Ohio Career and Technical School Taps into Online Writing Program: Vantage Learning's MY Access! 6.0 Boosts Writing Performance Via Immediate and Personalized Scoring and Feedback

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Blending technology into practical instructional formats is par for the course at Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) in Clayton, OH, says Lona P. Bowman, MVCTC Humanities Supervisor, and the English and Social Studies curricula are no exception.

In fact, this year at MVCTC, where students have more than 51 technical and professional programs to choose from, ranging from Cisco Academy to biotechnology to carpentry to pre-veterinarian technology to sports medicine, to name just a few, students are getting online tools to help improve their writing skills. The technologically up-to-date school--each student is provided a laptop at the WiFi-enabled campus--is well suited to give them an online assist, Bowman adds. "We take the word 'technology' in our name very seriously," she notes.

The school just adopted the MY Access![TM] (www.gomyaccess.com) online writing instructional program, a prompt-driven, Web-based writing environment that scores student essays instantly and provides individualized instruction that engages and motivates students to want to improve their writing proficiency. The powerful but easy-to-use MY Access! program makes the most of MVCTC's technological focus, employing a Web-based interface that leverages artificial intelligence to provide essay assessment capabilities and immediate feedback, specific to the student's writing style and proficiency level, using Vantage Learning's (www. vantagelearning.com) IntelliMetric TM essay scoring technology. Students can plan writing tasks, write to numerous grade level-appropriate prompts, receive immediate feedback on their writing, engage in peer reviews, and revise their writing as appropriate. MY Access! includes writing prompts aligned to core basal reading texts and high-quality, grade-level appropriate literature such as Henry IV and The Scarlet Letter. The program also has the capacity to alert teachers if violent content occurs within an essay, indicating that the student may be planning to harm him- or herself or others.

"Delivering strong writing skills to our 1,600 11th and 12th grade students is critical, and not just for passing the high-stakes Ohio Graduation Test, an exam that has gotten more difficult," Bowman says. …