Proofing and reviewing work
Actively reviewing and self-correcting your own work is such an important part of writing, but getting students into the habit of doing this can be a real challenge!
Realistic speech feedback
Each time a sentence is completed in DocsPlus, it is automatically read aloud in a clear, human-sounding voice, with each word highlighted as it's spoken. This encourages students to punctuate their work, and ensures that they review each sentence before starting the next one.
Those needing more support can have each word or even each letter read aloud as it is entered, providing instant feedback. You can even customise the pronunciation of unusual words via the DocsPlus Word Pool - particularly useful for student's names or specialist curriculum vocabulary.
In addition, DocsPlus' predictor, spell checker and Wordbars are also fully speech-supported, enabling students to check that they are selecting the right words before using them in their writing.
Document Analysis tool for teachers
It's great to have students hand in a well-presented document, but wouldn't it be good to find out something about how the document was produced, and any difficulties the student faced while they were working on it? By giving you this information, DocsPlus helps you to target your teaching where it's needed most.
Document history - In addition to the basic statistics of the document, number of paragraphs, average sentence length, etc, the Document Analysis dialog shows you a complete history of the document, showing you when work on it was first started, the number of sessions it was worked on and the total amount of time used (it shows the active time spent actually working).
Pasted text - It can be very tempting to paste a chunk of text from another source into an assignment, but DocsPlus will know and record this information! Of course, students can make good use of pasting too (pasting quotes, for example). Either way, you have the information and the freedom to choose the action to take.
Spelling corrections - Spell checkers are wonderful tools, but by their very nature they conceal any spelling problems the student has. By viewing all the words where the spell checker was used, and seeing the original spellings, it's easy to identify possible patterns, so that you can plan your teaching to address specific spelling issues.