What you Need Now (WYNN) is the innovative literacy software tool designed to enhance success for individuals with reading challenges and writing difficulties. WYNN was developed with the help of special educators and individuals with learning difficulties.
By using a bi-modal approach — simultaneous highlighting of the text as it is spoken — WYNN transforms printed text into understandable information that benefits readers of all ages.
Enhance Reading, Writing, and Productivity
WYNN™ is the innovative literacy solution that uses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to enhance success for individuals with reading challenges and writing difficulties. In addition to its many well-recognized educational features, WYNN 7 introduces the new PAL literacy toolkit. These software tools help students work with content-area text. PAL includes the PREPARE process, with features that support previewing, reading, and comprehending text, along with special features for taking notes and completing writing assignments.
What's New in WYNN
PAL Literacy Toolkit: tools to help students work with all text and particularly content-area text
PREPARE process: well-researched strategy that supports the educational process, including reading, comprehending, note-taking, and writing
Notecards and Writing Templates: support writing to meet the Common Core State Standards
Updated user interface: new toolbar button design provides an additional option for users; legacy toolbar buttons for those more comfortable with WYNN’s traditional design
Additional toolbar buttons for Save to MP3 and other most requested features: some of WYNN’s more popular features, including Save to MP3, Book Search, and Send to Word, now have their own toolbar buttons
Enhanced network install capabilities: WYNN’s network installation, including silent install, has been updated and enhanced for easier deployment
Versions to Meet Your Needs
WYNN Wizard, our premier product, includes optical character recognition (OCR), the ability to scan printed pages and convert them to electronic text
WYNN Reader includes all features except OCR and scanning
Network WYNN’s floating licenses can be deployed over LAN or WAN, providing more flexibility and mobility
Site and District Licenses give unlimited usage across a building or an entire district
WYNN Loan License provides take home copies for schools that have site or district licenses
WYNN Features and Benefits
WYNN’s acclaimed educational tools are designed to help individuals improve their skills through its bimodal approach – simultaneous highlighting of text as it is spoken. This method is recognized as aiding reading comprehension and writing skills.
Learning & Productivity Support
Our Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Homophones, Word Prediction, Highlighter, Outliner, Voice Notes, Text Notes, and MP3 file conversion tools provide educationally-proven features to support individual learning styles. WYNN also now offers Notecards and Templates to support writing. The writing templates are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
PAL Features Support Educational Strategy
Defined with Michigan State University, the PAL (Promoting Academic Literacy) toolkit in WYNN helps students work with content-area text. This includes the research-based PREPARE process, with features that support previewing, reading, and comprehending text, taking notes, and completing writing assignments.
Clear, Natural-Sounding Speech
WYNN provides high-quality, human-sounding voices. English and numerous other languages are included.
“Electronic Picture” of Text and Graphics
WYNN provides an exact replica of text and graphics for a wide variety of file types, including Word, PDF, and HTML.
WYNN™ User Interface
WYNN's user interface has been carefully designed to provide power, flexibility, and a short learning curve. Our color-coded toolbars have intuitive, large buttons along with background colors that can be turned on or off to suit your visual preferences.
WYNN's Web browsing module supports the latest innovations in Web technology. Using the integrated toolbar and tools, students can easily conduct online research and access a multitude of cutting-edge Web sites. WYNN is also the first literacy program to provide highlighting functions for the Web.
WYNN's new Web browsing module includes the ability to highlight text on a Web page and then to extract the highlighted text and the ability to have WYNN read online e-mail. WYNN also boasts one-click PDF file conversion, so you can spend your valuable time on the results, not the process. WYNN’s patented WebMasking feature has been enhanced to give students more options while reading Web pages. The Web module also includes a built-in pop-up blocker to allow students to focus with fewer distractions.
In addition to the Web toolbar, our toolbars focus on aiding users by providing a clean and uncluttered appearance and:
Easy-to-use rotating toolbars that provide all functions.
Intuitive buttons and icons that allow a short learning curve.
Simultaneous auditory and visual presentation to support all learning styles.
Clear, natural-sounding speech.
The File Management Toolbar
The blue File Management toolbar lets you scan a page, open, close, save, and print files. It also lets you browse the Internet. Use the Text View button, and its partner, the Exact View button, to switch between two different views of the page. Like the other three tool bars, this one includes the Next, Read, Write, Exact View, and Other Document buttons. Our new "Clean-up" button facilitates correction of errors that may occur in the document during scanning. This ensures that the document will be spoken correctly by WYNN, whether reading it in Exact View or Text View.
The Reading Styles Toolbar
The green Reading Styles toolbar controls how WYNN presents the document, including the size of the text, spacing, margins, and the type of font used – all to make the page more readable and customized for the user. Plus, there's the popular Mask button, which "masks out" everything on the page except the section you wish to read.
The Study Tools Toolbar
The pink Study Tools toolbar gives you access to a talking dictionary and a thesaurus; lets you add a bookmark, text, or voice note to the document; and allows you to highlight selected text using brightly colored "markers." You can spell a word aloud or break it into syllables. With the List feature, instantaneously move highlighted or bookmarked text into a separate document to create vocabulary lists, study guides, and more. The Notecards button lets you take and organize your notes in electronic notecards.
The Writing Tools Toolbar
The yellow Writing Tools toolbar helps create or edit a document. Our buttons let you cut, copy or paste text, run a spell check, or ask WYNN to find a specific word in the document. The word prediction feature helps struggling writers and spellers. Students can also create and manage outlines. Students can use the Homophone button to verify the correct word usage in their document. It is important to learn to spell these words as there are no spelling rules to help you remember them. The word's definition, along with the definitions of other like-sounding words, are available for selection and reading aloud.
Common Toolbar Buttons
There are several buttons available on all toolbars.
Next: Click to cycle through the four color-coded toolbars
Read/Pause: Click to start or stop reading a document aloud
Write/Read-Only: Click to allow text editing in the current document
Exact View/Text View: Click to view a scanned or imported document in its original formatted form, or to see only the text in the document
File List: Click to open the left side navigation or PAL panel to display the names of open files, current and visited Web pages, or PAL tool buttons
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