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As students are learning about the writing process, one of the largest challenges is getting students to get the information inside their head, down on paper. A dictation application, such as Dragon Dictation, can help speed up this process. Especially for students that are struggling writers, Dragon Dictation can be a great classroom accommodation, to help them take the thoughts in their head, and put them on paper, so that you can assess their learning. The way this dictation programs works, is students can hit the record button and just start speaking out their ideas. The application's going to listen to their spoken work and then turn it into actual text. The thing that it won't do is add punctuation.
After the students have spoken out their written text they then have to go through and make the proper grammatical changes to make them complete sentences. I'm going to go ahead and speak out the sentence and record it so we can see what this looks like. Students can speak out their text, and dragon dictation will copy it down for them. So here I spoke out, students can speak out their text and dragon dictation will copy it down for them. I notice a few things right off the bat, It missed the word it. It just says Dragon dictation will copy down for them. Also, it capitalized Dragon, but not the word dictation, because Dragon Dictation is the entire title, both words need to be capitalized.
When it comes to editing dictation, you can also view things as individual words. For example, if I click on a word, I can now see that I have the ability to just delete that single word, or just change that single word. This is a great tool if a word came in completely incorrect. I could just delete the incorrect word and type in the correct word. I can access the keyboard by clicking the keyboard button at the bottom of the screen. So here students can go through and start by adding a period. They can find any places there are errors such as adding the word it, they can add the appropriate capitalization and commas, and they've got a lot of their work already done just by speaking it out.
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