Assistive Technology Reading/Writing Recipes for Success presentation (Feb. 2015)

Assistive Technology Reading/Writing Recipes for Success presentation (Feb. 2015)
1/27/2015
Assistive Technology
Reading/Writing
Recipes for Success
Presented by:
Southwestern Ohio Assistive
Technology Consortium
Jill Jump
February, 2015
Goals for Today
1.
Learn about some of the ingredients that
can make students successful in reading
and writing tasks.
2.
Learn about how these ingredients can
come in various forms: computer based,
web based or on iDevices.
Once we learn the ingredients and how to
use them, we can then start combining them
to form recipes for success for our students
struggling with reading and writing tasks.
Reading
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Ingredient #1
Text to Speech (TTS)
TTS is the artificial
production of human
speech.
 It can take text and
convert it to speech
 Many TTS programs will
also highlight the words
as it reads it aloud
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Did you know:
This is an
accommodation
that is allowable on
the PARCC for math
and directions
Who would benefit from Text to Speech?
Independence…
1.
2.
3.
for decoding words that can’t be independently read or seen- staying
immersed in grade level content.
accessing curriculum without the need to “turning pages”.
Edit written work (catch missing words, wrong grammatical forms, spelling
errors, etc…)
As a tool to assist with…
1.
2.
3.
phoneme manipulation and putting letters together to make words (i.e. cat
– take of the “c” - add an “h” – made the word hat)
comprehension (slowing down text, reading in chunks before moving on to
the next chunk, re-reading, etc…)
as a place holder in text, or to pace reading. Increase reading fluency by
turning down the volume
Bottom Line: We want our kids to have
access to the information!
Text to Speech– Software Based
Word Talk:
www.wordtalk.org.uk
A FREE Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft
Word (Add in Tab at the top)
 Speaks the text of the document in the documentcan copy and paste text into it
 Highlights the words it as it reads
 Contains a talking dictionary, spell check,
thesaurus
 Adjustments for speed, color, what is spoken, speak
on double click, etc…
 Able to convert text-to-mp3 to listen to later.
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Text to Speech – Software Based
Read Outloud- Bookshare
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FREE for students who
have a Bookshare
license (License is free if
student has a print
disability)
Access to 176,000+
current (copyright)
novels, textbooks, etc..
For students who are
“print disabled”
Text to speech, highlights
as it reads, highlighters,
etc….
Human Reader– Web Based
Books on the Web
http://www.storylineonline.net/
Sponsored by the Screen actors
guild, Actors read traditional
books aloud
 Others to check out
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http://www.meegenius.com/
Tumblebooks and BookFlix (free
through
www.cincinnatilibrary.org go to
Kidspace> click on the one you
want> enter your library
number)
Text to Speech – Web Based
Natural Reader
Free
floating toolbar
a section and
push the read button and it
will automatically copy it
into their window and read
it to you.
Does not highlight word by
word- UNLESS you copy and
paste text into another
window.
Good voice
Paid version is available
that offers converting to
MP3 or audio file.
www.naturalreaders.com
Highlight
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Text to Speech – Web Based
Speak It!
 FREE Google Chrome
extension
 Select your text and
click on the
microphone in the
upper right hand
corner.
 May take a few
seconds to convert to
speech.
 Does not highlight
each word as it reads.
 Minimum of 150 wpm
Text to Speech – Web Based
Read and Write Gold for Google Docs:
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https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/inoe
onmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd
Note: Must have a Google account AND use the
Google chrome browser
 Read
any document aloud with
highlighting
 Access Dictionary, Picture Dictionary,
Translator, and Fact Finder
 Collect highlights made using the
Google highlighters
 Create a vocabulary list of highlighted
words with text definitions and images
Text to Speech – iDevice Based
Speak Selection Built into Device:
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Text to speech is built into the
device (iPad 3 and higher)
Go to Settings-GeneralAccessibility-Speak Selectiontoggle to ON
Also Turn ON Highlight words
Where you have text:
Touch and hold down. A blue
box should appear. Drag the
blue dot to encompass the
text that you want read.
 Two finger swipe down to
select paragraph.
Select SPEAK.
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Text to Speech – iDevice Based
Voice Dream Reader:
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Copy and paste text into or
you can type it using the
basic word processor
Highlights each word and
line as it reads
Personalize the font size,
voice volume, and voice
speed
Export highlighted text and
notes to clipboard, printer,
email, and other apps
Reads bookshare books,
PDF, Microsoft Word, plain
text, E-Pub, and more
Integrates with BOOKSHARE,
dropbox, Google, etc.
