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Using WYNN 3 To Teach Process Writing

Peggy Dalton
Freedom Scientific - Learning Systems Group
PO Box 297 South Woodstock, VT 05071
Phone 802-457-3444

In this presentation we will demonstrate how educators can teach writing to LD students using the WYNN software program. We will also discuss how WYNN facilitates the reading, studying and comprehending process.

The intent of this session is to demonstrate writing can be taught using the WYNN software program. Although current literature in the field will be briefly reviewed, the session will focus on a practical review of methods and approaches to teaching writing. Learning disabled students have difficulty completing writing assignments. The strategies presented are designed to help students organize, synthesize and integrate information using WYNN. Some of the strategies will include: creating lists, outlining and word prediction.

We will also discuss the concept of metacognition and how this term describes the learning process - thinking about thinking and what facilitates learning. Accessing the suite of commonly used writing features on the Writing Tools Toolbar can assist students in learning to write. Using WYNN to teach writing strategies can enhance the writing process. Special educators know these are skills that must be taught, we cannot assume that students have these skills. Essentially, outlines provide students with the necessary tools to be successful. LD students need to think about how they approach writing and be taught how to access tools that will assist them in completing assignments. When students think about the tools they use when doing written assignments they develop a metacognitive approach to their schoolwork. The more LD students interact with information, the more they will understand assignments and automatize new skills.

In fact, all the commonly used study skills such as dictionary work, highlighting, bookmarking, notetaking, summarizing, and paraphrasing are easily accessed in WYNN 3. As educators know these are all essential aids in implementing writing skills. Using Wynn's Find feature, students can search for individual bookmarks and highlights. Students can also compose text notes and voice notes with WYNN. Text notes are helpful for visual processors, aiding students to revisit and study important material. Using voice notes, students can dictate information such as oral summarizing and/or paraphrasing. They can also leave reminders about homework assignments or projects that need to be worked on. Teachers can enter questions in voicenotes or textnotes and students can answer in either according to their learning style. With our new List feature teachers can create lists of key words in a separate document for prereading activities. As educators know, highlighting, bookmarking, creating lists of main ideas and details and key vocabulary words are all tools that assist students in learning. Finally, we will briefly demonstrate our Web access and Email features.

In summary, this presentation will demonstrate how WYNN allows teachers and students to apply writing techniques when using this software. We will demonstrate how WYNN has a simple but powerful user interface with usable study tool features. We will show how WYNN can extend the educators expertise and how this software program can aid LD students to succeed!

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