• CoWriter, word prediction software

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    About:

    CoWriter is a word prediction software used on a Mac or PC computer.  Here is some basic information on this tool:
    • What does it do?  This software predicts what you are trying to type as you are typing.  It provides a list of words that it thinks you are trying to type.  You can then click on words from the list and those words will go into the body of your text.  This tool does not stand alone, rather it works on top of any tool you are already using to enter text - Microsoft Word, email, PowerPoint, etc...
    • What type of student benefits from using this tool?  Students that benefit from this tool include students who struggle with spelling, students who type slowly, or students with limited fine motor skills due to a physical disability. 
    • What additional features does this tool have?  CoWriter also includes these features:
    • Text to speech - CoWriter will read text aloud automatically, or you can highlight a selection of text and click the read button.
    • Topic dictionaries - These topic dictionaries are pre-set or customizable and allow you to tell CoWriter what topic you're talking about, so it knows the vocabulary better.  For example, if you're typing about bacteria, you should use the bacteria topic dictionary as the vocabulary is rather specific and CoWriter will work better if it knows what you're typing about. 
    • Personal dictionaries:  These personal dictionaries are really personal topic dictionaries.  You can create your own dictionaries to tell help CoWriter learn new vocabulary!  This is a great option for proper nouns, like your last name, that CoWriter might not automatically know. 
    • Linguistic word prediction:  CoWriter has the most sophisticated word prediction engine of any word prediction software.  It uses the context of the whole sentence that you've typed to predict what word you are trying to type next. 
    • FlexSpell:  This feature allows CoWriter to provide you with word prediction options even when you use "creative" spelling.  For example, if you spell elephant as lfnt, CoWriter will still predict elephant!
    • Word banks:  These feature allows you to display a static word bank on the computer screen.  You can then click on words from the word bank and they will go into your body of text.  Additionally, words from the word bank will auto-populate in the prediction window!
    • Positive features about this tool:  This tool is EASY to use, both for the student and the teacher.  Its plug-and-play!  This tool can also be used in conjunction with other tools you're already using to enter text, such as Microsoft Word or email, therefore student's don't need to use "special" word processors.  Additionally, this tool has THE BEST FlexSpell feature, so even if you're a super "creative" speller, CoWriter will likely give you the proper predictions. 
    • Drawbacks about this tool:  This tool can be a little finicky if you're trying to use it to type within a table.  It can also occasionally "hiccup" and stop sending text to the word processor.  This problem is easily fixed though by closing and re-opening the software. 

    If you have questions about this tool, just ask Rachel Kuberry

     
     

    Handouts:

    • Train in 30-minutes booklet created by the vendor:  Download here
     
     

    Videos:

    Watch a quick overview video of CoWriter:
     
     
    For more specific "How-To" Videos, we use the videos that the vendor created.  These videos are short, sweet, and to the point.  Click here to go to their full video website, or click on this links below to jump to a specific video (these videos will pop open in a new window, so you can readily navigate back to this page):