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App Guide: Clicker Docs and iWordQ UK

This month, I am taking a closer look at two apps that are commonly used to support literacy. Clicker Docs and iWordQ UK are word processing apps which provide additional help for those who find writing a challenge. These apps work best when the user is able to make reasonable guesses at the start of words (first 2-3 letters/sounds) and can recognise words either orally or by sight. The app guide compares the features between the two commonly used apps to help you make an informed choice about which would best suit your student’s identified learning needs. The features listed here apply to the iPad version of the apps only.

 

Clicker Docs

Clicker Docs app logo

iWordQ UK

iWordQ UK Logo

Price

NZ$48.99

NZ$30.99

Special Features

A simple text editor is used for writing with the support of word prediction, spell-check and speech feedback features.

Word Banks provide tabbed vocabulary support for any subject or topic area - just tap a word to add it to the document. Make your own Word Banks (entering one by one or from a list) or use the free, ready-made Word Banks on the LearningGrids site, accessible from within the app.

Organise documents and word banks into folders.

In app help guide.

Has two modes:

Writing mode uses word prediction, abbreviation-expansion and speech feedback features. Spell-check and dictionary access is included.

Reading mode can be used for proofreading, reading to learn, reading aloud, and casual reading/listening.

Use your own customized abbreviation-expansions, also known as text macros, to simplify your writing. Abbreviations are also shown in the prediction list. Expansions can include any character including punctuation and multiple paragraphs.

Word Prediction

The word predictor suggests words that fit the context of students’ writing. The predictor can be customised according to reading level and number of words. Learners can listen to words in both the predictor and the spell checker before using them by using the unique Sound Shift tool.

Predicted words are displayed as you type. Tap a predicted word to select it. Examples of usage are provided to help distinguish close-sounding words (including homonyms). Even if you are creative in your spelling, iWordQ will still predict. As you move the text cursor, predictions are shown accurately.

Proofreading

Incorrect words underlined in red. Listen for mistakes while sentences are spoken. Use Sound Shift tool to highlight any word and hear it spoken. Long tap to select all and hear page spoken.

Incorrect words underlined in red. Listen for mistakes while sentences are spoken. Tap an individual word to highlight it and hear it spoken. Touch and swipe across more than one word to highlight a group of words that will be spoken out when you lift your finger.

Speech

Able to choose to have each letter, word, and/or sentence read aloud as you type. Select from UK, US, or Australian voices. Children’s voices are either male or female for each accent.

 Able to choose to have each letter, word, and/or sentence read aloud as you type. Touch and hold a predicted word to hear it spoken. Double-tap a word to select a word; drag to extend selection, then select ‘Speak’ to hear the selection. Two options for voices: adult male or female (UK accent).

Customisable options

Document: font type (including Sassoon), font size, background colour, text colour

Speech: voice, speed, highlight colour

Spell Check & Prediction: on or off, number of words predicted (3-8), size of predicted words, sounds like prediction level, prediction database size (set small for early readers/writers)

 

Writing Mode Settings:

Prediction: on/off, examples on/off, creative spelling on/off, number of words predicted (3-10), position of predicted words, font size

Vocabulary: my words (custom words), examples dictionary can be customised

Abbreviations: set up abbreviations of commonly used phrases (e.g. in the weekend could be shortened to itw)

Appearance: colour scheme (black/white/paper), font type, line spacing

Speech: voice, pronunciation exceptions (customise pronunciations - e.g. Māori)

iPad Features: iOS prediction on/off, iOS spelling suggestions on/off, iOS definitions on/off

Reading Mode Settings:

Text Chunking: on/off, pause time

Reading speed: very slow to very fast

Line spacing: 1.2, 1.5 or 2

Letter spacing: 0, 1 or 2

Sharing

Print your work to any Airprint-compatible printer, or share it via email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive or WebDAV.

Print your work to any Airprint-compatible printer, or share it through Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. There are also options to send to message, email, PDF, Cloud Drive, and other apps. My experiences with this were a bit hit and miss though (e.g. although it said it sent to Book Creator, nothing appeared in that app).

Txt file documents can also be downloaded from iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive.

Accessibility

Keyboard options to navigate by letter or word using arrow keys. SuperKeys option to group letter keys into clusters, creating six large areas to target. Tap the cluster containing the letter you want, and then tap the letter in the enlarged cluster. The predictor/ spellchecker has four size options too, to make words easy to select.

None specific to this app.

 

Limitations and other options

As mentioned in the introduction, use of these types of apps is limited by the user’s prior knowledge of language (although the word banks in Clicker Docs can support vocabulary). The spoken features and word prediction only work within the app (i.e. while you’re using Clicker Docs or iWordQ UK). If you want to use the writing in another app (e.g. Book Creator, Google Docs) you’d need to copy and paste the text from one app to the other.

There are alternative applications, however the ones tested most recently had less accuracy with word prediction and required more keystrokes. Another alternative could be a word prediction keyboard like Keedogo Plus. This app works as a third-party keyboard and is able to be accessed while in other apps (e.g. Pages, Word, Google Docs). It doesn’t have any spoken features, however the iPad Accessibility options for speech may work instead.

Comments

  • Lynne Silcock

    Thanks Maree

    This is really useful info.

    I really rate Read&Write for iPad app for literacy support. Because it is a alternative keyboard that offers fantastic word prediction whenever the student writes on the iPad rather than only within a specific app.

    Regards

    Lynne

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