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Word Processing


Research has shown that students write longer pieces with stronger quality when they use word processing software. These programs, which can serve as assistive technology for learners with writing difficulties, support all learners by allowing them to focus on the content of their composition. The ease of deleting and rearranging text, trying out multiple ways to communicate an idea, and using spell check to improve their spelling all facilitate the revising process, which leads to better quality work.

Use It in the Classroom

From 1:13, watch how this school uses Google Docs in their classrooms. When students are able to write their assignments in Google Docs and share them with each other, they can review each other's work, revise their own, and track their progress, which builds their Foundational Writing Skills and supports Metacognition.

  • Teachers can incorporate word processing programs by introducing their features and modeling how they can be used for individual and collaborative writing. It is important for teachers to select software that aligns with the type of writing as well as with each student's needs. Online word processors can promote live collaboration during the writing process, while publishable ones can become a medium to share learners' work.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how Clicker Doc includes features such as age-appropriate word suggestions, audio integration for learners to record their thoughts, and text-to-speech to support diverse needs and enhance students' writing.

  • Developers can integrate word processing to encourage long-form writing as well as to create collaborative online communities where learners can read and comment on each other's work.
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