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Digital Writing Tools:
Google Drive,
Weebly,
and Turnitin.com

Presenters:
Todd Henry
Danielle Crandall
Rionda Bell

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Critical Moment

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National Crisis

According to “Are They Really Ready to Work,” a research study
conducted by The Conference Board Corporate Voices for Working
Families (2006), a consortium of 52 partner companies, 70% of
which are listed in the Fortune 500, 80.9% of the employers stated
that high school graduates entering the workforce are “deficient”
in written communication skills
More than half of the corporate participants deemed written
communication skills as “very important” to the progression of
their companies.
The National Center of Education Statistics (2013) reports that
approximately 70% of high school graduates take remedial English
courses, and much of these results are a direct reflection of
inadequate writing skills among high school graduates.
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Why is feedback so important?
In a 2011 study, the results of the data collected from 400 student participants and 19
teachers indicated that in students’ minds, feedback serves as:

a guide toward success (formative assessment)

a learning tool

a mode of academic interaction

a form of encouragement

an emotional regulator (anxiety reducer), a display of respect

an indicator of care.  
In the final analysis, the study concluded that feedback serves as an academic and
emotional stimulus for students and is vital for their academic and emotional growth.
 The findings of this study also support the notion that analysis of student perceptions of
teacher feedback is valuable to both the student and the teacher (Rooke 2012; Rowe,
2011).

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What types of feedback are most
effective?

2011 study examined the most effective forms of
written feedback and investigated the effects of
feedback on student motivation and performance.
• Detailed Feedback - Metacognitive Activity= no
improvement 
• Metacognitive Activity – Detailed Feedback= no
improvement 
• Detailed Feedback + Metacognitive Activity =
improvement 
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Turnitin.com

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GradeMark
Provide Detailed Feedback
Save Time Grading Writing

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Leave Voice Comments
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Create Digital Rubrics

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PeerMark
Detailed Peer Feedback
Better Quality Papers
Less Time Grading

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Foster Digital Writing and Learning Communities
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Weebly

Benefits of Blogging










Regular Creative Writing
Multi-genre Approach to Writing
Teacher Models Writing
Student Express Individuality
Lead by Student Interest
Blogging- Real World Application
Improve Technical Literacy
Accountability on Student Not Teacher
Real Audience
Strong Sense of Community
Increase Student Engagement

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http://lhscrandall.weebly.com/

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Google Drive

Benefits of Google Drive












Paperless
Peer and Teacher Feedback Through Comments
Saves in Real Time
Records Editing with Time Stamps
Allows for Class Chats and Digital Tutorials
Allows Teacher to Quickly Help All Students
Encourages Writing Process
Students Submit Digital Assignments Through Forms
Easy Organization through Forms Generated Spreadsheets
Fosters Writing Community
Prepares Students for College-Level Technology
Saves Time
Increases Student Engagement
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Go to http://crandallpl.weebly.com to access
instructional document for Google Drive.

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