The WriQ extension is a Google Chrome extension that helps teachers instantly assess student writing and provide valuable feedback, all done seamlessly through Google Docs.
Adding the WriQ Extension
To begin using the WriQ extension, you’ll have to first add it to your Google Chrome browser through the Chrome Web Store. This will install the extension that can be used in Google Docs.
For more detailed information about how to install the extension, please see How to Add the WriQ Extension.
Once the extension is installed, you can open it in a Google Doc by clicking on the extension in your Chrome browser. This will open up the WriQ tab on the right side of the document.
Grading can be toggled on and off by clicking on the slider at the bottom of the WriQ tab. Turning grading on will underline the errors in varying colors based on type. You can clear an error, or change its type, by clicking on the error. Changing an errors type, or clearing it, will automatically update the student's score.
You can open and close the grading panel by clicking on the arrow at the top of the WriQ tab.
The grading panel shows the student’s name, and allows you to select their grade level and the genre of the writing. It also shows the number of errors by type, the vocabulary age of the student and the amount of time the student spent writing.
You also have the choice to grade the student using a rubric. The rubric is based on the grade level and genre you chose for the specific piece of writing. You also can skip this step if you'd like to.
You can click on the plus sign (+) to see more information about a specific option.
Once grading is completed, you’ll see a summary of the errors, the rubric scores, as well as an area for direct feedback. Something new to the WriQ extension is the WriQ score; for more information about how this score is calculated, please see this blog post.
Once you are done grading, you can save the score to your WriQ dashboard by clicking on the save button, as well as insert the scores directly into the student’s Google Doc.
If the student edits the Google Doc after you've scored it, you can always go back and re-grade and re-insert your scores.
For a video overview of the basics of the WriQ extension please see this introductory video.