Updated: Mar 30, 2020
Make writing fun again! How can you make your child a better writer? Simple. They need to be motivated and practice, practice, practice. It really does not matter what they are writing about just that they are expressing their ideas and are intrinsically motivated to do so.
For students who struggle with writing, assistive technology can help students circumvent the actual physical task of writing (which is very common), while others facilitate proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, word usage, and organization.
Here are some of my favourite writing tools, websites and supports for students that struggle with writing.
Read&Write lets everyone read, write and express themselves more confidently. An easy-to-use toolbar makes documents, files and web pages more accessible. Read&Write is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little support with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.
Grammarly is a writing assistant that goes deeper than grammar to offer you comprehensive writing feedback.
Mindomo helps create mind maps, concept maps, outlines and Gantt Charts to improve your thinking and learning.
Power Thesaurus is a free, fast, comprehensive and easy-to-follow online thesaurus for writers. Available in the Chrome webstore.
WriteWell is a collection of the world's best writing templates for essays, college papers, memoirs etc..
Create your citations, reference lists and bibliographies automatically using the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles. It's fast and free!
Scholastic's Story Starters kids' writing activity generates creative writing prompts, from general fiction to adventure, fantasy, and science fiction.
Microsoft's Immersive Reader has features like Dictation and Read Aloud allowing students to hear their writing read aloud providing them essential feedback to edit their work and clearly communicate their ideas to others.
Tab Resize is an excellent tool for completing a research project or otherwise tab-heavy browsing session, there is Tab Resize for Chrome. This extension lets you split tabs into multiple windows, arranged in a number of preset layouts.
MindMeister is an online mind mapping application that allows its users to visualize, share and present their thoughts via the cloud.