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Spell-A-Word
(Large print, talking spelling & keyboarding software)

Click here for Cynthia's WordLists


image of Spell-A-Word with
            BigKeys
Shown here with Colored Rows BigKeys positioned on that great angle with my Keyboard Stand,
and Spell-A-Word's Word Families WordList

Click on pics for larger images!

And now for iPad also!
(click here to go to Spell-A-Word at App Store)
image of reese
                                with ipad spell-a-word
This is Reese from Michigan, getting ready to finish "cat" using the iOS keyboard (you have the option of using  our special 1-row-at-a-time keyboard or our BigKeys or EZ-See keyboards)



image of reese #2
                              with ipad spell-a-word
And there he goes!

This large-print, early academic program is for beginning to advanced letter users. It uses an errorless learning method. Spell-A-Word works on identification, spelling, & word recognition (for reading), as well as having a great question/answer mode.

This program is designed for you to easily enter lists of spelling words/phrases for the learner to practice and be tested on.

Spell-A-Word has built-in scanning capabilities, as well as special feedback for blind learners.

During the summer of 2009, Cynthia S, a special ed. teacher in a local school district here in California, came up with a GREAT idea of using colored flashcards to match the colored rows of the BigKeys I had provided for her classroom.  And PRESTO! She was able to address a whole new population with Spell-A-Word!  Hurray for Cynthia!  You may contact her with *any* questions through me!

Here is her progression: (click any pic for larger image)



image of BigKeys and
                    Spell-A-Word Old
This is Cynthia's old method of teaching letters using flashcards.

image of Spell-A-Word
                with new flashcard method
And her new method
(her brainstorm! :)

image of Spell-A-Word with
                letters matching BigKeys
On to Spell-A-Word now, since it lets you have letters, words, number strings (phone numbers, etc.), phrases, or short sentences as the targets.
image of word families
                in Spell-A-word
Cynthia decided to go all the way with her 'higher' kiddo's.  She created a BUNCH of WordLists), with this one being in the Word Families WordList.  She kept pushing me all year, putting in new controls and features! :)

image of
                People Group in Spell-A-Word
Still pushing forward, she took digital pics of *everyone* in these kids' environment, and put *them* into Spell-A-Word.



image of Classroom
                Phrases Group in Spell-A-Word
On to classroom phrases...


Image of Stories Group in
                Spell-A-Word
Then she took digital pics of pages of storybooks, and put them and their text into Spell-A-Word!  Is there no stopping this woman?  ;-)


image of Sentences Group
                in Spell-A-word
And finally, short sentences...



image 3 of Sentences
                Group in Spell-A-Word
Another short sentence...
Click here to read what Cynthia writes about her work with these learners...

        Picture of Spell-A-Word
          software in use
Keegan
(Keegan is visually impaired, and I made a special Intellikeys overlay with Velcro ('hook') letters on it; contact me for more info)
(Intellikeys mounted on our Device Adapter on a Magic Arm)

Spell-A-Word works with: keyboard, BigKeys, IntelliKeys, or single/2-step switch

(Read my Downloading notes to learn more about

Spell-A-Word Software for Download (Nothing will be shipped! See below for CD version)

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59
(OS X upgrades from earlier versions are available for $49 by contacting us)

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Cynthia writes...

What they were doing, literacy-wise, before:

My students were struggling to learn their ABC’s with flashcards, matching games, alphabet worksheets.

What were your thoughts on trying something literacy-oriented?

I wanted to use something that used more then one learning modality. There are three basic ways in which you process information to memory, Visually—Learn by Seeing, Auditorally—Learn by Hearing, and Kinesthetic/Tactile--Learn by Doing. I knew a computer program could meet theses needs, however I couldn’t find a computer program that would work with my population of student. Even though there is a lot pre-school type of programs there was nothing at the beginning level to teach literacy step-by-step.

What you first tried with them.

