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Today’s classrooms need to prepare students to become citizens of the information age. Students must think critically, analyze and synthesize information to solve technical, social, economic, political, and scientific problems, and work productively in groups" ( Mills & Roblyer, 2002). This paper will summarize two articles that discuss technology productivity tools and apply the information to a teaching situation. The two tools are word processing and Excel spreadsheet. Word processing is a software tool that facilitates written communication. Word processing supports a variety of teaching and learning activities by allowing students to become more involved in critical thinking activities by thinking about what their words really mean, using an extended vocabulary, and elaborating, reorganizing, and refining written composition. Word processing makes it faster and easier for students to complete their work through writing, editing, and illustrating stories and reports or by keeping classroom notes and logs. (Mills & Roblyer, 2002)In Word Processing and its Effect on the Writing Process, Katie Herrick sets out to demonstrate how "word processing affect [s] the writing process and the overall quality of writing of third through sixth grade students" ( Herrick, 1997). Katie Herrick claims that "students who used a word processor were more effective at editing their work" (1997). Furthermore, "word processing motivated students and encouraged them to share their writings with [their] peers" (1997). Katie Herrick "researched nine articles". The fact that students could edit without pen and paper made them "more independent [and] more confident in their ability to change their original stories" (1997). Other information that was revealed from a study done in New Zealand, was that students "enjoy [ed] writing" and that "in order for students writing to improve, teachers need to instruct students in writing at the same time they are using a word processor" (1997). For enhanced learning Katie Herrick suggests giving students "new and unique audiences who could respond to their work… by allow [ing] students to publish" (1997) their work on the Internet.

Word Processor in the Classroom?

By Stephen Saylor, eHow Contributor Word processors are productive in classrooms Word processors are productive in classrooms

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Word processors are a valuable part of the technology now available for educators in schools. Students and teachers both receive many benefits when doing classwork on the computer. Many of the headaches of paperwork are eliminated.


1. Word processors contain an electronic spell checker. The student writer has immediate feedback about misspelled words. Student must discern which of the computer-generated spellings is correct for the context. Teachers no longer have to red-ink spelling errors. They can focus on the few exceptions the spellchecker does not catch.


2. Teachers and students gain a sense of security about losing assignments. When the student saves her work, she avoids the possibility of the assignment being lost or misplaced. If an assignment is ever misplaced, a replacement can be easily printed.


3. Teachers benefit by receiving a readable copy that is easy to grade. Students with poor handwriting can increase their scores with better looking papers. Students should be instructed to turn in copies of work in a readable font.


4. Work done on a word processor can easily published on a bulletin board. Teachers can create electronic anthologies of their students' writings. Each student can receive an electronic copy of published works with no printing costs.


5. Work done on a word processor and saved on the Internet is highly portable and accessible from any computer with Internet access. Dogs do not eat papers in cyberspace. "I forgot it at home" is irrelevant. Just log onto the nearest computer and your work appears on the screen. Integrating Technology Using Word Processing Back to Integration Guides

Learning about Word Processing & Your Word Processing Skills... About Word Processing

For the Instructo For the Student

     Types of Word Processing
     Assess your skill level - 1
     Assess your skill level - 2 

Where to Find Help

Help for the Instructor Help for the Student What can you do with this software?

     Tutorial 1
     Tutorial 2 - How to use Word Processing in the Classroom 
     Jan's Illustrated 101 Computer Literacy
     This is the On Button
      Kansas Computer Curriculum
     Audio Word Tutorial 
     Using MS Word
     Individual Lesson Plans
     Microsoft Lesson Plans
     NW LINCS Microsoft Classroom Lesson Page 

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