At GRACE, we believe strong written expression is foundational for lifelong educational and vocational goals. No tool replaces active development that comes from a one-on-one student and teacher interaction, but we have found a partner in that process. Our teachers agree with the vision cast by this tool’s developers: “NC Write is designed to function as the teacher’s partner so that students can practice their writing skills and grow into proficient writers. The features work in conjunction with teachers to provide students unlimited opportunities to submit essays, receive feedback, and revise and edit drafts (NCWrite website).” NC Write allows students to review, build, and hone skills in a more personalized manner while still allowing for the expertise offered by the classroom teacher.
Writing is an important skill across the curriculum, and NC Write helps address this. Non-English teachers can improve the quality of final drafts by requiring revisions of research papers on NC Write. NC Write empowers all teachers to help teach writing.
A key feature of NC Write is students’ ability to submit multiple drafts. NC Write analyzes each draft and gives personalized suggestions and tutorials for improvement. After making edits, students submit a new draft and receive new suggestions. Since implementing this program in August, GRACE students have submitted 4,925 essay drafts to NC Write and spent over 23 hours learning from the interactive tutorials. In the same timeframe, students’ average scores on written work have increased. NC Write has become a powerful learning partner for our teachers and students.