Magazine article Technology & Learning

Co:Writer 6 from Don Johnston

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Co:Writer 6 from Don Johnston

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www.donjohnston.com Retail price: Single licenses start at $325; network unlimited site licenses, $1900/volume discounts.

Co:Writer 6 enables students who struggle with writing and spelling to work at their own pace. The latest version teams with a companion application, like a word processor or Web browser, to help users build and write correct sentences.

PROS: Flexibility and support for guided independent work are key features of this latest version. The word window is always active and displays on top of the companion program's window, so it's easy to see recommended words as you compose an email or blog or write a document in your word processor. Students having difficulty with written words can receive audio feedback, because the program optionally reads word choices and completed sentences. Co:Writer will also read aloud menus and dialog-box contents. In addition to three main dictionary options, there are dozens of topic dictionaries from which to choose. Several video tutorials introduce new users to the product. …

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