ERIC Number: ED254843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
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Computers and the Teaching of Writing: Variations on a Theme.
Software for computer assisted instruction in writing (CAI/writing) can be described in terms of "generations." The earliest (because easiest) application of computers to writing instruction was in the area of drill and practice. By focusing on one or another element of basic skills, well-designed drill and practice software provides instruction that takes advantage of the computer's capacity for presenting information in a compelling and interactive way while keeping track of students' progress. Second generation software--or writer aids--refers to software that focuses on one or another stage of the composing process: prewriting, writing, or rewriting. This generation, in addition to including prewriting programs and using word processors, provides programs that will analyze the surface features of the students' text and give feedback on such dimensions as the degree of sexist language, jargon, or imprecise diction. Third generation software includes integrated author systems. In addition to these more traditional approaches, there is the growing availability of telecommunications networks that provide students with the opportunity to write to others, get responses, and get real responses from real readers. The field of CAI/writing is fortunate in that it has plenty of good models to choose from in the instructional arena. (HOD)
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