Word Q

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 Description

WordQ is a software tool aimed at helping students, particularly those with learning disabilities, who struggle with writing, editing and/or reading. WordQ allows users to perform various functions, such as text prediction, text-to-speech, finding synonyms and expanding abbreviations as it is being typed out in word processors, and from documents, webpages and just about anywhere that text can be highlighted.


 What functions does WordQ provide?

Some additional features that WordQ offers include:

  • Provides word prediction capabilities at all times (even if a word is spelled incorrectly or missing letter(s))
  • A customizable dictionary and abbreviations database
  • Provides clear text-to-speech feedback
  • Provides examples for words that sound similar by using them in a sentence (e.g., there, their, they're, to, too, two)
  • Allows a user to develop an enhanced vocabulary through the use of text prediction
  • Allows a user to modify the text prediction feature in order to use a specific vocabulary or topic
  • Offers word suggestions for those words a user may have difficulty pronouncing
  • Compatible with all commonly-used programs, such as Microsoft Word, Notepad, and e-mail clients (e.g., Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail)
  • Functions on the web with almost any website, including Facebook, ePals, Blackboard, Wikipedia, and more!

 How can students use WordQ to improve their vocabulary and other important skills?

WordQ provides students with the ability to enhance their vocabulary, as well as their writing, editing and/or reading skills through certain features, including text prediction and text-to-speech. These are just some of the elements that are incorporated within WordQ to help students develop confidence in and improve the quality of their work.

  • Text Prediction
  • WordQ is able to suggest words through text prediction, which is a word processing feature that predicts the word students are beginning to type, making it easier for them by reducing their number of keystrokes. This helps students who have difficulty with spelling become aware of and familiar with the spelling of certain words. WordQ's built-in thesaurus allows students to select the most appropriate word and enhance their writing style by providing them with many synonyms to choose from.

  • Text-to-Speech
  • WordQ is capable of converting normal language text into speech. It verbally recites a written passage, which enables spelling errors and/or grammar mistakes to be found more easily by students

 How is WordQ useful to teachers in the classroom?

Due to the simplicity of the graphic user interface and how easy WordQ is to use, students are able to engage in their work more independently. When students are given instructions to prepare a report or story, they will no longer need to ask a teacher for support during each step of the writing process and can depend on WordQ instead. This provides teachers with more time and attention that can be allocated towards other areas in which students may demonstrate a greater need for support.


 How does WordQ connect with Differentiated Instruction?

WordQ is perfect for auditory learners who learn best through listening. This is because WordQ utilizes sound extensively through its text-to-speech function. Students will enjoy hearing the words they are typing repeated verbally, which makes it easier for them to listen to phrases that contain words they may be unfamiliar with. Because of its simple design, WordQ is especially ideal for students who are English Language Learners (ELL), in Special Education and/or have a learning disability.


 How does WordQ connect with the Ontario Curriculum?

WordQ is intended to be used by students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, when they are beginning to learn how to write. It is primarily used in Language Arts class, but can also be used to assist students in producing well-written documents and/or reports in most subjects. WordQ is also available in the languages of French, Spanish, and German, and will help students who struggle in second or foreign language studies grasp underlying writing concepts in a new language.

 

Students and teachers will appreciate how fun and easy WordQ is to use. Its interactive interface gives students the opportunity to learn and improve their writing, editing and reading skills through WordQ's key auditory features, including text-to-speech and speech recognition. Students will love writing with WordQ!

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

 Q: Do I need Microsoft® Word in order for WordQ to work properly?

A: WordQ will work anywhere where text can be highlighted and/or modified, this includes word processors such as Notepad and various other software such as Outlook, Adobe Acrobat Reader and virtually anywhere on the web.


 Q: Is it required that I have a mic in order for WordQ to work?

A: WordQ will work perfectly fine even if you don't have a mic, on the other hand though, some functions on SpeakQ (such as speech recognition and speech-to-text) will not run without a mic or some sort of audio input.


 Q: Will WordQ run on my Mac?

A: Yes it will, WordQ is compatible with Microsoft® Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Mac OS X 10.4 or newer.


 Q: Why does WordQ not check my spelling or grammar for errors? Is there something wrong with my version of WordQ or some sort of setting I need to use to turn it on?

A: WordQ does not actually highlight spelling or grammar mistakes in a passage but rather, WordQ reads it aloud making it easier for students to catch such mistakes independently and become competent and confident writers.


 Q: How Do I Access WordQ for my classroom?

A: Access to WordQ is provided through your Operational Contact. Click here for your board name.