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1 2/26/07 Writers Workbench Better Writers through Instructional Computer Feedback Rated # Writing Enhancement Software by Top Ten Reviews

2 2/26/07 Quick Presentation on WWB Demonstration How to use Video Tutorials Writers Workbench Presentation Agenda Visit our website at

3 2/26/07 Designed originally by AT&T Bell Labs to help developers write more effective documentation on their developments Brought to education through AT&Ts seeding program via Colorado State U, U of Wisconsin, Glenbard West HS, North Iowa Area Community College, and others Enhanced many times, then, re-created to interactively analyze documents created and revised in Word Writers Workbench Origins Visit our website at

4 2/26/07 set of tools A set of tools that helps students, authors, writing tutors, and instructors learn and teach writing skills programsanalyze 25 programs designed to analyze writers documents as they write and revise in Microsoft Word interactive programs 29 interactive programs which teach students skills in different areas of writing reference A reference that provides correct usage of over 800 of the most commonly misused words and phrases individuallywriting labs A powerful tool for use individually or in writing labs What is Writers Workbench? Visit our website at

5 2/26/07 Stand Alone PC Operates on a Stand Alone PC Writing Lab Operates in a Writing Lab Microsoft Word 97 Operates in Microsoft Word 97 Microsoft Word 2000 Operates in Microsoft Word 2000 Microsoft Word XP Operates in Microsoft Word XP Microsoft Word 2003 Operates in Microsoft Word 2003 Microsoft Windows: Operates with Microsoft Windows: Windows '95, '98, ME, NT, 2000, XP Writers Workbench Visit our website at

6 2/26/07 guides students to excel in the ACT and new SAT English components and Supports Writing Standards Focus Organization Support Conventions Writers Workbench

7 2/26/07 In a Writer's Workbench Lab, the Writers Workbench Toolbar stands as a waiting Instructor's Assistant for students writing compositions in Microsoft Word. The instructor assigns a composition. As students work on their compositions or finish their drafts, they can analyze their documents with a simple click on one of Writers Workbench Toolbar buttons. Writers Workbench Visit our website at

8 2/26/07 Provides access to the Analysis Programs menu Provide easy access to the Spell Checker, Thesaurus, and Word Count programs included with Microsoft Word Finds subsequent occurrences of words or phrases found by WordSearch Provide an easy mechanism for hiding and revealing quotes and dialogues from statistical analyses and hide/reveal help The Writers Workbench Toolbar Provides access to the STEPS exercises menu Provides a tool for toggling between the authors documents and their analyses Visit our website at

9 2/26/07 Provides an easily indexed access to correct usage of over 800 commonly misused words and phrases Provides access to Writer's Workbench Help Finds, in the authors documents, the first occurrence of any word or phrase highlighted in the analysis A powerful new tool which inserts more information and examples of how the authors might revise their documents Provides an easy-to-use mechanism for formatting and printing Writers Workbench Analyses Closes the analysis immediately and reformats the screen The Writers Workbench Toolbar Visit our website at

10 2/26/07 Writers Workbench Analysis Sets The author clicks the "Analysis Programs" button to get this menu. Then, he or she clicks on the button for the desired program set to run the analyses. 25 Writer's Workbench Analysis programs provide feedback directly to the writer. The analyses are organized in six groups, covering topics of overall scope to proofreading areas of writing. 1. Content 2. Characteristics 3. Verbs 4. Clarity 5. Words 6. Punctuation Visit our website at

11 2/26/07 Writers Workbench Document & Analysis In a few seconds after the author clicks on the button to initiate the program, the screen will split vertically; and the analysis will appear in the screen to the right of the student's composition. Authors may make either the analysis screen or the composition screen active as they analyze and revise their compositions by clicking on the button on either toolbar. Visit our website at

12 2/26/07 Writers Workbench MoreInfo MoreInfo is available to authors who would like additional information or examples on how they might revise their compositions based on the analysis. Examples and more information are inserted directly into the analyses to guide authors through the revision process. A second push of this button directs the author to consult the appropriate STEPS exercise. Visit our website at

13 2/26/07 S elf- T utoring E xploration and P reparation S teps STEPS Each STEPS document describes the information provided in an analysis and, in a two-column presentation, provides instruction in the left column and activities /exercises in the right column. These instructional programs prepare authors to identify whether or not revisions are needed and enable them to make needed revisions. ManualWebsite Visit our website at

14 2/26/07 Writers Workbench STEPS Example 29 different STEPS exercises guide authors through different areas of writing These documents teach authors how to interpret Writers Workbench analyses and how to use the analyses guidance to improve the mechanics of their compositions. Authors move through STEPS via the vertical STEPS navigation bar on the right of the screen. Answers to the exercises appear on the next page of the STEPS program. Visit our website at

