Dec 1st 2009

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Using Ginger in the Age of Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs and More

By Brian S.
Friedlander, Ph.D.

It has
really been exciting to see the development of Ginger over the past couple of weeks as new features have been
added. If you are using Ginger you will be glad to know that version 1.8 which has
just been released is packed with some really great features. The
new version includes:

  • Improved
    correction of spelling and misused words
  • Grammar
    correction (more grammar corrections to come in January 2010)
  • Increased
    response time.
  • A text-to-speech
    feature that reads text aloud before and after Ginger’s corrections
  • Easier to
    install and use
  • Works with
    Microsoft Word, Outlook and Internet Explorer (perfect for Gmail, Yahoo!
    Mail, Facebook, Twitter etc.)
  • A reporting tool
    for tracking user mistakes and progress
  • Display settings
    that can be adjusted according to personal preferences
  • “Add to
    dictionary” feature

I have had a chance to work with the latest
version of Ginger and am really amazed at its performance and the text to
speech capabilities. Students will find the interface very simple and easy to
use as the natural sounding text to speech support can go a long way to support
students who may have difficulty reading the corrected sentence or suggested
words. Ginger is an ideal tool for students with dyslexia since it provides the
supports they need when proofing their written work. Being in the field of
assistive technology, I am certainly aware of the power of these tools and what
they can do to support students accessing the curriculum. But the other side of
the formula is the importance that a tool link Ginger can bring to empower
students to be independent and have the confidence to communicate in written
form.

In the age of Facebook, Google Docs, and Twitter, students with writing disabilities are often
cut off from the rest of their friends, if they cannot write effectively. Many students
that I have worked with over the years are just too embarrassed to participate
in these online forums because they can’t spell or write well. With Ginger,
students can now have the confidence to be full participants

on the web as they share their ideas and communicate with their friends knowing
that their written work will be letter perfect. Having the text to speech
support for some students will go a long way to allow them to be independent
and get their ideas down as they see fit. Working with the latest version of
Ginger I marvel how versatile it is when using such services as Facebook,
Google Docs, Twitter or commenting on a blog.

The latest version of Ginger really opens the doors for
students with writing disabilities and provides them with a level of support
that will give them the confidence to share their ideas with the friends and
families over the web. If you have not tried Ginger please take the opportunity
to download the 14 day trial and give it a test
drive- you will be glad you did.

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