Writing Supports

Word Processors:

Keyboarding Support-Thanks to Fairfax County for creating this great resource

HCPS has word processors available for check out.  AlphaSmarts are in most school libraries.  


Forte Word Processors

New in January 2014-Forte Word Processors.  These word processors have word prediction, text to speech, spell check/thesaurus, math 101, writing prompts and a translate feautre.

Word Prediction


Software available: 20 licenses of Co:Writer

Co:Writer is a word prediction that program. It works with most writing applications, such as Microsoft Word. Co:Writer analyzes writing in real time and offers word choices based on grammar. The program deciphers phonetic and invented spellings and misspellings with reversed or missing letters.

Co:Writer assigns a grammatical value to each word in its many built-in topic dictionaries, enabling it to provide accurate predictions for multiple word tenses and usages.

Co:Writer comes with hundreds of topic dictionaries. A student clicks the Topic Dictionary button and selects a topic from the list. Each dictionary increases the availability of predictable words one may need when writing about a topic, e.g. the American Revolution.

Word prediction is an acceptable accommodation for the writing SOLs.  Make sure to follow the guidelines for implementing this for testing.


Live Scribe Pen

Record and play back everything you write and hear. Then, using a USB cable,

transfer your notes and audio to your computer

Dragon Naturally Speaking-

software that turns your talk into text and can make virtually any computer task easier and faster. From capturing ideas and creating documents, to email and searching the web, to using simple voice commands to control many of the popular programs you use every day at home, work – and beyond.


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