Dictation Software

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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Dictation Software

"In computer science, speech recognition (SR) is the translation of spoken words into text. It is also known as "automatic speech recognition", "ASR", "computer speech recognition", "speech to text", or just "STT"." Source: Wikipedia contributors. "Speech recognition." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 5 Jul. 2013. Web. 11 Jul. 2013.

"Speech recognition software substitutes voice entry for keyboard entry. It is designed to be used with a microphone attached to your computer or built into your smartphone. Speech recognition interprets spoken words and creates text-style documents. It can also be used to carry out computer commands. Speech recognition software is especially handy for college students, educators, executives, translators, transcribers, and those with special needs." Source: WiseGeek.com

"Speech recognition software requires complex coding algorithms since differing speech patterns and idiosyncrasies make each person’s style of speaking unique. Foreign and regional accents, including various dialects, also affect the way words are spoken. For this reason it is necessary for each user to train speech recognition software to recognize his or her particular style of speech. Some software comes with a training program that includes specially chosen text the user must read into the program." Source: WiseGeek.com

List of speech recognition software from Wikipedia.

Dictation Software for Apple iPad, iPod, iPhone

  • Dragon Dictation Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.
    Cost: FREE download from the iTunes Store

Dictation Software for Apple Computer Systems

  • Dictation in Mountain Lion With Dictation, you can use your voice instead of typing text. No setup or special training is required. In Dictation preferences, you can also choose a shortcut key, choose the language, and change the input source if desired. You may speak continuously for up to 30 seconds at a time. Dictation understands basic text-related commands such as “all caps,” “new paragraph,” and “new line.” See a Detailed list of Dictation commands.
    Review from All Things D "Apple’s dictation will allow you to command the computer, or edit by voice. Macs do have a feature that make a limited number of spoken computer commands available. But they don’t match Dragon’s voice command set. You also can’t use Apple’s dictation feature unless you’re connected to the Internet, while Dragon works right on the computer".
    Review by Macworld comparing Dictation in Mountain Lion with Dragon Dictate 3.
    Cost: Free with Apple Mountain Lion operating system.

Dictation Software for Windows Systems on Desktops and Tablets

Windows Speech Recognition by Microsoft is the speech recognition system that comes built into Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows Vista and Windows 7 include version 8.0 of the Microsoft speech recognition engine. Speech Recognition is available only in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

  • Dragon for PC With Nuance’s line of Dragon speech recognition products for the PC and tablets, you just say words and watch them appear on your screen, and much more. Learn more about our offerings below to see which one is right for you. Dragon Premium also lets you transcribe your spoken recordings using a Nuance-approved digital recorder for transcription when you sync back with your PC.
  • QuikscribeProvides Digital Dictation Software Systems

designed for Lawyers, Doctors, and Business! using our state-of-the-art software, with professional hardware from Philips, Olympus, Grundig, Nuance, and others.