Word prediction tools provide support for literacy skills

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Pearson’s online literacy tool WriteToLearn™ will feature Texthelp’s word prediction technology, which allows struggling readers and writers to select correct word choices with fewer keystrokes. PARCC recently proposed word prediction as an allowable accommodation for students with disabilities on its Common Core writing exam.

WriteToLearn’s toolbar includes an embedded picture/text dictionary, spot word translation, and text-to-speech, which allows the student to hear highlighted text read aloud.

WriteToLearn is a complete literacy tool to support the implementation of the Common Core, providing summary writing to develop reading comprehension; vocabulary exercises in select reading passages to expand students' word knowledge; and essay writing to build on writing skills. The program qualifies for federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information, visit http://www.writetolearn.net.