Talking Word Processors
How and when to use?
Pictured here are two of the talking word processors
that we use throughout the Fayette County Public School district. The
software can be used with students of all ages and abilities. It helps
provide help to students with reading and writing difficulties. Here is a
brief synopsis of the two software and their advantages and disadvantages.
(Texthelp)óWordsmith is designed to provide help to
Microsoft Word users with reading and writing difficulties. It can read
text aloud and help you construct words and sentences. It also has
advanced spell checking, documents scanning, screen reading and
pronunciation capabilities. The utilities contained within the program
- word prediction for miss-spelt or unfinished words
- a thesaurus
- a word wizard to search for words you have forgotten
or related word groups
- a pronunciation tutor to show you how each syllable
of a word is pronounced
- an advanced spell checker
- a homonyms checker
- a text reader
- screen reading options
- a document scanner with OCR
This program actually uses a tool bar that is added
across the top of the Word document so that it does not look any different
that any other computer that has WORD loaded.
Best used with students intermediate and upper levels.
(more information can be seen at www.texthelp.com)
Out Loud (Don Johnston, Inc)óWrite Out Loud (WOL) is
designed to be used as a stand alone software package for a talking word
processor. WOL is a valuable tool for students who:
- are reluctant and frustrated writers
- need help to pass their writing standards
- have difficulty expressing their ideas in writing
- need to write and work more independently
- have limited reading skills
WOL allows the student to include imported graphics to
prompt and support writing, on screen tools let students work without
menus, easier formatting, and highlights as it reads back to the students.
Can be set to read letters, words, sentences, or paragraphs in numerous
Best used with students K- and up.
More information can be gathered from www.donjohnston.com.
If you have any more questions on acquiring this
software or training please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org