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Blog EntryBlog: Monday, October 10, 2011

Tech Tools to the Rescue

Technology can make your life easier. And it can make your work look better too. You can use a computer to help you with your schoolwork. You can compose your writing using a word processing program like Microsoft Word. We all know that it is much easier to read type writing than someone’s handwriting. It is evenly spaced and doesn’t get sloppier towards the end of the piece. This makes it better for the reader.
 
You can also use a word processing program to help you edit and publish your work. Word processing programs have spelling and grammar checks that help you when you are writing. Some programs will automatically underline misspelled words and grammatically incorrect phrases. This alerts you that you need to change something. Or, you can run a check of the entire document after you are finished composing.

While you are writing or after you are finished typing in all of the words, you can use the program to format each page. You can indent paragraphs and space the margins however you want to make the piece unique and easy to read. You can use bold, italics, and underlining to make words stand out and make your writing easier for the reader.
 
You can also use the internet to help you. You can use an online dictionary to help you understand a word and an online thesaurus to help you find synonyms that you can use to vary your word choice.
 
You can also use technology to help you make a presentation. Powerpoint is a tool that you can use to create a slide show. You can use the slide show during your presentation to give the audience a visual representation of what you are saying. Here is a website you can go to that will teach you how to make a Powerpoint presentation: http://www.actden.com/PP/
 
In your role as a student, which technology tools do you already use? How do they make your life easier? Which tools do you want to try? Think of an upcoming project for which you can use a new technology tool.

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