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Title: Infowriter: A Student Feedback And Formative Assessment Environment For Writing Information And Explanatory Texts
Center: NCER Year: 2013
Principal Investigator: Cope, William Awardee: Common Ground Publishing, LLC
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 Months Award Amount: $150,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES13C0039

Purpose: In this project, the team developed a prototype of InfoWriter, a Web 2.0 concept mapping tool and writing environment to support students in writing informational and explanatory texts. The final product is intended for use in middle and high school English Language Arts classrooms, and others as appropriate, to supplement traditional writing assignments.

Project Activities: The researchers iteratively developed the prototype and also conducted a pilot study. The pilot research in Phase I demonstrated that the software prototype functions as planned, teachers were able to provide feedback via the platform and integrate it within the classroom environment, and students were engaged with the prototype.