WordTalk

WordTalk is a free plug-in developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 upwards), which may help people with reading and writing difficulties use Microsoft Word more effectively. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate. It sits in a user's toolbar and is configurable, allowing users to adjust the highlight colors, the voice and the rate of speed of the speech.

Type: 
Product
Cost Range: 
free
Content Area: 
reading
writing
Grade Level: 
early elementary
intermediate elementary
middle school
secondary
transition
IDEA Disability Category: 
autism
emotional disturbance
major-other health impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
visual impairment
Instructional Support: 
multiple formats of text and notation
Embedded Resources: 
e-dictionary
e-thesaurus
highlighting
Text-Embedded Prompts: 
spell check
Text to Speech: 
dynamic highlighting
multiple voices
reading rate control
synthesized
National Writing Next Standards: 
editing and revising
Operating Systems: 
Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: 
Writing