When using Google Chrome
Speech to Text: Google Voice Typing
Text to Speech: Tune-In by Dyslexic Technology
Ideas to Help Get Students Writing
- Use a digital recorder for brainstorming or the initial version of the text. Then have the student use his/her auditory notes to put his/her ideas on paper and edit.
- Have a scribe type the student’s oral work onto a computer with no punctuation, capitalization, or editing, for later revision by the student.
- Use webbing software such as Inspiration or Kidspiration (or other graphic organizer software) to help students brainstorm and organize their ideas before writing. Inspiration is available at most schools. However, if you do not have access, a copy can be purchased at www.inspiration.com
- Break down the writing process into smaller chunks: have students put together a story or report using Power Point or Comic Life. Comic Life enables students to build their own cartoons. It is available on all computers in grades 3rd through 12th. If you are unable to find it on your computer please talk to your IT person.
- Use writing boards to aid students in constructing complete sentences. Writing boards can be easily built using the BoardMaker Plus software.
- Get notes from a friend, the teacher, or a para educator
- Accept “alternatives to handwriting” for presenting assignments, when necessary, or appropriate (this can include oral presentation, artwork, poster presentation, etc.)
- Go visual: Offer alternatives to writing, such as SketchUp to show their ideas visually rather than through text. SketchUp can be downloaded for free.