The students at our school are from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Many of the students in my particular classes come from lower income families, some without internet at home to do homework. I have a couple classes of students who are in Spanish Immersion classes too. I teach students in special education who have disabilities that make it challenging for them to be successful in school without adequate support.
My students enjoy writing, although find it challenging when writing on their own without teacher support or computer editing support.
They especially struggle with spelling and conventions. Having good working computers to do their writing makes all the difference sometimes.
Most of my students struggle with writing and find typing on computers a welcome relief to part of their major struggle -spelling. The spell check feature keeps them writing with confidence, enabling them to write longer pieces. The computers my students are most familiar with using to help them with writing in my class are Chromebooks.
Chromebooks provide an easy platform for them to connect to their school Google account documents in order to pull up work and then attach documents to share with their teachers when turning in assignments.
Lately, I am needing a couple new Chromebooks to replace some old ones that are no longer working as well.
My students will primarily be using the Chromebooks for writers workshops in my classroom and also for completing their other homework from other classes during the homework support portion of my class. During the writers workshops, I often have them "share" their writing with me where I can simultaneously comment on their work to help them with organization and conventions.
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