Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Tom Snyder Productions': Word Workshop for Teachers. (Educator's Evaluation)

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Tom Snyder Productions': Word Workshop for Teachers. (Educator's Evaluation)

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Word Workshop for Teachers by Janet Caughlin is a how-to book written by a teacher for teachers. Educators wishing to make more use of technology in their classrooms will find this book, on the popular and versatile word processing program, extremely useful. The Workshop includes a CD-ROM containing Microsoft Word documents that are utilized in the book's learning activities, examples of documents created by teachers for use in their classes, and more than 150 picture files that may be inserted into documents. The book assumes that the user is knowledgeable in the basics of computing, but includes several pages of explanation, especially for novice users. The book's most valuable aid for novices may be the pictures of toolbars for three versions of Microsoft Word (Word 97 and 2000 for Windows, and Word 98 for the Macintosh).

The learning activities that are the main focus of the book are located in a section called Learning Word. Examples of documents created by teachers and technology specialists are in How Teachers Use Word. In addition, teachers' examples of how their curricula ask students to utilize Word are included in How Students Use Word.

Learning Word contains activities covering many operations within Word that can be used to create and modify Word documents with illustrations of the document being prepared, allowing users to verify their progress in the activity. Step-by-step instructions are provided for activities, such as inserting pictures into a document; using the Equation Editor, which is great for math teachers; creating personalized letters for groups using merge; and printing envelopes and labels. …

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