“It is immoral to assign writing that will not be read by a human being.”

–John Warner on using automated feedback/grading software to assess student essays.


What do you think? Is using software to grade student essays a legitimate tool for reducing teacher workloads or is it something much worse? Let me know in the comments.

Depending on perspective, it is an author’s dream – or nightmare: Margaret Atwood will never know what readers think of the piece of fiction she is currently working on, because the unpublished, unread manuscript from the Man Booker prize-winning novelist will be locked away for the next 100 years.

Atwood has just been named as the first contributor to an astonishing new public artwork. The Future Library project, conceived by the award-winning young Scottish artist Katie Paterson, began, quietly, this summer, with the planting of a forest of 1,000 trees in Nordmarka, just outside Oslo. It will slowly unfold over the next century. Every year until 2114, one writer will be invited to contribute a new text to the collection, and in 2114, the trees will be cut down to provide the paper for the texts to be printed – and, finally, read.

-Margaret Atwood’s new work will remain unseen for a century | Books |