Pearson has launched the newest version of its Web-based writing and reading comprehension tool, WriteToLearn.
With WriteToLearn v5.3, students develop essay writing and summarization skills, and their improvement is measured by Pearson’s Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine. The KAT Engine is an automated assessment technology that evaluates the meaning of text, not just grammatical correctness or spelling.
In addition to choosing from more than 100 essay topics that come with WriteToLearn, teachers can now create their own topics to assign to their students. Beyond the broad assortment of essay writing activities in WriteToLearn, teachers can select from nearly 600 reading passages across subject areas for summary writing activities.
WriteToLearn 5.3 also provides students with increased support when writing summaries. Many of the summarization activities now include "hints" to help students identify the important ideas in a reading. Hints are text-specific questions that help scaffold student learning. When a student is struggling with a particular section, a hint is available to help the student focus on the main idea of that section. Teachers can control this feature, turning it on or off, as they feel appropriate.
All schools and districts with current WriteToLearn accounts will receive the updates free of charge. More information about WriteToLearn is available at www.writetolearn.net.
Source: Pearson, www.pearson.com