Gage has always struggled with writing. This isn’t uncommon for kids with learning differences, so we know there are a lot of kids and families facing what we are facing with education. Gage will dictate things to me sometimes, he will write (not always legible) or he will type (takes a long time). Homework is a challenge and getting your thoughts on paper is a big deal, obviously.
Gage attends a small private school that welcomes technology. Early in his first year there – 6th grade – they encouraged us to get him an iPad and we did. He has recorded lectures, taken pictures of boards with notes, goofed around with it (not allowed) and even had a couple of his textbooks loaded onto it by his school. It’s been great that they have a technology specialist we’ve been able to use for recommendations and feedback and she keeps us informed of Gage’s progress on the iPad (he could certainly use it smarter/better) and will tell us of programs she thinks could help.
One of the main goals educationally (seriously, there is always one, isn’t there?) is to get both kids touch typing (a friend asked what this meant — it means to have the finger placement proper and learn how to type without looking). Quinnlin is a little bit better in writing, but she still uses a keyboard at school. So teaching both of them is important. Each morning this Summer break (except vacation, of course) we’re going to run through these programs recommended by Gage’s school.
Here are the one’s she found and my notes after three days use:
- Typing Class for iPad – this is a game style app that helps to learn fast typing with fun and makes you more productive. 4 different games with multiple levels. ($1.99)
- Tap Typing – This app gives practice sentences and paragraphs for typing. ($3.99)
The following is what the school used in computer class this year:
- www.freetypinggame.net – Has practice lessons and games for keyboarding
- Dance Mat Typing –http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ – Has sequential keyboarding practice lessons
- www.learninggamesforkids.com – Has multiple keyboarding games for practice.