Use Technology to Make Writing and Reading Exciting For Students

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Nov 19, 2014 4:57:21 AM

Technology Tips to Make Writing And Reading Fun


Children are eager to use technology. Technology excites the young learner. Computer assisted writing programs help children to create and publish writing projects. With the world wide web, students can even share their writing pieces with others in another part of the world! Big Universe Learning offers an easy-to-use program that helps students to create writing pieces. Students publish their writing and put it on a bookshelf for others to see. People can even write comments about the work that the authors have written. Children enjoy when others respond to their writing. It reinforces the importance of the written work. Students love to see their published books! It inspires them to write even more.

Want To Motivate Students To Write...Try These Tips

The Big Universe author tool provides a fun avenue for practicing writing skills.
The Big Universe author tool provides a fun avenue for practicing writing skills.
  • Let students use technology devices to create their stories
  • Use an online dictionary or thesaurus to help students become vocabulary masters
  • Utilize the illustrator tool to add colorful pictures and eye catching graphics
  • Print and save the work to enjoy in the future
  • Use social media to share the work with others

Big Universe Offers An Award Winning Writing Program

Kids and teens can write books online and publish them. Their self-created titles can be read worldwide! Students like to see their own creations in print. Parents, teachers and friends enjoy reading the fruits of their labor.

Introduce Online Books and Read Them With a Writer's Eye

Online books are simple to access. Young children can quickly turn into bookworms when introduced to living books that include vibrant pictures and photos. These engaging texts can be used to develop student’s knowledge of a topic, and to build reading fluency. Teens and adults can enjoy ebooks while comprehending new information in a captivating format. Examining and closely reading books can help children to become better writers.

Use The Read Aloud Format

Using online books with the read aloud function is helpful in accommodating the needs of diverse learners. People can listen to books with the help of a computer or an electronic device. This is a powerful learning tool for pupils with special learning needs. Audio selections can also assist with the acquisition of a second language. Many books are offered in multiple languages, which can be used to help readers develop their bilingual language skills. One helpful tip in building bilingual individuals is to read the text in the primary language and then to reread it in another language. For example, an English speaking teenager can read the book in English and then reread it in Spanish. Other languages are available, too.

Utilize Online Writing Programs

Technology assisted writing programs create excitement and fascination for the writer. Writers of all ages enjoy seeing their work published and printed. Big Universe Learning offers an award winning writing program. Writers can share their self created online books with others from all around the world! For more information visit

Books For Students

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about technology. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at

thumb-2 Computers by Don McLeese © 2009

ISBN: 9781604723298 AR: Book Level 6.4 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 125537 / Interest Level MG
Computers are the focus of this book. A timeline of the invention of the computer provides a clear explanation of how our world has changed since the advent of this important invention.


thumb-3From Tablets to Texting
by L. Rigdon (author), Nicholas Jackson (illustrator) © 2012
ISBN: 9781620461822
This book begins with informational text about cuneiform and hieroglyphics and ends with an alternative perspective: a girl writing in her diary about the connections between ancient and modern communication. The clever story engages readers and introduces history content.

freeclipart appleConnecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

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