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ERIC Number: ED267424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Exploring the Composing Process with Microcomputers.
Combs, Martha
As a result of a telephone survey of 100 experienced elementary and secondary teachers concerning their comfort with computers and the teaching of writing skills, a weekend workshop was designed to help teachers develop some confidence in their skill as writers and to explore the possibilities available when writing with a word processor. The first evening, workshop participants were surveyed as to their attitudes about computers, the writing process, and themselves as writers. The participants then became acquainted with an Apple IIe by working through a short tutorial program that taught the basic operations and keyboard functions. Next, teachers participated in a brainstorming session and their ideas were recorded with a word processing program. When participants indicated satisfaction with the ideas generated they were shown how to save their prewriting ideas on their own disks and how to print a hard copy. The next day revisions were made and the instructor continued to model conferencing techniques. An attitude survey at the close of the workshop revealed that participants felt greater confidence in themselves as writers. As a follow-up, participants completed two additional writing activities using a microcomputer and responded to an attitude survey, reporting a continuing use of the skills gained in the workshop for both personal writing and working with students. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading and Language Arts Educators' Conference (2nd, Kansas City, MO, September 27-28, 1985).