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                                    Word Processing

       In today’s day and age, the computer age, the technological break-through age,

could it possibly be conceived that writers of any age would scratch down ideas roughly

on paper? When the world has become so modern that people communicate through e-

mail and cellular phones, it would be presumable that authors would create, or students

would learn using computer software. This is the story of one such software. Word

processing has had a positive affect on written communication, student class work and

has made editing written material easier.

       Word processing has a positive effect on written communication. One example if

the ability to write down a continuos flow of thought without having to pause for spelling

or grammar. These can be corrected at a later time. A “free-writing” practice called

“Thinking-in-ink journal” promotes a sense of “Defenseless learning” and aids young

writes with fluency of whatever language they are writing in. (King) Writing in this

manner allows the author to write in an uninterrupted form, giving each thought to be

fully developed and free from neglect. Another example is that it enables students to be

“evaluated on higher level concerns than on lower level ones, perhaps because some

lower level concerns, like spelling, appear less frequently…” (King) This creates more

practical thinking, thus stimulating the brain and having a positive effect on written

communication.

       Word processing also results in better class work from students. Students with

this software tend to be more motivated, more effective with editing their work and more

encouraged to share their material. In addition to this, students make fewer mistakes on

the mechanics of the actual writings. (Herrick) Spelling, capitalization, and subject-verb

agreement improved. Also, the actual length of the writings grew in size when the

students used word processing software. (Herrick)




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       The most valuable resource to an author can be found with any word processing

software. “…writers can electronically cut and paste and revise so effortlessly as they

write the creation of a text closely parallels the very process of thinking.” (Johnson)

When an author is creating a written document, word processors help make that process

run smoothly because of the ability to edit on the spot. It is much easier to correct

anything electronically than messing with whiteout or erasers.




The following list is a recap of how influential and helpful word processing can be:

   Word processing helps written communication in that in enables an uninterrupted
    thought process.
   Word processing is beneficial to students in that it influences them to be more
    motivated and encouraged.
   Word processing is a valuable resource to authors in that it allows easy editing.




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The following chart contains helpful and relevant vocabulary terms:

                    TERM                                       DEFINATION
                                                Software used to create and manipulate
Word processing software
                                                documents containing text and graphics
                                                The process of making changes to a
Editing
                                                documents existing context
                                                Feature that substitutes existing words with
Replace
                                                new ones

          Word processing has had a positive affect on written communication, student

class work and has made editing written material easier. Software like this is beneficial

to authors and students in more ways than one.




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                                     Works Cited

1. Johnson, Eric. A Little Learning about Word Processing. 12 October 2002
      http://www.dsu.edu/~johnsone/learning.html
2. Herrick, Katie. Word Processing and its Effect on the Writing Process. 12 October
     2002
      http://www.techlearning.com/db_area/archives/WCE/archives/herrick.htm
3. King, Nancy. Word Processing. 12 October 2002
      http://www.nmia.com/~nking/wordproc.html




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