These days give a child a paper and a pen and chances are he would not want to write but give him a smartphone and the conversation will be full informal chat, acronyms and emojis. If we can teach the children to use these very devices at every step in writing process they will quickly master formal writing too. In fact they may be the reason the children can write.
The traditional way of writing on a blank piece of paper may not inspire many students. However, they like to communicate with their digital devices. They can instantly google any information they seek and struggling writers can find assistive technology effective in improving their ability to communicate.
Some critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and synthesis is required before you pen your thoughts and right tools can facilitate the thinking process during writing. Digital devices aid the children in writing process from the very beginning. Popplet is a tool for prewriting, sentence builder and grammar tools help in formulating complete thoughts.