What's the WriQ score?

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WriQ® is Texthelp’s newest Google Chrome extension designed to help teachers assess student writing in Google Docs. 

While the extension is new, WriQ itself has been around for over 2 years as an Add-on for  Google Docs. Thanks to feedback from thousands of users, WriQ has been completely re-written as a Google extension to provide more flexibility, features, and a better experience for users. 

Something new to the WriQ extension that was not part of the Add-on is the WriQ score. The WriQ score is meant to provide a meaningful number to help teachers know how well their students are writing by taking into account several useful metrics along with a national norms comparison. 

Keep reading to learn how the score is calculated… 

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How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience

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This week we have a guest post from Kasey Bell from ShakeUpLearning.com. Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, speaker and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting.

Dynamic Learning is all about going BEYOND the traditional bounds of the classroom and the class day. Going "Beyond the Tools" is one of the five characteristics of the Dynamic Learning Framework.

Think beyond using digital tools to complete only traditional assignments such as papers and reports, or simply reading a digital version of an article. Use digital tools to do NEW THINGS, things that are not possible without technology.

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Kid-Friendly Tips to Prevent the Summer Slide

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This week we have another guest blog post from Kristine Scharaldi, an education consultant and instructional coach with a specialization in the fields of educational technology, Mind-Brain-Education, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and 21st Century Skills/Global Education.

Summertime learning does not have to look like school learning to be valuable. Instead of working through a packet of worksheets, kids can spend time doing activities that they are interested in while developing literacy in authentic ways. The freedom and flexibility that summer brings opens up added possibilities for informal, exploratory, and playful learning. Here are suggestions to encourage students to continue reading and writing while in “summer mode”.

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