The perfect tool to support developing writers. A complete, integrated, and recursive writing solution, built the way writing instructors teach writing.
Provides the scaffolding needed to increase writing competency as well as produce more interesting and sophisticated writings, all correlated to the writing standards of all 50 states including Ontario outcomes. It creates a strong cognitive learning environment through its unrivaled capabilities:
provides guidance for all steps of the writing process -- brainstorming, organizing, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing
presents research-based strategies -- effective and integrated approaches, tips and hints, the recursive process -- which increase competency using the writing process
maintains analytical and holistic rubrics, such as 6-Trait, and features high-stake testing environments, including explicit test preparation components; the test-prep area moves students away from supports and guidance toward time-testing situations, much like state exams
uses peer collaboration, self-assessment, and self-regulation to support the author through the revision phase - the most complex and abstract
being web-based, allows for both school and home uses and provides users with on-line portfolios in order to assess, review, and reflect on past works as they evolve as writers
correlates all lessons to the writing standards of all fifty states as well as Ontario outcomes; teacher -created lessons can be associated easily
aggregates reports at the student, teacher, school, and district levels, including graphical representations of data
developed to engage and support students in writing as they progress from "learning to write" to "writing to learn."
Writing is now a part of high stakes tests. Teachers need writing technology to intensify their writing instruction because of students' limited classroom time. They need writing technology just as importantly as they need technology for reading and math skills. WriteBrain provides critical preparation for high stakes writing tests.
Now with New High School Content! WriteBrain is the most comprehensive web based writing curriculum solution for grades 2-12. This category leading program scaffolds students through the entire writing process! It comprehensively teaches every stage of writing, including brainstorming, organizing, drafting, editing, assessing and revising in many different genres. WriteBrain features a recursive process allowing students to easily go back and forth within writing process steps.
Teachers can utilize a total of 170 engaging prepared lessons or utilize an easy-to-use program to create their own lessons and writing prompts. Developed to directly improve student achievement, WriteBrain provides critical differentiated instruction using 100% research-based curriculum tied to all 50 states. WriteBrain features multiple assessments, including self, peer and instructor, that enable students to learn critical thinking and assessment skills in addition to writing skills.
Creating a strong cognitive learning environment, WriteBrain engages and supports students in writing as they grow in their competency.
WriteBrain NCLB Technology Funding
Title I - Improving the Academic
Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Part A: Improving the Academic Achievementof the Disadvantaged
WriteBrain is powerful and flexible software, designed to complement teachers' instructional interventions in today's classrooms. It facilitates the task of addressing each student's
learning needs by providing a range of differentiated instruction, formative assessment tools and research supported best practices and strategies, which improve writing performance.
Part B: Improving Student Reading
WriteBrain links reading and writing through the use of sample texts, using the vocabulary of text structure, organizing collaborative groups and through peer-assessment.
Part C: Education of Migratory Children
WriteBrain is web-based creating an online writing community where all users, no matter the location, are able to save, view, transfer, share and publish completed assignments, lesson plans and a number of other writing resources. All schools that
participate in the WriteBrain community will be able to transfer
the digital writing portfolios of migratory students at anytime.
Title II - Preparing, Training and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
Part A: Teacher and Principal Training
WriteBrain offers instructors and administrators a highly flexible
lesson creation tool, enabling teachers to create standards-based
lessons on their own or edit existing ones within the entire WriteBrain community.
Part D: Enhancing Education Through Technology
Research on the use of software to support students' learning to
write and writing to learn is in its early stages, but it shows that
students are more engaged and are better able to revise and edit
their texts to improve the quality of their writing when using word
processing. Technology also supports motivation within the student through the assessment and revisions stages of the instructional writing process as they do not need to recopy text. Finally, technology also supports the use of self, peer, and teacher assessments in a secure and centralized
environment, enabling a collaborative process through which all participants learn.
Title III - Language Instruction for Limited
English Proficient and Migrant Students
WriteBrain contains a text to speech component for limited English proficient writers and migrant students. The application of differentiated instruction allows the teacher to have knowledge of the various ways in which students process and learn information, enabling teachers to use the appropriate strategies to address students at different stages in their learning.
Title IV - 21st Century Schools
Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
WriteBrain is web-based allowing students to use the product at
school, at home, or any other location with an internet connection
broadening the use and accessibility of this learning tool. The online feature fosters communication and collaboration among the entire WriteBrain community. The web environment allows WriteBrain users to maintain a digital, online portfolio, providing a means for monitoring and reflecting on a student's growth as a
writer over the years.
Title V - Promoting Informed Parental Choice and Innovative Programs
Part A: Innovative Programs
WriteBrain is a complete, integrated and recursive writing solution creating a strong cognitive learning environment through its unrivaled capabilities:
• Provides the scaffolding needed to increase writing competency - teachers can gradually withdrawal support
and hand over responsibility for tasks to the students as s/he becomes more competent
• WriteBrain allows students to click and drag text produced in one part of the writing process to another
• Uses peer-collaboration, self-assessment and self-regulation
to support the author through the revision phase - the most complex and abstract
• Digital portfolios facilitate the collection of finished work and produces a positive context in which the teacher and student can determine the next learning goal
• The online feature fosters communication and collaboration throughout the entire WriteBrain
• Containing over 150 standards-based system lessons, teachers can additionally create new lessons on their own or edit existing lessons from their school, district or the entire WriteBrain Community - correlating each of these new or edited lessons to state standards
web-based, allowing for both school and home uses
486 or equivalent processor
128 MB of RAM
Win 98, 2000, XP, Vista
128 MB of RAM
OS X, OS X Client 10.2.x, OS X Client 10.3.x, OS X Client 10.4.x, OS X Server 10.2.x, OS X Server 10.3.x, OS X Server 10.4.x, UB/Intel