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What are the most effective ways of improving student writing with word processing, writing as process, cluster diagramming and the 6 Traits approach to writing?
Even though many adult writers have found that composing on a computer dramatically improves their writing, few students are given opportunities to compose with a keyboard. While electronic writing might help our students be stronger writers, it remains in most places an unfinished promise.
Few schools provide enough access to computers for the 6-10 half hour sessions needed to complete a writing assignment From Start to Finish. Students are more apt to spend hours learning to keyboard or to develop multimedia presentations than they are developing thoughtful pieces of writing. Often they are not allowed to use a word processor until the final draft of their papers. They do all the early writing with the old technology of a pen or pencil, thereby losing out on the advantages of electronic text.
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