Here is a sampling of programs/resources that promote literacy and a brief overview of each.
  • SOLO: Draft Builder: A great platform for organizing your thoughts in the prewriting stage. Automatically generates a first draft!  
  • SOLO: Co-Writer: Works in conjunction with ALL applications to reduce and eliminate grammar and spelling errors through suggested text. Teachers can make content specific dictionaries to emphasize the use of key vocabulary.  
  • Word Press: Free blogging platform
  • Blogger: Another free blogging platform through Google Apps.
  • Google Apps: A ton of great tools including docs, presentation, hangout, slides, sheets, classroom, and much more.
  • Storybird: Collaborative story writing. 
  • Glogster: Multi-media posters. 
  • Edmodo: Secure social network for in-class and at-home assignments. 
  • Google Drive: Real time collaborating on Office-type documents such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Forms, and Drawing. 
  • Mac Accessibility Tools: Dictation is now working better than ever and comes included on all Macs! Text Edit is a great tool built into Macs where students can have their own text read back to them to scan for errors.
  • Microsoft Accessibility Tools: Like on Macs, there are dozens of free accessibility tools included on all machines:
  • Dragon Dictate: Much easier and much more accurate than the older versions of Dragon. Oh, and MUCH more affordable!
  • Twitter: As a tool for writing, mini-blogging, etc. http://www.teachhub.com/50-ways-use-twitter-classroom