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Understanding Signal Check Assignments

 

The Revision Assistant Signal Check module was built on the well-established premise that students improve their writing by getting feedback early and often in the writing process so that they can confidently revise their work. When managing large classes and meeting the requirements of standards requiring ever more writing, teachers can find it challenging to provide all of the feedback they would like on students’ drafts--especially on lower stakes writing that focuses on specific skills.

 

Assigning your students a prompt from the Signal Check Prompt Library means Revision Assistant will draw on state-of-the-art machine learning to provide your students with on-demand feedback throughout their writing process called a "Signal Check." Revision Assistant analyzes writing according to genre- and grade-specific rubrics and provides feedback (that you can see too!) about how your students can improve. With immediate help, students can revise their work independently, and you can have more time for targeted conferences with students on the topics with which they are struggling.

 

For more information on what you and your students can expect from Signal Check feedback, please check out Interpreting Signal Check Feedback.


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How Can Signal Check Be Used with the Other Libraries?

 

Each of our three Revision Assistant modules (Signal Check, Spot Check, and Expansion Pack) has slightly different capabilities and prompt libraries all aimed at helping students build their writing skills and giving teachers and administrators a complete view of students' progress. While there are a variety of ways teachers can use our libraries in their classroom, we've created one potential roadmap for doing so. Click the image below to see our high-level overview of how to incorporate Revision Assistant assignments from all three of our libraries into a 9-week unit. For ideas on which specific prompts to use in a unit, please see our Prompt Sequences page. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Features Do Signal Check Assignments Have?

 

All of our Revision Assistant products were expertly designed to help students improve the invaluable skill of writing, but each product has its own unique features.  Below is a chart to show you how our Revision Assistant products compare to each other. 

 

Features

Signal Check

Spot Check

Expansion Pack

Signal Check feedback

 

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Prewriting space

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Automated scores

 

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Progress reports by class

 
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Progress reports by assignment

 
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Teacher/student messaging

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PDFs of prompts & sources

 
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Independent writing practice

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Tested, high-quality prompts from multiple genres

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PDFs of rubrics

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Multiple, viewable drafts

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Never-before-seen prompts

 

 

 

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Never-before-seen features    

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