Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech to text program for students who need assistance with typing papers or completing work for class. It is helpful for students who have limited physical mobility, students who have Dyslexia or a learning disability, and students who are slower at typing or processing.

Dragon Naturally Speaking Home speech recognition software lets you interact with your PC just by talking! It understands what you say and how you say it. Speak words and they appear on the screen — three times faster than typing. Tell your PC what to do and it does it. Use your favorite applications to create documents and email, surf the Web, update Facebook, and more. Dragon Home is so fast, easy and fun; you’ll wonder how you managed without it!

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 for Education

Empower Students

With continuing hardware and software improvements, speech recognition is becoming an increasingly cost-effective accessibility tool for a wider range of students. Speech recognition tools can generate a new excitement for writing and learning for students who were previously unable to write or produce written work due to problems with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or other challenges.

Students with language-based learning problems, such as dyslexia, can benefit from using voice recognition software to transfer their ideas into print. Since dyslexic students have trouble expressing their thoughts on paper, they often convey less sophisticated thoughts in their written work, use a simplified vocabulary, or avoid writing tasks altogether.

Learning disabilities researchers have consistently found that use of speech recognition software can make a significant difference for dyslexic students because it enables the students to communicate more efficiently and effectively.

In fact, research suggests that the use of speech recognition by dyslexic students has actually generated significant improvement in reading, decoding, spelling and comprehension. It gives students the opportunity to practice their reading skills and can positively influence sound-character awareness.

You talk, and it types. Tools such as Dragon Naturally Speaking can help students quickly and easily transfer ideas from their minds into paper – a basic task that is often painful, or even impossible, for some students. But when students can dictate their papers and examination responses to a computer, they’re more likely to exploit their full language capabilities. Students who have used speech recognition tools to independently produce typed essays can complete assignments with results that are indistinguishable from the work of their non-disabled peers.

Dragon Naturally Speaking also offers speech output capabilities so that students can have text read aloud to them. The system works with most popular screen readers, such as JAWS, helping visually impaired students to work more effectively. Installed on a laptop computer, speech recognition can be used by students at home as well as in multiple classroom locations throughout the school day.