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Speech-to-text takes the input from voice recognition and produces text. It recognizes the user's voice and translates it into digitized text, which is different from voice recognition that could produce actions. Speech-to-text can support adult learners with and without physical impairments, especially in Composition, while also increasing independence, decreasing anxiety, and developing a Learner Mindset with the error correction process embedded in the software. Voice interfaces can support asynchronous online communication and expression, immediate feedback, and Social and Relationship Skills.

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Emerging technologies are being used in homes and classrooms around the world providing speech-to-text in novel instances. As the technology develops, the ways in which speech-to-text technology can support adult learning will exponentially increase. As adults typically have multiple responsibilities, speech-to-text software can be supportive in creating reminders, note taking, calendar entries, and messages, which helps free Working Memory to focus on the most important tasks.

Currently, edtech products integrating speech-to-text technology can provide support for Vision, mitigate the limitations of Working Memory, and increase learner autonomy. In the world of the adult learner, speech-to-text is seen in the use of virtual assistants, chatbots, meeting transcription, transcribing podcasts and interviews, learning languages, and communication with mobile devices.

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