We can usually speak far more quickly than we can type, so being able to get ideas on screen can be time-consuming. And we can also lose the flow of what we are thinking if the mechanics of typing get in the way. So being able to speak naturally as the text then appears on screen can both allow for ideas to be captured in text form, and this can then more easily be edited later.
Click on the Sway below to see how to enable and use the dictation tools on Apple, Android, Windows or Chromebooks. So whether it’s PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone your device will most likely have the facility to have speech to text. As long as there is a microphone and the device supports speech to text you should be able to then use the dictation feature to say your thoughts aloud and have them appear as text which you can then later edit.
When using dictation tools you need to say what punctuation you wish to appear in the text – whether comma, full stop/period, question/exclamation mark, or new line/enter.
Speaking close to the microphone, and as clearly and distinctly as possible, will aid the dictation tool to be as accurate to what you wish as possible.
If you wish to find out more about the benefits of using Dictation or Speech to Text Technology in a classroom environment then the following links be of interest:
- Dictation (Speech-to-Text) Technology: What it is and How it works – blogpost by Jamie Martin
- Speech Recognition in the Classroom. What do Teachers need to know? – excellent blogpost with links to reserach, videos of speech to text in action, and more information about benefits and impact
The following post on Twitter by Blair Minchin provides an insight to the impact for learners on using speech-to-text/dictation, and in the replies to the post there are reflections from others from their experiences
And this post by Blair Minchin (and the reflections which follow this from others) pose the question about the role speech-to-text/dictation could have in education: