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Writing is Recording Co:Writer from Don Johnston.

Kent Remund


In its most simple form, writing is recording; writing is a powerful way for humans to record and express ideas from an individual’s mind and can be kept for future generations to read.  Think of some of our greatest recorded writings from Twain, Dickens, Tolstoy and Dr. Seuss.

Writing in the school setting has change over the years. From chalk and slate, graphite pencils, pens, typewriters, computers, laptops and tablets.Students with disabilities have some powerful tools to assist them in recording their thoughts. 


For students with learning disabilities, it is difficult for them to get the words out. There's a wall between the idea and writing it out. Word recall is a barrier and grammar and spelling almost always get in the way. One of our favorite tools to help students overcome these barriers over the past decade is Co:Writer from Don Johnston.




If students can write just a fraction of what they want to say, Co:Writer will do the rest. The most basic feature of Co:Writer predicts what students are trying to say and offer word suggestions in real time. Even the worst spelling and grammar mistakes are not a problem for Co:Writer. In addition to prediction is the ability to add topic-specific vocabulary to which it uses to predicts words from. If a student were to write a paper on our solar system, a dictionary specific to the solar system could be added to the words that it will predict. The students starts to type "pl" and Co:Writer will predict “Planet” and “Pluto”