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We have assembled this collection so that teachers may know the territory of machine scoring writing and, when and if their school system considers adopting one of these machine-reading services, they may act appropriately. We believe ourselves that machine-scoring fundamentally alters the social and rhetorical nature of writing—that writing to a machine is not writing at all.
CC-2560951576_b15f9125cf_m.jpg In this study, Anne Herrington and Sarah Stanley review a computer program designed to 'read’ and respond to student writing. They focus on the ideology of language that drives the program and find that the program “enacts an arhetorical view of writing, a homogeneous view of English as a single-standard dialect, and an error-focused...
CC-5329133932_40915faf65_m-2_0.jpg In this essay, Beth Ann Rothermel describes the heavy marketing of machine-reading programs to K-12 administrators and teachers. She argues that these programs narrow and constrict the work of both writer and teacher. With machine-reading programs, she writes, teaching and learning become "formulaic and asocial." PDF of Rothermel'...
CC-113105623_04d73c049d_m-2.jpg In this essay, Carl Whithaus argues that computers are already involved in our students' writing practice, as spell- and grammar-checkers are part of all word-processing programs. He argues that we should explore the potential of the computer as reader, rather than rejecting it out of hand. He describes one of these programs,...
CCCC.jpg This position statement issued by the College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC), a subset of NCTE, takes a pro-technology stand, asking that we integrate technology responsibly in the teaching of writing. In a section headed "A Current challenge: Electronic Rating," however, the position statement warns of the dangers of machine-scoring...
gearsflickr.jpg "Writing to a Machine is Not Writing At All" is an essay written by Anne Herrington and Charlie Moran, to be published in a volume honoring Ed White, who was a pioneer in the field of writing assessment. Edited by Norbert Elliot and Les Perelman, the book will be published by Hampton Press in 2011 as Writing Assessment in the 21st Century. In this...