Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Word Prediction Software

Word prediction software has the ability to predict a word while the student is typing in the first few letters. This software can provide those students with physical disabilities the ability to complete their work in a timely matter.  If the student has difficulty writing, poor fine motor control, or low muscle tone in their wrists or hands, word prediction software will allow them to complete their work faster, as they don't have to fully type each word.  Word prediction software also "prompts kids who struggle with writing to use proper spelling, grammar, and word choices, with fewer keystrokes" (Stanberry, 2014).

As you can see in the picture above, students will begin typing a word, and after a few letters are pressed on the keyboard, a box will appear that shows a list of words they can choose from.  As the student continues to type letters, the words will change until the correct word they are looking for appears.  According to Kristen Stanberry, "predictions are based on spelling, syntax, and frequent/recently used words" (2014).


Stanberry, K (1998-2014).  Word Prediction Software Programs. Retrieved from http://greatschools.org/special-education/assistive-technology/966-word-prediction-software-programs.gs

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