Quill: Writing Tools For Students

WHO: Teachers looking for an easy-to-use tool to help students become better writers.
 
HOW: Head over to https://www.quill.org/, sign-up as an educator using Google, Clever, or manual entry, and get started.  Teachers can import classes from Google Classroom or create their own in the system.  Once a class is in place, a diagnostic test can be assigned.  Information from this assessment will give recommendations on activities for each student. There are four main options for student use in Quill:
 
Connect – Practice combining fragments into complex and well-structured sentences.
 
Diagnostic – Allows teachers to find out where students need to focus.
 
Proofreader – Students learn editing skills.  Passages are supplied with errors allowing students to practice grammar.
 
Grammar – Sentence writing activities for students to practice grammar.
 
WHEN: The majority of these activities are 5-10 min so they function well as bell-ringers or closing reinforcements.  These could also be used for enrichment work for students to extend their learning when they have finished regular classwork.

Grammar Flip: Self-paced Grammar Instruction

GrammarFlip

WHO: Teachers looking for flipped classroom, grammar practice, and/or extended lessons on grammar.

HOW: Teachers can register for an account and create a class, or students can create an account on their own.  Lessons include videos which allow students to pause and repeat unclear items, as well as exercises to practice what they have learned.  There is also a reporting feature which allows teachers to quickly see how students are progressing.

WHEN: Grammar Flip would be a great option for the Flipped Classroom.  It could also be used for supplemental material for those students that need more assistance or for students that would benefit from working ahead.