Pearson Knowledge Technologies (PKT) has launched WriteToLearn 3.0, an update of its Web-based learning tool for developing writing and reading comprehension skills. Offering both summary and essay writing activities, WriteToLearn now provides students with expanded feedback on their essays and gives teachers a tool for targeting their students with ability-appropriate reading passages.
With WriteToLearn, students practice essay writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by the state-of-the-art Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine, which automatically evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole passages. The KAT engine is an automated assessment technology that evaluates the meaning of text, not just grammatical correctness or spelling.
WriteToLearn 3.0 now gives student writing a score for each of six traits of writing: ideas, organization, conventions, sentence fluency, word choice, and voice. It also offers students expanded feedback on how to improve their essays and their scores on each of the traits.
The more than 100 reading passages available for summarizing in WriteToLearn 3.0 now have Lexile measures. As the most widely adopted reading measure, The Lexile Framework for Reading measures both reader ability and text difficulty on the same scale.
WriteToLearn is available from Pearson Assessments, Pearson Digital Learning, Pearson Prentice Hall and Apple (as part of the Apple Digital Learning Series for middle and high school language arts). More information about WriteToLearn is available at www.writetolearn.net.
Source: Pearson Knowledge Technologies, www.pearsonkt.com