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CTAP 040_01 - Intro to Word Processing (Microsoft Word 97)
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The computer-based word processor is one of the most useful tools available to teachers and students alike. A word processor gives you nearly limitless power to edit and format text, allowing you to mold the written word into a professional-looking document. In this Word Processing module, you will discover ways to simplify tedious and routine writing tasks so that you can focus on your most important challenge, improving student learning. This self-paced module will teach you how to quickly and easily create, edit, format and print documents; communicate your ideas; and share information with others inside and outside of your classroom. Some examples of how you will be able to use your new word processing skills are: designing parent letters, lesson plans, class assignments, teaching materials, tests and assessment rubrics.


Before starting this lesson, you should be able to open, close and save files; select sections of text with the mouse; cut, copy and paste text; and download files from the course Web site. You can get these skills in our Basic Computer Skills course.

How to Take this Course

The portfolio deliverable for this course is the wp_example file, which you can download and save to your hard drive by clicking (or right-clicking) on the wp_example for Word. You can also download the finished version in PDF format.

Note: Instead of the suggested wp_example you may work with your own content. The above wp_example is a course description for a Physics class (Fun With Physics). Here are two other samples (1--2) that participants have used in the past. You may use these samples, or even use your own classroom-based content to exhibit the word processing skills called for in this course.

Detailed portfolio requirements can be found in the Course Materials section.

Course Duration
It will take you approximately 6 hours to complete this module and the accompanying document(s) to add to your portfolio.

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