Amazon launches tool to help students improve their writing

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TenMarks Writing incorporates natural language processing technology with the aim of providing students with personalized feedback and help teachers save time.

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Amazon is introducing TenMarks Writing, a new online curriculum that provides students with a digital writing coach with the goal of helping them, step by step, during the writing process. The tool offers short exercises like commenting on an image or creating a story through text messages.

The tech giant bought TenMarks four years ago, but until now, it was dedicated to math assignments. The new toll is built on the same learning engine of the original one.

TenMarks Writing incorporates natural language processing technology with the aim of providing students with personalized feedback and help teachers save time.

“TenMarks Writing brings to life storytelling and expository writing for students using scaffolding, an instructional technique in which students learn step-by-step how the writing process builds. We developed TenMarks Writing based on feedback from teachers around the country who told us that they wanted creative ways to help all students build a love of writing,” states the company on a press release.

The key features of TenMarks Writing are:

Writing Coach: Automatically delivers timely and personalized feedback on things like essay organization, word choice, and more, helping students analyze and think critically about their writing.

Bursts: To ignite student creativity, TenMarks taps into short writing formats many students are familiar with from mobile apps. With Bursts, students can choose to comment on an interesting picture, create a story around two characters texting each other, and more.

One-Stop Teacher Resources: TenMarks Writing provides educators with everything they need to teach writing all in one place, from lesson and unit plans, to anchor charts, rubrics, and graphic organizers.

TenMarks Writing costs $4 dollars a year per student; a 30-day free trial is available.