Technology and the Writing Process
Planning and Organizing Software
Provides a clear structure in which to organize thoughts and ideas prior to writing.
Inspiration and Kidspiration are great examples. Both are installed across the district since 2001. We typically use Kidspiration for grades K-2 and Inspiration for grades 3-12.
(You need Inspiration installed on your computer to view these files)
Speech Synthesis Software
Translates written text into speech, allowing a child to listen to textual information instead of reading it.
Read Please is a piece of free software that will read text on your computer. Simply copy and paste text from any location into read please and listen!
Great overall Website!
Activities Main Page
Character Trading Cards
Circle Plot Diagram
Voice Recognition Systems
Translate speech into written text, allowing a child to say what she wants to write.
The district also has a license for SpeakQ, a student based voice recognition software program.
Speech Recognition is Microsoft Office 2003
Word Prediction Software
Helps kids who struggle with spelling by providing a list of words to choose from based on the first few letters they type.
The district also has a license for WordQ, a student based word prediction software program.
We typically teach the writing process across and down. Now we have to think in three dimensions- across, down and out! The article/link below gives a good description and explanation of Hypertext.
Good Article on Hyperlinking Narratives