Implementing handheld computers as tools for first-grade writers

Wilma D. Kuhlman, Kathy Everts Danielson, Elizabeth J. Campbell, Neal W. Topp

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All humans use objects in their environment as tools for actions. Some tools are more useful than others for certain people and populations. This paper describes how different first-graders used handheld computers as tools when writing. While all 17 children in the observed classroom were competent users of their handheld computers, their use of handhelds for pre-writing differed among the students. Some students’ thinking was clearly enhanced with the use of handhelds before writing. Other students showed writing competence without referring back to their pre-writing work on the handheld. No students were unable to operate their handhelds in the pre-writing process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClassroom Integration of Type II Uses of Technology in Education
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780203051504
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Elementary
  • Handheld computers
  • Handheld educational software
  • Pre-writing process
  • Primary children
  • Writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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