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December 14, 2008

EssayRater — 'The fastest way to a perfect paper'

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A response to the question, "Why can't

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they be like we were,

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perfect in every way...?"

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Indeed.

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EssayRater is a bit fraudulent in their usage of the word "free". You submit your paper and then have to pay to see the suggestions. It basically takes your paper hostage. I recommend PaperRater instead. It actually is free.

Posted by: James | Jan 25, 2010 4:38:47 PM

Lil --

One of the things you quickly learn about teaching writing skills is that the only way to learn is to just keep doing it. You do it, get feedback and you do it again. And again.

These sorts of tools are the new line of defense in teaching...why not get instant feedback if at all possible? Heck, I use tools like this to check my own work AND I'VE BUILT TOOLS TO READ ENGLISH!!! Why? Because knowing the syntax and having a set of rules in the back of your head doesn't always apply to practice. But when you see the glaring errors pointed out, it is obvious. It is also said that the author is the worst editor...because he refuses to see the mistakes.

Throw this into the whole mix of 'accountability' and No Child Left Behind (a US law around accountability), you quickly realize even the best teachers are caught up in the bureaucracy and can't even get around to the simple stuff like reading papers on a weekly basis because they are too busy justifying their existence (which actually is a good thing for MOST of the 'educators' out there...but hurts the ones that actually know what they are doing).

Posted by: clifyt | Dec 15, 2008 9:18:04 AM

What I think this *really* is: a way for people who buy their papers from paper-mills to check the quality of their purchased goods before submitting it to turnitin for a grade, thus avoiding the fallout if the paper is a pre-owned document that's been around the block.

But, that aside, it may be a good feedback/revision tool if the grammar and word usage AI is up to snuff.

Posted by: johnjohn | Dec 15, 2008 4:46:50 AM

I don't understand it. What happened to actually learning the subject, knowing and mastering the English language, and working hard to create a good essay? It seems like it would create yet more laziness and more complete ignorance of the English language- if that were possible.

Posted by: Lilorfnannie | Dec 14, 2008 10:20:52 PM

Pretty cool...I fronted a project like this using artificial intelligence several some years ago and it was no where near as useful for the end user. Rating SAT writing exams? Perfect...it eliminated 2 raters (still had one that was compared against) and sped up the process quite a bit for giving scores. For the end user? Ya got some crappy scores that MAY have meant something, but it you understood all of it, you were probably a good writer to begin with! Still, it provided some feedback in which to gain knowledge what to revise and then see if you got higher scores later.

I don't know if this is still working (it was a while ago):

http://coeweb.fiu.edu/RG/gato/model.asp

(Wow! looking at my copyright there, that was 10 years ago!)

Posted by: clifyt | Dec 14, 2008 12:44:20 PM

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