The kind folks over at Grammarly recently let me try out their service with my high school English classes. The service offers to help students continue to develop writing skills through automated instructional feedback in grammar and word choice, as well as plagiarism tracking. I tried out the teacher/student version, which you can learn more about at Grammarly.com/edu. Check out the video tutorial below and the pros and cons list. Please let me know if you have questions or comments and remember to check back weekly for more teacher tips, tutorials, and tirades.
Grammarly Pros and Cons from my perspective:
- Students can submit their papers multiple times to receive maximum automated input that is more effective than a simple word processor grammar check.
- The grammar checker saves time for me as it catches many mistakes. I am all about saving time as we all know that English teachers have enough on our plate already!
- Grammar explanations give students clear guidelines.
- Plagiarism checker prevents unintentional plagiarism and takes away the excuse of ignorance that students sometimes claim.
- There is a blackboard option and convenient roll out instructions.
- Unless you have school and department support, the price can be limiting. (Check out pricing here)
- Some grammar suggestions misunderstand student intention, which can confuse the paper further.
- The teacher side of the website is limited in information. I could see how many times a paper was checked, but I couldn’t see the actual mistakes or plagiarism to tell whether they were valid or not. I had to have students print their reports for me, which seemed like a lot of paper.
- The plagiarism tracker is limited to online sources and is not the key component to this service (as opposed to services like turnitin.com).