Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
Make your classroom more E-fficient!
Stocking your Writer's Toolbox
Throughout the course of a class, students are more than likely going to be writing essays. Whether that's a properly formatted MLA style research paper, or a freestyle reflection, they will be composing their thoughts on a document. Last week, I highlighted several websites and tools that you can use to get your students writing. However, this week, I have some tech tools to fill your writing toolbox with that will make the composition of any writing piece much easier, and much more efficient.
SAS Writing Advisor
Sometimes, students have a difficult time proofreading what they write. Even if they attempt to peer edit, some of the corrections to be made are missed. That's where the SAS Writing Reviser is beneficial. There are a variety of "tests" that can be run using this add-on. A few of those include tests that detect "weak verbs, excess prepositional phrases, dangling modifiers, and faulty sentence structure." Running this add-on has the ability to strengthen any writing piece.
Voice Typing in Google Docs
A wonderful tool for any writer's toolbox is the Consistency Checker . The purpose of this tool is to improve the look of your document and ensure that words are being spelled consistently throughout the writing piece. An example of this may be if students are writing a fictional narrative with several different characters, they could run a Consistency Checker to verify that all of the character names and setting names are spelled the exact same throughout the writing.
Each time a student writes, they tend to use similar words. That's exactly why having the Thesaurus add-on for Docs is handy. In Google Docs, there's already a built-in dictionary under the "Tools" menu, but the thesaurus must be added. Students can easily plug in a word to receive synonyms, or just to select the perfect word choice to correspond with their essay. This is a must-have tool for any writer's toolbox.