(you can sign up for a free Co:Writer trial to try these examples yourself)
If you have access to word prediction alternatives you might try the following sentence patterns as a comparative test.
Three very mangy dogs ran down the street. (adj., adv., adj., noun, verb…etc.) (After typing three, very, mangy, you get plural noun choices, then you get plural verb tenses. This is the type of prediction you will NOT get with pattern prediction products.) All word prediction should be able to get simple sentences like, “I am happy.” or, “The fish is swimming.” with minimal keystrokes. If a student has to type fis for “fish”, the prediction is not good enough. As students learn to write richer sentences, Co:Writer goes beyond ‘simple’ by utilizing advanced linguistic prediction. It provides the critical modeling of word forms, subject-verb agreement and pronoun and article use.
Cn u txt me the infrmtn. (Can you text me the information)
My sel fon rng. (My cell phone rang)
The blk jragn flw ovr the gint lfnt. (The black dragon flew over the giant elephant.)
R u hpy to ce me? (Are you happy to see me?—only a few keystrokes!)
I no hw to nser the fon. (I know how to answer the phone)
Note—You will not need to type in all of the letters given above, but they are included as a point of reference. Try these types of spellings or, better yet, use your students’ writing samples to compare the prediction for yourself!