Taming the Dragon
Effective Use of Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech Recognition Software as an Avenue to Universal Access
Keywords:speech recognition, voice recognition, disability, universal design, pedagogy, tutoring, classroom, workplace
This article examines the usefulness of voice recognition software both inside and outside the classroom. In particular, the program Dragon Naturally Speaking is considered. Relevant research is presented along with the author’s own experiences as a long time user of voice recognition software and those of students as well. Methods for overcoming drawbacks, such as training the software and correcting errors, are detailed. Means for maximizing the software’s effectiveness for note taking, freewriting, and revising are detailed, and points are made about the desirability of use of voice recognition software for universal access.
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