edTech for Student Writing Support
In both Google Docs and MS Office365, teachers can add real-time comments and suggestions on their students' writing. This formative feedback helps students edit mistakes, consider ways to improve, build confidence, and save time. Also, there are tools to expand the audience for student writing. Students can learn to provide constructive feedback to their peers as well as receive it.
GOOGLE Apps, Add-Ons, and Extensions (Log in with your School Google account):
Use to create graphic organizers for planning prior to writing. Create your own template and share with your students or have students create their own design. Click here for a free resource to create your own from Eric Curts.
Supporting young writers by providing choices via a form can help them build writing structure. For a classroom example on this, click here to read about how a teacher used a form to help students develop a fairy tale with all the essential components.
Voice Typing in Google Docs is an assistive tool for writing in the Chrome browser.
The Explore Tool allows students to add research, images and links directly in their document as they are writing. Citations are included.
Add-ons: Installed on a Google application such as Docs, Slides, Sheets. Look for Add-Ons in your menu toolbar across the top. Click Add-Ons to get them, then search.
Extensions: Students and teachers log in with school Google account to install. Please check with your district Google administrator to request access for Extensions.
An extension that allows a teacher to create personalized, detailed libraries of feedback comments to use with students. Install from Chrome Web Store.
An assistive tool for reading and writing, Read&Write works across many devices including PCs, MACs, Chromebooks, and Tablets. With the text-to-speech feature of Read&Write, students can listen to their writing read back aloud to them. Install from the Chrome Web Store.
An editing tool that installs on your Chrome browser from the Chrome Web Store.