Thursday, March 10, 2011

Did You Know?: Using Dragon Naturally Speaking to Take Notes

Dragon Naturally Speaking by Nuance is a software program that wehn used in conjunction with a USB high quality microphone helps users dictate their speech to the computer and have teh computer convert their speech to text.  This is the traditional use of Dragon.  But did you know that it can also be used as a note taker?

Speech recognition is becoming more accurate with each version released.  the training time required has decreased while the accuracy has incrased.  One ingenious educator is taking advantage of these improvements.  She wears the microphone while she is teaching the class while the student in need of text support uses the text provided by the software as the basis for note taking.  The accuracy level is likely to vary depending on a variety of factors including room acoustics and quality of the microphone, however it generally produces enough accurate information to ber a supplement for the student that needs it.  The text can also provide the context for instruction in editing, grammar, and spelling.

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