Dragon Dictation is an automated dictation program that turns spoken words into editable text. In the full version, users can enter text into any application on their computer by speaking into a microphone. Over time, the software improves accuracy by learning the voice and pronunciation of the user. Voice commands also allow users to perform basic editing functions and punctuation. Dragon Dictation may be especially helpful for individuals who struggle with fine motor skills and other writing challenges. The app is moderately easy to use, with capabilities best suited to users ages 6 and up.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Dragon Dictation transcribes users’ spoken words into text. The application is beneficial to users who have difficulty writing down their thoughts and ideas, or for users learning how to create longer pieces of writing. Dragon Dictation requires users to speak commands to enter punctuation, start new lines or paragraphs, or use symbols such as “$” or “&.” Because of this, users must be mindful of the content they are producing, concentrate on things like structure and formatting, and focus on things like using necessary punctuation and syntax.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Dragon Dictation's functionalities are varied, and learning how to use them properly will take some time. Composing text through traditional means like handwriting or typing is much different than using Dragon Dictation's voice-to-text capabilities. Adapting to this form of composing text may require users to alter their manner of speaking, and change the way in which they organize and arrange their ideas. This is because is text can be captured in a much faster, instantaneous manner. In this way, Dragon Dictation can be useful for users who have difficulty maintaining their “flow” or train of thought while typing or writing by hand. The application displays transcribed text in real time, offering users an instant depiction of what their thoughts would look like on paper. Learning how to capture notes and ideas in this way may benefit those who fall behind when writing text through more traditional means.
Dragon Dictation is helpful for students who struggle to put their thoughts into writing. By allowing users to dictate stream of consciousness, Dragon Dictation removes the pressure some students feel to put words on the page. Being able to concentrate solely on ideas, rather than working to type at the same time, the application can help users who struggle to be productive with their writing. Creating a first draft or brainstorming possible ideas is as simple as speaking out loud.
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