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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. Word processing software provides students with immediate feedback on mechanics and spelling. This feedback, the ease of deleting and rearranging text, and trying out multiple ways to communicate an idea, all facilitate the revising process, leading to better quality work.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this seventh grade teacher uses technology during writing instruction to increase student performance. When students are able to write their assignments online, the writing process begins to become more automatic, and the teacher is able to give more frequent, meaningful feedback. Writing using computers increases the quality of students' Composition and helps students become more immersed in the writing process.

  • 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 and allow teachers and peers to provide real time feedback. Students can also publish their work in online forums to share their pieces with a larger audience.
  • 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' Composition skills.

  • 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.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy

    Student Background
    Primary Language
    Social and Emotional Learning