Among the millions of Google Drive users are many students who increasingly use Google Docs to create essays, lab reports, blog posts, and other forms of communication. That’s one reason why Curriculum Pathways created the SAS Writing Reviser Add-on, a tool that helps students using Google Docs improve any type of writing.
In the past, writing tools espoused abstract ideals of perfection that students were then asked to transfer to their own work. Not surprisingly, that transfer often failed to occur. The Writing Reviser Add-on shifts the paradigm by focusing on whatever the student writes. The impact of that shift is difficult to overstate.
This tool helps students improve their work in ways that traditional products cannot. Specifically, the add-on helps students ask questions experienced writers ask automatically. The focus is not mere mechanical correctness, but the kind of judgment that is essential to effective writing. The tool is designed to be instructional (not just evaluative), to help students take advantage of missed opportunities, and to provide teachers with a record of those enhancements.
The Writing Reviser Add-on can be used in a variety of contexts depending on student needs and available technology: individual, small-group, and whole-class. It can be used by students as they complete essay assignments drawn from original prompts created by the student or teacher. The tool is learner-centered and standards-based, and it targets higher-order thinking skills.
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