Module 2 - Word Processing




PART 1 - Desktop Word Processing


This session is a review of basic word processing techniques and how they can be used in the classroom. Participants learn how a word processor can be used as a "mind tool" to support student thinking in new ways.

Welcome Activity

Overview of Word Processing

Overview of Microsoft Word
  • Menus: File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, and More...
  • Toolbars: Standard, Formatting, Drawing, and More....
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Highlights
    • Find a cool shortcut in the list, try it, and share it with somebody next to you.
    • What are your favorites?
  • Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office <- Download this add-on for student and teacher tools!

Alternatives to Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (Office 2008 for Mac) - The latest version of Microsoft Word uses an all new file format (.docx) and user interface.*
  • iWork '09 - Apple's office suite includes Pages, an easy to use and stylish word processor - with it's own file format (.pages).*
  • Open Office - A free and open source office suite, inluding a database and drawing applications, that also has it's own file format (.odt).*
  • Online Word Processing (The Focus of Part 2)*
  • Or... your humble text editor: Notepad (on Windows) or Text Edit (on Mac).*

*Note: All of these options (except Notepad) can also read and save to the Word 97-2004 format (.doc), though some formating may be altered. Most can also read and write Rich Text Format (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt), and HTML (.html). Some can read and write to PDF as well.

Discussion: Word Processing in Education
  • What are some ways you can use Word Processing in your class?
  • Can you justify word processing as a Mind Toolin your class?
    • "The most effective uses of computers in classrooms are for accessing information and interpreting, organizing, and representing personal knowledge." (p. 4)
    • Learning From Computers, Learning About Computers, & Learning With Computers (pp. 4-9)
    • Mind Tools function as an intellectual partners with the learner in order to engage and facilitate critical thinking and higher order learning. (p. 9)
    • A Mind Toolfacilitates meaningful learning that is (pp. 11-15):
      • Active
      • Constructive
      • Intentional
      • Authentic
      • Cooperative (collaborative / conversations)
    • A Mind Tool goes beyond productivity to engage students in a higher level of learning.
  • If so, what are some ways your students can use a Word Processor as a Mind Tool?

Advanced Word Processing Techniques (Time Permitting)
  • Mail Merge
  • Templates
  • Others?

Time to Work on Your Module 1 Lesson Plans (Time Permitting)

Reflection Activity



PART 2 - Online Word Processing


In this session, participants learn to move their word processing online. This provides new opportunities for sharing, collaborating, and publishing. Techniques for facilitating student writing and group work are included, as are models for teachers' own professional collaboration.

Welcome Activity

Introduction to Online Word Processing with Google Docs

Collaborative Activity: How might Google Docs be valuable to you in your role as an educator?

Additional Resources


Discussion: Online Word Processing in Education
  • What are some ways you can use online word processing in your class - or in your work?
  • How can an online word processor be an even more powerful Mind Tool for your students?

Advanced Google Docs Techniques (Time Permitting)

Proof-of-Concept Project

Reflection Activity




Additional Resources


Module 2 2007 Archive