Software gives writing skills a boost

After just two years using new writing software in her classes at Pleasant Grove Junior High School, Jenny Reuel noticed a remarkable improvement in her students’ writing skills, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. One student narrative stood out in particular. Asked to pen an imaginative narrative about waking up to find herself transformed into a bird, one of Reuel’s students described in vivid detail how plumage took root on her arms and her nose became a beak. Then she related where she flew and what she saw. "It was pretty remarkable," Reuel said. In fact, the "MyAccess" writing software gracing computer screens in Reuel’s class, and in the classrooms of approximately half of Utah school districts, is so popular among teachers and students that the Utah State Office of Education hopes lawmakers will find money enough for it to take flight in the state’s remaining districts…

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