Also look at Read2Go created
Price: Lite version is FREE
by Bookshare - $19.99
Upgrade is $4.99
Text to Speech – iDevice Based
Reading Interactive Books- built in
text to speech and text
highlighting
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Apple Tree Books
Mee Genius
Toy Story Read Along
Dr. Seuss books
Alice for the iPad
Stella and Sam
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris
Lessmore (Pixar creator)
Aesop’s Wheel of Fables
Human Reader– iDevice Based
Books with Human Reader
Download Audio books from Cincinnati
Public Library in the App Overdriveborrow for 2-3 weeks
 Audible - pay for each book
 Learning Ally – subscription per student
$119/year
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Ingredient #2
What are Physical
Appearance
Adjustments?
Additional space:
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Between words
Between lines
Colored
backgrounds
 Font changes
 Font size and style
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Who would benefit
from Physical
Appearance?
Students with print
disabilities,
dyslexic, etc…
 Students with visual
impairments
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Appearance – Software Based
Tricks in MS Word
Put text in MS Word
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Extra space between
words/lines
Colored background
Colored text
Reduced text/clutter on
page
Dyslexic/sans serif font
Did you know:
Students with learning
disabilities and/or ADD
overwhelmingly choose
color filters for computer
use and is allowable in
the PARCC
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The quick brown
jumped over the
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The quick brown fox jumped
over the log.
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The quick brown fox jumped
over the log.
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fox
log.
The quick brown fox jumped
over the log.
Appearance – Software Based
Open Dyslexic Font
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Add this font to your computer.
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Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to
indicate direction. You are able to
quickly figure out which part of the letter
is down which aids in recognizing the
correct letter
Consistently weighted bottoms can also
help reinforce the line of text.
The unique shapes of each letter can
help prevent confusion through flipping
and swapping.
http://blog.texthelp.com/2013/10/freedyslexic-font/ for directions on how to
load it into your fonts.
For Windows, Mac or iOS devices
This is an
example of open
dyslexic font.
Do you see how
the bottom of
the letters are
bold?
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Appearance – Web
Based/Chrome, iDevice
Readability

Takes an article from
the web and
“declutters” it, making
the visual distractions
minimal
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Easier to read; easier to
utilize TTS app with
reading the text
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FREE- sign up for a free
account and also install
the add in (Firefox or
google chrome)
Appearance – iDevice Based
Reduce Clutter via iOS7: Safari
Reader
Go into an article
Click on the 4 lines in
the URL bar
 The clutter will be
greatly reduced
 Select passage and
then select speak to
hear passage read to
you using the iOS
tools.
 Called Safari Reader
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Ingredient #3
What is Highlighting
Text – Emphasizing
Key Ideas?
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Who would benefit
from Highlighted
Text?
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Students with
comprehension
Using electronic tools to
issues
highlight text (easy to
remove highlights if
 Students with
needed).
attentional issues
Typically key ideas, signal
 Students who need
words (define, compare,
contrast….) would be
to cite details for a
highlighted– to make them
text read.
stand out
Did you
Teacher can pre-highlight
know:
Student can eventually
This is allowable in
learn to highlight
the new state
testing PARCC
themselves.
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Key Ideas – Software Based
Fx Toolbar
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MS Word Highlighters
http://www.fx-software.co.uk/assistive.htm
Speak highlighted text (not word by word
highlighting)
A FREE plug in for Microsoft Word
Can highlight and then collect these highlights to
create a new document (i.e. study guide)
Change the case of the selected text and identify
if your sentences are overly long
MS Word Highlighters
Key Ideas – Web Based
Highlighting Text on the Web:
Chrome Browser
 Diigo- highlight
and sticky note on
information
 Simple HighlighterChrome store-
Key Ideas – iDevice Based
Highlighting Tools
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Use iBooks, Kindle, to highlight
notes as you read.
First rest your finger on the
screen for a very short while
and then swipe over the
screen, the highlighting feature
works. A menu bar will appear,
select
To delete a note, press your
finger on the highlighted text
and then tap Delete Note in
the menu that pops up.
Collect Notes:
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Tap on the Table of Contents
icon and you will see all of the
notes that you have highlighted
with the page that they are on.
Send notes to your email
account by tapping the arrow.
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Ingredient #4
Who would benefit from
OCR?
What is Optical
Character Recognition:
OCR
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The conversion of images/lines
into printed text.
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Typically Text books are
scanned and converted to
digital text.
