This free app allows users to go hands-free in their notetaking with a straightforward and efficient interface. Notes can be copied and pasted into other programs or sent by email, text, or social media.
Type of Material:
Users with limitations on their typing (through disability or injury) would find this to be a great resource, along with those having to annotate or type large passages of text. Instructors looking to create open captions for multimedia content to meet ADA requirements could use this app to prepare transcripts for them.
iOS Device. The iTunes store states that this app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This is a voice to text application that allows users to speak and have their words appear in text on their screen. The goal is to display spoken word.
Target Student Population:
High school students and above.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Knowledge of the iOS.
This is not a learning material, but can help with the creation of learning objects and academic works.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
For a free app, users have access to a fully-functional dictation program that can be used for various types of assignments. The multi-language support also makes it ideal for learners from all countries, and even language students.
While the uses for education are rich and varied, it would be helpful to see examples of Dragon Dictation integrated into the classroom on their website.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The interface is engaging and simple, giving users the ability to quickly record, edit and export dictated content.
It takes a while to get used to the necessary cadence to create accurate results, so it would be nice if there were some demos or warmup exercises that people could opt into the first time they use the program. Additionally, it would be great if some of the spoken shortcut commands were listed from within the app to save people a Google search for that information.
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