Pencil and Paper vs. Screen and Finger

The technological world is changing faster than they eye can see. Along with technology advancing, writing is changing as well. As a future early childhood educator, I decided to take a look at an application called iWriteWords Lite. This version is the preview of the app called iWriteWords, which is on the app store for $2.99.

This app was created to teach children how to write. Users must collect the numbered balls in order, by dragging their finger across the screen. The balls are placed in order to form specific letters and numbers. By doing this, children are learning how to form these characters. screen568x568 (1)

There are multiple options to chose from when using this app. Children can trace numbers, capital letters, lower case letters, capital words, and lower case words.screen568x568

So what does this mean for the future?

Before technology, children were taught to write using the basic pencil and paper method. I feel like applications like these are problematic for the future of children’s writhing. Though users are able to learn the proper way to form letters and numbers, they are not gaining the true experience of handwriting. Forming letters from their fingertips is not the same as forming letters through physically writing. I feel that once a child begins physically writing, they may struggle.

Interestingly enough, this app does not go hand-in-hand with Bolter’s idea of remediation from his article “Writing as Technology.” Through remediation, a technology is coming into existence, and replacing a past one. Usually, the new form is more advanced, and convenient. Apps like these are remediating the basic pencil and paper writing. Instead of learning the basic, well-known way, children are being taught through apps such as iWriteWords.

More and more technologies like this app are coming about, changing the way that children are learning the writing process. It’s clear how prevalent technology is becoming, and these children are growing up right in the center of this technological age.

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One thought on “Pencil and Paper vs. Screen and Finger

  1. rayc95 says:

    This app seems very beneficial. My five year old sister would love it. She plays apps like this all the time. IT really helps her improve in her writing. And the good thing about it is that it is very engaging. So it is interesting for children,


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