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This post was originally one lamenting the lack of good online student essay-writing tools, but I’ve turned it into a “Best” list – even though I don’t think there are any that fit the bill for me.
I’ve got a ton of tools on The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online. Many let you create picture books, create multimedia projects, and write a blog.
But hardly any provide any scaffolded support for a student to actually write a “standard” essay.
John Spencer’s Write About site, which I’ve previously written about in “Write About” May Be The Education Site Of The Year offers some of that.
A site I learned about today called Write Well has some potential, though its scaffolded instructions are pretty meager and there are no models.
Reader “mrsporterdcis” recommends SAS Curriculum Pathways’ Writing Navigator:
My favorite writing tool to recommend for teachers is the Writing Navigator by SAS Curriculum Pathways. SASCP is a free program that has tons of great content, but their writing tools top the list. There are four parts – the Planner, Drafter, Revisor and Publisher. They are great all together, but I particularly like the Revisor if you wanted to use other tools to do the other aspects. Go check it out! I think you’ll love it.
I LOVE SAS Curriculum Pathways and, in many ways, think it may be the most useful education site on the Web (search them on this blog and you’ll see many posts about their features). However, though I should have originally listed their writing tool on this list, I don’t think it works for my students.
What are tools that you use that I don’t know about?
Here’s a Twitter exchange with a good caution and that also shares what I think would be helpful:
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