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Old 11-10-2007, 04:11 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Are electronic spell-checkers educational?

School administrators at Poynter Middle School in Hillsboro are asking parents to buy spell-checkers for class.

Although spell-checkers can be handy when writing, not everyone is thrilled with the idea and some said itís a crutch.

School, Parents At Odds Over Spell-Check Devices - News Story - KPTV Portland
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Old 11-10-2007, 04:24 PM
Location: Kingman AZ
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Spel chekers r grate......IF you know how to spell correctly......
I had a Department Manager a few yrs back that would religiously check EVERY memo with spel chek.....and when she found an incorrectly spelled word, she would click on "Add to Spell Check".......do I REALLY have to finish this story?

Well I will.....she was totally amazed at how well she was beginning to spell..."I haven't had a mis-spelled word in weeks" she said.
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Old 11-10-2007, 05:54 PM
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Calculators and spell-checkers are crutches and I think they should be banned from primary schools.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:21 PM
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They are actually very beneficial in high school for writing papers in my opinion. I have usually always been good with my grammar because I read a lot, so when it catches some occasional mistakes then it is doing me a huge favor.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:13 AM
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Can't tell you how many times I've sent students to the dictionary when they asked me how to spell something. This is a much better resource because while they're reading it they also read the meaning(s) of the words.
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:12 PM
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For the average typical student, I would agree with not allowing an electronic spell check device.

However, my 6th grade son who is midly dyslexic, with an above-avg IQ, cannot spell to save his life. He has enormous difficulty w/the dictionary because sometimes he doesn't know where to start.

Memorization does nothing to help him learn spelling since he will learn the correct spelling words for the test, then completely misspell the words by the next day.

We did have him privatly tutored one-on-one with a specialist trained in an explicit, systematic instruction method (sort of like hardcore phonics), which helped. Unfortunatly phonics instruction has been "poo pooed" in schools now w/ the embracement of "whole language", in which for dyslexics, is a catastrophe. Too bad kids aren't taught to spell by logical patterns and "rules" anymore.

Misspellings are a "tell tale" sign of dyslexia. Interestingly enough, when his misspellings surfaced years ago, it was myself, not any of his teachers, who noticed and took action. Oh yeah....one "clueless" teacher accused us of not working w/ him enough at home (you know, playing the "bad parent" card).

Typical dyslexics, like my son, who cannot spell properly or who struggle with proper grammar (why isn't that taught anymore, btw?) appear less educated and, according to my son, feel "stupid", even if they are very bright.

Here's an example of what my son scribbled down on scrap paper the other day:

Peaters sell fone number (meaning: Peter's cell phone number).

We let him use the electronic speller. We feel for him, it is no more a crutch than a blind person using braille to "read".

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