ERIC Number: ED326884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-8
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Computers into the Language Arts Curriculum.
Bright, Twyla L.
Every dedicated educator should take the time to integrate the computer into the learning program of his or her classroom. Although studies have reported no significant differences in the achievement of word processing students, teachers using word processing in their classrooms are all enthusiastic about the results, especially regarding students' receptivity and response. Word processing does not teach writing, but it is an efficient tool which can be used effectively in the classroom. The best way for an educator to achieve a practical, working knowledge is to use the computer and word processing to write something that is very important. The educator who is integrating the use of the computer as a tool in his language arts classroom must remember that he or she is not teaching keyboarding but writing and must begin with a well organized plan. It is crucial that the teacher provide the same type of feedback and response that the students would receive when working with pencil and paper. Students have pointed out a variety of positive aspects of using the computer and do not perceive the assignments as being difficult when asked to revise using a computer. Writing is viewed as fun if they do it on the computer. Additional software that is like a workbook will be just as effective as a workbook. Providing this software will depend on time and funds. (Computer research findings, lesson plans, and sample pages of student work are included; 14 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Indiana Fall Language Arts Conference (Bloomington, IN, November 8, 1990).