Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ProjectWriter - A New Way to Assign and Manage Group Writing Projects

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ProjectWriter is a new offering from the folks at BoomWriter. The purpose of ProjectWriter is to provide you with a platform through which you can develop and manage group writing projects for your students.

Through Project Writer you can create writing assignments for students to complete in groups that you organize. Students log into their BoomWriter accounts (you can manage those accounts) and select the ProjectWriter tab to see their group and the assignment.
You can include a list of key terms that you want students to include in their writing assignments. The sample project that I developed has key terms that I want students to use in their essays about causes of the Civil War. Ken Haynes, BoomWriter's COO and a former middle school teacher, showed me a sample science writing project in which he asked students to include key vocabulary about the water cycle.

ProjectWriter allows all of the students in a group to write their own essays then vote on the best one to submit as the final work. If the project that you assign has multiple parts, each student will write a submission for each part then the group will select the best submission for each part of the overall project. As the teacher you can view all of your students' writing and give them feedback regardless of the group's decision.