Multiliteracies and Technology

Oxford University Press
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Literacy:Reading,writing and children's literature, 2010, 4, pp. 399 - 422
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Good writing is a recursive process of moving through different stages of composition, not simply of putting words on a page. Since so much revision is needed-in thinking, changing ideas, and developing style-computer technology has become an essential tool for many writers. Used effectively, it can save valuable time and lead to writing that is accurate, well organised, and full of interesting ideas. In the classroom, teachers with technical competence can use word-processing, blags, webquests, e-pals and the treasure trove of information on the internet to motivate their students to want to write. Navigating the internet, evaluating websites, word-processing, desktop publishing, and using the (smart' board are all skills that assist the writing process. Spelling and grammar checks can help the writer as well as writing software such as the Writer's Toolkit.
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