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WordQ 5 is an advanced, yet simple to use, in-context word prediction tool bar that gives spoken feedback to your students.
The tool bar floats on your computer’s desktop and works over all commonly used programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, Notepad, Microsoft Outlook, emails, the internet, and anywhere that you have an active textbox that you can type into.
The prediction element promotes independence in struggling writers by offering them a list of suggested words as they type. As the user types a letter, a list of predicted words will appear. Students can listen to each suggested word; then use the word in the list to help them spell their chosen word (preferred method) or click the word into their text.
The prediction element can be tailored to meet each student’s needs including changing font, font size, and allowing speech feedback as you type each word or finish a sentence.
Words that aren’t in the word bank of Word Q4 appear in the spelling tab under the prediction options. This allows you to see patterns of error in a student’s phonetical mapping and words that you need to add to the program’s word bank.
The text-to-speech (speech feedback) element of the program allows students to have highlighted text read to them from programs such as Microsoft Word, PDFs, emails, and the internet. It is also useful to help them edit their own text. This is particularly useful if the student sometimes skips words as they read or misses out parts of speech as they write (e.g. words such as ‘in’, ‘to, ‘on’, ‘the’, ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘if’, ‘for’). When purchased in Australia it also includes the Australian Tyler Acapela text-to-speech voice.
The program allows you to add words to the word bank singly or copy and paste from a clipboard. The topic word extractor allows you to choose which words you would like to add or delete from the clipboard.
As you add words to the word bank you can choose to add a usage example or synonyms.
Many students don’t like making mistakes as they write and will try and choose a word they can spell before attempting to write a word they will fail to spell correctly. This limits their written expression.
WordQ 4 can provide access to words that are harder to spell once a student is trained. The first step is to teach them to hear the first sounds in a word through syllabification and then type each letter into the program. They can then select the word they want out of the words suggested in the word prediction box. This means it is important that students are able to look at the screen as they type and not the keyboard. A free typing program that may help students build typing skills can be found through CleverByte #9 on the SPELD SA website - you can find it here.
"When we first trialled the Word Q program with a few students we saw the potential of the program and decided to purchase a site licence. At first we rolled the program out on 20 computers and when we saw how effective it was, students that usually came to school with their heads dropped, now came with their heads held high and a new lease of confidence, the program was made available on every computer in the school. Not all students have had a user created for them, but those that have, can access the program wherever they are using a computer".
During a training session at the school, one of the upper primary teachers reported that WordQ 5 combined with a Multilit intervention program has seen an improvement in students’ spelling accuracy when they are handwriting and a larger volume of writing when students are using the computer.
"The Word Q program shows you the words that you don’t know how to spell and also you can press it and it goes into your writing. It also lets me highlight what I would like to hear, and then you press read, and it will read to you. It tells you what you have highlighted and it helps you go back to it and change the mistake or add to it. I would tell anyone who needs help writing a story, or needs to be able to read on the internet to try it, its 100% good." - Oliver
"Word Q is a really good program that has helped me produce work that I couldn’t do before. I write more because I can get all of my words down and it has helped my confidence at school."
WordQ 5 can be trialled in your school or at home for 30 days. SPELD SA suggests you give WordQ 5 a try for the full 30 days to give the student time to learn how it works. We do not recommend the Speak Q option available to Windows users as most students find the speech recognition difficult to master.amba
Although the WordQ 5 program is simple to use, a small amount of training is beneficial to help teachers understand how to get the most out of the program in their classroom.
Parents can learn more about how to use the program at home in a one-on-one consultation with their child at SPELD SA. Phone 8431 1655 for more information.
WordQ 5 is available in a single user dual platform format for $270 and as a full site licence $2500
Word Q 5 is often taught in conjunction with recording a student’s ideas into PowerPoint promoting complete independence. See CleverByte #10 on the SPELD SA website for step by step instructions here.
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