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Ginger vs Grammarly in Chrome

I had earlier explored the comparison of Ginger and Grammarly on my iPad.  Both tools have pros and cons but are useful tools to help with grammar and spelling checking.  As I am typing Grammarly (paid version) is underlining words I am misspelled or have using incorrectly.  It does not auto correct the spellings, rather underlines them in red and then when I hover my cursor to find the suggested correction. (on my iPad they appeared with suggestions to select in the above keyboard toolbar for easy correction)

Below is the paragraph I typed above also pasted into Ginger (paid version).

Screenshot 2017-12-29 at 3.36.15 PM

Ginger found a few more errors than Grammarly, yet neither found the blatant mistake I made in this sentence: As I am typing Grammarly (paid version) is underlining words I am misspelled or have using incorrectly.

Both Ginger and Grammarly check as you type in most places, providing suggestions. However, and this is a big one, they do not work in Google Docs on my Chromebook. (The Grammarly third-party keyboard on my iPad did work in Google Docs) For Grammarly, you can work in their external editor page and then copy and paste into Google, yet this adds to the workflow.  Ginger also has an external editor window that, as you can see above, appears on the right side of your screen to work within, which means you don’t have to go to a whole separate site, yet still requires copying and pasting.  Ginger adds in the feature of sentence rephrasing suggestions with it’s paid version, while Grammarly adds in plagiarism checking, as well as suggestions for other word usages when it finds words used too frequently,  with a paid version. When typing on other sites such as Facebook, each time Grammarly finds an error, it underlines in red and gives you a signal of how many errors it has seen.  You then need to click on the number which then opens an external editor window overlay to fix the errors. Ginger did not find the same errors on Facebook. (I turned Grammarly off to see what Ginger would find).  These leaves it to the user to determine their benefit from the tool and which they should rely on most.

Needless to say they again both have pros and cons on a Chromebook. The fact that they are both extensions is excellent, yet they don’t work with the Google apps, which is crucial from my point of view as a teacher.  My students with executive function issues would really be lost in going back and forth.  With so many schools going to the GSuite, the benefit of these tools should work where the students are.  Additionally, Ginger limits the number of checks monthly so with lengthy or multiple writings you are forced to upgrade.  Grammarly entices you to upgrade by saying it has found other errors that require you to upgrade.

For students with learning differences, specifically with writing like myself, these tools can be beneficial, yet they will not solve all problems.  When working on a Chromebook, I might lean towards Ginger for it’s easy of copying and pasting into the side window from Docs and it found errors Grammarly did not.  However, I do like the work choice suggestion from Grammarly, yet this may be addressed by Ginger’s sentence rephrasing provided in the paid version.

Try them both, and please share your experiences, pros and cons with these tools in the Chromebook environment.  Just know they are not perfect tools and will miss errors, but can provide an additional layer of support for any learner.

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