Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day 13 - PaperRater.com

Paper Rater: A teacher's best friend!
Are you tired of seeing the same silly mistakes on papers that students should have caught if they  would have read the paper before submitting? This is a site that can help you even if you are not an English teacher.  It can grade the mechanics of the paper, rate the vocabulary and sentence length for grade level,  and it will help to detect plagiarism; all you will have left to grade is the content. It is a great tool for students to use before submitting their papers and its FREE and oh so easy to use.

Your Challenge:

Go to http://paperrater.com and compare a student paper that you have graded with what paperrater rates it.  I am sure you'll agree, this is a great tool for any teacher.

23 comments:

  1. This is so neat! I put in a letter of recommendation I wrote and had it analyzed. I really like all the suggestions it has based on the ratings. I think students can really learn from this tool. I also like the Vocabulary Builder suggestion. It takes you to a different webpage with words and definitions to help build a person's vocabulary. I will use this like "peer editing" when I have my students write their math research paper in the spring. I hope it encourages students to go back and edit their papers.

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    1. Great idea for the peer editing, especially when you can just copy and paste!

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  2. I think this is a great tool. At first, I thought that my middle-school-aged son could really benefit from this; however, I when I went to the site, I saw this disclaimer, "Also, this tool is designed for high school, college, and above. Middle school writing (or younger) may be returned with an error message." Rather than teachers using it, I could see kids using it to find those reoccurring errors, and especially to see examples of when they were not paraphrasing. I think that is a hard lesson to learn for early writers, but then again, the site says it isn't for early writers....

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  3. This is a great site! I pasted in a paragraph from a worksheet and it worked like a charm. I like that you can specify grade level and the type of paper it is. My students don't write many papers, but do complete research projects and this would be a great way to check their work before submitting. My fear, however, is them using it as a crutch and not understanding the rules/conventions for themselves and relying on a program to be their ultimate authority. I would need to make sure I am aware of the suggestions given to students and use it as a teaching moment.

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  4. I should have used this with my high schools students who turned in business proposals on Tuesday to me. Their letters would have been so much better and professional! This site has uses for students as well as teachers. Great idea Beth on putting in a letter of recommendation to get ideas. It seems that I write the same thing over and over in letters. I wonder if it would help with resume writing...

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  5. I was so excited about this program until I went to the site. I am a third grade teacher, so it really won't work for me. However, I can use it for personal reasons, so I still like the program.

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  6. I like this site for the students' use as part of writing instruction. I could see asking students to submit their drafts to paperrater as a lead up to peer review. The explanations and vocabulary builder features are great tools for student writers. I will certainly incorporate this site into my writing instruction.

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  7. I love how this detects plagiarism. I had a student try to tell me that leaving out only two words for a sentence was "paraphrasing" and I couldn't get her to understand that it actually is plagiarism. A lot of students seem confused on what is or isn't even though they've been told and taught about it from a young age.

    I also really like how it offers suggestions on how to improve the writing. It is an excellent proofreading tool. I think I will use this the next time I have a class write papers.

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  8. I can't wait to try this with my eighth graders. I can see them using this site more than me. They are always wanting me to look at their work before turning it in. This would provide them an opporunity to get feedback before I look at their work.

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  9. I am so excited to use this with my students. This should save time and help the students see the careless errors that some of them make. What a great way to help with the editing/proofreading process! I LOVE getting all these great tools!! THANKS!

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  10. I love this! I know it requires the writer to be in at least 9th grade for the algorithm to work but most of the concerns it brings up are important no matter the grade level. I will definitely be using this--I compared the grades to mine and on conventions specifically, the score averaged within 3% of what I gave.

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  11. Since I teach 4th grade, I can't use it with my whole class, but I do plan to put this information in an email and let parents know about it. Maybe it will help older siblings in the family.

    I liked playing around with it! I will send this on to peers as well.

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  12. Not something that I can use, but I will pass it along to my colleagues. Perhaps I can use it for personal reasons.

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  13. Interesting that just like Beth Funk, I just finished writing a letter of reccommendation for a student who is trying to earn a scholarship. Tried it with my letter and it found one error I had missed and gave me a nice positive comment about my writing. Even though I teach math, I tutor all subjects after school. Had a student today wanting to edit his English paper that is due tomorrow. I had him use this and it worked like a charm. He bookmarked it for future use and commented that he needed to tell his friends about this website. Will pass this on to the English teachers in my building!

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  14. Ok now this comes up when I am less than 5 weeks away from completing my masters! I will plan to use it during the last weeks though. I teach fourth grade so technically it will not work for my age of students. I am very bummed about that. However, I agree that maybe they could still get some use from it. Does anyone know of a tool that is similar to this for the younger crowd? I plan on using with my own 9th grader. I will for sure send this to my teams at school. I can also see using this for grant writing to beef it up and catch any mistakes I may have missed.

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  15. Very interesting! I'm wanting to dive into some grant writing, but I'm always worried if I'll sound eloqouent enough! Hope this helps! I teach 3rd grade, so I'm a bit limited, but I'd be interested in even putting newspaper articles into the program during NIE week and discuss with kids on which grade level articles are written and that even grown ups can improve!

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  16. I have so many students who just try to copy and paste information into their presentations -I am hoping this site could help! They feel that if they change a couple of words, it's ok. If they could use this as an editing tool, hopefully they could improve their writing. I know I could use this for personal reasons too, I am always critical of my own writing! Another neat site, thanks for sharing.

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  17. Forget the kids I will be using this one. I am always worried when I write up letters for parents or applications for grants that I have made obvious errors. No matter how many times I read it myself my brain auto corrects it so it sounds great. This will keep me from finding the nearest English teacher to proof it. Not only saving me time, but them as well. As far as the students I could see them getting their PBL submission proofed so it is easier on my when grading. As a math teacher it takes me a second sometimes to figure out what they are actually saying since their spelling is so bad now a days. (I blame text messaging.)

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  18. I just copied and pasted a paper I'm writing in there...it was a C! ah, I need some English teacher friends to teach me some better vocab words. I will definitely show this to my students - for lab reports, blog posts, anything really. It would be fun to have them grade each other's papers, and then copy and paste their results in paperrater to see how the results compare to their own.

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  19. I love this site. I learned about it this summer and have been using it with my students. Even though the lowest it goes is 9th grade it still gives a really good idea of how well the paper was written.
    This really helps students as well. They can paste their paper in and get a quick response on how they are doing and make changes to improve their grade before turning in their papers.

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  20. This looks very good. I will try it next time I have a paper to turn in myself for my graduate classes. I can see many uses for this in the upper grades and I can use it for reports turned in my by older kids.

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  21. Oooh...it's a brave new world out there. Seriously, a website that grades your paper? This may be teacher-cheating! Jokes.

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  22. Specific use - Have students use it in peer reviews to inform their critiques!

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