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Presentation of free/inexpensive (mostly) writing tools to be used by students.

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Writing tools

  1. 2. <ul><li>The Blank Page </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting </li></ul><ul><li>Revising (and revising…and revising…) </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul>
  2. 3. Look for: mind mapping, speech to text Look for: word prediction, speech to text, references Look for: mechanics, text to speech Look for: reference management, formatting, templates
  3. 4. <ul><li>Some SmartArt in Office 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>FreeMind </li></ul><ul><li>XMind </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Mindomo </li></ul><ul><li>Mindmeister </li></ul><ul><li>Places to look: Wikipedia: List of concept mapping software </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Limited capability in Word </li></ul><ul><li>Sphinx (Geeky!) </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon Naturally Speaking ($79.95 - $179)* </li></ul><ul><li>MacSpeech Dictate ($169-$199)* </li></ul><ul><li>SpeakQ ($360) </li></ul><ul><li>*low end of scale is student-only pricing from AcademicSuperstore.com </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Talking Word Processor </li></ul><ul><li>LetMeType </li></ul><ul><li>OpenOffice </li></ul><ul><li>Text Expander (Mac) $29.95 </li></ul><ul><li>Phrase Express </li></ul><ul><li>Texter (a bit geeky) </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Online dictionaries </li></ul><ul><li>Thesauri </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FreeThesaurus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Thesaurus (short free trial, then $2.95/mo or $39.95) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple-purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Word (& other software) built-ins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lingoes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Sage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WordWeb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>StarDict </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Work that word processor! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spell check </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar check </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find & replace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spell checkers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jspell multilingual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ieSpell for online writing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Style checkers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WordDog </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Talking Word Processor </li></ul><ul><li>Orato </li></ul><ul><li>DSpeech </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Reader </li></ul><ul><li>ReadPlease </li></ul><ul><li>Kurzweil </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>BibMe </li></ul><ul><li>Son of Citation Machine </li></ul><ul><li>Zotero </li></ul><ul><li>Reference management software pages on Wikipedia </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Hide/show formatting </li></ul><ul><li>Use styles ! </li></ul><ul><li>Save templates to save time </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Why use a template? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating your own templates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Save as .dot (Microsoft Word) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File, New  select template </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must save under new name </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft templates </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Sharing & collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoho </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Publishing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email as a publication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Performance sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vlogging </li></ul></ul>

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