Turnitin Hosts Writing X Tech | The Writing Mindset April 18-22: Virtual Conference for Educators in K-12 and Higher Ed Covers Topics in Writing Instruction

50-word summary: Free webcasts on writing strategies for K-12 teachers and HE instructors, April 18-22 Turnitin Writing X Tech go.turnitin.com/pr/wxt. Topics: neurology and writing, using pictures, mimicry and plagiarism, and writing in a mobile world. Speakers from K-12 schools and universities including Johns Hopkins, University of Washington and Bronx High School.

OAKLAND, Calif – April 11, 2016Turnitin Writing X Tech ( #writingxtech ) kicks off April 18 with a five-day virtual conference featuring webcasts on “The Writing Mindset” and how thinking differently about writing can engage students and set them up for success. K-12 educators, college instructors and students can pick from nine different webcasts offered for free April 18-22, 2016.

Turnitin hosts Writing X Tech each year to bring compelling, thought-provoking topics into the discourse about writing instruction. Speakers come from diverse backgrounds and often express refreshing and new ideas that teachers in K-12 and academic instructors from higher ed may not have considered before. These sessions and previous years are archived at Turnitin.com

Topics for Writing X Tech 2016 | The Writing Mindset include:

  • Connecting Great Reads to Great Writing – Acclaimed writer, journalist, and writing teacher, Roy Peter Clark, will share his “X-ray reading” approach to help teach writers at all levels how to read with an eye toward learning—and improving—their writing with the help of great literature.
  • How to Reach More Readers While Still Looking Smart – Professor Helen Sword, author of Stylish Academic Writing and The Writer’s Diet, debunks the myth that “serious” academic writing must be wooden, wordy, and dull.
  • Beyond Integrity: Why We Cite – Go beyond demanding compliance with rules to reframe the conversation around the merits of ethical action, both in proactive teaching and in taking a developmental approach to sanctioning misconduct. Bronx High School English teacher, Michael Goodwin leads the discussion.
  • A Picture is Worth a MILLION Words! – Dr. Bernard Robin walks through how he created a digital story using just one picture: a family photograph taken in 1926. He shows how to use internet search tools to deepen explorations that enhance student engagement with topics and ideas in subject areas such as history, economics, advertising, immigration, entertainment, and culture.
  • Mimicry & Plagiarism – Join Anita Lundberg of James Cook University for a discussion about the importance of mimicry and modeling for supporting students’ move into unfamiliar discursive communities.
  • Teaching the Writing Brain – Join Virginia Berninger and Todd Richards of the University of Washington for a session on how neurology and psychology can have a practical, and significant, impact on how we prepare students for writing, teach writing in the classroom, and work with students with exceptional needs.
  • Beyond Thumb Typing – Beth Holland of Johns Hopkins University discusses how mobile devices are impacting tasks associated with writing, and learn about tools, apps, and approaches to transform what’s possible when working with mobile students.
  • What’s the Story Behind Why We Write? – Bronx High School English teacher Adam Tramantano traces the ways in which writers sometimes include the story of the writing within the writing and the ways in which we can explore the story of the writing process with students.
  • Original Insights. Better Writers. A sneak peek into what’s new at Turnitin. Hear directly from the Turnitin product team about new product developments and the vision for technology tools to assist writing instruction.


About Turnitin

Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin is used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands, Seoul, South Korea, and Melbourne, Australia. @Turnitin


Houston ISD Adopts myON for All Elementary School Students

 The largest district in Texas will use the personalized literacy environment to boost early literacy and assist English language learners


(Minneapolis, MN) April 11, 2016 — myON, K-12 education’s leading provider of personalized literacy environments, today announced a large implementation in Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest district in Texas.

The contract will provide thousands of students in 179 buildings online and offline access to more than 10,000 books. myON has been implemented in all early childhood centers and elementary schools, as well as several middle schools and one high school.

HISD will use myON as part of the district’s Literacy By 3 Movement and summer reading program. myON’s in-depth reporting functions will be used to track progress for all student users to make sure that their reading levels improve over time. myON’s wide array of Spanish and bilingual titles will be useful in supporting the growing number of English language learners (ELLs) in the district.

