App Review #1. Dragon Dictation

15 Oct
Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition app developed by Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  With clicking a simple button (“Tap and Dictate”) on the screen, the app  will recognize user’s voice and transfer it into written texts. It also allows users can edit, save, send their doc via email, and post in their blogs/facebook/twitter as other note pad apps do.
Actually, speech recognition program is originally designed for people with physical disabilities. However, it often can be beneficial for people with learning disabilities as well. According to Raskind and Higgins (1999), speech recognition program allows students to continuously see  the match between written text and its phonological representation.  Thus, they can practice in reading-spelling relationship. Moreover, they do not need to worry about their grammar, vocabulary or spelling errors while writing. Even more, this is a free app and pretty accurate to recognize voice. It should be more accurate, but it can be used as one of alternative options for students with learning disabilities for writing.
The procedure to use this app is very simple.  First, touch Dragon Dictation icon on the iPad screen. Next, touch small red recording button on the middle of the screen. Then, speak whatever you want to write with your voice. After finishing talking, touch anywhere on the screen. The app will immediately transfer what you said into written texts. There is a history button on the left top and there is a button  for editing, sending email or blog posting on the right top side.


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10 Responses to “App Review #1. Dragon Dictation”

  1. brian October 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    It is really good information!

    • mwo222 November 7, 2011 at 12:26 am #

      Thank you Brian. 🙂

  2. Thi Malarkey November 3, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    I’m often to blogging and i really respect your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your web site and maintain checking for new information.

    • mwo222 November 7, 2011 at 12:25 am #

      Thank you Thi!
      I just have started blogging. 🙂 I believe an iPad has a positive potential for teaching students with disabilities! Hope you can find some good information in my blog. Thanks! Min

  3. Mina November 3, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    Whoa!! How did they associate dragons with voice-to-text software?! Awesome! Learned something new today :)~

    • mwo222 November 7, 2011 at 12:28 am #

      Thank you Mina! You are so funny Haha!

  4. Jim November 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Dragon Dictation has been around for many years and can be an outstanding AT tool for children with LD. Similarly, the new iPhone 4S has technology called Siri that can be helpful to those with disabilities.

    With Siri, a user is able to speak into the phone’s microphone and ask questions or give directions for accomplishing tasks. This has huge benefits for people who find it difficult to type on the screen.

    For example, you can ask Siri to dial a phone call, create and compose a text message, create directions to go to a physical location or even to play a specific song that is on your iPhone. Or you can ask research questions, and Siri will try to answer with information from a encyclopedia or create a Web search for the answer.

    There is speculation that Siri will be added to the iPad and other Apple devices such as the forthcoming new version of Apple TV, So this is a technology that is worth watching very closely — the potential for providing help to students with LD is limitless!

    • mwo222 November 8, 2011 at 3:56 am #

      I also think Siri can be helpful for some people with disabilities, even though it should be more accurate. I thanks to Steve Jobs. I think he had made a big impact on AT area!

    • Mina November 9, 2011 at 2:56 am #

      Phones can do that?! (I know what you’re thinking…hermit…Well…I…so? hmph! Okay! I’m sorry, but my old phone didn’t even having a texting ability…I just got a new one, though, and I’m like “wow….” all the time!)

      That is sooo cool! And I thought texting or watching youtube videos on my cell was like a miracle! I mean, I was sort of aware that people could do those things, but I never really paid attention to technology, except for school purposes. Therefore, I agree that software such as Siri would definitely be a great tool for individuals with disabilities!

      I wonder if the cost is high for these kind of software, though, and I wonder if this would negatively impact those that would like to use it (I know I’m cheap! The REAL reason I haven’t been texting is because I refuse to pay for it…heh…I wonder if that’s a good thing…). Sometimes, I think the cost of technology is too high, but I guess people who create these technologies need to make a living as well. Ah well, motivation in various forms is the key to new creativity :)!! (Yes…cheesy…I know…Sorry, but it’s true!!)

      • mwo222 November 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

        I totally agree with you Mina. The high cost of technology always has been a matter for schools/teachers to use it as a tool for teaching. The good news is its cost has decreased as time goes by. 🙂 Today, there are lots of free/cheap resources teachers can use on Internet. I believe the cost of Tablet PC like iPads also will decrease someday. 🙂

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