Research and Practice: Measuring Assistive Technology Outcomes in WritingBy Edyburn, Dave, PhD; Journal of Special Education Technology, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 60-64
Publication Date: Spring 2003
Article examines issues associated with measuring assistive technology (AT) outcomes in writing. Research has proven the value of a number of AT devices for students with disabilities, as the uses of spell checkers, speech synthesis, voice recognition, word prediction, and word processors have been examined. A number of specific devices are listed, including devices for brainstorming and planning such as Kidspiration and Inspiration; text-to-speech devices such as TextHelp and Write:Outloud; and specialized word processors Clicker 4, Writing with Symbols, and WYNN Wizard and Reader. Seven key measures of the effectiveness of such technology are listed: (1) total words produced, (2) total/percentage of legible words produced, (3) total/percentage of correctly spelled words, (4) number of correct word sentences, (5) number of legible word sequences, (6) T-Units, which can be found when a subject and a verb form a sentence or stand alone in a sentence, and (7) number of complete sentences. Implications for further research are discussed.
Assistive Products Discussed: WYNN WIZARD & WYNN READER
WRITING WITH SYMBOLS
TEXTHELP! READ & WRITE
Published by: Exceptional Innovations (Website:http://www.exinn.net)
Technology and Media Division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (Web Site: http://www.tamcec.org )