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How AI is Changing Writing: Check out Robot Don

Posted by on April 22, 2019

robot donAsk a Tech Teacher contributor, Lisa Griffin, has an interesting AI-inspired tool to share with readers. It brings the best of today’s AI functions to classroom writing programs. See what you think:

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We live in a digital era where the kids are in contact in all sorts of technological solutions that help them learn, connect, and have fun. Furthermore, recent tech advancements are facilitating the inclusion of kids with different sorts of disabilities, allowing them to attend regular classes without any trouble.

Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence is becoming more and more accepted in classrooms all over the world. The benefits of technology usage in schools are vast, including everything from grading tests to analyzing weak spots in courses, providing improvement suggestions. The use of AI in writing and education is also displayed through overwhelming employment of various forms of writing checkers powered by AI. One of these writing assistants is Robot Don, an AI-driven software which we are going to discuss in this article.

What does Robot Don bring to the table?

Writing essays on any given topic includes more than just performing deep research and understanding the issue at hand. It’s about practicing the ability to articulate your knowledge in a manner that is easy to understand and follow. In order to accomplish these goals, proper writing skills are a necessity. This includes impeccable spelling, punctuation, wording, and an extensive vocabulary. According to research, most common undergraduate writing errors include faulty sentence structure, misplaced words, poor punctuation, and pretty slim vocabulary.

While ordinary word processors such as MS Word and others provide some kind of writing assistance, they don’t have the intuitiveness required to feel the flow and the emotion of your text. This is where RobotDon punctuation checker comes into play, bringing forth all the power of Artificial Intelligence that is required to perform more than just menial spellchecking.

More than a spellcheck tool

The most important feature that Robot Don blesses us with is that it’s a browser-based software which means you don’t have to download any installation files and use it on a limited number of devices. All it takes is to create your own account or use an existing Facebook or Google account and you are good to go!

The fact that Robot Don operates though AI allows you to check your texts in just a matter of seconds but also means that the software is learning every day, allowing more advanced results and suggestions. All it takes is to paste your content into the textbox and after a few moments, you will get a detailed overview of your work.

It’s important to write an original piece of content, making sure that all citations and external sources are mentioned. Robot Don compares the imported text with virtually every bit of textual content available online to let you know if the words in front of you are your own.

The algorithm scans the document for grammar errors making it easier for students to fix their mistakes before handing over their work. Depending on the mistakes, the software can provide multiple solutions, allowing students to learn from their mistakes.

Another amazing feature is the readability rating, which provides insight into how easy it is to read the text. Based on the readability score, both students and teachers can follow the advancement in writing, vocabulary, and sentence structure.

Robot Don also analyzes the content for words that repeat too often, providing suggestions for more appropriate alternatives. This is an important feature because placing the same word over and over again looks bad and displays a feeble lexicon.

Studies show that, as time goes by, papers are becoming longer, the genres are changing, and new error patterns appear with each new generation. Robot Don’s AI-powered nature allows it to learn and adapt to new trends which means more accurate writing inspection. Teachers are only humans, and there is always room for mistakes during to lack of concentration, long hours, too much work, and a number of other reasons. Robot Don provides a useful service to both students and teachers alike. It can save hours spent on rating and grading a pile of essays, simply by automating the inspection process.

Conclusion

The time when machines will do our writing for us might be closer than we think, however, the importance of human writing can never be replaced. Teachers should use all the tools available to facilitate the learning process for students and allow them to progress along with the technology of the era. At the same time, the same technology that helps students can also help teachers to perform their jobs more effectively and accurately.

–Lisa Griffin is a writer with years of experience in tech ed industry. Her work includes reviewing various types of technological improvements intended for both students and teachers. Her goal is to make the audience closer to new inventions that make learning easier and more enjoyable.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, and author of two tech thrillers. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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