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What is a Signal Check?

Revision Assistant gives students formative feedback on their writing based on a Common Core-aligned rubric. We call this feedback a “Signal Check.” Revision Assistant identifies strengths and weaknesses in students’ writing and provides guidance on how to improve based on the students’ work. Students can request Signal Checks as often as they like.  Keep reading to learn more about how students request Signal Checks and the kinds of feedback they will receive.  

 

 

Requesting a Signal Check

 

To get Revision Assistant’s feedback, a student must be in an active assignment sent to them by a teacher. Once a student has written around a paragraph, they can click the Signal Check button at the bottom of the composition space.  Make sure to remind your students that they can get Revision Assistant help on their writing and request Signal Checks as many times as they want before turning in their essay!  

 

When a student hits the Signal Check button, here are the types of feedback they will receive:

  • A set of ratings (that look like Wi-Fi signals) based on the categories on the assignment rubric
  • An explanation of why the student received those ratings
  • Highlighted text with corresponding comments along the side of the essay

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Viewing Students' Signal Checks

 

As a teacher, you have access to all of your students’ Signal Checks and drafts. You can access student work from your homepage by clicking on the assignment or the class name.

For more information about viewing student work including the Signal Checks and feedback they have received, check out View Submissions.

 

 

 

Understanding Signal Check Ratings

 

As we mentioned above, when a student clicks the Signal Check button, two of the types of feedback they receive are ratings that look like Wi-Fi signals and an explanation of why they received those ratings.  These ratings that appear above a student's essay are called Signal Check Ratings. Continue reading below to learn more about Signal Check Ratings and how to review them in Revision Assistant. 

 

  • Once a student turns in their essay, you will be see their Signal Check Ratings at the top of each submission.
     
  • Click the the Wi-Fi symbol in each category of the Signal Check Ratings.  
    An explanation of why the student received that rating for that category will appear.
     
  • Each category in the Signal Check Ratings has a color and an icon associated with it. 
    Look at the rubric that comes with the assignment for definitions of each category and performance level.
     
  • The more bars that are filled in with the color, the stronger the student's performance is.
    More gray bars mean that they have room to improve.
     
  • You can have multiple Signal Checks open at the same time.
    You can close any of them by clicking the X to the side of the questions.

 

 

Understanding Signal Check Highlighting & Comments

 

As you review students' submitted essays, you'll notice Revision Assistant has also highlighted and added icons next to certain sentences in the essay.  Continue reading to find out what these highlighted sentences and icons means and how they can help your students become writing masters!

 

  • Revision Assistant highlights sentences where the student's work is particularly strong or weak. 
     
  • The color of the highlighted text corresponds to the categories in the Signal Check Ratings
     
  • A comment is hidden behind the matching icon to the right of the essay, next to the highlighted sentence.
    Click on the icon to reveal the comment Revision Assistant gave your student to help their writing.
     
  • If the highlighted sentence is particularly strong, there will be a green check next to the comment.
    If the highlighted sentence needs some work, there will be a red flag.​
     
  • In either case, the comment will explain why Revision Assistant highlighted the text.
    It will also advise your student on how to improve that sentence and their essay as a whole.  

 

 

 

Receiving Special Kinds of Feedback

 

There are certain things Revision Assistant cannot evaluate. If a student requests a Signal Check and receives a pop-up message, it just means that the student needs to keep working on the essay before Revision Assistant can give feedback. There are a few situations where this might happen.
 

  1. The essay is too short. Revision Assistant wants to help, but it needs to have at least a few sentences of the student’s thoughts before it can provide useful feedback. It’s better not to ask for a Signal Check until writing several sentences or a full paragraph.
     

  2. The essay is off-topic. Revision Assistant can only help students when they have written something relevant to the essay prompt.
     

  3. The essay looks a lot like the assignment. Sometimes students use too many quotes from the readings or too much of the prompt in an answer. Revision Assistant will ask students in these situations to rephrase ideas in their own words before providing feedback.

 

 

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