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Using AI to Assess Student Writing

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Episode 151: Using AI to Assess Student Writing

Welcome back to GotTechED the podcast this is Episode 151 called “Using AI to Assess Student Writing”. In this episode, we’ll unpack one of the most valuable things that AI can do for a teacher – providing feedback on student writing.  As you all know this is a very time intensive task that can be made faster and BETTER with the help of some new AI tools. This is another episode you don’t want to miss, check it out!

Segment 1: Updates


  1. 12 Days of edtech coming back for year 3
  2. Follow along on our YouTube Channel
  3. Recent videos on Text Blaze and Using Canva’s Whiteboard to Replace Jamboard 
  4. Bonus Tool:  Awesome Screen Recorder and Screenshot Extension
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  7. Include your voice in recording with Microphone option on
  8. Include your face in your video by embedding your webcam
  9. Choose video dimensions from 720p, 1080p or 4K
  10.  Save
  11.  Save recordings to local disk
  12.  Save recordings to your online account
  13.  Download uploaded videos in WebM or MP4 format
  14. Share Recordings
  15. Instantly get a shareable link of a video after finishing recording
  16. Easily share a recording video to Jira, Slack, Trello, Asana, GitHub

  1. Annotate & Edit
  2. Annotate the screen while recording
  3. Annotate and edit the video after recording

Segment 2: 

Some of these resources are from a presentation by Peter C Paccone from the San Marino Unified School District Tech Academy.  Thanks Peter!

  1. Class Companion: Instant & personalized AI feedback for written assignments.  Give your students an engaging way to practice at their own pace, make mistakes, learn from them, and be motivated to improve.  Gives feedback based on custom rubrics that you create !!!       
  2. Revision Assistant by TurnItIn:  Instant feedback to student writers
  3. Grammarly AI
  4. Write with Transformer:  This site, built by the Hugging Face team, lets you write a whole document directly from your browser, and you can trigger the Transformer anywhere using the Tab key. It’s like having a smart machine that completes your thoughts
  5. Eli Review: Step 1 : Assign your learners a task, Step 2 : Guide and give feedback, Step 3 : Debrief and process feedback, Step 4 : Plan revision, Step 5 : Analyze and iterate
  6.  Text Rewriter Tool and Student Work Feedback Tool         
  7. GotFeedback from GotLearning  
  8. Text Blaze    
  9. Brisk Extension:  Brisk Teaching is a free AI Chrome extension that integrates directly with your tools like Google Docs, Classroom, Canvas, Schoology, and more. You can use it on any webpage to change its reading level or use it in Google Docs to write curriculum, generate feedback, or detect student use of AI.
  10. Honorable Mentions from prior episodes:  Grammarly, Quillbot (AI paraphrasing tool), WordTune (like Grammarly), Hemingway Editor.  

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Need a Presenter?

As experienced presenters and content creators, you can contact Nick and Guise to speak at your school, event, or conference. They can customize a workshop that meets your organization’s unique time and content needs. While no topic is out of bounds, GotTechED is best known for sessions on:

  • AI For Teachers, Admin, and Parents
  • 1:1 Chromebook Integration
  • EdTech Throwdown
  • TargetED Learning
  • Gamification (Badge Systems)
  • Game-Based Learning (Escape Rooms, Amazing Race, and more)
  • Google apps and extensions
  • Personalized learning and Choice Boards
  • Teacher productivity (Lesson Planning, Online Grading. and Feedback)
  • Digital content creation
  • Student Podcasting
  • Screencasting
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Student-Centered Learning

About the author, Eric

Eric Guise is a media specialist and technology coach with more than a decade of experience as a teacher.

Eric was named the 2016 Biology Teacher of Year by the New Jersey Biology Teachers Association and is currently pursuing an EdD in Leadership in Digital Transformation in Educational Technology.

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