|With Apple’s recent launch of the iPhone™ 4S with Siri™, voice recognition has gained a permanent place in the spotlight. While the technology itself is hardly new, Nuance, a provider of speech and imaging solutions, claims voice recognition technology has become so advanced that it is up to 99% accurate. The real beauty of the technology is that voice recognition bridges a gap: “Most people speak over 120 words per minute, but the average keyboard user types less than 40 words a minute.”With this advancement in voice recognition, classrooms now have the capacity to utilize this tool in a multitude of ways. Here are four to get you started:|
#1: Boost your productivity
To help make the process even more efficient (not to mention earth-friendly), consider using a purely electronic submission and commenting process in your classroom. If you don’t have an electronic SMART Board system at your school, provide students with inexpensive flash drives that can be used to store and submit homework. For schools using SMART Boards, introduce the system to students at the beginning of the year by handing out pens or handy computer-mounted flag sets imprinted with the SMART Board URL.
#2: Enhance learning
But, it goes beyond that. There is current research that indicates literacy may be improved through this tool. Youth who struggle with reading can read aloud and the voice recognition software is able to immediately provide corrections to assist the reader.
#3: Aid students with learning disabilities
#4: Prepare students for the future
If speech recognition training is part of your curriculum, help students easily identify which computers in your school are equipped with voice recognition technology by pairing enabled computers with custom imprinted mouse pads featuring quick tips and tricks for using the technology. Another idea: dedicate a bulletin board or table top display to feature new voice recognition courses and quick tips for how students can use the resources to enhance their learning and prepare for the future.
Voice recognition software is one more tool that can help educators, no matter their grade level, deliver more efficient and accurate notes to their students. It can also assist students in learning more proficiently. The changing classroom landscape is ripe for new and improved technologies, and voice recognition software is certainly one to consider.
“Helping All Students Reach Their Full Potential: A White Paper for the Education Industry from Nuance Communications.” Http://www.nuance.com. Nuance Communications, Mar. 2009. Web. Dec. 19.
Raskind, Marshall H., and Eleanor L. Higgins. “Speaking to Read: The Effects of Speech Recognition Technology on the Reading and Spelling Performance of Children with Learning Disabilities.” Annals of Dyslexia 49 (1999): 251-81.
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