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Pre-Grade Your Paper

It’s not really a grading tool, but it might be worth introducing into the writing process.  I’m running a paper workshop tomorrow… I might give it a shot. PaperRater.com is a free resource, developed and maintained by linguistics professionals and graduate students. PaperRater.com is used by schools and universities in over 46 countries to help students improve their writing. PaperRater.com combines the power of natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence…

Building a Better Teacher

But what makes a good teacher? There have been many quests for the one essential trait, and they have all come up empty-handed. Among the factors that do not predict whether a teacher will succeed: a graduate-school degree, a high score on the SAT, an extroverted personality, politeness, confidence, warmth, enthusiasm and having passed the teacher-certification exam on the first try. When Bill Gates announced recently that his foundation was…

Stop Everything: Portal Alternate Reality Game

Matt Takacs (a Seton Hill freshman who has been in two of my classes) offers this excellent overview of the ongoing Valve online scavenger hunt: It started innocently enough. Valve Software releases a small update for the three-year-old game Portal, which was included in the Orange Box. Upon looking at the update news, however, things got a bit odd: