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Pearson Releases WriteToLearn 5.0

Posted Mar 17, 2008
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WriteToLearn 5.0 updates the Web-based learning tool for developing writing and reading comprehensions skills with new text-to-speech capabilities, a new teacher comment feature, and more.

The new text-to-speech capabilities make it possible for the hundreds of reading passages in WriteToLearn to be read aloud to students, a helpful feature for struggling readers or English language learners. The added dictionary and spot word translation ability help students instantly retrieve a dictionary definition or Spanish translation of any word in a reading passage.

A new teacher comment feature provides students with direct feedback from their teacher. Teachers can add comments on an essay or summary; students can view the comments when they review the summary or essay scoreboard.

The summary and essay scoreboards give students scores for copying, spelling, redundancy, and irrelevancy. The essay scoreboard also includes scores for each of six traits of writing—ideas, organization, conventions, sentence fluency, word choice, and voice.

All schools and districts with current WriteToLearn accounts will receive the updates free of charge during March and April.

The WriteToLearn program helps students practice essay writing and summarization skills while their efforts are measured by Pearson’s Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine. The KAT engine is an automated assessment technology that evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole passages, not just the grammatical correctness of spelling.


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