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					Technical Considerations&hellip;
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							<td class="techAspect"> Word processing software </td>
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										If your students will be writing at home and at school, you may be faced with an 
										array of software and printing challenges. Ensure that you and the students understand 
										the issues of program compatibility. If your students have files in older formats, 
										use the <a href="http://www.zamzar.com/" class="product" target="_blank">Zamzar</a> 
										website to convert files. 
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								<h4>Word processing software options and help:</h4>
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										Don't forget to the use the Help options in your word processor.
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										<a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/default.aspx" class="product" target="_blank">Microsofts Office Word</a>
										website provides help and &quot;how to&quot; for all current formats. As Office 2007 is 
										introduced, your school or the home computer may be running an earlier version. Office 
										2007 files must be &quot;saved as&quot; to function on Office 2003. Effects available only in 
										Office 2007 will be lost. Microsoft has published a 
										<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en" class="product" target="_blank">compatibility pack</a>.
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										Find help with Microsoft Office for the Macintosh at Article and Tips, 
										<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/office2004/using.aspx?pid=usingoffice2004" class="product" target="_blank">Mac:Office</a> 
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										<a href="http://www.openoffice.org/" class="product" target="_blank">Open Office</a> is an 
										open-source application (including a powerful word processor) that can be freely downloaded. 
										Extensive help for Open Office can be found at the <a href="http://documentation.openoffice.org/" class="product" target="_blank">documentation site.</a>
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										Web-based word processors such as <a href="http://docs.google.com" class="product" target="_blank">Google Docs</a>
										and <a href="http://notebook.zoho.com" class="product" target="_blank">Zoho</a> are becoming more 
										powerful. Students can sign up for an account and login from both school and home 
										(if they have reliable Internet connections.) 
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										<a href="http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/home" class="product" target="_blank">Atomic Learning</a> provides instruction 
										in short video clips, if your district subscribes.
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										Google any concept with the name of your word processor and you will find someone has created instructions. 
										For example, enter &quot;set margins Word 2007&quot;.
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										Ensure that students understand that things can go wrong with new technologies. Remind them to 
										complete their final drafts before the due date to allow extra time to solve any technical issues. 
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							<td class="techAspect">Printers</td>
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									If students are printing at home computers, you may be presented with numerous cyber excuses 
									for late or missing assignments. Ask your students to test their printers early in the process. 
									If they can't print at their regular computer, ensure that they have a plan to move the 
									document to school computers for printing. 
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							<td class="techAspect">Storage media</td>
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									At school, ensure that students understand how to save files to their network drives. 
									If students use floppy disks or CDs to move files from home to school, ensure that they 
									keep the disks in a case or sturdy envelope. Recommend that they have two disks and save 
									the files twice. Flash or USB drives may be available in the library media center. Do home 
									and school computers have USB ports? If students have Internet access at home, attaching 
									their final essay to an email may be a quick and easy solution. 
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							<td class="techAspect">Transferring documents (Handing in)</td>
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									Some schools are working in paperless environments. Check with your library media specialist or 
									technical support department about options for setting up shared folders. Online learning 
									tools such as <a href="http://moodle.org/" class="product" target="_blank">Moodle</a>
									allow options for uploading files. <a href="http://www.think.com" class="product" target="_blank">Think.com</a>
									is a free online site that offers file sharing in a secure educational environment. 
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							<td class="techAspect">Tech skills</td>
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									Students must have these basic technology skills in order to write with a word processor. 
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									<li> File Management: Create, name and save a file in an appropriate directory. </li>
									<li> Locate and open software application.</li>
									<li> Insert and resize text. </li>
									<li> Insert and resize graphics from clip art or a file. </li>
									<li> Keyboarding skills (Some research suggests that students who lack keyboarding skills write more effectively using pencil and paper.) </li>
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									Our digital natives are very clever, knowledgeable and learn new skills easily. Encourage 
									experts in the group to share their skills with others. The challenge with technology is 
									to keep them focused on communicating the message, not the technical tricks or problems.
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