November 11, 2011
Word processing taught me how to spell.
I overcame a severe spelling problem thanks to spell check.
I discovered (on my own) that spell check was providing me with individualized feedback on my spelling.
I was missing the same words over and over again. (Just as I'd done with spelling lists all through school.)
To this day I have trouble spelling, especially when I'm tired. I still misspell 'receive' about half the time.
(photo: NEO Loaner Program)
Main point: Let's explicitly teach our students how to improve their spelling by seeing spell check and grammar check as individualized instruction from a slightly crazy robotic tutor. We can't always trust what the machine says. However it does give us a series of learning opportunities.
I recall arguing with English teachers when word processing first became widely available. Many were convinced it was the end of writing (and civilization). For me it was a technology that changed my life. (Now, as a Certified Geezer, I still depend on my word processor and spell check to make my living.)
Dennis, who is blurry eyed in Valley Center
(Five spelling errors corrected when I first checked. Several more after I revised. This did not include three spell check prompted stabs at receive.) 8-)