WordQ is a software tool used along with standard writing software. WordQ suggests words to use and provides spoken feedback to help find mistakes. Users of all ages who have problems writing and editing, particularly those with learning disabilities (LD), can benefit from using WordQ. It features a carefully thought-out design with only essential functions that have demonstrated benefits to help students write. Word prediction and speech feedback are important functions that bolster students’ strengths to assist writing.
WordQ was researched and developed at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, an internationally renowned children’s rehabilitation hospital located in Toronto, Canada along with educators and professionals working with students with learning disabilities.
Install WordQ and begin using it immediately with any word processor. State-of-the-art word prediction suggests words when you have trouble spelling or choosing the right word. A special text-reading mode helps you proofread. With Microsoft® Word, WordPad, Notepad or Outlook, text can be highlighted and read aloud within that application.
WordQ does not correct grammar, sort out punctuation or provide creative ideas. Instead WordQ allows students to independently write their own ideas, and check their spelling, grammar and punctuation so that they can become more competent and confident writers.
WordQ benefits a wide range of users including ELL, FSL and early writers in English and French; it helps develop confidence, improves productivity, increases self-esteem and fosters a spirit of inclusion. WordQ is extremely clean, simple and easy-to-use. Teachers in special education will appreciate its simplicity.
WordQ 3 includes:
- Natural sounding text-to-speech
- In-context prediction for corrections
- Usage examples for confusing words
- Predictions based on creative spelling