Purdue Writing Lab receives $1.5 million to create new interactive writing tool for high school students

From the article: “The two-year project, called H-OWL, is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project involves creating and testing an interactive extension of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab, which is an online resource that provides information on many aspects of writing, including grammar and mechanics, writer’s block, style guides, and punctuation. The site…received more than 180 million visits last year.”

” ‘The goal is to create an online tool to help high school juniors and seniors meet national writing requirements and to help them make the transition to college-level writing,’ said Linda Bergmann, director of the project and of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab. ‘By making the already popular OWL more interactive, we are creating a resource that students can use to help them write across all disciplines – from language arts to science. We want to incorporate new media and social networking features, as well as aspects of gaming, to engage this young audience and reach the next generation of learners. What we create could help others in education design additional learning tools.’ ”

Read the full article: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/outreach/2011/110110BergmannOWL.html

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