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When should students start word processing?

Children are usually exposed to word processing at a reasonably young age as they work through speech development and onto written skills. The use of devices at a young age will help children develop and mature their word processing skills much earlier than I did as growing up. Roblyer & Doering (2014) suggest schools can introduce word processing to students as young as 4 or 5 years old (p.136).

Is it necessary to teach keyboarding skills?

It is important for students to develop and maintain their foundations skills, foundation meaning the skills that are needed to participate a class lessons. An article called The Importance of Teaching ‘Traditional’ Typing Skills in 2015  (Lee 2015) discuss how schools have begun to assume keyboarding skills from students. Lee (2015) states “this assumption has led to a situation where students are coming into their classrooms without the keyboarding abilities they need, and leaving the classroom equally unprepared for further educational or professional development”.

What effect does world processing have on handwriting?

Handwriting has become less and less common as we move into the digital future. Roblyer & Doering (2014)  suggest that “computer users commonly complain that their handwriting isn’t what it used to be, ostensibly because of infrequent opportunities to use their hand- writing skills” (p.136). The fact that handwriting is becoming less common means that some may perceive it as an unnecessary skill. Roblyer & Doering (2014) refers to handwriting being seen as labor (p.66) and a time consuming manual skill (p.70).

What impact does word processing have on assessment?

Word processing in some cases and certainly in my experience, can create a barrier between how thoughts and ideas are expressed. I personally still enjoy jotting down my ideas on a post-it note through its development stage until I can form my idea into a statement, hand writing allows me to think and explore ideas on a more personal level. Roblyer (1997) as cited in (Roblyer & Doering 2014 p.136)  reviewed research that found that students’ word-processed compositions tend to receive lower grades than handwritten ones.

Is the auto correction of spelling a problem?

Auto correct can be seen as a problem, I’m sure we have all experienced issues with a word changed by spell check this is incorrect. Spell check can play a role in identifying potential grammatical issues which should then be seen to by its author to analysis and determine its true context. Roblyer & Doering (2014) suggests “teachers and students must be aware of this built-in feature and either turn it off or proofread even more carefully” (p.136).

Reference:

Lee, C. 2015. Emerging EdTech. The Importance of Teaching ‘Traditional’ Typing Skills in 2015. Retrieved from http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/02/teaching-traditional-typing-skills/

Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. 2014. Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching: International Edition, 6th Edition, Pearson. ISBN: 978-1-292-02208-6

 

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