Write About is a “classroom writing community and publishing platform.” What makes it a powerful EdTech tool is a combination of engaging writing prompts and a flexible platform for publishing student work.
Engaging Writing Prompts
Built on the premise that “Engaged students write more,” Write About empowers students to choose from a wide array of engaging writing prompts. Teachers can scaffold choices and assignments from thousands of writing ideas. Each prompt includes an engaging image and provides teachers with the opportunity to record audio instructions.
Writing prompts are categorized across 8 genres that make it easy to find prompts for nearly any subject area.
- Personal Narrative / Essay / Reflection
- Fictional Narrative / Story
- Persuasive / Argument / Opinion
- Instructional / Functional
- Literature Response
- Expository / Explanatory
The prompts are further categorized into 19 categories including adventure and fantasy, science, hobbies and fun, sports and recreation, and literature.
Authentic and Safe Publishing
Nobody likes writing for an audience of 1. Write About’s approach to publishing student work is very flexible. Teachers have complete control of publishing. They can choose to allow students to publish their writing publicly (only first name is displayed), or require teacher approval prior to sharing. Student work can also be shared within groups (writing communities) to provide a more focussed way for students to get peer feedback as well as read and comment on the work of other students.
Feedback and Revision
In addition to peer feedback, teachers are able to annotate student writing and leave voice or written comments through the entire writing process.
Engagement and Growth Data
Write About’s student statistics allow teachers to analyze whole-class, or individual student activity in several ways. From the number of drafts and words written to the number of comments made by students, it’s easy to monitor student progress.
Free accounts are limited to 5 posts per student. Unlimited writing for an individual teacher and their students is $49.95/year, and school-wide accounts are available for $995.
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