Full Product Description
First Author provides the writer with essential support such as picture prompts, word banks, on-screen keyboard, auditory feedback and other tools to ensure a successful writing experience. It is accessible to all students, including those with severe speech and physical disabilities, and takes them through a three-step process: choosing a topic, selecting a picture prompt, and writing with the support of built-in supports.
First Author is now available as annual online licences. Either choose the number of users or ‘seats’ you require or purchase an unlimited site licence. Licences are renewed automatically unless you choose to opt out of the renewal. There is a set up and admin fee of £30 from Don Johnston for each individual order placed.
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Delivered via email within 2-3 days. Please contact our Sales Team for a quotation. Available to customers in the UK or Ireland only.
For Teachers, First Author handles the most time-intensive teacher tasks automatically, making it really easy to use. It allows students to write independently and teachers to support them with instruction.
- Word banks and picture prompts are generated automatically.
- Writing progress is graphed automatically.
- Supports are built in.
In research trials, First Author improved writing quality and length even for students who were at a "scribbling" stage for years. It’s ideal for students with mild, moderate, and severe developmental disabilities, including autism, or with physical disabilities that make writing difficult.
Accommodations are built in (multiple on-screen keyboards, single- and two-switch scanning) for students needing additional accessibility. First Author also works seamlessly with Co:Writer for students who need help with grammar, spelling, and reducing keystrokes.
First Author Writing Software helps students write independently, freeing classroom teachers up to focus on instruction. A prerequisite for instruction is knowing where students stand in their writing development. First Author embeds progress monitoring in the tool—making it easy to accomplish this goal.
Writing progress is graphed automatically. Teachers can track individual student progress or compare groups of students.
First Author tracks the following measures:
- Letter use per writing.
- Cumulative letters used across all writings.
- Total unique words by assignment.
- Intelligible words by assignment.
- Text type diversity (teacher logged).
- Cumulative topic diversity across all writings (teacher logged).
- Time on task.
- Cumulative text type diversity (teacher logged).