies, and technological tools. Planning and organizing tools can encourage activities such as concept mapping, story webbing, brainstorming, visual graphing, and outlining. "Inspiration" is one such tool--a computer software program that helps students visually organize their ideas and investigate relationships during the writing process. During a 1-month summer remedial program, 24 seventh- and eighth-grade students with mild disabilities were taught to use writing strategies, Inspiration software, and word processors. The quality and quantity of each student's written products were tracked daily, as well as student attitudes toward writing. As the project proceeded, more and more students began to plan their writing before beginning to write. In addition, teachers noted decreasing reluctance to write, and student interviews showed increased positive attitudes toward writing. There was modest improvement in the quality of students' written products and a substantial increase in the amount that students wrote. In addition, students became more comfortable with computers and increased their keyboarding skill. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: No Child Left Behind: The Vital Role of Rural Schools. Annual National Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (22nd, Reno, Nevada, March 7-9, 2002); see RC 023 405.