AppWriter US

Writing can be quite difficult for those with high-incidence learning disabilities. Here's some help. A word prediction app that is both writing tool and a word processor.    

1st - 12th English Language Arts 20 Views 2 Downloads
Concepts

App Overview

Getting Started:

  1. Begin by tapping the program icon to open the application
  2. Tap the gear or settings icon to set up a profile
  3. A profile must be established before adjustments can be made to the word prediction list, the read aloud, and the appearance features
  4. The settings gear also contains information about the application 
  5. To create a document, tap the + sign on the upper-left corner of the screen and then the Create document button
  6. Begin typing using the pop-up keyboard at the bottom of the screen
  7. Scan documents permits users to take a picture of text and enter it into the program
  8. Create document lets the program act like a word processor
  9. Import from Google Docs lets users import documents
  10. Tap Create document and then tap the magnifying glass on the tool bar, located at the top of the page, to activate the word processor 

Additional Features:

  • When typing, a word prediction menu will pop up with a predicted word list
  • Tap the word you want to enter it into the document
  • Tap the arrow next to the word to hear it read aloud
  • Tap the play arrow in the top-right corner to hear the entire sentence read aloud
  • Tap the box on the top-right corner to stop the playback
  • Tap the arrow on the top of the predicted word list box to remove it and replace the box with a word prediction bar above the keyboard

 

 

 

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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task

    Designed to fit the needs of those with high-incidence learning disabilities

  • Worth the money

    Is both a word processor and a word predictor

  • Fun factor
  • Scaffolding of learning
  • User safety
  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
    Novice
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a profile for each individual using the app
  • Students can then access their work from any iPad loaded with the app and connected to the Internet
Classroom Considerations

  • The app is pricey; however, a volume purchase program is available to schools
  • The app requires iOS 8.0 or later and works best on the newer iPads
  • The copy text feature requires the camera in one of the newer iPads to adequately photograph the text

 

 

Pros

  • The program uses a dyslexie-font so that those users with dyslexia can more easily decode
  • Additional words can be added to the word recognition list as well as the phonetic spelling list
  • Users can snap a picture of text for the program to read aloud
  • Features a high-quality synthetic voice
  • Once a profile is created the users can access their files from any iPad with the app installed and an Internet connection 
Cons

  • To listen to a word being read, the user must tap in the very middle of the play button. If the user taps slightly to the left of the button, the program will enter the word into the document