Using Technology in Texas IntegratedReading and Writing (INRW) Classroom:Aplia, CourseReader, and WriteExperience
Using Technology in the INRW Classroom• Instant feedback on assignments• Individualized instruction• Computer literacy• Ef...
Single Sign-on for Students and Instructors• Students and instructors can access Aplia, CourseReader, andWriteExperience u...
What is Aplia?• Aplia is an online lab program that integrates reading and writing byreinforcing key concepts taught in th...
Setting up Aplia for your courses:• Cengage offers technology training for instructors before your semesterbegins.• Cengag...
Benefits for Instructors using ApliaManaging Aplia sections:• If you are teaching multiplesections, all of them can be lis...
Benefits for Instructors using ApliaCustomizing your Aplia courses:• Aplia has reading and writing diagnostic tests that g...
**Available August 1stIntegrated Reading and Writing, Level I Understanding Structure in Paragraphs Topics Topic Senten...
**Available August 1st, 2013Integrated Reading & Writing, Level II Understanding Structure in Paragraphs and Essays Main...
Benefits for Students using Aplia• Aplia can be bundled with the Fusion textbooks, so students purchase theaccess code at ...
Benefits for Students using Aplia• Aplia is organized by weekly assignments.• Students have the option of working ahead.• ...
Comments from Students about Aplia“I like doing the work on Aplia rather than paper. It’s easier and more hands-on.”“It’s ...
Comments from Students about Aplia“I like that you can go back and re-read the text while answering questions…veryhelpful!...
ApliaQuestions about Aplia?
What is CourseReader?• CourseReader is a collection of high-interestarticles covering current, controversial topics.• Each...
Benefits for Students using CourseReader• The CourseReader can be accessed anywhere students have internetaccess.• Student...
Benefits for Students using CourseReader
Ways to Use CourseReader in INRW Courses• Article Analysis assignments• We assign 5 article analysis throughout the course...
Ways to Use CourseReader in INRW Courses• In-Class Discussions• We assign CourseReader articles on a weekly basis and disc...
Ways to Use CourseReader in INRW Courses• Essay Assignments• Instructors can also use CourseReader articles as the basis f...
CourseReaderQuestions aboutCourseReader?
What is WriteExperience?• WriteExperience• Students receive instant feedback on their drafts.• Students can submit up to t...
What is WriteExperience?• Students have more practice without adding to the instructor’s workload.• There are 16 trained p...
My Editor
Scoring and Comments in WriteExperience
Visual Performance Level
Print Option Available for Peer Workshops
WriteExperienceQuestions aboutWriteExperience?
Kina LaraSan Jacinto College – South281-998-6150 ext. 3774Kina.Siriphant-Lara@sjcd.eduTanya StanleySan Jacinto College – C...
Cengage Learning Webinar, Dev Studies, Using Technology in Texas' Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Classroom
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In this April 25, 2013 webinar, professors Kina Lara and Tanya Stanley, from San Jacinto College, provided background on INRW courses in Texas and how to use technology to meet students' objectives and goals. They described how these teacher and student-friendly tools have helped them to reinforce skills taught in the classroom, enable self-paced learning, design their class to fit their individual students' needs, and provide students with instant feedback on writing drafts.

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  • Many schools are just now starting to offer INRW classes. We have been doing this at San Jac for 4 semesters now (since Fall 2011). This was the best option we found for INRW after much searching. If you’re just starting, this is really user-friendly and has everything you need.
