Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes, has announced the launch of new OpenAI-powered integrations within Writable, its award-winning writing practice and assessment solution.
The new GenAI capabilities of Writable within HMH’s linked literacy solution boost teachers’ effect by engaging more students with tailored feedback and encouraging better writing. With this teacher-guided approach to AI, teachers can incorporate feedback and grades the AI recommends into their lessons. This allows teachers to spend more time fostering relationships with their students.
Speaking about the initiative, Chief Executive Officer of HMH, Jack Lynch, said:
At HMH, we believe technology should be applied to deepen the human connections that accelerate learning outcomes. Today’s announcement represents a thoughtful step forward in the transformative journey of using generative AI to enhance student learning and give teachers time to do what only they can do, which is to connect with their students on a human level.
It takes time to provide detailed and skill-aligned comments on student essays, and educators often wish they could offer additional support during the writing process. To address this challenge, Writable’s new AI-powered generative tools include AI-generated prompts and assignments, AI-suggested feedback and scores on any writing task, and capabilities to guard against plagiarism and detect AI writing in student submissions.
Writable’s AI-suggested comments, also available in Spanish, provide ongoing, rubric-aligned commentary for students through the drafting process. From grammar to genre-based skills and more, teachers review and modify feedback before it is sent to students, offering targeted ways to strengthen their writing at the moment and creating more meaningful revisions.
Early adopters of Writable’s AI-powered tools have reported significant timesaving benefits that extend their capacity as teachers.
Chief Executive Officer of Writable, Andrew Goldman, said:
Writable’s new generative AI tools will make grading 80% faster and open a world of instructional possibility. Teachers can regularly give assignments that ask students to think and communicate, and the generative AI helps provide feedback and accountability without overwhelming the teacher with a mountain of writing that needs review.
HMH takes a human-centred approach to advanced technology like generative AI, enabling and extending teachers’ valuable work, blending the best of technology with the best classroom experience. Writable, a trustworthy solution, anonymizes any writing submitted to OpenAI and allows districts to customize which features of the AI are accessible to teachers. AI services are constantly improved, and HMH provides continuing professional development support and refines feedback to assist educators in effectively and purposefully using AI tools in their classrooms.
Part of HMH’s suite of connected solutions available on its related teaching and learning platform, Ed, Writable and HMH curriculum work together to provide reading and writing instruction with relevant, personalized practice opportunities to grow all learners.
As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions, and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students’ potential and extend teachers’ capabilities. The company serves over 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150 countries.
Writable, founded in 2016, aims to make writing easier for teachers and more motivating for a new generation of writers – writers with a purpose. The platform builds lifelong writing and reading skills for grades 3-12 students while saving teachers time on daily instruction and feedback. It has benefited over 16,000 schools and districts’ students.