ERIC Number: ED254262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Computer Resources for Writing.
Newton, Sandra S.
A discussion is provided of the use of computers in writing instruction at the community and junior college level. After providing an account of the introduction of computer technology into the author's personal and professional life, the paper outlines ways in which the computer can be used to teach writing skills. Following an analysis of the mechanical and intellectual process of writing, the low-level resources of the computer are reviewed with respect to applications such as running tutorials with students performing drill exercises on the computer. Next, mid-level computer resources are discussed, with focus on word processing programs, adventure games, and self-help services provided by national computer networks. Word processing programs are described in terms of their potential for developing students' enthusiasm for writing, revising work, and improving spelling. Adventure games, such as Zork, which require the precise use of language, a large amount of reading, and logical thinking, are discussed as ways to give students facility with skills that are equally applicable to writing, e.g., organizing ideas, using specific and concrete detail, and working sequentially. This section concludes with an examination of the services available through Compuserve to assist in the writing program. Finally, educational software programs using the high-level abilities of the computer are discussed. Descriptions are provided of the features of WRITER'S WORKBENCH and WANDAH, with particular focus on their use for assessing text abstractness, identifying risky constructions, and providing editorial comments. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A