Citelighter Launches Teacher Platform & Revolutionary Task Analysis Tools

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New Features Transform Web Tool into Comprehensive Student/Teacher 21st Century Critical Thinking Platform

Citelighter, the company responsible for the intuitive and easy to use, fully automated research and citation tool, has released its 21st century critical thinking platform aimed at providing students with a constructive learning framework and teachers with the necessary tools to gather previously unknown, unique insights into their students’ research and writing habits, as well as offer objective feedback about where students may be having problems. The proprietary design of these platforms has won Citelighter six national awards in the span of one year and also resulted in a partnership with the National Writing Project.

“The National Writing Project is excited to partner with Citelighter to engage teachers in exploring how this tool supports the development of student writers”, said Dr. Tanya Baker, Director of National Programs at the National Writing Project.

The new platform, known as Citelighter Teacher Tools, has a public release date of October 15th, 2013. Citelighter will now allow users to create different roles within the platform (i.e. Teacher or Student) and will encompass a new set of features for each party. The features of the new platforms are available to institutional subscribers of Citelighter, and currently have an annual price tag of only $300 per classroom. The institutional version of the product will also provide users with access to the integrated Questia Database (a Cengage Learning product), PDF management, proprietary content recommendation engine, and signature Citelighter features such as content capture, organization, and citation functionality.

Citelighter CEO, Saad Alam said about the new platform “we are grateful for the insightful and invaluable feedback from teachers across the country to help make our newest additions a reality. Citelighter will now be able to help teachers tackle common core literacy skills in a way that no one else can and will help teachers get to the root of their students’ problems.”

The backbone of the Teacher Tools is the ability to track and display previously unseen information about students’ writing habits through what Citelighter is calling “Cognitive Prints,” a groundbreaking and insightful instrument that is unparalleled in education technology. This revolutionary component of Citelighter Teacher Tools will give teachers ample evidence about the mishaps that burden their students throughout the research and writing process. Thanks to innovative design, teachers and students can now view color-coded task analyses to see the specific steps, in sequential order, that a student takes as they gather evidence, organize thoughts, and write; thus providing both parties with unprecedented insight into how students are thinking through problems. Teachers, parents, and administrators will now be able to utilize this unbiased, and easily understood data to assist their students in myriad ways that were previously unrealized by both student and teacher.

According to Kristen Turner, Associate Professor at the Fordham Graduate School of Education, and recent addition to the Citelighter Academic Advisory Board, “the student platform assists students in developing argumentative thinking and writing skills. The teacher platform allows teachers to see their students' processes in a way that has never before been done.” She also stated that “Citelighter is the tool that every teacher of research and writing will see and proclaim, ‘I need this for my students!’”

In preparation for launching its Teacher Tools, Citelighter has optimized its plug-in support for the Firefox, Chrome, and Safari Internet browsers. Citelighter’s Teacher Tools integrate seamlessly with Google Docs, the renowned online word processing application, which Google offers for free as part of its Google Drive suite of tools..


Citelighter launched in September 2011 and is used by students in more than 1,900 schools in 50 countries. Using an intuitive internet “highlighter” and cloud-based platform, Citelighter allows users to quickly capture information, take notes and paraphrase ideas, organize reference information, write papers, and automatically cite sources, while at the same time providing analytics to instructors about their students’ actions throughout the critical thinking process. It takes just minutes to learn and seamlessly pairs technology with students’ existing habits to teach critical 21st century skills.

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