Sperreng Students Sign on to Software Lessons in Writing

By Mueller, Michelle B. | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), September 18, 1995 | Go to article overview

Sperreng Students Sign on to Software Lessons in Writing


Mueller, Michelle B., St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Students at Sperreng Middle School in the Lindbergh School District will sharpen their English skills on the computer this year with added software programs.

Sixth- , seventh- and eighth-graders will broaden their research skills with access to the Internet, hone their grammar skills with a tutorial program and expand their writing abilities with an on-screen writing workshop.

Students began using computers in their English classes last year, primarily for word processing.

Through the new programs on the computer, students will "become more independent learners," teacher Carla Avery told the School Board last week. Each student will have access to the computers at least once a week in class as well as after school, if requested.

Teachers assured the board that students can access the Internet only after a teacher enters a password. A teacher would be present in the classroom any time a student is using the computer, teacher Kim Crank said.

The Internet will give students access to research material from around the world as well as allow them to communicate with other middle school students through an on-line student magazine and newsletters. …

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