Word processors are a valuable part of the technology now available for educators in schools. Students and teachers both receive many benefits when doing classwork on the computer. Many of the headaches of paperwork are eliminated.
Word processors contain an electronic spell checker. The student writer has immediate feedback about misspelled words. Student must discern which of the computer-generated spellings is correct for the context. Teachers no longer have to red-ink spelling errors. They can focus on the few exceptions the spellchecker does not catch.
Teachers and students gain a sense of security about losing assignments. When the student saves her work, she avoids the possibility of the assignment being lost or misplaced. If an assignment is ever misplaced, a replacement can be easily printed.
Teachers benefit by receiving a readable copy that is easy to grade. Students with poor handwriting can increase their scores with better looking papers. Students should be instructed to turn in copies of work in a readable font.
Work done on a word processor can easily published on a bulletin board. Teachers can create electronic anthologies of their students' writings. Each student can receive an electronic copy of published works with no printing costs.
Work done on a word processor and saved on the Internet is highly portable and accessible from any computer with Internet access. Dogs do not eat papers in cyberspace. "I forgot it at home" is irrelevant. Just log onto the nearest computer and your work appears on the screen.