Pre-school cause and effect programs, a few ABC’s program. All which are flashy but not educational in the sense of repetition of letters, their names, and their sounds. Then I found Spell-A-Word. When I first found Spell-A-Word and Big Keys keyboard I made flashcards that matched the keyboard. I took the keyboard separate from the computer and worked with my students to learn the keyboard.

How they did?

They were able match the letter card to the keyboard.  With the different colored rows of the keys and the flashcard to match they learned their ABC’s fast.

What steps did you take?

Then I connect the keyboard up to the computer, and had the student match the letters on the screen to the keyboard. In doing this they used all three modalities of learning. They were seeing the letter, hearing the name of the letter, and touching the keyboard to create the letter on the screen.

What are they doing now?

Spell-a-Word has changed the level of learning in my classroom. My students have grown from barely learning their ABC’s to following directions, keyboarding, spelling, reading, and communicate.  I believe that this program has made the single most difference in the ability of my student’s to grow.

How to Download/Save/Import WordLists Below

You must be on the Internet to access the WordLists!

PC - When clicking on Save Zip File below, select Save (NOT Open) when prompted by Windows, and then Desktop (usually on the left of that window).

Mac - <Control-click> on Save Zip File and choose Save, then Desktop (do not 'Open' the Zip file.  You must Save the Zip for Spell-A-Word to open it! IF your Mac automatically unZips to a folder, you MUST <Control-Click> on that folder and select <Create Archive of ...> and that will re-create the original Zip.  You can trash the folder.)

Then in Spell-A-Word, from Go To Teacher Control, select Work With WordList(s), then Import a WordList, and navigate to the Zip file.

Here are the WordLists that Cynthia made

3 Letter Words
See WordList Save Zip File
4 Letter Words
See WordList Save Zip File
Action Words
See WordList Save Zip File
Birds See WordList Save Zip File
Calendar
See WordList Save Zip File
Colors
See WordList Save Zip File
Community Helpers
See WordList Save Zip File
Counting
See WordList Save Zip File
Days
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 1-10
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 11-20
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 21-30
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 31-40
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 41-50
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 51-60
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 61-70 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 71-80 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 81-90 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 91-100 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 101-110
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 111-120
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 121-130 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 131-140 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 141-150 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 151-160 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 161-170
See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 171-180 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 181-190 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 191-200 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 201-210 See WordList Save Zip File
Dolch 211-220
See WordList Save Zip File
Farm Animals See WordList Save Zip File
Finding Nemo Characters
See WordList Save Zip File
Finding Nemo Real Fish
See WordList Save Zip File
Food
See WordList Save Zip File
Life Cycles
See WordList Save Zip File
Lower Case Letters
See WordList Save Zip File
Mammals
See WordList Save Zip File
Months
See WordList Save Zip File
Number Words 1-20
See WordList Save Zip File
Number Words 1-20 See WordList Save Zip File
Number Words 21-40
See WordList Save Zip File
Number Words 41-60
See WordList Save Zip File
Number Words 61-80
See WordList Save Zip File
Number Words 81-100
See WordList Save Zip File
People
See WordList Save Zip File
Phrases
See WordList Save Zip File
Sentences
See WordList Save Zip File
Shapes
See WordList Save Zip File
Spelling Words A-H
See WordList Save Zip File
Spelling Words I-R
See WordList Save Zip File
Spelling Words S-Z
See WordList Save Zip File
States
See WordList Save Zip File
State Abbreviations
See WordList Save Zip File
State Flags
See WordList Save Zip File
States and capitals
See WordList Save Zip File
Stories
See WordList Save Zip File
Summer Words
See WordList Save Zip File
Telling Time
See WordList Save Zip File
Upper Case Letters
See WordList Save Zip File
Weather
See WordList Save Zip File
Weekly Spelling Words
See WordList Save Zip File
Winter Words
See WordList Save Zip File
Word Families
See WordList Save Zip File