DocsPlus & DocsPlus App

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DOCSPLUSUL/1+1

Crick Software

Product Description

Help struggling secondary school writers overcome barriers to progress.

 

Create structured writing
There are so many new writing challenges to master as students move through secondary school, from writing in different genres to incorporating subject-specific vocabulary.

What sets DocsPlus apart from other word processors is the extensive support it offers to struggling writers:

 

Intelligent word prediction


DocsPlus' intelligent Predictor is always there to help students write more independently.

The Predictor suggests words based on the context of the student's writing, enabling them to give their full attention to what they want to write and encouraging them to use more adventurous vocabulary.

Use of the Predictor results in greatly improved coherence, spelling and grammar, and helps to increase the writing productivity of learners who struggle to transfer their knowledge and ideas to the page.

Both the Predictor and the customisable spell checker are speech supported, so that students can hear a word before they use it.

Curriculum vocabulary banks and writing frames


For students who experience significant literacy barriers, completing the writing tasks that are an integral part of every curriculum subject can be a real challenge. DocsPlus enables you to provide these students with curriculum 'Wordbars', giving them instant access to the specific words and phrases they need for their current assignment.

Use A-Z Wordbars for your Word Banks, or categorise your words by labelling your tabs with any text you like. Students can right-click on any word to listen to it first before using it in their writing.

Another real learning curve for secondary students is understanding how to structure different genres of writing. Using a Wordbar, you can teach them those structures by offering paragraph starters and the relevant supporting vocabulary.

 

Create your own or access our Wordbar bank!


When you buy DocsPlus, you also get free access to hundreds of ready-made Wordbars via our LearningGrids website.

 

The resources cover a wide range of curriculum topics, and more are added regularly by our curriculum team. They are very easy to edit, enabling you to tailor activities to your exact requirements.

It's also incredibly quick and easy to make your own resources from scratch with our intuitive Wordbar Wizard – simply decide if you'd like a topic or A-Z grid layout, type or paste your text in and click create. In a matter of minutes, you've created a curriculum-specific support grid to help your students scaffold their writing!

 

 

 

Organise ideas and plan writing tasks
Organising ideas is a vital first step in the writing process, and one that many students struggle with. DocsPlus includes some fantastic tools to help learners prepare for writing.

 

 

Voice Notes
The DocsPlus Voice Note tool gives students the opportunity to record their own audio notes before they write. Simply click on the microphone icon and start recording. Once you've finished, a speech bubble icon will automatically be added to your document. Students can click on the icon to listen back to their note, and also have the option to re-record it as many times as they like until they are happy with it.

 

Voice Notes offer a powerful way to record initial ideas, giving students who struggle to express themselves in written form an opportunity to capture their thoughts without being distracted or held back by the mechanics of writing.

 

 

WorkSpace
Struggling writers often find essays much harder to organise and structure. Problems such as a short-term working memory deficit or slow information processing speed can make it very difficult for them to express their initial thoughts and ideas in the form of a logical, flowing document.

 

Students can use the WorkSpace tool to create their own mind maps, manipulating and linking any combination of words, pictures and sounds. To add text, just drag in a shape from the objects palette and start to type. Drag and drop pictures straight in from your folders or via your web browser. Students also have the option of adding Voice Notes to their mind map.

 

All of DocsPlus' support features are available within WorkSpace. Listen to your text with the speech tool, use the word Predictor to help find the right word and correct any spelling errors with the help of the talking spell checker.

Ready to start writing? Students can instantly transform their mind map into a Wordbar that will sit at the bottom of the document as they write, providing instant point-and-click access to key vocabulary, sentence starters, connectives etc. The bank will mimic the structure of the map, helping students to organise their paragraphs and transfer their ideas to the page in a logical order.

You are also able to send your mind map straight into the document as either an image or an essay outline.

 

 

 

Actively reviewing and self-correcting your own work is such an important part of writing, but getting students into the habit of doing this can be a real challenge!

 

Realistic speech feedback

Each time a sentence is completed in DocsPlus, it is automatically read aloud in a clear, human-sounding voice, with each word highlighted as it's spoken. This encourages students to punctuate their work, and ensures that they review each sentence before starting the next one. Those needing more support can have each word or even each letter read aloud as it is entered, providing instant feedback. You can even customise the pronunciation of unusual words via the DocsPlus Word Pool - particularly useful for student's names or specialist curriculum vocabulary.

 

In addition, DocsPlus' predictor, spell checker and Wordbars are also fully speech-supported, enabling students to check that they are selecting the right words before using them in their writing.

 

 

 

It's great when students hand in a well-presented document, but wouldn't it be good to know how the document was produced, and any difficulties the student faced while they were working on it? By giving you this information, DocsPlus Analytics helps you to target your teaching where it's needed most.

 

DocsPlus' new analytics tool provides you with rich data, giving you a unique insight into each learner’s writing process. See at a glance how your students are using the accommodations you’ve put in place for them.

 

Idenfity Patterns


View the words they have entered using the suggestions made by the Predictor tool, and the spellings corrected with the spellchecker. Identify possible patterns, so that you can address specific spelling issues.

Statistics


In addition to the basic statistics of the document, number of paragraphs, average sentence length, etc, DocsPlus Analytics shows you a complete history of the document, showing you when work on it was first started, the number of sessions it was worked on and the total amount of time used (the active time spent actually working).

 

 

Many students struggle to read worksheets, which impacts on their ability to access the curriculum, develop their understanding of a topic and complete related lesson tasks.

DocsPlus has an integrated 'DocReader' that will read aloud any PDF or Word document, providing equal access to worksheets, exam papers and more.

 

Simply select the text that you want to hear and click 'Speak' – the words will be read aloud in a clear, British English voice, and each word will be highlighted as it is spoken.

DocsPlus also includes an innovative screen tiling feature that enables students to pin worksheets to the bottom of their screen so that they can listen back to the questions as they write, rather than toggling between two documents.

 

(Top tip – convert curriculum PowerPoints into PDF documents to make these accessible for your struggling readers too!)

If you are working with editable PDFs, DocsPlus can also be used to write into these

 

 

In secondary school, the volume of reading and writing expected each day increases steadily as students progress towards exams. This can be a real challenge for students with dyslexia, and lead to them feeling stressed and anxious when faced with literacy-related tasks.

 

 

 

DocsPlus will help your students to overcome writing frustration, access curriculum content, and become more confident and successful learners.

 

 

Address a variety of learning needs

 

In addition to extensive support for learners with reading and writing difficulties, DocsPlus opens the door for students with a wide range of additional needs, including switch and eye gaze users. Learn more

 

 

Training Guide: DocsPlus

 

Link to DocsPlus App training guide

 

Short video tutorials: DocsPlus
https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/training/docsplus-training/tutorials/win-mac

Short video tutorials: DocsPlus App
https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/training/docsplus-training/tutorials/ipad

 

Webinar Recordings
https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/training/docsplus-training/webinars

 

DocPlus + DocPlus App: 3 year subscription on PC/Mac/iPad/Chromebook
HK$ 3,675.00

DOCSPLUSUL/1+1

3 Year One School 1 + 1 license (HK$1,225/Year)