Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Write Stuff: Text Content Analysis Tool

There are definite advantages to having students compose written assignments using a word processor. For starters, many pupils (and adults) are often reluctant to write anything with a pencil or pen because they know that, after initial editing, they’ll eventually have to reconstruct the work again and again and again. Ugh! Typing their thoughts, no matter how meager the text, saves nascent authors from the hassles and frustrations of rewriting by hand. Once aspiring writers have captured the essence of their ideas in digital form, the process for crystallizing and refining concepts becomes even more efficient. The availability of a built-in dictionary/thesaurus, ever present, ever ready to offer robust linguistic assistance makes word processing even more attractive and doable. Digital manipulation of written assignments also makes sharing drafts with teacher and peers possible and much more likely, Just ask any educator or student who has used Google Docs to benefit from the power of collaboration.

For educators who are prudent enough to allow learners to integrate technology in this manner there’s an additional perk: an online text analysis resource from After pasting student-generated text into the UE Text Content Analyser this useful site displays statistics such as:


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