Still deciding which writing product to adopt for your middle school, high school, or college?
No product truly fits all needs, and that’s especially true in writing. Different products have different strengths, and I’d like to describe where WriteLab fits and where it doesn’t.
Where WriteLab shines
At only a few dollars per student through a site license, WriteLab is affordable. As a former teacher of writing, I want to stick to a price point that makes sense for schools and other teachers.
WriteLab covers the full range of the writing process, from the first inklings of an idea to the final touches of a draft.
WriteLab enables teacher feedback and facilitates peer review.
Writelab’s suggestions are poignant and specific. Not only do we point out opportunities for revision, we offer alternatives you can try in your essay. We’ve made a lot of progress on functionality to address the global coherence of a draft. Like all of our feedback, we want this functionality to be actionable and specific. We used to have some comments on coherence, but at the time we were only able to point out problems, not offering concrete options for students to revise. As a result, students felt frustrated and could not engage meaningfully with the software. Since then, we have stayed away from vague comments on student writing.
We offer training, which is especially useful for non-writing teachers that want their students to turn in better drafts.
WriteLab strives to help students succeed and is fully transparent about its shortcomings. So far we’ve received highly positive feedback from students using WriteLab in middle school, high school, and college.
We have been working on scoring technology, but in doing so, we are ensuring that the feedback is specific and actionable, and the score general enough that you can use any prompt you want. Have a question about our scores? Email us at email@example.com.
What WriteLab lacks
We do not yet offer support specifically for citations.
WriteLab handles plagiarism implicitly by asking students to revise all their prose, but the software doesn’t provide a likelihood or a score indicating that a student has cheated.