Finds an approach to improving revision skills that integrated strategy instruction, peer response, and word processing to be highly effective with seventh- and eighth-grade students with learning disabilities who struggle with writing.
In recent years effective instruction in reading for learners with physical and educational disabilities has received great attention in the schools. However, instruction in the corollary skill of writing has received considerably less emphasis. This review paper notes that through the use of assistive technology, students with a variety of physical and educational disabilities can learn to effectively (a) plan and organize their writing, (b) draft and transcribe their work, and (c) edit and revise their narrative and expository writing.
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its display encourages exploration and learning. Available both as a desktop version and a web version. Additional features of Visual Thesaurus include Spelling Bee and Vocab Grabber. Spelling Bee: User is challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to the user's individual skill level.
Use this software to support writing transcription including legibility and spelling accuracy. Transcription and spelling accuracy are supported through voice recognition permitting students to dictate verbally to the computer and have their dictation translated into digital text. Basic voice commands are available for computer control. This software also allows students to dictate into a portable digital recorder and then have the dictation transcribed to text.
Sonocent Audio Notetaker allows users to capture full recordings of classes or meetings, visualizing audio as chunks, phrase by phrase, making it easier to return to a specific part of a recording later. The software and companion app enables the user to bring together all information on a topic, highlight specific sections of audio, add photos, slides, and additional notes to the original recording. Notes can then be exported and shared. Available as either a yearly subscription/license or perpetual license with automatic updates.
Dragon Speech Recognition offers a variety of speech-to-text programs for home, school, and office use. Features accurate speech recognition, dictation and transcription.