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Once the lines are converted
to text the text can be
manipulated (i.e. selected to
read aloud)
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No OCR is perfect! It has come
a long way, but you still need
to check over the conversions
before giving to a student.
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For kids who need access to
text but can’t decode it
themselves.
They need tools to support the
text such as:
 have it read aloud (TTS)
 Dictionary, etc…
=T
Optical character
recognition- OCR
OCR– Software Based
Commercial Programs: OCR
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Read:Outloud /SOLO by Don
Johnston –
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=T
Optical character
recognition- OCR
Read Write Gold
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Free Read Aloud version
for Bookshare members
www.donjohnston.com
Mac or PC, USB drive, web
app for ipad, Google
documents
OCR capabilities
www.texthelp.com
Kurzweil 3000
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Mac or PC, USB drive, web
app for ipad “Firefly” with
reading features
OCR capabilities
www.kurzweiledu.com
Did you know:
Many of these
manufacturers are
moving to more web
based tools.
OCR – Software Based
Adobe Professional
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PDF (put on copier and
email to yourself=PDF)
To read aloud – need Adobe
Professional to put though
OCR. Select text and will
automatically ask to OCR.
Enable Read Aloud- View
Menu
Save and open in Adobe
Reader and it will speak
aloud(it will not highlight as it
reads however)
It will maintain its original
formatting.
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OCR – iDevice Based
OCR: PaperPort Notes
Menu (top left)
Insert (lower right)
3.
Blank Page
4.
“T” (upper right) then
touch in document
5.
Image to Text
6.
Picture
7.
Camera- snap the picture
8.
Use Photo
9.
OCR (lower left)
10. Insert
11. Tap and hold text –Select
All then Speak
Note: it will NOT maintain the
original formatting
1.
2.
Can also do text to
speech, speech to
text, audio record,
draw, type,
bookmark, and more
 Price: FREE
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Ingredient #5
What is Condensed Text ?
Condensed text is a
summarized version of
the text. It contains less
words/length. It
typically isn’t at a
lower cognitive level…
just less of it.
 Like a “cliff notes”
version.
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Who Would Benefit from
Condensed Text?
Students who can comprehend grade level
information, but can’t maintain focus in the entire
text. (i.e. can not maintain attention, over
load/overwhelmed, extended processing time).
 Students who can not comprehend grade level
information and need it written at a younger level –
condensing the text might be the first step in
making it accessible. You will also need to adjust
vocabulary and concepts.
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Condensed Text – Web Based
Condensed Text
Free Online Summary Sources:
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www.sparknotes.com
www.novelguide.com
www.pinkmonkey.com
And more….
Other features include:
• Plot overview
• Analysis (plot, character, etc…)
• Key facts
• Study Questions and Essay Topics
• And more….
Condensed Text – Web Based
Condensed Text
Do it Yourself:
Copy text (from a website, digital textbook, spark
notes, cliff notes, pink monkey, etc.).
 Paste it into one of the following auto-summarizing
tools to receive a condensed version of the text.
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http://www.textcompactor.com
http://freesummarizer.com
http://swesum.nada.kth.se/index-eng.html
Note: used to be a feature in MS Word version 7 and
lower, it was taken out of version 10
Condensed Text – Web Based
Too Long Didn’t Read
Extension in Chrome (Condensed Text):
Free extension that
creates a summary
of any web article
without leaving the
original page.
 Can select short,
medium, or long
summary length
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Writing
SWO AT Consortium Feb. 2015
Ingredient #6
What is Picture
Writing?
Who would benefit
from Writing by
Clicking on Pictures?
Students who are
not able to spell at
all.
 Students who need
practice putting
words together to
form sentences
and ideas.
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Clicking on pictures
to write and form
sentences
 More practice with
the language by
using the words to
communicate
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Picture Writing
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Communication Device
Programs:
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iDevice: Touchchat,
Proloquo2Go, etc…
Software: Boardmaker
Plus
Software: Boardmaker
Plus, Writing with
Symbols, Clicker,
Picture it
iDevices: Abilipad,
Clicker Docs (word
banks)and Clicker
Sentences (1 picture)
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Ingredient #7
What is Word
Prediction?
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Words are
predicted as letters
are typed.
Who Would
Benefit from Word
Prediction?
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Can help:
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Poor spellers – but
can:
recognize the
correct word
 can get enough of
the word correct
(phonemic speller)
 3rd grade literacy
ability
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Did you know:
This is an allowable
accommodation on
the PARCC for ELA
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Students who
struggle with typing
Word Prediction – Software Based
Word Prediction
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Co:Writer – has topic
dictionaries as well to help
prediction.
