[Athen] use of word processor for students testing

Brad Held Brad.Held at ucf.edu
Wed Oct 7 20:43:59 PDT 2015

My suggestion, just turn off the wifi, and remove the yellow network cable from the room. The dictionary inside of Microsoft Word (Office 2013) requires the internet. The speel/grammar check still works without connection to the world wide web (see what I did there) :)

The thesaurus is enabled though, because it is integrated with spell check. Perhaps a conversation can be made with the professor to determine what is unreasonable about using a thesaurus as an accommodation?

As a last resort, go even more old school. Give the student Wordpad with a Bedford Handbook of Grammar and a 19th century blue-backed speller.

Cindy, the discontinued Alpha smart remind me of my k-12 days. How much today's kids hated these little blue machines!!!

Brad Held
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From: athen-list [athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] on behalf of Poore-Pariseau, Cindy [Cindy.Poore-Pariseau at bristolcc.edu]
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We still use old fashioned Alpha smarts

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Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D.
Coordinator of Disability Services
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Bristol Community College
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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of LaBella, Pam
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We have students with testing accommodations where some are given the use of a computer with Microsoft Word and all its features, some can use a computer with spell/grammar checker only but not Word because it would provide more features to the student, other students are only provided the use of a basic word processor without spell/grammar checker. On the idea of Docpad or Wordpad.

I am wondering how you accommodate students that have the use of a computer with spell/grammar checker but don’t want them having access to a thesaurus or dictionary. I can’t have them use Microsoft Word because there are too many features and they can’t use DocPad because there are not enough features. What are you having students use?
Thanks for your input

Pamela LaBella
Assistive Technology/Alternative Text Specialist SC105
Learning Accommodations Center SC111
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