Improve Your Grammar While Writing Emails! Mini Edtech Function Review on Grammarly

Grammarly

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What this Resource Includes:
Writing Platform, Grammar Check, Plagiarism Checker, Citation Generator

Bonus Points:
Grammar Learning Material, Online Thesaurus, Online Forum for Grammar Questions

Subjects:
Grammar

Grade Level:
3-12+

Audience:
Learners

Platform:
Google Chrome Extension

Price:
Freemium-Monthly Subscription

What it does well:
Grammarly is a Google chrome extension that can check your grammar while performing daily internet tasks like writing an email or a blog. Downloading the Grammarly Google Chrome extension will allow the program to check a user’s grammar for any website that has a writing field. Users can also open up a word processing document in Chrome and write freely while Grammarly suggests corrections automatically. This writing platform is able to catch more grammar mistakes than most word processors. For example, it does a really good job of informing writers when to use commas. In addition to every grammar suggestion is a small explanation for why a word or phrase is grammatically incorrect. Writers can learn from their mistakes as they are writing. Grammarly also provides an online grammar handbook for writers who want to learn more about how to improve their grammar.
Link:
https://www.grammarly.com/

An Academic Writing Platform That Helps You Research, Write, and Format Academic Papers. Mini Edtech Function on ComWriter

Comwriter

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What this Resource Includes: Writing Templates, Research Material, Writer Dashboard, Citation Creator, Bibliography Creator
Subjects: Academic Writing
Grade Level: 12+
Audience: Learners
Platform: Web-based
Price: Freemium
What it does well: ComWriter is a very handy online tool for anyone who needs help in writing academic papers like dissertations, a thesis, or research papers. What it does best is help the writer structure their thoughts with writing outlines. The outlines separate the different parts of a research paper like cover, preliminaries, body, and addenda. Each part is collapsible enabling writers to focus on one part at a time. Within each part writers can add in sections like headings, paragraphs, long quotes, lists, and images. Writing academic papers involve research other literature and referencing these other resources. ComWriter helps writers find academic resources for their paper through their Public Library. It can also easy create bibliographies and cite any resources that writers may use in their academic papers. Finally this writing platform allows users to format their paper using predefined or user customized writing styles. The predefined writing styles include APA, Harvard, and MLA.
Bonus Points: Writer’s Dashboard with printing options, due date tracker, and word count progress bar.
Link: http://comwriter.com

Sharpen up your writing skills together! Social Writing Edtech Platforms

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Today I’m sharing edtech websites and apps that can help students improve their writing. I’ve gathered edtech resources that promote better writing through social learning. These resources provide users an online space to practice and share their written work. They encourage peer to peer learning by allowing users to give feedback on each other’s work. Writers can also learn from each other by observing the written works of their peers . These edtech tools are great for teachers who want students to learn better writing through their peers. 

Here are a few social writing platforms to get you started:

Write About

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What this Resource has: Teacher Feedback Tools, Student Activity Dashboard, Student Social Features, Teacher to Teacher Collaborations
Grade Level: 3-12
Audience: Teachers & Learners
Platform: Web-based
Price: Free
What it does well: Write About is a great online writing community for teachers and their students. Teachers can facilitate writing assignments and provide feedback for all students in their classroom. They can also receive support and ideas from their fellow teachers on the site. Students can view their classmates’ written work as well as the public works of students from other schools.

Story Bird

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What this Resource has: Writing Platform, E-book Library
Grade Level: 3-12
Audience: Learners
Platform: Web-based
Price: Free
What it does well: Story Bird is a family friendly website that allows its users to create stories with great visuals. In addition to writing students can also read the written works of other users. An interesting aspect is Story Bird is that it categories its library by three categories: stories, poetry, and blogs. It also allows writers to use tags that will make their stories easier to find.

Write the World

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What this Resource has: Online Community
Grade Level: 3-12
Audience: Learners
Platform: Web-based
Price: Free
What it does well: Write the World is an online writing community for young writers. Some interesting features of this website that makes out stand out include writing prompts, challenges, and competitions. Through these learning features the site helps its users get the ideas and encouragement needed to start writing which I think it’s the most difficult part of the process.

Widbook

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What this Resource has: E-book Writing Platform
Grade Level: 3-5
Audience: Learners
Platform: Web-based, App Store, Google Play
Price: Free
What it does well: Widbook is an online platform where users can write and publish their own e-books. One notable feature of this writing platform is that use do not necessarily need to complete their e-book before publishing. They can receive feedback from other users as they’re writing their story. Widbook also allows users to insert images, videos, and links into their e-books. 

So there you have it four edtech resources that promote better writing through social learning. If you have any similar edtech resources that weren’t mentioned on this list then please share in the comments below.

Check out this Pinterest board full of edtech resources that can help improve your grammar and writing skills.

http://www.pinterest.com/edtechfunction/grammar-writing-english-edtech-tools/