BOULDER, Colo.–Oct. 18, 2006–Pearson Knowledge Technologies today announced the launch of an updated version of WriteToLearn™, a Web-based learning tool that helps students develop writing and reading comprehension skills. WriteToLearn Version 2.0 now contains more than 100 reading passages and 100 essay topics, as well as enhanced administrative tools.
With WriteToLearn, students practice essay writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by Pearson’s state-of-the-art Knowledge Analysis Technologies™ (KAT) engine, which automatically evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole passages. Students receive immediate, specific feedback on their work, and teachers easily monitor student efforts individually or as a class.
“Teachers tell us that their students are using the guided practice and automated feedback they receive from WriteToLearn to develop strong reading and writing skills and to understand content on a deeper level,” said Lynn Streeter, president, Pearson Knowledge Technologies. “Now with the added social studies, science and language arts reading passages and essay topics that align to state assessments, WriteToLearn is an even more powerful tool for building student reading comprehension and writing abilities.”
The new reading passages in WriteToLearn include 80 selected readings from Pearson Prentice Hall’s market leading middle grades textbook programs, “Science Explorer” and “World Studies”. The number of essay topics for practicing writing skills now exceeds 100. New topics come from widely used literature textbooks and from aligning WriteToLearn to writing assessments in states, such as Washington and Texas. In addition, with enhanced administrative functionality, schools can now locally manage WriteToLearn teacher accounts, creating and editing logins and passwords.
WriteToLearn is available through a trimester, semester or annual student subscription and can be purchased from Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Assessments and Apple (as part of the Apple Digital Learning Series for middle and high school language arts). For more information, visit www.WriteToLearn.net.
About Pearson Knowledge Technologies
Pearson Knowledge Technologies is the developer of products and services based on a unique automated text analysis technology that evaluates the meaning of whole passages. The company’s Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine immediately measures writing and content in a way that simulates a skilled human grader and encourages better subject knowledge. Pearson Knowledge Technologies’ writing and reading skills products, such as WriteToLearn, Intelligent Essay Assessor and Summary Street, use the KAT engine to help improve writing, reading and comprehension skills, as well as build content knowledge for education and other markets.
Pearson Knowledge Technologies is a business of Pearson Education, the world’s largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson’s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.