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OnScreen

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.

Content Area: 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: Writing
Math

Research in self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) in writing was extended by comparing 43 learning-disabled fifth and sixth grade students in 4 conditions of SRSD instruction. Posttests indicated greater improvement for SRSD conditions with and without goal setting and self-monitoring than for the practice control condition.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: middle school
IDEA Disability Category: major-other health impairment, specific learning disability
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

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.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: middle school
IDEA Disability Category: emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

Examined effects of combining cross-age tutoring, peer tutoring, cooperative learning, and computer-mediated writing in a peer-assisted learning package on writing skills of second through sixth graders with learning disabilities. Found that the treatment group enjoyed working with partners, asked each other for help, had friendships extending outside the treatment setting, and had improved attitudes toward writing.

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

Reviews specific ways in which computers can support the basic transcription processes involved in writing, focusing on computer applications that go beyond word processing, including spelling and grammar checkers, speech synthesis, word prediction, and speech recognition. Focuses only on writing mechanics, and clarifies the extent to which techniques are supported by research.

Content Area: writing
IDEA Disability Category: autism, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

Adolescents (n=18) with learning disabilities or low achievement were trained to use interactive dialogs to collaboratively plan and revise individually written opinion essays. Analysis indicated that, when compared with untrained controls, trainees improved significantly from pretest to posttest in clarity and cogency of their writing and maintained such gains.

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

This study compared the effects of two computer-based writing tools (text-based "FrEd Writer" and graphics-based "Once Upon a Time") on the story-writing skills of nine students (grades four through eight) with language-related learning disabilities. Group results did not clearly favor either tool; however, individual differences suggested that use of computer-presented planning features should be linked to student needs.

Content Area: writing
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

Three fifth graders with learning disabilities received instruction designed to help them incorporate three common planning strategies into their current approach to writing. Students learned to set goals, brainstorm ideas, and sequence their ideas while writing stories and completing assignments. The schematic structure of stories improved, and papers became longer.

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

This paper provides an overview of the Computers and Writing Instruction Project, a field-tested curriculum for teaching writing to students with learning disabilities consisting of a process approach, word processing, and strategy instruction. Its scope and sequence are described and guidelines for establishing a writer's workshop in the classroom offered.

Content Area: writing
IDEA Disability Category: emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

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.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

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