Pearson Knowledge Technologies has announced the launch of WriteToLearn, a Web-based learning tool that is designed to help students develop writing and reading comprehension skills. With WriteToLearn, students practice essay writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by Pearson's Knowledge Analysis Technologies engine, which automatically evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole passages. Students receive immediate, specific feedback on their work, and teachers assess student efforts individually or as a class. WriteToLearn is based on a combination of two popular Pearson Knowledge Technologies products, Summary Street and Intelligent Essay Assessor.
To practice writing using WriteToLearn, teachers assign questions for students to answer. The Knowledge Analysis Technologies engine gives students immediate feedback on the content of their essays - specific enough so students know where they need to improve, but open-ended enough for students to teach themselves to be better writers, according to the announcement. Students rewrite their essays several times until they earn an acceptable score. Unlike other automated assessment technologies, the Knowledge Analysis Technologies engine evaluates the meaning of text, not simply grammatical correctness, spelling, or other surface elements, the announcement states.
To improve reading comprehension, WriteToLearn offers students guided practice in writing summaries. Students type a summary of a text assigned by their teacher and receive instant feedback on how well they covered each section of the content, whether they included redundant or irrelevant information, and whether they directly copied too much text without putting the material in their own words. As with the essay-writing portion of WriteToLearn, students rewrite their summaries until they achieve an acceptable score as specified by their teacher.
An annual online subscription is required for each student using WriteToLearn at a list price of under $20 per student per school year with a 20-unit minimum order, and is available through Pearson Knowledge Technologies' reseller partners. Volume discounts are available. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonkt.com.
Source: Pearson Knowledge Technologies, http://www.pearsonkt.com