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  • 5 Ways Technology Transforms Writing Instruction: From Instant Gratification to Iteration

    Welcome to Write with Us Wednesdays. Classrooms all over the world use Turnitin’s offerings to improve writing, prevent plagiarism, and support academic integrity. Every Wednesday, the blog posts are for the practitioners. Check back each week for product updates, creative use cases, and tales from the field. The latest edition of Write with Us Wednesdays originally appeared on Schoology Exchange

    At Turnitin, we are constantly re-envisioning the role that educational technology can play in writing instruction. Teachers tell us that their students often operate with a “one-and-done” approach to writing essays. Or, when they do revise, this revision involves a cursory grammar check rather than a profound content change. According to prior research, only 29% of students revise their essays at least once before turning them in. However, it’s a common premise that students don’t grow as writers when their first draft is also their final. Teaching students to break from routine and approach writing as a process rather than a finite task requires a fundamental change in mindset.

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  • 3 Ways Districts Can Make Data-Driven Decisions with Revision Assistant

    Teachers and students accomplish amazing feats in the classroom every day. When it comes to writing instruction, tools like Revision Assistant can contribute to these wins. Students write and revise more thanks to Revision Assistant, and teachers use Revision Assistant’s individual and class-level reports to inform instruction.

    While teachers are able to witness qualitative student writing progress, it can be challenging to quantify and surface this information at the school or district level. One example of a challenge is that gathering data about student writing performance takes time. Decisions often must be made whether or not that data is available. Also, for data to be reliable, there must be a shared definition of proficiency.

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  • It’s All Cyclical: Iterating and Innovating in the Classroom

    Welcome to Write with Us Wednesdays. Classrooms all over the world use Turnitin’s offerings to improve writing, prevent plagiarism, and support academic integrity. Every Wednesday, the blog posts are for the practitioners. Check back each week for product updates, creative use cases, and tales from the field.

    Earlier this month, we kicked off our back to school webcast series with Dr. Natashia Hill, a Dual Credit and Advanced Placement English teacher at Clint Early College Academy. She joined us to share her proven “Guinea Pig” method for introducing new tech into the classroom. Her presentation was both practical and inspiring, and we couldn’t resist distilling a few of her key points into writing.

    Dr. Hill explains that creating a culture of iteration and innovation in the classroom is a cyclical process that requires preparation, experimentation, and reflection. Here are the four phases:

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  • All Things New with Revision Assistant

    Welcome to Write with Us Wednesdays. Classrooms all over the world use Turnitin’s offerings to improve writing, prevent plagiarism, and support academic integrity. Every Wednesday, the blog posts are for the practitioners. Check back each week for product updates, creative use cases, and tales from the field.

    Welcome back to school! “All things new” seems to be a resounding theme during this season: new year, new students, new school and district initiatives, and new tools. We are excited to report that the theme of newness also applies to Turnitin’s offerings!

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  • The Written Word

    Welcome to Write with Us Wednesdays. Classrooms all over the world use Turnitin’s offerings to improve writing, prevent plagiarism, and support academic integrity. Every Wednesday, the blog posts are for the practitioners. Check back each week for product updates, creative use cases, and tales from the field.

    When we look back on writing papers for school, at some point, we have all experienced the feeling that the work is non-transferable. How would that deep dive into The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock prepare us for life? The answer: picking apart a line of poetry—or engaging in any other form of academic writing—teaches us to think critically and translate those thoughts into words on paper. That’s a skill that undeniably serves us well beyond school.

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  • Back to School 2017: Why is writing important?

    Back-to-School is in full swing, and we couldn’t be more excited to support the millions of students and teachers this school year.

    Turnitin values the writing process and the role that writing plays in helping us to engage with the world around us. We believe that work with words matters. Writing isn’t just a skill that students learn and leave in school. As we move into different contexts, environments, and stages in life, writing is a steadfast companion, helping us to translate and process the world around us.

    Since everyone has diverse experiences, perspectives, and unique points of view that motivate them to write, the Turnitin team couldn’t help but wonder:

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  • iOS Apps, and Optimization, and Offline Grading, Oh My!

    Welcome to Write with Us Wednesdays. Classrooms all over the world use Turnitin’s offerings to improve writing, prevent plagiarism, and support academic integrity. Every Wednesday, the blog posts are for the practitioners. Check back each week for product updates, creative use cases, and tales from the field.

    For teachers, the work day extends far beyond time spent in the classroom. Planning, prepping, and grading often happen outside of regular school hours, especially during the hectic back-to-school season. Our Feedback Studio for iOS app has always been a hit with our educators, and we are continuously refining the mobile experience for both instructors and students.

    The latest round of updates is no exception. Now, it’s easier than ever to give feedback, encourage original writing, and ensure academic integrity anytime, anywhere. To get your devices ready for fall, download, the new Turnitin Feedback Studio mobile app for iPad and iPhone and take a look at all it has to offer. Here are some highlights:

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  • Meet the Curriculum Team

    Back-to-school is fast approaching, and we’re kicking things off with a new blog series: Write with Us Wednesdays. Classrooms all over the world use Turnitin’s offerings to improve writing, prevent plagiarism, and support academic integrity. Every Wednesday, the blog posts are for the practitioners. Check back each week for product updates, creative use cases, and tales from the field.

    For our inaugural Write with Us Wednesdays post, we want to introduce you to the educators and practitioners that reside within Turnitin’s walls. Like most technology companies, we have Product and Engineering teams. Their core aim is to build high-quality tools that solve teachers’ problems, but they can’t do it alone. How do we ensure that the solutions we create can be easily and practically implemented by teachers? Meet the Curriculum Team.

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  • Summertime Success with Revision Assistant

    At the start of summer, Scott Rosenkranz, English Curriculum Coordinator at Fullerton Joint Unified High School District and CEO of OnCore Education, Inc., was faced with a challenge: he had 15 days spread over four weeks to cover one semester’s worth of units for an English class.

    Working with 36 students from grades 9-12 who did not pass their English classes during the school year, his goal for this targeted summertime intervention was simultaneously simple and staggering: growth for all students. For 33 of the students that completed the course, this goal was achieved. When measuring student progress against Scott’s rubrics, the students increased one level in writing proficiency.

    We spoke to Rosenkranz about these impressive results, and he shared the trifecta of teaching strategies and tools that made this summer’s intervention one of the most effective he’s ever conducted. Here’s his recipe for summertime success.

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  • A Midsummer's Day Conference Recap

    School may be out for the summer, but here at Turnitin, the learning is hardly on vacation. We make a point to take advantage of this season of conferences because it affords us ample opportunities to interact with and learn from all of you. So far, ISTE and ERDI have already come and gone, but we’re still steeped in the positive energy from both events. Here’s a recap of the greatest learnings, surprises, and what’s coming next.

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