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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

Cost: $100-499

iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for Windows, Mac, iPad and iPhone. 
Mindmapping enables you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information.
Features of iThoughts:

  • Import and export to and from many of the most popular desktop applications
  • Export PDF and PNG (+HTML) versions of your ideas.
  • Export Outlook CSV task lists
  • Send maps to other Apps (e.g. iBooks, GoodReader etc.)
  • Cut/Copy/Paste within and between maps and other applications (such as Mail, Safari and Notes)
  • Hyperlinking Topics (link to websites, other maps or documents in GoodReader etc.)
  • Attach task management information to topics (start/due date, effort, progress and resources)
  • Assign priorities to topics.
  • Options for changing color, shape, images/icons, adding notes and hyperlinks

Additional features and options:

  • Create relationships between topics.
  • Hide topics which are not 'in focus' (great for presentations.)
  • Expand/Collapse branches to keep things manageable.
  • Drag and drop topics and branches - then reattach, merge or 'float' them.
  • Organize your maps into folders
  • Create new maps 'based on' (existing maps, clipboard, selected branch)
  • Keyboard shortucts and TextExpander integration for fast brainstorming.
  • Search for maps by name.
  • Multiple layouts (horizontal, vertical, fishbone etc.)
  • Topic attachments (PDF, XLS, DOC etc)

Content Area: reading, science, writing

Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $1-50

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. In addition, Kurzweil 3000 supports the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) enabling students of all abilities to engage with digital text. Kurzweil 3000 can be used at all levels within a multi-tiered system of support (such as Response to Intervention (RtI)) to prevent students' academic performance from slipping. A new Web License version of Kurzweil provides schools with the tools to assign coursework, receive student responses, and track results; all without the need to host files locally! Check website for other specific requirements.

Content Area: math, reading, writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $500+

MindMeister lets you create, edit, collaborate and share your mind maps on the go. 
 
 

Content Area: reading, writing

Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: free

MindNode is a mindmapping application, it is a good tool for brainstorming and organizing your life—and iCloud & Dropbox support means you always have your mindmaps with you. MindNode lets you lay out your notes and tasks visually so you can get a bird's-eye view of your project. The interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting ideas, and has an infinitely expanding canvas so you never run out of room.

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Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $1-50

 
Great for work or school, Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in realtime.
 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/popplet/id374151636?mt=8

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Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $1-50

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.

Content Area: writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $100-499

Read&Write is an award winning literacy software solution that makes learning accessible for all students, especially those with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. Read&Write's customizable toolbar integrates with mainstream applications for access to any curriculum or digital content with support features for reading, writing, research, and test taking. In addition to providing a number of reading comprehension and text-to-digital conversion tools, this program supports planning and organization with a graphic webbing tool, transcription and editing. Transcription legibility and spelling accuracy are supported with word prediction and spell check tools. A homonym checking tool is also available to support spelling accuracy. Word fluency supported with an e-dictionary and thesaurus. Gold version can be ordered on a USB device.

Content Area: math, reading, writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary

Cost: $500+

Read:OutLoud 6 can help provide access to the new electronic books required in IDEA, and the included web browser makes the internet fully accessible. Read:OutLoud provides accessibility supports like text-to-speech and study tools that help you read with comprehension. Read:OutLoud 6 includes an improved accessible web browser that is now compatible on Mac and Windows. Includes support for NIMAS and DAISY files as well as one-click access to Bookshare.

Content Area: reading

Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $100-499

SimpleMind is a cross-platform mind mapping tool that allows users to organize thoughts and ideas in multiple maps; users can also add media such as images, videos, and voice recordings to their mind maps. 

Content Area: reading, writing

Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: free, $1-50

Use this product to provide supports for planning and organizing, transcription, and editing and revising. This program provides a library of outlining templates with both procedural and content prompts which can be reviewed with speech output. Drafts can be auto-created from the outline. Transcription legibility, accuracy and word fluency are supported with dynamic word prediction and an expandable library of topical word lists with the option of viewing suggestions by part of speech. Editing is supported with a spell check tool and a homonym checking tool. Other editing and revising tools include an editing guide and text-to-speech review of drafts.

Content Area: reading, writing

Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary

Cost: $500+

Use this word processing program to support writing tasks: planning and organization, transcription legibility and spelling accuracy. Provides a graphic webbing tool to support planning and organization; webs can be exported to a draft. Editing and revising are supported with a spell check tool and text-to-speech review of drafts. Provides an e-dictionary and thesaurus to support word fluency.

Content Area: writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary

Cost: $1-50