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Write:Outloud Solo


Technology Type: Writing

Description

Write:Outloud Solo is a talking word processor and writing software program that uses text-to-speech technology. The software provides auditory feedback plus purposeful revising and editing tools to support the quality of students' writing. It can be used across the curriculum for Grades 1 to 12.

The software breaks down the writing process into manageable steps. Features include:

  • Easy-to-use
  • Text-to-speech allows them to self-assess their writing
  • Create a bibliography
     

 Screen Shot of Write Outloud

As the student types, Write Outloud reads the letters, words or sentences back, highlighting each word. Hearing the writing outloud helps students self-assess whether the writing reflects what they wanted to say.  After a draft is completed, the student can move on to using other editing tools such as a talking spell checker, which speaks the suggested word/spelling options outloud. It also checks for homonyms,  provides a plain language dictionary and a bibliography tool.

The software can interact with other SOLO tools, such as Co-Writer.

Benefits

  • Helps students who can write better with multi-sensory audio and visual support.
  • Fosters independence with the writing process.
  • Software tracks word count, sentence length, word choice and additional data that can be used to evaluate student progress.

Demonstration

View a short video demonstrating Write:Outloud - Solo.

Tutorials

A full range of tutorials on use of Write:Outloud are available from the Special Education Technology British Columbia Organization. Visit SET-BC Write:Outloud Solo Resources.

Quick Start

Write Outloud Quick Start Tutorial