A. Instruction - 6
B. Design - 8.3
C. Engagement - 8
Writer: The Internet Typewriter - EdTech that Brings Back the Classic Typewriter
Summary : Bringing that Old-School Type Writer to the 21st Century!
Writer: The Internet Typewriter is a web-based app that provides users with access to a traditional typewriter. To begin, users will need to load and register with the website. At this point, a blank document will load, and users will be able to type directly into it. As they type, users will see their word and character count on the bottom of the screen. In addition, users can add goals by clicking the “Circle” icon on the top of the screen, and users can choose to create a “Document” or “Session” goal. (“Document” goals are geared towards total word or character count and “Session” goals are geared towards total amount of time spent typing.)
When finished working on the document, users can click the “Disk” icon to save their work, or click the “Arrow” icon to export their work as a PDF or text file. While working in a document, users can click the “Lined” tab button on the bottom left of the screen to access the main menu. When they do, users will be able to see all the documents they have created with Writer, and they can click them to access the documents.
Please Note: To access additional options such as linking document to external websites, users will need to upgrade.
Instructional Ideas for Writer: The Internet Typewriter
- For students who get distracted when using a full word processing program, Writer provides them with a word processing environment that is free from distraction.
- After students have become familiar with Writer, they can compare it to other websites designed for word processing, such as InkleWriter, Zoho, and Grammarly. When making comparisons, students can write what they like about each writing website and challenges. When finished, students can choose the website they wish to use for writing.
- As a class opening activity, teachers can have students journal about the topic for an upcoming class. Students can use Writer to compose, store, and access their journals.
- When taking notes, brainstorming ideas, or completing other written work, students can use Writer for these tasks.
- To practice spelling or vocabulary words, teachers can pronounce a word or definition and have students type it into a document.
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|