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.
WriteOnline is an online word processing application for students. Users log on to the WriteOnline website, and can access word prediction features, text-to-speech, and other writing tools from any computer. Each student gets his or her personal online folders as part of the WriteOnline subscription, and they can save documents either online or to their own computer. Students' user preferences are automatically stored for them online, so the program starts up as they want it every time, on any computer.
OnScreen is an on-screen keyboard that allows the user to enter text into any application. OnScreen includes WordComplete, a word completion program that may help students speed up their typing. WordComplete is also available separately.
iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. iThoughts is also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Mindmapping enables you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information.
Features of iThoughts:
Use this web-based word processor to support writing planning and organization, transcription legibility and editing and revising. Planning is supported with outline templates containing content and procedure prompts or an outlining tool. Drafts can be auto-created from the outline. Editing and revising is supported with a spell check tool and a text-to-speech option. Being web-based, this program can be accessed from any computer having Internet access. Options for electronic peer review and feedback of written work are provided.
Use this portable keyboarding device to support transcription legibility and editing. Editing is supported with spell check and word fluency with a thesaurus. The word prediction applet to support spelling accuracy is available at an additional cost. Options are available for creative writing prompts and an editing checklist which is added to the printout of the writing sample file.
Co:Writer works in conjunction with any application you write in (MS Word, Online, Blogs, Email, etc.) As you type, Co:Writer interprets spelling and grammar mistakes and offers word suggestions in real time. New features include a word bank, personal dictionaries and text-to-speech capabilities that work in any application including: MS Word, Google Docs, Open Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
Write:OutLoud reads words as they are written, providing real-time auditory feedback. Writing tools, including Franklin's Talking Spell Checker, homophone checker, and dictionary help your students confirm their word choice in language they understand.
WordComplete is a word completion writing program for users with learning disabilities, trouble spelling, or difficulty typing. WordComplete is not the same as word prediction software, but it will help generate a list of suggestions for completing the word the user is stuck on.
Kurzweil 3000™ is a comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners (ELL). Kurzweil 3000, is research based and enables struggling readers in grades 3 and above to learn from the same content as their peers as it provides access to virtually any text or curriculum, including print, electronic, and Web-based documents.