May 12th , 2010
In December we announced how Ginger Software Now Can Provide You with Statistics & Reports in a dedicated blog post about this handy new feature. Now, we would like to give you a few pointers on how to utilize Ginger’s reports to your advantage!
To begin understanding the power of Ginger’s reports, one first must understand that Ginger allows you to sort a report by time frame. Meaning, as a parent or educator you are able to look at a child or group’s report for yesterday, last week, last month or the last three months. This is ideal for tracking a student or child's progress who may be on a RTI (Response To Intervention) or an IEP (Individualized Education Program). Simply clicking the ‘Save’ button shown below enables Ginger users to export the report they are viewing into MS-Excel for future reference. Being able to track a student week by week allows you to witness improvement and progress in their writing over time.
Another very simple way to use Ginger’s Frequent Error Reports is to track the correct word column. Commonly, while working with an individual who has dyslexia, they often have a very expansive verbal vocabulary. Though, when you track their written vocabulary, they may play it safe and choose words that are easier to spell. Knowing that if they choose a simple word, they can get relatively close to the correct spelling and then Microsoft’s Spell Checker may pick up the error and correct it for them. By simply tracking the correct word column, you are able to tell if the user is beginning to use more complex vocabulary.
Due to the fact that Ginger corrects on sentence context, users are able to attempt larger, more complex words that they would have avoided while solely using Microsoft’s tools.
Another wonderful advantage to using Ginger’s Frequent Errors reports is to export and save each student’s weekly report in MS-Excel. Once in Excel, you are able to use any of the program’s features to learn more about each Ginger user’s writing. For instance, once in Excel you can simply sort the corrected word column and watch for commonalities. Recently, I had a conversation with one teacher who said that she would sort the correct word column and look for patterns. With one particular student using Ginger, she found that each time a word beginning with the ‘ph’ sound such as ‘physical’ or ‘physics’ was used, the child would spell it with an ‘F’. This is a great example of an error that a traditional correction tool will not pick up, but one that Ginger will find. After seeing this, the teacher knew that she needed to spend additional time on this particular word sound.
Finally, one last simple feature that can be used is Excel’s charting capabilities. Below, you see my personal chart for how many Grammar & Misused Word errors I have made versus Spelling Mistakes in a given week. This is ideal to visually represent to a child how many mistakes they are making and how they are improving week by week.