Integrate Free Digital Tools for Students Writing in Google Docs


Students increasingly use Google Docs to complete essays, lab reports, blog posts, and other writing tasks. That’s why Curriculum Pathways has created free digital resources; they include a revision add-on and a punctuation tool—both of which help students who use Google Docs improve any type of writing. So if you’re attending ISTE this year in San Antonio, you can check out these tools at our poster session, Integrating Free Digital Tools to Support Student Writing in Google Docs, on Monday, June 26, from 2:00 to 4:00 CDT.

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We’ll explore resources that help students improve their work in ways that traditional products cannot. Specifically, the Writing Reviser Google Docs Add-on helps students ask questions experienced writers ask automatically. As with Punctuation Rules! and other SAS writing tools, our aim is not mere mechanical correctness, but the judgment essential to effective writing. The tools are designed to instruct (not just evaluate), to help students take advantage of missed opportunities, and to provide teachers with a record of those revisions.

Our writing tools can be used in various contexts depending on student needs and available technology: individual, small-group, and whole-class. Students can use them to complete essay assignments drawn from original prompts created by the student or teacher. The tools are learner-centered and standards-based, and they target higher-order thinking skills.

In this session, you will:

  • See a demonstration of these innovative writing tools.
  • Learn about best practices for integrating them in various educational settings.
  • Use the tools—just as students would.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!


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Terry Hardison

Terry Hardison oversees the development of English language arts resources for Curriculum Pathways. Prior to joining SAS, Terry worked for 21 years as a teacher and as a district-level English language arts supervisor.

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