Website review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2022

WriQ

Writing support tool helps teachers track progress and give feedback

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Grades
4–12
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Critical Thinking

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Pros: See improvements in real time. Takes some of the grunt work out of grading writing.

Cons: Google Classroom integration is a bit confusing. There's little guidance on how to improve writing.

Bottom Line: This extension gives students useful, immediate feedback to make some improvements and save teachers time, but it lacks substantive instruction.

WriQ is a writing support extension that helps students track their volume and accuracy as well as how their writing compares to others on their grade level. Teachers can use the built-in AI-driven writing assessment and rubric features to track student progress over time and help students become more proficient. For beginning or struggling writers, it might be helpful to challenge students to earn badges through writing bursts. This way they focus on getting ideas down on the page and flowing without worrying about every little error. Then, show students their WriQ score and give them feedback about a few places where they might be able to improve. For writers needing more of a challenge, teachers might want to up the stakes by creating more challenging rubrics or adjusting the student grade level.

Teachers can quickly rescore documents after students revise them, and although the tool isn't perfect, it does some of the heavy lifting in the initial, messy stages of drafting. By allowing students to revise multiple times and improve their scores, teachers can help students see how consistent practice can create significant improvement over time. Hemingway's quote that "The only kind of writing is rewriting" applies here, because although the tool points out errors and indicates places where there's room for improvement, it leaves the actual improvement piece up to the student. And since teachers aren't spending so much time correcting grammatical mistakes, they're freed up to give more meaningful feedback that helps students see patterns in their writing, encourages more varied vocabulary, and emphasizes process over product.

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Engagement

The immediate feedback on errors and the focus on self-improvement will likely motivate students. It offers a nice supplement to the slow process of formal grading. 

Pedagogy

Students don't get feedback on how to improve their writing, but the grammatical and spelling error support helps teachers focus on more meaningful feedback.

Support

Teachers can leave written or audio responses. Students get instant, varied feedback. WriQ could use more writing guidance or tutorials focused on areas of improvement.


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Marianne Rogowski Instructional Technology Facilitator

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