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Learn About Speech Recognition and Dictation

by Paul Nisbet

on Tue Sep 22, 2015

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If you are working with learners who have difficulty writing or spelling, you need to learn about speech recognition.

Speech recognition software is now much, much better that it was in the past, and it's also built in free to mobiles and tablets. If you've tried it before but not had much success, it's time to give it another go. The technology is of interest to:

  • students with dyspraxia or physical handwriting difficulties;
  • learners with dyslexia or spelling difficulties;
  • pupils with visual impairment;
  • staff who want to work more efficiently;
  • everyone, really!

It's also particularly relevant for assessment of writing in National Literacy 3 and 4, where human scribes cannot be used, but speech recognition can.

As luck or good planning would have it, we're running a course on this very topic next week! On the course you will learn how to use Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows and Siri for iPad, and explore approaches and methods for introducing it to learners with additional support needs. We will consider:

  • Which students might benefit from using speech recognition?
  • Which speech recognition software is most appropriate?
  • What are effective approaches for teaching students how to use speech recognition?
  • What are the considerations for using speech recognition in assessments and exams?

Visit the course information page to find out more and book a place.

Tags: speech recognition, dyslexia

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