The Value of Using APIs at Your EdTech Company

As the technology we use becomes more interconnected, it is only natural that our institutions follow. In today’s API Economy, businesses are relying upon collaboration to improve their user applications. Education technology has lagged behind in integrating API technology, but with its potential to solve administrative problems and improve student learning, the use of APIs in education will continue to rise.

How to Write Great Topic Sentences (with Examples)

In an academic essay, the first sentence of each new paragraph is called the topic sentence. Topic sentences are often considered “mini-thesis statements,” offering a subsection of the paper’s main argument. In fact, if you read the thesis statement and topic sentences alone, you should have an outline detailing exactly what the paper is about and the relationships between paragraphs and supporting evidence.

How to Avoid Comma Splices

When you have a complete sentence, you have an independent clause. Generally, each independent clause must stand on its own and have its own punctuation. So while there are many rules about using commas, there is a hard-and-fast rule for when you should never use a comma: You can never combine two independent clauses with a comma alone.

Drawing Readers In: Writing Attention-Grabbing Introductions

How many times have you started to read something and quit before finishing the first paragraph?

The primary goal of any piece of writing you do is to get your reader to read and be engaged with your ideas, questions, and insights! If you make your reader move past the first paragraph, you’re already doing a great job. So how do you accomplish this when you’re writing an academic paper?

The key to developing reader engagement lies in a strong, attention-grabbing, hook to snag your reader’s attention.

Can Writing Close the Achievement Gap?

In education, the “achievement gap” refers to consistent differences in academic performance between various groups of students. In the United States, the most significant achievement gaps occur between African American and Hispanic students and their white counterparts, as well as between students from low-income families and students who are better off financially.

How can writing help close the achievement gap?