  • Talk about Brian and how he did everything for us as far as set up. He is now a phone call or email away
  • Multiple attempts, take highest score, last attempt, or avg. We do avg. Gradebook is nice feature, easy to copy into Bb. Show screen of course outline
  • Students love not having to carry textbooks around. Many say they only use the e-book. Many do Aplia on their ipads
  • Show AA assignment sheet, PDF article, and sample analysis
  • Cengage Learning Webinar, Dev Studies, Using Technology in Texas' Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Classroom

    1. 1. Using Technology in Texas IntegratedReading and Writing (INRW) Classroom:Aplia, CourseReader, and WriteExperience
    2. 2. Using Technology in the INRW Classroom• Instant feedback on assignments• Individualized instruction• Computer literacy• Effective and real-time communication• Content variety• Real-world documents• Deliberate practice• First exposure
    3. 3. Single Sign-on for Students and Instructors• Students and instructors can access Aplia, CourseReader, andWriteExperience using one website: www.cengage.com/sso
    4. 4. What is Aplia?• Aplia is an online lab program that integrates reading and writing byreinforcing key concepts taught in the classroom.• It focuses on reading, writing, and grammar skills and allows students to workat their own pace or as directed by their instructor.• Aplia is also directly linked to the Fusion textbooks.
    5. 5. Setting up Aplia for your courses:• Cengage offers technology training for instructors before your semesterbegins.• Cengage also provides a Course Care representative who will assist allinstructors at your campus with setting up the Aplia course(s).• Everything will be ready for you before the first day of class!• If you do have any questions, you can call or email your Course Care rep andreceive a response in a very timely manner.Benefits for Instructors using Aplia
    6. 6. Benefits for Instructors using ApliaManaging Aplia sections:• If you are teaching multiplesections, all of them can be listedunder one Aplia account.• Instructors can access informationby class, by individual student,or by all students.
    7. 7. Benefits for Instructors using ApliaCustomizing your Aplia courses:• Aplia has reading and writing diagnostic tests that generate individual and/orclass reports.• Instructors can align weekly Aplia lessons and assignments with the textbook.• Instructors can allow multiple attempts with different questions for eachattempt and customize scoring.• Aplia grades assignments automatically, gives students feedback for incorrectanswers, and stores grades in an LMS compatible grade book.• **The integrated diagnostic will be available August 1st.**
    8. 8. **Available August 1stIntegrated Reading and Writing, Level I Understanding Structure in Paragraphs Topics Topic Sentences Main Ideas Supporting Details Organization and Coherence (in Shorter Passages) Basic Patterns of Organization Recognizing Transitional Words, Phrases, andSentences Word Knowledge Context Clues Connotation and Denotation Word Parts Critical Thinking Skills Recognizing the Author’s Purpose Recognizing Bias Recognizing Tone Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing Grammar Modifier Use Homonyms Punctuation Subject-Verb Agreement Verb Tenses Pronoun Use Fragment/Run-OnsDiagnostic Assessment: Integrated Reading + Writing, Level 1
    9. 9. **Available August 1st, 2013Integrated Reading & Writing, Level II Understanding Structure in Paragraphs and Essays Main Ideas Supporting Details Thesis Statements Organization and Coherence (in Longer Passages) Mixed Patterns of Organization Recognizing Transitional Words, Phrases, andSentences Using Evidence (Identifying and Incorporating) Word Knowledge Context Clues Critical Thinking Skills Evaluating Argument Recognizing Tone Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing Grammar Parallelism Modifier Use Homonyms Punctuation Subject-Verb Agreement Verb Tenses Pronoun Use Fragment/Run-OnsDiagnostic Assessment: Integrated Reading + Writing, Level 2
    10. 10. Benefits for Students using Aplia• Aplia can be bundled with the Fusion textbooks, so students purchase theaccess code at a discounted price.• With Aplia, students also receive an electronic version of the textbook.• Aplia can be done in a lab setting during class or assigned for homework.Students can complete their Aplia assignments anywhere they have internetaccess.• Aplia provides students with a variety of questions and assignments, includingmedia types, so that students will stay engaged and retain more information.• Students have a three-week grace period with access to the textbook and theAplia site.
    11. 11. Benefits for Students using Aplia• Aplia is organized by weekly assignments.• Students have the option of working ahead.• Aplia also sends email alerts to students remindingthem when their Aplia assignments are due.• Aplia provides Practice Reviews so instructors willnot need to create exam reviews.• Instructors have instant access to studentperformance on every lesson to help designindividualized lectures and discussions.
