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169 Tech Tip #124: Editing is Easier with Digital Writing

Posted by on May 3, 2017

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Today’s tip: #124–Editing is easier with digital writing

Category: EDIT/FORMAT

Sub-category: Writing, Classroom management

Q: I can’t convince my students to give up their paper and pencil. What’s a great reason that will resonate with them?

A: Digital writing is easier to edit. By a factor of infinity. Anyone who has tried to erase knows they often end up with smudged notes and torn paper. The digital version of editing with a simple overtype or insert is miles ahead. Why force students to use an inferior method?

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.

4 Responses to 169 Tech Tip #124: Editing is Easier with Digital Writing

  1. TheWorryGames

    Sounds like good advice to me. 🙂

  2. Rich Lunville

    Why not have a friendly competition? Time a writing assignment for some who use digital writing tools against those who use paper and pencil Even though I started using computers in my middle school classroom in 1979, I still wrote my rough drafts with paper and pencil for many years. Habits die hard.

    • Jacqui

      I do that as a way to convince kids that typing is faster than keyboarding. By 5th grade (after learning keyboarding since Kindergarten), they believe me!

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