Since the district first started using myON in March 2015, 212,663 users have spent 103,834 hours reading more than half a million books—totaling more than 14 million pages.

“We are honored to work with Houston ISD to improve reading skills for all students, including ELLs,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “We are amazed at the implementation so far, and as a team we hope to continue motivating children and families to read.”

Since its launch in 2011, myON has earned national recognition for its innovative approach to providing students with 24/7 online and offline access to a library of books personalized to match their individual interests and reading levels. The company recently launched myON 3.0, which includes new student and educator interfaces, advancements in content recommendations based upon individual student interests and Lexile® reading level, gamification, and enhancements to the state-of-the-art monitoring and reporting functions.


About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone, is a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to a collection of more than 10,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction. For more information, please visit myON.com.





Newest Innovation in Intelligent Adaptive Learning technology supports teacher and learner engagement, leverages student proficiency data to personalize learning


BELLEVUE, Wash. – April 11, 2016 DreamBox Learning today announced a new feature in the company’s award-winning K-8 math curriculum that empowers teachers to make assignments in the program that align with their classroom curriculum. AssignFocus® enables teachers to easily create focused assignments using real-time proficiency data about each learner. DreamBox then automatically differentiates lessons for each student based on their own unique needs. This feature represents the newest application of DreamBox’s pioneering adaptive learning technology to support great teaching and learning both inside and outside of the classroom.


“DreamBox is committed to partnering with schools and districts to ensure teachers have the tools they need to activate personalized learning in both blended and traditional school models,” said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning. “Educators have told us about their desire for relevant, timely and actionable data that will impact learning at the point of instruction. Whether AssignFocus is used to establish a baseline of understanding at the start of a new unit or to reinforce concepts students are learning today in class, teachers now have a powerful new way to leverage DreamBox’s dynamic math curriculum to easily meet students right where they are.”


With real-time student-level proficiency data at their fingertips, teachers simply assign a math standard or concept to an entire class or group of students. By leveraging the power of its intelligent adaptive engine, DreamBox engages those students with strategically differentiated lessons the next time they log in. Recommended lessons take into account each student’s prior knowledge, demonstrated proficiency and readiness for learning. Teachers can use AssignFocus to prepare the class for an upcoming unit, give a homework assignment for a recent classroom lesson, or review for an upcoming assessment.


AssignFocus also helps teachers and students as they focus their efforts on meeting IEP and RTI learning goals. This feature is yet another way that DreamBox ensures that students get the right lessons at the right time without requiring teachers to analyze additional data and create custom content for each student. DreamBox leverages its adaptive capabilities to start assigned lessons at the right level of difficulty for each individual student, and continues adapting both during and between lessons. This represents a significant improvement over digital math programs that give teachers only the ability to create non-adaptive linear playlists that behave much like a digital packet of worksheets.


“Empowering students to move at their own pace while supporting daily classroom math lessons, in addition to ensuring everyone is prepared for state assessments, is a significant challenge in today’s classrooms,” said Woolley-Wilson. “At a time when most teachers are limited by pacing calendars and schools primarily use student birthdates to determine what a student is learning on any given day in math, AssignFocus is an age- and grade-agnostic tool that helps teachers provide differentiated, personalized support based on students’ prior knowledge. That’s good for both learners and learning guardians.” 


About DreamBox Learning

DreamBox Learning was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Wash. and the company’s pioneering Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ platform has won 40 top education and technology industry awards and is in use in all 50 states and throughout Canada. DreamBox Learning Math™ offers a groundbreaking combination of Intelligent Adaptive Learning, a rigorous K-8 mathematics curriculum and a motivating learning environment. The innovative DreamBox platform captures every decision a student makes and adjusts the student’s learning path and scaffolds support based on the student’s input delivering millions of individualized learning paths, each one tailored to the student’s unique needs. DreamBox Learning Math is available for PC and iPad. For more information, visit www.dreambox.com.


MobyMax Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Science Instructional Solution
MobyMax Cognitive Skill Science earns prestigious education industry recognition

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2016) MobyMax, the most widely adopted personalized learning curriculum in the United States, today announced that MobyMax Cognitive Skill Science was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Best Science Instructional Solution category. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology.

For the full news release, click here. Please contact me with any questions about MobyMax.