15 2/26/07 Writers Workbench WordUse WordUse provides correct usage of over 800 commonly misused words and phrases. After clicking on Index in the upper left corner of the WordUse Help screen, the student may type in a word or phrase to find information on the correct use of the word or phrase in question. The index for WordUse provides cross-references for many of the words. For example, there are entries for both accept:except and except:accept or affect:effect and effect:affect. Visit our website at

16 2/26/07 Writers Workbench Analyzing Selected Text The writer can analyze a portion of his or her document by selecting text to analyze. The writer must select at least 100 words. Writers will find this selection capability useful in focusing on new text and changes in their compositions. Note: In Microsoft Word, the invisible paragraph mark is the space at the end of the paragraph. Visit our website at

17 2/26/07 Displaying only those sentences with flagged items – Verbs, Clarity, Words, Punctuation Providing one or more bold statistics at the top of each analysis New analysis: "Comma, Semicolon, Colon" – Provides rules for internal-to- sentence punctuation New STEPS exercises Vocabulary Comma Comma, Semicolon, Colon Dramatic performance enhancements (Word 2K and XP) Enhancements - WWB 8.16 (June 2005) New analysis: Self and Personal Pronouns now also flags 1 st, (I, me) 2 nd (you), and 3 rd (he, she, they, it) person pronouns Diction and Check Analyses – Much easier to interpret and make revisions Diction now flagging prepositions ending sentences Improved Style Sheet with recommended statistics in MoreInfo Improved Website – New Tutorials: Video Tutorials on CD Visit our website at

18 2/26/07 Versatile support for computer display resolutions including wide screen desktop and notebook computers Improved error checking and messages for schools security software issues Adjustable timeout feature for faster and slower computer systems Words window sizes can now be reset through keyboard macros Enhancements - WWB 8.17 (June 2006) Better handling of abbreviations and strange punctuation as Writers Workbench determines sentences Writers Workbench Manuals, Faculty Guides, Orientations, Ordering Information, PowerPoint Show, and Brochures now installed with the software – click Start, (All) Programs, Writers Workbench, Documentation – feel free to view or print these documents as needed Visit our website at A new button on the WWB Analysis Toolbar allows the writer, after making changes to the composition, a quick rerun of his or her analysis

19 2/26/07 Windows Compatibility Windows Vista Windows XP Windows 2000 Windows ME Windows 98 Word Compatibility Word 2007 Word 2003 Word 2002 (XP) Word 2000 Word 97 Ability to analyze compositions that include tables New WordUse and WWB Help Planned Enhancements - WWB 8.18 (June 2007) Writing Mechanics Grade – Instructor chooses the importance of writing mechanics statistics such as - Focus Percentage Vagueness Percentage To Be Percentage Number of words & sentences Readability Score Percent Helping Verb Errors Percent First and Second Person Pronouns Percent of Diction Alerts Percent Transitions & Introductory Elements Percent of sentences with Misplaced Punctuation Instructor weighs importance of statistics and adjusts acceptable scores for this assignment and / or class Grading Software provides guidelines for weighing criteria and adjusting acceptable scores Output – one-sheet grade with all criteria listed Option to track writing score improvement Visit our website at

20 2/26/07 Benet Academy Brother Rice High School Glenbard North High School Glenbard West High School Joliet Central High School Joliet West High School Lake Zurich High School Mother McAuley High School Oak Lawn High School Thornridge High School Thornton High School Thornwood High School Wheaton Academy Woodstock High School WWB Reference Schools Angelina College Asbury College Daytona Beach Comm. College Hawkeye Community College Iowa Central Community College Iowa Wesleyan College Johnson County Community College Kansas State University Lamar State University Lake Land College New York City Colleges North Harris Montgomery Colleges North Iowa Area Community College Phoenix University – Ph. D Program Texas A&M University Walden University – Ed. D. Program Visit our website at

21 2/26/07 Getting Started Using Microsoft Word and Writers Workbench in your Writing Lab You become familiar with Writers Workbench Faculty Guides (3-Step Handout) Video Tutorials Word is powerful and versatile … Give your students some direction A sample student orientation to using WWB (similar to the WWB manual, but you may modify it to meet your schools needs) is on the WWB CD FOCUS on one or two areas of writing and Writers Workbench at a time Visit our website at

22 2/26/07 Writers Workbench Website Visit our website at Order Form

23 2/26/07 WWB On-Line Documentation Visit our website at

24 2/26/07 Writers Workbench available for home use Students, instructors, and authors can now purchase the same software that they use at school for use at home! Writers Workbench is easy to order through our web site or through a toll-free call to (888) EMO-TEAM Price: $ Visit our website at

25 2/26/07 THANK YOU… Writers Workbench Greg Oij - (888) For the best educational software that we could find, see Writers Workbench... Top Ten Reviews


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