Teaching spelling and grammar is still vital in a tech-driven classroom

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In a recent article for The Telegraph, Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, claimed that in today's technologically-advanced world there was no place for teaching grammar or spelling as technology would correct it for us.

However, this argument falls down in one fundamental area – it relies on students having a high standard of literacy already. The whole-school role of teaching literacy seems to stumble when computers are involved but the basics of literacy are just as important, even when the on switch has been flicked.

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