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CoWriter 4000
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What is CoWriter?

CoWriter 4000 is a predictive word software program designed to assist people with writing difficulties.  Those with physical access issues or difficulties with written expression may benefit from the use of this 'writing coach'.  CoWriter allows users to write complete sentences with very few key strokes.  As you type a letter, CoWriter produces a list of predicted words.  As you continue to add letters to the word, CoWriter refines the predicted word list.  Users may customize the environment by choosing an applicable 'Main Dictionary' - from a 1000 word core dictionary to a 40,000 word Advanced Writers' Dictionary - or choose from a selection of Topic Dictionaries such as 'Dinosaurs' or 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'. 

Introduction to CoWriter  (2 mins, 6 seconds)

Learn what CoWriter is and how it is used, how to open CoWriter and 'link' to a 'writing' program, and how to switch between CoWriter and your 'writing' program.

Personalizing CoWriter  (3 mins, 32 seconds)

This video details some of the choices in the Format menu that will personalize CoWriter to your students' needs.  Change the number  of guesses that appear in the predicted words list and learn about the ‘Predict Ahead’ and ‘Predict In-line’ features.

Using Topic Dictionaries  (2 mins, 50 seconds)

Learn how to choose and activate Topic Dictionaries.  By choosing a topic-specific dictionary, CoWriter is more likely to predict the correct word, decreasing the number of key-strokes necessary to type words and sentences. 

Flexible Spelling  (1 min, 26 seconds)

Learn about the powerful 'Flexible Spelling' feature that predicts words even if the user misspells the attempt.  This feature is one of the most powerful in CoWriter, allowing even very poor spellers to have the correct words predicted.

Speech Options  (3 mins, 16 seconds)

Learn how to change voices, pitch, and volume, and how to change the pronunciation of words.  You can adjust the voice settings to speak each letter, whole words, or complete sentences.

Using Writer Files  (3 mins, 27 seconds)

Discover how to create writer files based on predefined templates.  Choose your preferences based on your students' needs.  Adjust the font size, background and text colour, how many guesses appear in the predicted word list, and which dictionary is active.

Creating Writer Templates  (2 mins, 16 seconds)

Create writer templates that act as a basis for creating students' writer files.

Creating Topic Dictionaries  (4 mins, 19 seconds)

Create your own dictionaries from text that you have downloaded, typed, or scanned.  Import the dictionaries for use with the existing dictionaries in CoWriter or use it by itself. 

Exploring the Advanced Options  (3 mins, 22 seconds)

A follow-up to 'Creating a Writer File', this video details the following features: recent words, collected words, use grammar, repeat guesses, arrange guesses, and use grammar.
Print Tutorials
Prefer Print Tutorials?  The following are available in Adobe PDF format from the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Buffalo.  These tutorials are also available in an online slideshow format on the University of Buffalo's site. 

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Exploring CoWriter

"Using the tutorial you will learn how to launch CoWriter and use it in Talk Mode to explore its unique word prediction features.  You will learn how to customize Writer files for individual students and change appearance, speech, and prediction options."

http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/Tutorials/cowriter/index.php

Using Collected Words

"CoWriter collects new words you use and has them available for future guesses.  It also offers you several dictionaries, as well as the option to create personalized dictionaries that are student or topic specific.  Learn how to change dictionaries, set you Collected Words settings, edit your collected words and create your own dictionaries."

http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/Tutorials/cowriter/index.php

Using Topic Dictionaries

"In addition to the Main Dictionary and the Personal and Collected Words Dictionaries, CoWriter can draw its guesses form one or more Topic Dictionaries.  A Topic Dictionary is one that has been created to dad or boost the guesses for words and names on a particular theme."

http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/Tutorials/cowriter/index.php

Questions? Comments? E-mail Jamie at: jrenouf@staff.ednet.ns.ca

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