Word Prediction and Recognition Devices
Via Voice by IBM is a software program
that enables users to make verbal computer commands, instead of
using a mouse or keyboard. Millennium versions just released are:ViaVoice
Pro—use to control and navigate a PC desktop, applications,
and the Internet, input, edit, proofread, and format text using
natural language commands for input and synthesized speech for checking;
ViaVoice Web—use to dictate directly into electronic
mail and chatrooms and a talking proofreader will talk back; ViaVoice
Standard—use to speak into Windows applications
using ViaVoice SpeakPad and voice "shortcuts;"
and ViaVoice Mac—a speech recognition program
for the Mac. Each has numerous special features. Check out http://www.ibm.com
to learn all the details.
CoWriter is a talking writing assistant
with intelligent word prediction that helps struggling students
build and write complete and correct sentences. CoWriter
reduces the number of keystrokes needed to produce a word or sentence,
so that writing doesn't frustrate students. As a student writes,
CoWriter uses its built-in intelligence to prompt him
or her with words that fit into the sentence. There are three dictionaries
to choose from—beginning to advanced. CoWriter
helps students improve their spelling, construct sentences, and
gain contextual practice.
Write:OutLoud is an easy-to-use, yet powerful
talking word processor with a talking spell checker. The program
helps students get class work done and makes students enjoy writing.
Listening to words encourages reluctant writers and minimizes frustration.
Write:OutLoud is for students with learning disabilities,
as well as for students with physical disabilities. It helps students
develop skills that produce writing confidence. The newest version
has many new features, including identical PC and Mac versions,
male and female voices, and it opens any size files so students
can read scanned documents.
For information about CoWriter
and Write:OutLoud, visit the Don Johnston Web site