It’s obvious: The best way to learn to write is to write—a lot. But writing a lot has a downside, too. The more students write, the more papers teachers grade, and the less time they can spend actually teaching.
At Measurement Incorporated, we appreciate good writing and good teaching. So we launched NC Write, a tool to help teachers do both better, without sacrificing one or the other. Our new online writing tool gives educators and students unlimited access to custom writing prompts, electronic graphic organizers, automated scoring, instant feedback, portfolios, and interactive student tutorials.
As a result, students write more and learn more without creating stacks of paper for teachers to take home at night.
More than 40 districts across the state are using NC Write, and we have received great feedback from principals, teachers and students. Each teacher currently using NC Write now assigns at least one essay per week.
“Kids were moaning about going to lunch...they were not done with their graphic organizers yet! NC Write has gotten them excited about writing!” says Janet Redinger, Principal of Topsail Elementary School in Pender County.
The key to NC Write is our award-winning automated scoring software, which evaluates student essays almost instantly and gives constructive feedback about student writing. But while artificial intelligence is a big time-saver, the human intelligence that goes into NC Write is what makes it a good learning experience.
No software can take a teacher’s place. Instead, we believe NC Write is the teacher’s partner—a tool to save time, track progress, and facilitate a conversation with each student about his or her writing. Teachers can review student work online, with 24/7 access to student writing portfolios, and collaborate with students on how to improve their writing using the electronic “sticky notes” and instant messaging features. If students need additional help with one or more of the six writing traits, they can access hundreds of online writing tutorials that are fun, engaging, and interactive.
“NC Write can also help teachers with their transition to the new Common Core Standards for Writing, which requires students to write differently than in the past. Students are now being asked to produce writing electronically with multiple methods of collaboration with their peers and teachers,” said Trish Martin, NC Write Senior Technical Project Manager at Measurement Incorporated.
Trish and her team are continuously improving NC Write, which means teachers are getting the most up-to-date version any time they log on to the website. Because we know as well as teachers do that the only way to get better is to keep writing and rewriting, even when it comes to writing software.