ETS is offering free webinars this Spring to introduce educators and administrators to the Criterion Online Writing Evaluation, its instructional writing tool that guides students through each stage of the essay-writing process: planning, writing, and revising. Through the Criterion service, students can work independently to plan, write, and submit essays on an assigned topic. The Criterion service uses automated scoring technologies to score the essay and provide diagnostic feedback on multiple basic elements of writing—grammar, usage, mechanics, style, and organization & development. Students can review the comments, visit a Writer's Handbook for more information, revise and resubmit their work. Teachers plan each assignment and can view their students' essays and the Criterion feedback, add their own comments using pop-up notes, and generate reports about their class' writing progress.
During the webinars, ETS will also introduce a new Preplanning tool that gives students a choice of eight plan types, including an outline, an idea web, and templates for specific types of essays, such as compare/contrast and cause and effect. Students can type notes or ideas into the template of their choice. When they feel satisfied with the plan, they can save it and/or automatically populate the plan content into the essay screen, where they can then reorganize or rewrite their notes and flesh out the rest of the essay.
To view the schedule and register for upcoming Webinars in March, April and May, visit www.ets.org/k12webinars.html.
Source: ETS, www.ets.org