Overview: Read & Write 4 Gold has word prediction which learns the user’s writing style in order to provide the most likely words they might want to use next. It also has a Fact Mapper which is based online and can be opened by clicking on the Fact Mapper icon. It helps users visually map out facts to see how they are linked to other facts. The colors are customizable and you can drag each fact anywhere within the online viewer.
The homophone checker in Read & Write 4 Gold checks for words that sound the same but are spelled differently. The spell checker highlights the misspelled word in red, and when you click on the spellcheck button you will see the entire sentence along with the misspelled word. The dictionary feature is a standard feature for finding the basic definitions of a word. All you have to do is highlight the word and click on the dictionary button. This provides you with the definition, how to write the plural of the word, and synonyms of the word.
Study Skills is a set of tools that allows users to highlight information in Microsoft Word or Safari. There are four highlight colors and a “clear highlights” button to remove unwanted highlights. Screen masking allows the user to choose either full-screen masking or partial screen masking. In full-screen masking, the whole screen is hidden except a bar across the screen that moves with the user’s mouse. Partial screen masking only hides part of the screen. Pdf Read Aloud allows you to directly read pdf files. The color of the text can be adjusted to accommodate visual impairments. There are many other extremely helpful features available in Read & Write 4 Gold that can help students of any ability level.
Strengths: - Has video tutorials - Flexibility to export information to different sources (i.e. webpage, new word documents, etc.) - Provides a comprehensive set of features to help struggling learners - Able to translate in several languages - Can be utilized by an array of users with varying disabilities
Weaknesses: - Cost: $500-$11,000 - Hard to customize the status bar - Sometimes hard to navigate and follow the videos - Tutorials only in English - Only available for Mac computers
Watch the video below to see how the Fact Mapper works!