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Excellent, Efficient Supplemental

I have used Quill.org with a variety of grade levels at various schools (across different states), and I have found it to be an excellent supplemental resource. There are many resources available for free, so the price is RIGHT. While budget constraints are likely a reality for many teachers, the best part of Quill is not the price. (Can you believe it?) The opportunity to assign a wide variety of feedback to increase/decrease difficulty, frequency, and duration of practice is awesome. (It's one of the very few opportunities I have to assign something that I didn't have to make from scratch.) Additionally, the emphasis on clarity and precision in writing is wonderful. It's amazing how many students find themselves shocked when Quill requires writing that is accurately punctuated and includes consistent verb tense and correct spelling. (Yeah, kids, that's what WE have been asking for the whole time as well!)
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The Bright Side of AI!

I was blown away by the individual feedback that each student was provided. There is no way I could provide this kind of timely, individualized feedback to so many students. I'm also impressed that the feedback is much more than just grammar or punctuation feedback; instead, the feedback relates directly to the thinking and content of what the students read. I've been teaching for 30 years, and I've never seen anything that provides as much promise and potential for improving my students' thinking, reading, and writing.
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Effective Grammar and Writing Instruction - make sure you use it properly!

A few people have said that the AI won't accept the answer when it's correct. Actually, the AI won't accept an answer if it has typos, etc. I personally love this about Quill. For instance, if the lessons is about comma placement, but a student misspells "the" (which they DO! So weird! But..."teh"), Quill won't accept the answer. I like that it forces students to pay attention to details. Far more effective than me going through and marking each and every error.
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Noticeable Improvements in Student Writing

This is a good tool to reinforce the concepts I am teaching. It gives the students opportunities to practice independently with immediate feedback, which I like very much. I wish that there were more challenging "Reading for Evidence" assignments that ask the students to write at least a paragraph, but assume that is coming in the future.
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Individualized Practice!

I love that there is a diagnostic so the practice is individualized, and the students can move at their own pace. The only part that is frustrating is on some when they have to combine sentences, it will say they are incorrect even when it is correct. But that is minor issue compared to the practice they are getting. Best of all, the free version is great!
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Helpful warm up activity.

As a teaching tool, I appreciate how it allows students to try, try again.
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Helpful skills practice

I really like that students have to type their answers and that the program will give feedback to the sentence as a whole, not just on the skills being assessed. Students have to pay attention to what they are doing, and it helps my high schoolers recognize some of their bad texting habits that have crept into their classroom writing. It would be nice if there were more higher reading and skill level activities. Also, some of the scoring methods are a bit odd, and it can be hard to distinguish skill proficiency from the overall score alone, but if you dig into the data you can get a good sense of what issues the students were having. The whole-class lessons are also good to get all students involved, and my kids like seeing their own examples and analyzing their own mistakes. Unfortunately, there are not self-paced versions of the whole class lessons, so it can be difficult to address absent students who miss the lesson.
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Old-school grammar, new-school medium

I find Quill to be well-designed, particularly from the student-user's experience. The practice activities that are suggested by the application--based on diagnostic activities-- seem to sit within acceptable zone of proximal development, if perhaps a little on the 'unsupported' side of the spectrum. The teacher's UX is a little unintuitive-- for example, the way the various controls are linked via various tabs and sub-tabs, but I'm getting the hang of it.
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Informative, Immediate Feedback

Quill is honestly a godsend. I like that it forces students to slow down, and even my students say they like this program more than NoRedInk because they feel like they are actually absorbing information. The only thing I would add are more lessons directed at older learners and more identification of types of clauses and phrases (such as adjectival, gerund, etc).
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Absolute rubbish

It is not that helpful and I think quill is useless. I am from the UK and it uses American English, which confuses students. I do not recommend it.
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