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    Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

    Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular in Scottish schools, partly because they are relatively easy to manage and also because they turn on very quickly so there's no need to wait for the device to boot up. However, the limited range of built-in voices has been a disadvantage for learners...

    Created on Wednesday, 17 January 2018. Posted by Shirley Lawson

    CALL Scotland are hosting two morning seminars to review the use of speech recognition, particularly Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows, for learners with additional support needs in SQA examinations and assessments. Airdrie - 21st February (9:30am - 12:30pm) Aberdeen - 28th February (...

    Created on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted by Shirley Lawson

    Dictate is a speech recognition add-on for Microsoft Office products. Once installed, you can talk aloud in Word, Outlook Mail and PowerPoint and have your words automatically transcribed into the selected field.  Is it any good and how does it compare to software such as Dragon Naturally Speak...

    Created on Friday, 08 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

    I had a phone call this week from an adult with dyslexia wanting to use text-to-speech with the Kindle app to help him read books on an Android tablet. You would expect this to be relatively straightforward, but it took over two hours of investigation and I'm still not sure that I found the '...

    Created on Friday, 04 August 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

    Dolphin recently released their EasyReader app, a free option for reading material from existing e-book libraries on an iPad. (An Android version should be available later this year.) The app allows electronic books in a different formats to be downloaded from various online libraries and read back ...

    Created on Thursday, 20 July 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

    Microsoft has a new speech recognition plug-in which can be used in Word, Outlook email and Powerpoint. It can even translate your words to different languages which could be a useful practice tool for students with English as an Additional Language. It was easy to download and install Dictation as...

    Created on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

    Dragon Naturally Speaking is high quality speech recognition software for Windows and MacOS. As well as dictating to your computer, you can format text and control the computer. NaturallySpeaking installs on the computer so you don't need an internet connection for it to work. We reco...

    Created on Wednesday, 05 July 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

    While updating the Google Voice Typing page on the CALL website I came across a new feature (new to me), ‘Select to Speak’ on the latest Android operating system, Marshmallow. Select to Speak allows you to select text on the screen and hear it spoken aloud. It works on most of the Androi...

    Created on Monday, 29 May 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    An updated version of the excellent Speech Recognition as AT (Assistive Technology) for Writing, by Daniel Cochrane and Kelly Key, has just been published and is now available. Speech recognition (where you talk or dictate to your computer, tablet or smartphone) can be hugely empowering for many lea...