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Using Boardmaker Studio to Increase Writing Opportunities for Children who Struggle to Produce Written Work

Session 
6.2b
SRP
  • Laila Emms
  • Caroline Bradbury
Funding / Sponsorship: 
Sponsorship by Mayer-Johnson to present at CM2012.
Summary

At the Communication Matters Conference last year, Selworthy School reported on the implementation of new symbol software across their school environment. A year on, the school has looked at whether there has been any measurable impact on learning and has taken part in a pilot study to evaluate this. Selworthy School was particularly interested in looking at increasing access and opportunities for writing for this cohort of pupils, who typically struggled to produce written work of any kind.

Method/Activities/Techniques

For a period of five weeks, twenty children took part in a literacy based study using ‘Talk for Writing’ as a structure and ‘Boardmaker® Studio’ as the writing tool. The children were assessed at the beginning of the study and again at the end of the study.

Results/Findings

The software enabled the teacher to build exciting and motivating grids for the pupils to work with, helping them to engage with the tasks. Resources and methods used will be shared, along with samples of work produced. Results of the assessments will be discussed.

Conclusions

This presentation will look at how the software has been used over the last year, how it has influenced teaching practices and whether there has been a measurable impact on learning.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
5
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