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11trees is obsessed with helping students acquire writing skills. Why? Well, there’s the data: in 2011 the NCES had 24% of US 8th and 12th graders at ‘proficient’ in writing. 3% were ‘advanced. 73% ‘basic’ or worse.

The reality that writing skills are more important than they have ever been is more motivating to us. All those hipsters walking NYC, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Cleveland, Detroit  – building software that is “eating the world”? They spend their days writing. The gaps between most curriculum and the real world are widening; ask any executive or principal or classroom teacher or dean and they will confirm that writing skills are the gateway to a bright future.

While clever and motivated young people pick up better skills in the years after college, if given a chance, what about the 40% of college-age students who never graduate?

BETTER FEEDBACK

Annotate PRO is an app for Microsoft Word 2016 and Google Chrome that makes it easy for teachers to create banks of comments they can use and reuse, in the solutions they already use to read and evaluate student work.

Annotate PRO teachers regularly report creating 25% more personalized feedback in 25% less time. And they see and feel the impact on their students right away.

Learn more about bringing our College Edition library to your school or use it as a starting point for your faculty to create and share libraries meaningful to your curriculum.

IMPROVED WRITING SKILLS

Q for Success is an app for Microsoft Word 2016 and Google Chrome that brings writing help inside the solutions students are using to create and construct knowledge.

Q demystifies your library resources – often a very confusing mix of sophisticated research databases and less than stellar user experience. Q walks students through common, tactical writing skills like developing an argumentative thesis or integrating quotes into their writing.

Through deliberate practice students internalize these skills. And if they get stuck? Your institution’s writing center, research librarians, and tutoring services are only a click away.

TRANSFORMATIVE CURRICULUM

Treeline is our reimagining of a high school / college English and writing curriculum. A transformative curriculum that expands the idea of an ‘English’ teacher to include product design and definition – leveraging the modern agile software development practices used by every major technology company.

Why? Because we have a secret. Knowledge workers write all day. And they use the language of literature to do it. User stories. Themes. Epics. Personas. This is how modern companies, big and small, build software.

We’re experimenting in the 2017-2018 academic year, releasing individual units, offering training and speaking engagements. With your help we’ll refine our offering and help thousands of schools transform writing pedagogy.

Annotate PRO: better, deeper, more personalized feedback

How much time do your teachers, tutors, TAs, or even students spend providing feedback?

How hard is it to inspire consistency and high standards in the feedback created? What about professional development in support of new initiatives (project based learning, writing across the curriculum) and ramping up new faculty, tutors, or TAs?

How valuable would it be to help your impassioned educators created 2x better feedback in 1/3 the time?

Annotate PRO is a library of comments that teachers, TAs, tutors, or students can use to more efficiently and mindfully create better feedback. We provide apps for Microsoft Word and Google Chrome to ensure you always have access to this library – whether commenting on a student’s Word doc, a Google Slides presentation, writing an email in Gmail, or posting discussion board responses in Canvas.

Individuals can license Annotate PRO, and we provide College Edition and Legal Writing Edition libraries to help jump-start better feedback.

Even more impactfully, we can partner with your institution to develop custom comment libraries automatically shared with your teachers, tutors, TAs, students – whoever you specify.

How Hard is it to Create a Custom Library?

If you can author a Google Sheet or Excel spreadsheet you can create a custom library. We’ll provide you with our College Edition or Legal Writing Edition library as a starting point, if you’d like, and off you go – with our help, if you’d like.

Extend College Edition to target critical thinking more directly. Or translate it for use in your middle schools. Add links to your own materials. A few columns in a spreadsheet later you email us the result (always easily updated) and we publish to  Annotate PRO for your users.

Implementing Annotate PRO…

Working with you, or on your behalf, we can create a custom Comment Library (or multiple libraries) for Annotate PRO and publish it to 10, 100, 1,000, or 10,000 users. Within a week of deployment…

  • Hundreds (thousands!) of your teachers and students will have taken the ten seconds necessary to install Annotate into their Chrome browser and/or Microsoft Word 2016 programs.
  • Everyone will be using consistent language, easily customized for each audience, to respond to all sorts of work – essays, blogs, projects.
  • You will have subtly influenced feedback, helping deepen the learning dialog and helping students learn-by-doing.
  • Peer review will become a completely new experience, with student writers learning the language of response by using articulate language to describe each others’ work.

Working with you, or on your behalf, we can create a custom Comment Library (or multiple libraries) for Annotate PRO and publish it to 10, 100, 1,000, or 10,000 users. Within a week of deployment…

  • Hundreds (thousands!) of your teachers and students will have taken the ten seconds necessary to install Annotate into their Chrome browser and/or Microsoft Word 2016 programs.
  • Everyone will be using consistent language, easily customized for each audience, to respond to all sorts of work – essays, blogs, projects.
  • You will have subtly influenced feedback, helping deepen the learning dialog and helping students learn-by-doing.
  • Peer review will become a completely new experience, with student writers learning the language of response by using articulate language to describe each others’ work.

 

 

Usage Scenarios:

Writing Across the Curriculum:

To support a writing across the curriculum effort, you work with 11trees to define a library, or libraries, to help discipline teachers provide useful feedback on writing.

This guidance includes not line editing student work for grammar issues, in recognition of where precious time should be spent.

Tutors:

You have invested in your students to create a peer tutoring program. Wouldn’t it be great if you could give them a tool to help speed their transition to confident reviewers of written work?

Professional Development:

As part of an ongoing professional development initiative to help new and veteran teachers best focus their precious time, your institution develops one or more custom libraries dedicated to guiding teacher feedback.

We intend Annotate PRO to provide a huge return on investment for schools. A ten-second installation provides students and teachers with fast, articulate feedback opportunities to dramatically improve grading, peer review, and self-assessment.

We do provide volume discounts for schools of over 4,000 students, and we will happily count enrollments in specific grades (so pricing isn’t based on your total enrollment, only the grades to which you will make Annotate available).