Draft:Builder 6



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Draft:Builder breaks down the writing process into three manageable steps:

1) outlining,

2) note-taking and

3) writing the first draft.

With this structure, students learn to generate ideas and organize them to form a cohesive paper.

Step by Step Graphic Organizer to help Students in Writing Tasks
Most student writers spend less than one minute planning (Writing Better, 2005)
Draft:Builder is an application that steps students through the planning, elaboration and draft writing process in a systematic way. It has ready-to-use templates for different types of writing (e.g. Book reports, vocabulary study) as well as blank templates. It can be used with Read:OutLoud, Co:Writer, and Write:OutLoud, or with other word prediction and word processing applications.
Draft:Builder breaks down the process into three manageable steps:
  1. Brainstorming
  2. Note Taking
  3. Writing the first Draft
With this structure, students learn to generate ideas and organize them to form a cohesive paper. Draft:Builder is particularly useful to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Asperger's who have trouble with organization.


    Why You Will Love Draft:Builder

    Brainstorming with Draft:Builder
    is where students add concepts and ideas to the outline on the left and a visual map is automatically created. Students can easily change the order and outline level with drag-and-drop techniques or with the one-click arrow bottoms.


    Expanding Ideas, students add short notes that include details and assign them to an outline point. They mayreorganize at any time by dragging them to different locations in the outline.



    Writing the first draft Writing the First Draft, students drag notes from the outline and drop them into the draft area. This creates the first draft. Then, students can type more sentences or add punctuation andcapitalization.


    Features and Benefits

    • Easy Step-by-Step Writing Process
      Draft:Builder breaks down the writing process into three manageable steps: 1) brainstorming, 2) note-taking and 3) writing the first draft.
    • New Speech Engine - NEW!
      Draft:Builder 6 features the latest Acapela voices – one of the highest quality, most natural-sounding speech engines available. Draft:Builder 6 will also play any other SAPI 5 voice you have on your system.
    • Oxford Student’s Dictionary
      The Oxford Student’s Dictionary displays and speaks the definition of almost any word. Unlike other common dictionaries intended for use by professionals, the Oxford Student’s Dictionary definitions are clear and concise for 3-12th grade students.
    • Talking Spell Checker
      The Spell Checker consistently outshines the spell checkers in MS Word and other common word processors when used in K-12 schools. And text-to-speech reads the word choices, helping students choose the right word.
    • Bibliographer
      The bibliographer helps students create their own bibliography using dozens of source types including electronic/webpage, articles, books, etc. Formats include both APA and MLA.

    • Locked Text Instructions
      Teachers may add locked text to a Draft:Builder assignment to give directions and extra help to students as they form their first draft.
    • Train-in-30 Tutorial - NEW!
      Draft:Builder 6 is so simple, you can train teachers in 30 minutes with the "Train-in-30 Tutorial .”
    • Network Ready - NEW!
      Now you can save files anywhere on your computer, network, or USB drive for easy access.
    • Supports the Latest Mac and Windows OS - NEW!
      Draft:Builder 6 functions identically on Mac and Windows, and is now optimized for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and Mac OS 10.4+. To be notified when support for Mac OS 10.6 is available in Draft:Builder 6, register at Don Johnston website .


    Who Needs Draft:Builder?

    Draft:Builder benefits students and writers with these characteristics:

    • Poor organisation
    • Difficulty understanding how ideas and information are related
    • Overwhelmed by all of the tasks involved in writing a paper
    • Struggles to follow the writing process (idea generation, note-taking, etc)

    How does Draft:Builder compare to Inspiration?

    Inspiration is a great brainstorming program, but for students who have trouble transitioning from brainstorming to writing, Draft:Builder is ideal because it breaks down the writing process into manageable steps.


    Minimum System Requirements

    • Operating System: XP, Vista, Windows 7 (64 bit multi-core compatible but NOT 64 bit single-core compatible)
    • System RAM: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 400 MB
    • Processor: Pentium IV
    • Sound Card: Required
    • CD ROM: 4X
    • Operating System: OS 10.4-10.7 (Update Version or newer is compatible with OS 10.7)
    • System RAM: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 400 MB
    • Processor: G5, 1.6 GHz or higher
    • CD-ROM: 4X

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    Order processing time depends on availability of the product from the manufacturer, but typically products are shipped within 10-15 business days after the order is placed. See shipping options for the number of days it will take to reach you after it leaves our warehouse.

    Do you ship internationally?

    No, we currently sell our products and services only in Canada.

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    We offer a 21-day money-back guarantee unless otherwise noted. Products must be returned in a resalable condition as determined by Bridges. Returns are subject to a 20 percent restocking fee after 21-days. Many of our manufacturers offer additional limited warranties of longer durations on their products. Returns will no longer be accepted after a period of 90 days. Please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) or send an e-mail to info@bridges-canada.com for more information about manufacturer's warranties or returning your product.

    Please note, customers cannot return software for a refund.  However, we do offer a store credit for the full amount if returned within 21 days. After 21 days a restocking fee may apply.

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