The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 18 Writing Help


WriteWell Online Hidden Gem 

The website is excellent. You can access a number of online templates from this website/Chrome extension. The Chrome extension has a number of templates to help organize writing and help with basic editing. This extension gets very good reviews as well. This is a hidden gem.

IELTS Essays

This app help students with structuring an essay. This is a very important school for students with organizational issues or struggling writers.  The focus of this is on writing structure, not writing mechanics.

Power Thesaurus

This is a tool form someone that does a lot of writing that needs to use a variety of words. If you are writing a number of reports that require you to say information in your own words a quality thesaurus is a must.

As a writer, I constantly look up spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. It is a good habit to get into. With spell-check and grammar check students are more likely to overlook the need for this. Websites on grammar are a great way to give examples of grammar. If your goal is to increase your students’ grammar skills, then this is something you want to consider. Grammar websites allow the student to teach themselves with multiple ways of having a concept represented. If you project one of these websites, it can be a strong visual to represent common instances of correct grammar or common grammar mistakes. There are also advanced spelling and grammar checkers. The one I use is Grammarly.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab OWL Honorable Mention   

This is an outstanding website if you want to look up or understand grammar. 

Grammar Girl

This is a popular grammar website. 


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