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Word Processing in the Classroom

Class Description

This class is an introduction to using the elements of basic word processing as a tool for communication in the classroom, as well as a tool to facilitate administrative tasks associated with teaching.  Participants will practice entering and editing text and applying basic formatting techniques, such as setting and changing margins and tabs; changing alignment and style of text, numbering, outlining, inserting footnotes and creating bibliographies  Participants will review file management techniques and be able to successfully name, rename, save, retrieve, and print word processing files on hard or floppy disks.  Participants will be able to insert graphics into word processing documents and utilize features such as text wrap.  Graphic elements such as lines and boxes to emphasize and separate text will be incorporated into practice documents.

Participants will consider appropriate uses of the word processor for their grade/subject area and design lessons to introduce or utilize the word processor with students.  Emphasis will be on designing classroom applications which stress content, problem solving and critical thinking, in a variety of educational settings, such as one computer in the classroom, several computers in the classroom and computer labs.

Participants will practice production of administrative word processing documents such as letters, announcements, and evaluation instruments.  The goal is to streamline and/or improve the teaching process while modeling the use of technology for students.

Goal

This course is designed to equip teachers with basic word processing skills for both administrative and instructional use in the classroom.

Objectives

  • Participants will be able to use an integrated software package such as ClarisWorks or Microsoft Office to enter and edit text to produce both administrative and classroom applications.
  • Participants will be able to apply basic formatting techniques such as setting margins and tabs, changing alignment and style of text, numbering, outlining, inserting footnotes and creating bibliographies.
  • Participants will be able to save on hard drive or floppy drive and print documents.
  • Participants will be able to insert graphic objects into word processing documents and utilize special features such as text wrap.
  • Participants will be introduced to the scanner inserting graphics and for text recognition.  Participants will consider the strengths and weaknesses of scanned documents.
  • Participants will gain experience using graphic sources such as CD-ROM graphic collections, photo CD technology, the digital camera, and Internet resources.
  • Participants will be able to import text and combine word processed documents.
  • Participants will gain experience in designing classroom applications whack stress problem solving and critical thinking, in a variety of educational settings such as one computer in the classroom, several computers in the he classroom, and computer labs.
  • Participants will gain experience in administrative applications or word processing, such s letters, lesson plans, and tests.
  • Participants will be able to design activities and lesson plans that incorporate word processing into existing curricula.

Class Overview

This course will be a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.   Using the selected platform (Windows) participants will practice basic word processing skills.

Evaluation

Successful completion of this course includes the following:

  • Attendance and participation
  • Completion of word processing documents
  • Completion of lesson plan at appropriate level
  • Demonstration of understanding of word processing terminology
  • Successful operation of hardware and software

Schedule

 
This page was updated on:  04/10/02