Illuminating Writing Instruction: What Revision Assistant’s Spotlight Taught Us about Independent Learning
By Samantha Spencer
In the Fall of 2016, my fellow English teachers and I were determined to meet two major goals: 1) change how we teach writing and 2) develop new approaches to effective standards-aligned instruction and assessment. Towards this objective, we piloted Turnitin Revision Assistant, an online program that impacted us and our students in ways we did not expect. The tool helped us to change our day-to-day writing instruction practices, empowered students to direct their own learning, and made writing exercises more “real” and applicable to disciplines beyond English.
To drive student success, educators need to effectively know how to use the digital tools and technology they are using in the classroom. Preparing curriculum and assignments, grading, testing -- all time consuming parts of an educator’s role that may diminish the time an educator needs to learn the efficiencies of a tool.
Turnitin Feedback Studio helps educators deliver feedback that engages students, promotes original writing, and drives college and career readiness. When used appropriately, Turnitin Feedback Studio helps educators save time AND deliver more effective feedback.
Revision Assistant Recognized for Work on Testing and Writing Assessment
This year Turnitin had a rare and special honor of visiting the White House to be recognized for work on its formative writing technology, Revision Assistant. On December 7, 2016, Elijah Mayfield, VP of new technologies, Jill Hedrick, SVP of Sales, and Stephanie Butler, director of product management, traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with other education technology leaders. Read the press release.
How can you give effective feedback to students on their writing assignments -- FAST?
Create custom and pre-defined drag-and-drop sets of customizable comments, of course! Educators are always looking for ways to save time, while providing the best feedback they can on student writing.
Turnitin QuickMarks™ are drag-n-drop comments that can be used by an instructor when editing or grading papers within Turnitin Feedback Studio. While evaluating a paper within Feedback Studio, instructors can access a pre-set library of QuickMark “comments” that they can quickly drag-and-drop directly onto students papers.
Immediate Feedback on SAT® Essay Writing Practice for Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy Now Available
In our last blog article, we introduced you to the role that Turnitin Scoring Engine plays in providing automatic scoring of the SAT® practice essay as part of the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. In that post, we also mentioned that students would soon be able to benefit from feedback to help them improve their SAT essay writing.
We are pleased to announce that immediate and actionable feedback on writing is now available to students as part of the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy through an integration with Turnitin Revision Assistant®!
SAT® Essay Writing Scoring for the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy Now Powered by Turnitin
Nearly seven million students took either the SAT® or PSAT/NMSQT in the 2015-2016 school year.1 Of those test takers, 2.5 million prepared for the SAT exam using an innovative program that was launched by the College Board and Khan Academy in June of 2015.
Understanding students’ writing strengths and weaknesses are important for teachers in targeting instruction. All students improve their skills and grow throughout the span of their education, so it’s important to keep tabs on where each student stands and, also tools that are out there to help.
In a recent webcast, former teachers Jill Crivelli and Kristin Van Gompel discussed the challenge of getting students to revise their writing and take ownership of their work.
Congratulations to the 2016 Turnitin Global Innovation Award Winners
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Turnitin Global Innovation Awards! This year’s award program recognizes 58 educators, technologists and students in 21 countries for their dedication, innovation and excellence in academic integrity and student engagement.
Each winner and honorable mention is highlighted with their own inspiring story. See their stories.
Tagging 10 Types of Plagiarism with The Plagiarism Spectrum QuickMarks Set
We developed the Plagiarism Spectrum as a way to help students to understand how plagiarism can take form. The Spectrum identifies the 10 most common types of plagiarism and “tags” them with digital-like monikers. Naming the types “clone,” “remix,” or “hybrid,” for example, have really shown to appeal to students, particularly in getting them to identify and remember the different types.
Audrey Wick is an English Professor at Blinn College and the 2014 Turnitin All Star MVP for Higher Education. She has been using Turnitin for over a decade and shares her best tips for quality feedback here.
We all know that quality feedback to students on their writing is essential. But with so many students and so many assignments, instructors can easily get overwhelmed. That’s where digital scoring and comments can be useful tools.
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