Writing with Pictures & Words on the Computer
Rebus writing is one way to make sentences without words or with words and pictures together! Similar Word Card and Sentence Strip activities can be created on the computer. Children are motivated by computers; they find them motivating and easy to use. There are several software programs that offer the ability to write with Word/Picture combinations. Look for programs that also speak the sentence!
Remember to give the student time to learn the software before focusing on writing activities. Make sure they know how to use the software program, the keyboard commands and have a successful method of "pointing and clicking".
We will explore the features of Clicker 4 to create a grid similar to the word cards examples using pictures with word labels. You can download a trial version or take a Clicker tour at their website.
In Clicker 4, the student creates a sentence simply by clicking on the word/pictures in the grid in various sequences; she can also type in letters/words that she knows. This software also provides text-to-speech capability where he can hear what he has written in his own words, then hear the sentence re-read over and over again- great for reinforcing writing and also for early editors. Grids are easy to create and change; plus the programs comes with many templates with writing ideas. Included are talking story books, sorting activities and rhymes.
Who would use Clicker 4?
In the Humpty Dumpty example, a limited number of familiar words are offered without associated pictures. The graphics provide picture cues as does the speaker button which plays the rhyme when it is clicked.