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Draft:Builder

Use this program's structured format to design writing activities for students by guiding them through planning, organizing and preparing a first draft. Both graphic and outline formats assist in the writing process. Writing genre templates available.

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
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
Typing Assistant

Typing Assistant predicts and autocompletes frequently used words and phrases, making typing faster and requiring less effort. Typing Assistant integrates with all popular programs on MS Windows: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Notepad, UltraEdit, WordPad, ICQ Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and commonly used web browsers. Available in multiple languages.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math

The Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader application reads documents out loud, e-books, standard Windows dialog boxes, clipboard contents (for emails and web text), and incoming instant messages on AOL, AIM, ICQ and MSN Messenger clients. In addition to speaking text out loud, this program is able to write audio data directly to Windows WAV files. You can convert all your documents and e-books into WAV files and then burn them to audio CDs or convert them into MP3 files. Ultra Hal TTS Reader has several high quality voices to choose from and gives you control over speed, pitch, and volume.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
Story Patch

Now you can help your child's creativity grow with Story Patch, a beautiful new application for the iPad that children can use to create their own picture books. With hundreds of included images, easy-to-use controls, and the ability to import photos, your kids will be creating fun and engaging stories in no time!
*Story Patch comes with over 800 illustrations that can be used to bring your child's stories to life.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school
Operating Systems: iPad
English Language Arts:
Math

 
This app is a great way to record, organize, review and share your audio and text notes from your meetings, classes, and conferences.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: orthopedic impairment
Operating Systems: iPad
English Language Arts:
Math

The study, with 26 junior high learning-disabled students, found that students' predominant conception and application of revision to written work was correction of errors. Fewer than half of all revisions were rated as improvements. The only type of revision that positively affected overall quality was addition of T-units. Writing

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

Intermediate grade students with learning disabilities learned to work in pairs to help each other in writing with editing and revising of their compositions. The 13 subjects made more revisions and produced papers of higher quality when revising with peer support than did 16 students in a process-approach control group.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability
English Language Arts: Writing
Math
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.

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
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

This article describes a highly structured approach for improving the revising skills of students with learning disabilities that combines peer response, strategy instruction, and word processing. The strategy guides students in both the social and cognitive aspects of response and revision. Two studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the approach are reported.

Content Area: writing
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

Interactive dialogues between teacher and student or between student and student were used to teach writing revision skills to 18 adolescents with learning disabilities or English as a Second language. Both intervention conditions were equally effective in promoting clarity and thematic salience in trainees' reportive essays.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

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