Printer Friendly

IBM ANNOUNCES WRITING TO WRITE FORM II

 IBM ANNOUNCES WRITING TO WRITE FORM II
 ATLANTA, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM today announced Writing to


Write(TM) Form II, a technology-based, comprehensive program that uses process writing and language arts to help third-grade students develop their writing skills.
 Writing to Write Form II continues the spiral curriculum begun in Writing to Write Form I, which was announced in January 1991 and is used primarily by second grade students.
 Both programs were developed by noted educator Dr. John Henry Martin of JHM Corp. Martin also designed the popular Writing to Read(R) program, primarily for kindergarten and first grade. Since Writing to Read was announced in 1984, more than 10,500 schools and 3.5 million students have used the program.
 The programs follow the IBM Teaching and Learning with Computers methodology, integrating networked computers into the classroom curriculum rather than in a lab setting. Writing to Write Form II is designed to be used by students on a daily basis for approximately one hour and includes both on-line and off-line instructional activities.
 "We are dedicated to providing K-6 literacy solutions," said James E. Dezell, IBM vice president and general manager of IBM Educational Systems. "Writing to Write Form II is the next step in IBM's growing language arts curriculum."
 "Writing to Write is designed to reach learners in elementary grades and build on their newly developed language arts skills and experiences," Martin said. "The program complements Writing to Write Form I and Writing to Read. Each program emphasizes an active learning environment that stimulates students' creativity and problem-solving capabilities."
 Writing to Read and Writing to Write have many instructional, operational and philosophical similarities.
 Writing to Read, Stories and More (a first-grade literature program) and Writing to Write may be used in succession in kindergarten through third grade or they may be used independently.
 Operating on existing IBM Personal System/2(R) (PS/2(R)) and IBM network technology, Writing to Write fully utilizes the strong graphics, color and sound capabilities of the IBM PS/2 Model 25 and other PS/2 models.
 As with Form I, Writing to Write Form II helps students learn the "process" of writing, which includes prewriting (planning), drafting, peer reviewing, revising, and publishing (sharing work with other students). Because the program is participatory and students learn by doing, it uses an instructional approach as opposed to a "drill and practice" method.
 For each writing assignment, students are provided with a planner, a writing model and a goal-specific architecture (visual blueprint) to follow. Students learn how to write by first reviewing the goals of the unit, then rehearsing their planning and drafting skills with a partner and finally writing their own compositions. As students work in rehearsing and composing, they make use of a word processor.
 Writing to Write's year-long curriculum systematically introduces a variety of writing strategies, which include observing and naming, describing, inferring and organizing. Thus, writing is seen as an evolving process with a concentration on gathering and transmitting ideas based on the writer's audience and purpose.
 The eight instructional units in Writing to Write Form II use colorful graphics to introduce students to different types of writing through interactive prewriting activities. For example, in unit one, naming and observation, students are asked to look at a jungle scene through two points of view, a crocodile and a bird. Students are able to scroll down to see all that a crocodile sees and then scroll up to name all that a hornbill sees. In unit seven, students practice third-person narration by writing stories about a grandmother on an exciting rafting trip down a raging river.
 Writing to Write Form II is part of a spiral curriculum that deepens the knowledge of students as they become more sophisticated writers. It progresses in complexity and can be built upon in later grades.
 Writing to Write Form II will be available March 1992. The price for educators depends on the number of students and classrooms. For example, for one classroom with a total of 30 students the price of courseware and all necessary classroom materials is $5,067; for three classrooms with a total of 80 students, the price of courseware and all necessary classroom materials is $6,751. Hardware and networking software are not included in these prices.
 To order Writing to Write Form II, contact the local IBM marketing representative or call 800-IBM-3327.
 -0- 1/21/92
 /NOTE: Writing to Write is a trademark and Writing to Read, Personal System/2 and PS/2 are registered trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation,/
 /CONTACT: Tom Wall of IBM, 404-238-2950/ CO: International Business Machines Corporation ST: Georgia IN: CPR SU: PDT


BN-BR -- AT015 -- 2048 01/21/92 16:36 EST
COPYRIGHT 1992 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1992 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Jan 21, 1992
Words:786
Previous Article:FOLAND'S BEGINS RESTRUCTURING PROCESS; PLAN INCLUDES CONTINUED OPERATION OF ALL SIX LOCATIONS
Next Article:SILICON GRAPHICS ANNOUNCES 38 PERCENT INCREASE IN REVENUE AND 37 PERCENT INCREASE IN NET INCOME FOR SECOND QUARTER
Topics:


Related Articles
IBM INTRODUCES MULTIMEDIA SPEECHVIEWER II FOR SPEECH THERAPY
IBM JOINS STEERING COMMITTEE OF VIM SPECIFICATION GROUP
CLEVELAND COMPANY, IBM FORM VENTURE TO MARKET WRITING PROGRAM
Digi International Selected to Support IBM AS/400 Domino Server
Pioneer Software Development Changes Name to CrossWorks, Inc.
Candle Announces Day-One Support for OS/390 Version 2 Release 8 And Expanded Support for IBM SystemPac.
Candle Continues Leadership Role by Offering Day-One Support For IBM's z/OS Operating System.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters