The Begin With ME! toolkit includes simple, cost-effective software and hardware solutions for writing. Tools include talking word processors, word prediction software, graphic origination software, note takers, spell checkers and a variety of tech/no tech options. These tools are used in a variety of ways throughout all areas of the writing process; planning, prewriting, draft writing, and editing. Because the tools fit so naturally into the writing process and are available to every student when writing occurs they become a natural part of the writing process.

Tools for Prewriting:
  Graphic Organizing Software  - Kidspiration
  Online Concept Mapping -

Low Tech Tools:
  Highlighter Tape - Reusable
  Sticky Notes - Portable Notes
Tools for Draft Writing:
Note Flags - Marking Place
  Hefty Tabs - Long Term Durable Place Holder

Tools for Editing:
  Write OutLoud Software - Icon Driven, Easy to Use, Speaks Text
  Speaking Spell Checker 
1-Click Answers - Alt-Click Tool - Definition of Any Digital Text
      * Link to Tutorial

Tools for Publishing:
Digital Story Options 
Photo Story 3 - Link to Download - Link to Tutorial (Free)
  Voicethread  - Link to Website - Link to Tutorial ($10 Fee)
Blogs (Free)

  Podcasting - Audacity Software (Free)

Cost and Where to Purchase

Low-Tech Tools:
Reading Guides- Really Good Stuff
EZC Reader Primary and Intermediate
Telephone: 800-366-1920

Hefty Tabs - by Redi Tag - Office Max/Office Depot/Staples

See Note Flags- Office Max/Office Depot/Staples

Post-it Notes - lined #600- Office Max/Office Depot/Staples

Highlighter Tape - Crystal Springs Books
$1.95 per roll

Mid-Tech Tools:
Children's Talking Dictionary and Spell Checker
Franklin Electronic Publishers

Neo by AlphaSmart - Renaissance Learning Inc.

Kidspiration/Inspiration - Inspiration Software Inc
$40 on the REMC bid

Write OutLoud- Don Johnston Incorporated

Co Writer

Accessible Books

The Accessible Book Collection is a non-profit corporation. It's primary mission is to provide high interest/low reading level digital text to qualified persons with disabilities. Government and non-profit schools and others can subscribe to the Accessible Book Collection and have a large selection of e-books for all their eligible students for $49.95 per year.

A Guide to Co-Teaching - Practical Tips for Facilitating Student Learning
By: Richard A. Villa - Jacqueline S. Thousand -  Ann I. Nevin

Corwin Press
A Sage Publications Company
2455 Teller Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
800-417-2466 Fax

Text Forms and Features - A Resource for Intentional Teaching
By: Margaret E. Mooney
Cornucopia Books
99 Wolfe Lane
Suite 4
Ortonville, MI 48462
248-627-7528 Fax