Free Word Prediction Software:
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AI Type
http://www.aitype.com/
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Let Me Type
http://www.clasohm.com/lmt
/en/
E Type
http://www.etype.com/
Microsoft onscreen keyboard
with word prediction- (Start to
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all programs – Accessories- Ease of
Access- Onscreen Keyboard)
Word Prediction – Web Based
Google Scribe:
Chrome app that used
to allow word
prediction to users
whenever there was a
text box on the web.
 Sometimes you can
now download,
sometimes you cannot.
 Not currently working,
but one to watch!
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Word Prediction – iDevice
Co:Writer:
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Phonetic and
inventive spelling
word predictor
Grammar prediction
Access to topic
dictionaries
Built-in Text to
Speech
Price: $17.99
Ingredient #8
What are Write
on/ Annotated
Worksheets?
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The ability to input
text into a
worksheet that isn’t
digital.
Who would benefit
from Annotated
Worksheets?
Students who are
challenged by
handwriting
 Students who are able
to keyboard
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Write on Worksheets –
Software Based
Adobe Reader XI
PDF – worksheet on
copier and email
yourself a copy
Annotate worksheets
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Circling
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Typing
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Writing
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Add an audio response
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Attach a document
that guides student
through worksheet
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Cost: Free
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Write on Worksheets –
iDevice
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Take a picture of the
worksheet – annotate
on the picture.
Open it in Doodle
Buddy or Skitch to
draw and annotate
on top of it. Save
and email- to print.
 Use AppWriter or
PaperPort Notes to
take a picture
Annotate or OCR- but
don’t maintain the
formatting.
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Ingredient #9
What is Speech
Recognition/Speech
to Text?
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If you want to quickly dictate
answers to an assignment and
have them appear in text :
 Speech Recognition
 VoiceNote (Chrome)
 DictaNote (Chrome)
 FireSay (Firefox)
Who would benefit
from Speech
Recognition?
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Students who struggle
with handwriting, or
typing (physically
involved)
Students who can not
spell well enough to input
words – but can read.
Did you know:
Students have to multitask to use Speech
Recognition , and it
can be a challenge to
incorporate in the
classroom but it is
allowed on the PARCC
Speech to Text – Software Based
Dragon Naturally Speaking:
Turns your talk into text
Create documents
 Email and search the
web
 Use simple voice
commands to control
many of the popular
programs
 Requires Training
 Price: $99 on up
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Speech to Text – Software Based
WIN, Maverick OS
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Speech to text is built
into the WIN operating
system.
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Go to start- type in
speech recognition in
search- follow cues to
start
 Floats on top of MS
Word
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Speech to text is built into
the Maverick OS operating
system.
Go to the Apple menu“System Preferences”
Choose the “Dictation &
Speech” control panel,
followed by the “Dictation”
tab
Be sure that Dictation is set
to “On”, then check the
box for “Use Enhanced
Dictation”
Speech to Text – Web Based
Talk Typer
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Go to
www.talktyper.com
Click on the green
microphone and begin to
dictate your thoughts.
Edit as needed.
Copy and paste into
desired document.
Only works with Chrome
browser
Also: Voice Note and
Dictanote (Chrome) or
Firesay (Firefox)
Speech to Text – iDevice
Operating System iPad 3, 4 & mini:
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Tap the microphone button on the iPad's on-screen
keyboard. This tells the iPad that you want to start
dictating. Remember, you need a valid internet
connection to use voice dictation.
Talk. The iPad will record your voice and turn it into text
when you are finished.
Tap the done button that appears onscreen to stop
dictating.
In a few seconds, the iPad will turn your speech into
words on the screen. Be sure to read it over. Voice
dictation isn't perfect, so you may need to make a few
adjustments using the keyboard.
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Speech to Text – iDevice
Dragon Dictate and Go
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Voice recognition by Dragon®
NaturallySpeaking® that allows
you to speak and instantly see
your text or email messages.
No training required
Dragon Go: speak and it will
type the text so you can
choose whether to put the text
in the search field of Google,
Wikipedia, twitter, you tube,
etc.
Dragon Dictation: Record
more text and will keep it as a
document where you can also
type/edit
Requires internet connection
www.nuance.com
Price: Free
FYI
Contact Us!!!
Southwestern Ohio Assistive
Technology Consortium
-Hamilton County Educational
Service Center
Teresa.Clevidence@hcesc.org
Jill.Jump@hcesc.org
 Debbie.Mcgraw@hcesc.org
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