Turnitin Revision Assistant Introduces New Content and Assignment Types to Support Formative Writing Instruction

Revision Assistant’s Spotlight feature gives teachers insight into student writing skills and progress over time; Expansion Pack offers additional high-quality content for engaging writing instruction

Monday, April 17, 2017 — OAKLAND, Calif.- April 18, 2017 - Turnitin has released new content and assignment types for Turnitin Revision Assistant, the company’s fast-growing product for improving student writing skills through formative feedback. The two new assignments types - Spotlight and Expansion Pack - give instructors new ways to engage students in the writing process, measure student writing skills and differentiate instruction based upon actionable data. Click to Tweet.

Spotlight provides a fast, formative snapshot of student writing performance. Instructors can assign informative, argumentative, analysis, and narrative prompts aligned with rigorous writing standards. Instructors receive instant data on student writing performance, which can provide direction for differentiated writing instruction. When teachers integrate Spot Check assignments at several points throughout the year, clear reports give teachers unprecedented insight into student progress over time.

Expansion Pack provides a space where students and teachers can use high-quality content for engaging, targeted writing instruction and practice. The content built into Expansion Pack tasks is diverse and flexible, with many potential uses, including pre- and post-composition activities as well as group work, reflection and independent practice.

“With Turnitin Revision Assistant, my students are realizing the holy grail objective of an ELA teacher: the ability to create self-directed, reflective learners who use inquiry and research to communicate and solve problems,” said Samantha Spencer, English instructor at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. “Plus, student writing scores improved and we ended up with a more cohesive writing instruction plan that worked across departments.” Read a blog post from Spencer about her school’s pilot test of Spotlight here and in AskATechTeacher.

“Spotlight and Expansion Pack are a result of hundreds of hours spent in the classroom with instructors and students,” said Elijah Mayfield, senior vice president of new technologies at Turnitin. “Turnitin Revision Assistant is fulfilling an urgent need of instructors to use tools that extend their reach to each student and provide the special attention and feedback that each developing writer needs.”

Since its introduction in 2016, Turnitin Revision Assistant has grown to offer formative writing support to over 100 school districts and 200,000 students nationwide. To learn more about how to use Turnitin Revision Assistant in your district, please schedule a consultation.

About Turnitin
Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin is used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia. @Turnitin

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Summary: Turnitin Revision Assistant adds Spotlight-a fast, formative snapshot of student writing performance. Gives teachers new insight into student writing skills and progress over time.
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A walkthrough of Turnitin Revision Assistant, a web-based writing tool that provides immediate, specific feedback to students while they are engaged in the writing process. For teachers, Revision Assistant provides the opportunity to view student progress over time, across their drafts.

Revision Assistant is a web-based writing tool that provides immediate, specific feedback to students while they are engaged in the writing process. For teachers, Revision Assistant provides the opportunity to view student progress over time, across their drafts.

Turnitin Revision Assistant adds Spotlight,which provides a fast, formative snapshot of student writing performance. Instructors can assign informative, argumentative, analysis, and narrative prompts aligned with rigorous writing standards.
In-line comments on the essay help focus the student on specific areas of the essay. Each Signal Check includes four comments--one for each rubric category. Two comments indicate places where the student is performing relatively well and are indicated with green check marks. Two comments, preceded by red flags, let students know that these are weak areas. All comments provide constructive guidance that help students apply their strengths elsewhere and recognize and take action to improve weaker areas.
Wifi-like signals demonstrate to students how they’re performing on the whole essay. Each signal is based on a trait related to the genre. Four traits per assignment help students practice all of the skills needed to write for any audience.
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