ERIC Number: ED263943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Using the Word Processor in Composition.
Newton, Sandra S.
The use of word processing in composition classes provides the student with both the opportunity to experience a significant technology and the ability to improve the mechanics and style of their writing. Word processing software has many benefits over "drill and practice" programs, "dialogue" software, and "whole process" programs, since word processing software is readily available and a flexible learning tool. When used directly by the student, word processing makes all stages of the composing process (i.e., drafting, writing, and revising) easier and more meaningful. When used by the instructor, word processing software makes possible a higher degree of individualization in the classroom. As long as the program is capable of storing files and formatting output, it streamlines the exchange of information and the creation of well-presented material. More sophisticated word processors have even greater capabilities, and allow for greater flexibility in manipulating material through features such as embedding (which allows remarks to be inserted into documents on the screen but not to be printed out onto paper); split screens (which allow the writer to keep in sight two different parts of the composition); inserting material; global search (which allows the writer to rapidly search a document for intrusive or annoying repetitions of a word or phrase); word wrap (which automatically moves whole words from the end of one line to the beginning of the next); and spelling check features. (LAL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Regional Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (Portland, ME, October 24-26, 1985).