Tools may have changed but the strategies and approaches haven't changed. Still teaching the same skills to communicate etc.
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Sometimes we can still use the older technology.
And of course without writing, reading development will be limited. Writing helps you become better readers writers and thinkers. Couple of apps to assist with actual letter formation *letterschool - not as exciting but doesn't use Australian font *rED - an Australian app with australian approved fonts for multiple users that can teach upper, lower, numbers and writing. Great visual and auditory feedback provided and rewards can be earned. Can stylus always use a stylus to imitate a pencil. Word wall *Clicker Sentences - show an example 'a day at school', how it works, ie. document and using sentence sets, edit mode to simply change the level of complexity and support you provide the student. Show how to make a sentence set 'how to make a cup of tea' or 'making a cookie' *Clicker Docs - both have the in built quick start support, access to learning grids. Show example 'human body' both a- z and just categorised. Children need to see, hear and use words - having access to word banks allows this. Word banks can be for older students too who have difficulty generating ideas for their writing or with spelling of more complex words Interactivity with clicker 6!