ERIC Number: ED275000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Computers as Instructional Aids.
The use of microcomputers as word processors for writing papers is commonplace in English departments, but there are many less well-known uses that English teachers can make of the computer. For example, word processing programs can be used to teach sentence combining. Moving text on the screen is very easy, so it is possible to rearrange words or phrases and to discuss the differences these changes make in meaning or sentence flow. Computers are also helpful for demonstrating revision and group composing, with teachers going through the processes with students to help them understand the changes that can easily be manipulated on the screen. While writing research papers, students can prepare a preliminary question outline on the computer, save the outline on disk, and answer the questions as they do their research. Or students and teachers can use a computer unit with both large screen and small screen monitors. The students can watch the large-screen monitor while the teacher types, watching the small screen. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Version of a paper presented at the Spring Conference of the Greater St. Louis English Teachers Association (St. Louis, MO, April 11, 1986).