Literacy 4-6

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Literacy 4-6 > Strategies > Dictation/Speech-to-text



Dictation can allow students with transcription difficulties to still participate in the writing process and generate ideas. Removing the act of physically writing or typing allows learners to focus on their writing quality and complexity.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this fifth and sixth grade classroom uses speech recognition software to support all students in the writing process. Students and teachers talk about their experiences using speech-to-text and how students' Syntax, Foundational Writing Skills, and editing has improved.

  • For students who have difficulty writing or typing, teachers can provide access to speech recognition software and model how to use this assistive technology. When students' Working Memory is not overtaxed with spelling or handwriting, they can more easily focus Attention on the ideas they wish to express. Additionally, watching the words appear on a screen when dictated can also improve students' core reading and writing skills.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See how Dragon NaturallySpeaking can be used to dictate in multiple software programs. This allows speech-to-text to be used for a variety of genres, including essays or emails.

  • Product designers can embed speech-to-text options in programs that students use for writing. This allows students to practice Foundational Writing Skills and experience positive Emotion associated with successfully expressing ideas.
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