    12. 12. Comments from Students about Aplia“I like doing the work on Aplia rather than paper. It’s easier and more hands-on.”“It’s online, fast, and doesn’t require a book.”“It goes further to give more clarity on what is taught in class.”“It’s nice that you can do it anywhere you have internet access.”“Instant grading and email reminders!”“Aplia is very helpful because if you do not choose the correct answer, it givesyou an explanation, and you are able to try it again.”
    13. 13. Comments from Students about Aplia“I like that you can go back and re-read the text while answering questions…veryhelpful!”“It gives you examples of essays and helps you to get started on yours.”“In Aplia, it gives me kind of an idea of what’s going to be on the test. It prettymuch helps you prepare for upcoming exercises or quizzes we may take inclass.”“It gives more than one chance, and it explains why your answers are incorrect.”“I like how it gives a quick run though on what will be discussed in class thatweek.”
    14. 14. ApliaQuestions about Aplia?
    15. 15. What is CourseReader?• CourseReader is a collection of high-interestarticles covering current, controversial topics.• Each instructor at a campus is able to create hisor her own customized readers and can changethem from semester to semester.• Like Aplia, CourseReader is also very user-friendly; creating readers takes only a few steps.• Public notes/highlights are available (teachingwhat’s important and what’s not in a text).• Instructors can also embed assignments.
    16. 16. Benefits for Students using CourseReader• The CourseReader can be accessed anywhere students have internetaccess.• Students can read selections online or print them as PDF documents.• There are highlighting and note-taking functions available.• Some selections also have review and essay questions at the end.• Students can listen to the article.• All material is credible; Cengage has a partnership with Gale.
    17. 17. Benefits for Students using CourseReader
    18. 18. Ways to Use CourseReader in INRW Courses• Article Analysis assignments• We assign 5 article analysis throughout the course of the semester.• Students are able to select any article from our CourseReaders to write theiranalysis on.• These are an excellent way to integrate reading and writing.• We count these as 10% of our total grade in the course.
    19. 19. Ways to Use CourseReader in INRW Courses• In-Class Discussions• We assign CourseReader articles on a weekly basis and discuss themduring class.• Students are usually very interested in the articles, which often sparks gooddiscussion and debate.• This is also a good tool for teaching the rhetorical styles of writing asstudents read examples of professional essays written in different modes.
    20. 20. Ways to Use CourseReader in INRW Courses• Essay Assignments• Instructors can also use CourseReader articles as the basis for essayassignments.• This is a great way to teach students how to incorporate source material intotheir essays.• It is also a good way to teach MLA documentation.
    21. 21. CourseReaderQuestions aboutCourseReader?
    22. 22. What is WriteExperience?• WriteExperience• Students receive instant feedback on their drafts.• Students can submit up to ten drafts per essay assignment.• Instructors can score students essays and provide comments all in onegrading platform.• The topics are broad enough for students to use creative thinking.• Students have a personal writing tutor.• Students receive ongoing, dynamic feedback.
    23. 23. What is WriteExperience?• Students have more practice without adding to the instructor’s workload.• There are 16 trained prompts to choose from (starting Fall 2013).• Great tool for Non-Course Based Options.• Students can use WriteExperience for all writing assignments for all coursesusing the My Editor function.
    24. 24. My Editor
    25. 25. Scoring and Comments in WriteExperience
    26. 26. Visual Performance Level
    27. 27. Print Option Available for Peer Workshops
    28. 28. WriteExperienceQuestions aboutWriteExperience?
    29. 29. Kina LaraSan Jacinto College – South281-998-6150 ext. 3774Kina.Siriphant-Lara@sjcd.eduTanya StanleySan Jacinto College – Central281-998-6150 ext. 1338Tanya.Stanley@sjcd.eduThank you for joining us today!

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